Dad of Divas' Reviews: October 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Review - Mini Kawaii Doodle Class

Mini Kawaii Doodle Class



About the Book

Kawaii is a Japanese word that translates to "cute," and popular YouTube artist Pic Candle shows you how to doodle your way to adorable in this miniature, portable, and even cuter version of her best-selling Kawaii Doodle Class.

This master class in cute features nearly 100 lovable, huggable characters and includes simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions, search-and-find puzzle patterns that you can color, inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories, and drawing pages to get your doodle party started. Your adorable drawing subjects include tacos, sushi, smoothies, clouds, rainbows, cacti, and more.

Soon you'll be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and more with your own unique kawaii world. Mini Kawaii Doodle Class is now in session!


My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that had very cute images but even better than that, it offered you gstep-by-step instructions on how to create these fun images for yourself. My daughter loves to create images for herself and she truly enjoyed this book because of the fun pictures she could create because of this book. You will be able to create some very fun images with this book too!

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Book Review - A-MAZE-ING America: 50 Mazes of the 50 States

A-MAZE-ING America: 50 Mazes of the 50 States



About the Book
From the author of A-MAZE-ING Animals and Myths & Monsters comes another wonderful maze-filled book . . . and this time, it's all about the U.S.A. These 50 colorfully illustrated mazes feature themed, integrated illustrations that reflect each state—from New York to California and everything in between—that are fun, playful, and perfect for big kids and grown-ups too. Puzzle-solvers will have to navigate through crazy cartoon features, like a county fair, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and much more. There are dozens of dead ends, illusions, twists, and turns that increase with the difficulty level. It's not just thoroughly entertaining . . . it's another dose of absolutely A-MAZE-ING fun!


My Take on the Book
This is a great book with fun mazes that will keep you and your kids having fun for some time. The book has great images too that you can color in while you do your maze if you want. The book kept us active for a long time and we loved being able to spend time together as we worked through the mazes page by page!

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Book Review - The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive: Tips and Tricks for Every Kind of Player

The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive: Tips and Tricks for Every Kind of Player



About the Book
Proven, fast levelling strategies that will help you win matches and maximize the XP you earn each season.

What do World Cup soccer players, Drake, and 125 million other people have in common? They all play Fortnite! And now with The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive, anyone can survive the island and take their game to the next level. This must-have guide has something for every kind of player: game mode overviews for Battle Bus beginners, detailed weapon and item stats for initiates, and advanced building strategies for veterans. With The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive, you have everything you need to max out each season and have fun doing it.


My Take on the Book
If you are a fan of Fortnite, this is the book for you. Even though the book is short it is packed with great information that will definitely help you to survive and thrive in the game. This game is definitely not always easy, but this book does offer practical advice to help you survive which definitely helped me to last longer than I did in the past!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Book Review - Art Studio: Faces & Features

Art Studio: Faces & Features



About the Book
Art Studio: Faces & Features introduces beginning artists and art enthusiasts to the art of drawing and painting heads, faces, and expressions using a variety of mediums.

Drawing and painting heads, faces, and expressions can be an intimidating prospect for a beginning artist. Art Studio: Faces & Features is here to help, with more than 50 tips, techniques, and step-by-step projects that will have you creating expressive faces and mastering textures in all your drawings.

This intuitive guide shows you how to work with graphite and colored pencils; acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints; pastels; and even pen and ink. This range of mediums is the perfect way to experiment, build artistic confidence, and define your own unique style. Art Studio: Faces & Features makes the art of drawing expressions possible for beginning fine artists.

The Art Studio series is designed to help beginning artists venture into fine art; an overview of each art medium helps them determine which they like best.

My Take on the Book
This is a great book for any aspiring artist. For someone working to become a better artist you will find that faces and features tend to be things that take time and practice. The book walks you through activities that will help you to create faces that will get better and better the more that you practice, or at least it helped me. The book looks at so many aspects to faces and features that I know that I did not consider when I first started reading this. I learned a ton and I know that you will too!

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Book Review - Dude Crafts: The Man's Guide to Practical Projects, Backyard Ballistics, and Glorious Gags

Dude Crafts: The Man's Guide to Practical Projects, Backyard Ballistics, and Glorious Gags



About the Book
Dude Crafts is loaded with more than 50 slightly twisted, but somehow useful, projects that will keep crafty men out of trouble (or, sometimes, in it).

