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Over the Garden Wall Vol. 3 by Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Danielle Burgos, Art by Cara McGee

Over the Garden Wall Vol. 3 (Over the Garden Wall (Collection) #3) by Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Danielle Burgos, Cara McGee (Illustrations)Rating: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

I enjoyed this volume much more than 1 & 2 because even though Greg is still stuck on his quest with the frog, we finally ARRIVE somewhere froggy rather than just passing through more silly meandering shenanigans in the forest. Wirt is still following his brotherโ€™s trail and his story is even more fun too because a companion joins him, adding more continuity between each chapter.

The last chapter is similar to the one at the end of volume two, featuring a vintage palette of limited colors, a squiggly squishy drawing style, and a story about the little schoolhouse with all the animals. The story centers on the kitty cat family and itโ€™s really just cute, funny and precious. I loved it!

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Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

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I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Pilu of the Woods is a tender pick-me-up suitable for children and adults alike.

The main character on the cover is Willow, a child who has lost her mother and is struggling with all the (very visible) demons that come with that. (Another book that does this very well is Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes.)

Willow runs to the forest and finds Pilu, a girl of the woods who is crying because she also has troubles with her family.

Together, Pilu and Willow find metaphors in the woods to illustrate ย their current feelings and the consequences attached to ignoring those feelings. Comparing their intangible emotions to physical objects helps open up many layers of meaning in the readers’ mind.

Overall, this is a very sweet and heartwarming comic. I highly recommend it, but especially to:ย children of all ages, adults looking for something cute to read, and people who enjoy a tenderly illustrated, woodsy comic.

(p.s. I listened to Kishi Bashi while reading this and it paired beautifully.)

This book comes out on April 17th 2019!

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Loading Penguin Hugs: Heartwarming Comics from Chibird by Jacqueline Chen

Loading Penguin Hugs- Heartwarming Comics from Chibird by Jacqueline ChenRating: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

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I was a third of the way into Loading Penguin Hugs when I abruptly stopped reading and went to pre-order it for a friend. It is the perfect book for so many of us, and if I were loaded with penguins cash, Iโ€™d pre-order it for half a dozen more friends.ย 

You may already be familiar with this artist because of her ghost hug gif thatโ€™s been floating around the internet (โ€œyou canโ€™t feel it but itโ€™s there!โ€). This whole book is full of the same cute art and cozy sentiments!

GHOST HUG

While the art is sweet and childlike, Iโ€™d say the motivational messages in here are more relevant to teenagers and young adults. Those two age groups are have grown up under the influence of a social media that forces us to constantly compare ourselves to our peers and to only see our flaws as contrasted by their successes. This book is not just full of encouragement, but it also acknowledges negative feelings and accepts that theyโ€™re necessary sometimes.ย 

I would recommend this to stressed teenagers, panicking young adults, to anyone who wants a hug but canโ€™t get one at the moment, and to someone who needs to be reminded that nice things exist in this world. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Loading Penguins comes out on November 13th!ย