Reviews - Lori M. (ripley)

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The Dogs Who Found Me : What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind
Review Date: 8/29/2009
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"An enjoyable and quick read. I laughed to myself a few times because it seemed as if the author spent quite a bit of time trying to avoid some of the dogs who found him, but that is something most of us who find a lot of animals has done. The author seems authentic and honest and writes the same way. He is never overly sentimental about the animals and is frequently quite honest about the future awaiting some of the unwanted, yet this book has a lot of heart. There is also some good practical advice about dogs; finding them, loving them, helping them. And it will probably change the way you look at pitbulls forever."


Electro Shock!
Electro Shock!
Author: Greg Rule
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/11/2007


"Profiles today's top electronic music artists, delving deep into their musical evolution, influences, technique and equipment."


Frankenstein (Darker Passions Series)
Frankenstein (Darker Passions Series)
Author: Amarantha Knight
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/20/2005


"Definitely not a version of Frankenstein for the kids!"


Margarettown
Margarettown
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/29/2007


"An unusual telling of boy-meets-girl, Zevin's debut reiterates female complexity through a husband and daughter's experiences with one surprising woman. N., the earnest narrator, describes meeting captivating, mercurial Maggie Towne when he's a grad student. They travel to her childhood home, Margarettown, where he finds no inhabitants save women named Margaret: there's giggling girl May, sullen teenager Mia, bitter middle-aged Marge, wise elderly Old Margaret and suicidal artist Greta, conspicuous by her absence. It's not giving much away to reveal that these women are all Maggie herself ("you won't find a woman in the world that doesn't have a couple other women inside her," she says), though whether Margarettown is a real place or N.'s invention is left in doubt. While the book's first half concerns N.'s struggles to love and understand the various manifestations of Margaret, the end belongs to their daughter, Jane, who reads her father's version of her parents' courtship after they both have died. In between, subplotsâ€"about N.'s happy-go-lucky guardian, Margaret's and N.'s adulteries, and N.'s rejected former girlfriend, who eventually falls for N.'s sister, Bess, and raises Jane with herâ€"sometimes feel like padding on a conceit that would have been better expressed in a short story. But the story is darkly whimsical and Zevin's writing is both playful and touching."


A Moose for Jessica
A Moose for Jessica
Author: Pat A. Wakefield
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/17/2007
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"One October morning in 1986 a bull moose wandered out of the Vermont woods into a pasture where three beef cattle browsed. Two cows ran off immediately while the third stood her ground. Her reward was, for the next 76 days, the constant and thorough attention bestowed on her by the gentle but confused moose. The saga of the ``love-sick moose'' (as he was to be termed by national and international press) is well told in this photographic essay. The text weaves the natural history of moose into the story of the unusual ``courtship'' between species. It also tells the story of the people who became involved: the visited farmer's support and defense of the wild animal and the human response to the rare event. The text, based on the farmer's log, is supplemented by over 50 quality, full-color photographs. A book that is funny and touching, and full of reverence for nature."


Paper Predators: Spider and Fly
Paper Predators: Spider and Fly
Author: Laurence Mound, Damian Johnston
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/25/2007


"Gigantic cut-out models of spider and bluebottle fly. Step-by-step instructions show you how to cut out and assemble this giant spider and bluebottle. A fun way to learn fascinating facts about these creatures."


Piglet's Feelings Pack (First Concepts)
Piglet's Feelings Pack (First Concepts)
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/29/2007


"4 board books that include "sad", "happy", "angry" and "proud". Introduces the very young child to these concepts for the first time in a fun and recognizable way."


Souperchicken
Souperchicken
Author: Mary Jane Auch
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/8/2007


"This latest entry in Auch's popular "poultry parodies" will have educators as well as children applauding its heroine, Henrietta the hen, whose ability to read saves her aunts from becoming the next soup of the day. Henrietta's aunties are going on a wonderful all-expenses-paid vacation--or so they think. But as the truck pulls away, Henrietta notices the sign, "Souper Soup Co." Horrified, she flies into action. She reads the soup company's address from a soup can label at the grocery store, then finds the exact location by reading a map. On her way to free her aunts, she comes across a load of pigs aboard a Saucy Sausage Company truck and some cows headed for the Happy Hamburger Company. After warning the animals about their fate, she implores them to "please learn to read! Reading can save your lives!" The grateful critters get the message, and so will kids. What better messengers than Henrietta and this clever tale, hilariously illustrated in wonderfully expressive, super-silly cartoon pictures. A good choice to celebrate reading during Children's Book Week--or anytime."


Unicorn
Unicorn
Author: Nancy Hathaway
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/23/2007


"In this magnificently illustrated book, the author takes us on a tour of unicorn lore-from ancient times into the present. The unicorn as symbol and as legend is brilliantly brought to life in this colorful history."


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