Category Archives: 2013 reads

Animal Man + Avengers + Xmen = Awesome

A + X = Awesome

This is a crossover book that tells several short stories. Each story pairs up a member of The Avengers with one of the X-Men.

There are twelve different adventures in this trade paperback that team up the likes of Wolverine and Hulk, Black Widow and Rogue, Spiderman and Beast, and many more. It’s light fair and good for a laugh or two, not very serious reading, and not connected to regular continuity.

Animal Man TPB

Animal Man: Volume 2 – Animal VS Man

I was pleasantly surprised to see the second issue of this graphic novel in the public library last week. The first volume captured my attention with an interesting take on a super-hero family. 

Buddy Baker is able to call on the power of animals around him, but his four-year old daughter’s emerging powers already surpass his own. She is destined to be the protector of The Red – the force of animal life.

The Rot is threatening to destroy all of nature. It has upset the delicate balance that has been in place since time began. Quite simply, it is death and decay. As such, this story is horrific and a bit scary, but it is a compelling read nonetheless.

I don’t normally like horror but I am enjoying The Walking Dead and Animal Man.

Avengers White Event

Avengers: The Last White Event

White Events have been happening since the very beginning of time. Yet, something has damaged the mechanism that controls them. As such, the system is broken and so is the universe.

The Last White Event created an extremely powerful being and it’s up to the Avengers to manage the threat. Even the Canadian super-hero team, Omega Flight gets caught up in the action. They begin fighting it but then start to protect it. What is this new system that has been brought into the world? We might have to wait until the next issue to find out.

My 2014 Reading Log (updated constantly with every new title I read over the course of the year)

Recommended Read – Will & Whit

Will and Whit

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

I fell in love with Laura Lee Gulledge’s first graphic novel Page by Paige. The book spoke to me on so many different levels. As such, I eagerly awaited more material from her.

The title and cover art  might lead you to believe that this is a romantic tale but it really isn’t.  It’s a coming of age story about a teenage girl named WIlhelma. Everyone calls her Will though. Her passion is creating all sorts of lamps out of found objects. She is really good at it too.

And Whit isn’t even a person. It’s a hurricane that causes a blackout and forces Will to confront the shadows she had been dealing with secretly for close to a year.

This book is absolutely perfect. As I read it, I envisioned an animated series. I would love to see these characters spring to life beyond the pages of this great book.

This was the last book I read in 2013 and a great way to cap off a year of reading. It turns out that I read 61 books last year. The year before I read just a few more, 65. I wonder how many books I read this year.

My 2012 Reading Log

My 2013 Reading Log

More Danger from the Living


The Walking Dead: Volume 6 – This Sorrowful Life

Once again, this issue of the series deals more so with the violence between the survivors of the zombie apocalypse than between those of the living and the dead. But the stakes are just as high. This volume of the popular series is quite graphic in its level of violence. It is gory and scary.


The Walking Dead: Volume 7 – The Calm Before

The characters in this series are so well-defined and diverse. It is so easy to get into the story of the few survivors and how they have banded together in an effort to have some sort of normalcy in an otherwise insane world.

I think that is the reason I am enjoying this series. I am not normally into horror, graphic images, and such scary content. It’s the story and the characters more so than the content that holds the magic to this series.

The calm wasn’t exactly peaceful in this issue either. And war is inevitable in the next issue. The last splash panel sets this up brilliantly and has me yammering to read more.

My 2013 Reading Log (one more book to blog about and I’ll be done)

Batman Knightfall – Comic vs Novel vs TV Show

Batman: Knightfall

This is an iconic story in the Batman universe. It was a huge event starting in 1993 and it crossed over into every related Batman title. The main story ran in Detective Comics, which introduced the character in 1939 in issue # 27. Batman became the star of the title shortly thereafter and remained so even after the introduction of his self-titled series.

This is a huge graphic novel that collects Vengeance of Bane # 1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-660, Showcase ’93 #7 and 8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17-18 and clocks in at 640 pages.

The story revolves around Bane and I don’t think there are any spoilers left. The cover art pretty much gives it away. Bane is the man who broke Batman’s back.

