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Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby by Eric Metaxas


Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby (1990)

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Genre:  Animal / African American / Trickery / Contraptions
Year Published: 1990
Year Read:  1993

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

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This is a Grammy-award nominated story that is masterfully done by the folks at Rabbit Ears. Danny Glover’s raspy yet calming narration and Taj Mahal’s solo guitar music helps complements the story of those two tricksters, Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox.

Blog 4 Pros
Danny Glover does a great job at narrating this story as he provides inflections throughout the story such as going deep when he does Brer Fox and going high-pitched when he does Brer Rabbit. Danny Glover’s narration is calm and energetic and makes this story great to listen to on the ears. Taj Mahal’s solo guitar music is excellent as the music greatly matches the story’s calm mood and southern roots.

Blog 5 Cons
Although, I found nothing inappropriate about this story, I felt that Henrik Drescher’s illustrations were a little awkward for this story. Since, the mood of the story is calm and sweet, Henrik Drescher’s illustrations are a bit wild and blunt and the illustrations usually take the attention away from the main story. I did not like how the contraption came to be as it looks like a black jug that has wobbly legs attached to it instead of an actual person, which is normally seen in the other versions of this story.

Blog 6 Overall
Overall, this is a great story that fans of the Brer Rabbit would greatly appreciate. Both Danny Glover and Taj Mahal make a great team at providing the southern theme for this story. However, the illustrations may need to be improved to match the mood of the story.

Blog 7 Awards

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4 stars

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Story Discussions #4: The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)


The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

Hey everybody! Welcome to “Story Discussions,” where we talk about various Rabbit Ears stories each week and you can talk about what you liked or hated about the Rabbit Ears story we will discuss for that week.
This week’s Rabbit Ears story we will be discussing this week is:

The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

Narrated by: Robin Williams
Music by: The Klezmer Conservatory Band
Illustrated by: Henrik Drescher

As everyone knows, “The Fool and the Flying Ship” is my all-time favorite story from Rabbit Ears and what I loved so much about this story was that the narration, the music and the illustrations all combine effortlessly to create one hilarious and wild take on the ancient Russian folktale!  Robin Williams was brilliant in narrating this story as he brought so much humor to the story and made the story fun to watch!  The Klezmer Conservatory Band’s music brings in a creative flair to the story and Henrik Drescher’s illustrations is the icing on the cake as they are bizarre yet creative at the same time and really brings in a unique spin on this ancient folktale!
So, what did you liked or hated about Robin Williams’ narration on “The Fool and the Flying Ship?”
Please feel free to answer below!

The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters


A great review on “The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters!”

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Bibliographic citation:Sierra, Judy. The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters. Candlewick Press, 2005. ISBN 0-763-6-1727
Format Examined: Hardcover print
Annotation: Monsters from different folklore are explained.
Personal Reaction: I loved this book! I do enjoy a good scary monster tale. Little kids might actually get scared, however, because some of these monsters are reputed to be quite deadly. The monsters are all ranked on a skull and crossbones scale, five skull and crossbones being the deadliest. I thought that was a cute touch. There is a forward that explains that all these monsters come from actual folk stories from countries all over the world. I would recommend this book for very brave children! This book encourages print motivation with its very colorful (often bloody) pictures.
Age Recommendation: 2 and up
Website: http://www.judysierra.net/

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McFig & McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending)


Wee Required Reading’s thoughts on Henrik Drescher’s McFig and McFly.

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By Henrik Drescher

Candlewick Press, 2008

Far away from anywhere big and important, in a little cozy cottage surrounded by fruit trees and berry bushes, lived McFig and his little daughter, Rosie. One day, a stranger named McFly and his son, Anton, bought the land next door. This was OK with McFig, as long as they weren’t noisy or smelly.

In fact, they’re just the opposite. McFig and McFly have quite a bit in common and get along marvelously. So marvelously in fact, that McFig helps McFly build a cottage exactly like his own. But when McFig also builds a tall tower with his leftover lumber — making his house just a teensy bit bigger and better — so starts a competition that will consume, and eventually end, their lives.

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Sweet Reads for Valentine’s Day!


Here are some great valentine books by Hooray for Books!

Hooray for Books! Independent Bookstore

There’s nothing like snuggling up with a good book and someone you love on Valentine’s Day! Here at Hooray for Books, we’ve picked out our favorite reads that celebrate love.

Hugs and Kisses by Rachael Hale; 6.99; LB Kids; Ages 0-2

It’s puppy love at first sight! Rachael Hale is known for her adorable portraits of babies, and this title adds furry (and feathered) friends into the mix. Little ones will love the different animal hugs and kisses on display, and grown-ups will be enchanted by the unrelenting cuteness of Hale’s photography. I dare you not to crack a grin at this one!

I Love You by Barbi Sido; 6.99; Priddy Books (Macmillan); Ages 0-2

This brightly colored fold out book features something we love on each spread. Surprises! Cupcakes! Family! You! Constructed out of sturdy cardboard, this fold out book is designed to withstand arduous playing and chewing…

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Some Weird Picture Books That Are My Favorites.


From Zack Smith: Writer’s list, here are some bizarre picture books that you should definitely check out!

Zack Smith: Writer

Happy New Year!  Thought I would get a few recommendations down as I got back to work.

These are some picture books that are so weird and wonderful and crazy that adults can enjoy them as well.  There’s tons of books like these out there, but these are a few of my favorites.

First, a recent one:

This is a really cool book by Matt Furie, whose artwork is colorful, surreal and kind of creepy…but overall, very gentle.

It’s a simple tale about a frog and a rat who go for a nighttime bike ride, meet up with some weird creatures who turn out to be friends, and then they all head to the beach together.

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Furie does some crazy-detailed pages with creatures lurking in every corner, but despite the seeming threat of danger, the book is more about revealing all sorts of wonders around every corner, and will…

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The Circus is Where It’s At: Oddballs and Misfits in Henrik Drescher’s Klutz and Maira Kalman’s Roarr Calder’s Circus


These are book reviews by Gathering Books about Klutz by Henrik Drescher and Roarr Calder’s Circus. Check them out!

Gathering Books

 “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages! Welcome to Burfoot’s Circus, the travelling home of freaks, misfits, drop-outs and the socially inept – sometimes all of the above – come together for your entertainment pleasure tonight, out of a love of performing in some cases, and simply fear of discovery in others.”
– Jackie Trippier Holt, Freaks Like Us

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While I don’t remember watching the circus inside the Big Tent, I do enjoy watching acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, lion tamers, and other circus performers every chance I get. I’m particularly enamored by contemporary circus acts like the vibrant Cirque de la Mer who I saw perform at Sea World San Diego, and the visually captivating Cirque du Soleil. I watched Cirque du Soleil’s performance, KA, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas about five years ago with my aunt and uncle.

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