Dad of Divas' Reviews

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 café 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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Friday, August 30, 2019

Book Review - A Girl's Guide to Kicking Goals: body image - social media - workouts - recipes

A Girl's Guide to Kicking Goals: body image - social media - workouts - recipes



About the Book
As teenage models, Laura Henshaw and Steph Claire Smith know exactly what it feels like to grow up in a media savvy world which makes growing up far more complicated. Having traded in skinniness for feeling great through fitness and a balanced diet, Laura and Steph’s book A Girl’s Guide to Kicking Goals traces their journey towards finding balance, happiness and self-acceptance in a digital world.

In the first chapter, Our Journeys, Steph and Laura narrate their unique journeys, from childhood to high school to their careers. They address pertinent issues such as eating disorders, beauty standards and the influence of social media.

The second chapter, Being Social, examines social media. Laura and Steph stress the importance of making social media a positive space, and avoiding traps that many girls fall into, such as conflating reality and online life and needlessly comparing themselves to others.

Steph and Laura talk about Beating the Bullies in the third chapter, and Your Body Changes, describes the natural changes girls go through at puberty and offers methods of coping with this turbulent time. Steph and Laura also offers pointers on maintaining loving, healthy relationships, both romantically and with family and friends, as well as how to manage time, including setting aside time to relax to reduce stress.

Later chapters discuss how to Find Your Career Path, Exercise, and lastly, You Are What You Eat, which includes healthy yet delicious recipes to go with your new exercise regime that is tailored to you. From Brekkie cups, which are packed with eggs, bacon and goat’s cheese and Legendary lamb salads to Trixy bikkies, Steph and Laura have savory and sweet recipes that are suitable for everyone.



My Take on the Book
This is a book that has a bit of everything for all girls. The book is filled with practical tips that will help your teen to better understand themselves but also the things that they can do to prepare for their futures. As a father of two girls I really appreciated how in-depth the book was but also the amount of great advice that the book offers as well. If you have a teenage daughter this is a book I would highly recommend!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Book Review - Grit and Grace: Uncommon Wisdom for Inspiring Leaders Designed to Make You Think

Grit and Grace: Uncommon Wisdom for Inspiring Leaders Designed to Make You Think



About the Book
Grit & Grace is a collection of quotes, stories and sage advice from female trailblazers, creatively designed to inspire modern-day leaders.

Powerful words from groundbreakers like Marie Curie and Susan B. Anthony have moved and motivated us for generations. Today, many more women and girls are leading the way across all walks of life. From the authors of the breakout inspirational book Beautifully Said comes Grit & Grace, a showcase of the brilliant minds, innovative careers, and fascinating backstories of female leaders. You'll find world-famous and less-visible changemakers, including Nobel winners, CEOs and pop stars...plus, an artisan ice cream maker, police chief, bishop, orchestra conductor and cruise ship captain.

Grit & Grace is the perfect companion for dreaming up fresh possibilities and translating vision into action. Its pages pair sourced quotations with the uncommon stories of a host of remarkable women, readying today's leaders to imagine new futures. Plus, it's stylishly designed so readers can creatively share what inspires them. The book makes a meaningful gift for sisters, daughters, friends, teammates, teachers, colleagues, newly minted grads, and the other dreamers and doers in your life.

Among the 90 legendary and contemporary groundbreakers featured...
Bessie Coleman
Jane Goodall
Vera Wang
Tina Fey
Reese Witherspoon
Meghan Markle
Amal Clooney
Ava DuVernay
Kathryn Sullivan
Venus Williams
Beatrix Potter
Diana Vreeland
Anita Roddick
Clara Barton
Katharine Graham
Dolores Huerta
Rose Marcario
Courtney Banghart
Christiana Figueres
Jeni Britton Bauer


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that brings in quotes from famous and not so famous women that have done something with their life. This book really allows any girl or woman to get inspired from the words and actions of these people. I gave this book to my oldest daughter who has just entered high school. My hope is that it will inspire her to make the most of high school and her life beyond. When I gave this to her I was impressed to see that she started reading it right away. She even started showing the book to some of her friends, which is definitely a sign that it has made an impact. My daughter loves to find quotes that are meaningful to her and she found many in this book. This is the type of book you can give as a gift and it keeps on giving!

