What Are You Reading? May 2016 Edition
May Total: 33
Year to date: 134
Year to date: 134
LEGO Play Book Lipkowitz, Daniel
The Bird King and Other Sketches Tan, Shaun
Sardine in Outer Space 2 Guibert, Emmanuel
Sardine in Outer Space Guibert, Emmanuel
The Fall of the House of West Pope, Paul
Daredevil, Volume 1 Waid, Mark
Princeless, Vol. 3: The Pirate Princess Whitley, Jeremy
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling (Delilah Dirk, #2) Cliff, Tony
Space Dumplins Thompson, Craig
Barbarian Lord Smith, Matt
Marvel 1602 Gaiman, Neil
I Did It with My Hatchet: A Story of George Washington Quackenbush, Robert M.
Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates Usher, M.D.
Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus Sís, Peter
11 Experiments That Failed Offill, Jenny
Baby Loves to Rock! Kirwan, Wednesday
While You Were Napping Offill, Jenny
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America Weatherford, Carole Boston
A World Full of Monsters McQueen, John Troy
The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home Huget, Jennifer Larue
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (Elephant & Piggie, #10) Willems, Mo
Star Wars: The Death Star Whitman, John
Pinkerton, Behave! Kellogg, Stevens-
The House of Wisdom Heide, Florence Parry
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson Muñoz Ryan, Pam
Soon, Baboon, Soon Horowitz, Dave
The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening Raschka, Chris
All the World Scanlon, Liz Garton
John Jensen Feels Different (Johannes Jensen, #1) Hovland, Henrik
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story Hopkinson, Deborah
I Speak Dinosaur Henry, Jed
The Woods Hoppe, Paul
Shaun Tan is a genius, and "The Bird King and Other Sketches" gives us a beautiful glimpse into his internal creative landscape. It contains some process art which will be familiar to his readers, and other sketches which hint at exciting possibilities of new stories to come.
"Marvel 1602" is definitely one of the most creative Marvel universe adaptations, though it moves a little too quickly to give its characters time to fully grow.
"Knit Your Bit" is a worthwhile look at the WWI homefront. Pair it with a book on the Christmas truce, and you have an effective mini-lesson on the so-called Great War. "I Did it With My Hatchet" and "The House of Wisdom" deserve demerits for spreading historical misinformation. While Quackenbush at first works to debunk some common Washington myths, he takes a bizarre turn at the end, claiming that Washington witnessed the rise of Democrats and Republicans (the major parties wouldn't go by these names until the 1850's, and it was only in the 1980's that they developed their present alignments). Heide makes a noble effort to share the story of an Islamic Renaissance, but falls into major factual errors about the period of translation. Since I studied the translation period in some detail in college, the inaccuracies made it less enjoyable for me.