Dad of Divas' Reviews: August 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Book Review - Unicorn Diaries: Bo's Magical New Friend

Unicorn Diaries: Bo's Magical New Friend



About the Book
Bo Tinseltail loves going to Sparklegrove School with the other unicorns. Every unicorn has a magical power. Bo is a Wish Unicorn with the power to grant wishes. Bo has lots of friends, but one thing Bo wants more than anything is a best friend. When a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry pops into the forest, will Bo's big wish finally come true? And what will Sunny's Unicorn Power be? Discover this TWINKLE-TASTIC, full-color series from Rebecca Elliott, creator of the USA Today bestselling Owl Diaries series!



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that talks about friendship in a way that all kids will understand. You get to see how much friendship matters and what you will do to maintain a friendship. Will Bo make a best friend? Read this great book and find out!

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Book Review - Dragon's Fat Cat

Dragon's Fat Cat



About the Book
When Dragon finds a stray cat in his yard, he brings it inside to escape the cold. He likes living with his new feline friend, but Dragon soon realizes that he doesn't know how to take care of it. He doesn't know how to train the cat, what to feed the cat, and what to do about all the yellow puddles the cat leaves behind! Using his trademark humor and heart, Dav Pilkey illustrates the highs and lows of having a new pet in this tender story about care and responsibility.



My Take on the Book
For any child that wants a pet, this humorous book will look at owning a pet in a new way and really lets them see the learning that Dragon goes through to learn himself. The book takes a look at serious topic through a lens of humor which makes it fun for all!

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Book Review - Catwad: It's Me, Two

Catwad: It's Me, Two



About the Book
Catwad, the snarky blue furball with a funny take on just about everything, is BACK in this second graphic novel in an all-new series from New York Times bestselling author Jim Benton!

New York Times bestselling author Jim Benton's latest creation, Catwad, returns!

Catwad and Blurmp are back and ready for more adventures! In this newest collection of hilarious stories, the dynamic feline duo explore fine art, travel to an alternate reality where the world has become extraordinarily dumb, get into gaming, and more! From monsters under Blurmp's bed to all the reasons you should NEVER eat salad, this newest volume of Catwad has something for everyone!



My Take on the Book
Another great addition to the Catwad series. This is such a fun series full of humor, great illustrations and more. If you have never read this series before you will be laughing our loud as you do! One of the things I love about this character is that he is snaky, but it is a snarky that you will love. Check this great book out!

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Book Review - The League of Secret Heroes: Cape

The League of Secret Heroes: Cape



About the Book
Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this action-packed, comic-inspired adventure about a brilliant girl puzzler who discovers she’s part of a superhero team!

Josie O’Malley does a lot to help out Mam after her father goes off to fight the Nazis, but she wishes she could do more—like all those caped heroes who now seem to have disappeared. If Josie can’t fly and control weather like her idol, Zenobia, maybe she can put her math smarts to use cracking puzzles for the government.

After an official tosses out her puzzler test because she’s a girl, it soon becomes clear that an even more top-secret agency has its eye on Josie, along with two other applicants: Akiko and Mae. The trio bonds over their shared love of female superhero celebrities, from Hauntima to Zenobia to Hopscotch But during one extraordinary afternoon, they find themselves transformed into the newest (and youngest!) superheroes in town. As the girls’ abilities slowly begin to emerge, they learn that their skills will be crucial in thwarting a shapeshifting henchman of Hitler, and, just maybe, in solving an even larger mystery about the superheroes who’ve recently gone missing.

Inspired by remarkable real-life women from World War II—the human computers and earliest programmers called “the ENIAC Six”—this pulse-pounding adventure features bold action and brave thinking, with forty-eight pages of comic book style graphic panels throughout the book. Readers will want to don their own capes for an adventure, and realize they have the power to be a superhero, too!



My Take on the Book
I am always a fan of superheroes and having superheroes that are a female group is even more exciting, especially being a dad of daughters. Not only is this a superhero book, but it is also a historical fiction adventure. The characters in this book are so unique and work so well together. For me the story was solid but the relationships between the characters were also one of the highlights within the book itself. The book is well researched and you feel as if you are being transported into the era. The book is written for kids in mind, which is even better as not all superhero book are. You will love the diverse characters, action and story!


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Book Review - Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats

Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats



About the Book

From World War II London to outer space, meet the coolest cats in history in a colorful illustrated compendium of famous felines and cat facts.

Drawing from the thrilling lives of more than 30 adorable cats throughout history, Kimberlie Hamilton retells the fascinating tales of cats through the centuries. Meet Mrs. Chippy, a cat who joined a daring ocean journey to Antarctica, or Simon, the only cat to receive a medal for wartime bravery, and dozens more. Filled with colorful depictions of each cat and feline facts throughout, this is the perfect gift for cat and history lovers alike.



