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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review - American Girl Like Sisters: Emma Moves In

American Girl Like Sisters: Emma Moves In



About the Book
Three girls. Two families. One incredible friendship pact.

Emma has always loved spending time with her cousins, twin sisters Natalia and Zoe. Even though Emma lives 3,000 miles away, when they're together, it's like no time has passed.

At a family reunion, the girls' parents have a big announcement: Emma's family is moving back to town--the three girls will finally live in the same place after all these years! Their parents are turning an old family home into a charming bed and breakfast. Natalia and Zoe are thrilled. Emma is looking forward to the move, but is secretly worried that her whole life is about to change in a big way.
And it is. But the changes about to happen are both more wonderful and more challenging than any of the girls are expecting!



My Take on the Book
A girl in about 4th grade with a reading level between 3-5th grade will enjoy this story . This chapter book is one of several by this author. They are wonderful books about friendship, relationships, problem solving, and the kinds of situations that often occur between friends and family members.
Clare Hutton in this story tells us about Emma who lives in Seattle with her mom and dad. Her dad is a chef. Their family lives in another town, Waverly which is by the ocean.

Emma loves spending time with her two cousins, Zoe and Natalie. Emma's mom and her sister decide to renovate their mother's house into a bed and breakfast, so Emma moves to Waverly.

The author begins to show the reader how Emma's plans for her and her cousins to do everything together begins to change. As school begins Emma must find her place and make friends which does not come easy. However Emma is clever and a good problem solver. She finds a way to be with her cousins and one of their friends who does not act friendly at the beginning of the school year but certainly begins to change. 

Clare Hutton has a good sense for the feelings and issues that girls this age encounter. I think your daughter will enjoy reading this chapter book.


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DVD Review - Teen Wolf Too


Teen Wolf Too



About the Movie
High School Was Easy, But College Is A Whole Different Animal!

Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) stars as Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship — only Todd has no idea why, since he's far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock, is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he's hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school — including Todd — finds out that he's a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd's popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus.

But is his fame a gift? Or a curse? And can he keep it from getting in the way of the relationships he has with his best friends and girlfriend? Perhaps a little guidance from his professor (Kim Darby, True Grit), who has a secret of her own, may help Todd learn the biggest lesson of all.

Bonus Features
  • Working With The Wolf – An Interview With Director Christopher Leitch
  • Otherworldly – An Interview With Co-star Kim Darby
  • A Man of Great ‘Stiles’ - An Interview With Co-star Stuart Fratkin
  • Nerdy Girl Saves the Day – An Interview With Co-star Estee Chandler
  • A Wolf In ‘80s Clothing – A Look At The Wardrobe Of Teen Wolf Too With Costume Designer Heidi Kaczenski
  • Still Gallery
My Take on the Movie
Another great movie to follow up from the first Teen Wolf. Although it is not the same characters the movie is still a ton of fun and the plot is fun too. My girls loved this movie as much as the first one and while they are not the same, they still are a ton of fun for the whole family. I have not seen Justin Bateman in a number of years and it was fun to go back in time a bit to watch this great family film again!


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DVD Review - Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf



About Teen Wolf
He Always Wanted To Be Special … But He Never Expected This!

Like all teenagers, Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox, the Back To The Future trilogy) is going through some … changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott's changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength and the extraordinary ability to … play basketball? And that's just the beginning.

Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this lovable loser into the most popular kid in school. But by embracing his newly minted popularity, has the Teen Wolf lost sight of what it truly means to be Scott Howard?

Bonus Features

  • New 2017 High-Definition Film Transfer Taken From The Interpositive
  • Never. Say. Die. The Story Of Teen Wolf – A Comprehensive Documentary About The Making And Legacy Of The Film, Including Brand-new Interviews With The Cast And Crew (143 minutes)
  • ​Original Theatrical Trailer
  • ​Still Gallery



My Take on the Movie
This is a great movie that I remember when it first came out in the theater. My daughters had not seen this yet, but this new collectors edition was great and it allowed me to introduce them to the great acting of Michael J. Fox.

This was a fun movie that allows you to see Michael J. Fox in his prime and also lets you see how much fun he can have with his character as well.

