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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Book Review - Anti/Hero

Anti/Hero



About the Book
Piper Pájaro and Sloane MacBrute are two 13-year-old girls with very different lives but very similar secrets. Popular, outgoing Piper is strong. Like, ripping-the-doors-off-cards strong. She longs to be a superhero, even if she tends to leave massive messes in her wake. Snarky Sloane, on the other hand, is super smart. Like, evil-genius-smart. To help her family, she has to put those smarts to use for her villainous grandfather.

When a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two girls face to face with each other, the device sparks, and the two girls switch bodies! Now they must live in each other's shoes as they figure out a way to switch back.

Anti/Hero is a story that explores what makes a hero, how one can find friendship where it's unexpected, and what it means to walk in another person's shoes...literally!

Authors Kate Karyus Quinn (Another Little Piece, The Show Must Go On) and Demitria Lunetta (The Fade, Bad Blood) make their graphic novel and middle grade debut alongside artist Maca Gil to introduce two new and exciting characters to DC Comics!



My Take on the Book
Not only was the art in this book amazing, but the story was even better. You get a story that brings together unlikely friends that have to work together to be able to regain their lives. The story is string and the book allows you to see the growth in each of the characters which is also a ton of fun too. This is definitely a story that I would recommend to all that love superheroes, but also stories that have action, drama, great art and more!

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Friday, March 13, 2020

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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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Book Review - My Video Game Ate My Homework

My Video Game Ate My Homework


About the Book
Meet Dewey Jenkins, a 13-year old school kid who's about to fail science class. Follow Dewey on an amazing adventure that leads him and his friends to a virtual world where they will have to overcome all sorts of digital creatures and solve a number of puzzles in order to get home.

MY VIDEO GAME ATE MY HOMEWORK is a funny, fast-paced adventure that shows the importance of cooperation and teamwork and the importance of using your own unique abilities to solve problems. It's illustrated in Hansen's light-hearted, cartoony style, and filled with lots of sight gags and nods to videogaming conventions.

DUSTIN HANSEN spent years directing and creating video games before becoming a writer and illustrator. His published works include the MICROSAURS illustrated chapter book series and his fan-favorite GAME ON! VIDEO GAME HISTORY FROM PONG AND PAC-MAN TO MARIO, MINECRAFT, AND MORE.



My Take on the Book
This was a super fun book with amazing illustrations throughout that allows you to go on a very fun adventure with a very unique character. My daughter loves video games and this book really allows any gamer to live vicariously through the main character Dewey. In this world Dewey is able to enter the digital world to battle digital creatures and solve amazing puzzles to be able to go home. Will he make it home or not, you will have to read to find out. This is such a fun book for all!

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Book Review - Disney Before the Story: Elsa's Icy Rescue

Disney Before the Story: Elsa's Icy Rescue



About the Book

Before Elsa was queen . . . she was a girl with magic!

Elsa cannot wait to spend time at her family's summer home and test her icy powers. But after a series of magical mishaps, Elsa begins to wonder if she has what it takes to one day become queen of Arendelle, or if her powers might be a curse after all. . . .



My Take on the Book
For any Frozen fan, you will love this new story that shares some of the life that Elsa when she was young. This book is a great glimpse into her as a girl and it shares some of the relationship between her, her sister and you even get to go on an adventure with her and her family. The book is written in chapters, but it is a short story too and by the end the story concludes, but it leaves it wide open for books to come in the future. This was a great story to either read with your kids or even to let your kids read themselves.

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Book Review - Disney Before the Story: Anna Finds a Friend

Disney Before the Story: Anna Finds a Friend



About the Book

Before Anna saved Arendelle . . . she was a girl looking for a friend!

Anna feels lonelier than ever when her parents go off on a trip without her. She imagines another girl her own age, Astrid, and sends her a letter. To her surprise, Astrid writes back! But as the two become friends, Anna begins to wonder if Astrid is closer than she first thought. . . .



My Take on the Book
For any Frozen fan, you will love this new story that shares some of the life that Anna when she was young. This book is a great glimpse into her as a girl and it shares some of the relationship between her, staff of the castle and even with Elsa. The book is written in chapters, but it is a short short too and by the end the story concludes, but it leaves it wide open for books to come in the future. This was a great story to either read with your kids or even to let your kids read themselves.

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Book Review - Baloney and Friends

Baloney and Friends



About the Book

Meet Baloney! This book is about him. And also Peanut the horse, his best friend. There's Bizz the bumblebee, too, of course. And Krabbit. He'd rather not be here, but what can you do?

In this graphic novel for young readers, watch our pig protagonist perform some questionable magic, cheer him on as he braves the swimming pool, and root for Baloney and his friends when a case of the blues gets him down.

Brought to you by Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli, these delightful tales will get kids giggling in no time!



My Take on the Book
This is a fun book that incorporates a fun group of friends but also fun situations that bring the characters together but also allows them to have fun together in so many ways. The book was a fun read for my daughters and I. We loved reading this and we loved the characters too. I have been a big fan of the author for a long time and this book continues my love of the author as well.

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Book Review - Win Every Day: Proven Practices for Extraordinary Results

Win Every Day: Proven Practices for Extraordinary Results



About the Book

Great ideas don't matter if you can't execute--bestselling leadership expert Mark Miller offers a proven, research-based method for creating workplaces where everyone performs at the highest level.

All high performance organizations have one thing in common: execution. The men and women who work there sustain performance at seemingly otherworldly levels of precision, accuracy, and consistency. In the fifth and final book of Mark Miller's High Performance series, he uses his trademark business fable format to show how any organization can cultivate the kind of everyday habits that yield extraordinary results.

Miller tells the story of Blake Brown, a CEO who learns how to help his team to consistently excel at execution from a perhaps unlikely source: his son's high school football coach. The story is fictional, but the principles and practices are very real, derived from years of research led by a team from Stanford University. Miller and his team interviewed leaders and employees from numerous world-class organizations, including the Navy SEALS, Starbucks, Apple, Southwest Airlines, the Seattle Seahawks, Mayo Clinic, Cirque du Soleil, and more. The lessons learned were then field-tested with over seventy businesses employing over 7,000 people. Miller gives you proven tools to release the untapped potential in your people, create a strong competitive advantage, and win not just on game day but every day.



My Take on the Book
This book really shares so many amazing leadership principles. The book shares so many things that you will find are practical and things you can put into practice right away. As someone that loves learning more about leadership, Mark Miller is one of the experts for whom I have gained so much over the years. This book is so down to earth with principles that just make sense. The step by step approach is one that all will be able to follow. This is a book that will truly allow you to create a clear path to move forward in your own leadership and creating a culture in your own organization to find excellence into the future.


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