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Pig and Small (Alex Latimer)

4 out of 5 stars

Nice premise, cute pictures, make this something I’ll probably be adding into our rotation.

The message/idea here is simple but sweet: that friendship, when you try hard enough, can transcend boundaries and obstacles such as mere size!

The pictures we well rendered and engaging: they vary in size, proportions and distribution in a way that will help keep your toddler (and hopefully the adult reader) entertained.

It’s not a perfect 5-out-of-5-star read for me, but it’s a very nice picture book, one with a nice message, engaging pictures, and cute scenarios. It’s simple, but sweet. A great read for toddler-aged kids.

*Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Back in the World: Stories (Tobias Wolff)

3.5 out of 5 stars 

Cut to the Chase:
Wolff is a master craftsman and storyteller, and his characters are lushy drawn personalities: cerebral, lonely outsiders looking in, miscreants who always take things a little too far, but are all the more believable because of their flaws.  Though Wolff has a few notable novels as well, short stories are truly his forte, and this particular collection contains one of my favorites (“Say Yes”).  Still, this is ultimately an imperfect example of his work.  In an effort to never over-tell the story, too many of these narratives end a little too quickly, abrupt even within the short story context, leaving the reader wondering and perplexed about the underlying message.  Despite these imperfections, the writing is, at times, quite stunning, and because of this, it’s still a very worthwhile read…

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