Dad of Divas' Reviews

Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review - Sleep Tight, Anna Banana!

Sleep Tight, Anna Banana!
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About the Book
Anna Banana can't settle down tonight, even though her stuffed animal friends are tired and just want to sleep. They suffer through delay after delay and excuse after excuse, until Anna Banana is finally sleepy. And then . . . it's time for their revenge! Anna Banana is about to get a taste of her own medicine.

Anna Banana is a fantastic character—a lively little girl and a fearsome tyrant to her stuffed animal pals. The first of two picture books featuring this character, Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is sure to be a hit with the youngest of readers . . . and with their parents!



My Take on the Book
This is the perfect new bedtime story to share with your little one. There is so much humor in this story as Anna Banana reads in bed and her stuffed animals have had a busy day playing and just want to go to sleep. This story shows the frustration of Anna's stuffed animals and how they began to use their problem solving skills to show her how they felt. Once again the illustrator, Alexis Dormal, has created perfect illustrations to show the characters emotions. 

One of the most humorous events in the story is the part in which the animals decide that they will keep Anna Banana awake. Their method is quite interesting and effective.

There is a happy ending to the story of course. Enjoy this delightful story!

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Book Review - Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion

Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion
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About the Book
Anna Banana is at it again!

The lovable tyrant from Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is up to no good, and so are all of her beloved stuffed animals. In this adorable sequel to the 2014 picture book, Anna Banana and her stuffed pals set out to make a chocolate cake...and end up making a big, big, big mess.

With all the charm and whimsy that won reader's hearts in the first book of the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion will give Anna Banana's fans more of what they love...and win over new readers.



My Take on the Book
This is a very humorous and creative story that you and your child will enjoy reading together. Anna Banana and her stuffed animal friends are hungry so they decide to make a chocolate cake. This is when the bedlam begins. You will have fun watching the chaos in the excellent illustrations by Alexis Dormal. The illustrator documented well the emotions and frustrations of the characters, especially Anna Banana.

Anna's bear Grizzler becomes the calm problem solver. You will love how he "saves the day". There is a happy peaceful ending to the story. Maybe you and your child will enjoy baking a chocolate cake after reading this delightful story.


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Tide & Gain's "Up, Up & Away" Campaign Help Families Create Safer Homes!

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Did you know that 90% of poisonings occur in the home? Tide and Gain have partnered with parenting & lifestyle Expert, Rosie Pope, best known for her Bravo reality show Pregnant in Heels, to help parents across the country create safe (homes and) laundry rooms.

Below, please find Rosie’s simple tips to help you reduce the risk of accidents in your home and allow you (and your readers) to be confident in letting your little ones explore. In addition, National Poison Prevention Week takes place March 15th – 21st which provides a great reminder to conduct a safety check around your home to ensure all dangerous items are stored out of reach children.

For more household safety tips, visit https://www.pgeveryday.com/tag/safe-home




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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Game Review - LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

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About the Game
There is a new threat in Ninjago, and he goes by the name of Ronin. With help from his army of dark samurai, Ronin steals the Ninjas' memories using an ancient weapon called the Obsidian Glaive. In LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, it is up to players to help the Ninjas regain their memories and reclaim their powers before Ronin completes his plan and releases an even greater evil on Ninjago.

Game Features
  • Battle through iconic locales from the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu TV series, including the Ice Temple, the Toxic Bogs and Chen's Island.
  • Uncover the secret behind the Obsidian Weapons, ancient yet powerful tools.
  • Defend Ninjago from well-known enemies, including the Serpentine, Nindroids and more.
  • Drive, fly, stomp and slide your way through levels with an exciting array of bikes, jets, mechs and even dragons!
  • Unleash an elemental tornado to smash your way through enemies and solve puzzles. Team up and create the multi-elemental Tornado of Creation!

My Take on the Game
We love the partnership that LEGO and Nintendo have and the games that they have created and thus we were very excited about this game coming out. We were excited not only because of LEGO, but also because it was Ninjago too.

In getting into the game itself. We had a blast trying this out. There was some great graphics and video interplay that let you better understand the game in general.

The story overall isn't too deep, but it does have some good laughs and it is original. I liked the vast amount of characters but I could see that if you did not know the TV series or the Ninjago characters in general that it might be a bit much to remember all of the characters.

The game has a ton of puzzles and such that you go through to get to the next level. Each level has some great open areas for finding studs as well as to unlock new characters. There are times when I found that I needed to replay the level to find everything, but I did find everything in the end.

