He is not dead. But he wrote some, I believe, flash fiction (his tweet said flah so) for the Year of Juliet.
You can read it for free here
Much better than that Shylock book.
Thoughts on things, mostly books.
1. George Zimmerman is apparently worse than I thought he was. He is suing the family of Trayvon Martin.
2. Rep. McClintock from CA (R) asked what I considered the must chilling question, when he wanted to know who private citizens cast their ballots for.
3. William Barr is threatening the people of America.
4. Moana is one of the best, if not the best, Disney movie.
5. Republicans really don't like women, do they?
6. We spend way too much time talking about Baby Yoda in the prep room
7. Lou Diamond Phillips retweeted a pic of my cat Moby.
Stand outs in this group are
12 Days of Great White Christmas - parody of the 12 days using sharks. It includes a fact section at the end. It's quite well done and fun. 5 stars.
Diaries of a Dragon - I wasn't sure about this one, but the artwork and the story match each other pretty darn well. It was sweet. 3.5 stars
Once Upon and Ever After - most likely the best of this batch. 5 stars. It deals with how the prince is affected by sterotypes as well as princesses.
What the Fox Learnt - pretty good retellings of Aesop tales about foxes. Three stars.
Champ and Nessie - actually makes good use of Nessie and Champ to teach about earth history. 3 stars
Sun and the Moon - good retelling of the Korean tale. 3 stars
Sophia and the Popcorn Dragon - a bit too cute, but woc so that was cool. 3 stars.
Unicorns, Magic and Slime -predictable but fun. 3 stars
Dollhouse Elf -(not pictured) not bad, predictable.
To be missed
The farting book - the whole thing about dad working around in his boxers was a bit strange.
I Spy - the word scarf is missed spell.
| Do we really need another Robin Hood adaptation?
Maybe not, but this one is pretty good anyway.
Danley sets her Robin in historical terms as opposed to the popular tales and songs. She draws on the ballads and, to a degree, on Pyle. So this is not a Hollywood or BBC version.
It is easily PG-13, though.
The plot is pretty straight forward, but it is a solid adaption and how Danely blends the ballads in is pretty good. She also creates a good Marian.
There isn't much magic, but there are some wonderful beautiful touches with native English birds
When Marie Colvin was murder, many people in the world mourned Yet, not to diminish her importance it should be noted that she was a Western journalist reporting on the Middle East. There had been and still are, Middle Eastern journalist who have been killed or imprisoned for the same reasons that Colvin was targeted. They do not get the same attention in the Western media for a variety of reasons: skin color, political viewpoint, and, perhaps least offensive, limited to no publication in Western media. Hankir’s collection does much to rectify that.
Each essay in the collection is by a woman who reports from the Arab world and is Arab herself. The Introduction places the reporters in context – in the history of reporting in the Arab world as well as reporting as a woman in the Arab world. The essays range from personal to commentary to reflection.
“An Orange Bra in Riyadh” by Donna Abu-Nas is in many ways the stellar standout in a group of stellar essays. In part this is because it deals with the changes in Saudi Arabia and how she experienced them as a working journalist, but also because it mentions the murder of Khashoggi. It also ensures that you never take little freedoms for granted again.
There are a few essays that deal with the death of fellow journalists – be they friends, husbands, or mentors. And these are particularly touching and powerful. But “On a Belated Encounter with Gender” by Lina Attalah is especially moving for it focuses on the issues of deciding to become a journalist in a family that is traditional.
The book is divided into sections, and of the course, the Exile section which deals with Syria is important to read simply because of perspective, but the essays also show case aspects of life that did not normally make it into Western news, presenting a more nuanced view of the area.
This collection of essays is highly recommended.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a good story, and the artwork is pretty good. It is one of the better "my dad told me this story and its been in my family for generations" created books. I loved the fact that she included a photo of the statue this story inspired.
But, it does appear to be a tale about Native Americans told from a settler point of view - the first hint being in the title. So there's that. To be clear: the author does NOT suggest the story is Native American in origin.
But in terms of stories, this interesting in terms of transmission as well as how/why stories are created and adapted.
Cutest thing on Disney + right now.
With the exception of Mosque, I picked these up for free.
Mosque is good, and if you have read the author's other books, it is like those.
Be Brave! Be Bold! is actually pretty good and is about famous Latinias. While I know the book is intended for a young audience, there could have been a bit more in the bios about the women at the end.
The Little Horse is a Christian story about a horse who was present at Christ's birth. It is actually one of the better ones. It reminded me of Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey or the Little Drummer Boy Christmas shows.
The Aesop Box Set contains a few fables, but the illustrations are good. It's nice.
Mama Daycare is a sweet book that presents the fear of going to school for the first time in a different way. It was cute.
The Perfect Potty Book is extactly as advertised.
Arial Chef - not the best, but the bits at the end about how to make Sushi were nice.
Big Splash - good if you like Dinos
It's Not Easy Being Unicorn and Kaulele the Fairy Tern are the best two. Wonderful story about unicorn that you can see being adapted by Pixar. Interesting story about a bird.