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)
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
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.