If you have never seen this movie before you need to pick it up today as it is just plain fun!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review - Challenging Incredible Dot to Dot

Challenging Incredible Dot to Dot



About the Book
Find amazing dot-to-dot puzzles with everything from 100 to 1,000 dots.

The intensity builds as puzzles start easy but get harder as you go along. Puzzles will challenge kids (answers are in the back) and get them racing to join those dots. Color them in too! Each of the books in the Challenging...Books series is jam-packed with puzzles that are entertaining and absorbing. Plus, there are time challenges with every puzzle, so kids can try to beat the rest of the best. The only question is are they up to the test? Encourage them to say yes, and tell them to get ready for hours of stimulating fun! Includes perforated pages.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really allows you to have a ton of fun while being challenged on each page. We loved that you could time yourself and see if you could beat your time the next time. Once you are done with the picture the images are ones that you could easily color in too!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Review - I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776



About the Book
The battlefield was soaked in blood. Screams of injured soldiers rang through the air. Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox knelt behind a rock, his gun clutched in his shaking hands. Nate had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops.

This Revolutionary War had started as a thrilling fight for freedom. The 13 American colonies were breaking apart from England, away from King George III. The colonies would band together to become a brand-new country: The United States of America!

But King George was like a snake with America gripped in his fangs - and he didn't want to let go. So now it was war - brutal, bloody war. And America was being crushed by the mighty British army. Thousands of American troops were either dead or dying in filthy British prison ships. General George Washington's army was in tatters.

All Nate wanted was to find his father...and to get out of here alive.



My Take on the Book
This book may have been written for readers in grades 3-5, but as an adult reading this book, I certainly not only learned a lot but enjoyed it very much. I has actually motivated me to look into some of the books on the author has listed in the back of this book.

This story is about a young boy named Nathaniel Fox. He is eleven years old and lives with his abusive uncle. Nathaniel runs away after a terrible beating and luckily finds a friend and some American soldiers who allow him to stay in the camp and help.

This story is about survival, bravery, battle details, and the amazing spirit of the American soldiers.There are illustrations to assist the reader in understanding the weapons and clothing the soldiers on both sides of the war wore.

This particular book focused on the Battle of Brooklyn which most people probably know very little about, however it was an important battle. You will read the details of the battle thanks to Lauren Tarshis' careful research.

This is an excellent story. I encourage you to find not only this book but also locate the other I SURVIVE books for your young person to read. I believe your child will enjoy reading this chapter book and learning along the way. Make sure you read the sections at the end which delve into more details about the Revolutionary War.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book Review - Magic Lights: Illuminated Magic: Wonderful Coloring & Crafts with Transparencies

Illuminated Magic: Wonderful Coloring & Crafts with Transparencies



About the Book
Add a beautiful glow everywhere you go with this unique coloring book from the Magic Lights series!

Twelve transparencies let you take your colored pens, pencils, or markers and create a stunning gift with visual impact. Color, decorate, and share magical, handcrafted gifts. Set the scene with these non-seasonal floral patterns, motifs, and designs to color. Includes brilliant crafts for candles, window decorations, and cards.



My Take on the Book
A great book that is filled with a ton of amazing pictures but also possibilities for creating cool gifts for others. We loved all of the very cool designs and you can really easily make some gifts with this very nice book. The book is also very portable as well which makes it even more simple to create gifts for friends and family!

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Book Review - Magic Lights: Candlelight Magic: Holiday Coloring & Crafts with Transparencies

Magic Lights: Candlelight Magic: Holiday Coloring & Crafts with Transparencies




About the Book
Add a festive glow everywhere you go with this unique coloring book from the Magic Lights series!

Twelve transparencies let you take your colored pens, pencils, or markers and create a stunning gift with visual impact. Color, decorate, and share beautiful, handcrafted gifts that show true holiday spirit. You can make everything from holiday cards and Christmas decorations to candle labels, and more. Each creation is an expression of your love and caring this holiday season.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that has amazing images but also a number of transparencies that you can use to  make some amazing gifts as well. My daughter was very excited to work with these to make some gifts for people and this book makes it super simple to do just that!

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