Dad of Divas' Reviews: August 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review - American Girl: Tenney Grant: A Song for the Season

American Girl: Tenney Grant: A Song for the Season




About the Book
The fourth book starring contemporary character Tenney Grant, a young singer-songwriter with dreams of country-music stardom in Nashville!




My Take on the Book
Another great Tenney Grant story that you will love if you loved the other stories that came previously. This was a fun story that gets Tenney in a whole new adventure. My daughter loved reading this for herself and is always excited about a new adventure for Tenney and you will be too.

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Book Review - The Princess Imposter

The Princess Imposter



About the Book
Princess Gabriella is accustomed to a certain kind of castle life. So when she wakes up one morning in a crowded hut, surrounded by squabbling fairy siblings, it takes all her princess training to maintain her poise and good manners.

Meanwhile, across the kingdom, Fairy Phleg revels in Gabriella's luxurious lifestyle. As long as she can fool the castle into believing she's the real princess-with a little help from her magical disguise-then she's set to enjoy three glorious days of sweets and comfort.

The mischievous fairies have placed a bet, and Gabriella is caught in the middle of it. Can she survive her time in the chaotic fairy household without failing the ultimate princess test and losing her temper? Phleg turns the castle upside down as she poses as Gabriella, but when an important guest arrives, will her antics unwittingly send the kingdom into war?

An upbeat and hilarious fantasy from the masterful storyteller, Vivian Vande Velde.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book with a ton of fun characters. Get lost in a whole new world and you will love the mix of supernatural and medieval, castles, magic and more. This is a funny story with a great story that you will not want to miss!


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review - Game On! Ready, Set, Play!

Game On! Ready, Set, Play!



About the Book
Ready, Set, Play is the essential guide to the all the funnest and coolest games that are appropriate for gamers ages 5-8. In this guide, readers will learn all the best tips and tricks for their favorite games like Minecraft, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Party Star Rush, Splatoon, LEGO Dimensions, and so much more. They'll learn some gaming basics, discover new games worth playing on console and mobile, and even be introduced to some of the cutest characters they can expect in the games they play like Kirby, Yarny, and more.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that offers you some cool tips from some of your most popular games! I loved finding tips for Zelda, Splatoon and more! The book was a ton and filled with a ton of great insights.


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Book Review - Super Fun Science: With Cool and Challenging Experiments

Super Fun Science: With Cool and Challenging Experiments




About the Book
Help kids become “little scientists” with this hands-on book!

The world is an amazing place, and children often have lots of questions about it. Tap into that amazing well of curiosity and teach children about different areas of scientific study; famous scientists; the tools they need to conduct experiments; how science impacts their world; and more. They’ll also learn the how’s and whys of energy, gravity, weight, light, and matter. Make a scale, bend light, trap gas, and more. Soon, kids will prove scientific facts for themselves by testing them out with these challenging experiments created especially for them. How cool!



My Take on the Book
I am always looking for awesome experiments to do with my own daughters and this book really allows you to become your own home scientist and allow your kids to learn and have fun too. The book has a large number of experiments that kids can do with you to explore so many different concepts. I loved how well the book was laid out as well as how well the experiments are explained. My daughters enjoyed doing the experiments that we tried and I enjoyed having the time to be able to do these experiments together! This is a great book that will encourage you to build strong communication and relationships which is always a good thing!

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DVD Review - Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination

Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination



About the Movie
Time has passed since Alphamon appeared and restoration has begun in Odaiba.

When another infected Digimon (an Ogremon) appears and begins to wreak havoc on Odaiba, Mimi and Palmon spring into action. But in their haste to show the world that there are good Digimon, their battle brings about unforeseen consequences.

The adventure now evolves once again ...



My Take on the Movie
If you loved chapter 1 of this series, now you are able to continue your love with Chapter 2 too! You get the same characters that you have grown to love in some amazing adventures. You also get a love story, drama, some mystery and more! My kids loved the pace of this series as well as the animation. If you have never experienced this series in the past I would highly recommend it to all!


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Book Review - FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep Study Guide





About the Book
Cirrus Test Prep’s FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep Study Guide: Exam Prep Book and Practice Test Questions for the Florida Teacher Certification Examination of General Knowledge will provide you with a detailed overview of the FTCE GK Exam, so you know exactly what to expect on test day. We’ll take you through all the concepts covered on the test and give you the opportunity to test your knowledge with FTCE GK practice questions. Even if it’s been a while since you last took a major test, don’t worry; we’ll make sure you’re more than ready!

Cirrus Test Prep’s FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep Study Guide: Exam Prep Book and Practice Test Questions for the Florida Teacher Certification Examination of General Knowledge includes:

A comprehensive REVIEW of:

READING
  • Reading Skills

WRITING
  • Language and Research Skills
  • Writing the Essay

MATHEMATICS
  • Numbers and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

…as well as two FULL FTCE General Knowledge practice tests.



About Cirrus Test Prep
Developed by experienced current and former educators, Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials help future educators gain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully pass their state-level teacher certification exams and enter the classroom. Each Cirrus Test Prep study guide includes: a detailed summary of the test’s format, content, and scoring; an overview of the content knowledge required to pass the exam; worked-through sample questions with answers and explanations; full-length practice tests including answer explanations; and unique test-taking strategies with highlighted key concepts. Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials ensure that new educators feel prepared on test day and beyond.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that will allow you to get a good understanding of the important concepts upon the test as well as practice the tests with questions that are great simulations for the real ones you will see when you take the test yourself. The book is also filled with some great tips and strategies from teachers that know the test. This is a great resource that will prepare you well from the FTCE general knowledge test!


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Book Review - Day of the Dead: 20 Creative Projects to Make For Your Party or Celebration

Day of the Dead: 20 Creative Projects to Make For Your Party or Celebration




About the Book Celebrate The Day of the Dead with 20 Fun Projects!

