Dad of Divas' Reviews: 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Book Review - Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set

Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set



About the Book

Raven Roth and Garfield Logan are two regular teens...with some seriously unique lives! Author Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo's New York Times bestselling book Teen Titans: Raven is collected with its followup Teen Titans: Beast Boy in this incredible HARDCOVER box set! 

Raven and Beast Boy are an incredible team together on the Teen Titans! But who were they before they joined...and before they even met? Follow Raven Roth and Garfield Logan on their journeys through high school...and self-discovery. 

Available for the first time in hardcover format, Teen Titans: Raven and Teen Titans: Beast Boy is the box set you don't want to miss! Raven brings readers a tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others--and yourself. Beast Boy explores self-discovery and acceptance, with a focus on the value of true friendship.

 

My Take on the Book
For anyone that loves DC Comics you will know of Raven and Beast Boy. The books really give you an inside look at both of these characters before they ever met in person. The books are wonderfully written with beautiful images throughout. The stories within the books really give you an insight that you would not have had before and you will truly come to appreciate the characters and their unique intricacies that make them heroes in their own right. These are great books that any DC Comic fan will love! 

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Book Review - DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults Box Set 1-Resist. Revolt. Rebel.

DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults Box Set 1-Resist. Revolt. Rebel.



About the Book
Three of DC's graphic novels for young adults are collected in one brand-new box set!
  • Mera: Tidebreaker
  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
Mera: Tidebreaker explores duty, love, heroism, and freedom through the eyes of undersea royalty. Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale explores the storey of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham. Eisner award-winning graphic novel, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a tale about choices, consequences, and how a 15-year old Harleen Quinzel defines her world for herself.

This new format comes in a slipcase, and is the perfect gift for any teen reader! 

 

My Take on the Book
The three books in this series allow you to find a greater love for these amazing young women that are working to show individualism in all that they do. The books have great messages of love, identity and more. The books were beautifully illustrated and the stories were all strong with powerful examples of female heroines. As a father of daughters these are the type of books that I want my daughters to find to encourage their own self-identities. The books are ones that I loved reading and if you or your children love DC Comics or graphic novels you will love these books as well!

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Book Review - The Little Butterfly That Could

The Little Butterfly That Could



About the Book
Which way to the flowers?
That way. 200 miles.
How am I supposed to travel that far?!
You fly.
Can I take a plane?
No.
Then I'll never make it!

This comical companion to Ross Burach's The Very Impatient Caterpillar pays loving homage to every child's struggle to persist through challenges while also delivering a lighthearted lesson on butterfly migration. Remember, if at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again!

 

My Take on the Book
If you loved the very impatient caterpillar, you will love this book. It has a wonderful message that encourages kids of all ages to keep trying no matter what the odds. Will the caterpillar make it to find the other butterflies or not. The book is so much fun, with amazing images and more. 

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Book Review - Banana Fox and the Secret Sour Society

Banana Fox and the Secret Sour Society



About the Book
From Eisner Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka comes an uproariously funny new series. Banana Fox is on the case! 

Wowie pow! 

The great detective Banana Fox is called back to duty to find a missing turtle. But the deeper he digs, the more he discovers, and it's worse than he thought! The Secret Sour Society is back, and they're mixing up a bunch of trouble. Can Banana Fox and his sidekick, Flashlight, put an end to the Secret Sour Society once and for all? 

Graphix series are ideal books for even the youngest readers. With funny, simple text, unforgettable characters, illustrations that support comprehension, and approachable story lengths, these books grow newly independent readers' confidence and turn them into lifelong book lovers! 

 

My Take on the Book
This was a funny book with some great characters that you will love! Banana Fox is quirky and funny and the book itself brings you on a fun romp into a mystery that your kids will love to read. If your child love humor and graphic novels, this is a fun book for all young readers!


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Book Review - Shoe Wars

Shoe Wars



About the Book

Readers who have devoured Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid, and the works of Raina Telgemeier will love the high-energy, hilarious antics of the Foot family from one of the largest names in the UK.

Step up to the challenge . . . win or shoes!

