Dad of Divas' Reviews: June 2019

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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Book Review - Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future

Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future



About the Book

Click. Whir. Buzz.

Not so long ago, math problems had to be solved with pencil and paper, mail delivered by postman, and files were stored in paper folders and metal cabinets. But three women, Betty Snyder, Jean Jennings, and Kay McNulty knew there could be a better way. During World War II, people hoped ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), one of the earliest computers, could help with the war effort. With little guidance, no instructions, and barely any access to the machine itself, Betty, Jean, and Kay used mathematics, electrical engineering, logic, and common sense to command a computer as large as a room and create the modern world. The machine was like Betty, requiring outside-the-box thinking, like Jean, persistent and consistent, and like Kay, no mistakes, every answer perfect. Today computers are all around us, performing every conceivable task, thanks, in large part, to Betty, Jean, and Kay's pioneering work. Instructions Not Included is their story.

This fascinating chapter in history is brought to life with vivid prose by Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn and with striking illustrations by Chelsea Beck. Detailed back matter including historical photos provides a closer look.


My Take on the Book
What a fascinating book and an even more fascinating group of women. As a dad with two girls I have to say that I loved this story because it really shows that women can achieve anything, even when the world around them might not be set up to allow them to do so. This is a book that definitely inspired my daughters and I know that if you too have a daughter they will be inspired as well!

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Book Review - Peppa's Giant Pumpkin

Peppa's Giant Pumpkin



About the Book

Celebrate Halloween with Peppa in this board book shaped like a pumpkin!

Grandpa Pig helps Peppa grow a GIANT pumpkin for her class contest--but what happens when the pumpkin is too big to get to her school?

This adorable pumpkin-shaped board book is based on the hit TV show, as seen on Nick Jr.


My Take on the Book
If you love Peppa Pig this is a great book that will get you excited for Halloween. It is a short book for a young child and is perfect for you to read with your little ones. It was fun watching Peppa grow the pumpkin and my niece now wants to grow a pumpkin for herself as well.

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Book Review - Black Canary: Ignite

Black Canary: Ignite



About the Book

From Meg Cabot, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries!

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock-star group of friends may even save the world, but first they'll need to agree on a band name. When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah's goals and threatens her friends and family, she'll learn more about herself, her mother's secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

With expressive and energetic art by Cara McGee to match the trademark attitude and spunk of Meg Cabot's characters and dialogue, this mother-daughter story embraces the highs and lows of growing up without growing out of what makes us unique. It's an inspirational song that encourages readers to find their own special voices to sing along with Black Canary!




My Take on the Book
As a fan of Black Canary this book really allows a new audience to meet Dinah Lance for the first time or get reacquainted with this DC Hero.  For any girl that has been told that they are too much of anything they will connect with Lance as a hero. This story does a great job at capturing the voice of Black Canary and the illustrations throughout are beautifully made and really bring the character alive!

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Book Review - The Lion King: The Novelization

The Lion King: The Novelization



About the Book
Everything the light touches is their kingdom.

When a lion cub named Simba is born, his father, King Mufasa, introduces him to the beautiful Pride Lands he will one day rule.

But when Mufasa is killed unexpectedly, young Simba blames himself. Unable to face his family, he runs away, leaving the Pride Lands under the rule of his evil uncle, Scar. Years later, the young prince must make a choice. Will he take back his homeland or turn his back on the kingdom in its darkest hour?

The classic, beloved characters of The Lion King come to life in an all-new way through a thrilling novelization that retells and expands upon the story Disney fans everywhere know and love.



My Take on the Book
This was a great novel that walks you through the story of the movie that is coming out this summer. The book is a great novelization of the story and has made our entire family even more excited to see the book to come. This is a great book that really gets you excited for the movie!

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Book Review - The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City



About the Book

Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he's cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office.

Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that's absurd. This is CAPITAL City!
Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it's too late?!

Filled with the same humor, wit, and quirkiness of the hit 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, comes another laugh-out-loud whodunit.


My Take on the Book
This was a book that was a ton of fun. We loved seeing all of the humor throughout the entire book. We loved seeing this private eye back. My girls were fans of 7 Ate 9 and now this book brings back the character into a new story that was just as much fun as the last. Get ready for fun, humor and more!!

