Pom Poko puts me in mind of Watership Down, only it's about raccoons and not rabbits. It's also funnier, but it's supposed to be. Based on the Japanese lore of shape-shifting raccoons, Pom Poko tells the story of a forest of raccoons trying to save their forest from humans, who have been destroying it to put up homes. While funny, this movie has its serious, heartwrenching scenes too. This movie will definitely help children understand what destroying our forests, even the small ones, does to the inhabitants that live there.
This movie is cute and full of raccoon magic that is sure to please animal and anime lovers of all ages. Though, be advised, the male raccoons are clearly male, if you get my drift lol
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws.
The Cat Returns is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies. I was pleasantly surprised to see Muta and The Baron make appearances in Whisper of the Heart! The movie starts with a shot of the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart, The Baron gazing out the window, but the movie itself focuases on Haru, a girl whose whole life changes just because she saved a cat from being hit by a car. If you're a cat-lover, this is a great movie for you. From Muta and his insatiable appetite, to The Baron's cunning and charm, Haru has an amazing adventure in the cat kingdom and makes several new feline friends. As always, this movie has an all-star cast that brings this heart-warming Whisper of the Heart spin-off to light.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws
The Boxtrolls is definitely an interesting movie that follows a boy who was raised by box trolls. For thse that don't know, a box troll is a troll that literally wears a box as clothing. While this movie was unable to hold my attention, it held my daughter's entirely. This is a good film from Laika films, even if I didn't enjoy it as much as I have their other films.
I give this movie 4 of 5 paws just because my daughter loves it.
Distant Thunder picks up where Blood & Spirits left off. There is no recap despite the distance in time between the rerelease of Blood & Spirits and the release of Distant Thunder, so I would suggest the reader skim through book 1 for a quick refresher course before jumping into book 2 to save themselves the headache of trying to remember things that happened in the first book that carried over to the second. There's a lot more action and danger for our heroine in this one than in the last one. It seems every time Veronica turns around, there's another nail being hammered into her perverbial coffin. This book is sort of like the "calm before the storm" so to speak. While more graphic and violent (as real vampire-themed books should be), it is simply setting the stage for the third book; and it does this in epic proportions. Most of our favorites are back in this second book, along with some new faces the reader will either love or hate. Like all of Dennis' books, Distant Thunder is a roller coaster of emotions and action, and leaves us with a wide opening for the third (and I think final) book of this series. The story itself is fast-paced and will keep you turning pages. By the end, you'll feel all Veronica does and you'll want her to end this storm as much as she wants to end it. I hope the third book releases soon because the waiting will be my death lol.
I did spot the same grammatical errors in this one as I did in the first book, along with some instances where the narration jumped from first person to third in places that were supposed to be Veronica's point of view. I would consider the author look into those, since it's clear the editor of Blood & Spirits and Distant Thunder is different than the editor of his other works which had far less errors and not ones so easily spotted.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws.
This book is a really good book. I give it 5 stars because it kept me turning pages and made me want to finish it. I would recommend this book to all little girls, everywhere.
Thank you, Ms. Telgemeier, for filling those empty places in my heart with your books.
What This Book is About: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own.
I love this shirt, I really do, however, it arrived two weeks late and considering it was shipped from China, I definitely was not expecting a Small to fit like a Large. Despite it being overly big on my daughter (who stands at about 5-foot even), she loves it and wore it on her second day of school anyway. I suggest the seller cease boasting 2-day shipping and give a more accurate time frame for shipments (mine wasn't even shipped until the day before it was due to arrive) and make sure their items are the sizes they claim to be, or at the very least, make a note on the listings that the items run larger than what they say.
While this smells really good, the scent is really strong and it doesn't last very long. You'd think being it's Fabreze and all that it would do what it claims and eliminate odors. It does not. Not even close. The almost unbearable scent practically chokes you for the hour you can smell it, then it's just gone like you'd never used it before and the scent you were trying to eliminate it still there. I won't be purchasing this again. I'm sure there's something out there that can actually eliminate odors better than this cover up job does.
I got these for my daughter for the first day of school and they fit AMAZINGLY. I was a little nervous because my daughter has long legs and a really small waist. I was worried these, like all her jeans, would be too big in the waist because they were bought to accommodate her long legs. I was pleasantly surprised when she didn't even need the belt I'd purchased to keep them from falling off. This is definitely a company I will buy from again. My daughter loves these jeans and says they're the most comfortable ones she has.
This is such an interesting movie. While not my favorite of the four, Hell Verse is definitely a movie I have no problem watching over and over again. Then again, I love Bleach so it's a no brainer really. Ichigo has gotten himself in a real jam this time and not only does he have to save his sisters and his friends, he has to save himself from his Hollow side too. Fans will get to see Ichigo at his full abilities and fully Hollowfied in this action-packed movie. It's a definite must-see for fans of the series.
This book will make you laugh over and over. If you're an Elvis fan, even if you aren't, this book is worth the read. The cast of characters are colorful and well-delevoped, the plot line is well-thoughtout, the story is creative and original, and the authors did an amazing job bringing this all together for the reader. There's tons of "Fun Facts" about Elvis littered throughout the story and each character has their own Elvis story; some are a bit more out there than others. All-in-all, while the contemporary and general fiction genres are not my usual reads, I'm really glad I had the chance to read this one. It's been awhile since a story has stuck in my head the way Surviving Elvis Week has. Kudos, authors, I look forward to seeing what else you release.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.