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Monday, February 26, 2024

Book Review - Uncommon Greatness: Five Fundamentals to Transform Your Leadership

Uncommon Greatness: Five Fundamentals to Transform Your Leadership




About the Book
In Uncommon Greatness: Five Fundamentals to Transform Your Leadership transform your leadership from ordinary to extraordinary with this guidebook from a seasoned business leader and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Virtually every problem can be traced back to one root cause: leadership. Far too many leaders are struggling, merely maintaining the status quo and unable to find the way forward. What these leaders need is a fresh take on how to unlock their full potential.

Uncommon Greatness is the key many leaders have been searching for their entire career. This book will reframe much of what you know about traditional leadership theory and practice, challenge some of your deeply held assumptions, and provide scores of practical and concrete ideas you can use today.

Former Vice President of High Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A, Inc., Mark Miller believes it’s possible for all leaders to lead at a higher level and increase their impact on the world. Uncommon Greatness offers every leader the opportunity to:
  • Achieve unprecedented levels of performance 
  • Discover new levels of joy and fulfillment from your work
  • Become a leader people want to follow
  • Create impact beyond your wildest imagination

Every leader has a choice to make when it comes to how they lead. What are you striving for? Don’t settle for mere greatness! Raise your sights. Uncommon Greatness is within your reach.

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that allows for you as a leader to get out of your head and and start taking actionable steps to making changes for the future that will impact the way you lead your own teams. The book brings together actionable steps that you can follow to amp up your leadership game and help you to create a work environment where your employees are happy and wanting to produce their best work! This is an amazing book for any leader at any step of an organization!

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Book Review - If You Are an Artist

If You Are an Artist



About the Book
If You Are An Artist, you wonder . . . How? Why? and What if? You daydream adventure, you stare at the stars, you let your imagination grow, and grow, and GROW! And most importantly, you know that the world is waiting for what YOU and only YOU can create. Because YOU are an artist. Follow a band of young artists -- each with their own individual contribution -- through this inspirational homage to trusting your own voice, believing in yourself, and cultivating your creativity and sense of wonder to make the world a more beautiful place.

  • 32 pages.
  • Full color picture book.
  • Hardcover with dust jacket.
  • Book measures 8-3/4'' wide x 11-1/4'' high.
Meg Auchenbach has been writing and illustrating books since she was a little girl. If You Are an Artist is her debut picture book and is inspired by her former career as an elementary art teacher, where she watched children daydream, experiment, and create. She holds a B.F.A. in painting from Arcadia University, and an M.F.A. in Illustration/Visual Communication from Marywood University. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and their dog and cat. 

My Take on the Book

This was a beautiful book that really is a story that needs to be told to our kids over and over again. Each one of our kids are artists in their own way and we do need to encourage this and this book does just that. I love the images throughout and the creative use of words and images that allow you to see the importance of creativity in our children's lives. I highly recommend this book to all!


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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Book Review - Below the Ice


Below the Ice



About the Book
It's an epic below-(and above)-the-ice battle as friends join in on the tug-of-war to see who will reign supreme! The design of this unique board book allows one to open the book's pages from bottom to top rather than from right to left. The result is an immersive experience that enables the reader to grasp the above-and-below aspect of this tension-filled tale -- including its topsy-turvy twist!
  • 20 pages.
  • Board book measures 9" wide x 4-1/2" high.
  • Sturdy board book has rounded corners.
  • Ages 3 and up.

My Take on the Book
This was a fun book with a great story about friendship and more  The images are beautiful and you really get drawn into the world above and beneath the ice. The book is so fun and a young child will love to get drawn into the story!

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Book Review - The Dark Ascension Series: The Lost Ones

The Dark Ascension Series: The Lost Ones



About the Book
Before Captain Hook became Never Land’s villain, there were two siblings seeking a home . . . 

In The Dark Ascension Series: The Lost Ones James and Marlene have always felt out of place in their humdrum fishing village, longing to escape the quiet lives their parents envision for them. But when Marlene’s birthday wish transports them both to an unsettling, magical paradise called Never Land, they discover an unexpected alternative: the chance to stay forever with the charismatic Peter and his Lost Boys. 

As the twins delve into the island’s violent secrets, their actions reignite a conflict between the fractured Lost Boys—and for the first time in their lives, James and Marlene find themselves at odds. With a war brewing and their memories slipping away every minute they spend in Never Land, they must choose whether to stay or go. But even if the twins stand together, Never Land--and Peter--won’t allow them to leave so easily. 

How far are James and Marlene willing to go to chart their own destinies? And if the price for freedom is losing their true selves--and each other--is it worth the cost?
 
