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January 9th, 2010 | 3 Comments

I love Amazon. Wait, I mean I hate Amazon.
A friend of mine told me that she read all the reviews of Brownie & Pearl Step Out on Amazon and that it was both good and bad. Not being someone who is good at ignoring the press, I had to do the same. I laughed, I cried. Here is a selection of quotes, gleefully taken out of context.

…the book is well made with great drawings.
Eron

The print and illustrations are vivid with girl-like colors.
Tony

Judging a book by it's cover I would say this book has a lot of potential. The illustrations are fun and colorful.
Shania

Nice cartoons, simple phrases.
Dave

…few, simple words and some beautiful fun illustrations.
Karen

Too much for the eye.
P.

The pictures are cute…
egghead

…a really fun book that's well-illustrated. It is visually appealing, with vibrant illustrations.
David

…the big, bright illustrations by Brian Biggs are digital images that, fortunately, don't look digital…
M.

The illustrations by Brian Biggs are the best part of this book. Brightly colored with attention to detail, including a flower on Pearl's head and a hat on the bird in the tree, they will capture the attention of young children. I wonder how many kids will comment on Brownie mismatched socks, which are very chic.
Annie

The pictures are fun for small kids to look at, though.
Terri

The illustrations by Biggs are bright, cartoon, and friendly.
Timothy

Brownie's huge head conveys expressions that will entertain young children.
Stephen

It does not have a lot of words which is perfect to me who has to read books over and over to my daughter. Illustrations are cute.
G.

The illustrations, by Brian Biggs, have me torn. They're cute and have some fun details (Brownie's mis-matched socks, for example), but there's a certain lack of colorfulness in half of them, with mint green, pink and brown the primary colors. It's not bad, it's just not a color set that appeals to me outside of ice cream.
Anna

The story contains bold and vibrant imaginative images of illustrator Brian Biggs, the art work is superbly done to ignite the imaginations of all.
Terry

Girls will like the colors and the kitty.
C.

Nice, big, semi interesting illustrations.
B.

The bold, solid colors in the illustrations are able to grab children's attention.
A.

the sentences are so simple and the pictures are bright and colorful–very girly in a very fun way!
Anne

And here's the best one:

This is without a doubt a little girl's book, a book dominated by cuteness an by the color pink. The book's spine is trimmed in a flowery pink design. Brownie and Pearl wear pink flowers on their heads and Brownie carries a present wrapped in pink. On the book's pages you'll see pink tulips in a window box, pink balloons, pink straws, pink curtains, Brownie's pink collar, pink hair bands, pink sweaters, and even lots of pink ice cream. It's all very reminiscent of a Strawberry Shortcake story.

I guess he noticed the pink. This one continues:

The digital graphics done by Brian Biggs are a mix of realistic and cartoonish. Pearl looks more like a stuffed animal than a real cat, but maybe it's the vague approximation of a cat that adds to the cuteness and charm of the character. Contrasting with the elementary drawings is the picture of the brownstone bedecked with balloons that's notable for its detail.
Spudman

"Vague approximation of a cat?" I just love that. I'll never look at Charlie "vague approximation of a boy" Brown or Mickey "vague approximation of a mouse" Mouse the same way again.

3 Comments

  1. aren't kids' books supposed to be "vague approximations" of reality anyway? Spudman is a ritard. :)

    Yay for positive reviews!!!

  2. Adam says:

    Amazon Vine frequently sucks ass, don't waste too much time thinking about it.

  3. Brian says:

    The contrary, Adam. I found it entertaining!

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