[ARC] from Kids Can Press

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I decided to collect in a single post my comments about the arc received from the Kids Can Press – that publish books for children.

The book this post is about – every one of them interesting and rich in content are:

  • Goodnight, You by Geneviève Côté
  • Loula and the Sister Recipe by Anne Villeneuve
  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki
  • If by  David J. Smith Continue reading
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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

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Una guida per il fantasy, un’analisi completa che mostra schemi ricorrenti e punti deboli del genere, il tutto scritto senza dimenticare umorismo e sottointesi rimandi ad opere ben note.
Più sotto riporto il commento, qui condivido una delle voci del glossario, anche perchè in questo caso la potenza del linguaggio la si può percepire solo leggendo.

HORSES are of a breed unique to Fantasyland. They are capable of galloping full-tilt all day without a rest. Sometimes they do not require food or water. They never cast shoes, go lame, or put their hooves down holes, except when Management deems it necessary, as when the forces of the DARK LORD are only half an hour behind. They never otherwise stumble. Nor do they ever make life difficult for Tourists by biting or kicking their riders or one another. They never resist being mounted or blow out so that their girths slip, or do any of the other things that make horses so chancy in this world. For instance, they never shy and seldom whinny or demand sugar at inopportune moments. But for some reason you cannot hold a conversation while riding them. If you want to say anything to another Tourist (or vice versa), both of you will have to rein to a stop and stand staring out over a VALLEY while you talk. Apart from this inexplicable quirk, Horse can be used just like bicycles, and usually are. Much research into how these exemplary animals come to exist has resulted in the following: no mare ever comes into season on the Tour and no STALLION ever shows an interest in a mare; and few Horses are described as geldings. It therefore seems probable that they breed by pollination. This theory seems to account for everything, since it is clear that the creatures do behave more like vegetables than mammals. It also explains why the ANGLO-SAXON COSSACKS and the DESERT NOMADS appear to have a monopoly on horse-breeding. They alone possess the secret of how to pollinate them.

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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

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A guide to the fantasy, a complete analysis that shows recurrent patterns and faults of this genre, all written without forgetting humor and implied references to the great work of this genre.
Keeping on reading there is my comment, here I chose to share one of the glossary entry because I believe that in this case the power of language could be perceived only by reading.

HORSES are of a breed unique to Fantasyland. They are capable of galloping full-tilt all day without a rest. Sometimes they do not require food or water. They never cast shoes, go lame, or put their hooves down holes, except when Management deems it necessary, as when the forces of the DARK LORD are only half an hour behind. They never otherwise stumble. Nor do they ever make life difficult for Tourists by biting or kicking their riders or one another. They never resist being mounted or blow out so that their girths slip, or do any of the other things that make horses so chancy in this world. For instance, they never shy and seldom whinny or demand sugar at inopportune moments. But for some reason you cannot hold a conversation while riding them. If you want to say anything to another Tourist (or vice versa), both of you will have to rein to a stop and stand staring out over a VALLEY while you talk. Apart from this inexplicable quirk, Horse can be used just like bicycles, and usually are. Much research into how these exemplary animals come to exist has resulted in the following: no mare ever comes into season on the Tour and no STALLION ever shows an interest in a mare; and few Horses are described as geldings. It therefore seems probable that they breed by pollination. This theory seems to account for everything, since it is clear that the creatures do behave more like vegetables than mammals. It also explains why the ANGLO-SAXON COSSACKS and the DESERT NOMADS appear to have a monopoly on horse-breeding. They alone possess the secret of how to pollinate them.

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[ARC] Hello from 2030 by Jan Paul Schutten

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In this non fiction book for children the author deals with some of nowadays issues and provides information and methods to try to imagine their possible evolution in 2030: the energy issue, the forest reduction, the technological improvements and so on.

The text can only be a starting point to introduce children to relevant thematic that however must be analyzed using other information sources.

The book is graphically captivating, both for imagination and structure and for image choices; I would only have liked a better use of  caption for the graphs.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Hello from 2030 by Jan Paul Schutten ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English