I received all these in exchange for my review.
The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield
Cover: Which cover is cooler?
Why DNF? From the start of the book it was a no for me, transitions are off (jumps from story point to story point), tropey (I know what is going to happen)
The Beauty That Remains
Why DNF? I enjoyed the first chapter a lot but as the story went on I lost interest.
Like: It is representative of grief in the modern age.
Why DNF? I don’t feel this pressing need to continue.
Like: Slowly reveals stuff, immediately got pumped soon as I read it
Tooth and Talon
DNF? Emotional detachment. Honestly, I don’t know if I’m making the right decision to dnf this.
Like: Interesting premise, starts off from jump action, does good job giving information here and there without being info dumpy, big topics (ex: colonization, immortality) that the story seems like it is going to deal with
Like: Doesn’t give bird magic cure
Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts
Art: Animals are manifestations of his anger (like they are his avatar made me think of Pokémon). It is interesting looking at how his relationship with the animals (thus his anger) changes as the story goes on. In the earlier part of the story he is with the animals directing them while in the later part he is losing control of his anger that is when the animals are attacking something without him being next to them.
Story: Shows it can be very satisfying to display your wrath, different forms of anger can take (lion = temper tantrum =loud), teach kids (and adults reading to deal with discourse), teach not bottle emotions, there is a guide at the end of the book at the end that talks about anger and mediation
Cat Who Ate Christmas
Art: Glitter (looks like you can touch it ) so I wish I could see physical copy
Story: Overall I felt the story was okay
The Picky Eater
Art: Picking pigs (who eat everything) as picky eater, bright colors
Story: It was okay (for me) but I feel it may be good for kids (especially) picky eaters and offers a solution to young picky eater situation, I could see parents having their kids name foods with letter p or another letter as they read this
Harrison P. Space Invader
Art: Facial expressions of animals, color were darker more earthy
Story: Cute, allowing him to be expressive but thinking about other people, teaching kids lesson but it was fun
A Place for Pluto
Art: Colorful, fun
Story: The story was worthy (Pluto losing its planet status) of being told. I just felt you could tell this was a message/facts book it wasn’t bad but I could feel things pushing so they can give you certain facts. In a way it felt like the facts moved the story.
Gabi’s If/Then Garden
Art: black girl with afropuff, cute things with dog going on in background
I don’t know if kids will be able to understand coding from this. But coding can be very complex. I do like the art and that it is talking about coding with two girls (one of them being a black girl with an afropuff)
Too Much! Not Enough!
Art: There are a lot of background objects which stands out because most of other picture books I’ve been reading recently are minimal in that aspect.
Story: Always can appreciate a fun cute picture book. They are the cutest roommates/bffs. It also does a good job having a conflict, climax, and resolution.