My Take on the Book
As someone that loves cats, I have to say that these stories were so much fun. I had never heard of these stories in the past but I love hearing the stories of these fearless cats. Many of these stories were surprising in many ways and ones that will make you wonder what your own cats could accomplish in the right circumstances. Overall, it was a fun book that will open your eyes to the wonder of cats around you!

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Book Review - Hello, Hedgehog! Let's Have a Sleepover!

Hello, Hedgehog! Let's Have a Sleepover!



About the Book
Hedgehog is having a sleepover! His best friend Harry is excited. But when Harry arrives, he finds out that they will be sleeping outside. Suddenly, Harry doesn't feel very well. Does Harry not want to sleep over? Or does this all have something to do with first-sleepover jitters? 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 was a cute book that looked at an issue that many young kids have to deal with.  All kids have to deal with what it is like to have a sleepover for a first time and this book really captures this experience in a fun way that all kids will understand.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Book Review - The Little Book of Drawing Dragons & Fantasy Characters

The Little Book of Drawing Dragons & Fantasy Characters



About the Book
Featuring drawing lessons, step-by-step projects, and open practice pages, The Little Book of Drawing Dragons & Fantasy Characters teaches beginning artists how to draw dragons, fairies, mythological beasts, and more.

Step-by-step projects, creative exercises, interactive prompts, and helpful tips and techniques bring this popular drawing subject to life and invite creativity and personalization. Drawing techniques, such as value, shading, and creating texture and perspective, are included to help artists of all skill levels learn to draw accurately. Learn to draw fur, scales, wings, tails, and how to put them all together to create your own unique fantasy characters and artwork.

More than 15 step-by-step projects include:
  • Western Dragon
  • Eastern Dragon
  • Water Dragon
  • Hydra
  • Centaur
  • Fairy
  • Minotaur
  • Griffin
  • Unicorn
  • And more!

In the popular, established The Little Book of... series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike delight in learning a variety of fun, approachable, relevant, and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary, and interactive design. Open practice pages, creative exercises, and art prompts encourage interactivity for immediate results while teaching beginners the fundamentals of the featured medium in a fun, engaging way.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that walks you step by step through drawing some fun drawings that surround fantasy. Dragons, centaurs, fairies and more. The book did walk you through so you do not have to be an expert artist. You can instead work on your craft through this great book!

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Book Review - Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times: A Practical Guide to Leadership

Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times: A Practical Guide to Leadership



About the Book

In an age of great volatility—fake news, diverse audiences, technology at our fingertips, and change at the speed of light—clear, concise, and intentional communication is vital to successful human interaction. Workplace miscommunications, be they well-meaning or not, result in lost productivity, discontent, and even violence. This book answers the age-old leadership question: how do we get the best out of ourselves and others on the job? Relying upon her experiences as a practicing labor lawyer, corporate executive, officer, human resources executive, and an organizational development consultant, Diana Peterson-More has developed actionable, easy-to-implement, and practical steps to successful communication, which is the key to getting what we want from ourselves and others. The volume is filled with stories of workplace communications that worked, and those that didn’t, and presents real-world solutions to ensure all communication will hit the mark.



My Take on the Book
I have been a student of communication for many years and even though I read a number of books I am always looking for new books to learn from and this was a great one to add to my arsenal. This was a short but powerful book. The book was full of powerful questions and strong answers. The book is practical and offers tips that are actionable. By the end of this book I decided to pass it on to another person to read as long as she passed it on from there. This is definitely a book I would recommend to all!


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Book Review - The U.S. Constitution and You

The U.S. Constitution and You



About the Book
Do you know how the U.S. Constitution works to protect you, your friends, and your family? It gives you and every American citizen many rights including the right to vote, as well as to enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to worship -- or not worship -- according to your beliefs, to disagree openly with government policy, and to defend yourself in courts of law. You'll learn about our rights as a citizen…and also learn which rights are reserved for the state and the community where you live. New to this edition is the addition of new, more complex words that will raise the reading level and an updated emphasis on the distinction between federal and state judges and courts. (Ages 8-10)

My Take on the Book
This was well written and written in such a way that it does not talk down to the age range for the book. It was a great book that really allowed my youngest to gain a better perspective of our constitution and government. Whether you are just learning this for the first time or need a little refresher, this is a book you will not want to miss as it goes into a lot.


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Book Review - All the Colors of Magic

All the Colors of Magic



About the Book

"An exciting new voice among the world's storytellers." -- Cornelia Funke

A heartfelt, adventure-filled, and charming novel about a peculiar girl who embarks on a journey to find her father, the wizard.

Penelope has always been different from other children. Her hair has been gray since she was born. It rains every year on her birthday. And she knows what her mother is going to say before the words even come out of her mouth. But one day, Penelope wakes up with sparkling red hair and her mother confesses the truth: Her father is not only still alive, he's a wizard! Penelope has inherited his powers, and must embark on a journey to find him.


My Take on the Book
This is a bit mystical of a story that mixes coming of age with magic and fantasy and it was a ton of fun to read. I actually read this with my daughter and we loved reading through it to see what would happen next. We loved the infusion of magic in the story and the characters were very real and were well developed. As you read the book you come to care for the characters and by the end you want more!

