But No Elephants [Jerry Smith]

I have mixed feelings about Jerry Smith's But No Elephants. It's one of those books from my childhood that I recall my sister really enjoying and thus was read a lot to us when we were young. But it's an odd story and I think I recognized that, even then. Coming back to it now, after more than…

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Can You See Me? [Mikhala Lantz-Simmons & Mohammad Rasoulipour]

Can You See Me? by Mikhala Lantz-Simmons and Mohammad Rasoulipour is an incredibly fun children's book that I actually had quite a bit of fun reading. There's a genuine and wonderful cleverness to how the illustrations in this book are constructed. The book is, as the cover suggests, a unique conglomeration of shapes, put together…

I Am Not a Label [Cerrie Burnell]

I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell and illustrated by Lauren Mark Baldo is perhaps one of the best books I have ever read detailing successful people with disabilities or mental health issues. A collection of short biographies of a vast number of people throughout history who have done well in their lives but have…

Color by Number Animal Friends [Dover Publications]

Let's be completely honest here, I really only requested Color by Number Animal Friends by Dover Publications for one reason. There's a fox on the cover. And I'll admit that there's something truly interesting about requesting a digital version of a coloring book. Half of me genuinely wondered whether I could print it out just to actually…

Which Books in YA Romanticize Abuse?

Shatter Me is an incredibly gross offender of the abuse romanticism that goes on in YA novels. I recently finished a reread of Shatter Me in which I annotated the novel to point out in-depth signs of the moments in which abuse happens and how it is subsequently romanticized by the author. Currently, I have…