Dad of Divas' Reviews: 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Book Review - The Art of Drawing People

The Art of Drawing People



About the Book

Learn to draw one of art's most interesting and challenging subjects. Packed with practical advice, helpful tips, and fundamental drawing techniques, The Art of Drawing People explores how to capture detailed poses and likenesses in graphite pencil.

With step-by-step instruction from a variety of artists, you’ll find plenty of helpful tips on choosing the right tools and materials, fundamental drawing techniques, developing value and shading, and setting up an effective composition, as well as important information about the influences of anatomy, bone structure, and musculature. Detailed examples of facial features, hands, and feet will help guide you through the most challenging aspects of drawing people.

Whether drawing from life or from photographs, this comprehensive drawing guide is the perfect first step for beginning artists. Follow along, step by step, as professional artists reveal their drawing secrets. With practice, you’ll soon be able to capture amazing likenesses in your own pencil drawings. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.


My Take on the Book
If you love to draw and want to get better at drawing people, this is a book that you will love to read and work through. The book explains things well and really allows you to better hone your craft. As someone that enjoys drawing but who has struggled with drawing people I felt that this book really does a great job at helping all levels to better work with your craft to get even better!

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Book Review - Legends of the Sky

Legends of the Sky



About the Book

When servant girl Milla uncovers four dragon eggs, she must figure out how to keep them a secret. But what if the dragons are exactly what the warring city need to bring about peace?


On the island of Arcosi, dragons and their riders used to rule the skies. But now they are only legends, found in bedtime stories, and on beautiful murals and ancient jewelry. When servant girl Milla witnesses a murder and finds herself caring for the last four dragon eggs, she is forced to keep them secret amidst the growing tensions in the city. But how can Milla and her friends keep the eggs safe when it means endangering everything she's ever loved? Fiery friendships, forgotten family, and the struggle for power collide as Milla's fight to save the dragons leads her to discover her own hidden past.

Perfect for fans of Cornelia Funke or Rick Riordan, Legends of the Sky is a rich and magical fantasy that touches on the questions of politics, war, and immigration.


My Take on the Book
What an exciting book. This is a book that truly keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. I also have to say that I loved the characters in the book. As a fan of Rick Riordan I have to say that this book had a similar vibe with magic, fantasy, adventure and action. While I had not read this author before, after reading this it makes me more interested in reading her first book too. This was a fun read for all ages!

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Book Review - The Brain is Kind of a Big Deal

The Brain is Kind of a Big Deal



About the Book
Oh hey, guess what? New York Times bestseller Nick Seluk has a hilarious new nonfiction picture book all about your body's very own computer -- the brain!

Have you ever thought about everything your brain does for you? It is always working to keep you alive and safe. (Plus it lets you think about funny stuff, too.) So why is the brain such a big deal? Because it makes you YOU, of course!

This funny and factual picture book from Heart and Brain creator Nick Seluk explains the science behind everything the brain helps you do: keeping your heart beating, telling you when you are sleepy, remembering stuff, and more. The brain is in charge of everything you do, every minute of every day for your entire life. That's kind of a big deal.

Each spread features bite-sized text and comic-style art with sidebars sprinkled throughout. Anthropomorphized organs and body parts -- recognizable from Nick Seluk's New York Times bestselling book -- help readers learn through funny jokes and comic panels. Funny, smart, and accessible, The Brain Is Kind of a Big Deal is a must-have!

My Take on the Book
The book is silly but that is what makes it fun to read. Even beyond this though, the book truly entertains and educates. By the end of this book you gain a much better understanding of the brain and how it works and how much of a big deal the brain actually is!


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Book Review - Now You Know What You Eat

Now You Know What You Eat



About the Book

From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to macaroni and cheese, Valorie Fisher explores the science behind our most delicious dishes!

Valorie Fisher dives deep into the science of what we eat and where ingredients come from by exploring what happens behind the scenes of favorite, everyday foods like pizza, honey, milk, maple syrup, vegetable soup, and more! With the help of bold, eye-catching yet simple graphics, inquisitive minds will love discovering what makes popcorn pop, why bread rises, and how bees make honeycomb. With this book peppered with facts like how many eggs a hen lays in a year and how many gallons of sap it takes to make one gallon of syrup, readers will be fascinated by all the amazing things they never knew about the food they eat! Now You Know What You Eat also includes a glossary, and a graphic about the food groups, as well as an introduction to vitamins and minerals. With a growing focus on STEM for this early age group, this book encourages readers to ask their own questions about the world around them, and to fall in love with discovering the answers!


My Take on the Book
This was a book that really allowed you to understand what we eat and the science behind it. What I loved was that the author took food that kids love and then breaks this down for kids to understand in a whole new way. In the end the book really opens your eyes to the food that we eat and how it is made or how it comes to be. The book entertains and educated which is exactly what a parent wants in books for their kids.

