Review: Little Kids and Their Big Dogs by Andy Seliverstoff

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs remains to be one of the sweetest and most precious ensemble of photographs I’ve had the pleasure to browse. It’s also the perfect combination to make me end up in happy tears: little kids and their big dogs.

This is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a dog. It’s such a deeply touching collection filled with so much heart and charm. Plus, it’s educating as well–I learned about so many new dog breeds I’d never encountered before.

However, what lowered a bit of my adoration was that each series of images in this book was accompanied by an fictionalized short story about the dogs and children featured in it. The additions of those stories weren’t exactly what I’d signed up for, and so it made the magic of the photographs disappear a bit for me. In the end, I decided to skip the short tales in order to fully enjoy the beauty encompassed in this photography collection.

On that note, here are some of the precious kids with their dogs that had me desperately fighting back my tears multiple times throughout:

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Overall, I’d highly recommend you give this incredibly sweet collection capturing the special bond between little kids and their big dogs a go. (I found myself fighting tears more than once.) And I’ll always cherish photography collections that encompass the meaning of “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And this was it… This was so it.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: January 10th, 2017

4/5 stars

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Review: America #1 by Gabby Rivera

I don’t tend to read or review single issues of comics as I like to read them in volumes. But my excitement for America has been evergrowing since I saw this ethereal work of art by Joe Quinones:america-1-bookspoilsSo waiting till October for the first volume to come out was out of question for me.

This issue written by Gabby Rivera and drawn by Joe Quinones was my very first introduction to America Chavez. And if this was any indication of her awesomeness, it won’t be my last! I’m in it for the long haul with Chavez.

However, the plot was a bit puzzling for me as I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the thrown in references or superheroes. But I came to love America’s character so damn much that I didn’t really mind being left out of the loop with the ongoing storyline. And thankfully we had a quick recap at the start:

America Chavez is done with the hero scene. She did the Teen Brigade thing. She basically WAS the Young Avengers. And the Ultimates? They’re cool, but saving the world every weekend is starting to get old. Time to punch out.

But she can’t go home again—she left the Utopian Parallel when she was a little girl, after her moms died saving the entire Multiverse. America’s been on her own ever since, doing her best to be a hero just like them.

And lately her friends all seem to have problems of their own, what with Loki seemingly being a full-on bad guy again and bestie Kate Biship (a.k.a. the real Hawkeye) now doing her own thing out on the West Coast.

So where does a super-strong queer brown girl who can punch star-shaped holes between dimensions go to get her hero-free kicks? Queue up the music and lace up your boots… America’s going to college.

Like the author mentioned in this interview, ‘Don’t try to write a superhero comic book. That’s not why they reached out to you. Put all the joy and excitement and energy and quirkiness that you did with Juliet and bring it to America.’ So what song does she listen to when she wakes up in the morning? Does she brush her teeth in her underwear? What type of girl is she? The fundamental questions you have about someone you want to be friends with.

Plus, there’s just so much I cherished in this issue:

america-1-1-bookspoilsThe only America I want.america-1-2-bookspoilsI immensely valued the emphasis on America’s love and grief for her two heroic mothers.

america-1-3-bookspoilsThis girl is me with the “be your best friend.

america-1-4-bookspoilsGirls loving girls in comics is something I’ll never grow tired of seeing represented! america-1-5-bookspoilsA+++, Would be burned by America.america-1-6-bookspoilsHer comments are pure gold.america-1-7-bookspoilsGirls supporting girls!!! Also, America’s expression in the above is beyond lovable.america-1-8-bookspoilsChavez is a rare hidden gem.

america-1-9-bookspoilsBeating Nazi bastards  is something I’ll always support.
Plus, that’s how you end your comic on at an all-time high. I want more and more and more!!!

4.5/5 stars

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Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

I was mentally and emotionally spent after having read Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, so this comic collection fit perfectly for my need of something light and easy to cheer me up. I also found Big Mushy Happy Lump a lot more enjoyable and relatable than Andersen’s previous collection, so that left me with an ever bigger smile plastered on my face.

Sarah Andersen’s second collection picks up right where the first left off–huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweather theft, and the joy of staying home all day with a box of pizza. All aboard.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite pieces:big-mushy-happy-lump-1-bookspoils

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big-mushy-happy-lump-3-bookspoilsI hate how relatable the above one is….

big-mushy-happy-lump-4-bookspoilsI laughed out loud at “punch the sun.”

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big-mushy-happy-lump-6-bookspoilsReminded me of the song Take a Hint from the show Victorious.

big-mushy-happy-lump-7-bookspoilsThis genuinely happened to me today!! And I was stunned when I read the lyrics and discovered how they didn’t fit my expectations in the least.

big-mushy-happy-lump-9-bookspoilsWhere is the lie!!!

big-mushy-happy-lump-10-bookspoilsThis is me. This is who I am.

big-mushy-happy-lump-12-bookspoils“Let’s just cuddle in spirit” made me burst into laughter.

big-mushy-happy-lump-13-bookspoilsI hate when this happens!!

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big-mushy-happy-lump-15-bookspoilsI snorted at the description of “a greasy onion.”

big-mushy-happy-lump-16-bookspoilsI feel personally attacked by this.

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Overall, I was more than surprised by how much I enjoyed Big Mushy Happy Lump. Particularly the addition at the end of personal essays combined with comics were surprisingly fun to read. This time around, I cannot wait for more of Andersen’s comics!

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 7th, 2017

4/5 stars

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