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Book Review - Sons of Chaos




About the Book

Oversized, panoramic graphic novel Sons of Chaos, exposes the quiet agenda of the Ottoman Empire's most brutal dictator, and his fascination with a young Greek that would define the Western World.

An immersion into the moments we never see, and the self-serving motivations that convince a nation that violence is warranted, and that war is necessary.

In honor of the 200 Year anniversary of the Greek War for Independence, Sons of Chaos presents the story of 1821 through the eyes of Marcos Botsaris, the son of a respected Greek leader taken prisoner as a child and raised within the dungeons of history's most infamous Ottoman Pasha, known as the "Napoleon of the East"-- Ali Pasha of Ioannina. Over the next ten years, the bond formed between them would define history.

The Greek War for Independence was a conflict that quietly influenced the entire world and participants ranged from the London Stock Exchange to celebrities such as Lord Byron, as well as average impassioned Americans willing to transport themselves across the Atlantic to fight alongside the Greeks.

This conflict was the pinnacle of what we now know as the Romantic Period and yet, it's a war that few know ever existed outside of the Greek and Turkish cultures; a war that stimulated the fall of the Ottoman Empire and shaped Western Civilization as we now know it, and in a sense is being fought today under a different heading amongst today's political world leaders.

Hundreds of years of Ottoman rule gave the Greeks a reason to fight. Marcos Botsaris gave them a leader.


My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that was filled with such beautiful images throughout the book. One of the things that I loved was the historical era that this portrayed.  You really get drawn into the story from the very beginning and through the drama, action and adventure you grow to know and feel for the characters within the story. The characters band together for a common goal. This book is completely full of action and adventure and you will be taken in from beginning to end and you will not want to put it down.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Book Review - Dear Justice League

Dear Justice League



About the Book

Hello! Justice League here. Ask us anything!

Does Superman ever make mistakes? Does Wonder Woman have to listen to her parents? Does Aquaman smell like fish?

The greatest heroes in the DC Comics Universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans--kids!

From New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, Michael Northrop, comes a new middle grade graphic novel series where iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they're not busy saving the world the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations by Gustavo Duarte, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!



My Take on the Book
This was a great graphic novel that allows you to see that even Super Heroes have challenges and are human in their responses. This book allows the reader to imagine themselves writing a letter to a superhero and getting a response and seeing how the superhero responds is only part of the fun. The different stories throughout the book tie in well together and in the end you get to see superheroes in a whole new way!


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Monday, August 5, 2019

Book Review - Girlish

Girlish



About the Book

TRUTH BOMB: Being a girl freakin’ rocks! But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.

Sometimes you need inspiration, support, and advice to help you find your voice and believe in yourself. Girlish is a fun, feisty, information-packed handbook—part discovery course, part interactive journal—filled with quotes, tips, truth bombs, and profiles of amazing women from all walks of life, from Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Amy Poehler to Malala Yousafzai and Simone Biles.

Embracing all the beauty, chaos, hope, and frustration of being a girl in the twenty‑first century, Girlish explores life topics that include gender equality, body positivity, self-esteem, relationships, friendship, and even dealing with the mixed bag of the internet and social media. Thought-provoking questions dare you to define your values, set goals, dream BIG, and celebrate everything that makes you you.

Ready to create, inspire, invent, strive, lead, love—and have some laughs along the way? Read on . . .


My Take on the Book
This is a great book and journal that helps a girl to explore and appreciate all things girl. The book walks girls through many topics such as being positive about their bodies, having high self esteem, relationships with others, and even information on internet and social media. All of the topics are ones that my youngest daughter is going through and she loved going through this page by page as she said it helped her feel better about herself as well as really let her think about herself and the years ahead.

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Book Review - Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off

Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off



About the Book

Baron von Bubbles, a.k.a "Bub," is the self-proclaimed cutest pug on the planet! Things he loves: fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love: Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain. When Bella enters the Inventor Challenge, Bub helps her craft the best project ever. But what happens when Nutz gets on Bub's nerves and makes him ruin Bella's project? If Bub wants to make it up to Bella, he'll have to stand up to Nutz -- and the rain -- once and for all.

With full-color artwork throughout, this funny and charming diary-format early chapter book is perfect for anyone who believes a furry pal is the best kind of friend.




My Take on the Book
This is a great book with great characters and memorable plot as well. The book is a short one but definitely one that is fun to share together with your kids.


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Book Review - The Binder of Doom - Boa Constructor

The Binder of Doom - Boa Constructor



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! In this second book of the series, construction equipment and machine parts are going missing all over Stermont! Then an entire playground disappears! Could a monster be to blame? The Super Secret Monster Patrol will need to stop this crafty monster FAST -- before the whole town falls apart!


My Take on the Book
This is a great second book in the series. We loved the mystery and monsters in this book. The binder is a fun book for elementary age kids. This is a book that my daughter and I loved reading and you will too.


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