Dad of Divas' Reviews: October 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Book Review - Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel

Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel



About the Book

From New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes a captivating original novel set between Disney's Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which newly-queened Aurora struggles to be the best leader to both the humans and Fair Folk under her reign; her beau, Prince Phillip, longs to get to know Aurora and her kingdom better; and Maleficent has trouble letting go of the past.


My Take on the Book
My daughter and I are fans of Maleficent so we were excited to read this book. The book was a little slow to start but as it got going it got better! One of the things that was unique for this book was seeing things through Maleficent's point of view which was a great way to be able to better understand how she thought and why she does what she does. The book is not all in her perspective, but there are also some mini-chapters from other characters so you get to understand other characters too. As you get into the book the plot was solid. There were several plot threads to keep track of, but the author uses good detail to help you keep track of everything. The book moves along quickly and you will read from chapter to chapter and you will not want to put it down - or at least I know I didn't! All-in-all a strong book altogether!


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Book Review - Undersea Mystery Club: Problem at the Playground

Undersea Mystery Club: Problem at the Playground



About the Book
Dive into adventure with Violet the mermaid and Wally the narwhal as they solve the mystery of the disappearing playground! From Epic! Originals, Undersea Mystery Club is a fun, inspiring series about curious friends who work together to uncover the truth—learning lots along the way!

It’s an exciting day in Aquamarina! The entire community has gathered for the opening of a new playground. But when the equipment falls apart because some of the pieces have vanished, it’s up to a mermaid named Violet and her best friend, Wally the narwhal, to solve the mystery of what happened.

After the adventure, explore fun facts about ocean science and civil engineering included at the back of the book!


My Take on the Book
What a fun book about a group of friends that have a memorable adventure together. The book has a great plot and story along with characters that you will come to love as you get further into the book. The mystery is strong and definitely one that is great for younger readers. This would be a great book for parent and child to read together!


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Book Review - Swim Swim Sink

Swim Swim Sink



About the Book

Three tiny ducks. One straight line.
New happy flock. All feeling fine.

Until, that is, the last ducking sinks when she should swim. Let's try that again . . . and again and again. All this sinking is ruining the rhyme!

Little ones will love following the antics of these adorable ducklings, and parents will enjoy the way the book goes off the rails halfway through. Everyone will laugh at the tiny ducky's string of failures and cheer when it comes up with the best solution of all.


My Take on the Book
This was a very cute book that shows the importance of perseverance. I love the message that it shares about trying again and again until you can find a way to achieve the goal that you have. It has amazing illustrations and is a great book to share with your kids as it will open the door to having some great conversations that will definitely impact their lives! 


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Book Review - Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute

Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute



About the Book

Build your imagination and drawing design skills while following the step-by-step instructions of Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute in this third book in the quirky illustration series Draw 62 (following Animals and Magical Creatures).

Beloved illustrator and Instagrammer Heegyum Kim takes you on a fun journey to expand your character-building skills as she shows you how to draw 62 creative, imaginary characters and make them cute! On the left-hand page, follow along with the steps as each character is built, from simple shapes to identifying marks. On the right-hand page, you will find several other clever options for varying your character design. Your character may have particular personality traits, or perhaps an interesting career. Your character may be part cat and part kangaroo! Discover the pleasure of dreaming up, mashing up, and lighting up the pages with your wonderful imaginary characters. Grab your pen and use the open spaces throughout the book to create your own versions and variations of each one.

Whether it's an elephant plumber, a catopotamus, or a furry superhero—you will delight in the charm of this cute character collection. Fresh, modern, and with a dash of silly humor, you won't find a more enjoyable way to practice your illustration and expand your imagination.



My Take on the Book
This was a great book for anyone that loves to draw for themselves or for others. The book is set up in such a way that it walks you step-by-step to help you to create these images without much effort. The pictures throughout this book are so much fun and they have so much personality. The book is one that really helped me to be able to create images that I put into lunches for my kids. I was so glad to find this book and you will love having this as well, as the images that you can create are amazing!

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

DVD Review - The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2

The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2



About the Show
Blu-ray Special Edition!  The Toys That Made Us is an American television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss. The first four episodes of the series began streaming on Netflix on December 22, 2017, and the next four were released on May 25, 2018.  The 8-episode documentary series, as it was originally touted, focused on the history of important toy lines. The first four episodes focus on the Star Wars, He-Man and G.I. Joe toy lines with subsequent episodes featuring LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek.

The Episodes
Episode 1:  Star Wars
 Episode 2:  Barbie
Episode 3:  He-Man
Episode 4:  G.I. Joe
Episode 5:  Star Trek
Episode 6:  Transformers
Episode 7:  LEGO
Episode 8:  Hello Kitty
 

Audio: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16X9
Format: Blu-ray
SRP: $39.98
Rating: TV-14
Run Time: 420 m

The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2

The Extras
  • Featurettes
  • Featurette with Show Creator Brian Volk-Weiss
  • Barbie 80’s Marketing
  • More Stores That Made Us: GI Joe the Story of COBRA
  • More Stores That Made Us: Us Selling the Show
  • Jim Swearingen Extended Interview
  • Peter Cullen Extended Interview
  • Todd McFarlane on LEGO
  • Todd McFarlane on Star Trek
  • Hideki Yoke/Takara Tour
  • +9 Deleted Scenes


My Take on the Show
As someone that grew up with these toys I was so excited to get the inside scoop into these toys and how they came to be, as well as how they are made. The series has so many tidbits thar you would have never guessed, but after you read this you leave with eyes open and a new love and respect for all of these brands. The Bluray is chock full of so many gems and there are even some bonus features that are on this that you will love too.  I mean, just look at all of the extras.... that alone is worth it!  If you grew up in the 80's or 90's this is a series you will want to experience!


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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Book Review - The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid



About the Book
Warning! Unless you have express permission from young Russell Weinwright to access his personal journal, do not read any further. This blurb is strictly off-limits! Seriously, we mean it.

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles in his spiral notebook; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not-so-great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed "Swamp Kid" by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk of a right arm, webbed toes, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell's favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm.

In this notebook, Russell details, in both hilarious text and green-tinted illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!), what it's like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher), and to find humor in the everyday weird.

This is The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you'll never look at the bayou the same way again.




My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that looks at a fun character that definitely does not always get things right but he is a very fun characters that, while flawed at times, he is also lovable and one that draws you in from beginning to end. One of the things that I loved about this book was that it really allows any reader to see a character that it's ok to be different and that what is important is to make sure that you find your true gifts to allow you to be who you are.


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