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I didn't read many whole books this week because of too much to do and finding pieces of books to share for some non-fiction work, but some are worth mentioning.
I finally got around to reading two Babymouse books which I've read about so often that I am embarrassed I still haven't read any. And I didn't realize that they are co-written by Jennifer L. Holm of May Amelia fame and her brother, Matthew. I finished Babymouse Skater Girl and Babymouse Our Hero. These graphic novels are meant for young readers although sometimes the jokes seem a little old for who might be reading them. I liked the way they showed Babymouse trying things and choosing according to the way she thought life should be, like full of cupcakes and good friends. I didn't like the way the books showed that school wasn't always a good thing in her world, but perhaps that's more realistic than I just want it to be. I loved the drawings and laughed at most of the times that Babymouse got into trouble, like what seems to be a usual joke, her battle with her locker at school. She has one loyal friend, Wilson Weasel, that appeared in both books. I imagine these books might be fun for young children needing a boost in finding a book that feels comfortable.
I discovered a new wonderful illustrator this week. I often browse in our library to look for a new book and or/author I'm unfamiliar with, and this time I chose The Blue Stone, A Journey Through Life, with geogeous watercolor illustrations by Jimmy Liao and the English text adapted by Sarah L. Thomson. Liao is Taiwanese and, according to the book flap,
known for his beautiful graphic illustrations. It's a poignant story of a big rock, actually, turned into many things, carried in its transformations throughout the world, yet continuing to be homesick to return home. You will have to find the book to see how it ends.
Now and continuing: I started Divergent by Veronica Roth and am well in. It is enjoyable, but I feel as if I am still sitting on pins and needles, wondering when something heartrending will happen. The book makes me nervous, and that's good, but what if if doesn't come through? It's always a question, isn't it?