Dad of Divas' Reviews

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review - Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World

Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World

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About the Book
Better leaders, ready now. It's what successful businesses need to stay viable and what most are unable to achieve. The problem is not the absence of tools, technology, or processes. The problem is a lack of energy.

Growing leaders at the speed of business should be exhilarating, and even scary at times. Some organizations have figured this out, and are showing how more aggressive approaches rally business performance. It doesn't take slick new technology or a clever tool. It takes boldness.

Leaders Ready Now challenges CEOs and Talent Management leaders to rethink lackluster approaches to accelerating leadership growth and to change the equation so that tools and processes don't rob energy from the organization but, instead, create it. The authors take a fundamentally different angle and clearly illustrate how to transform your existing succession and development systems and grow the leaders your business needs fast and fully enough to gain the advantage in a complex world.



My Take on the Book
This was a great book that really makes you think hard about your own organization and what you are doing currently and what you need to do to transform your organization for the better. The book is down-to-earth and offers straight-forward approaches for direct action in your organization.

The book also offered great insight into what you needed to do to stand out and be bold in your own management and leadership.

I appreciated the candid approach of the authors and how they offered experiences and stories that backed up their suggestions.

As someone that is always intrigued with leadership concepts, the authors in this take on the topic and approach their suggestions in a new and unique way!

This was a great book that was easy to understand and offered practical approaches that can be implemented right away!

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Book Review - Solving the Student Loan Crisis: Dreams, Diplomas & A Lifetime Debt

Solving the Student Loan Crisis: Dreams, Diplomas & A Lifetime Debt

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About the Book
Higher education should not be a business from which many profit while millions go into a lifetime of debt! American higher education is at the point of colossal failure. Thanks to the creation of "Higher Ed Inc.," we now live in a dysfunctional country with millions of Americans struggling to pay or completely unable to pay their student loan debts. Millions of new students going to college will end up equally in debt, saddled with loans and unable to join the middle class and enjoy the American dream. The student loan debt crisis is no longer a matter that each student or family can solve on their own. We need everyone to put our voices together to push aggressively for change. Read this book and join us if you are among the millions of current student loan debtors, future students and parents about to take out loans, or policymakers and politicians who want to help fix our broken system of higher education.



My Take on the Book
I have worked in higher education for many years and have found that the amount of debt that students are leaving their degrees with continues to exponentially increase. This crisis in higher education in my point of view is making higher education more and more unattainable for some. The other challenge is that there have been some student loan companies that have followed questionable practices over the years in how they solicit and sell the products that they have.

This author provides a down-to-earth, understandable conversation to demystify the student loan industry. The author does a great job at helping the reader to understand the history behind the practices as well as lays out the problems with the current system. She even provides some possible fixes that were interesting and unique.

I appreciated the stories that were shared in the book and you can truly see the passion that she brings to this topic due to her own personal experiences.

The book provides a great guide for understanding student debt, this book is a great primer!


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Book Review - Cool & Calm Coloring for Kids: Fabulous Animals

Cool & Calm Coloring for Kids: Fabulous Animals


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About the Book
Kids these days are so busy running from school to extracurricular activities that they can easily get overscheduled and overwhelmed. That's what so great about the Cool and Calm Coloring for Kids series. Inspired by kindergarten teachers' use of art therapy for 'quiet time' in class, this brilliant new series helps children relax, focus, express themselves, and create something beautiful. With Fabulous Animals,, young colorists will enjoy a large variety of animal pictures, including soaring butterflies, slithering lizards, majestic giraffes, underwater creatures, and more. Gorgeous illustrations with colored backgrounds guide the children through each wonderful design. Thick paper keeps their best efforts from bleeding through and ruining the other side, while detachable pages let them pull out their favorites and hang them up for all to see. It's perfect for a quiet afterschool activity, to keep them busy before dinner, or anytime they need to unwind.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that had a ton of great pictures within it that are wonderfully illustrated. The pictures are easily detached and with the illustrations that are in this you have the ability to create some very unique images that can be given as artwork to many!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review - The Art of Disney's Dragons

The Art of Disney's Dragons

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About the Book
Imagine if one sketchbook had been passed down through the decades from one Disney artist to the next, with each one making a contribution before leaving it in the talented hands of another. That idea was the inspiration for The Art of Disney's Dragons. The drawings contained within this volume represent the entire range of dragon-themed development art from animators, live-action studio artists, and Imagineers. Inside find playful pencil studies of Mushu; color concepts on Figment (who was green before he became purple!); bold pencil layouts on Maleficent, and the latest character explorations of Elliot from the new Spring/Summer 2016 live-action film Pete's Dragon. Tom Bancroft, often recognized in Disney circles as being lead animator on Mushu the dragon in Mulan, writes the book's introductory essay.



