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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review - Grimmtastic Girls: Gretel Pushes Back

Grimmtastic Girls: Gretel Pushes Back

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About the Book
Gretel joins the Grimmtastic quest for justice in a world where the E.V.I.L. Society must be stopped... and finds a candy cottage along the way.

The charming Grimmtastic Girls series continues!



My Take on the Book
We love the mind of this author and every new book allows you to explore some of the best examples of fairy tale characters coming to life. My daughters are always very excited when these books come out and reading this with them I can see why. The books have some amazing characters within the book itself. On top of this you will find that the book also has a ton of great mystery and suspense throughout. The story holds a great plot too and it is a story that definitely kept our interest from beginning to end.

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Book Review - The Treasure of the Sea: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure

The Treasure of the Sea: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure

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About the Book
Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are needed to help Aquamarina, the magical land of the ocean! The enchanted Music of the Sea has stopped playing, and no one knows why. If it doesn't return soon, the realm will perish!

The mouselets and their friend Will Mystery travel to the underwater world to find the magical music. On their mission, they swim through dangerous waters, encounter strange and fantastical creatures, and even reveal an ancient mystery. It's a mousetastic aquatic adventure!




My Take on the Book
Thea Stilton is back and in this great new story you not only get to get a bit wet with her, but you get brought into a great mystery that will bring together fantasy, adventure, suspense and more. On top of this you will get some great images throughout and even better, great characters too. This is a great addition to the Thea Stilton universe!

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Book Review - Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: The Wizard's Wand

Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: The Wizard's Wand
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About the Book
I, Geronimo Stilton, was called to the Kingdom of Fantasy for the ninth time! Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, had disappeared, along with three powerful magical objects: The Book of a Thousand Spells, the Crystal Sphere, and the Whispering Wand. If those objects ended up in the wrong hands, they could destroy the whole realm!

Accompanied by new, magical friends, I had to cross horrifying kingdoms full of spiders and snakes before facing a terrible evil wizard. Squeak! Could I make it in time to save Blossom -- and the entire Kingdom of Fantasy?




My Take on the Book
This was a great addition to the Geronimo Stilton universe of stories. The Kingdom of Fantasy is back. You are brought on a great adventure into the world of the fairies. While the Geronimo Stilton books are fiction, these stories really bring you into the world of fantasy and in this new addition to the Kingdom of Fantasy you are brought into a story with new characters and friends that by the end you will hope to meet again in future stories or at least we did! A great story!


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Book Review - I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

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About the Book
It was one the most beautiful mountains in America, Mount St. Helens, in Washington State. But what many didn't know was that this peaceful mountain had an explosive past. For more than a century, it had been quiet. But below ground, pressure had been building, and soon, Kaboom! Mount St. Helens would erupt with terrifying fury.

Eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe knew the mountain well, and like many, she never imagined that this serene wilderness could turn deadly. But on May 10th, 1980, Jessie finds herself in the middle of the deadliest volcanic eruption in U.S. history. Trapped on the mountain, she must escape clouds of poisonous gas, boiling rivers, and landslides of rock, glacial ice, and white-hot debris.

The newest book in the I Survived series will take readers into one of the most environmentally devastating events in recent U.S. history.




My Take on the Book
Another great adventure in the I survived series. My daughters have loved learning about disasters like this through the lens of this series and this book was well written and really allowed you to explore the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in a whole new way. The book is full of adventure, intrigue and more. It was a ton of fun to read with my daughters and you will love this book too!

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Book Review - Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World

Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World
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About the Book
The newest book in the LEGO Nonfiction line, The Book of Everything, takes on the biggest subject of all: our world and everything in it! There's a whole world of information inside on almost every subject under the sun, from science to technology, from history to geography to popular culture. Each spread contains a LEGO scene to facilitate the learning journey: a vignette, mini story, or icon featuring LEGO models, characters, and sensibility. Graphic design combines the LEGO illustration with real-world photography and facts for an immersive experience.

The Book of Everything arrives just in time for the holiday season, and makes a fantastic gift for boys and girls of all ages!




My Take on the Book
This is a great book and if you are a LEGO fan you will truly love this. The great thing about this book is that it shows the world through a whole new lens, a LEGO lens. We loved looking at the world in this way and so will you! Whether you like history, geography or more there was a bit of everything for everyone in this book!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review - Beautiful Pictures to Color and Frame: Features 40 Stunning and Original Artworks!

Beautiful Pictures to Color and Frame: Features 40 Stunning and Original Artworks!
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About the Book
Unleash your inner artist with this one-of-a-kind book that is filled with drawings commissioned by skilled illustrators. There are hot air balloons soaring in the sky; mermaids with long, lush hair darting through the sea; cheetahs on the prowl in the dark, dense jungle; and more. This partially colored book features single-sided pages to color, so you won't have to worry about the ink bleeding through and ruining your work on the other side. Color them in with felt-tip pens, pencils, or paint and experiment with the medium that lets you best express yourself. You can use the finished illustrations to influence your color choices, or let inspiration be your guide as you allow your creativity to run wild! Each page features quality art paper with perforations for easy removal, and the book's built-in frame is the perfect place to display them. Exhibit your masterpieces on a coffee table at home or on your desk at work, or give them as gifts to the special people in your life.


My Take on the Book
I have seen many color books. They are popular today, but this one is different. The book's cover is a sturdy frame so after you color the printed pages you can actually place them inside the frame so you can see them as if they were framed and hung or displayed.

The pages are black and white . Many of the designs are quite intricate so my thoughts is this particular book is not for children. The topics vary. 

If you enjoy coloring, I think you may enjoy not only coloring in this book, but having the opportunity to "display" your finished product in the frame supplied by the author.


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Book Review - Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

Book Review - Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

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About the Book
An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read.

Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him.

And so he invented his own alphabet—a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.

Award-winning writer Jen Bryant tells Braille’s inspiring story with a lively and accessible text, filled with the sounds, the smells, and the touch of Louis’s world. Boris Kulikov’s inspired paintings help readers to understand what Louis lost, and what he was determined to gain back through books.

An author’s note and additional resources at the end of the book complement the simple story and offer more information for parents and teachers.




My Take on the Book
This nonfiction story is about the young Lois Braille. He decided at a young age to create an alphabet so the blind could read. He wanted to read and there were no books for the blind produced at that time.

The story shows the many challenges he faced as he began to plan and persevere until he invented braille. He was not from an affluent family but he took the opportunity and his creativity and created an alphabet that is used by millions of blind people today.

This is a wonderful story to share with your child. It shows how perseverance, one's hope, and faith can help you meet your dreams.
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