The controls in the game varied from level to level. I liked that depending on the point in the level you were either on foot or in a vehicle. This made the levels fun and definitely different.

One of the final things I will mention is the length of the game. I found that the game itself was longer than other LEGO games, but this was definitely a good thing in my perspective. My girls and I had a blast playing this and I believe that you and your family will as well!


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DVD Review - Yellowbird


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About the Movie
Take a journey with the most unlikely hero when the adorable and heartwarming tale, Yellowbird, flies onto DVD, Digital HD and On Demand April 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval, the digitally animated film is perfect for the whole family. Headlined by the voice talents of Seth Green (Austin Powers franchise), Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga) and Danny Glover (The Color People), Yellowbird includes a behind-the-scenes look at the voice recording for the film and a “making of” featurette and will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Just when it’s time to migrate to Africa, Darius (Glover), the elder of the flock, is wounded. He will have no choice but to share all his secrets, wisdom and new flying routes with the first bird that happens to come along. The candidate is none other than Yellowbird (Green), an eccentric little fellow, super excited about the challenge, but without the slightest hint of knowledge or natural talent for migrating whatsoever.

CAST
  • Seth Green TV’s “Family Guy,” Austin Powers franchise
  • Dakota Fanning The Twilight Saga, Coraline, The Runaways
  • Jim Rash The Way, Way Back, TV’s “Community,” TV’s “Reno 911!”
  • Yvette Nicole Brown TV’s “Community,” Hotel for Dogs, Repo Men
  • Christine Baranski Into the Woods, Mama Mia!, TV’s “The Good Wife”
  • Richard Kind Spin City, A Bug’s Life, Argo, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • Danny Glover SAW, Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple
  • and Elliott Gould Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” Ocean’s Eleven, TV’s “Kim Possible”

DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
  • “Inside the Studio: Recording the Voices for Yellowbird” featurette
  • “How to Make an Animated Film with Director Christian De Vita” featurette





My Take on the Movie
My family loves animated films! I didn't know what to expect with this DVD, as I had never heard about it before. That being said I was impressed with the casting within the movie, so we were excited to check it out and experience it for ourselves.

Watching this with the kids, I first noticed that the animation and story were strong. That being said, the move was fast paced and fun and my kids loved watching this as did I.

This renewed my faith in non-big box animated films as it was great and definitely had a great message that was shared!


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review - The Barbour Bible Reference Companion

The Barbour Bible Reference Companion
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About the Book
Open the door to better Bible study with The Barbour Bible Reference Companion! At 704 pages, it's big—but it's purposely designed for the average Bible student, not the expert. Featuring a dictionary, concordance, handbook, and explanations of Bible customs—with more than 200 full-color illustrations—this book is an all-in-one resource for everyday Bible study. Concise dictionary entries are combined with a select concordance of the most important verses, while a handbook of the entire Bible includes sidebars explaining the curious practices of ancient times. Maps and a complete index round out the volume.


My Take on the Book
For anyone that has struggled with passages in the Bible. For anyone that has wondered where places or people were, this book is an amazing resource for both. I found myself reading more and more and learning so much. Filled with amazing images and information, you are taken into the world in which the Bible shares and so much is cleared up. The book is written in a clear and straight forward manner, and I, for one, have to say that I was so impressed with the overall information that was being shared, as it is so much more than I would have first expected! All-in-all this was a great book that will help any church-goer with their understanding of the Bible too.


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Book Review - God Hearts Me: 3-Minute Devotions for Girls on the Go!

God Hearts Me: 3-Minute Devotions for Girls on the Go!
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About the Book
Take a few moments of your day to quiet your spirit, think on God's amazing love for you, and make a meaningful connection with your heavenly Father with these 3-minute readings designed just for you! This delightful devotional packs a powerful dose of comfort, encouragement, and inspiration into dozens of readings designed to meet you right where you are in life. Minute 1: meditate on a scripture selection; Minute 2: read through a devotional created just for you; Minute 3: read a prayer designed to help jump-start your conversation with God. In only 3 short minutes, you’ll be on your way to beautiful blessings!


My Take on the Book
This was a petite, but powerful book that offers inspiration for girls, showing them the love that God offers and provides daily ways to reaffirm their connection with God. I found the three minute thoughts to be well written for my 10 year old and she enjoyed the sayings as well as the daily prayers too. If you have a daughter that wants to grown in her own spiritual journey, this is a book that will definitely help with this. I highly encourage all to read and share this with all young girls today!


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