Thumbs up for Alfie’s Feet by Shirley Hughes. Children’s.

The plot is nothing to speak of, even for a pictorial kids’ book, but Shirley Hughes has long been one of my favorite illustrators; if she painted Fungi of the World I’d admire it.… >> Read more


Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Children’s fantasy/horror.

It was…fine. I think I would have liked it more had I been reading it aloud to small children. But then, I would have to get close to small children…so I’ll pass.

Coraline knew that when grown-ups told you something wouldn’t hurt it almost always did. She shook her head.

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