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Book Review - Doc and the Detective in: Graveyard Treasure

Doc and the Detective in: Graveyard Treasure



About the Book
A Choctaw boy with a taste for detective work teams up with a lonely old professor in this charming middle-grade mystery from a two-time winner of the American Indian Youth Literature Award.

Timmy loves reading stories about great detectives, and soon he begins to spy mysteries all around his small Oklahoma town.

Why was his next-door neighbor, the distinguished Dr. Moore, standing outside with a knife at midnight? Who's sneaking around their house, shining flashlights in the windows? And where did Mrs. Newberry's diamond necklace go? As Timmy and Doc work together to unmask the thief, Timmy also comes to understand the challenges Doc and his family face with his developing dementia, and discovers that a real detective needs a good heart as well as a sharp brain.


My Take on the Book
This was a great book with a mystery, adventure and a world that could be seen as our own. The characters were compelling and my daughter who is close to the same age as the main character felt connected to the character and she loved reading this and she did not want to put the book down. The book kept you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

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Book Review - Monster Club: Hunters for Hire

Monster Club: Hunters for Hire



About the Book

There is only one thing seventh graders Tommy Wainwright, Colleen "Spike" Hernandez, and Karim Khalil want to do -- go on adventures and catch monsters! And in a world where monsters -- big and small -- roam, someone has to keep these creatures in check, right? Luckily, this is the iPhone era, and that means anyone can use the brand-new app, AppVenture ("It's like Uber for monster-slaying!"), to hire their very own adventurer to stop the beasts.

So when Tommy, Spike, and Karim find a way to become registered "Independent Adventure Contractors" for the new app, they couldn't be more thrilled. At first, being full-fledged adventurers is a blast. But when the trio embark on their second quest, they stumble upon a secret: It seems AppVenture has been releasing monsters into the wild in order to generate more business. Now the three friends find themselves on the run from a venture-backed startup that will do anything to make sure our heroes don't live to reveal the truth...


My Take on the Book
What a great book. The book itself is fun because it is one that is filled with Monsters, but there were great characters as well. My daughter and I loved seeing the incorporation of technology with monster hunting. While this is not our own world there were many parts where my daughter said that she would love to hunt monsters as well and I can see why she would say that. It was a fun book and one I would recommend to all!

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Book Review - Owl Diaries: The Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Owl Diaries: The Trip to the Pumpkin Farm



About the Book
Eva's class cannot wait for their field trip to the pumpkin farm! On the farm, they pick apples, milk cows, and even make new friends. But then an award-winning pumpkin goes missing! Eva and her friends will have to solve the mystery. Will they find the pumpkin in time for the holiday party... and also help a friend in need? In this sweet fall story, Eva discovers that everyone has something to be thankful for!


My Take on the Book
Another great book Owl Diaries book that allows you to experience the trip to the pumpkin farm that you will love. I have loved sharing these books with my niece and if you have a younger reader you will love reading and sharing this book with them as well. The book itself has great characters and a fun story as well!

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Book Review - Time Jumpers: Dodging Dinosaurs

Time Jumpers: Dodging Dinosaurs



About the Book
Get ready for Chase and Ava's newest adventure! When they touch a dinosaur egg inside their magical suitcase, Chase and Ava jump back to prehistoric times! They'll need to work to return the egg to its rightful nesting place before they become dinosaur dinner. But bad guy Randall is still following them... Will they finally get some answers about this mysterious bad guy? Newly independent readers will eat up this time-travel series from New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Mass!


My Take on the Book
This was a great addition to the Time Jumper series. We love seeing what happens to Chase and Ava and love how the author does research on any of the time periods where the main characters jump. This book is full of adventure and definitely one that keeps you reading from beginning to end. This was a great book for parents and child alike to read together.


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Book Review - Pokémon: Ash's Quest: The Essential Guidebook

Pokémon: Ash's Quest: The Essential Guidebook



About the Book
This is an updated and extended edition of the top-selling 2015 Official Adventure Guide: Ash's Quest from Kanto to Kalos. It includes 32 pages of new material detailing Ash's latest adventures in the newest region, Alola.

Discover how it all began! Inside this book, you'll learn all about iconic Pokémon Master Ash Ketchum and his quest. Join Ash and his beloved Pikachu as they travel through all known regions of the Pokémon world, meeting and battling hundreds of amazing new Pokémon.


My Take on the Book
If you are a fan of Pokemon, then you will love this book! This is a updated version of the book that came out in 2015. As a fan I loved seeing the new material, but I also loved going back to the beginning and remembering how it began. Even if you are not a huge fan, this book will help you better understand the initial beginnings of Pokemon.

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Book Review - Peppa Pig Water Wonder: Festival of Mud!

Peppa Pig Water Wonder: Festival of Mud!



About the Book
This Peppa Pig novelty book ties into a popular tentpole episode airing in August 2019. Fill the pen with water and use it to reveal hidden pictures as you read the story!

Peppa Pig fans will love this interactive storybook, based on a popular tentpole epiode airing in August 2019 on Nick Jr.!