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Book Review - Who Named Their Pony Macaroni?: Poems About White House Pets

Who Named Their Pony Macaroni?: Poems About White House Pets



About the Book

A family of mice.
A runaway goat.
A mischievous snake.
A shocking parrot.
A pardoned turkey.
A pampered raccoon.
A ghostbusting dog.
A celebrity cow.

The White House housed more than presidents and First Families--who could forget the furry, scaly, feathered friends who impressed the press, guarded their charges, and kept them company through all the ups and downs of their respective terms?

Marilyn Singer's compelling poems will delight readers with stories of the creatures who sat beside our country's leaders, as she draws intriguing connections between the animals and the administrations they accompanied. Mixed-media illustrations by Ryan McAmis lend humor and vivacity, and detailed back matter explores each president's pet history in more depth.


My Take on the Book
This was a great book that let you look close at the pets of the white house over the years. You do not always know about these animals but this book really opened my eyes to who these animals were and some fun anecdotes about them. This was a great book that really helps you learn a lot!!

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Book Review - Build Your Own Theme Park: A Paper Cut-Out Book

Build Your Own Theme Park: A Paper Cut-Out Book



About the Book

Get the fun going for makers of all ages with Build Your Own Theme Park with just scissors, glue, and your imagination! The first in a "Build Your Own" series of dynamic, interactive 3D activity books that combine engineering and creativity in an accessible way.

Kids and adults alike will love the creativity and 3D thinking that comes with this paper cut-out theme park. Based on Lizz Lunney’s characters and illustrations, build your theme park from the ticket booth to vending machines, arcade games, food stand, a carousel, a water ride with frogs, and mountain roller coaster. Invent your own ride additions for the park, make it your own, and share it online with #BuildYourOwn.


My Take on the Book
This was a fun book with a ton of great activities that kept my girls active for hours. They loved being able to create new worlds for themselves. They loved coloring the different things in the book and then pulling them out of the book and turning them into 3D models! Everything is labeled well so you can easily figure out how to put everything together.


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Review - Leonardo da Vinci: A Graphic History of the “Renaissance Man”

Leonardo da Vinci: A Graphic History of the “Renaissance Man”



About the Book

Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world's most influential artists and inventors, is profiled in an entertaining graphic novel!

Discover the ways that imagination, curiosity, and courage made Leonardo into the painter, dreamer, and inventor that the world remembers today. Help older children learn about some of the most exciting men and women who have ever lived and present it in a way that they'll actually enjoy! Our Great Lives series is one of our entries in the growing field of nonfiction graphic books. Each book follows the lives of scientists, artists, and activists that made enormous contributions to the world. Following these people from their early childhood days right up until their most extraordinary achievements, kids will discover the many incredible ways that they have impacted our world. These books offer a wonderful way to engage reluctant readers--and create a lifelong reader instead.



My Take on the Book
This was such a great book that took you through the life and accomplishments of Leonardo Davinci. As a graphic novel this book was a fun one that really brings you into the story. My daughter is a big fan of graphic novels but she does not always read non-fiction graphic novels as there are very few of them, but this was different and she found that she really loved reading about this amazing person and in the end she told me all about his life which showed me how much she learned!

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Book Review - Martin Luther King Jr.: A Graphic History of America’s Great Civil Rights Leader

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Graphic History of America’s Great Civil Rights Leader



About the Book

Martin Luther King Jr., the inspiring civil rights leader, is profiled in a riveting graphic novel!

See how Martin's early experiences and beliefs shaped him into the leader of the Civil Rights movement and a martyr in the fight for equal rights. Help older children learn about some of the most exciting men and women who have ever lived and present it in a way that they'll actually enjoy! Our Great Lives series is one of our entries in the growing field of nonfiction graphic books. Each book follows the lives of scientists, artists, and activists that made enormous contributions to the world. Following these people from their early childhood days right up until their most extraordinary achievements, kids will discover the many incredible ways that they have impacted our world. These books offer a wonderful way to engage reluctant readers--and create a lifelong reader instead.



