Dad of Divas' Reviews: October 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Book Review - Doomsday Clock

Doomsday Clock



About the Book
The world of Watchmen collides with the DC Universe in the most shocking story in DC history! Written by master storytellers Geoff Johns and Gary Frank--As the Doomsday Clock ticks toward midnight, the DC Universe will encounter with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will leave ramifications on our heroes lives forever.

NOTHING EVER REALLY ENDS...

The world of Watchmen collides with the DC Universe! Doomsday Clock, from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, the critically acclaimed team behind Shazam! and Batman: Earth One.

Seven years after the events of Watchmen, Adrian Veidt has been exposed as the murderer of millions. Now a fugitive, he has come up with a new plan to redeem himself in the eyes of the world. The first step? Finding Dr. Manhattan. Alongside a new Rorschach and the never-before-seen Mime and Marionette, he follows Manhattan's trail to the DC Universe, which is on the brink of collapse as international tensions push the "doomsday clock" ever closer to midnight. Is this all Dr. Manhattan's doing? 

Spinning out of Watchmen, DC Universe: Rebirth,  and Batman/The Flash: The Button, Doomsday Clock rewrites the past, present, and future of the DC Universe and it all starts here! Collects Doomsday Clock #1-6.



My Take on the Book
I had never read any of the Watchmen series of books before but this was a great start, and I will definitely be looking to read more in the future. The author has done a great job at pulling together a compelling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The writing in this book was strong and compelling and the story is one that continues to draw you in from beginning to end. I was glad that this book was a stand alone book that did not require that I had read anything about the Watchmen in the past. It is a book that keeps on giving from start to finish and by the end you may just find yourself wanting to read this again.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Book Review - The Batman Who Laughs

The Batman Who Laughs



About the Book
"A Batman who laughs is a Batman who always wins."

He unleashed the Dark Multiverse in the epic series Dark Nights: Metal. Now superstar writer Scott Snyder reunites with acclaimed artist Jock (Batman: Black Mirror) to set that evil alternate reality's deadliest denizen loose in Gotham City--and the original Dark Knight will never be the same!

Half Batman. Half Joker. Combining everything that makes the Caped Crusader a hero and the Clown Prince a killer, the Batman Who Laughs is the Dark Multiverse's deadliest criminal mastermind. Now he's come to Gotham to turn Bruce Wayne's home into an incubator for evil.

And he hasn't come alone. Emerging from another of the Dark Multiverse's myriad realities comes the Grim Knight. This vicious vigilante will use any weapon at his disposal to ensure those he has marked for death stay down.

A war like no other--a war of the Batmen--has begun. As Batman's closest friends, deadliest enemies, and doppelg&aauml;ngers from across the Multiverse get caught in the crossfire, only one question remains: Who will have the last laugh?

Discover the answer in The Batman Who Laughs--a terrifying reimagining of one of comics' greatest heroes--and villains--from the premier Batman writer of our time!

Collects the full seven-issue miniseries and the one-shot special issue The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight.




My Take on the Book
This was a great Batman book. It is dark, with great illustrations and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end. The end is a bit of a twist but it leaves you wanting more! If you are a fan of Batman this is an amazing book you will not want to miss! The book was full of action, suspense and more! Get ready for a thrill ride from beginning to end!

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Book Review - Batman: Damned

Batman: Damned



About the Book

The Joker has been murdered. His killer is a mystery. Batman is the World's Greatest Detective. But what happens when the person he is searching for is the man staring back at him in the mirror?

THE JOKER IS DEAD.

There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.

Problem is, Batman can't remember...and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more he starts to doubt everything he's uncovering.

So who better to set him straight than...John Constantine?

The problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people's heads even more. So with John's "help," the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered the Joker.

Batman: Damned is a groundbreaking supernatural horror story told by two of comics' greatest modern creators: Brian Azzarello (Dark Knight III: The Master Race, 100 Bullets) and Lee Bermejo (Hellblazer, Joker).

This hardcover volume collects Batman: Damned #1-3 and features a behind-the-scenes extras gallery with an afterword by Brian Azzarello.



My Take on the Book
This is a story that was raw, full of grit and power. This book has a ton of substance throughout the entire book. The book itself is amazing full of a great story, great illustrations and more. This is definitely a dark book, but it is also an indication of where the story of Batman is going. The book itself really looks at Bruce Wayne and Batman. You need to take time with this book and really explore all of the intricacies of the man who is the bat. It is a dark book that for some may be too dark, but I will say that it is an amazing book that makes you think about Batman in a new way! This book opens the door to the future that is coming for Batman, so strap up and get ready for a powerful read!

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Book Review - Ghosts in the House

Ghosts in the House



About the Book

Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary.

There’s a ghost in the house, In the creepy haunted house, On this dark spooky night all alone.

When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears...a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter...a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn — and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that was perfect for Halloween. The bok is a fun rhyming story that has a ton of different monsters throughout the book. The book makes you question what creatures might be around the next page. The illustrations are a ton of fun and the characters are ones that you will love from beginning to end!

