Dad of Divas' Reviews: 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Book Review - Little Free Libraries & Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build

Little Free Libraries & Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build



About the Book

Expand the sharing movement to your community with Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds—your complete source for building tiny sharing structures, including plans for 12 different structures, step-by-step photography and instructions, inspirational examples, and maintenance.

Around the world, a community movement is underway featuring quaint landscape structures mounted on posts in front yards and other green spaces. Some are built for personal use, as miniature sheds for gardeners or as decorative accent pieces. More commonly, though, they are evidence of the growing trend toward neighborhood organization and community outreach.

This movement has been popularized by Wisconsin-based Little Free Library (LFL), whose members currently include 75,000 stewards seeking to build community togetherness and promote reading at the same time by sharing books among neighbors. LFL has inspired builders to use similar structures to share things like CDs, food, garden tools, and seeds in the community.

Produced in cooperation with Little Free Library, Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds is the builder's complete source of inspiration and how-to knowledge. Illustrated throughout with colorful step-by-step photography and a gallery of tiny structures for further inspiration, Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds covers every step: planning and design, tools and building techniques, best materials, and 12 complete plans for structures of varying size and aesthetics. In addition, author and professional carpenter Phil Schmidt includes information on proper installation of small structures and common repairs and maintenance for down the road.

Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds even includes information on how to become a steward, getting the word out about your little structure once it's up and running, and tips for building a lively collection.

Community togetherness has never been so at the fore of our consciousness—or so important. Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds is one tool on the road to helping you build community in your neighborhood.




My Take on the Book
This is a great book for anyone that wants to build a Free Little Library for your home or for your community. This book is set up in a way that makes it simple to create many different designs. I loved that this had so many designs and that the instructions were very easy to follow. I have wanted to build one of these for some time and now that I have this I am excited to build one for my neighborhood this summer.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Book Review - Hello, Hedgehog! Do You Like My Bike?

Hello, Hedgehog! Do You Like My Bike?



About the Book

Hedgehog has a new bike!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Hedgehog loves his new bike. His best friend Harry says he likes it, too. But when Hedgehog asks Harry to go bike riding with him, Harry says he does not want to go. Does Harry not like his friend's new bike? Or could this all have something to do with training wheels? These reassuring, laugh-out-loud stories with full-color artwork and easy-to-read text throughout are perfect for new readers!




My Take on the Book
This is a great book for an early reader that incorporates great illustrations into a fun story that is sweet. As a father I loved that it had some great messages about friendship and empathy which are things that I already try and teach my daughters. The illustration and story draws you in and keeps you engaged from the beginning to the end!
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Book Review - A Friend for Dragon

A Friend for Dragon



About the Book

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Lonely Dragon has made a friend, and he loves spending time with his new buddy! He enjoys telling scary stories, cracking funny jokes, and fixing a midnight snack for them to share. But when his friend appears to be ill, Dragon demonstrates what it means to be a true friend. In this warmhearted friendship story of love and loss, Dav Pilkey has created a lovable hero that everyone will cheer for!


My Take on the Book
What a cute story! You will love exploring this book and meeting dragon and his new friend. Soon in the book though you will learn that his friend is ill. It is truly heartwarming to see Dragon doing whatever he could he help his friend. Such a great story for the young reader.


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Book Review - Dragon Masters: Eye of the Earthquake Dragon




About the Book

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, 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 grow!

Dark wizard Maldred has stolen the Gold and Silver Keys! With these keys, he can now control the Naga: a powerful dragon who can cause terrible earthquakes. The Naga lives in a secret temple in the center of the earth... and Maldred is on his way there! Drake and his friends Jean and Darma travel to the temple to try to stop him. What will they find there? Will the Dragon Masters defeat Maldred once and for all?


My Take on the Book
This is a great new addition to the Dragon Master Series. If you loved the first book you will also find that you will love this book as well. The book is well tailored for the age group and the way that the book is set is made for easy reading. The chapters are short and the characters are dynamic. The book has adventure, mystery and more. It is a great story that you will love to read!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Review - LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook with Hermione Minifigure

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook with Hermione Minifigure



About the Book

Includes a buildable Hermione LEGO(R) minifigure!

Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter? Check out this Hogwarts Student Handbook to make sure you're ready when it arrives!