This story was reworked for The Dark Knight Rises, which really let me down.  Incredibly, I much prefer the novel version of the story as opposed to both the comic and the movie.


I read this novel as a teenager and it was brilliant. It is still my favourite way to experience this iconic story.

Although, I really enjoyed how Bane was portrayed in the Animated Series.


I think he was much scarier in the cartoon than he was in the latest feature film. I really need to get my hands on the DVD collection of that series. I would so love to watch it from beginning to end one more time.

There are two more volumes to this story in graphic novel form. I will have to read those at some point. I still don’t know exactly what happens in the aftermath of Banes destruction and the devastation he unleashed on Gotham City.

I’m currently reading a modern Batman comic. Stay tuned to this blog for my review of that story as well.

My Reading Log for 2013

Jack of Fables Comes to an End

I’ve been following the adventures of Jack Horner a.k.a. Jack the Giant Slayer a.k.a. Jack Frost since I first discovered this comic book series. It’s been a great read . . . but all great things must come to an end.

I’ll admit that it felt like the series ended with the last issue. I really didn’t know how they were going to continue the series with the situation they’d left the main character in.

Jack of Fables 8 - The Fulminate Blade

Jack of Fables – The Fulminate Blade

Volume 8 of the on-going series has the title character’s son taking over the title in its entirety. It was strange not having Jack in this book, but the story still managed to deliver just what you’d expect from the series.

Jack Of Fables 9 - The End

Jack of Fables – The End

I laughed out loud several times during the reading of this final ever Jack of Fables story. I can’t say much more about it without giving out spoilers.

It’s the end of an era. 

The original series, Fables, is still going strong. I’ve only read up to Volume 17 and there are four more volumes available now. I hope they’ll be at the library soon. I really enjoy this series.

My 2013 Reading Log – all of the titles I read over the course of the year

The Humans are Worse than the Zombies

Walking Dead TPB


The Walking Dead: Volume 4: The Heart’s Desire by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn

The Walking Dead is a very popular television series that was based on a comic book. I read the first hardcover collection a few years back and am only just getting around to reading more of the title.

The story is centred around a small group of survivors. Zombies are everywhere and they are fighting hard to stay alive and stay together.

The survivors are literally prisoners in this issue. They have holed themselves up in a prison. They have cleared it out and barricaded themselves inside. The zombies stay on the other side of the fence eerily watching them.

One of the survivors on the inside had this to say, “I was a prisoner here. It’s weird how different this place can become just by sleeping with the cell door open. . .

I was never out there. I was never in danger, hunted, terrorized by those things. I was here BEFORE they came to life and started killing people . . . And I was in here after.

So yeah–it’s a new world, but God help me . . . I like this world better.”

The appeal of this series is how it is so character driven. It’s not so much about the horror. It is more about the relationships, the fight to survive, and the drama.

Walking Dead TPB


The Walking Dead: Volume 5: The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn

The real horror in this volume comes from how the humans treat each other. A global tragedy like the zombie apocalypse should have brought people together. That’s what has happened so far with the small band of survivors that Rick has been leading and keeping safe for nearly a year now. But when a helicopter crashes and he goes to investigate, he is met with a bigger horror than the zombies outside the gate.

My Reading Log for 2013 (with links to each title)

Long Live Daredevil


Daredevil: End of Days by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Alex Maleev

Daredevil meets a violent end at the hands of his arch-nemesis Bullseye. That’s not a spoiler alert either. This book is about the final days of our favourite super-hero.

The strange thing about this story is that the main character dies at the beginning of the book. He says one word just before dies, however. A word that completely unravels Bullseye.

Reporter Ben Urich starts an investigation to find out why Daredevil had been absent for years, why he returned to crime-fighting, and why he died. It’s personal because he has always respected and admired the super-hero. He even knew the man behind the mask.


He starts writing the story of Daredevil’s final days. He interviews many of Daredevil’s allies, enemies, and former lovers and pieces of the story start to come together.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s well-written and beautifully drawn by some of the best writers and artists to ever work on the ongoing series. It’s a dark tale that wraps up Daredevil’s story nicely

My 2013 Reading List (tons of great novels, comics, and teaching-related books)

The Final Days of Captain America

Captain America: The Chosen by David Morrell and Mitch Breitweiser

Ever since Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, comic writers have been inspired to tell the stories of the final days of our favourite superheroes. Origin stories have always been popular, but now exit stories are becoming all the more frequent.

