Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Fairy Tales
Author: Publications International Ltd.
Release Date: September 2008
The best part about this book is that it had a ton of stories, many I had never heard before (though not all were great, particularly the stupid Princess and the Pea). The worst part was that even fit little kids the stories were very watered down. Bad guys weren’t threatening, kisses were always on the cheek, and then general tone made them feel a bit monotonous when read back to back.
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
Author: Laura Driscoll
Release Date: January 2005
A pretty formulaic story about making new friends and preconceived notions. The art was great though and the characters were consistent with how they should act. Cliff seemed to enjoy it.
The Legend of Zelda: Molblin’s Magic Spear
Author: Jack C. Harris
Release Date: 1989
This was an OK read (Link’s on his way to rescue Zelda and had to fight a spear thrower) and I liked the art work, but it also had about 1/3 as much story as a good comic book would.
An Elephant is Not a Cat
Author: Alvin Tresselt
Release Date: 1962
Nice story, although the illustrations varied in terms of quality.
Some of My Best Friends Are Monsters (Camp Haunted Hills #2)
Author: Bruce Coville
Release Date: 1988
Another fun installment in this series with all of the same characters coming back, plus appearances by the Mummy and Mr. Hyde. Still, I docked it two stars because the ending is very rushed, and it had a couple curse words that seemed unnecessary when I was reading to Cliff (hell and dammit).
Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher #1
Author: Jake Parker
Release Date: December 2009
A fun comic about a special agent in a science fiction mission. The art was bright and colorful, with the violence cartoony enough to make it all ages. The story was very predictable though, with lots of tropes of the genre throughout. More written for the kid than the parents reading it to him.
The Saber Toothed Poodnoobie (Space Brat 5)
Author: Bruce Coville
Release Date: 1997
This was a fun end to a fun series. Overall I’d probably rank the books:
4 – My favorite
3 – Least favorite
The consistent art and growing cast of characters added to the pleasure of reading the books close together. My wife said she wishes Bruce Coville read more of these, so I think she enjoyed them too. Cliff didn’t fight us when we read them, but it’ll be fun to reread them when he’s older.