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The Satanic Verses
Salman Rushdie
The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
Bert Hölldobler, Edward O. Wilson
Glamorama - Bret Easton Ellis This was simply awful....Made me want to gouge my eyes out. Felt my brain starting to leak out of my ears. Simply AWFUL.
Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk Awful, awful, awful. I wish I could "unread" this.
Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates My first and last JCO book. I simply don't see what others do in her writing. It's awful!

Pioneer Church

Pioneer Church - Carolyn B. Otto While the illustrations are nice, the story was incredibly boring for both kiddo and me.
Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth To Life - 'Molly Bang',  'Penny Chisholm' Very vivid illustrations. Good intro to how people get their energy from food and how plants get their energy. My 7-year old thought that it wasn't "sciency" enough, though.

The Picture of Morty and Ray

The Picture of Morty & Ray - Daniel Pinkwater, Jack E. Davis Essentially a re-work of The Picture of Dorian Gray for kids, and my kiddo ate it up.

Chato and the Party Animals

Chato and the Party Animals - Gary Soto,  Susan Guevara REally liked the illustrations, but the characters were all pretty stereotypical....

Kaito's Cloth

Kaito's Cloth - Glenda Millard, Gaye Chapman I absolutely LOVE the illustrations for this story. The only complaint that my daughter and I have is that the story ends somewhat abruptly. If it had been drawn out a few more pages, it would have been perfect. For that reason, it's really more of a 4.5 book for us....but since we can't give half stars, we've rated it the full 5 stars.
Katy and the Big Snow - Virginia Lee Burton The kiddo found this a bit boring. I have to admit that I did, too. The illustrations are detailed and you can spend time looking at them to see what little things you can point out, but the story just didn't grab us. We much prefer The Little Engine That Could.
The Trouble with Dragons - Debi Gliori A great book about human impact on the earth. The illustrations are cool & the story illustrates the problem without being too scary or sad for the little ones, and without being too preachy.

Wolf Watch

Wolf Watch - Kay Winters, Laura Regan The illustrations are beautiful, but the story isn't that detailed and feels a bit choppy in some parts.
The Dumb Bunnies - Sue Denim I absolutely can't stand the Dumb Bunnies, but my 7 year old thinks they're hilarious.
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer - Shana Corey, Chesley McLaren Excellent story centered around women's rights advocate Amelia Bloomer. It's not heavily political, but it does introduce the idea that women did not always have the rights/freedoms they do today.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners - Laurie Keller Definitely one of the better written manners books out there, and excellent illustrations!

Tarzan's Tonsillitis

Tarzan's Tonsillitis - Alfredo Bryce Echenique This is one of those books where I'm having trouble seeing why people rave about it. It didn't draw me in at all, and I felt like telling the two main characters to get over it - either move in together or don't, get over the whole ETA thing. Maybe I'm just not a romantic.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto - Chuck Klosterman Meh. I won't say that it wasn't entertaining in parts, but as a whole? Klosterman isn't nearly as funny, insightful, or cool as he thinks he is. Although there are some occasional zingers thrown in, overall the collection of essays is as substantial as, well, a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.