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Helen
Helen
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5.0 out of 5 stars who are you and how did you get that way?, April 19, 2014
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This movie is fantastic. It used to have numerous positive reviews, but they seem to have vanished since the DVD was rereleased.

A teenaged girl named Joy has gone missing on the day before her eighteenth birthday. But this is not a mystery about a missing girl, it is not a police drama, and you will not find not what happened to Joy. Helen is a girl from Joy's class who has led a completely different life from her classmate. She is selected to play Joy in a police re-creation of the day's events.

This film is slow-moving and the camerawork is very peaceful and float-y. If you are not interested in a character study about youth and identity, you probably won't enjoy it, there is practically no action to the whole film. (Also the British accents may be hard to understand for some people.) But this is exactly what I look for in a movie, and I am very much looking forward to the 2013 followup from directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (not yet released in the US, unfortunately).


Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Visitor from Space
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Visitor from Space
by Hanna Barbera Productions
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars babies and unexplained phenomena are perfect together, March 5, 2014
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Since Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm don't have the words to communicate with adults yet, they appear in a number of seventies novelettes about magic and aliens and monsters and such. The two youngsters can communicate with each other, and aliens also do not seem to have any trouble understanding them.

This is a cute 96-page book with drawings on every other page. Parents who like science-fiction stories will not be too embarrassed by the plot, and kids will learn a little bit about the sun and its relationship to the earth. This isn't very much like any episode of the Flintstones that you have ever seen, but my third-grader said she enjoyed it.


The Flintstones: The Mystery of Mammoth Mansion
The Flintstones: The Mystery of Mammoth Mansion
by Hanna-Barbera Productions
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories of the Old West, January 10, 2014
Although the cover makes this book look like some sort of a Scooby Doo story, after about 20 pages it turns into an old west tale about cattle rustlers. I'm guessing that the publisher thought the popularity of the western was over by 1978, when this book was published, so they didn't want cowboys on the cover.

But it's a fine western, with some introduction of terms kids may not be familiar with and minimal violence, as long as you are not expecting something else. (Also, don't be disappointed when the Flintstones women and children are nowhere to be seen.)


Boulevards
Boulevards
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5.0 out of 5 stars featuring Faith on guitar, vocals, piano, drums, tubular bells, organ, glockenspiel, and percussion, December 16, 2013
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The third Faith Kleppinger solo album does not deviate in style from the (fantastic) mellow electric sound on her previous two albums. Where the liner notes on her previous two CDs said she contributed guitar and vocals, however, this one notes a wider variety of instrumentation (and lists a larger number of contributing musicians as well). So, not unexpectedly, it sounds a bit more mature...a natural progression from her previous work. Highly recommended.


Lassie Old One-Eye
Lassie Old One-Eye
by George Elrick
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why don't we all go look for a Sasquatch?, August 2, 2013
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Two men and two five-year-old boys (and Lassie) are camping in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. This being from 1975, the boys' father thinks that this will be a good opportunity to look for Big Foot. But mostly this book is an extended chase sequence involving a large, angry black bear. Rifles are involved, but unnecessary...anyone familiar with Lassie knows that she should be able outsmart an enraged bear without too much trouble. (Smaller children might not be so sure, though.)


Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical
Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical
by Robert Shearman
Edition: Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars six unusual stories about love (not necessarily love stories), June 15, 2013
This audio book presents three British actors reading a total of six stories by Robert Shearman. (This is quite an abridgement from the paperback, which includes 20+ stories.) Playwright Shearman writes for the SF BBC television series Doctor Who, among many other things, so these stories are probably not much like any love stories you have read before. About love, yes, but scary or funny or sweet or sad or impossible or all of the above. I think most are absurd in one way or another.

India Fisher reads "George Clooney's Moustache" and "One Last Love Song". Jane Goddard reads "Sweet Nothings" and the hilarious "Luxembourg". And comedian Toby Hadoke reads "Love Among the Lobelias" and "Pang". Leftover time at the end of each of the three CDs includes entertaining questions for the author. I enjoyed all of these, and I don't want to ruin them for you by telling you all about them.

As an example of what you're in for, though, I'll mention Shearman's award-nominated story "Damned If You Don't", which is ostensibly about a man who falls in love with the talking ghost of Hitler's childhood pet dog. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, you might find this audio book to be worth a listen.


Woody Woodpecker and The Meteor Menace (A Big Little Book, No. 5753)
Woody Woodpecker and The Meteor Menace (A Big Little Book, No. 5753)
by Don Christensen
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's too bad woodpeckers can't fly, May 31, 2013
This is an adventure story starring Woody Woodpecker along with his nephew and niece, Knothead and Splinter. Being from 1967, spy paraphernalia is involved. It involves a visit to the faraway kingdom of Torabia, perhaps so that nobody in the actual Middle East could possibly be offended by any stereotypes.

There seem to be a lot of threats of death and torture for a kids story, if you're concerned about that sort of thing. But mostly it was just a generic adventure story, it wasn't especially reminiscent of any Woody Woodpecker cartoons I've seen. I don't know what characters Don Christensen thought he was writing this for, if any...he seems to have written a few of the Big Little Books for Disney characters. But there's a lot of time spent worrying about transportation in this story, and this would not have been such a big issue if anybody had noticed that the main characters are birds.

Bonus points for a novel use of a meteor as a plot point though. If you like this book, the followup to it, the Sinister Signal, is very similar in nature. It has an unusual plot point or two in a fairly routine adventure story with no jokes, plus it adds Woody's arch nemesis Buzz Buzzard.


News Bananas (Bananas in Pyjamas)
News Bananas (Bananas in Pyjamas)
by Richard Tulloch
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars it was the best newspaper everyone had ever seen, April 6, 2013
Being an Australian book, this is about the Bananas in Pyjamas, rather than the (Americanized) Bananas in Pajamas. Other than that alternative spelling, this is a typical 32-page book about B1 and B2 and their friends, with illustrations on every page. The Bananas have their own newspaper, The Cuddles Avenue News, and they put a lot of effort into taking entertaining and amusing photographs (and not that much into typing exciting news stories). This book would be most enjoyed by children old enough to appreciate the pizza-dough-on-the-head type slapstick found in this series.


Will You Come To My Party? Wonder Books Easy Reader
Will You Come To My Party? Wonder Books Easy Reader
by Sara Asheron
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars everyone is different, but this is not necessarily a problem, March 15, 2013
Little Gray Squirrel wants to have a party, an eating party. He invites Bunny Rabbit, Old Brown Dog, Old White Cat, and Sparrow. But then he finds that all of his friends have radically different ideas about what would be good to eat at an eating party. Now what should he do?

The B&W illustrations on every page (with turquoise shading) are very cute.


Dreaming of the Water (Dark Shadows)
Dreaming of the Water (Dark Shadows)
by Kymberly Ashman
Edition: Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Sebastian Shaw?, November 29, 2012
It is a blast to listen to Christopher Pennock as Sebastian Shaw, a character who appeared fairly late in the run of the 1960s ABC TV series. Playing against the always wonderful Kathryn Leigh Scott as his analyst at Wyndcliffe Sanitarium, Shaw swings from quiet contemplation to spontaneous giggles to raging screams. (He keeps calling her Maggie, of course...)

As Shaw describes the things he has seen in Collinsport, things viewers of the television show know to be "true", Doctor Laurie Norris appears to believe he is making these things up to deal with his mysterious problems. There are no such things as vampires, after all. And yet, he seems to be working his way into her psyche somehow...

This was a lot of fun without requiring any previous knowledge of Dark Shadows story trivia.


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