Review: From Far Away by Robert Munsch; Saoussan Askar

When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Halloween skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan’s.From Far Away 6-- bookspoilsWe have here a vitally important picture book, sharing the message of inclusivity and belonging, combined with art and color pallets that are undeniable in their beauty. Count me in!

Though it’s a relatively quick read, From Far Away leaves an everlasting impression. One section in particular that had me gripped was about Saoussan’s fear of the skeletons hanging up in school for Halloween. I couldn’t stop spinning it over and over in my head.

Plus, the whole book is just very well curated, where everything, from the art to the accompanying text, flows together wonderfully.

And as always, here are some of my favorite illustrations:
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ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: August 8th, 2017

3.5/5 stars

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Review: Moonstruck #1 by Grace Ellis

Moonstruck 3-- bookspoilsI’ve been waiting for the first issue of this comic to drop for months now, so the arrival has been more than satisfying, to say the least.

In Moonstruck we have: Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy.

List of things that wove their way into my heart:

  • The friendship between Julie and Chet, which basically consists of puns and mom-esque advice. Which is to say that their friendship brings this story to vibrant life. Moonstruck 1-- bookspoilsThis is how you get to me because I do the exact same thing when saying goodbye.

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  • Chet’s relatable feelings of being head over heels for someone who either doesn’t feel the same way or is just completely clueless about you.

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  • The capturing art really plays to the overarching theme’s strength. I mean, need I say more:Moonstruck 4-- bookspoilsAlso, Cass is definitely another new favorite thanks to the above.
  • The world building in Moonstruck has me immensely intrigued, which rarely happens for me as of late. The whole notion of blending the magical with realism is something I’m always up for, so I’m excited to see what’s next in store for the crew.

4/5 stars

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Review: I Thought You Would Be Funnier by Shannon Wheeler

This collection of single panel comics and gags was the perfect thing to fly through in exactly ten minutes. Touching on universal themes such as death and clowns, cats and dogs, love and relationships, Shannon Wheeler’s cartoons were a pleasant surprise for a first-timer.

I do want to mention that though this promises to make you laugh out loud or feel something at least once during your reading experience, it didn’t end up happening in my case. So the title I Thought You Would Be Funnier fit like a glove. Still, there were a handful of noteworthy panels that I would like to highlight next:I Thought You Would Be Funnier 1-- bookspoils

 

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3/5 stars

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