Dad of Divas' Reviews

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Book Review - How to Draw Almost Every Day: An Illustrated Sourcebook

How to Draw Almost Every Day: An Illustrated Sourcebook




About the Book
The perfect book for budding artists, How to Draw Almost Every Day challenges and inspires you to draw one simple illustration each day of the year. Organized as a calendar, illustrations are presented as daily exercises.

Each image is broken down with step-by-step diagrams, making the process easy to understand. You’ll learn to draw items from everyday life, like food and clothing, as well as seasonal images including snowmen and pumpkins. We have also included inspiring project photos to show you how to incorporate the doodles into greeting cards, calendars, invitations, gift wrap, and more!



My Take on the Book
This is a very practical book with fun illustrations and step-by-step instructions on how you can start to take action to be drawing everyday with small or large drawings. I love how this book makes it so easy to start a journey that will lead you daily into a new routine!


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Book Review - Zen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for Kids


Zen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for Kids



About the Book
Now for kids! Based on the adult New York Times Bestseller, Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks, this special editon for children will inspire them to reach for the stars!

Explorers like Amelia Earhart and Chris Hadfield. Pioneers like Marie Curie and Margaret E. Knight. Modern icons like John Green and the Dalai Lama.

Zen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for Kids


These are only a few of the trailblazers you’ll meet in this collection of cartoons and quotes. Let their words of wisdom lead you to greatness, reflection, and discovery. Each inspiring quote is transformed into a compelling story that unfolds before your eyes. Follow the illustrated adventures of dragon slayers, warrior monks, ballet dancers, and professional wrestlers—all while hearing from some of the great voices of our past and present.

Zen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for Kids


Now for kids! Based on the adult New York Times bestseller, this special edition for children will inspire them to reach for the stars.


My Take on the Book
This was truly an inspirational book. My daughters loved how the book was broken down and how all of the quotes were from so many people from so many different walks of life. I have even seen my daughters re-reading the book which is always a good sign! I highly recommend this to all!

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Book Review - Just for Fun: Perspective


Just for Fun: Perspective



About the Book
Just for Fun: Perspective takes a complicated topic and makes it easy and fun for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts! Even if you've never picked up a pencil or paintbrush, you can follow the simple, step-by-step instructions, and create realistic, proportionate artwork using perspective.

Featured subjects start with basic lines and shapes, then slowly progress with each new step to fully rendered artwork. Just for Fun: Perspective saves the technical aspects of drawing and painting for more advanced students and prefers to touch upon the key concepts and fundamentals of perspective.

Learn about the differences between one-, two-, and three-point perspective; vanishing points; and methods for measuring and dividing areas of a subject or scene proportionately. Use basic lessons on depth and distance to add color and create your own drawings and paintings with step-by-step instructions for shapes, architecture, portraits, animals, street scenes, and more.

With approachable and contemporary drawings and paintings as well as lots of tips, instructions, and inspiration, Just for Fun: Perspective will have even the most artistically challenged individuals mastering perspective in no time.



My Take on the Book
Perspective is something that takes some time to understand. This book gives you a ton of great advice for any aspiring artist. You will learn a ton of things about differences in different types of perspective, so much more than I really knew. This is a great book that I learned a ton from and I know you will learn a ton as well!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Review - Sketch Now, Think Later


Sketch Now, Think Later



About the Book
Sketching is more popular than ever, but busy lives leave almost no room for sitting down with a pad and pen, and practicing. Many people give up on their potential hobby (and artistic outlet) because they feel they just don’t have the time to lay the groundwork. Here’s a secret though: you do have time each day to practice, you just need to incorporate sketching into your daily life.

Sketch Now, Think Later covers the tools, techniques and tips that author and Urban Sketching Correspondent of Boston Mike Daikubara has developed in his more than 15 years as a practicing artist, and will show you how to fully dive into any sketching situation with limited time and tools, and still be able to produce memorable, great looking, fun sketches!



My Take on the Book

My daughters love to sketch and read and this book incorporates both into one. The book is practical and offers some amazing advice and step-by-step instructions on how to be able to sketch more fluidly without the fear of getting into your head to much.  The book has a ton of valuable ideas and great illustrations / infographics that will walk you through how to be even more successful at your drawings. This is a great book that anyone that wants to sketch should read!


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Book Review - Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm



About the Book
The first Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel!

Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, and that the storm may have a magical cause. To solve the case, they team up with Max, who is desperate for the electricity to return so he can play video games, and frenemy Dakota, who is aided by her goblin minions. Together, they must get to the bottom of the mystery and save the town from the magic storm.


My Take on the Book
This is a great additional book in the series. Not only do you get an amazing graphic novel with a wonderful story, but you also get action, humor and a bit more. The book also has great characters that you have come to love from past books and will regain again in this great book too!

The book is funny, but it also gives you a deeper glimpse into these characters, more so than what I have seen in the past. While the author could continue to show more, hopefully we will see and learn more in future books too.

This is a great book that has a ton of heart. It is a great book for all ages!


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Book Review - Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond: The Serpent's Secret

Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond: The Serpent's Secret



About the Book
MEET KIRANMALA:

INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMON SLAYER

(Only she doesn't know it yet.)

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey . . . until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents' fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.

To complicate matters, two crush-worthy princes ring her doorbell, insisting they've come to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it . . .


My Take on the Book
This is a great new book that offers you adventure, great characters and more! Every page was a journey that led you step by step to the very great conclusion of the book. There was humor, adventure, action and more. We also loved the characters, and with daughters, I loved the main character, a girl who is now a demon fighting princess.  Kiranmala is fierce, fun and a true heroine, and we loved following her journey and so will you!


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review - Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye



About the Book
Who is Baby Monkey?

He is a baby.

He is a monkey.

He has a job.

He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye!

Lost jewels?

Missing pizza?

Stolen spaceship?

Baby Monkey can help...

if he can put on his pants!

Baby Monkey's adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.

Hooray for Baby Monkey!

My Take on the Book
This was a fun story with a a baby monkey that was both cute and a private eye. The book is one that was a quick read and has beautiful illustrations. The mystery of the missing jewels was a fun case and you get to find out who stole the jewels through not only the story but the beautiful imagery too.


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