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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review - The Handbook

The Handbook



About the Book
There's nothing Jake likes more than some good trash-picking, so when his elderly neighbors move out and leave an especially promising-looking pile of household refuse on the curb, he goes right for it. He only has the chance to grab one box before his mom catches him and orders him in for dinner, though.

When mysterious goings-on begin to occur in the neighborhood, the trio investigates the hidden box from Jack's garage. In it, they find the Secret Parent's Handbook and with it all the means to subvert the irrational rules and petty tyranny of their home lives. No more clean rooms! No more vegetables! No more brushed hair or washed hands! It's all videogames and junk food all the time!

But the authorities -- and the resistance -- have taken notice of the strange goings-on in Jack and his friends' neighborhood. And they are closing in . . .




My Take on the Book
The chapter book has an interesting story line of three friends and their families as they encounter the rules of their parents and try to survive being 12 and it is summer, a summer of lots of free time and too many rules. Jack finds a book called THE SECRET PARENTS HANDBOOK in Mr. Wallace's garbage. The three friends realize that this is a book their parents use on them with advice for "controlling" children. The three friends realize they can use the book to change their parents behavior and this is where their adventure begins. They meet the challenges of their parents and a secret group who administer consequence to adults and children to do not conform using the book. As Maggie fools everyone with her intelligence and the friends convince their parents to join them in destroying the secret group, everyone decides that loving your children is the best way to live your life.
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Book Review - Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie

Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie



About the Book
Join the unstoppable Big Nate for another round of middle school adventures! From homework and hygiene to hilarious hiijnks – no one quite does sixth grade like Nate and his friends.

Need a way to shut up some snooty kid when he gloats about his private school? Looking for the perfect response when your best friend joins the grammar police? Want a quick and easy way to out-snap even the snappiest comeback? Nate Wright has the answer: a good old-fashioned wedgie!

The whole gang from P.S. 38 is back for more hijinks, hilarity, and underwear hoisting in this new collection of Big Nate comics. Can Chad somehow survive on a diet of kale and soy nuts? Are Jenny and Artur EVER going to break up? And how is Nate supposed to concentrate on baseball when he’s got a crush on his team’s new pitcher? See for yourself! Join Nate and the rest of the crew for another unforgettable round of middle school adventures!


My Take on the Book
There are over ten Big Nate stories. Lincoln Price sure has a wonderful sense of humor and creativity. Once again Nate and his friends in middle school , find themselves in various challenges and situations. There is humor with Nick and his friends and then the humor with the adults that they encounter. Lincoln Peirce definitely is able to get into the head of middle school age kids. You will enjoy this comic strip style book.


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Book Review - Bruce's Big Move

Bruce's Big Move




About the Book
After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . .


My Take on the Book
Your young child will enjoy this new story about Bruce, his young geese that thinks he is their mother, and some mice who decide they love Bruce and want to live with him. Bruce once again does not like noise or chaos . With all the animals living with him he decides to move without the mice. It becomes very funny as Bruce decides where to live and escaping from the mice only to find out that they want to help him move and forever live with him. The expressions on Bruce and the other animals faces are priceless and you and your young child will enjoy reading this story often. Great illustration accompany this fun filled story.

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Book Review - Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep!




About the Book
'These stubborn sheep,'' the farmer sighs,
''won't open up their sleepy eyes.
But I know how to wake this crowd.
I'll make some noise and make it loud.''

From pounding on pots and pans to playing a screechy violin, Farmer Simpson makes all sorts of commotion to wake up his sleepy flock of sheep, but nothing works!

  • Then Farmer Simpson gets a brilliant idea -- he decides to bring home a puppy who will surely be able to wake the snoozing sheep with its loud barks.
  • But the farmer is in for a surprise -- his sheep wake up, but not in ways he expected!
  • Author and illustrator Bruce Arant presents a tender tale about the virtues of using a gentle nudge when friends won't budge.
  • 32 pages.
  • 8-3/4 inches wide by 11-1/4 inches high.
  • Full-color illustrations throughout.
  • Hardcover picture book with dust jacket.

Author Bruce Arant brings his sheep back into the fold in this sequel to the award-winning Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep! Prior to becoming a full-time writer and illustrator, Arant enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years in the magazine and custom publishing industry, where he held a variety of editorial and creative positions. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.



