Dad of Divas' Reviews

Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review - Cat Lady Embroidery: 380 Ways to Stitch a Cat

Cat Lady Embroidery: 380 Ways to Stitch a Cat



About the Book
Fat, striped, cheshire, or grumpy, this books offers more than 300 embroidery stitch patters for cat lovers. Each set of patterns offers a range of ideas in different styles, shapes, genres from simple to more complex. A purrfect book for embroidery beginners or those looking for fun and simple patterns. Original designs and clear instructions make this book a must have for any embroidery enthusiasts library.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book for anyone that loves both cats and embroidery. The book is filled with great tips with patterns and photos that will give you opportunities to create some very fun looking cats. In the tips you will learn new stitches and more and the book walks you through these stitches and more. This is a great book!

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Book Review - Are You Scared, Darth Vader?

Are You Scared, Darth Vader?



About the Book
It's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't scared.

OF COURSE I AM NOT SCARED.
Nothing can scare Lord Vader!
CORRECT.
Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark.
So what is Darth Vader scared of?
Read on in Adam Rex's hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out!
YOU WILL LEARN NOTHING.


My Take on the Book
This is a very cute book that is funny in so many ways. I loved reading this to my daughter, both of which are Star Wars fans. They loved to see Darth Vader in a new way and through this book you get to read some of his iconic sayings but you also get to see him interacting with some fun other characters too. This is a great story that any Star Wars fans will love!


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Review - I Lost My Tooth!

I Lost My Tooth!



About the Book
Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie series, is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. This time, an ensemble cast of Squirrels, acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza! Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty fact formats, and so, so many squirrels!

In I Lost My Tooth!, Zoom Squirrel has lost a front tooth! The Squirrels leap into action when they discover the missing tooth is a baby tooth! Do you know more about teeth than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!



My Take on the Book
This was a funny book that looks at losing a tooth in a whole new way. From the brilliant mind of Mo Willems, you get a very fun story with squirrels that seem to not know too much about teeth. Once you get to the end keep reading as there are jokes and educational content that you will not want to miss. Overall, this was a very fun book that all kids will love!

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Book Review - Cookiesaurus Christmas


Cookiesaurus Christmas



About the Book
Cookiesaurus Rex may not be your usual holiday treat, but he has plenty of Christmas spirit. He would like nothing more than to make it onto Santa's cookie plate. After all, the Big Guy should have only the best cookie to take back to the North Pole. But Mr. Spatula chooses Star, then Bell, and finally Gingerbread Boy. . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN,' STOMPIN' MINUTE! Looks like Cookiesaurus Rex is going to have to take matters into his own tiny arms. Will his Christmas dreams come true, or will his holiday dreams be crumbled?



My Take on the Book
This is such a cute story! Just when you think you know what Cookiesaurus wants, think again and things may change. This story shares a lot of messages. As a parent I loved how Cookiesaurus goes from thinking of himself to thinking of others and in the end he gets what he really wants. The illustrations in this book are spectacular and really bring the book to life!


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Book Review - Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, Book 2 Incognito

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, Book 2 Incognito




About the Book
In book two of the delightfully energetic Beatrice Zinker series, Operation Upside is finally in full swing! But when Beatrice's overenthusiasm lands Mrs. Tamarack with a Strictest Certificate, the team has to hold off on any new missions to avoid suspicion.

Lying low is not exactly Beatrice's strong suit, especially when she sees someone who desperately needs to be recognized. But when the certificate meant for him falls into the wrong hands, Beatrice and Lenny must find a way to widen their circle once again to save Operation Upside, and themselves, from trouble.



My Take on the Book
This is another great book in the series. We love the spirit of Beatrice and she brings so much life into all of the activities for which she is a part. The book has some great adventures as well as some twists as well. This was a quick book o read but definitely a fun one. Highly recommended!


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review - The Trials of Apollo - The Burning Maze

The Trials of Apollo - The Burning Maze




About the Book
The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor--and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles--somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .


My Take on the Book
I finished the 2nd book in this series quickly and because I had not read that book right when it came out I was lucky enough to be able to find that the 3rd book was now available so I jumped right into this book as well. This series has been a great one to read. Even as an adult I find that it is a series that I love to read as the characters are strong and with each book you learn a bit more and you see each of them going on a journey of their own with the help of friends along the way.  This book finds Meg, Apollo and Grover having to get through the Maze to meet up with and challenge the 3rd Emperor (who is supposed to be the worst of the three). They also have a journey to rescue another oracle. This book is filled with drama, action and adventure, but you will also find that the story is also filled with great moments of figuring out what friendship means and what the characters will do and endure to reach their goals. If you have never read this series, it is a must read. Also, I can honestly say I am sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what will happen next!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Review - Squidtoons: Exploring Ocean Science with Comics


Squidtoons: Exploring Ocean Science with Comics



About the Book
Dive deep into the latest, most interesting (and weirdest!) science about underwater creatures with Squidtoons!

These beautifully drawn, educational comics combine fun science facts about marine life, kid-friendly wit, and a strong environmental message. From whale vomit to bone-eating worms, narwhals to sea dragons, Squidtoons presents real ocean science in a series of entertaining, easy-to-understand comics. Venture from the seashore to the deep sea, and learn about the ocean’s diverse life forms straight from the experts.




My Take on the Book
Talk about a fun way to learn! This brings together great science facts about fierce and strange creatures and allows you to learn without even knowing so. This book offers amazing images throughout that give you the opportunity to learn on every page. The book is a quick read, but as my daughter said at the end, "this was so cool." Hearing that from her, I started reading it myself and I agree, it was very cool! If you have a child that loves comics, but also loves science and animals of the water, this is a book for them! Get ready to learn!

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