Meet Ruby and Bear. Their dad has just invented the most amazing thing ever -- flying shoes! But his horrible boss Wendy Wedge knows that entering flying shoes will guarantee the Golden Shoe Award, and she will do anything to win the trophy.

Ruby and Bear must outwit a bully, infiltrate a shady company, and rescue their dad all while keeping the shoes hidden. This can only mean one thing. It's . . . shoe wars!

The brand new, laugh-out-loud, spectacular stand-alone story from multi-million copy bestselling author and illustrator Liz Pichon.



My Take on the Book
This is a fun book full of energy, humor and more. There have been so many people that have wanted to fly and now Ruby and Bear's dad has created shoes that can do just that. The issue, someone has kidnapped their dad and wants to steal these amazing shoes. This is a fun book that you will not want to set down. Full of fun characters, great images and more, this is a book you will not want to miss.  

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Book Review - We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance

We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance



About the Book

Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson unearths the heroic stories of Jewish survivors from different countries so that we may never forget the past.

As World War II raged, millions of young Jewish people were caught up in the horrors of the Nazis' Final Solution. Many readers know of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi state's genocidal campaign against European Jews and others of so-called "inferior" races. Yet so many of the individual stories remain buried in time. Of those who endured the Holocaust, some were caught by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps, some hid right under Hitler's nose, some were separated from their parents, some chose to fight back. Against all odds, some survived. They all have stories that must be told. They all have stories we must keep safe in our collective memory.

In this thoroughly researched and passionately written narrative nonfiction for upper middle-grade readers, critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson allows the voices of Holocaust survivors to live on the page, recalling their persecution, survival, and resistance. Focusing on testimonies from across Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Poland, Hopkinson paints a moving and diverse portrait of the Jewish youth experience in Europe under the shadow of the Third Reich. With archival images and myriad interviews, this compelling and beautifully told addition to Holocaust history not only honors the courage of the victims, but calls young readers to action -- by reminding them that heroism begins with the ordinary, everyday feat of showing compassion toward our fellow citizens.

 

My Take on the Book
The Holocaust is not a topic that I have seen discussed to this extent in a way that young adults would fully understand, but this book does just that. It is amazingly researched and written in a way that young people can understand. The book is powerful and poignant and definitely a book that will open the eyes of anyone that reads it. The stories held within the book are stories of strength and survival. Not all of the stories will be easy to read, but they are ones that need to be read so that what happened in the Holocaust will never happen again. This is a book I highly recommend for all!

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Book Review - Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education

Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education



About the Book
Critically acclaimed author Lawrence Goldstone offers an affecting portrait of the road to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which significantly shaped the United States and effectively ended segregation.

Since 1896, in the landmark outcome of Plessy v. Ferguson, the doctrine of "separate but equal" had been considered acceptable under the United States Constitution. African American and white populations were thus segregated, attending different schools, living in different neighborhoods, and even drinking from different water fountains. However, as African Americans found themselves lacking opportunity and living under the constant menace of mob violence, it was becoming increasingly apparent that segregation was not only unjust, but dangerous.

Fighting to turn the tide against racial oppression, revolutionaries rose up all over America, from Booker T. Washington to W. E. B. Du Bois. They formed coalitions of some of the greatest legal minds and activists, who carefully strategized how to combat the racist judicial system. These efforts would be rewarded in the groundbreaking cases of 1952-1954 known collectively as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the US Supreme Court would decide, once and for all, the legality of segregation -- and on which side of history the United States would stand.

In this thrilling examination of the path to Brown v. Board of Education, Constitutional law scholar Lawrence Goldstone highlights the key trials and players in the fight for integration. Written with a deft hand, this story of social justice will remind readers, young and old, of the momentousness of the segregation hearings.

 

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that explored the Brown v. Board of Education case in ways that young adults can understand. Beyond this though I have to say that it was also written in a way that better helped me, as an adult to understand all of the intricacies of the case as well. The book also explored the implications and outcomes that came from the decision and what happened in schools following the decision as well. This was an amazing book that will really open your eyes to this case and allow your kids to truly appreciate the long-standing ramifications from Brown v. Board of Education case.
 