This graphic novel tells the story of Captain America’s final days. He is a soldier right until the end, but he realizes that sometimes fighting isn’t as important as inspiring others.

The story starts off in Afghanistan and we are introduced Corporal James Newman. He tells us that he’s been fighting in the war for quite some time. “I’m so used to being scared that I’m numb.”


This opening sequence really hits home and shows the harsh realities of war. It seems like the Corporal starts hallucinating when Captain America shows up at his side and helps him save his squad.

Spoiler Alert

It seems like Captain America is dying and reaching out to this soldier via some sort of telepathy. He is inspiring him and teaching him how to become a hero. It’s almost as if he is grooming him to become the new Captain America.

The story is very well done. I didn’t want to put it down. It is inspiring and tells a superhero story that is grounded in the real-life heroes we don’t seem to celebrate as much as the fictional ones in this culture.

I really enjoyed this story and I think you will too.

My Complete (and ever-growing) List of 2013 Reads

Polarity Bear Tours the Zoo

polarity bear

Polarity Bear Tours the Zoo: A Central Park Adventure by Sue de Cuevas and Wendy Rasmussen

This book tells the story of a polar bear who lives in a zoo.
She is unhappy being caged up with nothing to do.
This is the first picture book that I’ve been asked to review.
Like many illustrated books for children, it is told in rhyme.
But I have to admit, this style doesn’t work all of the time.

Okay, time to stop rhyming and look a little more closely at this book.

Polarity Bear

The book is beautifully illustrated with a water-colour technique. You can see the polar bear’s emotions quite clearly on every page. She starts out sad and depressed and then becomes happy and amazed at all of the things she sees on her adventure.

In the story, she is able to break out of her cage and she embarks on all sorts of new adventures. She is genuinely happy on this little field trip until she gets dizzy on the carousel and gets a few scrapes and bruises. She then rushes back home and no longer has to be sad about living in a small cage.

The zoo owners have expanded her habitat and made it a much better place to stay.

I like the story and the message behind it. I think zoos are a great place for children to learn about animals from different parts of the world. I know that many people are against locking up these creatures up and putting them on display, but there are ways to make sure these animals are comfortable and happy even in a zoo.

My only criticism of the book is that some of the rhymes don’t fall off of the tongue so easily. I think I hold children’s books to a fairly high standard when it comes to story and rhyme. The two need to work together perfectly.

That being said, I know children who love animals and zoos will get a lot out of this book. It can open up discussion about the fair treatment of animals. It can be a fun read one lazy afternoon. And it even ties in community since it is set in a real place with a familiar setting.

My 2013 Reading Log (with links to every title I read this year)

Batman, Robin, and The Red Hood Join Forces


Batman & Robin: Dark Knight Vs. White Knight by Cornel, McDaniel, Tomasi, Gleason, Winick, and Tocchini

There are three stories in this graphic novel. My favourite is not the title story, however. I much prefer the story arc that had Batman and Robin joining forces with The Red Hood.

A little bit of history here that shouldn’t come as a spoiler to any dedicated Batman fan. The Red Hood is a vigilante that doesn’t have the morality of Batman, although he has a history with him. He was Robin at one point in time.


But he met a nasty end at the hands of the Joker.


Jason Todd’s story was brilliantly presented in the animated feature film, Batman: Under the Red Hood. I highly recommend this movie.

Spoiler Alert

In this graphic novel, Jason Todd is imprisoned in Arkham Asylum. He makes an appeal that he doesn’t deserve to be held in a facility for the criminally insane and as such, gets transferred to a regular prison. He unleashes havoc in the general population and kills several inmates.

He escapes the prison and once again dons the mantel of The Red Hood. In the panel before this final page teaser to set up the next issue, he mentions how he had to improvise with his costume . . .


This make-shift costume is definitely inspired by Punisher but I like the new look. And I am interested to see where this character goes next.