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Book Review - Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission

Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission



About the Book

The Foxglove Mission is the rare sequel that takes everything readers love about Super Sons and raises the stakes without losing any of the charm or sense of wonder. Join New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez as they introduce new settings, new allies and villains, and an all-new adventure in this latest action-packed chapter!

In the aftermath of The Polar Shield Project, Jon Kent and Damian "Ian" Wayne are on the run! With their hometown in ruins and in the absence of their heroic fathers, Jon and Ian are on a mission to find a sample of the deadly virus that's threatening Wyndemere and Jon's mother, Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Candace follows clues that hold the key to her destiny as she unlocks powerful abilities she never knew existed. While their quests threaten to divide the three of them, it's only through teamwork and trust that they can succeed.



My Take on the Book
This is a great second book in the series. The characters in the book are working well together to try and make more sense of the changing world around them. You will find new allies and learn more about the foes as well. The book is a great add-on to what we first learned in the first Super Sons book! It is a great read that you will not want to miss!


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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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Monday, October 28, 2019

Book Review - Give Me Back My Bones

Give Me Back My Bones



About the Book

A silly pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming romp beneath the waves.

Cast a spyglass ’round here
while breakers curl and pound here.
There’s treasure to be found here —
I feel it in my bones!

A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? And what’s that hiding in the sand? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, a tibia and a fibula — could there be a set of bones scattered across the ocean floor? And who might they belong to? A jaunty rhyme takes readers on an underwater scavenger hunt as a comical skeleton tries to put itself back together piece by piece. Make no bones about it: this rollicking read-aloud will have young ones learning anatomy without even realizing it.



My Take on the Book
This was such a fun book that lets the reader check out the how the pirate skeleton can find all of its/ bones. What is fun is that the bones are scattered throughout the ocean floor. The book is a fun, but educational story. It was a great book in time for Halloween!!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review - The Wild Magic Trilogy: Begone the Raggedy Witches

The Wild Magic Trilogy: Begone the Raggedy Witches



About the Book

When witches kidnap her dad, Mup is swept up in a wild tide of magic that carries her to another world. Can she reunite her family and find her way back?

On the night that Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup’s family. Pale, cold, and relentless, the witches will do anything for the tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic and enforces her laws with terror and cruelty — and who happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When witches carry off her dad, Mup and her mam leave the mundane world to rescue him. But everything is odd in the strange, glittering Witches Borough, even Mam. Even Mup herself. In a world of rhyming crows, talking cats, and golden forests, it’s all Mup can do to keep her wits about her. And even if she can save her dad, Mup’s not sure if anything will ever be the same again. First in a new trilogy by Irish author Celine Kiernan, this tale of family and forbidden magic charts a fresh path through the landscape of beloved fantasy tradition — and promises to bewitch any reader in search of stories to love.


My Take on the Book
This was a fun read with characters that are well developed. I liked the main character, she is a great heroine who has great characteristics that you will love your kids to see. The book explores important topics such as family, self-determination and responsibility to others. It is a great book for upper elementary and middle school readers. The book was an easy read that really moved from beginning to end. As I read it I found that I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next! The book has a little bit of everything in it from humor, action and more, something for anyone!



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Book Review - Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield

Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield



About the Book

This is the first book to describe in detail the principles of Outward Bound, told through the stories of former instructors and graduates who show how to apply them to create healthier, more effective teams, organizations, and communities.

For nearly six decades Outward Bound USA’s education programs have shaped the lives of tens of thousands of participants. Strangers are put in an unfamiliar and unpredictable setting, where to succeed they must develop a sense of teamwork, resilience, self-confidence, and a focus on the greater good. But, Mark Brown asks, isn’t the modern world just as unpredictable and challenging as any mountain or desert? He shows how the same principles that bind people together in the natural world work just as well in cities, companies, and communities.

This book explores the concept of Expeditionary Leadership through the stories of people such as third-generation business steward Laura Kohler, the Home Depot cofounder Arthur Blank, and former United States Senator Mark Udall, whose lives were touched by Outward Bound and who then went on to make a positive difference in the world. They show how each of us can, in our own way, use the Outward Bound philosophy to bravely face the wild unknowns in our daily lives.

From training the first Peace Corps volunteers to partnering with thousands of educational institutions and corporations, Outward Bound has helped build the self-confidence and character of participants who have gone on to live richer, more fulfilling, and successful lives. Outward Bound internationally operates in thirty-three countries and impacts nearly a quarter of a million people annually.



