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Zita the Spacegirl Trilogy~ review

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Zita the Spacegirl, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, and Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

 I love graphic novels. There’s something really different about reading what is practically a picture book for older people. And I really love Zita the Spacegirl. I’m not sure how I was introduced to this series, but I think it might have been through Regina Doman, who is a good friend of Ben Hatke’s. She used him as her fight expert in a few of her novels. 🙂 Anyway, the story is this: Zita, the heroine, finds a strange device that, when activated, sends her and a friend to a different universe. She and her friend, Joseph, are separated when Joseph is kidnapped by alien robots. Zita teams up with a man named Piper and a giant Mouse to rescue him. I won’t tell you how it ends, but the stories keep getting better. Sadly, there are only three Zita books. More! Give me more!

Ben Hatke’s art is amazing. There’s so much detail in just a few pencil strokes. As for the characters, I love Zita, Piper, Mouse, Madrigal, Strong Strong, and One. They are all unique and laugh-out-loud characters. When I read, I rarely laugh out loud. I’m more of a silent laugher. So if they make me howl with laughter, that’s saying something. I highly recommend these books to all ages. Oh, and Ben quotes G. K. Chesterton in the front! LOVE!

rainbow spines

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When you look at books, the first thing you see is the spine of the book. Sometimes the spines are very pretty. Sometimes they’re really ugly. I searched through my favorite books to find ones with pretty, rainbow spines. Here they are in order. I hope this cheers up your dreary day!

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Red

Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll~ I just had to include this book. My blog is named Alice In Bookland, after all! And the book itself is stunningly pretty. I love the vintage spine. And the White Rabbit on the front? Darling!

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Orange

Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham~ The third of the Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer books by John Grisham. The spine looks more red than orange, but whatever. This is a really good book, great for boys. And girls!

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Yellow

Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne~ I think this book was printed in the 1930s or so. It is gorgeous!

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Green

Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck~ Number four in the Tiger’s Curse series.

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Blue

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall~ Can I say how much I love the Penderwicks? The sisterly love between them is wonderful. The story is sweet. Skye trying to be the OAP (oldest available Penderwick) is hilarious. This is the third in the Penderwick series.

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Indigo

Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery~ My favorite of all the Anne books. I like it because Anne is older (but not too old), and it has romance. And Gilbert! Oh, I have such a literary crush on Gilbert…

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Violet

The Quiet Light- A Novel about Saint Thomas Aquinas by Louis de Wohl~ Louis de Wohl is one of my favorite authors ever in the history of authorship. His books are so well written, so detailed, and the subjects are wonderful. This one, about Saint Thomas Aquinas, is one of my favorites. And it’s one of the only books I have that has a purple spine!

Care to share your favorite rainbow spine books? Comment below!

favorite children’s books: part 4

Today is the last day of the favorite children’s books posts (for now!). Ending with religious books that mean a lot to me is a good way to finish off, I think. All of the titles I’ve selected are either Christmas, Christian, or Catholic books.

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Tapestries: Stories of Women in the Bible by Ruth Sanderson- I love the look of this book. All of the more well-known women of the Bible are in here.

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The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Helen Berger- The little donkey has a dream that he carries a ship, a city, a rose and a fountain. He is carrying Mary, the Mother of God, on his back. All those symbols are symbols of Mary. A sweet, gentle book.

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A Small Miracle by Peter Collington- There aren’t any words in A Small Miracle, but it forces you to really look at the images and absorb them.

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Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson- Ruth Sanderson did an amazing job on this book and its companion. The saints in here are from the 1st century to about the 11th. St. Catherine of Alexandria is on the front cover.

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More Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson- St. Francis of Assisi is on the front of this book. The saints in here are from the 12th century to more modern days. (I just realized as I was writing this post that I have three books on here by Ruth Sanderson! That’s half of the ones in this post. I must really like her books.)

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The Weight of A Mass by Josephine Nobisso, Illustrated by Katalin Szegedi- The Weight of A Mass is a beautiful way to show children how precious the Mass should be to them and to us as adults.

So, there you have it! Many of my favorite children’s books in no specific order. I’ll be going back to my regular review posting on Monday. Thank you for bearing with me and for sharing some of your favorite picture books. 🙂

Do you have any favorite books you’d like to share?

favorite children’s books: part 3

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Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds- Someday…all mothers think about what there children will be like someday. They all have hopes and dreams and prayers for their little ones. Someday captures it all so beautifully, both in words and pictures.