My 2013 Reading Log (every title I’ve read over the course of this year)

Recommended Reads: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In the near future, we live in one of five factions. Each group is conditioned to think, act, and behave in a certain way. When we turn sixteen years old, we are given a test that assigns us to one of the factions. We then have the choice of staying in the faction of our family or transferring to one of the other four.

We are introduced to this world through the character of Beatrice Prior. Her test proved that she didn’t exactly belong to any of the factions. It turns out that she is “Divergent” and that this is a scary and pretty much unspeakable thing.

She renames herself Tris and abandons her home faction for a new one. She tries to understand exactly what she is and why.

The writing is fast-paced and brilliant. This is a world that mirrors our own. We have all been conditioned to act and behave in certain ways. This is science fiction at its best. It shines a light on our own reality while delivering a spellbinding story. I simply couldn’t put the book down.

We get a resolution at the end of the book, but I am left wanting to read more about Tris and this dystopian world she seems destined to overthrow. Good thing this is a trilogy. I will be reading the next book, Insurgent, very soon.

I’m adding this title to my Recommended Reads section. You should check it out.

My 2013 Reading Log (Every book I’ve read this year with links to each title)

The Great Gatsby on the Boardwalk

Fan-created cover by Stuart Ward for 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I didn’t see the new feature film of this story that came out last year. I figured I should read the book first. After all, it is a classic.

I have to say that I was not all that impressed with the book. It is told from a relatively insignificant character. We don’t even meet the title character for quite some time. And when we do, there is more mystery of who he is than anything else.

One thing that did interest me about the book was the connections I made with the television series Boardwalk Empire. They are both set in the 1920s and mention some of the same historical events. It was cool to have some visuals in my head from the series as I read the novel.

The novel is pretty much a tragedy and a sad tale but it didn’t really tug on my heart-strings. I have to say that it was a bit of a let down for me.

Boardwalk Empire – Seasons 1 – 3

I just finished watching the first three seasons of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. It revolves around the exploits of Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, and his rise to become the kingpin of the bootlegging industry.

This period piece is set amongst the prohibition era in Atlantic City in the 1920s. It even has a young Al Capone in it. I am not sure how historically accurate the story is but it makes for compelling television.

Just be forewarned that it is an extremely violent show riddled with course language, nudity, and graphic violence. I am surprised that I have stayed with it this long. This is not usually my cup of tea.

My 2013 Reading Log (with links exploring each title in detail)

Darth Vader Unleashed

Star Wars: Darth Vader and The Ghost Prison

This story takes place shortly after the events in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and approximately nineteen years before Episode IV A New Hope. 

Darth Vader is a ruthless villain and is unleashed on the pages here in a way we have never seen before.

The story revolves around an ambitious soldier in the newly formed Galactic Empire. He is in awe of Darth Vader’s power and presence and seeks to become his apprentice. Of course, there is only one way this story could turn out, and it doesn’t disappoint.

My 2013 Reading Log (40 titles and counting)

Star Trek Destiny – A Trilogy by David Mack

Star Trek: Destiny Trilogy by David Mack 

Book 1 – Gods of Night

Book 2 – Mere Mortals

Book 3 – Lost Souls

I consider myself to be an avid reader but if my dad had ever kept a reading log, it would have put mine to shame. He was constantly reading and his place was practically a library.

A few months ago, he showed me these books and said that I would really enjoy them. I was immediately struck by the name of the cover. David Mack is a great writer. He has even written Daredevil comics.

I finished the series just a few days before he passed away. I was hoping that we could talk a bit about it. It was a really nice read that fleshed out the Star Trek universe brilliantly.

The trilogy is set after the events in the last film Star Trek: Nemesis. I was never satisfied with that being the final film in the franchise. I wish this story had been adapted for an eleventh movie. That would have been a perfect ending to the voyages of The Next Generation crew. We so needed one more movie to send them off on a high note.

As I read this book, I could really envision the story unfolding in front of my eyes. It was great. I didn’t realize that I missed this crew so much. Even having Captain Dax was a nice touch.