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Book Review - So Here I Am: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire

So Here I Am: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire



About the Book
Discover the inspiring voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation.

The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change—within politics, science, human rights, and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender, and women's rights.

From Emmeline Pankhurst's "Freedom or Death" speech and Marie Curie's trailblazing Nobel lecture, to Michelle Obama speaking on parenthood in politics and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza's stirring ode to black women, the words collected here are empowering, engaging, and inspiring.

New Yorker writer Anna Russell introduces each speech with a concise bio of the remarkable woman who delivered it. Paired with powerful illustrations from Camila Pinheiro, the unique personality of each woman is brought to vivid life. A pink ribbon keeps your place in the book.

This anthology of outspoken women throughout history is essential reading for anyone who believes that change is not only possible, it is necessary.

The women: Elizabeth I; Fanny Wright; Maria Stewart; Angelina Grimké; Sojourner Truth; Victoria Woodhull; Sarah Winnemucca; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Mary Church Terrell; Ida B. Wells; Countess Markievicz; Marie Curie; Emmeline Pankhurst; Nellie McClung; Jutta Bojsen-Møller; Emma Goldman; Nancy Astor; Margaret Sanger; Virginia Woolf; Huda Sha'arawi; Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti; Eva Perón; Helen Keller; Eleanor Roosevelt; Shirley Chisholm; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Sylvia Rivera; Simone Veil; Indira Gandhi; Margaret Thatcher; Ursula K. Le Guin; Barbara McClintock; Corazon C. Aquino; Naomi Wolf; Severn Cullis-Suzuki; Wilma Mankiller; Toni Morrison; Hillary Clinton; Wangari Maathai; J.K. Rowling; Angela Merkel; Sheryl Sandberg; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Asmaa Mahfouz; Manal al-Sharif; Julia Gillard; Malala Yousafzai; Emma Watson; Jane Goodall; Michelle Obama; Gloria Steinem; Beatrice Fihn; Alicia Garza; Maya Lin.



My Take on the Book
As a father of a daughter I was so happy to give this to my daughters to read. There are so many inspirational women in this book and their words are powerful. The book is one that my oldest liked reading and learning from. I found her reading it when I was not looking and she did not want to put it down. The speeches are definitely empowering for women and ones that all women can learn from. I would say that men can learn from these amazing women too! This is a book I highly recommend!

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Book Review - Mindfulness for Students: Embracing Now, Looking to the Future

Mindfulness for Students: Embracing Now, Looking to the Future



About the Book

Life can be tough. With so many decisions to make at such a critical time, it’s easy to feel weighed down. What’s more, there is the pressure to gain good grades, to find a good job, to be a good person. Your mind may feel clogged up with no way to filter your circulating thoughts and pressures. From a young age we are taught the significance of a solid education and a fruitful career, yet with such an emphasis on academic and monetary success we often fail to prioritise a healthy mind and body. It is essential to know how to deal with life’s many challenges; Mindfulness for Students will help you.

Through insightful ideas and personal anecdotes, this book will introduce you to the many benefits and applications of mindfulness - from mindful breathing, eating, exercising, sleeping, studying and communicating. There will be opportunities within each chapter to have a go at mindful meditations ranging from three to twenty minutes. There is no right or wrong approach, just what works for you. Mindfulness is a way of being, and this book will help you lay the foundations for a mindful future. Choose to be mindful and live your life in the moment, living fully and wholeheartedly, aware of self and others.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book. As someone that has a high school students this is a book that has so many practical tips to follow to help you not only understand mindfulness, but also better work to master mindfulness techniques. Throughout the book there are personal experiences shared that will help the reader better understand how stress and anxiety impacted the author and how through these techniques she was able to better master her own body and from that her life. This is a great book to quiet down the noisy world and to help build more resources to survive high school and beyond!

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