Very quick reviews: December 2015, part 4 (more picture books)

The very last batch of mini-reviews for December! I still have a few books to review on their own, but this will be the last huge review post for, hopefully, a while. Woohoo! [supsystic-gallery id=7 position=center] Duck for President – Doreen Cronin An over-worked duck decides to run for President in order to get out of doing farm chores. Super cute and sneak-educates a little about how government works! Q is for Duck – Mary Read More …

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

I liked this one SO MUCH more than Wild Magic! Which is really great, because I still rated that one fairly high despite my dislike of certain aspects. If you’re new to Tortall (like me) I’d say Alanna would be a good place to start. It’s the same sort of coming-of-age story, but with a twist: the protagonist is a young girl disguised as a boy, training to become a knight in a world where Read More …

Mercury by Hope Larson

Okay, so, I like the art and everything and the story is fascinating in a spooky, almost time-travel kind of way. But it’s also super boring, and I don’t know if that’s because I rushed too quickly through it or if it’s a fault inherent in the book itself. Here’s my problem: it’s a story about two different people in two different time periods, one in the past and one in the present. The present Read More …

REVIEW: Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell

This book is severely testing my moratorium on using the word “cute” in my reviews. I went to the thesaurus looking for an alternative, but it was pointless because nothing else fits. Well, okay, yes. It’s also funny, and sweet, and also a little bit silly. My own high school life was spent mostly worrying about what my friends thought of me and (especially) whether they thought I was too weird to hang out with, Read More …

REVIEW: Lake of Skulls by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Sometimes I like a good action-movie-turned-book, and sometimes I don’t. Lake of Skulls is, I think, a little bit too much action and a little bit too little actual plot. It’s a short book, and so it’s hard to cram a lot of plot in there. For what’s there, it’s pretty exciting and, yeah, action-filled. The bit near the end with the hags was especially thrilling. But then, short doesn’t mean one can just dump Read More …