From Platform 9-3/4 to the Sorting Ceremony to final exams--that is, if they haven't been canceled again thanks to a monster getting loose in the school--this handbook covers everything a new student should know about this school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read all about the classes, top-secret locations, and, of course, Quidditch! Then put your Hogwarts knowledge to the test with tons of fun quizzes and activities.



My Take on the Book
If you love LEGO and Harry Potter then this new book is one that you will not want to miss. It not only gives you a Hermione Minifigure, but you also get a ton of Harry Potter information mixed in along with Harry Potter activities and quizzes. What I loved about the book itself was that it shared information about the series that you either might have forgotten or that was a nice refresher. It is a quick read, but it was a fun one and the minifigure itself was very unique as well!

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Book Review - The Binder of Doom: Brute-Cake

The Binder of Doom: Brute-Cake



About the Book
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, 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 grow!

Alexander Bopp is the leader of the Super Secret Monster Patrol, a club whose members are sworn to protect the town from monsters. But there haven't been monsters to fight for months... Alexander misses his best friends -- and fellow club members -- Rip and Nikki. Then he starts finding weird old-timey objects, cake crumbs, and creepy monster cards all over town! Could the monsters be back? The Super Secret Monster Patrol will have to get back together to find out!

Fans of The Notebook of Doom are going to devour this exciting new series from bestselling author-illustrator Troy Cummings!



My Take on the Book
This is a great addition to the series. Another great story with great characters and monsters of course. My daughter is a great fan of this series and even though she is older than the main demographic of the series, she continues to love them and she will pick it up and be done with the book in no time flat. She is always intrigued to see what happens in the book and the book always delivers. This is a great book that any fan of the series will love, but even if you have never read these before, this is a great short read that you don't want to miss.

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Book Review - A Crabby Book: Hello, Crabby!

A Crabby Book: Hello, Crabby!



About the Book

Check out this hilarious early reader series from Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Crabby is NOT happy. Sun is in Crabby's eyes. Salt is in Crabby's teeth. Sand is in Crabby's shell. Plankton tries again and again to cheer Crabby up -- with laugh-out-loud results! Will Crabby ever crack a smile? Or will Crabby always be crabby? 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 very funny book for an early reader book. While the crab can be a bit crabby, you will have a smile on your face in the end of this fun book. The book is fun as you will see two opposites and you will love seeing Plankton trying to cheer up crabby through many fun ways. You will love the illustrations and the story itself.

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Book Review - Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story

Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story



About the Book

Get ready to journal and learn to tell your own story with Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!

Calling all fans of Raina Telgemeier!

Have you ever thought about telling your own story, whether it be true or imagined? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? If the answers are yes, this fun, colorful, and interactive journal is for you! With guidance from Raina herself, brainstorm ideas, make lists, paste in personal photos, and use your imagination like never before to create your own stories. For additional inspiration, behind-the-scenes info from Raina's own comics-making adventures is featured inside.

BONUS: Raina's next graphic novel, Guts, will be published on September 17, 2019. A special sneak peek is included in this book!



My Take on the Book
My daughters have always loved this authors' books and this book does a great job at getting you to think about your own story. This book walk you through many prompts that allow you start putting together your own story. Outside of the prompts, I found that the addition of comics were a nice addition to the book itself. My daughter was really excited to start working through the book and as she started through it I found her prompts to be so interesting. The book really does make you think about the story that you want to tell. If you have a story to tell, this is a book you will want to get yourself.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Product Review - Momscook 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot

Momscook 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot

Momscook 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot


About the Pot
  • 3-Layer Base - Made of fine quality food-graded 18/10 stainless steel, with decent gauge for strength and durability, safe and healthy, easy to clean; 3-Layer stainless steel base on the bottom of the cookware delivers optimal heat distribution, eliminate hot spots and prevent warping, featuring good heating performance
  • Stainless Steel Dome Lid - High dome lid with a riveted handle and flat top, trapping in heat and moisture to ensure even cooking. Covers seal in tight-fitting stainless steel cover in moisture and nutrients for healthier, more flavorful results every time you cook
  • Multifunctional Stockpot - 8-Quart stockpot has two-layers steamer inside with Pasta Insert, Steamer Basket, and Cover is durably constructed for reliable everyday performance; This multi-pot and insert set includes everything you need to boil and steam large amounts of food, including pasta, vegetables and other seafood
  • Fill Lines & Rim Design - The design of the pot side, not dumping. Fill lines make measuring easy in your kitchen. Rims design are tapered for drip-free pouring
  • Versatile Performance - Compatible with all cooktops, including induction cooker. Cookware Set is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, you can use the stockpot safely in the oven or broiler. Oven-safe to 500 degrees F
Momscook 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot

Momscook 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot

Momscook 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot

My Take on the Pot
I had been looking for a strainer and pot to replace some that I have had for a long time and the price of this looked great! After I ordered this I have to say that it arrived in no time. I loved how well this was packaged as they double boxed this to the extent that when I unpacked it I could tell that the inner box was not going to move anywhere. As I unpacked this pot I was first impressed by the look of the pot (It looked great). I also loved that this was definitely heavy duty. I can tell that this is going to last for some time. The colander/strainer is made to sit perfectly inside the pot and it did just that. The lid on the pot also fits perfectly. I love that the pot has some marks on the inside to show you how much liquid is in the pot as my old pots did not have this and I always had to use other things to measure out the liquid that I needed. I have used the pot once and had no issues with items sticking to the pot itself. The strainer also worked perfectly! All-in-all I have loved this pot. If you are looking for a new pot, I highly recommend this one.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Book Review - Superpower Science: Heroes of Light and Sound

Superpower Science: Heroes of Light and Sound



About the Book

What if you had a superpower? What would you do if you could fly, read minds, teleport, or have superhuman strength?

Wouldn't it be cool to have X-ray vision or super-duper hearing? Sometimes … but what about all the time? Superpower Science answers those questions with humor and a comic book twist as it follows the exploits of superheroes who must come to terms with their very human limitations in the real world. The struggle is real when you have these superpowers in real life and have to apply the laws of science! Each book in the series focuses on four superpowers and explains which scientific principles would come into play if the superpower existed--and how the body would be impacted. Kids will thoroughly enjoy these intriguing, action-packed books that help them understand complex concepts in a fun new way.



My Take on the Book
One of the things that I love about this book is that you get a book that combines non-fiction with graphic novels which completely promotes reading at an earlier age. Also, this book has a ton of great activities that will make you think about science concepts in a whole new way. The book also focuses on what it would be like to have superpowers and how scientific principals of light and sound will impact their life with superpowers. This was a fun way to examine science through a lens that all kids will enjoy!

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Superpower Science: Masters of Matter

Superpower Science: Masters of Matter



About the Book

What if you had a superpower? What would you do if you could fly, read minds, teleport, or have superhuman strength?

So what happens if your superpower is shapeshifting or teleporting? Become a master of matter and learn why it truly does matter. Superpower Science answers those questions with humor and a comic book twist as it follows the exploits of superheroes who must come to terms with their very human limitations in the real world. The struggle is real when you have these superpowers in real life and have to apply the laws of science! Each book in the series focuses on four superpowers and explains which scientific principles would come into play if the superpower existed--and how the body would be impacted. Kids will thoroughly enjoy these intriguing, action-packed books that help them understand complex concepts in a fun new way.


My Take on the Book
One of the things that I love about this book is that you get a book that combines non-fiction with graphic novels which completely promotes reading at an earlier age. Also, this book has a ton of great activities that will make you think about science concepts in a whole new way. The book also focuses on what it would be like to have superpowers and how scientific principals of matter will impact their life with superpowers. This was a fun way to examine science through a lens that all kids will enjoy!

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Book Review - Superpower Science: The Superhuman Body

Superpower Science: The Superhuman Body



About the Book

What if you had a superpower? What would you do if you could fly, read minds, teleport, or have superhuman strength?

Learn what would happen if you had those powers, and why the human body is already amazing. Superpower Science answers those questions with humor and a comic book twist as it follows the exploits of superheroes who must come to terms with their very human limitations in the real world. The struggle is real when you have these superpowers in real life and have to apply the laws of science! Each book in the series focuses on four superpowers and explains which scientific principles would come into play if the superpower existed--and how the body would be impacted. Kids will thoroughly enjoy these intriguing, action-packed books that help them understand complex concepts in a fun new way.


My Take on the Book
One of the things that I love about this book is that you get a book that combines non-fiction with graphic novels which completely promotes reading at an earlier age. Also, this book has a ton of great activities that will make you think about science concepts in a whole new way. The book also focuses on what it would be like to have superpowers and how scientific principals will impact their life with superpowers. This was a fun way to examine science through a lens that all kids will enjoy!