Whether making life easier with ingenious hacks or providing self-amusement, the 50 projects presented in Dude Crafts are sure to get any guy's creative wheels turning. These DIY projects will get you on the path to developing your own creations, and impressing your friends.

You'll learn how to:
  • Craft an iPad cover from an old book
  • Build a metal forge out of a busted microwave
  • Cook a meal in the dishwasher
  • Re-purpose an electric saw into a cocktail blender
  • Fashion a Swiss army knife for your keys
  • Outfit an unsuspecting co-worker’s office chair with an air horn
Each project is accompanied by a parts list and step-by-step photo instructions to get you building; often by hacking subpar stock goods or upcycling discarded objects into functional works of art and conversation pieces. No matter how off-kilter the project may appear on the surface, it's sure to payoff as a useful tool, an art piece, the punch line to a practical joke or, best of all, a combination of all three.

Whatever the motive—to solve a problem, to play a joke, or for self-entertainment—Dude Crafts will get dudes off the sofa and into the workshop!


My Take on the Book
This is a book that will really help you to create some very amazing things that will make your kids see you as the amazing dad that you are. This book has amazing activities and the author has created step-by-step instructions to build some amazing things. I particularly loved the swiss army for your keys as well as the book iPad cover. There are so many amazing ideas throughout this book and I know that all of them combine so many very cool things with found items around the house and some items that you might have to go and find as well.

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Book Review - The Hidden Witch




About the Book

Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn't a shapeshifter. He's taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family.

Meanwhile, Aster's friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own -- a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people -- normal and magical alike -- get hurt.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that has amazing story and even more amazing images throughout. The book itself was a quick read, but a great one. The characters are so well defined and my daughter and I loved to see all of the mixture of magic and more within this book. My daughter loved the characters and the story and by the end she was asking if there were more books with these characters. Here's hoping for more in the future!


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Book Review - STEM Adventures: Terrific Technology

STEM Adventures: Terrific Technology



About the Book

Get children excited about the amazing world of Technology!


  • This techy-themed puzzle and activity book includes:
  • High quality contemporary illustrations and graphics
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the activities and experiments
  • Bite-sized text explaining scientific facts, discoveries, and much more


Kids will enjoy matching illustrations of ancient tools to their modern names, helping a pilot safely fly by navigating an arrow maze, completing a puzzle to create a DNA molecule, and more. It's a wonderful way to inspire future tech lovers!


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that has over 40 activities within it that that look at so many different types of technology from the past and present. This was a great book that challenges and entertains. My daughter learned a ton from this and so did I!

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Book Review - STEM Adventures: Sensational Science

STEM Adventures: Sensational Science



About the Book

Get children excited about the amazing world of Science!


  • This science-themed puzzle and activity book includes:
  • High quality contemporary illustrations and graphics
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the activities and experiments
  • Bite-sized text explaining scientific facts, discoveries, and much more


Kids will enjoy connecting stars to reveal constellations, spotting the differences in two space station images, and following bees through a maze to pollinate flowers, and other incredible science activities. It's a wonderful way to inspire future scientists!


My Take on the Book
Another great activity book that challenges kids to explore science in many new ways. The book looks at the world around the reader and starts to show them that Science is all around them. The book really does offer a ton of activities for kids that will help strengthen their science understanding and skills.

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Book Review - STEM Adventures: Extreme Engineering

STEM Adventures: Extreme Engineering



About the Book

Get children excited about the amazing world of Engineering!


  • This puzzle and activity book includes:
  • High quality contemporary illustrations and graphics
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the activities and experiments
  • Bite-sized text explaining facts, discoveries, and much more


Kids will enjoy completing a Roman arch by drawing lines to the missing bricks, planning a design for a green skyscraper using energy-saving features, finishing drawings of tied-arch bridges, and more engineering feats. It's a wonderful way to inspire future engineers!


My Take on the Book
For any child that is intrigued by engineering concepts that will love this book. The book offers some great activities throughout the book and walks the read step-by-step through the activities. My daughter really liked the activities and they really push a child to think outside of the box about STEM concepts that are very important in life for all kids to learn.


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Book Review - STEM Adventures: Amazing Math

STEM Adventures: Amazing Math



About the Book

Get children excited about the amazing world of Math!


  • This puzzle and activity book includes:
  • High quality contemporary illustrations and graphics
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the activities and experiments
  • Bite-sized text explaining facts, discoveries, and much more


Kids will enjoy drawing rope bridges between equivalent numbers to cross a gorge, color loading screens on smartphones to match percentages, helping a soldier find his way back to camp by following Roman numerals, and more. It's a wonderful way to inspire future mathematicians!



