Little Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood ~ Timothy Tocher


Little Bad Wolf and Red Riding HoodLittle Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood by Timothy Tocher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet children’s retelling of the classic Red Riding Hood tale. A bit dorkishly snarky in some places but I imagine that children would appreciate the silliness. I quite liked the idea of the wold preceding to be Little Red instead of the grandmother, but it didn’t quite work out like I was expecting it to. I guess that means that it gets points for not being too predictable?

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Love That Dog ~ Sharon Creech


1236864_10151847647266117_920944820_nSo instead of working, or looking for more work, like a proper grown-up, I went out to SAMREC today and watched them release some of the penguins they rescued from the latest oil spill off our coast. Then I had coffee with a friend who also happened to be there. Then I quickly popped in to the local second hand book store and bought too many books. And then I came home, set up a bed on my trampoline and read in the sun for a bit. I have decided that reality is no longer a priority and my new reality is reading and stuff that I actually like doing. For today at least. Tomorrow I may get hungry. But for today, we read.

Oh…and of course today I read Love That Dog by Sharon Creech for the second time because I felt like reading something that I already knew that I would love and so I did. It is a wonderful…um…poem slash story slash diary of pure wonderful. You should read it. Because it is truly lovely.

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The Horse and His Boy ~ C.S. Lewis


2013-09-09 14.02.47*SPOILERS*

While I didn’t mind most of this story it does get to a part where it is a little preachy and it kind of makes me want to cry out “bullshit!” I imagine that might be the reason that this particular book of the series was not made into a movie with the others (although if I’m not mistaken I think there are some BBC movies of all the books out there somewhere anyway). But yes – that’s why I have given it such a low rating. For one, Aslan represents God and he punishes Aravis for something she does in the beginning of the book. It also suggests that he “protected” Shasta throughout his journey. Personally I do not believe that God “punishes” – punishment is a trait of man (and no – it is not up for discussion – I am quite honestly not interested in what you have to say on the subject in your effort to get me to change my mind…thanks anyway) and I also do not believe that God secretly protects those who have no connection to him. You can’t look back on a situation where you have absolutely no relationship with God and go “oh he must have been there”. No dude. He wasn’t there. You didn’t invite him. While I don’t believe that salvation is in any way dependant on you – I do believe that you need to take a step towards God before he can take a step towards you. Now I don’t usually get too self-righteous about stuff like this because how can I get all huffy about what others believe and then still expect that what I believe should be respected? I do however think that there is not much point to God if we continuously compare him to earthly fathers in an attempt to understand something that is quite honestly beyond cerebral understanding. If I’m going to believe in God I kind of need him to not be an asshole. As in – don’t friggen chase my horse and then leave deep gashes in my back to “teach me a lesson” – that is not grace. I think a lot of people are damaged when they are taught to believe that God likes to “Teach lessons”. Fuck that. God likes to love you. End of story.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ C.S. Lewis


2013-09-09 14.02.55I love that the religious thread that runs through this book is kind of unasuming and doesn’t pander to doctrinal extremes. I imagine a more zealous writer may have been tempted to become preachy and push a very certain agenda, but Lewis doesn’t. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if you didn’t know that the Narnia series had a Christian undertone that you might not even notice that it was there. He keeps it as simple as the battle between good and evil without trying to throw in any greys.

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The Magician’s Nephew ~ C. S. Lewis


2013-09-09 14.02.36The Magicians put me in the mood for a little bit of Narnia reading so I hauled my series out over the weekend. The Magician’s Nephew has always been my favourite of the Narnia series. Not sure how many times I have re-read it but I particularly enjoyed this time. There is something soothing about the way CS Lewis uses his words. You cannot help but notice that he caries within him a true un-boasting righteousness.

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The Indian in the Cupboard ~ Lynne Reid Banks


The Indian in the CupboardThe Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can’t say I enjoyed this book. It took me a long time to read it because i just didn’t find it all that interesting – but I don’t think that’s a fair review. It’s a boy book really.
A not-for-Nadine kind of book too. I do appreciate the style of writing, and think my stepson would probably enjoy it. I know it’s a famous story and feel like I’m committing some sort of literary felony by not gushing over it – but my god both the indian and the cowboy were so irritating that I wanted to just give up on the book altogether. I do like Omri though, and I think it’s great when kids read books about kids who are good people. Maybe that sounds insane…as well as lame since most heroes in books are good people…aren’t they? So yeah, very sweet story – but do you ever slog your way through a book not particularly enjoying it and then kind of appreciating it as a whole when you are done?

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