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Sunday Comics: Hero Bear and the Kid

I want to start off by making a few things clear. First off, I am officially obsessed with Mike Kunkel’s Hero Bear and the Kid, and have been for years. Secondly, I think you should be obsessed too–it’s one of the best all-ages comics there is.

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Gifts for the Bookish: Back to School Edition

As schools start up across the country it’s a great time to indulge the book nerd in all of us. Do you need a new planner or calendar? Some bookish stationary? How about some fun book related accessories? Whatever’s on your shopping list, you’re going to love what we’ve found for you this time.  Continue reading “Gifts for the Bookish: Back to School Edition”

Sunday Comics: Mouse Guard by David Petersen

“In the world of Mouse Guard, mice struggle to live safely and prosper amongst harsh conditions and a host of predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed: more than just soldiers, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one village to another. They see to their duty with fearless dedication so that they may not simply exist, but truly live.”

I’m happy to introduce our newest ongoing feature, Sunday Comics, a semimonthly series focusing on comic books, graphic novels, and other stories told through a combination of visual and written media. Continue reading “Sunday Comics: Mouse Guard by David Petersen”

Gifts for the Bookish: Spring Shopping Edition

It’s Spring and that’s as good a reason as any to buy yourself something special. Or maybe you need a gift for Mother’s Day? How about new few accessory to freshen your home? Whatever your excuse, you’re going to love what we’ve found for you this time.  Continue reading “Gifts for the Bookish: Spring Shopping Edition”

Jem and the Holograms: Showtime–Reliving My Childhood in a Book Review

When I first heard that IDW was going to be releasing a Jem and the Holograms comic I wasn’t sure if I should be excited, terrified, or a little bit of both.

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Butterfly in the Sky…

 

 

Unknown-2 Where should I even start? Reading Rainbow is probably the TV show I remember and cherish most from my childhood. I can still list my favorite stories and celebrity guests. I remember wanting a pet pig just so I could name him Perfect, hoping that my own paintbrushes would suddenly become magical like Liang’s, and trying to convince my father to make us fruit stew for dinner. Reading Rainbow was one of the best shows public television has ever given us and as an adult I realize that much of it has to do with the commitment of LeVar Burton himself. An advocate for literacy for more than 30 years, Mr. Burton and Reading Rainbow have launched a Kickstarter to fund a large scale attempt to improve childhood literacy rates. I’ve supported it not only because I’m a fan, but because I see this as a way to thank Mr. Burton and Reading Rainbow for all the joy they gave me and hopefully help them give that same gift to others. Maybe you can help too? I think it’s valuable–but you don’t have to take my word for it 🙂

~jess

Revisiting Wonderful Book Memories–The Baby-Sitters Club

When I saw that Ann M. Martin was going to be appearing at Book Expo America/Book Con this week the little girl in me let out a shout of excitement. When I was in elementary school these were my absolute favorite books. I read them all over and over, even when I was really just a bit to old for them. Maybe this explains my adult love for YA novels? Continue reading “Revisiting Wonderful Book Memories–The Baby-Sitters Club”

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