My Take on the Book
This was such a great book that took you through the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King. As a graphic novel this book was a fun one that really brings you into the story. My daughter is a big fan of graphic novels but she does not always read non-fiction graphic novels as there are very few of them, but this was different and she found that she really loved reading about this amazing person and in the end she told me all about his life which showed me how much she learned!

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Book Review - Albert Einstein: A Graphic History of the Father of Modern Physics

Albert Einstein: A Graphic History of the Father of Modern Physics



About the Book

Albert Einstein, one of the world's greatest scientific minds, is profiled in an entertaining graphic novel!

See how Albert went from being a young boy that might never talk to a future genius who triumphed over obstacles and became a success. Help older children learn about some of the most exciting men and women who have ever lived and present it in a way that they'll actually enjoy! Our Great Lives series is one of our entries in the growing field of nonfiction graphic books. Each book follows the lives of scientists, artists, and activists that made enormous contributions to the world. Following these people from their early childhood days right up until their most extraordinary achievements, kids will discover the many incredible ways that they have impacted our world. These books offer a wonderful way to engage reluctant readers--and create a lifelong reader instead.



My Take on the Book
This was such a great book that took you through the life and accomplishments of Albert Einstein. As a graphic novel this book was a fun one that really brings you into the story. My daughter is a big fan of graphic novels but she does not always read non-fiction graphic novels as there are very few of them, but this was different and she found that she really loved reading about this amazing person and in the end she told me all about his life which showed me how much she learned!

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Book Review - Marie Curie: A Graphic History of the World’s Most Famous Female Scientist

Marie Curie: A Graphic History of the World’s Most Famous Female Scientist



About the Book

The remarkable scientist, Marie Curie, is profiled in an entertaining graphic novel!

Learn about Marie's childhood and her days as a bright young student in Russian-occupied Poland all the way to her Nobel Prize--winning work in Physics and Chemistry. Help older children learn about some of the most exciting men and women who have ever lived and present it in a way that they'll actually enjoy! Our Great Lives series is one of our entries in the growing field of nonfiction graphic books. Each book follows the lives of scientists, artists, and activists that made enormous contributions to the world. Following these people from their early childhood days right up until their most extraordinary achievements, kids will discover the many incredible ways that they have impacted our world. These books offer a wonderful way to engage reluctant readers--and create a lifelong reader instead.



My Take on the Book
This was such a great book that took you through the life and accomplishments of Marie Curie. As a graphic novel this book was a fun one that really brings you into the story. My daughter is a big fan of graphic novels but she does not always read non-fiction graphic novels as there are very few of them, but this was different and she found that she really loved reading about this amazing person and in the end she told me all about her life which showed me how much she learned!

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Book Review - Encyclopedia of Animals

Encyclopedia of Animals



About the Book
Plunge into the diversity of the animal kingdom in this Encyclopaedia of Animals. Packed with over 500 creatures, every one is looked at in detail by a natural history expert. From the tiniest sponge to the largest elephant, all entries are gloriously illustrated in this spectacular celebration of life on Earth.

My Take on the Book
We loved this book. It had beautiful images throughout that allowed you to get a feel for what the animals in the book looked like. Even better was the information that was shared about many of the animals. My daughters said that they learned a lot in reading this and your kids will learn a lot too!


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Book Review - Atlas of Ocean Adventures: A Collection of Natural Wonders, Marine Marvels and Undersea Antics from Across the Globe

Atlas of Ocean Adventures: A Collection of Natural Wonders, Marine Marvels and Undersea Antics from Across the Globe



About the Book
Set your spirit of adventure free with this journey to the world’s great oceans, discovering the diversity of life that exists in the deep blue sea. Whether you’re travelling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus, this book celebrates the very prescient topic of the world’s oceans with Lucy Letherland’s animal characters. A natural history lesson in an adventure book, each spread features 10 captions and and facts about every destination. The 5th title in the best-selling Atlas of Adventures series that has now been translated into 31 languages.

My Take on the Book
This was a great book with amazing images throughout. Even better though was the plethora of information that was packed into this small book. You will get a great feel for aquatic life that exists in the ocean and you will also leave reading this book with a more in-depth knowledge of the ocean and the life under its' waves.

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