My Take on the Book
As someone that loves Disney artwork, this book was amazing! The creative process was completely spelled out in how many of the iconic Disney dragons were created and you even get a behind the scenes look at some of the early drawings and renditions of characters that you know and love. I learned so much by reading this about how animators work, but also came to a better appreciation for the artistry behind the characters and the films that we see. This is a book you do not want to miss if you are a Disney fan!


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Book Review - Galactic Hot Dogs 2: The Wiener Strikes Back

Galactic Hot Dogs 2: The Wiener Strikes Back


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About the Book
Cosmoe, Princess Dagger, Humphree, and the gang are back for another wild space adventure in the second hilarious illustrated novel of the Galactic Hot Dogs series, which Lincoln Peirce calls an “an insanely entertaining, eye-popping adventure.”

What could go better with wieners than a flying space circus? Nothing! Which is why Humphree’s all jazzed up at the chance to sell Galactic Hot Dogs as the official food of Crostini’s Cosmic Carnival and Wonder Circus train. Cosmoe’s not entirely convinced—but once his skills as a monster tamer are unveiled, the deal is done and the Neon Wiener is officially hooked onto the train.

Only things aren’t quite what they seem at this circus, and pretty soon Cosmoe realizes he and his buddies are in more danger than ever. To get to the bottom of it all, they have to travel somewhere pretty familiar, providing a glimpse at last into Cosmoe’s past and how he ended up aboard the Wienerin the first place.




My Take on the Book
Seeing that we recently finished reading the first book in this series, we dived in quickly to read this next. This was a ton of fun and the characters that you came to love in the first book are back in a new fun-filled adventure. The artwork in this continues to be stellar and the humor, while different, is similar to the first. My girls continued to love the story in this as much as in the first and by the end they were asking if there were more to read. As a father, this warms my heart as I want them to find books that they are passionate about and this series has become one that continues to deliver!


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Book Review - Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway

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About the Book
“Mind-blowing action and big-time fun!” —Jeff Kinney, bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

“Galactic Hot Dogs is an insanely entertaining, eye-popping adventure!” —Lincoln Peirce, bestselling author of the Big Nate series

Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He’s captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy…
  1. Cooking up a Mega-Dog. (Dude, this hot dog is the size of a jeep!)
  2. Escaping mutant worm monsters, zombie space pirates, and grumpy robots. (What the butt?!)
  3. Playing Super Moon Ninja Death Jab (Turbo Ear Slap! 9,000 points!!)
  4. And…PROTECTING THE GALAXY from the Ultimate Evil. (He’s kind of an awesome space guy.)


My Take on the Book
Just finished this first book within the Galactic Hot Dog series and have to say that it was a ton of fun. The artwork was stunning and you really get drawn into the overall story itself. The plot of the book really moved along and due to the humor too you get to have a ton of fun along with the characters too. My kids were completely transfixed and by the end they were asking for the next story! If you child loves graphic novels, humor, great characters and artwork throughout this book is definitely one to read!!


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Book Review - Cool & Calm Coloring for Kids: Magical Designs and Color-by-Numbers

Cool & Calm Coloring for Kids: Magical Designs and Color-by-Numbers

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About the Book
Kids these days are so busy running from school to extracurricular activities that they can easily get overscheduled and overwhelmed. That's what so great about the Cool and Calm Coloring for Kids series. Inspired by kindergarten teachers' use of art therapy for 'quiet time' in class, this brilliant new series helps children relax, focus, express themselves, and create something beautiful. With Magical Coloring and Dot-to-Dots,, young colorists will enjoy whimsical illustrations of flowers in bloom, spectacular palaces, mysterious color-by-numbers, and challenging connect-the-dots. Gorgeous illustrations with colored backgrounds guide the children through each wonderful design. Thick paper keeps their best efforts from bleeding through and ruining the other side, while detachable pages let them pull out their favorites and hang them up for all to see. It's perfect for a quiet afterschool activity, to keep them busy before dinner, or anytime they need to unwind.



My Take on the Book
This was a wonderful book that my kids loved to create within. The nice thing with this book is that they make it easy and you can connect dots, color by number and more and still create amazing pictures! This is VERY fun and definitely a book my girls really enjoyed and your kids will too!


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