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Book Review - Ground Zero

Ground Zero



About the Book
In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear -- and the stunning links between the past and present.

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive -- and escape?

September 11, 2020, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz -- and put herself and her family in mortal danger?

Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

 

My Take on the Book
Two worlds apart, two young people having their lives changed in ways they could not have expected. While the book is fiction, there are truths that are shared throughout the book which makes the book very powerful. I found that even though it was written for young adults, it was a great read with powerful characters and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. This is a book you will not want to miss! 

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Book Review - Rise of ZomBert

Rise of ZomBert



About the Book
Could Bert really be a zombie cat? Two friends put their brains together to find out in a wry new mystery series.

While helping her best friend, Danny, film his latest horror flick, Mellie discovers a scraggly cat behind a dumpster outside the YummCo Foods factory. Mellie names the stray Bert and hides him in her room, knowing her parents won’t let her keep him. But soon Bert has decapitated all her stuffed animals, and before long he is leaving the headless corpses of birds and mice as gifts for her. Danny is convinced the cat is a zombie, living on the brains of his victims. But is that what is really going on? Award-winning author Kara LaReau lets loose a fresh and sharply funny new mystery series, with an irresistible touch of the macabre. Fans of creepy stories and animal lovers alike will devour this fast-moving first episode in one gulp.

 

My Take on the Book
This was a fun story that lets you learn about ZomBert that escaped from a laboratory and was found by Mellie and Danny. The cat is a Zombie Cat and wants to eat the heads of animals and it is Mellie and Danny that has to handle the aftermath of this appetite. On top of this ZomBert is being chased by others and Mollie and Danny have to keep ZomBert safe. This was a fun story for kids and you will want to read the sequel as there is a bit of cliffhanger at the end.

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Book Review - Bears and Boos

Bears and Boos



About the Book
The adorable bears are excited to dress up for Halloween — but are there enough costumes for everyone?

Big Brown Bear and the four little bears can’t wait to dress up for Halloween. Everyone grabs their costumes from the costume box, but — oops! — in the rush, Floppy is knocked on her furry behind, and now there are no costumes left for her! Fuzzy says she’s sorry and offers Floppy a golden gown. Then each of the other bears shares an item with Floppy, and soon she’s dressed like a queen — just in time for the parade! Shirley Parenteau and David Walker combine cheerful read-aloud rhyme and irresistibly charming art in another story for the youngest cubs and their big bears.

 

My Take on the Book
This is a ton of fun and just in time for Halloween. Some great friends are heading to a parade. You get to see the bears having to work around to find the things that they need for their costumes. Will the bears find everything that they need in time? The book has many themes about teamwork and it is a great book that is short, but says a lot too about friendship and more.

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Book Review - Elvis Puffs Out: A Breaking Cat News Adventure

Elvis Puffs Out: A Breaking Cat News Adventure



About the Book
This just in: your favorite purr-nalists are back and reporting on all of the most pressing cat issues in this third collection of Breaking Cat News comics for middle-grade readers.

Anchor cat Lupin and his faithful field reporters, Elvis and Puck, are as cute and funny as ever in Elvis Puffs Out. There’s no shortage of news to cover this time around: In the wake of a winter snowstorm, the team tries their hand at meteorology (with mixed results). Man and Woman nurse a stranded kitten back to health. And the pessimistic, straight-laced Elvis demonstrates that even he has a soft side.

The fun continues in the “More to Explore” section, with lessons on wooden-spoon puppet theaters, the basics of reporting your own news stories, and—as always—charming paper dolls to craft. 

 

My Take on the Book
If you have never read the books in the Breaking Cat News series, you have been missing out. This is a great fourth book in the series that brings back all of your favorite characters but also some additional new characters too. The plot is a ton of fun and the images draw you in from beginning to end. We loved meeting the kitten that is rescued. The kitten becomes and intern and there are some great stories that commence. My daughter and I found that we loved reading this and by the end we wanted to read it again. 