About two-thirds of the way into Book 3, I was blown away by a particular passage. It wasn’t a plot twist either, it was a reveal that I never saw coming. I had to stop reading and think about it. Suddenly, it became clear. “I should have known,” I said to myself. Of course, that was after I yelled at the book fairly loudly.
I love when a book can do that.

I won’t give away any of the details of this trilogy. If you are a Star Trek fan, you will enjoy it. I’ll leave it at that.

My 2013 Reading Log

This Book is Bigger on the Inside

The adventures of Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and the Eleventh Doctor continue on in a series of original novels.

This book is bigger on the inside, and that’s not just a clever Doctor Who joke. It’s actually a collection of two novels bound creatively in one volume. Each story is 200 pages long and opens up like a regular novel. When you finish one story, you simply flip the book over and begin reading a brand new adventure.

Doctor Who: Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale

I wasn’t completely impressed with this story, but I did like how the author managed to get the interactions between Amy, Rory, and The Doctor spot on. I could hear the characters through the dialogue and I laughed at a few moments in the story where I could picture the actors in my head clear as day.

Doctor Who: Death Riders by Justin Richards

This was the best story in this 2-in-1 collection and I really wasn’t expecting it to be. It’s set at a carnival and it could have become cliche and boring, but it didn’t drag. I whipped through the story in one day.

I like how Amy drives the story and how Rory gets to save the day. I love this couple so much. I want to see them risking everything for each other. I am glad that their adventures live on in print. Although I wish I could still see them on the television every week.

Keep Up With Everything I’ve Read This Year

My 2013 Reading Log (with links to each title)

My Name is Memory

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see all of the ways that the two characters connected throughout the years. The timing or circumstances were never quite right for them to finally come together to live happily ever after. But that notion of fairy-tale love is what keeps the main character going throughout the centuries. That’s right, centuries.

Daniel Gray knows that he is in love with Sophia. He met her briefly in 520 A.D. and he has chased her through all of his subsequent lives. She can’t remember her past lives so it is really hard to connect with her in each new life. That doesn’t stop him from trying though.

In 2009, it seems like he might finally be able to make that connection and be able to have a long and fruitful relationship with Sophia, who now goes by the name of Lucy and has no idea who Daniel is.

This was a nice read, right up until the ending. As the pages ahead of me started to dwindle, I started to get worried that this story wasn’t going to tie up neatly.

When I got to the last page, my fears were realized. I actually swore loudly at the book as I came to the very end. I rarely do that. This wasn’t the end of the story. I needed to know what happened.

I need closure when reading a novel. This one didn’t give that to me.

It seems that this book was originally planned to be a trilogy but even so, the ending should have wrapped up a little but better. And what if a sequel doesn’t actually happen? Then I will be let down by a book that I enjoyed right up to the ending. That’s not cool.

Check out My 2013 ReadsA Complete List of Every Title Have Read This Year

Connected by Books

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler

I’m sure that we’ve all heard of Six Degrees of Separation – the theory that everyone is connected in six or fewer steps. That means you could be connected to me even if we have never met. Perhaps your friend knows my cousin’s neighbour’s barber. That links us in 6 steps:

ME – cousin – neighbour – barber – friend – YOU

This theory has become quite popular over the years. There is even a party game known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon where you try to link any actor to Kevin Bacon in less than 6 steps. It’s a fun game and I am often surprised on how so many actors can be linked to Kevin Bacon this way.

The authors of this book propose a new theory they call Three Degrees of Influence, which basically means that we can influence and be influenced by people we don’t know if they are only three degrees removed from us. In other words, our friends’ friends’ friends can have a influence on us and vice versa.

That is an amazing discovery! It sounds like it might be a bit far-fetched though. How can we be influenced by people we don’t even know? The authors share all sorts of examples of where this is the case.

I know that I have been influenced by something I’ve seen on Tumblr or Twitter that was originally posted by my friends’ friends’ friend and it made its way to my dashboard, made me pause, share it myself, and steer me in a certain direction.

It’s interesting to see all the ways we are connected. These connections might not be visible all the times but we are pretty much all connected in some form or another. If we lived our lives with this in mind, perhaps we would be better to each other, friendlier, kinder, and more helpful. That’s a great closing thought.

