Dad of Divas' Reviews: September 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Book Review - Superman of Smallville

Superman of Smallville



About the Book

Can Superman keep Smallville from going to the dogs?

Acts of awesomeness are happening around town. People are being rescued, runaway tractors stopped, and fires extinguished. This is all in a day's work for the hero known only as "Superman." But who is he, really?

Thirteen-year-old Clark Kent knows. He has a super-secret--one his parents are constantly worried will get out. Clark promises to be extra careful, but when random objects begin to take flight and disappear, his parents threaten to ground him. Except he's innocent! If Superman isn't responsible...who is? Join Clark in this hilarious adventure as he sniffs out the real culprit.

From New York Times--bestselling and Eisner Award-winning creators Art Baltazar and Franco, comes a fun, whimsical story featuring young Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, and of course Clark Kent.




My Take on the Book
This is a great, fun story that lets you look at a young Clark Kent and some of the adventures that he is on as he works to control his powers and keep his secret identity. The book brings in humor, adventure and more into a graphic novel that any Superman fan will want to read!

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Book Review - Draw Every Little Thing

Draw Every Little Thing: Learn to draw more than 100 everyday items, from food to fashion



About the Book
Learn to draw and paint more than 100 of your favorite everyday items! Step-by-step projects and creative inspiration make it fun and easy.

The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style. With Draw Every Little Thing, the first book in this new series, you can learn to draw and paint your favorite everyday items. From learning to draw and paint plants, flowers, and bicycles to the neighborhood cafĂ© and the contents of the kitchen cabinet, this contemporary drawing book demonstrates just how easy it is to render the world around you with little more than a pencil, paper, and paint.

Following a brief introduction to the joys of simplistic drawing and painting, this aesthetically pleasing book familiarizes you with a range of drawing tools and materials, including graphite pencilpen and inkcolored pencil, and gouache, before offering a quick overview of basic color theory. Each subsequent chapter is then devoted to a specific theme—kitchenalia, hobbies, neighborhood haunts, and much more—and packed with simple step-by-step drawing projects.

This accessible book encourages you to jump around so you can draw what immediately inspires you. Interactive prompts, creative exercises, and inspiring ideas make the process fun and engaging. Easy techniques and helpful instructions show you how to develop your own personal style, as well as add color to your drawings using gouache and colored pencil. Crafty projects round out the book, allowing you to use your newfound drawing and painting skills.

Filled to the brim with whimsical artwork and loads of creative ideasDraw Every Little Thing encourages artists of all skill levels to draw any time inspiration strikes.


My Take on the Book
This was a great drawing book that had great instruction on how to draw so many things! You can learn how to draw 100 things and to be honest, I found that I got better and better the more times I practiced. Once I got comfortable with the instruction I was able to make modifications that made the images even more unique. If you love to draw with your kids this is a book that will really help you get better at drawing!

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Book Review - Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of Your Parenting Journey

Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of Your Parenting Journey



About the Book

Alongside all of the joy comes an emotional freight train full of challenges and frustration. Your child can instantly trigger strong emotional reactions that leave you feeling angry and out of control. What if you didn’t respond so emotionally every time? What if you could learn to be more present to the experience you were having? Might you begin to feel like a better parent?

Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of Your Parenting Journey helps parents navigate the roller coaster of parenting to reveal:


  • How identifying your body’s physical reaction to stress is the first step to taking control of your parenting.
  • Why our past experiences add to the conflict with our kids and what to do about it.
  • Real-life stories from parents riding the emotional freight train.
  • The Three B’s method to change your reactions anytime, anywhere.
  • How to grow your relationship with all of the people that you love.


From toddler to teenagers, Joyful Courage is the practical and thoughtful resource for parents to navigate the challenge of raising children while choosing to be connected and engaged. Parents can learn how to be their best for their families with Joyful Courage.


My Take on the Book
I have been impressed with what Casey has created over the years and this new book encapsulates some of the main tenets that she has been teaching for years. Her philosophy on parenthood is one that all parents can follow. In this book she really brings you through the ups and downs of parenthood. She brings in practical advice that any parent can use. The book, while short has a ton of real life scenarios along with her own experiences to help you on your own parenting journey. I found myself seeing myself in a lot of the scenarios that were presented in the book. The book makes you see your own parenting journey in a new way and by the end you are able to leave the end of the book with some great tips that will start you down a new path of parenting.


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