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Quick book reviews by a dad and his daughters.

Hug Machine — Scott Campbell

HUG MACHINE by Scott Campbell

My daughter Ina (5) loved this cute book and “aww”‘ed quite a few times watching the Hug Machine do his rounds of hugging everything in sight.

I loved the shaky watercolours and the sweet-weird stuff the boy hugs. Campbell has a brilliant style!

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Seconds by Brian Lee O'Malley

Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley

This is one brick of a book, but — surprisingly — I breezed through it in 2 sittings.

The story is suspenseful, weird, socio-realistic and clever.
There may have been a bit too much youngsters-in-angstful-love for my taste, but it did give me flashbacks — sort of — and that’s a good sign.

Kudos to the canuck for penning such a good-looking and well-told tome.

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Hilda and the Troll - Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson

The Hilda series is a cute, weird, fantastic beautiful romp through a strange nordic environment. I can’t get enough of it!

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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

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Moomin by Tove Jansson

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Lumberjanes—Beware The Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes — Beware The Kitten Holy by Stevenson · Ellis · Watters · Allen

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Stuck
Oliver Jeffers

Another charming, silly story from Mr. Jeffers. Looks great, funny story, great characters and fun to read!

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PLOC

PLOC — The Farm (The Happy Mag for Little Ones)
Alain Gree

This is a fantastic looking book. A real goody-bag of mid-century goodness.

Factbook— in the tradition of Richard Scarry + Activity Book —in line with publisher Anorak’s other books and magazines— this is a real treat.

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MOUK

Around the World with Mouk
Marc Boutavant

Wall to wall Boutavant. What more could you want?
I’m a real fan of the cycling Mouk and his pals, and his adventures as he travels around the world and meets his virtual penpals is a much-needed lesson in how similar we all are, despite our surroundings and cultures.

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Mr.Noisy

Mr.Noisy
Roger Hargreaves

A staple in our household for more than 20 years, these misters and misses provide nightly chuckles and guffaws. They are especially fun when you switch out their personal verbs for something more bathroomy.

For Little Miss Farty* (*Tiny)

The trouble was, because she was so farty, nobody knew she lived there.

Nobody had noticed her.

Not even the farmer and his wife.

So, there she farted, All alone. With nobody to fart to.

She was very farty.

Cracks my girls up, every time.

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Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

The book that made the biggest impression on me as a child. Rambunctious kid sent to bed without dinner imagines life without parents telling him what he cannot do.

Nice moral to the story. I especially loved the journey to the land of the wild things and the playing with them. And could totally relate to Max’s realization that parenting is no great fun all the time, either.

Heck, I even named my son Max

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Wild

Wild
Emily Hughes

Continuing with Wildness— Emily Hughes debut is a beautifully drawn story of a feral child becoming civilized and then realizing her true nature. I loved the penciled layouts and the wild-eyed main character.

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