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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Book Review - America's 50 States: Maps, Flags, Dates, and Fun Facts!

America's 50 States: Maps, Flags, Dates, and Fun Facts!



About the Book

Discover America’s fifty states with fun facts, trivia, flags, and maps.

Read about the special features and quirky characteristics that make up America’s patchwork in America’s 50 States. Full-color illustrations (including state maps and icons) and interesting trivia make it an easy and fun journey of learning! Did you know that one of the word’s highest suspension bridges is in Colorado? Or that Connecticut is home to the first hamburger? Each of America’s states has its own unique symbols, facts, history, landscape, and so much more.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really allows you to get to know the states in a whole new way. The book is full of learning and ways to educate your kids in so many ways. The images are wonderful and definitely easy to follow and learn from. There are definitely little things that you will learn with every state, I know that I did!

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Book Review - Unlimited Squirrels in I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!

Unlimited Squirrels in I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!



About the Book
Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, has another breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests hosts a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.

In I Want to Sleep Under the Stars, Zoom Squirrel dreams of sleeping under the night stars. The Squirrel pals are excited to help! But will their encouragement be enough-or too much? Do you know more about sleeping under the stars than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!


My Take on the Book
Another great book with fun characters that make the book great to read. The squirrels are so much fun. You will find that they are not always up on being able to have all of the answers but that does not mean that as readers you will not be able to solve some of the problems before the squirrels. You will laugh out loud with every page!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Book Review - Primer

Primer



About the Book
Primer introduces a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers to explore.

Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. Her father is a known criminal who once used Ashley to help him elude justice, and in his attempt to escape, a life was taken. He now sits in federal prison, but still casts a shadow over Ashley's life. In the meantime, Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home and represents a real challenge to the social workers who try to help her--not because she's inherently bad, but because trouble always seems to find her.

Ashley's latest set of presumably short-term foster parents are Kitch and Yuka Nolan. Like Ashley, Kitch happens to be an artist. Yuka, on the other hand, is a geneticist working for a very high-level tech company, one that's contracted out to work for the government and the military. And it's Yuka's latest top secret project that has her very concerned. Developed for the military, it's a set of body paints that, when applied to the wearer, grant them a wide range of special powers. Fearful that this invention will be misused, Yuka sneaks the set of paints home, substituting a dummy suitcase with an ordinary set of paints in their place.

From here, signals get crossed. Ashley comes home from school one day with her new friend Luke and, thinking that the Nolans have purchased a surprise gift for her upcoming birthday, finds the set of paints. Being an artist, Ashley naturally assumes these are for her. It isn't long before she realizes that she's stumbled upon something much bigger and a lot more dangerous. Although she uses her newly discovered powers for good, it's not long before the military becomes wise to what happened to their secret weapon. And this spells big trouble not only for Ashley, but for her newfound family and friends as well.


My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that brought you front and center with a new super hero, Primer. I loved seeing a young girl that needs a win, getting an opportunity to get just that. I loved the concept of the superpower and the experimentation with an artist like the main character is. There are so many possibilities with the super power and I loved not only this story but also the possibilities for future stories to come. I loved the story in this novel but also how it ends as it makes you excited for the future novels to come!

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Book Review - Strategy First: How Businesses Win Big




About the Book
In Strategy First, Brad Chase, the mind behind some of Microsoft’s largest and most successful initiatives, explains why building robust strategies is the imperative to business success. Chase leads readers through his easy-to-use strategy model, Strategy = E x mc2, which teaches readers the art of strategy—how to build and execute winning strategies relative to the competition. To supplement the model, Chase provides 5 key tips to strategy prosperity and over 50 examples from a broad range of businesses that help the reader think about how they can use his Strategy First toolkit. The author will inspire readers to examine the effectiveness of their current strategies, using the model that has served him in his distinguished career.



 

My Take on the Book
This is an amazing book that really allows you to look at success strategies for your own business that will help you to take your business to a whole new level.

I loved the whole strategy that the author shares in his formula, Strategy = E x MC squared. 
--E stands for “Execution.” It’s always more difficult than it looks.
--M stands for “Market Potential.”
--C stands for “Customer Value.”

