Review: Space Dumplins

Space Dumplins Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super cute and fun.

This kids graphic novel deals with some slightly harder subjects that kids today can very much appreciate and benefit from. The novel is done in a fun and quirky way that in no way takes away the import though. Violet’s parents both work full time, so when her school is eaten by space whales they have to figure out what to do with her. Things get harder when her parents argue over who takes her to work with them. Dad’s past also gets involved and throws a wrench in things.
It’s clear Violet's parents love her and each other, but this graphic novel clearly depicts the struggle most lower and middle class parents face when school is canceled. Kids in this situation will appreciate both Violet's desire to stay home and watch cartoons and her upset when her parents fight.

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Review: Liar's Island

Liar's IslandLiar's Island by Tim Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love these books, but wish they were easier to find. I first stumbled on Pathfinder Tales at BEA in 2013. And loved them. They are so hard to find though. NO library in the entire state of Maine owns ANY. So the only way for me to get any is to buy them, and while I love supporting authors, books are expensive.
Anyway, this is a sequel to Liar's Blade, which I picked up at BEA. This story picks up a little over a year after Liar's Blade. It is very much a fantasy adventure story, but not the old fashioned typical ones. Roderick is a thief and trickster. He's accompanied by his best friend Hyrm, a sentient talking sword of ice. The two are getting into typical thiefy trouble when a djinn invites them to a remote island nation as a guest of the local ruler. Not being stupid, they accept and embark on an adventure full of magic, thievery, and treasure.

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