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Book Review - Cat Ninja

Cat Ninja



About the Book

Beware, villains! Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil's greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching! From Epic! Originals, Cat Ninja is a hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego.

Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja—Metro City's secret protector! In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline hero’s early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof!

 

My Take on the Book
This was such a fun book . As a graphic novel, you will find that you will be drawn in from beginning to end. The images are so engaging and the story itself was a ton of fun too. I can see why kids love this book as the characters are so much fun too. The plot and story brings in humor, adventure and fun. It is a story that you will want to read again and again.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Book Review - The Monster in My Basement

The Monster in My Basement



About the Book
There's a monster in Dave's basement! His name is Howard and he's very hungry. Howard invites Dave to dinner. But will Dave eat dinner or BE dinner? The thought makes Dave shake a little bit, shake a little bit, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Has Dave made a big mistake? 

 

My Take on the Book
This was such a great book! As you read through this book you will fall in love with the characters but also the images and the words of the story too. I did not know that it was a song when I read the book, but after I read it and found this out I had to hear it myself! The book itself was a great read. You will be drawn in my the amazing illustrations but the story itself will keep you connected throughout.

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Book Review - Everything You Need to Ace Geometry in One Big Fat Notebook

Everything You Need to Ace Geometry in One Big Fat Notebook



About the Book
Geometry? No problem!

This Big Fat Notebook covers everything you need to know during a year of high school geometry class, breaking down one big bad subject into accessible units. Learn to study better and get better grades using mnemonic devices, definitions, diagrams, educational doodles, and quizzes to recap it all.

Featuring:
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Parallel lines
  • Triangles and congruence
  • Trapezoids and kites
  • Ratio and proportion
  • The pythagorean theorem
  • The fundamentals of circles
  • Area
  • Volume of prisms and cylinders
  • And more

 

My Take on the Book
We have a number of these books in our home and they do an amazing job to help kids that are going through the subject to better understand the concepts in words that they will understand. We love having these books around the house as reference books as we have had to refer to them over the year as my daughters have been in the courses and you will find this to be the case too. The book was truly understand, offered practical information which makes the book even more relatable too. Highly recommend for anyone that is trying to better understand Geometry!

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Book Review - We Are Called to Be a Movement

We Are Called to Be a Movement



About the Book

It's time for everyone who cares about the state of our nation to heed the call and join forces to redeem the soul of America.

It's time to come together and renounce the politics of rejection, division, and greed. It's time to lift up the common good, move up to higher ground, and revive the heart of democracy.

In a single, rousing sermon, the celebrated Reverend William J. Barber II of the Poor People’s Campaign makes an impassioned argument whose message could not be clearer: It's time for change, and the time needs you.

 

My Take on the Book
This was a short but powerful book. The pastor in this book has a very strong message that talks about the message of Jesus and what he and God want for the world. The book offers inspiration and motivation to the reader. I recommend this to all! 



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Book Review - Don't You Just Hate That? 2nd Edition: 947 of Life's Little Annoyances

Don't You Just Hate That? 2nd Edition: 947 of Life's Little Annoyances



About the Book
An obsessive and curated collection of life's little irritations, injustices, grievances, and petty pretensions. Because it's about time someone wrote this stuff down.

It's so annoying:


85. Sitting in a chair that is shorter than everyone else's.

762. That bacon will never be considered a vegetable.

17. Watching a movie with your parents that shows full-frontal nudity.

284. When someone you're not really with breaks up with you.

1. When everything a cynic warns you about ends up happening.


 

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that walk you through little (and big) annoyances. The book will make you laugh like crazy at the lighthearted look at these things in life that are all around us. This is a fun book that you will love reading and sharing with others!

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Book Review - The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time: Decoding History's Unsolved Mysteries

he 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time: Decoding History's Unsolved Mysteries



About the Book

Master storyteller Brad Meltzer counts down and decodes the world’s top 10 most intriguing conspiracies stories.