My Complete List of 2013 Reads

The New Adventures of Jack

I am continuing to blog about every book I read. It’s a lot of fun having this yearly reading log. 

The latest additions to the list are three trade paperbacks from the on-going Jack of Fables series. 

Jack of Fables: Volume 5 – Turning Pages by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Russ Braun, Tony Akins, Jose Marzan Jr., and Andrew Pepoy.

Story tale characters are immortal even outside of the pages of their books. Jack of Fables has lived a very long time. This issue retells a story from 1883 where Jack is a bit of an outlaw. The Big Bad Wolf is tracking him down to bring him to justice.

Jack of Fables: Volume 6 – The Big Book of War by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Russ Braun, Tony Akins, Jose Marzan Jr., and Dan Green.

The Bookburner wants to erase all of the storybook characters. He is an evil of such that the Fables have never before faced. It’s a good thing that Jack is elected as battle commander in an epic war, or is it? The comedy is this issue is ramped up and so is the action.

Jack of Fables: Volume 7 – The New Adventures of Jack and Jack by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Russ Braun, Tony Akins, Jose Marzan Jr., and Andrew Pepoy.

The series takes a strange turn here. It seems that the legendary Jack of Fables, aka Little Jack Horner, Jack B. Nimble, Jack the Giant Slayer, and countless other aliases has a son named after him. And after a tragic turn of events, the son takes over as the main character in this series.

Jack hasn’t always been the most noble character, but I find it hard to believe that his story has come to an end with this volume. Can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens.

Here’s My Complete Reading List of 2013

Transformers Done Right

Transformers Volume 2: International Incident

The art in this trade paperback is absolutely gorgeous. I also love how they keep the original transformer characters looking like I remember them. There is even a nice joke about it thrown in.

It really makes no sense for the constructicons to be green and purple in colour but I wouldn’t want to see them any other way. The above joke makes the story work more effectively while paying homage to the original series and toys.

The comics do Transformers right and I really appreciate that.

Transformers Volume 3: The Revenge of the Decepticons

Megatron is back and he is more powerful than ever. He is actually scary in this book, much more so than he ever was as Galvatron in the second generation of the original cartoon series.

He is clever and cunning as well. I want to read the next issue because it looks like he might be able to pull off a victory. Not that I am routing for him mind you, but it does make for some great storytelling.

More proof that the best Transformer stories are happening in the comics.

My Reading Log for 2013

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

This book makes some interesting points that fly in the face of conventional wisdom.

It makes sense to not fight in front of the children, right?

But of course fighting is inevitable in a relationship. There are going to be disagreements and arguments. How we handle these moments in front of the children can make a huge difference. We need to show them that we have been able to work things out. They cannot just see the argument but need to see a successful resolution as well.

I can honestly say, I never thought of that.

Here is a small excerpt from the book;

“What this means is that a parent who pauses mid-argument to take it upstairs – to spare the children – might be making the situation far worse, especially if they forget to tell their kids, “Hey, we worked it out.”

There is also a really interesting discussion about television. Violent television such as Power Rangers is actually better than watching educational television such as Arthur.

I never would have thought that would be the case, but it makes a lot of sense they way the authors break it down in the book.

I have thought about this a lot. I know that many of the teenager sitcoms are absolutely horrible. The characters are rude and insulting and they are rarely called out for this kind of behaviour.

In educational preschool programs we see the same thing. The majority of episodes spend almost the entire program setting up a conflict. The children watching these shows see all sort of negative behaviour – behaviour the shows are actually trying to discourage.

Here is another excerpt from the book;

“Ninety-six percent of all children’s programming includes verbal insults, and of the 2,628 put-downs identified, only 50 circumstances featured some sort of reprimand or correction — and not once in an educational show. ‘Fully 84 percent of the time there was only laughter or no response at all,’ found Dr. Cynthia Scheibe.”

Much of the content in these shows is dedicated to negative behaviours. The resolution of the conflict happens quickly at the end of the program and the kids don’t often associate that with all of the negative things they have seen. We are all influenced by what we see. That’s why I truly believe children are acting out more these days.