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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Before There Was Mozart by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A Castle On Viola Street by Dyanne Disalvo
Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Clover's Luck by Kallie George
Demon Volume 2 by Jason Shiga
Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison
Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
In the Beginning... by Arnaud Plumeri
The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea by Blair Niles
Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George
The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 by Tim Hedrick
We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved by Patricia Hruby Powell

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Books about cats written by women
February 2017 ROOB and other news
Inclusive reading in February 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 27)

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



In the Beginning...: 03/11/17

In the Beginning...

In the Beginning... by Arnaud Plumeri is a comic book introduction to paleontology. The dinosaurs are given a chance to talk to each other and act out their lives for the reader.

In terms of learning about dinosaurs, it's fine. It's no better or worse than other comic books that do the same. Unfortunately though I'm not recommending the book because it falls back onto sexist tropes for its humor, especially in the present day story.

First and foremost the book doesn't need a present day framing story to set the stage. I think the average kid knows that those types of dinosaur went extinct millions of years ago. The framing story is just there to show women being obnoxious blockades to doing manly things like science.

a sexist joke

So the only woman in the book is a fat, obnoxious, pushy wife who is there only to henpeck her paleontologist husband. Why the misogyny and the fat shaming? What purpose does it serve here?

Even when there's a built in poop joke (as part of paleontology is the study of fossilized feces, called coprolites. But it's framed again as a sexist joke with the wife demanding that the husband pick up the dog's poop while he's in the middle of working.

another sexist joke

I'm being generous here giving this book 2 stars and they are for the dinosaur parts only.

Two stars

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