Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yotsuba&!, v.3-5 by Kiyohiko Azuma

Yotsuba&!, v. 3 by Kiyohiko Azuma - 184 pages
Yotsuba&!, v. 4 by Kiyohiko Azuma - 192 pages
Yotsuba&!, v. 5 by Kiyohiko Azuma - 216 pages

Yotsuba passes out flowers to the neighborhood, goes fishing for the first time, learns to ride a bike, visits the beach, and more.
This is a really cute manga series appropriate for kids, teens and adults.

Assassination Classroom 11 by YĆ«sei Matsui

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Assassination Classroom Vol. 11
by Yusei Matsui
208 pages
 After hours and unsupervised training goes very wrong at the most inconvenient time and Koro-sensei takes away their in class study time to be replaced by working for free at a day care!? What will class E do about their mid-term grades now?

Heirs of the Force

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Heirs of the Force
by Kevin J. Anderson
217 pages
 Years after the Empire has been defeated a new school for Jedi is well under way on the old Rebel Base. Enrolled at this academy are Han and Leia's twin children who are ready to follow in their Uncle Luke's footsteps.

My Neighbor Seki

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My Neighbor Seki
 by Takuma Morishige
 Vol. 1 166 pages
 Vol. 2 171 pages
 Vol. 3 174 pages
 Vol. 4 176 pages

 Every day Seki brings new and disruptive activities to class that always manage to keep his desk neighbor distracted no matter how much she tries to ignore him. At the same time Rumi enjoys seeing what Seki will pull off in class without the teacher noticing.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1) by J.K. Rowling

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1) by J.K. Rowling-68 pages

It was really, really cool to learn more about Professor Minerva McGonagall, as she is my favorite character from Harry Potter. She went through much heartache in her younger years, but persevered through it all and went on to become one of the best teachers and Heads Hogwarts ever knew (not to mention good friends with Albus Dumbledore).  One also learns the 10 steps to (possibly) becoming an animagus and what can happen if done incorrectly or hastily. Learning about Remus Lupin's childhood, relationship with Tonks, and his first being bitten by Fenrir Greyback is interesting, yet sad. Additionally, I enjoyed learning more about Sybill Trelawney and her past and about Seers and Name Seers. An interesting observation from reading these biographies (and the original Harry Potter series) is many of the central characters had mixed parentage (one parent a witch/wizard and the other Muggle).

Unlikely Friendships : 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland

Unlikely Friendships : 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland -- 210 pages

I checked this in one day and just had to check it out myself. This is a feel-good book, one you might set on the coffee table and read snatches of here and there. It's a collection of stories of animals that bonded together. Very cute.
But maybe not completely real........I mean, go research that lioness and oryx. It wasn't exactly a happy situation. But whatever! For the sake of "awww"s I'll buy it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Yotsuba&!, v. 1-2 by Kiyohiko Azuma

Yotsuba&!, v. 1 by Kiyohiko Azuma - 232 pages
Yotsuba&!, v.2 by Kiyohiko Azuma - 200 pages

Yotsuba is a small green-haired girl with an exuberant outlook on life.  She has recently moved to a new city with her "dad" and now has three sisters as her next door  neighbors.  The book tells short, simple stories of Yotsuba and her interactions with her neighbors, dad, and new world.

This manga would definitely be appropriate for kids and younger teens.  Yotsuba is very innocent and the stories reflect that.  It will be interesting to see if later volumes reveal her past and background.