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Review of: Fruit of the Vine, by Ellen Weisburg & Ken Yoffe

July 24, 2018 by Kirkus Reviews

KIRKUS REVIEW - A troubled boy helps an outcast creature in this picture book. Justin wonders why his classmates and his brother bully him. In a dream, he finds himself on a beach, where he spots a “pitiful,” odd-looking creature crying. Then Justin steps on a magical snake, who claims that anyone who steps on him will get three wishes. The serpent also explains that the crying creature is a “Werloobee” named Irvino who’s been banished by others of his kind; Irvino wants to gain weight to “ the other dudes.” Justin uses his wishes to help him, and Irvino soon grows and becomes popular with other Werloobees. When Irvino steps on the snake, Justin asks him to use one wish to send him back home. Justin awakens on a bus, where he’s bullied by classmates—but they stop when a boy named Irving steps in. The topics that Weisberg and Yoffe (All Across Canada, 2008) address are commendable, and Justin is a sympathetic protagonist. However, most of the book consists of Justin watching Irvino from afar; Irvino doesn’t speak, so the conversation is mediated by the snake. It would have been interesting to see more direct interaction between them, as Irvino is the main catalyst in Justin’s journey. However, the vibrant illustrations complement the text nicely. A well-intentioned, if peculiar, fantasy.

Ken Colville - The book has a wonderful theme to it,and is told in such a manner as to be an amazing fantasy to the young reader. Kids love it! Well done!

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Review of: Reflections - Poems & Missives Celebrating Love & Life, by David H. V. H. Meisburger

January 30, 2018, on - Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase

ProImages4You - 5.0 out of 5 stars - A great read & I love the larger book size!

A great read & I love the larger book size, which is perfect to leave out for my guests! I highly recommend!
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Review of: Memoirs of a Gigolo - My Early Years, by Lord Christian Halliday
November 6, 2015, on - Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Amazing story--at first you're thinking, "Can this be real life?" Then you read further, and the guy just hits new heights, new adventures--you want to see if his luck--I mean his methods--keep the ladies coming back for more! Makes you realize, if you don't take a chance, what have you gained? Every guy could learn a bit from this writer for sure! My female friends took a peek-now they're ordering theirs! Can't wait to read his next fantastic story! Well done LCH!