I wasn’t originally planning on posting about these books on my blog. Mainly because they’re so short and to the point that I didn’t have much to say about them. However, since I’ve enjoyed them both, I’m writing mini reviews for them!
The Pronoun Book by Cassandra Jules Corrigan
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Children’s, non-fiction, LGBT, picture book
Release date: October 21st, 2021
Summary: Join Ellie and Casey as they introduce you to the wonderful world of pronouns. Learn about what pronouns are, how they relate to us, and why it’s so important to get them right! Through illustrated scenarios and explanations, it gently encourages children to learn pronoun etiquette and educates them on they/them pronouns, trans and non-binary identities, misgendering, and neo-pronouns such as xe, zir, and hir.
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Like I said, I wasn’t really going to post anything about this book here, but I’ve decided that it’s actually very much worth talking about. This was a lovely little book that makes a good job of introducing gender and pronouns to children in a very kid-friendly, delicate, and informative manner. I really liked the inclusion of neopronouns—with an accompanying pronoun chart!—and the glossary of terms at the end. Additionally, it includes some tips and resources for parents, which can be very useful.
All in all, I think this kind of book is deeply needed in today’s society. The best way to bring visibility and to normalise is to start from childhood, so this was fantastic.
True Loaf by L. Austen Johnson
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fantasy, folklore, short story
Release date: April 17th, 2021
Summary: When a strange man puts in a strange request at the bakery where she works, Riley must go on a mini-adventure to find one unusual ingredient. Along the way, she realizes that things are not always what they seem. A short story inspired by Balkan folklore.
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I decided to pick this up from the “Listen Now” section on NetGalley—it’s becoming my best friend—and it was the right decision. This was precisely 16 minutes short, or even shorter if you’re like me and you speed up audiobooks, but it was the perfect. The narration was great and it’s what truly made it feel like being told a tale before bed, like when I was a child.
The story itself is captivating and even a bit weird, which is what makes it all the more interesting. My only gripe with it is that I wish it would have been longer. I understand that the author wanted to keep it short and sweet—and I’m by no mean saying it doesn’t work, because it really does—but I think the story could have flourished even more if it had been a tad longer.
Regardless, this was a great little tale. I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook if possible, because that makes the story work even better in my opinion!
Have you read these books? If not, do you wish to give them a try? Let me know down below!