Dad of Divas' Reviews

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Book Review - Draw 62 Magical Creatures and Make Them Cute

Draw 62 Magical Creatures and Make Them Cute


About the Book

Build your drawing and character design skills while following the step-by-step instructions of Draw 62 Magical Creatures and Make Them Cute.

Beloved illustrator and Instagrammer Heegyum Kim takes you on a magical journey to expand your character-building skills as she shows you how to draw each creature, from simple shapes to identifying marks, and then shares several other options for varying your design. You might change the view, the character's posture, their features, or their expression. Grab your pen and use the open spaces throughout the book to create your own fantastic variations of each one.

Whether it's a gremlin, a gargoyle, a hobgoblin, or unicorn—you will be inspired by the fascinating characters of this collection. Fresh, modern, and unexpected, you won't find a more enjoyable way to practice your illustration and expand your imagination.


My Take on the Book
I love drawing characters for my daughters and this book is full of so many fun ones and the instructions that are in this book make it easy to draw them. I drew a number of them and I started to give them to my daughters in their lunches and they loved them! If you love to learn to draw this book will teach you a ton of new techniques that will help you draw a ton of new things!

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Book Review - Secrets of a Fangirl

Secrets of a Fangirl



About the Book

A cool girl who's secretly a major geek has to figure out how to be true to herself in this relatable, funny, feminist novel from Erin Dionne.

Sarah Anne loves lacrosse, and the MK Nightshade series that everyone was obsessed over in grade school. The problem is that she's still obsessed, which is way too nerdy for a popular kid like her. So she hides her geekiness with a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate.

Except when she's offered a spot in a Nightshade fandom contest, where the winner gets to see the new movie premiere in LA. No one seems to think Sarah Anne can win, since she's up against a pair of guys in high school--but the more she's called a fake fan, the more determined she is to wipe the floor with her competition. As long as none of her friends or anyone at school knows what she's doing.

Can she keep her geek identity a secret, win the contest, and manage to keep her friends even though she's been living a lie? Sarah Anne is going to have to make some choices about what's truly important to her and which rules she's going to break to stay true to herself.



My Take on the Book
My daughter has dealt with anxiety in the past with all of the things that she has going on in middle school. As she read this she told me that this is an amazing book that really put things in perspective. She loved reading this book and she also loved the characters. This was a book that was fun to read and with every chapter you will find that you will want to keep reading!


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Book Review - The Ghost Network

The Ghost Network



About the Book

The Ghost Network is a new 3-book epic adventure series in which a group of teenage hackers get to work to save the world from disasters in the Dark Web as man takes on machine.

Age Level: 10-13 Grade Level: 4th and up

Despite coming from different ends of the world, John, Slack, Akane, and Salome, age 12, have plenty in common. They love computers, coding, hacking, gaming—it literally flows through their veins. One more thing: they are all technically dead. The group comes together at the Wolf's Den in deepest Alaska, one of several top-secret schools for technological excellence around the globe. The place seems like a coder's dream come true at first, but things take a dark turn when the group realizes they are not like the other kids there. They uncover that the center is working on a potentially dangerous, secret project known as Project 31. What's worse, the guinea pigs are the kids themselves. The gang realizes that John's father implanted artificial intelligence in their bloodstream, in order to protect them, before going missing under mysterious circumstances. They are not only wanted by those in power, but are now being hunted. There's only one way out: to escape across the brutal Alaskan tundra where the truth will be revealed.



My Take on the Book
There is a definite mystery that surrounds this group. The entire story brings together some amazing young people that are doing some amazing things. The school that these students are brought to is quite amazing and deep cover ops. It is amazing to see how these kids are different than others and see what they can really do. The book has some strange turns that made the book a real page turner. In the end I was truly compelled to keep reading from chapter to chapter to see what would happen next and so will you!

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Book Review - Shipwreckers: The Curse of the Cursed Temple of Curses - or - We Nearly Died. A Lot.

