Monday, September 25, 2017

Aaaarrgghh! Spider!

Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks
2007
Weight: 7 oz
Method of Disposal: Lending Library in Tucker



This is a super cute children's book, and I do not like spiders at all.  This book is probably, in part, created to change the minds of people like me, and it may have worked a little.  This attention seeking spider is adorable.  The pictures are great and the story is fun.  It makes you think differently about spiders you see in the bath tub, spiders making webs, and spiders dropping down right in front of you.  Maybe they are just trying to dance for you!

Milkyboots Nine

Milkyboots Nine: Late Summer and Fall 2009 by Virginia
milkyboots.blogspot.com
Method of Disposal: Lending Library


I believe I got this book free with the purchase of another, but I am not 100% sure.  I love these little comic books that people make.  I find some of them to be so much fun.  I have some I love--Jennifer Young did some of my favorites.  I was not very impressed with this particular edition of Milkyboots.  It is her journal in comic book form, and I found it difficult to follow and lacking in substance.  There is a note in the front of the book stating that she is currently in class and her style changes throughout the book.  Based on this, I definitely saw improvement as the book went on, and I am sure she will go on to make some pretty awesome comics.  I am thinking, by now, she already has, and I wish her the best.  I may even check them out if I can track them down.  I was very impressed with how much she could pack into a day.  Or, rather, how many people she could see in a day!  I would be exhausted.  I will say she seems like a fun, likeable, talented person. 

Red Scarf Girl

Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang
2004
Weight: 7 oz
Method of Disposal: Lending Library


This book was written for young adults at a time when I was no longer a young adult so I had not heard of it until I was working in the children's department of Barnes and Noble.  I did not know a lot about China's Cultural Revolution so I thought what better place to start than with a young adult book and then I could work my way up...just like I did with so many other topics in life.

Before giving it away, I reread it.  It made my heart feel heavy, sad, and a little worried.  Reading about families, friends, and neighbors turning on each other and thinking of Trump's America left me feeling slightly nauseated and my head was foggy.  How many times and in how many places do we have to create propaganda-filled societies of hate before we learn?  Do we never learn?  Will we fight this one off?

In this one Communism goes wrong but in our story it will be Capitalism.  All societies and systems have their weaknesses.

Maya Angelou: Poems

2 X Maya Angelou: Poems
1996
Weight: 9.6 0z
Method of Disposal: Lending Library


Now is a time for much needed inspiration.  What will rile us up more than Maya Angelou poems?  They are gritty, angry, and raw.  Some exude sex and desire.  Others express rage.  I was surprised at how many were written from a male point of view.  I see "we rise" "still I rise" "I rise" everywhere lately--college commercials, football, memes.  I thought this poem would be an appropriate preview of the book and a pertinent and stronger use of "Still I Rise."  I am assuming most readers have read about the caged bird and the phenomenal woman.  If not, you should look them up for sure.  Or, if you want your very own copy of her poems just let me know, and I will mail them to you instead if I still have them!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Gryphon and The Golden Mean

The Gryphon: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondance of Griffin and Sabine is Rediscovered and
The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondance of Griffin and Sabine Concludes
by Nick Bantock
1993 and 2001
Weight: 4 lbs


I loved. Loved. The Jolly Postman when I was a little girl, but I never owned it.  It was too expensive.  I have often thought about buying it for myself as an adult, but I always decided, like my parents before me, that I could not justify spending the money.  I decided, instead, to get the Griffin and Sabine books while they were on bargain.  They were meant for adults.  Justification number 1.  They were inexpensive. Justification number 2.  My friends told me they were awesome. Justification number 3.

I was less impressed than I thought I would be by the story line, but I still enjoyed opening and reading the letters.  A voyeuristic joy.