Wanted: the truth. In a riveting collection, Brad Meltzer guides us through the 10 greatest conspiracies of all time, from Leonardo da Vinci’s stolen prophecy to the Kennedy assassination. This richly illustrated book serves up those fascinating, unexplained questions that nag at history buffs and conspiracy lovers: Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny?” Where did all the Confederacy’s gold go? What is the government hiding in Area 51? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

Meltzer sifts through the evidence, weighs competing theories, separates what we know to be true and what’s still––and perhaps forever––unproved or unprovable, and in the end, decodes the mystery and arrives at the most likely explanation.

 

My Take on the Book
This was such an amazing book. You will be drawn into so many different conspiracies that you will truly learn a ton when you are reading through this book. The book is full of amazing images but it is also full of well researched information that will really make you think in different ways about whether there was a conspiracy or not in the different stories that are found throughout the book. There are stories in this book that you will know, but also ones that will be completely new to you as well. This is an amazing book I highly recommend!

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Book Review - Descendants: The Magic of Friendship

Descendants: The Magic of Friendship



About the Book
Mal, Evie, Dizzy, Celia, and even Uma have a special bond.

After all, friendships are like family when your parents are wicked.

Through the magic of friendship, these Isle of the Lost ladies have shown the girls of Auradon, like Jane, what it means to be a loyal and true.

Follow their poignant and funny stories in this friendship anthology that prove love, trust, and support often comes from the person you'd least expect--even a villain.

 

My Take on the Book
This book does a great job at capturing the friendships that you find in the Descendants series. This is a great book that is set up somewhat like a diary or yearbook type style which makes the book fun to read. The book looks at the friendships and allows the reader the opportunity to view how the friendships have grown over time. Filled with pictures from the movies, if you are already a fan of the Descendant series of movies, you will love this book too! 

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Phineas and Ferb Candace Against the Universe



About the Book
Phineas, Ferb, Perry the Platypus, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz are back for an interstellar adventure in this chapter book based on the new Disney+ original movie.

When Candace is abducted by aliens, Phineas and Ferb have to team up with Dr. Doofenshmirtz to get her back . . . but what if she doesn't want to return to Earth?

 

My Take on the Book
This was a great book that was able to capture the adventure that was seen in the new Phineas and Ferb movie. We loved the story and loved seeing Candace in the lead on this one. The book is a ton of fun. Filled with images and a great story you will love seeing Candace and others battling to save the Earth!

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Book Review - Every Penguin in the World: A Quest to See Them All

Every Penguin in the World: A Quest to See Them All



About the Book
“Through powerful stories and beautiful photographs, Every Penguin in the World is a celebration of these delightful birds and a call for their conservation. This is a book of joy, love, and hope for penguins and the world.” —Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Both a love letter and a call to action, this narrative and photographic book chronicles the author and his wife in their quest to see every penguin species on the planet. In the process, he muses about adventure, conservation, and what it is about penguins that captures our hearts.

Every Penguin in the World tracks author-photographer Charles Bergman's forays around the southern hemisphere--from the Galapagos to South Africa to the Antarctic--in his quest to see all 18 species of penguins in the world. The sections of the book are organized around themes of adventure, science and conservation, and pilgrimage--in which stories of each penguin species will be touched upon.

This endearing and thought-provoking book beautifully combines narrative and photography to capture the plight and the experience of penguins worldwide. The author and his wife developed a passion after seeing their first penguin species and have since spent years traveling far and wide to see each variety of penguin in its natural habitat.

 

My Take on the Book
If you love penguins you will love this book. It was filled with amazing images but also made you think deeply about the plight of the penguin. The highlight of the book were the amazing photos throughout the book of so many different varieties of penguins. The book takes you on a true adventure, allowing you to explore the world where penguins live. You learn about their communities and about the species as a whole. In the end this book is an amazing one that you will keep coming back to. You will also want to keep sharing this with others too. Highly recommend this book to all!

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Book Review - Spring Stinks

Spring Stinks



About the Book
Ruth the bunny is excited to share the smelly springtime smells of spring with Bruce!

But what will Bruce think of all that stink?

This Little Bruce Book is perfect of fans of the best-selling Mother Bruce series.

