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This week in all age comic books check out Care Bears, Minions, Spider-Man, Atomic Robo, Little Golden Books and more.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home is almost as much of a teen romance, as it is a superhero movie. There are some nice comedic elements and two great credit sequences that fans of the MCU need to see. One of them clears up a couple plot holes and the other one sees the MCU looking down the rabbit hole.
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It’s new comic book day and the spirit if independence all age comic books skewing young and old are nigh. Last week we introduced our rating system and received some nice feedback on it. One thing that we forgot was those books that OK for the very youngest of readers, those pre-k kids. Yes, there are some books that skew that young and will demo up to those in elementary school even. So, in addition to the regular ratings, look for any appropriate for those pre-k readers. It’s been given the very obvious rating of pre-k. If you missed last week’s introduction here’s a recap of how things will be ranked and who they’re appropriate for.
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The guide through the book is the peppered moth. Peppered moths apparently have a large disparity in their black and white allotment, with some looking like spotted zebras and others resembling patchy black panthers, albeit with wings and weighing an ounce just after they eat a huge meal. Here I thought they were simply these flittering creatures that tried to make holes in my clothing, but nay. Moths have been evolving, thus the title, Moth, An Evolution Story. The Peppered Moth started out one way, which had its own benefits, but then changed. This evolution created a period of chaos for some moths. They were able to be seen by different predators, but more easily obscured by others who used to eat them.
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Our 9 year-old has been counting the days until The Big Bad Wolf was released. We got to the store and saw a couple of older books by Aaron Blabey on the shelf, but no sight of the new one. At first he was dejected and looked like he might cry. He was certain, absolutely positive that it was hitting stores on this day. I suggested that he ask a person at the store where the book is. This is an important leap of faith for him because he’s not one to ask questions to people that he doesn’t know.
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We see 4 Matisse Monkeys, 6 Kandinsky Kangaroos, 8 Seurat Sloths and seven other counting lessons that are done whilst channeling classic artists. I had to mention those three artists because two of them I hadn’t heard of. Even the title of the book, Kahlo’s Koalas, 1, 2, and 3 is referencing an artist and not the author of the book. The actual author of the book is Grace Helmer, a London-based illustrator who has quite the career ahead of her as a forger, should she want to go on the other side of the law.
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There is not a consistent rating system for all of the comic book or graphic novel publishers, so we created one. It’s quite simple to follow along, much easier than the Time Warp even-here it is. LE: Lower elementary readers will enjoy this book, those are ages 4-8. It’ll have simple concepts, drawings or ideals that most likely won’t demo up to those upper elementary aged kids. UE: Upper elementary readers are those who are 9 and up. These readers will enjoy a little more action, can handle lots more reading and want to be in with the cool kids. .....and much more
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It’s impossible to read Washington, D.C from A-Z without walking away with some tidbit of information. Some of those kibbles will root out and motivate people to read more about them. If you’re like our 7 year-old, then it’ll inspire a base amount of immediate curiosity-with some cool illustrations about this place that your family is going. This is also one of those great books to read when you visit an elementary school. Just bring the book and ask the class to provide you with a letter and then you read facts about that letter as it pertains to Washington, D.C. That’s one of our favorite activities to do when we’re the mystery reader and if you time this as to when they’re learning about our nation’s capital it’s win/win.
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My Fourth of July has a classic feel about it because the happenings and activities that small communities do on this day are still relatively the same. There’s a parade in the morning, activities at various places and fireworks someplace at night. As a book, elementary school readers will enjoy it because they’ll be able to relate to something on every page. If they like the face painter then they’ll have a fond memory of that on one page. The local bands is shown, the classic wagon that kids will be pulled in also has several pages devoted to it.
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The screening we attended of Toy Story was made up of about 65% adults and 35% children. This is one of those films where the older attendees are ones who attended one of the previous Toy Story films as a child. Like a child’s version of James Bond, this is a franchise that can exist for generations. Similar to a child’s fascination of the refrigerator light and if it stays on when the door is shut, they wonder and want to imagine a world where their toys come to life.

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