Mini Reviews

I’ve decided it’s simply not possible to catch up with ALL my reviews. However, I don’t want to forget about them completely either. Instead, I’ll be doing mini-reviews to help get me up to date.


Mini ReviewsDoes this Book Make Me Look Fat? by Marissa Walsh
Release Date: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 215

Authors such as Coe Booth, Daniel Pinkwater, Ellen Hopkins, Sarra Manning, and Barry Lyga tackle tough issues regarding body image. This includes anything from weight, height, eating too much or too little, being too chesty or too flat, or the size of one’s butt.  The style varies from author to author as some decide to express their own struggles in personal essays while other explore through story form. There were a couple stories that I didn’t really like, but overall, this book contains a good collection of thoughts that are witty, touching, and creative. A great way for authors and readers to connect over issues we all share.


Mini ReviewsThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Series: The Books of Bayern #1
Release Date: 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 383

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, has never been able to find her footing among her court and kingdom. Her gift of speaking does not rest with people, but among animals. Sent away to marry a neighboring prince, Ani finds herself helpless and alone after her lady-in-waiting tries to kill her and takes her place. Unable to admit who she is, Ani becomes the goose girl for the king to survive. Will she ever be able to reclaim her identity or will she be a goose girl forever? This is wonderful retelling of the Grimm Brothers Goose Girl. Ani is strong character with a lot of spunk and courage. There were a couple of parts that felt like they dragged a little, but nothing that made me bored or took away from the book.

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