My Take on the Book
This is a delightful picture book for young children. The story rhymes and the illustrations are bright and colorful. This is a funny story about a farmer trying to wake up his sheep. He tries many methods but it is not until he adopts a dog that he learns that gentle nudges are better than being loud and forceful. It is evident that some problem solving works better than others. Problem solving with your child is a great way to help him/her try new avenues to finding solutions without too much frustration.


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Book Review - Born Free: Bear Rescue: True-Life Stories

Born Free: Bear Rescue: True-Life Stories



About the Book
Discover the stories of wild animals around the world that have been saved from a lifetime of cruelty and suffering.

The Born Free Foundation's mission is to protect many different species in their natural habitats, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together peacefully. In this book, children will meet Mollie, Georgia, and Louisa, three bear cubs stranded by terrible floods. Now, it's up to Born Free to face raging flood waters in order to save them! Parents will be intrigued by these books as they recall the movie Born Free and the story of Elsa, the orphaned lion cub brought up by Joy and George Adamson (portrayed by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna in the movie and the founders of the Born Free Foundation) and released back into the wild. Children will be inspired as they read how Born Free comes to the rescue even as they learn about life, compassion, and making the world a better place.




My Take on the Book
Here is another wonderful nonfiction story about the efforts of humans to rescue wild animals and allow them to enjoy a healthy and happy life. Three baby bears, Mollie, Georgia, and Louisa were orphaned in the Republic of Georgia (near Russia). There are challenges for the humans as they try to feed them and help the animals acquire the needed weight to be transported to an animal preserve in Greece. Another challenge was introducing the animals to each other so they could live in the same area. With patience the bears are living with fresh food , water, and safety in their new home. The reader will enjoy not only the story, but beautiful photographs of the bears , and facts about bears. Thanks for the Born Free Foundation and other animal groups, these bears and other animals are given another chance to live in an open environment safely.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review - Playful Painting: Pets: More than 20 fun and clever painting projects for animal lovers




About the Book
From an affectionate French Bulldog and astute Boxer to a sassy tabby cat, if you love animals and art, then your tail will be wagging with each of our easy-to-learn lessons and the humor that goes with them. You’ll be an expert in gouache, pencil, and ink in no time!

Playful Painting: Pets is the first title in Walter Foster’s new compact and portable Playful Painting series, and it is aimed at artists, doodlers, and painting enthusiasts. There has never been a better time to learn to paint and illustrate whimsical portraits of your pets and favorite animals! Startup is easy, with minimal tools and materials required.

You’ll be inspired to create when you see our gallery of dozens of cute cat and dog breeds (plus mixes!) as well as birds, pigs, rabbits, and other favorites. Then, when you’re ready, dive into exclusive bonus content to see how to use finished artwork in fresh and clever ways.

Artist Faye Moorhouse illustrates this book in her signature friendly, quirky style. Not an artist? Playful Painting: Pets is a perfect gift for the animal lover in your life and a must-have for anyone who’s shared their life and living space with furry or feathered friends.


My Take on the Book
If you love to paint and love pets you will love this easy to follow book that will walk you step by step through what you need to do to prepare yourself to create some amazing images. My daughters love to paint and what they loved here is that it really does walk you through the steps you need to follow and even works you through blending techniques and more. This is a thorough book that really delivers quality images in the end!

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Book Review - Kawaii Doodle Class: Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi, Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and More

Kawaii Doodle Class: Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi, Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and More



About the Book
The Japanese word kawaii translates to "cute," and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images of tacos, sushi, smoothies, clouds, rainbows, cacti, doodle monsters, Christmas trees, lipsticks, teacups, and more for your adoration.

Popular kawaii artist Zainab Khan shows you how to draw 75 super-cute characters with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions. She has also included fun search-and-find images and inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories.

Thanks to this crash course in Kawaii Doodle Class, soon you will be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and more with your own unique kawaii world!



My Take on the Book
With this great book you can create some very fun images that are very cute! If you love to draw you will love to draw these cute images too. My daughter loves to draw and these images were ones that she did not want to stop drawing once she started. Get ready to have a blast with this great book!

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