 

My Take on the Book
If you have enjoyed Bruce and his friends in the past this will be another one that you will love. The book is full of amazing illustrations but also a fun story about the smells of spring and what some like and what some love and what Bruce does not like (of course). This is a short, fun book that a young reader will love!

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Book Review - National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021



About the Book
The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features brand-new amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that's in it! Kids can have fun keeping up with our rapidly changing planet with the world's best-selling almanac for kids, packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more. There's a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics. Practical reference material, including fast facts and maps of every country, has been fully updated. Homework help on key topics is sprinkled throughout the book. 

 

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that is full of amazing pictures but even more, facts that will allow the reader to learn a ton. I found that as my daughter read this and I with her, not only was she learning, but I was too. The pictures draw you in from beginning to end. You will find that there is so much diverse information throughout the entire book that will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Book Review - The Coolest Stuff on Earth: A Closer Look at the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

The Coolest Stuff on Earth: A Closer Look at the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful



About the Book
Uncover the secrets behind our planet's most magnificent marvels, epic extremes, and astonishing animals in this fact-packed series sequel!

Did you know that dogs can shake off a pound of water in less than a second? That some sand dunes whistle and sing? That the U.S. dollar bill is full of hidden symbols related to the number 13? Our world is filled with strange, bizarre, and weird happenings. But what do they mean? WHY are they important? And what secrets are behind them?

These secrets and MORE are revealed through cool stories, action-packed photos, fantastic infographics, and exciting Q&As with in-the-field experts. Discover the secrets of sharkskin, the mysteries behind incredible island animals, the power behind lightning, how a rare gemstone changes color, and more. Kids will be captivated by this fresh way of looking at our amazing planet. 

 

My Take on the Book
This is an amazing book that has so many cool, wacky, weird, wacky things. The book is full of amazing information with animals and more. Reading through this book my daughter and I were amazed at how much we didn't know. The pictures just jump off the page and the authors really outdid themselves with the research that went into the making of this book! You will love sharing this with your child!

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Book Review - Space Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond

Space Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond



About the Book
Blast off into space with the experts at National Geographic to discover everything we know about the universe, including exciting, recent discoveries and amazing brand-new NASA space photography.

The updated and expanded edition of the hit Space Encyclopedia presents the most up-to-date findings on space exploration and research and breathtaking views of the universe, as captured by the latest and greatest technology, including the recent first ever image of a black hole. This complete reference contains everything kids need to know about our sun and planets including the new dwarf planets, the formation of the universe, space travel, the possibility of life beyond Earth, and more. Authored by David A. Aguilar, an internationally recognized astronomer and former Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, it is an authoritative and beautifully illustrated must-have for every family, providing both accessible information for school reports and compelling reading on the mysteries beyond our planet.

 

My Take on the Book
This is a great book for anyone that loves the concept of outer space, someone that wants to learn more, or even someone that just wants to learn. The book is full of beautiful pictures and so many facts and figures that will allow you to better understand what is beyond the bounds of our Earth. This was an amazing book that my daughters and I learned so much from and you will too!

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Book Review - Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide

Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide



About the Book
From the experts who brought you How to Speak Cat, learn all about how to train your favorite feline friend in this fun, interactive guide. Whether you want to train your kitty to walk on a leash or are trying to teach your cat to scratch a scratching post instead of the couch, this comprehensive guide will take you through all the steps you need to know to get started. With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman, kids will learn basic training, corrective training, and tricks they can do with their cats. Fun special features introduce readers to famous trained cats, felines in ancient Egypt, and so much more. This easy-to-use guide is perfect for families who are bringing home a kitten for the first time or just want to teach their longtime feline family member some new tricks. 

 

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book and I have to say that I wish I had this when my cats were kittens as it has so many great thoughts about you can actually train your cat like you would your dog. While you might not have thought this possible, the book actually gives you a ways that you can understand their body language but also other ways to care and train your cat too. This is truly a great guide that incorporates practical tips, popular cultural references, quizzes and more that you can use right away. If you are a cat or kitten parent, this is a book you will want to read!

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