If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men

by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal


Expected date of Publication: September 26th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing



From the Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You comes this charmingly absurd gift book about man’s best friend.

In If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men, Matthew Inman imagines, to hilarious effect, what life would be like if his dogs were a couple of old men running around his house. The result is a pitch-perfect gift for any dog owner.


That was hilarious and very fast read just enough to escape the everyday tasks and get off your mind the amount of things awaiting for you to finish.

If you have a dog or a pet you would be able to relate like the rest of us and you would laugh genuinely, because you know it is soo true!

I liked the art work and the humor was spot on!

4 out of 5 stars (actual rating 4.5)




Lies We Tell Our Kids

Steve Hoover, Brett Wagner (Illustrations)


Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Animal Media Group LLC



From acclaimed artist Brett Wagner comes a book about the tall tales that parents tell their kids in the hopes of getting them to do something—eat, sleep, apologize to their sibling, or learn to do something the right way. Fun, heartfelt, and a little bit weird, Lies We Tell Our Kids exposes the not-so-great generational parenting tactic of lying to your child for the greater good!



This is not what I expected. Unfortunately it left me disappointed.

The premise of the book looked good and I thought it would be funny and entertaining, however this did not happen and I don’t really see a kid would enjoy it.

Maybe because I come from a different country 95% of the “lies” mentioned I couldn’t relate to, additionally the art work itself is not made for children it is more likely that a teenager or a young adult would appreciate. 

It was a quick read though and by no means I want to discredit the hard work and efforts that have been put into this work.

2 out of 5 stars 


Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past


by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator)

Published April 1st 2009 by Vanita Books


Ivy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. “I stare out the window,” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.” But then Spring comes when “March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.” And Ivy’s “heart dances with daffodils.” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy’s eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.



This is a perfect book for children with illustrations and poems that they will enjoy and find interesting.

I personally loved the art work more than the actual poems, maybe because I am older and this was not my cup of tea.

Regardless it was a fast and eye pleasing read so no regrets. ^.^

3 out of 5 stars 



A big thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for the opportunity. 

7 thoughts on “MINI REVIEWS: Graphic Novels and Poetry”

  1. Great post! I love the idea of mini-reviews. I really should try doing that to catch up on my review writing… O_o I’m just so bad at it sometimes. I’m so behind! I love The Oatmeal, but the idea of If My Dogs were a Pair of Middle Aged Men doesn’t really appeal to me– I’ll have to check it out now, if only because of your review. I think I should also check out Lies We Tell Our Kids to see if it makes more sense to me. Is the author American?

    1. Thank you Jackie! I got this idea fro mini reviews from other book bloggers, and I found it to be working pretty well for me as it saves me time especially for books that were a quick read and you just don’t really have that much to say. I hope it will work out for you too I will be keeping an eye on your blog!!

      As for Oatmea, I really did enjoy his work and actually I got to know his works thanks to my work place as we have a little library and his book 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides were standing there and it got me intrigued I have not read it yet I just recalled I have seen it and it rang a bell when I found the graphic novel about the dogs. Let me know if you liked it 🙂

      As for the Lies we tell our kids, unfortunately it did not work out for me hopefully you would like it better than I did. And I think the author is American, yes.

      1. I love the idea of mini reviews, but I hate the idea of writing them. Each time I sit down to write “mini reviews”, I end up writing over 1,000 words. O_o I’m just verbose, I guess. Oops! I’ll have to keep trying, then! Thanks for the tips.

        1. Hhaha I know what you mean. I usually get wordy when I am in the mood for it. Not sure if this makes sense, but there are some books that you feel like need more than the simply it was awesome, or it was terrible review. And there are others that just a few words are enough haha as least this is how it works for me though. Everyone has his own way 🙂

          But I am sure that you would be great at mini reviews you just have to try out and see of course if it would work for you. And not to discourage you, but I love your verbose reviews! <3

          1. Haha– that’s my problem! I have soooo much to write. The review I wrote for Morning Star is 1500 words! Seriously. I need to do something to get my reviews to be shorter just so I can get through more. O_o But it makes me happy to know that you like my reviews! I worry sometimes that they are too long and will frustrate or bore people. Perhaps it’s all about finding my “people” — finding the community which fits me.

          2. Woooowww Jackie you could become a writer!! In all seriousness ahah I would love to read whatever you come up with.

            And no worries everyone has his own style and ways so there is nothing wrong with the length of your reviews!!

            This is sooo true if people like what you have to say and the way you are delivering it they would certainly not be frustrated by them!
            So keep up the great work whether you decide to do them 1500 words or 100!! <3

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