Book Review: Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Ben Hodson (2020)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

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Get it if: you’re a vegan parent who’s desperate to find some truly animal-friendly picture books for your child; if your family is thinking about welcoming a furry family member into the fold (this could make a sweet memento for the youngest members); if you want to instill a sense of compassion and respect for nonhumans in the kids you know and love online fotos downloaden.

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Book Review: What I Lick Before Your Face … and Other Haikus By Dogs by Jamie Coleman (2019)

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Poems About Poop (and True Love!)

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley.)

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Oh, and oodles of anxiety, a la Hyperbole and a Half. He and I, we’re simpatico, you see.

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Book Review: Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle & Isaac Goodhart (2019)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Goodreads samsung a5 images. Trigger warning for domestic violence, child and animal abuse, suicide, self-harm, misogyny, and homophobia.)

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Catwoman is one of my favorite anti-heroes, and Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale does her justice. Selina/Catgirl is a likable – if prickly – character, whose primary flaw seems to be that she cares too damn much, especially about the marginalized and oppressed wie youtube lieder downloaden. I appreciate that Myracle acknowledges the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, and love that Cinder’s death is the catalyst behind Selina’s transformation into Catgirl…even as I dreaded those inevitable panels pokémon go app downloaden. (My heart swells to see women sticking up for animals, yo.)

The art is gorgeous and moody, mostly rendered in shades of blue and purple, which vibes perfectly with the tone and plot of the book how can I download a series.

For some reason, I thought this was a self-contained story. Yet the Growler storyline leaves us dangling, and Rosie’s future remains uncertain (hello, sketchy cult-like organization). I hope this is an ongoing series because I need to know what happens next.

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Book Review: A Book For Sad Pets by Kristin Tipping (2019)

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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If the mere thought of your furred, feathered, or scaled family member in pain – physical, mental, emotional, you name it – is like a knife to the heart, then A Book For Sad Pets is murder by fourteen stabs notiz herunterladen. (I counted.)

If, on the other hand, you think nothing of buying a designer dog to specs, like she’s a new Ford pickup or a set of custom kitchen cabinets; crow about how your dog is a member of the family…who you keep chained outside 24/7; or dump your senior doggo off at the pound because his incontinence is too much of an inconvenience for you – then this book is meant for you, even if odds are 99.9999% that you’ll dismiss it as sentimental librul snowflake nonsense uplay download for free.

I guess maybe the best audience is children, whose minds are still malleable and open to some compassionate guidance?

I fall into the first camp (obvs) and, while it depressed the h*ck out of me, it’s also a welcome reminder to put down my iPad/Kindle/keyboard/comic book every now and again and show my remaining nonhuman family members just how much I love and cherish them microsoft word 2016 gratis downloaden.

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Book Review: Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising by Francesco Marciuliano (2018)

Friday, December 7th, 2018

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three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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Book Review: Scout’s Heaven by Bibi Dumon Tak & Annemarie van Haeringen (2018)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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four out of five stars

(Full disclose: I received a free copy of this book for review through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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The vague references to Heaven definitely give the book a religious bent, but as an atheist I appreciated it just the same. The message could easily be tweaked to fit with my own favorite imagery, that of the souls of the ghosts in His Dark Materials breaking apart like so many champagne bubbles as they leave the land of the dead and join their daemons in the living world iphone app downloaden. Particles breaking apart and then coming back together to create new and wonderful creatures. Scout may be in the ground, but she’s everywhere else, too: in the air and sky, the sycamore tree that shades your bedroom window and the squirrel that calls it home powerpoint formen download kostenlos. Listen closely, and you can hear her voice.

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Book Review: Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major & Kelly Bastow (2018)

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

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three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads.)

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Book Review: Senior Dogs Across America: Portraits of Man’s Best Old Friend, Nancy LeVine (2016)

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Old Dogs Rock (and so do Nancy LeVine’s Portraits!)

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: Schiffer Publishing provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

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Book Review: Listen to Me, Hannah Pittard (2016)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley windows live movie makeren gratis. This review contains clearly marked spoilers.)

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Book Review: The Merman, Carl-Johan Vallgren (2015)

Monday, December 7th, 2015

“Fairy tales with tragic endings.”

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss cursus excel 2016 gratis downloaden. Trigger warning for violence, including bullying, sexual violence, and animal abuse, as well as offensive language.)

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Book Review: The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell (2015)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

“Stories can start revolutions.”

five out of five stars

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Book Review: Strays: A Novel, Jennifer Caloyeras (2015)

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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Book Review: The Well, Catherine Chanter (2015)

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley cod bo3. Trigger warning for rape, pedophilia, and domestic violence.)

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DNF Review: The Shark Curtain, Chris Scofield (2015)

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Book Review: Lessons from a Dog, Patrick Moberg (2014)

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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two out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Goodreads’ First Reads program.)

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Book Review: The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, Ellen Cooney (2014)

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Sweet, But Sometimes Problematic

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads’ First Reads program.)

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Book Review: Project Unicorn, Volume 1: 30 Young Adult Short Stories Featuring Lesbian Heroines, Sarah Diemer & Jennifer Diemer (2012)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Monstrously Beautiful

five out of five stars

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Book Review: The Shadow Year, Hannah Richell (2014)

Friday, June 6th, 2014

A Tense Psychological Drama

four out of five stars

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Book Review: The Tell-Tail Heart: A Cat Cozy, Monica Shaughnessy (2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

A Cat of Letters

four out of five stars

“There are no coincidences, only cats with impeccable timing.”

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Book Review: I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs, Francesco Marciuliano (2013)

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
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The Opposite of Dog Shaming / When I See You I Fart

four out of five stars

It’s not easy being a dog
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