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A Boy and His Fortune Wookiee Have A Chat

Overheard from the front seat, where I was driving along minding my own business... and only Boy Detective was in the back. Or so I thought.

Boy Detective: You can't just say you want to invent something and have it happen. It takes lots and lots of stuff.

Fortune Wookiee: HGNRL!

Boy Detective, skeptical: How could you make a magic wand out of tortillas, a ruby, and a battery pack?

Fortune Wookiee: HGNRL!

Boy Detective, tentatively: Maybe if you left out the tortillas?

I'm sorry the photo is so blurry. Have you ever tried to take a picture of a fortune wookiee? It's harder than it looks. But the Origami Yoda series has taken over our house!

6 Kids' Books About Dragons That Adults Can Love Too

My kid, like many others, loves imaginary creatures. Fairies are often his #1 pick, but dragons follow right behind. Dragons get more high-quality attention than fairies in children's picture books, so it's a bit easier to find good kids' books about dragons. Here are our favorites! They're good enough that I'd recommend any of them to an adult for a light enjoyable read, and they're kid-tested as well.

(If you're new here, here's the full list of picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, dinosaurs, princesses, pets, and kids' poetry books. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light. If you've ever been to New York City, or you like art, you need to see this book! There isn't much plot, as it's pitched for very young readers, but my six-almost-seven year old got a kick out of finding the dragon's hiding place on each page. I just couldn't get over the amount of detail that Light put into each set of pages. I want to thank him and get him an ice pack for his drawing hand.

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9 Wonderful Comics with GLBTQ+ Characters

Clearly, comics with queer characters are about things other than being queer. So I could have put every one of these into a more "topic" focused comics post. But this group of comics stood out so sharply for me as happiness-increasing portrayals of non-heterosexual folks, that I couldn't resist making a friendly post with all of them together.

(Here's the full set of my recommendation lists: zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, monster comics, comics about conspiracies, history and mythology comics, science fiction comics, crime comics, GLBTQ comics, and all-ages comics. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Let's get started!

My first recommended book is Band Vs Band Comix by Kathleen Jacques.

Right now, it looks like the only option for reading is online. I couldn't even find an image of the cover for this post! But here's the page Jacques points to for what it's all about.

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Jacques describes it as a "retro-cartoon-inspired, queer, handlettering-obsessed comic series about rival girl-fronted rock bands" and I'm not sure what I can add to that! I supported it on Kickstarter mostly on a whim, not having a clue if I'd like it. It's unlike anything I've ever read, and it took me a dozen pages or more to get the hang of it. The characters are so funny, and the art is so cute, though, I couldn't resist.

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Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!

If I told you Karate Girl was a good movie, I'd be lying. Luckily, a movie can be fun without being good. So we had a fine time watching this tale of Ayaka (Rina Takeda), a teenage girl who must save her sister from the evil karate school that killed their father when they were very young. (Don't you hate it when that happens?!)

But if there's one thing I've learned through film blogging, it's that different people react differently to movies. So to help you spend your entertainment time wisely, let me present what I see as the pros and cons of spending almost two hours watching Karate Girl. Then you can weight the factors according to your personal needs and preferences.

Pro: It's a story about two sisters, meaning two female characters in one film, both kicking ass!

Con: We see the very dramatic death of their father (whose last act is to karate chop his older daughter back to life) but where is mom? It's like a Disney movie, she doesn't even exist!

I'm really not kidding about the karate chopping, by the way. Is that like CPR, except just one blow, and from the back?

Pro: The head of the evil karate school is evil before he becomes disabled, instead of becoming evil due to his disability. Nice change of pace from a too-common Hollywood trope.

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What Jiu Jitsu Moms Hear

Me: "What's wrong with your throat?"

Boy Detective: "Nothing. I was testing a new choke on myself. It seemed pretty effective so I stopped."

6 Kids' Books About Pets That Adults Can Love Too

In my series of children's books that are good enough for even adults to enjoy, I've already done posts about cats, dogs, and animals in general. Books starring animals are also included in just about every other topic post. There are just a LOT of books about animals for kids! So here are our favorites about pets. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments. It probably helps Boy Detective live vicariously since another household pet isn't really on our agenda right now. (He's so oppressed!)

(If you're new here, here's the full list of picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, dinosaurs, princesses, and kids' poetry books. This post uses Amazon affiliate links, but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty. I love McCarty's gift for understatement, especially when his words say one thing and the picture tells a different and funnier story. HIs art in this book, and Fabian Escapes, is done in a soft style but has the right amount of energy for the story. And this cat and dog's adventures and misadventures will ring true for anyone who's ever lived with pets.

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