30 November 2004

Reads & Listens, November 2004

Reads:

Duck for President by Doreen Cron (illus by Betsy Lewin)
Tired of doing farm chores, Duck decides there should be an election. Of course, Duck wins ... the story is rather witty and the illustrations are highly amusing.

The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead by Jill Conner Browne
Pretty good. I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the Big-Ass Cookbook, but I still laughed my way through most of it. The bit about Man Ears? So true. You say "Can you get me that bowl?" and he hears "I want to give you a blow job right now."

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Russ (illus. by Tiphanie Beeke)
The farm animals go to the library and try to check out books, but the librarian can't understand them. The illustrative style is very warm and simple, but never boring. The story is so much fun -- funny, cute, pro-library, and full of animal noises.

Kitten's First Full Moon written & illus. by Kevin Henkes
"It was Kitten's first full moon. When she saw it, she thought, There's a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wanted it." Ah, silly kitten. A very charming story and the rather clever black and white illustrations are so luminous they give the perfect sense of a moonlit evening.

Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis
Very dark, but also quite funny.