Peppa is so excited to go to the Children's Festival, where she learns about glamping and gets to draw with mud. Fill the pen with water and reveal hidden pictures as you read the story about Peppa's day at the Children's Festival. Then when the pages dry, you can refill the pen and do it all over again--the perfect mess-free activity for any little Peppa fan to take on the go!


My Take on the Book
My niece loves Peppa Pig and this book is a great one for any fan. She particularly loved that that she could use the water in the book to make things happen. She loved seeing that things changed on the page. The book also has a good plot that parents will like to share with their kids!

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Book Review - Wildfire




About the Book

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers straight into the nightmare of a raging wildfire as 12-year-old Sam is trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke that threaten to take his life. Can he survive?

Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship-as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

At the end of the novel, information about wildfires and useful safety tips add to the reader's understanding of one of the US's most dangerous natural disasters.


My Take on the Book
This was an amazing story that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. This was a book that was action packed and while you are worrying about the main characters, you also will learn a lot about wildfires and about safety tips in these types of situations. This was a book that you will not want to put down!


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Book Review - Bruce's Big Fun Day

Bruce's Big Fun Day



About the Book
Nibbs the mouse wants to give Bruce a BIG FUN DAY! But Bruce does not like BIG FUN DAYS. Not one bit.

This brand new tale captures the humor of the Mother Bruce picturebook series while helping children transition from listening to books read aloud to reading a story themselves!



My Take on the Book
I love Bruce and you have not met him yet, you need to! He is such a great character and he has some great friends as well. While he can be a bit cranky at times the book shares some  great messages of friendship and more! This is a short book that any young reader will love!


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Book Review - The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel

The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel



About the Book

Throughout the Villains series, the Odd Sisters have meddled in the lives of the Wicked Queen, The Beast, Ursula, Maleficent, and Mother Gothel, changing the course of fate for the greatest villains ever known. Now, it's time for their reckoning.

This latest novel by the author of the wildly popular Villains series goes deeper into the lives of the twisted, diabolical Odd Sisters, finally revealing the dark truth about who they are and where they're from. The Odd Sisters will appeal to fans who can't get enough of the mischievous sisters, as well as draw new readers to Serena Valentino's darkly fascinating take on the Disney Villains.



My Take on the Book
As a fan of Disney and the villains this was a great book that allowed you to learn about some characters that you may not know much about. The book itself is very insightful and a bit spooky as well! Loved the characters and the plot and you will too!

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Book Review - Who is the Mystery Reader?

Who is the Mystery Reader?



About the Book
From Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, comes this breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.



My Take on the Book
Mo Willems has always been a favorite in our home and this book continued to add to our great love of the author and the creative way that he looks at the world. In this book you will be wondering who the mystery reader is. This book also has great illustrations that you will completely love!

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Book Review - A Crabby Book: Let's Play, Crabby!

A Crabby Book: Let's Play, Crabby!



About the Book

The second book in Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske's hilarious underwater early reader series!

Plankton wants Crabby to play a game. Plankton tries to get Crabby to play Simon Says, Tag, and Hide-and-Seek. But Crabby does NOT want to play with Plankton. Will Plankton give up? Or will Crabby finally play along? With comic speech bubbles and full-color artwork throughout, Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske's early reader series is sure to be a hit with new readers!



My Take on the Book
This is a great addition to the series. My younger daughter loves Crabby and while he tends to be a bit cranky, the book does share some great messages about friendship and more!

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Book Review - Nic Bishop Big Cats

Nic Bishop Big Cats



About the Book

Sibert Medalist and naturalist Nic Bishop gives readers a closer look at big cats!

With grace, guile, and unstoppable power, big cats are admired for their speed and strength. Although they are related to house cats, these magnificent creatures are nothing like our pets!

With breathtaking full-page images, Sibert Medal-winning photographer Nic Bishop introduces readers to a variety of beautiful and stealthy big cats. The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and captivating details about the appearance, habits, and remarkable abilities of these amazing felines. An index and glossary are included, along with an author's note detailing his research and the fun stories behind the photographs.


My Take on the Book
This book is filled with beautiful pictures that will bring you up close and personal with these amazing animals. Nic Bishop is an amazing photographer and his images really tell a story about the animals and more. You will be so intrigued by what you see that you will continue to be compelled further and further into the book!

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Book Review - Grace Goes to Washington

Grace Goes to Washington



About the Book

"Who's in charge here?"

When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. Should they buy new sports equipment? Books for the library? Instruments for the music room? The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Exploring government buildings and national monuments, Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday. But she and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to serve the needs of the people, especially when the people want such different things!

In this follow-up to New York Times best seller Grace for President, Kelly DiPucchio not only introduces how our government makes decisions, but also shares what it takes to be a true public servant.



My Take on the Book
This is a fun book that allows readers to see Grace and her friends learning more about government and learning about leadership, compromise and more. This is a great book that allows you to learn more about this great character and her friends. You will also love to see how Grace continues to look toward her future as possible President of the US!

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