Dad of Divas' Reviews

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Book Review - Bots and Bods: How Robots and Humans Work, from the Inside Out

Bots and Bods: How Robots and Humans Work, from the Inside Out



About the Book

What do humans and robots have in common? Find out in this intriguing illustrated nonfiction book that encourages kids to discover their inner robot.

Bots and Bods is an illustrated guide for kids looking to explore anatomy and technology and how they're related. How do we both move or sense the world? How does robot intelligence compare to our own? Middle-grade readers will find these answers and more among the four sections:

Body structures
Muscle and movement
Senses and sensors
Thinking and feeling

An accessible guide with exciting illustrations, fun facts, and special feature spreads about robots in the real world explains why “bots” can sometimes do a better job than “bods” and vice versa.
 

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that allows you and your child to learn together about how their body works but also the way in which a robot works too. This book makes complex topics easy to understand. The book uses fun illustrations to help people to better understand the concepts too. Overall, if your child is interested in how their own body works, this book will compare and contrast in a great way, and your child will come out much better educated in the end!

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Book Review - Baby Montessori Boxed Set

Baby Montessori Boxed Set



About the Book

A Montessori-inspired series of board books for your baby’s first year, specifically designed to nurture infant visual development using black, white, and red shapes.

Combining the latest science with Montessori theory, this beautifully illustrated series follows babies as they grow and change during their first year of life. Each book in the set—Big or Small?, The Garden, Animals, and Follow Me!—explores a different theme using shapes and colors friendly to babies’ developing eyes and minds. Children from 0 to 12 months can discover plants and animals, learn to distinguish objects by size, and practice tracing paths with their fingers!
 

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that brings together amazing images. There are no words in the book, but images, shapes and patterns that allow a child to see and experience the items in different ways. The books allows parent and child to connect and interact with the book itself and allows them to talk, describe and help the child to engage in a whole new way.

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Book Review - How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps

How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps



About the Book
Anyone can learn to draw an adorable bunny and other cute Spring creatures using simple shapes in five easy steps.

This book will show readers how to draw quirky, kawaii (super cute) spring characters in a wonderfully easy and inspiring way. Step by step, illustrator Lulu Mayo explains how to draw various creatures by using simple shapes—such as circles, ovals, rectangles, and triangles—and how to personalize them by adding your own adorable details.

The book contains 30 of these doodling exercises, featuring a bunny, sloth, llama, chick, lamb, turtle, duckling, and kawaii Easter eggs! Its easiness, simplicity, and quirkiness will resonate with animal lovers, artists, and doodle enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages. Absorbing and fun, it will ignite a doodler’s curiosity and inspire them to experiment creatively.


My Take on the Book
If you or your child loves to draw, this book is a great one that walks you step-by-step on how to creat some very fun characters. My daughters love to draw and she loved this book because it made drawing so easy! This is a great book for any budding artist!

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Book Review - Breathe Deep, Little Sheep: A Calm-Down Book for Kids

Breathe Deep, Little Sheep: A Calm-Down Book for Kids



About the Book
A kid-friendly introduction to self-soothing and mindfulness with adorable animal friends. A child’s “very first step” into mindfulness where the story’s short rhymes can be used as soothing mantras, paired with delightful illustrations of baby animals working through anxious situations. This book does double duty as a self-help story providing great comfort beyond the pages.
 

My Take on the Book
This is a great book for kids that will allow you and your child to process and understand stress but also coping mechanisms that will allow you to to help your children to cope with stress, fears and more!  The illustrations are colorful and interactive, this is a great book that your children will really connect with!

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Book Review - ArkhaManiacs

ArkhaManiacs



About the Book
ArkhaManiacs is Art Baltazar and Franco providing their unique, cartoony take on a certain apartment building (Arkham) in Gotham City and the people (mostly!) who live there.

There's an apartment building in Gotham City full of life: kids with special powers, pirates in the swimming pool, even a croc (or two!). Young Bruce Wayne is drawn to the fun and excitement he sees going on at the Arkham Apartments, but to Wayne Enterprises, it's just another property they own. Bruce is determined to find out why this apartment building is full of so much fun and laughter. What exactly is going on over there? Time to sneak over when no one is looking...even though it's like the house is laughing at him! HA HA HA!

With ArkhaManiacs, Art Baltazar and Franco return to the DC Universe and provide their unique, cartoony take on a Gotham City quite unlike any we've seen before!

 

My Take on the Book
This is a fun look at some very well known "super" characters. You will get to see some well known villains as kids getting into some strange situations. The graphic novel has great illustrations that will draw you in from beginning to end and you will love seeing what happens when all of these characters are together (I know I did). All-in-all, if you are a DC Comics fans, you will not want to miss this book!

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Book Review - We Found a Monster

We Found a Monster



About the Book
Kirk Scroggs (The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid) brings you a new type of best friend!

Casey has always loved monster movies; in fact, he considers himself something of an expert in monsters. He spends his day doing normal kid things, like attending school and riding his bike around his town of Serena Mar--and filling his journal with helpful ways to take care of the various monsters who live all around them...whom no one else seems to know exist.

But as Casey delves deeper into the history of his spooky friends--or are they fiends? --he uncovers more than just skeletons in the closet. Turns out there's a Frankenstein and maybe a werewolf tucked in there, too! And he's just starting to wonder if it's possible that his new friend, Zandra, has a secret of her own, as well...

We Found a Monster is a fun, funny, and fast-paced tale about learning what true friendship is, and respecting the secrets we all have inside.


My Take on the Book
This was a great graphic novel that  brings you inside of a monster's notebook which was such a unique idea and concept. The book brings forth friendship, monsters and more. The illustrations were fun and on each page you get a fun story that you will not want to out down! All-in-all this was a book I did not want to put down and neither will you!

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Book Review - Second Star to the Fright

Second Star to the Fright



About the Book
Second Star to the Fright, Book 3 of the all-new Disney Chills chapter book series, tells the tale of a kid who finds he's hooked far more than he can handle when Captain Hook creeps out of Neverland and into our world.

With shuddersome spooks and blood-curdling frights, readers should grab their night-lights and prepare to be chilled!

 

My Take on the Book
Another great addition to the Disney Chills series. My daughter loves this series as it brings forward your favorite villains and brings them into our world. This is made for kids in upper elementary, but really, any Disney fan will love this series too! You get the best of Captain Hook, but also some chills and thrills too! 

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