Dad of Divas' Reviews

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Book Review - Dog Man Lord of the Fleas

Dog Man Lord of the Fleas




About the Book
When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action -- and this time he isn't alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?





My Take on the Book
My daughter loves this series so she was very excited to read this when we received it. The characters are a ton of fun and the humor is infectious. In this book my daughter enjoyed meeting the new villains, Piggy, Crunky and Bub. There also is a bit of a mystery in whether Petey will be a hero or villain - you have to read to find out. The illustrations are fun and the plot is perfect for the age group. There is definitely some potty humor but as a dad of a daughter in the target age group I can tell you that they definitely appreciate the humor!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Review - Amulet: Supernova

Amulet: Supernova



About the Book
Emily has lost control of her Amulet and is imprisoned in the Void, where she must find a way to escape the influence of the Voice. Meanwhile, Emily's brother, Navin, travels to Lighthouse One, a space station where the Resistance is preparing to battle the approaching Shadow forces that would drain planet Alledia of all its resources. Emily and Navin must be smarter and stronger than ever to ensure Alledia's survival.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book with an amazing story and even better illustrations throughout the entire book. While this is a continuation, the story was amazing. It incorporates adventure, action, science fiction and a bit more. My daughter loved this addition to the series and you will too!

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Book Review - Creative Adventures in Cursive

Creative Adventures in Cursive



About the Book
Writing is cooler in cursive, and Creative Adventures in Cursive gives kids ideas for practicing writing skills, then guides them into cursive creativity.

As many educators will attest, writing in cursive provides cognitive benefits in spelling, memory, reading comprehension, language skills, and overall academic confidence. Practicing cursive carries similar benefits when drawing; once you learn the basic shapes, you can play with it by creating your own personal style.

In Creative Adventures in Cursive, noted author Rachelle Doorley, the creative force behind Tinkerlab, shows twenty fun and colorful ways to use script to make posters, present school projects, design monograms, create greeting cards, decorate book bags and t-shirts, ice cookies and cakes -- writing in script with everything, including fabric markers, pastry tubes, string and yarn, and of course brushes, pens, and crayons.




My Take on the Book
This was an important book, especially right now in my kids' lives. Unfortunately, my kids' school does not teach cursive and because of this I have been working on teaching them cursive. This is not always easy, but lately they have been more interested in how cursive looks. This book has some great activities, warm ups and more that will encourage all to appreciate everything that encompasses cursive!


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Book Review - Ozy & Millie

Ozy & Millie



About the Book
From the creator of the New York Times Bestselling Phoebe and Her Unicorn series!

Meet Ozy and Millie, two middle-grade students in Seattle who happen to be foxes. Millie is a mischievous 10-year-old with a talent for evading homework, a habit of questioning authority, and a knack for inventing bizarre jump rope rhymes. Ozy is her calm, thoughtful counterpart, whose adoptive father, a red dragon named Llewellyn, is full of strange stories and ancient wisdom. Also featured are Felicia, a sheep at the head of the cool clique, and Avery, a hapless raccoon who desperately wants to be popular.

In this collection of funny and charming comics, the sweet, philosophical humor of author Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn) shines through. Evocative, funny, and gently philosophical, Ozy and Millie will delight young readers with tales of friendship and school-age fun, while transporting older fans back to the openness and wonder of childhood. Ozy and Millie also includes an introduction by the author and a "More To Explore" section with a glossary and how-to-draw section for young readers.




My Take on the Book
This is a book with amazing characters that you will truly enjoy getting to know. They are different from each other but they balance each other out. You also get some other fun characters that add depth to the overall story which was a ton of fun as well. The book is funny and really allows the author to show her humor throughout the book. We also loved the images that are throughout the book. You will be drawn in from the story, the images, the characters and the overall environment. This is a fast read but well worth every moment!

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Book Review - Trapped in a Video Game: Robots Revolt

Trapped in a Video Game: Robots Revolt




About the Book

Kids who love video games will love this third installment of the new 5-book series about 12-year old Jesse Rigsby and the wild adventures he encounters inside different video games.



My Take on the Book
We enjoyed the first books in this series and as we got into this one we found that it was a very quick read. While the book is geared at elementary and tweens, even as an adult I enjoyed it as well. The book had a ton of action that kept you moving from page to page. The characters were well developed and you really get to know most! The book picks up where book 2 left off so reading the other books will help you have some context. You will love all of the robots, or at least we did! All-in-all this was a fun book that my daughter and I enjoyed reading together!

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Book Review - MAZE-O-ZOIC: 50 Dinosaur Mazes

MAZE-O-ZOIC: 50 Dinosaur Mazes



About the Book
Here comes another wonderfully wacky collection of mazes from Joe Wos . . . and this time, has has gone the way of the dinosaurs! MAZE-O-ZOIC features 50 colorfully illustrated mazes with fully solvable characters, cartoon elements, and dinosaurs along every start-to-finish path. Kids and parents will enjoy navigating through a T.Rex-inspired maze, the Triceratops' horns, the Spinosaurus' amazing sail, and more. Open the pages and get lost in this prehistoric world that's filled with twists, turns, and scary good fun!


My Take on the Book
If you love mazes and dinosaurs, this book is for you. You will be challenged by these 50 mazes and each has some great illustrations that will enjoy seeing as well. Each of the mazes are inspired by different dinosaurs so your love of everything pre-historic will be kept alive on every page of this  fun book.

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Book Review - Playful Painting: People




About the Book

Playful Painting: People is a quirky take on portrait instruction—sharpen your skills with 16 step-by-step projects, among them a mixed-media Frida Kahlo, an '80s girl, an ad man, a Victorian couple, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Creating portraits is fun and easy with Playful Painting: People. This colorful guide will have you creating beautiful portraits of women and men, as well as nature motifs and animals. Whether you’re an aspiring, beginning, or more advanced artist, you'll be working with affordable, approachable tools, such as colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, to create your own portraits.

Every portrait is customizable, allowing you to add your own personal embellishments. Pick up a variety of tips and techniques that will show you how to paint whimsical patterns, accessories, and famous faces. There's even a section devoted to learning how to paint a self-portrait.

Playful Painting: People isn’t just a collection of skills to learn; it’s a fun, fresh take on an age-old art form.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that allows you to learn techniques that will really help you to begin to paint people. Even if you have been doing this for a while you will learn from this book as I know that I did. The illustrations were fun and I loved how you are taught how to layer the art that you create. You are shown step-by-step what you need to do to be able to start creating people that you can be proud of. I am not an expert but I feel like I am getting there.


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