My Take on the Book
I have always loved the Peter Pan story, and in this story, you get taken behind the scenes to better understand who Captain Hook is (or at least was) and why he is the way he is regarding how he feels about Peter Pan. The story humanizes James Hook as a boy and as a man and lets you see and understand him on a deeper level. In the end, you get to see the decisions that James makes and how this impacts his life and, in the end, turns him into the Captain Hook that you know. The book is a great read and something that really made me rethink and reconsider how I felt about Captain Hook, and it will do the same to you too!


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Book Review - The Dark Ascension Series: The Wicked Ones

The Dark Ascension Series: The Wicked Ones



About the Book
In The Dark Ascension Series: The Wicked Ones, Drizella and Anastasia only know one thing for certain: they will never end up like their mother, Lady Tremaine. When their father left them as young girls, he took what was left of their family’s fortune and their mother’s dignity with him. A few years and one deceased stepfather later, the only version of Lady Tremaine that Drizella and Anastasia know is a bitter and cruel head of house. Anastasia and Drizella have promised themselves―and each other―that they'll be different. They'll find love, see the world, and never let their hearts go cold.

But both sisters are all too aware of what it can mean when cast into disfavor with their mother, and fueled by Lady Tremaine’s tendencies to pit the daughters against one another, Drizella and Anastasia are locked into a complicated waltz of tenuous sisterhood. On the cusp of the royal debut party―their one chance to impress the Prince and live up to their mother’s expectations―the sisters at last get a glimpse of what life could be like outside of Lady Tremaine’s intentions: Drizella discovering a love of science and Anastasia sparking a secret romance. But never underestimate the power a mother whose greatest talents lie in manipulation, and the sisters may learn that even the cruelest of hearts can spill blood.

This first book in the new Disney Villains Dark Ascension series by National Book Award-winning author Robin Benway explores the complex sibling rivalry between the two wicked stepsisters from Cinderella that turned them into the characters we know today.
 

My Take on the Book

As a Disney fan, I have to say that I love these stories that make you consider characters and stories in a whole new way. In this book, you will get to see characters that you have come to know, love, and despise, such as Drizella & Anastasia, their mother, Lady Tremaine, and, of course, Cinderella.

In this book, you get a brand new story that delves deeper into the lives of the stepsisters and the backstory of who they were in the movie. The book is definitely not a lighthearted tale; while I do not condone the bullying that they did to Cinderella, the author does allow you to see them in a new way and allows you to see how they became the people that you came to know them as.

The plot was easy to follow, and it does interweave well with the overall Cinderella story, too. You get to learn so much about Drizella and Anastasia and gain better insight into their dreams, their wants, and more. In the end, the sisters have some large decisions to make about who they are and who they want to be, and whether they will do what they must do to escape the grasp of their mother.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Book Review - Kid Beowulf – Songs and Sagas

Kid Beowulf – Songs and Sagas



About the Book
Kid Beowulf Songs and Sagas collects five original stories from the world of Kid Beowulf. Learn the secrets of monsters and slayers in Shild and the Dragon. Laugh out loud in Lookin’ For Lingonberries! Adventure with knights in Paladins Tale. Survive a Viking raid in Lay of the Last Survivor and escape bumbling bounty hunters in Boudi’s Bounty. Join twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel on a series of side quests from the award-winning graphic novel series Kid Beowulf!

My Take on the Book
This was a great addition to the Kid Beowulf series. What I loved about this was that it offers you five stories that were a ton of fun and allow you to delve deeper into the characters that you love. The graphic novel is great for kids, whether they love history or not. The art is great and really pulls you into the story, Through the five stories in this book you explore the pre-event origins of what might have happened before some of the big events you may have read about in some of the other books. I have been a fan of this series in the past and this book just solidifies that I continue to be a fan! If you love graphic novels and stories that bring in adventure and a great plot, then this is for you! 


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Saturday, December 23, 2023

Book Review - Moo Hoo


Moo Hoo



About the Book
In Moo Hoo, grab your tissues and meet Milton, a bawling bull who learns to embrace his tears and all his big feelings in this relatable read-aloud perfect for fans of Grumpy Monkey, The Day the Crayons Quit, and The Story of Ferdinand.

Milton has a wonderful life.

But he cries . . . A LOT.

He cries when he's sad. Obviously.

And also when he's happy,

and scared, and nervous, and frustrated,

and, well, you name it.

Milton's friends are baffled by his tears, which only makes him cry more.

Until Milton meets Wanda.

This warm-hearted, rib-tickling read-aloud will make you laugh yourself to tears as it gently affirms feeling all your feelings and embracing exactly who you are.

My Take on the Book
This book was perfect for exploring the importance of finding great friends who will accept you, no matter who you are. At the same time, the book also lets kids know that if they have a lot of emotions, it is ok, and they should just be themselves. This was an excellent book for young kids and parents to share! It will allow you to have meaningful conversations after reading it together!



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