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A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood, Illustrated by Laura Rankin- I love Isabel! She is so cute and so fiercely determined to have a balloon!

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The English Roses by Madonna- I was given this book when I was younger. I’m not quite sure how many times I’ve read it… Many, many times, I’m sure. The quirkiness of the illustrations is wonderful. (Why are the pictures the best parts of children’s books?)

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Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman, Pictures by Ben Hatke-I love Regina Doman. Her Fairy Tale Retold books are amazing and some of my favorites to read and reread. Angel in the Waters is a beautiful, life-affirming story of a child in the womb, speaking to her guardian angel.  The illustrations are beautiful, as well.

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Joseph and Chico by Jeanne Perego and Donata Dal Molin Casagrande- Just what the tagline says, The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat.

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The Clown of God an old story told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola – I’ll admit it, every single time I read The Clown of God, I cry at the end. No matter how many times I’ve read it, I still cry as if I’m reading it for the first time. It is such a sweet story. I dare you to read it and not weep.

favorite children’s books: part 2

Part two of my favorite children’s books are fairy tales. I love fairy tales, the once upon a time and they lived happily ever after. The optimist in me believes in happy endings. 🙂

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The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop- I love this book so much. Not only does it teach about chastity in the context of a fairy tale, the story is well written and pictures are stunning!

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The Squire and the Scroll Written by Jennie Bishop, Paintings by Preston McDaniels- This is the boys’ version of The Princess and the Kiss. It’s also a sweet fairy tale “of the rewards of a pure heart”.

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The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cecily Mary Barker

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The Lord of the Rushie River and Flower Fairies of the Summer by Cecily Mary Barker- Cecily Mary Barker’s paintings are amazing. All of the flower fairies have a poem to go with them.

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The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, Illustrated by Ruth Heller- I love reading Cinderella stories, especially ones from other lands. 🙂

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses As tolda by Marianna Meyer, Illustrated by K.Y. Craft-The cover of this book just blows me away. The beauty of the illustrations brings the whole story to life. I love The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale already, but this copy pushes that love over the edge!!

What is your favorite fairy tale? Do you believe in happy endings? Do tell in the comments!

favorite children’s books: part 1

I don’t know what it is about children’s books that makes them so appealing. The pictures, the stories, the cuteness and the memories. I think we all have favorite books from our childhoods, books that our Mums and Daddies, big sisters and brothers, and grandparents read to us or we’ve read to our kids or siblings.

My favorite thing about most children’s books are the illustrations. Grown-up books should have pictures, too. The illustrations are as varied as the stories themselves. So, here is the first part of my favorite children’s books in no particular order.

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Chrysanthemum and Julius, The Baby of the World both by Kevin Henkes- I love Kevin Henkes, hands down. His writing style, Lily, Chrysanthemum, and his illustrations are splendid. I love the part in Julius, The Baby of the World, when Lily realizes she actually likes her brother after her awful cousin insults Julius. Lily makes Cousin Garland hold Julius and declare that Julius is, in fact, the baby of the world!

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Fancy Nancy written by Jane O’Conor, Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser- I want to be Fancy Nancy! Seriously, to be able to pull off those outfits? Yes, please!

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The Little House: Her Story by Virginia Lee Burton- Virginia Lee Burton’s pictures are darling. And the little house of the story is so cute. I want a house like that!

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I Am Invited to a Party! and I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems- Can I just say how much I love to read Piggy and Gerald books? They are so sweet and so silly. These are two of my favorites! Gerald’s long, crazy story when he breaks his trunk and Piggy’s preparation for the party. So funny!

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman- If you can travel all around the world gathering ingredients to make a very fresh apple pie, then you must have read this book! I love the look of the pictures.

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Miss Rumphius story and pictures by Barbara Cooney- When I was younger, I thought this book was called the Lupine Lady and I could never find it. Has that ever happened to you? You read a book when you’re younger and love it, but when you go to find it at a store or the library when you’re older, you can’t find it? I’m so glad I have this book, not only because of the story, but also because of the illustrations, the lupine pictures most of all.

What were your favorite childhood books?
Do you remember hearing them read to you?
Tell me about it in the comments!