My Take on the Book
I know many people that have experiences outward bound and they have told me over and over about how transformative of an experience this was for them. This book really brings together the story of outward bound but throughout this you also experience many leadership principles as well. I love that this book encourages all of us to be a lifelong learner no matter what. I love the outward bound motto "To serve, to strive, and to yield" and while I never went through outward bound myself I found that the author does an amazing job at showing what leaders need to do to be successful.  The book has a ton of practical lessons that can be picked up and implemented no matter where you are. The book even gives you questions at the end of each chapter that will help you to be a stronger leader which was great! Anyone that wants to learn some solid leadership principles will leave reading this with great ideas for the future.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Review - Goodnight, Starry Night

Goodnight, Starry Night



About the Book

Introduce little ones to famous works of art in this peek-through bedtime lullaby, and spark curiosity, joy, and learning!

Goodnight glowing moon up high.
Goodnight stars, goodnight sky.
Goodnight baby, snug in bed.
Time to rest your sleepy head.

Discover the perfect art introduction for every child, and every home. Combining a soothing bedtime lullaby with vibrant colors and peek-through pages, this board book provides a gentle look at some of the most beloved, accessible, and well-known artwork in history. A die-cut on every spread gives an exciting clue to the art on the next page, keeping little ones (and caregivers!) curious as each page becomes a magical, peek-through reveal. Light back matter provides additional historical information about the featured artwork and artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Berthe Morisot, Diego Rivera, and more!

The first title in a new Cartwheel series, Peek-a-Boo Art, Goodnight, Starry Night offers an exciting introduction to diverse pieces of artwork, builds creative vocabulary, and celebrates the importance of imagination and art in young readers!


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really allows readers to get a better understanding of some great pieces of art. The book is a beautiful book with amazing images, but also very nice words that are shared in a poetic cantor. The book itself opens the door for kids to appreciate and love art for their whole life.

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Book Review - DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High

DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High



About the Book

A new era of DC Super Hero Girls begins in DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High!

Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna are continually late to class because of their crime-fighting, and Principal Chapin is tired of hearing their excuses. These girls need to show more school spirit...or else they'll be suspended!

Principal Chapin's demand that they each find an after-school club and stick with it for a whole week seems easy, until the girls get kicked out of the clubs they choose. Instead, they must think outside the box and step out of their comfort zones. As if having secret identities and balancing school with super-heroics didn't offer enough challenges!

Amy Wolfram (Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) and Yancey Labat (DC Super Hero Girls) show off a new vision of the DC Super Hero Girls!



My Take on the Book
As a fan of super heroes, it is great to have another graphic novel with a female cast of characters that are the complete heroes of the story. You will have a great mix of humor, adventure, mystery and more as the heroes work to solve the crime (Catwoman stealing an ancient toilet from a museum). The book is short so you will not get a huge deep dive into their powers, but it is a solid story for all readers that love superheroes and teamwork in action!

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Book Review - DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High

DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High



About the Book

A new era of DC Super Hero Girls begins in DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High!

Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna are continually late to class because of their crime-fighting, and Principal Chapin is tired of hearing their excuses. These girls need to show more school spirit...or else they'll be suspended!

Principal Chapin's demand that they each find an after-school club and stick with it for a whole week seems easy, until the girls get kicked out of the clubs they choose. Instead, they must think outside the box and step out of their comfort zones. As if having secret identities and balancing school with super-heroics didn't offer enough challenges!

Amy Wolfram (Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) and Yancey Labat (DC Super Hero Girls) show off a new vision of the DC Super Hero Girls!


My Take on the Book
What a great new book bringing together girl power! My daughter and I read this and we loved seeing the Super Hero girls in their own world, interacting and working together. As a father of girls, this was a great graphic novel that shows girl power in action. Mix in humor, adventure and some real life scenarios and girls today will find this book to be relatable to some of the experiences that they have in their lives as well. My daughter loved seeing these super heroes struggling to balance their life just like she has to struggle with as well. This was a great book for all!

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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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Friday, October 4, 2019

Book Review - Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy

Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy



About the Book

Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy presents a detailed, full-color portrait of this beloved doll through all-new interviews, original sketches, vintage photos, advertisements, a foldout timeline, and much more. Explore how the doll came to be, what it takes to create one of her many looks, and how her legacy continues to influence the world.

Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has been breaking boundaries and highlighting major moments in art, fashion, and culture. She has been an interpreter of taste and style in every historic period she has lived through and has reflected female empowerment through the more than 200 careers she has embodied. Today, an international icon, Barbie continues to spark imaginations and influence conversations around the world.

Barbie Forever is a vibrant celebration for the "Barbie Girl" in all of us.



My Take on the Book
This is an amazing book for anyone that is a fan of Barbie. This book takes a look back at the history of Barbie through the years. The book goes so in depth, sharing the rich history of these iconic dolls. The book is full of sketches, interviews, advertisements and more that will allow you to gain a much better understanding and appreciation into everything that was in play in the creation and the expansion of these dolls.

The book is definitely a coffee table book. We placed ours on our main coffee table and as people see it they truly star flipping through the book, learning a little bit more with each page that you turn. My oldest daughter is a huge Barbie fan, and as she read this book she kept telling us how amazing it was to learn so much more about Barbie than she knew before she read the book.

If you are a Barbie fan, this is a book you do not want to miss!

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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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