Shipwreckers: The Curse of the Cursed Temple of Curses - or - We Nearly Died. A Lot.



About the Book

When Dani and her big brother Mike find themselves aboard the ill-fated river expedition of careless adventurer, Captain Kevin, they must work together to save themselves and the captain from all manner of deadly trials and traps.

Complete with treacherous temples, ancient idols, and plenty of explosions, Shipwreckers is a big adventure that brings humor along for a dangerous and thrilling ride up the Amazon. In a place where laughter meets non-stop action, you'll find Shipwreckers and its cast of soon-to-be fan-favorite characters.



My Take on the Book
This was another great book that was funny, weird and a ton of fun to read. The book was full of adventure and every page compels you to read that much more. I found that the characters were so much fun and while the journey was a bit fanciful, the over the top fun was an amazing ride. There were a ton of jokes, puns and more throughout the entire book. This was an amazing book that was a ton of fun to read!

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Book Review - Waylon! The Most Awesome of All

Waylon! The Most Awesome of All



About the Book

Waylon can't wait to participate in the Boston Science Expo June 14. He's confident that his project will impress the crowd, and his idol, a famous astrophysicist, is sure to be in attendance. Maybe Waylon will finally get a chance to meet her! The Expo is on the same day of his sister's performance at the Beantown Repertory Theater. Neon has been preparing for weeks, ever since she won third prize in a New Voices in Boston Theater contest, and their dad has agreed to be the centerpiece of the show. June 14 is also the deadline Waylon's dad set for himself to sell his screenplay to Hollywood. Finally, Waylon's mom has a mysterious appointment that day that she won't talk about. It looks as though Waylon will be going to the Science Expo by himself. But at least there's that astrophysicist!

When Waylon's dad is summoned to Hollywood at the last minute, Neon is in dire need of a replacement. She trains her eyes on Waylon, and he has no choice but to be the stand-in, even though it means missing the Expo. It promises to be the most embarrassing night of his life . . . yet it could turn out to be the most awesome of all.

But what is Mom up to, anyway?




My Take on the Book
Waylon is a great character. We always love to read this together and find out what Waylon will be doing next. This book was a fun one and as we were reading we were anticipating what would happen when he met his idol. The book was a fast read but a fun one none-the-less!

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Book Review - The Squirrels Who Squabbled

The Squirrels Who Squabbled



About the Book
"It's mine!" shouted Cyril."No, mine!" hollered Bruce."You don't stand a chance!Give up! It's no use!""I'm HUNGRY!" cried Cyril."This cone is NOT yours!""Stay back!" shouted Bruce."This cone's for MY stores!"



My Take on the Book
This was such a cute book with a message that you will be able to share with your kids from beginning to end. The illustrations are remarkable and really draw you into the characters and the book itself. I loved how the author was able to capture the arguments of the squirrels and in the end they have to work through their problems which is what we have to do in our own lives as well. All-in-all this was a fun book for the whole family!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Book Review - Thank You for My Dreams: Bedtime Prayers of Gratitude

Thank You for My Dreams: Bedtime Prayers of Gratitude




About the Book

Sometimes saying "thank you" is all it takes to calm our minds, ignite our inner gratitude, and draw near those we love.

From the official photographer of the 2018 royal wedding comes Thank You for My Dreams, an encouraging guide and helpful tool for parents and their children to begin the daily practice of saying "thank you." Not only do its brilliantly illustrated pages recognize the importance of gifts like family, health, the environment, prosperity, and art—they also prompt readers to reflect on what they're individually thankful for. As Lubomirski's own children narrate the thank-yous, Thank You for My Dreams creates an occasion for children and adults to express, enjoy, and connect through their gratitude.


My Take on the Book
This book is really an amazing book that really lets family start meaningful conversations about gratitude and saying thank you in many ways. The book really allows young kids to better understand important topics that will help them live a full life for years to come. This was such a great book that I wish I had when my kids were young.




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