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Books with a Beu

Jamie Beu, owner and co-author (with his wife) of CatholicFamily.info, is a "cradle Catholic", devoted husband, and father of two girls. He is a regular contributor to his parish newsletter, as well as an impassioned defender of the faith who is able to both support and challenge others as necessary -- all in an effort to build-up Christ's Kingdom on Earth. To this end, he does a lot of reading - not just of religious books (for education and research), but also of secular books, both to decompress as well as to keep a finger on the pulse of pop culture (the better to relate to others, as well as to help restore the culture).

Currently reading

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
Meg Meeker, Meg Meeker
Dan Simmons
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
'John Townsend', 'Henry Cloud'
Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding
Henry Cloud
Jesus of Nazareth
Pope Benedict XVI, Adrian J. Walker
Permutation City
Greg Egan
Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions
Pope Benedict XVI
Is Jesus Coming Soon?: A Catholic Perspective on the Second Coming
Ralph Martin
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
Isaac Asimov
Autobiography of a Saint: Therese of Lisieux
Thérèse de Lisieux, Ronald A. Knox, Vernon Johnson

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak I gave this books 3 stars as an average between 2 possible reviews of this book.

It is a fun book about the power of imagination, with interesting illustrations... but Max is a bit of a jerk! I mean, he's ready to stab his own dog (I'm assuming it's not some stray that somehow got into his house) with a fork!

He does eventually realize that being mean and monstrous all the time gets boring and isn't really worth missing dinner and home - but that lesson is left to the parents reading the book to explain to their child.

Not every child's story has to be Aesop's fables with clear-cut lessons spelled-out for you at the end, but would it have hurt Sendak to have Max apologize to his Mom (or, better yet, thank her for keeping his dinner hot for him)?

If the parent is reading this book to their child and presenting the proper lesson, it's a 4- or 5-star book. If not (either the kid reads it on his own or someone reads it without making sure the correct lesson is learned), it's a 2- or 1-star book.

Hence my 3-star rating.