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Book review: ‘Slayer,’ teen-friendly series picks up where ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ left off

Parents need to know that "Slayer" is the first book from the world of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series and movie written by longtime Buffy fan/bestselling author Kiersten White ("And I Darken" trilogy). It helps to have watched the TV series to keep up with some of the characters and lore that pop up throughout the story. Expect demon-against-Slayer violence with many demons ending up dead (some by decapitation). Humans who die do so more quietly, in their sleep. Trauma from the past bubbles up often: the loss of a father and many family friends, a house fire, a girl whipped by her own mother. Caged demons are tortured, with one slowly skinned alive. Other mature content stays pretty mild: a bar scene with some beers, some minor swearing, a couple of kisses, straight and LGBTQ. When the main character, Athena, discovers she has supernatural abilities as a Slayer, she doesn't forget that she's always been a healer and protector. She tries to find a way to be both.

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Book review: ‘P Is for Pterodactyl,’ alphabet book teaches preschoolers about silent letters and spelling

Parents need to know that "P Is for Pterodactyl" shows kids lots of English words that are hard to spell (or pronounce) because they begin with silent letters, like pterodactyl, aisle, knight, and knot, or have silent letters in them. It also gets into words that come from languages other than English, like gnocci and tsunami, and plays with homonyms like sea and see. Every page has a fun, cartoon-like illustration and sentence below it that help kids understand the meaning and context of the words. "P Is for Pterodactyl" is a word lover's delight and an almost mandatory read-aloud. Includes a glossary at the back.

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Goat Yoga, is kind of odd

They are in a field doing yoga and goats jump on them and drink wine.