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Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review - Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure

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About the Book
The magical friendship of Phoebe and her best friend, unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, is back in this second adventure of a girl and her mythical creature!



One year has passed since Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond, accidentally hit a unicorn in the face, and was granted a single wish—which she used to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. In some ways, not much has changed. At school Phoebe still clashes with her rival--and sometimes “frenemy”--he ever-taunting and imperious Dakota. Outside of school, she still fills her free time with extra-credit homework assignments, dramatic monologues about the injustices associated with school cliques, and imaginative conspiracy theories regarding global forces like the “powerful construction paper lobby.” But unlike before, Phoebe now has a best friend to share it with—someone to make her laugh and to listen to all her extravagant ideas.
In this second volume of Heavenly Nostrils, titled, Unicorn on a Roll, the reader is invited on a journey into the lives of Phoebe and Marigold as they navigate the difficulties of grade school, celebrate the winter holidays, and explore their super hero/super villain personas together. Join in the fun, as Phoebe competes against Dakota for the leading role of “Lisa Ladybug” in their fourth-grade play—or as she struggles to “manage” the PR debacle related to her nose-picking-scandal. (“I will neither confirm nor deny the events surrounding Boogergate.”) Witness a band of unicorns staging an “intervention” and learn all the details of Marigold’s secret crush on a mysterious creature she has never seen. Perhaps most important, watch as this surprising friendship between a charming, nine-year-old dreamer and a vain, mythical beast forever changes both of them for the better.


My Take on the Book
This was a great book with a witty and charming main character and a tamber and pattern that was engaging to read and fun for all ages. My girls loved the illustration and enjoyed the story itself too. I can say in reading the book with them that it was enjoyable and a fast read and by the end my girls were asking whether there were more books from this author which is always a great sign in our home!



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Book Review - Minecraft: Redstone Handbook (Updated Edition): An Official Mojang Book

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About the Book
Revised edition with the most up to date stats, info, and sixteen pages of brand-new material!

It's time to wire up and get connected to one of the most complex areas of Minecraft--redstone. Redstone experts guide you through all aspects of working with redstone including mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit components, and circuit designs. This handbook--now with sixteen addtional pages of new content--also includes exclusive tips from game creator Notch himself and some of the most extraordinary redstone creations ever made. So power up and get switched on to redstone--it's electrifying!




My Take on the Book
This was a great book that explores in depth the world of Minecraft Redstone. I am not an expert on this game, but my daughter is. She grabbed this book right from my arms and jumped right into this book and kept reading until she was done (she could not put it down). The book itself was well written with great resources, tutorials and more. I really appreciated how this was written in such a way to make sure that all will learn from it. There are things for both experts and beginners and everyone in between!

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Book Review - Minecraft: Essential Handbook (Updated Edition): An Official Mojang Book

Minecraft: Essential Handbook (Updated Edition): An Official Mojang Book
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About the Book
Revised edition with the most up to date stats, info, and sixteen pages of brand-new material!

You're alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do?

This official handbook--now with sixteen additional pages of brand-new content--might just save your life. Learn how to find resources; make a shelter; craft tools, armor, and weapons; and protect yourself from monsters. With tips from Minecraft experts--including developer Jeb and creator Notch himself--this is the definitive guide to surviving your first few days in Minecraft.


My Take on the Book
For anyone that is interested in Minecraft this is a great handbook that will walk you through stage by stage helping you to take control of the world that you are creating and really get into the game itself. The book is a true reference manual and one that I highly recommend to one and all. My nine year old daughter is a big fan of Minecraft and she just dived right into the book to learn more, which is what I love to see when it comes to books). While some of the information might be items that you already know, there is a ton of information that tucked in these pages that will both challenge you and take your Minecraft experience to the next level.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review - Believe It or Not, My Brother Has a Monster!

Believe It or Not, My Brother Has a Monster!

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About the Book
From one scary monster to ten disgusting slugs and everything in between, this spooky rhyming story is chock-full of creepy crawlies...and one nervous little brother!

He led it home and snuck it in,
which gave me goose bumps on my skin
to see a monster standing there.
Those giant claws! That shaggy hair!

Uh-oh, this boy's older brother is up to something...he's found a monster, and he's brought him home! Now he's trying to sneak in even more terrifying creatures. What's going to happen when his parents find out?

A hilarious, side-splitting cumulative story with a monster twist of an ending from the brilliant minds of children's poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt and talented illustrator David Slonim!



My Take on the Book
This was a hilarious book that was so much fun for all ages. Yes, I said all ages, as even adults will enjoy this. Not only is the story a blast, but the images were wonderfully illustrated too. The author has a great way to keep the reader in suspense to the end too, so be ready for some fun and a great story!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Review - The Notebook of Doom: Charge of the Lightning Bugs


The Notebook of Doom: Charge of the Lightning Bugs

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About the Book

Stermont's latest monster is SHOCKING!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers


In this 8th book, there's trouble at Alexander's brand-new school. Lights are flickering, students are getting zapped, and escalators are running at super-speeds! When the sky fills with green lightning, Alexander, Rip, and Nikki know monsters must be to blame. Can the S.S.M.P. turn out the lights on these shocking monsters?



My Take on the Book
Another great book from this series! What my daughters like most is that these books have so much action as well as creatures! I think that to be honest they wish they could be a part of a S.M.P.P. in their own school!  As a parent I can say that these books are fun and a really easy read! I love how they draw my daughters in and keep their interest from beginning to end and I know that you will find the same!




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Book Review - The Sky is Falling!

The Sky is Falling!
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About the Book
Chicken Little thinks that the sky is falling -- and inspires a dance craze! Award-winning author and illustrator Mark Teague tells his humorous version of "Chicken Little" with a zany twist! When an acorn hits Chicken Little on the head, she panics and screeches, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Squirrel, who knew a thing or two about acorns, tried to set the record straight, as did the other animals. The chickens started dancing--they moonwalked, they mamboed, and they did the twist. Pretty soon the other animals joined them. You can't blame someone for wanting to dance, even if the sky isn't really falling!



My Take on the Book
This was a great book that brings the Chicken Little story into a whole new light. While I thought I knew the story this showed me that I didn't. The illustrations were wonderful and the story fun and interactive. I loved how up to date the story was and all of the fun things that the chickens did!


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pattern Roll: Patterned Multipurpose Paper Now Available


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About the Product
Series of patterned products curated by the Textile Arts Center. The Pattern Box is a postcard set of contemporary pattern designs, each side of the uncoated box features work by one of the set’s artists:Shanan Campanaro (Eskayel), Brittany Keats Cerullo, Helen Dealtry, Leah Reena Goren, Hannah Schultz, Leanne Shapton,Jennifer Parry Dodge (Ermie), Kindah Khalidy, Victoria Garciaand Anna Niestroj (Blink Blink). The Pattern Set is a collection of writing sheets, envelopes, and stickers enclosed in a portfolio envelope featuring the work of Shanan Campanaro (Eskayel), Brittany Keats Cerullo, and Kindah Khalidy. The Pattern Roll is a boxed roll of multipurpose paper for wrapping and other DIY projects, featuring patterns by Ilana Kohn, Sarah Milton, Tyler Spangler, and Lulie Wallace.


My Take on the Product
This was a very unique product. Never before have I seen such a great way to get patterned paper for any project that you may have. Best of all it comes in a roll that it is easy to transport and use! The paper was high quality and I was impressed by the mix of colors on the paper itself.


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