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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review - Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose!

Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose!
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About the Book
Louie the unicorn has traveled from his home in Storyland to New York City to make all his dreams come true! He's enrolled at an elite performing arts school because he's determined to become a star.

But his ride to super stardom is bumpy--the school already has a superstar unicorn, not to mention singing mermaids and dancing trolls. And apparently you can't pay for things with glitter! But Louie isn't giving up. His irrepressible spirit can't be tamed. And he's about to take a big bite out of the Big Apple so he can see his name in lights!


My Take on the Book
This was a hilarious book that brings in so many memorable characters. I mean what other story brings in unicorns, mermaids, trolls and more. This book has a little of everything and is funny to boot. The story was a quick read and my girls absolutely adored the entire thing! For me, I appreciated the tenacity and strong will of Louie as his never give up attitude is something that I have continued to try to teach my own kids in my own way!

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Book Review - The Wish List: Worst Fairy Godmother Ever!

The Wish List: Worst Fairy Godmother Ever!

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About the Book
Q: What do you need to become a great fairy godmother?

a) kindness
b) determination
c) gusto
d) all of the above

Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle doesn't know what gusto is, but she's pretty sure she has what it takes to pass fairy godmother training with flying colors.



My Take on the Book
This was a very funny book that allows you to see a fairy godmother in training that may not be the best fairy godmother but you can definitely give her credit for trying. The characters in this book were delightful and the story was very engaging. I found that my daughters and I did not want to put this down and instead we wanted to laugh more and see what would happy next. This was a very enjoyable story that I would highly recommend to all!


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Book Review - Be Happy: Fantastic Photo Images to Color, Decorate, and Give as Gifts

Be Happy: Fantastic Photo Images to Color, Decorate, and Give as Gifts

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About the Book
Open your mind and heart to Be Happy, and find lush blossoms, paisley prints, and garlands of vines interwoven with Mandalas and inspiring photos, allowing you to create something truly beautiful. Mandalas are known for their restorative power, and when you sit down to finish coloring these beautiful photos, you will tap into a wellspring of creative energy. Design your own color palette as you decorate each one. Perforated pages allow you to pull them out, share them as gifts, or keep them. Perfectly sized so you can take your coloring on-the-go.



My Take on the Book
While this is a small book in size there is nothing small about the images that you can create within this book. The pictures that are presented for coloring are stunning and with the fact that you can use your own imagination to color these to create unique images, each will be unique. My daughters and I had a lot of fun creating memorable images from this book and you will too!


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Book Review - If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire

If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire

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About the Book
Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.



My Take on the Book
Another great book from Carole Roman. I have read a number of her books over the years and all are so well written and really allow you o get lost in the story itself. This book was very interesting and allows you to explore the Ancient Mali Empire. The thing that always intrigues me by the authors' books is how much research she puts into the books so that you can get a better picture of daily life, culture and more within the worlds that she is sharing with her readers. This book is no different and you leave reading this much more education, but also entertained too!


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Book Review - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
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About the Book
“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” is a children's book packed with bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present—from Queen Elizabeth I to Serena Williams, Frida Kahlo to Julia Child, Ruth Bader Ginsberg to Amelia Earhart—and illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.

Co-authors Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, both from Italy, raised over $1 million from 20,000 backers through their crowdfunding campaigns. You can see a short video with Elena and Francesca below and a preview of the book and illustrations at https://www.rebelgirls.co.




My Take on the Book
As a father of girls I am always looking for stories of inspiration for my daughters and this book is filled with them! There were 100 stories of women that really changed the world in their own ways. There are great illustrations throughout and the book is well constructed too. The stories themselves are inspirational and for my girls I found that they were intrigued at all that these women did in their lives. I am so glad to have found this book and I highly recommend this especially if you have daughters yourself!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review - Color Quest Animals: Extreme Challenges to Complete and Color

Color Quest Animals: Extreme Challenges to Complete and Color

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About the Book
Calling all puzzle lovers, animal enthusiasts, and challenge seekers!

Color Quest Animals features 30 wild and wonderful creatures that are just waiting to be revealed. Grab your colored pens or pencils and start shading in these shapes…and in no time at all, you’ll free the images concealed on the page. Your odyssey will take you on a magical journey to find animals that are hiding in plain sight, including a magnificent mandrill, a colorful kingfisher, or a beautiful butterfly. Once you’ve completed them, perforated pages allow you to pull them out—making them perfect for decorating, framing, or giving as gifts. It’s all just waiting to be liberated by you as you color each one, breathe new life into these pages, and uncover stunning and intricate works of art in your Color Quest.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book in the series of Color Quest books! This is filled with amazing images that you can create and each image can be completely different than the next. The pages you get to color are HUGE and also are very heavyweight. The images can  could be taken out of the book to be given to others as gifts. My daughters loved this book and the images that they created. You get a wide array of images and about 30 large pictures. I highly recommend this to all!

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Book Review - Creative Card Making Pack

Creative Card Making Pack: With Pre-Cut Cards and Picture Sheets to Make over 30 Stunning Cards for Every Occasion

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About the Book
Young kids don't need to be artists to make amazing, home-crafted cards that are brimming with color, flair, and style. All they need is this kit and their imagination The Creative Card Making Pack lets them tap into their artsy side with this collection of pre-folded cards (or use a blank card of your own), templates, picture sheets, and step-by-step instructions to help them create:

  • Pop-up cards
  • Collage cards
  • Cut-outs
  • Free-standing cards
  • Birthday cards
  • Christmas cards
  • So much more


Kids will discover some simple techniques for cutting and folding, the art of surface decorating, beautiful design ideas, and more that will help them make cards that shine with creativity and fun.



My Take on the Book
If you have someone in your family that loves to be create cards then this book has a ton of great ideas for creating some very cool cards that you can give to others as gifts. My daughters loved using this to design some very fun cards that they never would have been able to create before. Highly recommend this book for all!

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