A Funny Christmas Book For The Inclusive Adult: Schmuck the [Woke] Buck

Sigh, I always knew that this would happen to me. I positioned myself and my brand to be a little satirical, slightly offensive, brutally honest, outright ridiculous, and expecting nothing remotely ordinary. I dreamed of The Uncorked Librarian being a little mean girl New England sassy meets southern hospitality with some whiskey and unpredictable hurricane attitude. No one has tested my wine-filled waters like the daring EXO books with their funny Christmas book. And yes, P.S. My keyword is ‘funny Christmas book;’ please cut me a break. You try making ‘Jewish reindeer’ searchable. Maybe this tale will do just that. Before We Get Started When asked to review what I thought would be a children’s picture book about a Jewish reindeer—an adaptation of Rudolph—I honestly thought: Schmuck the Buck, OH FUCK. There is a lot that can go wrong with a rhyming picture book taking a shot at inclusiveness. Not…

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Review: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka or “Pri” lives in a world where she does not fully understand who she is or where she came from. Her mom mysteriously left India and hasn’t spoken to their family in over a decade. Whenever Pri inquires about her Indian father, her mother changes the subject. Both mother and daughter fail to understand each other’s motivations, creating an angsty relationship. While struggling with her identity, the sphere of Pri’s family also starts to see cracks. Her Uncle Jatin, a father-like figure that picks her up from school and takes her on special Indian foodie adventures, and his wife are having their first baby. With her world falling apart, Pri prays to the goddess Shakti, a silent wish that changes her outlook on life and current and almost self-destructive course. With such serious tones, add in a magical pashmina made from Indian golden thread, and Pri finds herself on…

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Review: Lumberjanes- Unicorn Power (Lumberjanes #1)

Based on the popular graphic novel series, Lumberjanes has decided to take these hardcore ladies into novel format for another round of friendship to the max. The Roanoke Cabin is working on their plant badges. Having stumbled across a magical field of unicorns and a mysterious mountain, the girls are determined to climb and explore this new territory since April has decided that like Rosie, the fearless camp director, she wants to earn the Extraordinary Explorer medal.   Of course, if you know these talented and intelligent ladies at all, you understand that they will find themselves trapped in one crazy and heartfelt adventure with cloud people, smelly unicorns, clingy vine, and disappearing mountains. With the dangers that come with being bold and their friendships and interests tested to the max, these ultra-femme scouts must figure out who they want to be while also escaping a cloudy future. The Lumberjanes series…

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Review: The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner is an incredibly endearing and moralistic children’s read: The fox is terrible at being an intimidating and terrifying carnivore.  This lack of scare-factor is unfortunate because his appetite is insatiable. His frequent trips to the farm annoy the mother hen and prove the guard dog’s nonchalant laziness. The wolf suggests that fox stealthy steal eggs and hatch them into plump and tasty meals. A seemingly brilliant idea, the chicks hatch and assume fox is their momma. Reminiscent of Mother Bruce, fox raises the chicks.  He engages them in fantastical play such turnip tea parties and role-playing about the big bad fox. Predictably when dinnertime arrives, fox realizes that he loves his little chicks.  Since wolf has his own plans for chicken dinner, fox must seek sanctuary at the farm. Comical and sweet, The Big Bad Fox is a juvenile graphic novel for second to…

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Review: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Because Cat’s sister, Maya, suffers from cystic fibrosis, the family decides that it best to move near the cool, Californian ocean air. In Bahía de la Luna, Cat begins to learn about her Mexican heritage in a city that is obsessed with ghosts. Although Cat is a glass half empty kind of girl, Maya is extremely optimistic and energetic. Maya convinces Cat to go on a ghost tour with a cute boy in town, Carlos, to prove that ghosts do exist. While on top of a hill at the mission, Maya suddenly has a breathing attack and is placed on a machine that limits even more of her daily activities such as trick-or-treating. With the Day of the Dead quickly approaching, both girls attempt to come to terms with dying as well as living with the help of ghosts, new friends, and family. Ghosts is a quick and visually stimulating…

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Review: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton

Although comprised of five short stories, the overlying theme is that Narwhal wants to be a superhero and must determine his super ability. Paired with his loyal jellyfish sidekick, this waffle-loving Narwhal saves a shooting star from being grounded, combats bullying, and learns that sometimes superpowers are more than just magical tricks. The kind-hearted duo’s adventures are creative and wholesome. A great early reader graphic novel for first to fourth graders, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt is the second in the series. Adorable and funny with upbeat blue, white, yellow, and gray-colored illustrations, the plot is laced with positive messages and witty, comical puns. This title is a super endearing and engaging read. I would like to thank NetGalley and Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book…

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