My Take on the Book
This is a great workbook that really challenges kids to get excited about Math. This is not always easy, but through the different activities this book really helps kids to do just that. I was very impressed with all of the activities and my daughter loved working through these activities as well.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Review - Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance

Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance



About the Book

Award-winning business performance improvement and Lean management expert Karen Martin diagnoses a ubiquitous business management and leadership problem―the lack of clarity―and outlines specific actions to dramatically improve organizational performance.

Through her global consulting projects, keynote speeches, and work with thousands of leaders, Karen has seen first-hand how a pervasive lack of clarity strangles business performance and erodes employee engagement. Ambiguity is the corporate default state, a condition so prevalent that “tolerance for ambiguity” has become a clich├ęd job requirement.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

In Clarity First, Karen provides methods and insights for achieving clarity to unleash potential, innovate at higher levels, and solve the problems that matter to deliver outstanding business results. Both a visionary road map and practical guide, this book will help leaders:


  • Identify and communicate the organization’s true purpose
  • Set achievable priorities
  • Deliver greater customer value through more efficient processes
  • Provide greater transparency about true versus assumed performance
  • Build strong problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities throughout the organization
  • Develop personal clarity to be a more direct, purposeful, and successful leader


Eliminating ambiguity is the first step for leaders and organizations to achieve strategic goals. Learn how to gain the clarity needed to make better decisions, lead more effectively, and boost organizational performance.

When it comes to leading an outstanding organization, every great leader needs Clarity First.



My Take on the Book
I really liked this book. The author did a great job at communicating to the reader about great ways in which you can work on changing business principles that will truly change the way that you look at success in leadership. The book is filled with a good mix of practical examples as well as as well as concepts that can be easily implemented. I liked that the examples come from in and out of business. You will find that the book is a powerful book that offers extensive insight into how you can change your own processes. The other thing that is important with this is that the ideas presented are ones that can be used in many different industries which makes this very versatile.


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Book Review - Clementine for Christmas: A Wish Novel

Clementine for Christmas: A Wish Novel



About the Book

Josie usually keeps to herself, but the holidays are her favorite time of year. She comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital. Josie loves dressing up in silly costumes, singing carols, and helping to prepare for the big Christmas Festival. That is, until she learns that this year's Festival has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Oscar's parents are fighting more and more -- and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the local hospital.

Gabby's life seems perfect. She's stylish, smart, and everyone looks up to her. But Gabby has a secret, one that could ruin everything.

Then, Clementine disappears, Oscar's parents separate, and Gabby's secret is uncovered. Together, can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday, or will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Daphne Benedis-Grab has created a heartwarming story that sparkles with humor, light, and Christmas spirit.



My Take on the Book
This was a very cute story that really warms your heart. The book is a great story for upper elementary or middle school readers. I loved seeing how Josie and her dog would volunteer and visit patients and cheer them up with their singing. It is a very cute story of a girl finding herself, friendship, kindness and more!

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Book Review - What Are Your Blind Spots

What Are Your Blind Spots?: Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back



About the Book

Uncover your blind spots and reset your leadership approach for long-lasting success in any business

Far too many business leaders today are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people―and they’re failing miserably. Truly resilient, thriving organizations are those that are purpose driven and focus on more than pure profits. Purpose, or an underlying company philosophy, not only drives strategic change, but also encourages customer loyalty and employee engagement. In order to succeed, leaders must be willing to discard old ways of thinking and detrimental business habits―and recognize their blind spots.

Authors Jim Haudan and Rich Berens identify the five most common leadership blind spots that hamper success: Purpose, Story, Engagement, Trust, and Truth. They take you straight into the board room of well-known leadership teams to illustrate how these blind spots play out and the impact they have on organizations. You’ll learn how to identify and overcome your own blind spots and embrace positive, forward-thinking new practices.

What’s Your Blind Spot equips you with the tools needed for a personal leadership reset. You’ll discover how to increase engagement, productivity, and growth in your own organization. This is an invaluable guide for executives, managers, team leaders, and human resource professionals looking for an effective way to engage and motivate employees at every level of an organization.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really allows you to see leadership in a new way. This book allows you to better understand what it takes to create sustainable performance within your own company. The book looks at what barriers can pop up as well as provides steps that are very practical to provide you with a clear path to follow for the future. I loved how clear the book was and how easy the steps are to follow! This book had so many examples that to me made the book even easier to follow in general. These stories and experiences make the book memorable!


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