The concept is laid out in a way that all can understand and is definitely something that made a ton of sense for me. The book walks you through how move from planning your strategy to putting your strategy into action.

This book was such a great perspective that makes you think about things in a whole new way. Get ready to go on a journey of discovery that will really help your own business to thrive and succees into the future!


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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Book Review - Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw: The Friend Thief

Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw: The Friend Thief



About the Book

In Book 2 of the Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw series, life is going great for Robin Loxley—until a friend thief comes along and threatens to ruin everything!

After her victory over Nadia, the playground bully, Robin has her old best friend back, plus a whole gang of new friends! But when that Nadia tries to steal away all of the people she holds dear, will Robin be able to keep her band of merry misfits together? Find out in Robin's second illustrated diary—a tell-all about growing up, dealing with bullies, and trying to do what’s right.



My Take on the Book
Another great book in the series. If you loved the first book, you will love this one as well! There is action, friendship drama, bullies and more. It is a quick read, but a fun one through and through.

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Book Review - When I Hit the Road

When I Hit the Road



About the Book
From the author of the award-winning This Journal Belongs to Ratchet comes a new kind of journal by a girl on a madcap road trip, featuring a karaoke-loving grandma, a cute boy, and a wild summer of memories that will last a lifetime.

Samantha is not exactly excited to spend what was supposed to be an awesome summer vacation with her grandma all the way in Florida. Or to be testing out her mom's "Dear Me" Journals—writing to her future self just feels weird. But it turns out Gram has some not-so-boring plans up her sleeve...

Gram and her friend Mimi are going to audition for the Seniors Have Got Talent Karaoke Contest!
A road trip in Gram's new Mustang turns into a series of hilarious mishaps that flip Samantha's summer on its head. And to make things more awkward, Brandon, Mimi's totally handsome grandson, is also along for the ride.

It looks like those journals just might be worth keeping after all. Because this summer will be one Samantha will never want to forget.



My Take on the Book
What a fun story. You get to see what happens when you go on a crazy road trip with a grandma, her friend and a boy. The book brings in fun humor that is perfect for middle school aged readers. The grandma is a hoot, and as she ticks off her bucket list you get to go along for the ride.

The main characters is also a ton of fun. The way the author narrates through her journal is unique and innovative and while not the only book that does this, it is one of the few I have read recently. 
You will also love all of the twists and turns as it encourages you to keep reading chapter by chapter. It is a book that simply flies by! 
I had never read this author before, but after reading this I would definitely read more!

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Book Review - The Lighten Up Book: Affirmations and Insights to Inspire Health and Happiness




About the Book
Inspirational Words to Meditate On

If you liked Healing After Loss by Martha W. Hickman and Together is Better by Simon Sinek, you’ll love The Lighten Up Book

An Upbeat Guide to Positivity in the Midst of Chaos:  Allen Klein is the world's only "Jollytologist". As a keynote speaker and bestselling author, he has mastered the art of choosing the right quote at the right time. In The Lighten Up Book, he has gathered his favorite wise words to help readers power their lives with the positive. We have all weathered a lot of storms in recent times, literally with hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and what seems like unrelenting strife in our daily discourse. We all need reminders of what we truly value in our life – family, friendship, community, leadership, service, helping others.

An Inspirational Book for the Ages: As inspirational as it is instructive, The Lighten Up Book is a treasury of moving and meaningful sayings that spurs readers to live life to the fullest. Readers can take this encouraging book on the go to get a quick shot of inspiration at any time, or they can select one quote every day for in-depth thought and meditation. However readers choose to use these uplifting and inspiring quotes, they all have the potential to be life-changing.

The Lighten Up Book offers endless encouragement. The quotes in this book will help you to:
  • Feel inspired
  • Recover from loss
  • Get back up after a hard day knocks you down
  • And much more!



My Take on the Book
During times that bring you down, having a book full of great inspiration is definitely what you need to brighten your day. This book is full of such amazing positive things that will allow you to see, live and experience the happiness that is all around us. The quotes will bring a smile to your face and the book will even make you laugh! This book is one that definitely will turn any day that was blue, sunny. As you can tell, this is a book that really will change your own perspectives on life and the world around you. I highly encourage all to read it today!


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