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Book Review - Superpower Science: Fantastic Forces and Motion

Superpower Science: Fantastic Forces and Motion



About the Book

What if you had a superpower? What would you do if you could fly, read minds, teleport, or have superhuman strength?

See exactly what would physically happen to you if you could fly, twist time, run like the wind, or be super strong. Superpower Science answers those questions with humor and a comic book twist as it follows the exploits of superheroes who must come to terms with their very human limitations in the real world. The struggle is real when you have these superpowers in real life and have to apply the laws of science! Each book in the series focuses on four superpowers and explains which scientific principles would come into play if the superpower existed--and how the body would be impacted. Kids will thoroughly enjoy these intriguing, action-packed books that help them understand complex concepts in a fun new way.



My Take on the Book
One of the things that I love about this book is that you get a book that combines non-fiction with graphic novels which completely promotes reading at an earlier age. Also, this book has a ton of great activities that will make you think about science concepts in a whole new way. The book also focuses on what it would be like to have superpowers and how scientific principals will impact their life with superpowers. This was a fun way to examine science through a lens that all kids will enjoy!

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Book Review - Big Nate: Payback Time!

Big Nate: Payback Time!



About the Book

In this brand-new collection of the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING series Big Nate, everyone's favorite prankster takes on everything from epic snowball fights to sixth-grade crushes, with plenty of hilarious misadventures along the way.

Look out, Big Nate fans—it’s payback time!

In this brand-new collection of Big Nate comics, Nate develops a mysterious allergy to Mrs. Godfrey, wages epic snowball fights with Teddy and Francis, and even takes a nervous newbie under his wing during detention. But after a disastrous run-in with Randy in the cafetorium, our hero faces a dreaded after-school showdown on the soccer field. Will Nate survive or get kicked around?

From wedgies and food fights to Halloween pranks and sixth-grade crushes, Big Nate: Payback Time! has got it all.



My Take on the Book
This is a great addition to the Big Nate series. This is a great collection of comics that really allows a Big Nate fan to have fun with Nate and his friends. This series makes both of my daughters laugh because they can see their own lives reflected in some ways in these comics. While the comic is a bit over the top when it comes to reality, that's what makes the graphic novel so much fun. The graphic novel was a fast read and you will laugh throughout and be engaged from page one. This is definitely a book that any Big Nate fan will want to read, and even if you have never read this series before you will love this book! Pick it up today!

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Book Review - Catwad: It's Me

Catwad: It's Me



About the Book


An all-new series from New York Times bestselling author, Jim Benton!

From New York Times bestselling author Jim Benton, meet Catwad! He's blue, he's a bit of a grouch, and his best friend is a dim-witted cat named Blurmp who can see the bright side of anything. From pizza and computers, to love and happiness, this crabby tabby has a funny take on just about everything, and he's not afraid to share it. This collection of short comic stories will make even the grumpiest of grouches crack up and is not to be missed!



My Take on the Book
We love Jim Benton and in this book you are going to meet a whole new character that is so much fun. The book brings you hilarity that any preteen or teen would love. The illustrations were fun and engaging. As a family that has three cats of our own we know that cats are unlike other pets. We loved reading about the two cats in the book. These cats are completely different but for them it works. The book has a number of short stories within it that allows you  to get to know the cats even more. he book is full of humor that definitely made my daughters laugh! This was a great book that you will love!
 
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Book Review - Rainbow Magic: Evelyn the Mermicorn Fairy

Rainbow Magic: Evelyn the Mermicorn Fairy



About the Book

Mermicorns are the most special and unique creatures in all of Fairyland. Evelyn the Mermicorn Fairy helps keep them and their magic gems safe. The gems give fairies everywhere the confidence to believe in themselves.

But when sneaky Jack Frost steals the gems, it's up to Rachel and Kirsty to help save the day. If they don't, all of the fairies in Fairyland will lose the confidence to help others!

Find the magic gems in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the mermicorn magic!




My Take on the Book
Another great addition to the Rainbow Magic series. My daughter loves these books as they truly make you step outside of your own world to enter a new one unlike your own. In this book my daughter loved meeting a whole new species, the Mermicorn. This was not a species of fairy that she had seen in the past and that excited her to be able to see what would happen because of this. In reading the book she quickly read through the book and by the end she told me that it was "so good" and that she "hoped to see more books like this" in the future. If you love Rainbow Magic books you will love this as well!

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