Dad of Divas' Reviews

Monday, August 29, 2016

Book review - Shopkins: Grocery Games! Sticker Activity Book

Shopkins: Grocery Games! Sticker Activity Book
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About the Book
Join Apple Blossom, Kooky Cookie, Lippy Lips, and all your favorite Shopkins(TM) for some supermarket fun in this jam-packed activity book! Every page is filled with puzzles, games, doodles, and more. Plus there are 4 pages of colorful stickers to check out!


My Take on the Book
This is a great book for any fan of Shopkins. You can join some of your favorite shopkins in a book that has a ton of places where you can use the stickers to decorate the pages within the book. My daughters love stickers and even better they love love Shopkins too. This was a fun book that truly engaged my daughters!

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Book Review - Goosebumps: Most Wanted: Lizard of Oz

Goosebumps: Most Wanted: Lizard of Oz

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About the Book
Kate Orton loves animals, especially unusual ones. So when she sees a pop-up ad on her computer for an amazing lizard from Australia, she has to have it. The ad says the lizard is actually a kind of chameleon--it can change its color to blend in with its surroundings. But what makes this lizard really strange is that it's a copycat--the ad says it can even change its shape.

Kate's parents don't believe all the claims in the ad, but they tell her to go ahead and order it. They tell her not to be disappointed if it's just a plain old lizard. After anxiously checking the mail every day for two weeks, the package finally arrives. But when she finally opens it--there's no lizard inside. There's only an egg with a written warning. Is Katie ready for what's about to hatch?



My Take on the Book
R. L Stine has done it again and in this book you will get drawn in by the supernatural story. As my daughter and I read this together we were spellbound and did not know of the what would happen next which made the story that more compelling. You will want to keep reading to see what will come out of the egg!

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Book Review - Marvin and the Moths


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About the Book
Middle school is off to a rocky start for Marvin Watson. Doomed to misfit status, his only friends are a girl with major orthodontics, the smelliest boy in school, and the trio of sarcastic man-sized moths that live in his attic.

No one said middle school would be easy! Also, no one said that Marvin's town would be threatened by mutant bugs, including a very hungry, Shakespeare-quoting spider. But life in the suburbs is full of surprises. Will Marvin be the one to unravel the mystery behind the mutants and save the town? Or will he be too busy with the real threat: his first school dance?!

This hilarious send-up of middle school has the humor of James Patterson's I Funny, the underdog hero of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the zany action of NERDS... and features illustrations by co-author Matthew Holm, New York Times bestselling illustrator of Babymouse, Squish, and Sunny Side Up.

Plus: talking moths.



My Take on the Book
This was a great story that any person that has survived middle school will enjoy. The book had a ton of great humor and along with the illustrations and characters that were memorable, you will find that this book is a quick read from beginning to end. On top of the humor that you get in the book you also get some strange happenings in the main characters' town with mutant bugs and even stranger happenings in the middle school itself. This shows coming of age in a whole new light!

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Book Review - The Scribble Squad in the Weird Wild West

The Scribble Squad in the Weird Wild West

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About the Book
The Scribble Squad is quick on the draw — drawing art, that is!

Best friends Rumpus, Tai, Phil, and Phlox are thrilled for the chance to make their first real mural, but when they fall into the world of their own epic painting, they suddenly have to face down the piranha-pistol-packing Wildhares, cattlefish stampedes, and buzzing battlebees of their own creation. Even if they survive, how will they ever find their way back home?

Giddyup with the Scribble Squad as they ride into a very weird, very wild Old West!

* With over a hundred full-color illustrations by nationally renowned street artist Donald "Scribe" Ross



My Take on the Book
This chapter book for a girl or boy tells the story of four best friends, Rumpus, Tai, and Phil and Phlox. They have an opportunity to paint a mural on Duncan's Plumbing Supply and Services. The animal friends love to paint. As they get ready to paint Rumpus's Grandfather who owns the store brings them a special paint they use to paint the mural.

This is where the fun and fantasy begin! They paint a mural of the wild west and in doing so use their creativity to create animals. As the mural comes alive the friends become engulfed in many adventures. Some seem dangerous.

The story illustrates how the friends cooperate while they are painting and then once they become part of the adventure in the wild west to help each other. Your child will find the story engaging and interesting. The illustrations are wonderful as they fit the unusual story perfectly.

At the back of the book, the author have included nonfiction facts about the wild west. The reader will learn about famous people like Wyatt Earp, Jessie James, Wild Bill and more. The authors include information about the animals who lived on the prairie and what the landscape was like.

I found the story enjoyable to read and it kept my attention. I really liked the nonfiction information too.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review - Grimmtastic Girls: Gretel Pushes Back

Grimmtastic Girls: Gretel Pushes Back

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About the Book
Gretel joins the Grimmtastic quest for justice in a world where the E.V.I.L. Society must be stopped... and finds a candy cottage along the way.

The charming Grimmtastic Girls series continues!



My Take on the Book
We love the mind of this author and every new book allows you to explore some of the best examples of fairy tale characters coming to life. My daughters are always very excited when these books come out and reading this with them I can see why. The books have some amazing characters within the book itself. On top of this you will find that the book also has a ton of great mystery and suspense throughout. The story holds a great plot too and it is a story that definitely kept our interest from beginning to end.

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Book Review - The Treasure of the Sea: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure

The Treasure of the Sea: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure

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About the Book
Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are needed to help Aquamarina, the magical land of the ocean! The enchanted Music of the Sea has stopped playing, and no one knows why. If it doesn't return soon, the realm will perish!

The mouselets and their friend Will Mystery travel to the underwater world to find the magical music. On their mission, they swim through dangerous waters, encounter strange and fantastical creatures, and even reveal an ancient mystery. It's a mousetastic aquatic adventure!




My Take on the Book
Thea Stilton is back and in this great new story you not only get to get a bit wet with her, but you get brought into a great mystery that will bring together fantasy, adventure, suspense and more. On top of this you will get some great images throughout and even better, great characters too. This is a great addition to the Thea Stilton universe!

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Book Review - Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: The Wizard's Wand

Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: The Wizard's Wand
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About the Book
I, Geronimo Stilton, was called to the Kingdom of Fantasy for the ninth time! Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, had disappeared, along with three powerful magical objects: The Book of a Thousand Spells, the Crystal Sphere, and the Whispering Wand. If those objects ended up in the wrong hands, they could destroy the whole realm!

Accompanied by new, magical friends, I had to cross horrifying kingdoms full of spiders and snakes before facing a terrible evil wizard. Squeak! Could I make it in time to save Blossom -- and the entire Kingdom of Fantasy?




My Take on the Book
This was a great addition to the Geronimo Stilton universe of stories. The Kingdom of Fantasy is back. You are brought on a great adventure into the world of the fairies. While the Geronimo Stilton books are fiction, these stories really bring you into the world of fantasy and in this new addition to the Kingdom of Fantasy you are brought into a story with new characters and friends that by the end you will hope to meet again in future stories or at least we did! A great story!


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