The growing popularity of Dia de los Muertos—The Day of the Dead—can be seen in the increased number of festivals, music concerts, art fairs, altar nights, arts-and-crafts events, costume contests, and candlelit processions (including the famed one held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery). Now you can bring the essence of Mexico's beloved traditions to your own themed party with this evocative guide that includes 20 practical projects. Learn the origins and rituals of this special festival and how to:


  • Create a respectful and beautiful decorated altar with projects for Flor de Muerto (marigold paper pom-poms), Calavaras (sugar skulls), Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead), Mezcal shooters, and more 
  • Find inspiration in traditional Mexicana Art and Artisania to create projects such as Papel picado (cut-tissue paper decorations), fairy light embellishments, embroidered napkins, and more.
  • Explore the spectacular look of La Catrina (Mexico's skeleton lady) with ideas for women's and men's costumes and instructions for facial art designs, a floral headdress, felt hat, and more 


You'll also discover other ideas for events with a Day of the Dead theme, including poetry readings, music, and dancing. Features a directory of Day of the Dead festivals and parades.



My Take on the Book
This is a great collection of activities, readings and more for any gathering, impromptu, party or the like for your own Day of the Dead celebrations. The projects that are provided are well laid out and are easy to follow and will really help you transform any location into one that is ready to celebrate this day!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review - The Baby-sitters Club: Dawn and the Impossible Three

The Baby-sitters Club: Dawn and the Impossible Three



About the Book
Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. While she's still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she's eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for any baby-sitter. The house is always a mess, the kids are out of control, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she promises. On top of all that, Dawn wants to fit in with the other members of the BSC, but she can't figure out how to get along with Kristy. Was joining The Baby-sitters Club a mistake?



My Take on the Book
My daughter did not know how she would like this book as it was a different author than the last few books in the series, but she gave it a try none-the-less. She stated that the book was just as much fun as previous books in the series and that she loved the newest member of the Baby-Sitters Club that she met in this book too. The book brings in humor and mayhem, but in the end a ton of fun!

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Book Review - Game On! 2018: All the Best Games: Awesome Facts and Coolest Secrets

Game On! 2018: All the Best Games: Awesome Facts and Coolest Secrets



About the Book
Get ready for another awesome year of gaming with this ultimate guide to the best games including a definitive list of the biggest games of the past year and the new ones coming in 2018.

Game On! 2018, the most comprehensive guide to all the best games, tech, and YouTube stars, features some of the year's greatest moments including exclusive interviews with YouTube legends like Minecraft superstar CaptainSparklez, top streamers and game developers.

This complete guide is packed with information on all the latest gaming hardware, tech, and essential mobile games. Also includes the best gaming secrets, stats, tips, and tricks to help unlock achievements and trophies on games like Pokémon Sun & Moon, LEGO Worlds, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and so much more! All games featured in Game On! 2018 are rated T for Teen or younger keeping it appropriate for young gamers.




My Take on the Book
A fun book that gives you the inside scoop on some of the greatest games that are out now as well as some very cool interviews with people that you know as well. The book was easy to read and really a ton of fun to learn from too. The content is fun, engaging and entertaining and dare I say educational too, yes I do!

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Book Review - Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Special Edition 2018

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Special Edition 2018



About the Book
Don't miss this all-new Ripley's Believe It or Not! which features 144 full-color pages of the most incredible facts, strangest discoveries, and weirdest wonders of the world!

This year's edition features oddities including a house in China that is covered with millions of sea shells, a new invention that allows you to grind up insects for cooking, and a secret amusement park housed in an abandoned salt mine in Romania that must be seen to be believed!




My Take on the Book
Get ready to be wowed in this great new edition of Ripley's Believe it or Not. What we always find interesting is reading about all of the amazing new facts, figures, discoveries and more that are packed into these great books. This book did not disappoint, filled with great pictures and more this book will surprise you and make you want to read more with each page that you read!

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Book Review - Swing It, Sunny

Swing It, Sunny




About the Book
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.

Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he's changed.

Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!




My Take on the Book
This was a great story with great characters throughout the book. What my oldest daughter said was that she loved that the book connected her to a character that was going through some similar middle school experiences. She also loved the mystery of the new neighbor and how chipper and upbeat Sunny always was!

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Book Review - Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Michelle the Winter Wonderland Fairy

Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Michelle the Winter Wonderland Fairy



About the Book
Kirsty and Rachel are together again! Kirsty's mom won an online contest for a photo she submitted to a travel website. The prize is a trip for four to a beautiful snowy resort where a winter festival is being held.



My Take on the Book
This was a great new Rainbow Magic book with a fun story that you will love to read with your own kids. My girls have always loved these stories and this one keeps up with the great storytelling of the past with a great new story too. I highly recommend this story to all!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review - Myths and Monsters: 50 Mazes for Kids

Myths and Monsters: 50 Mazes for Kids



About the Book
From the internationally acclaimed creator of MazeToons comes this wacky, maze-filled collection of mythological creatures, monsters, and more!

Discover 50 colorfully illustrated mazes with fully solvable characters, cartoon elements, and imaginative creatures along every start-to-finish path. Themed, integrated illustrations—set within the mazes—are fun, playful, and perfect for big kids and grown-ups too. Besides navigating the usual twists and turns of a traditional maze, puzzle-solvers will have to navigate through crazy cartoon features, Bigfoot's giant feet, the Cyclops' eye, a kraken's wiggly tentacles, and more. There are dozens of dead ends, illusions, twists, and turns that ramp up with each difficulty level. Open the pages and get lost in this mythical world that's scary good fun!


My Take on the Book
If your kids love monsters, myths and of course mazes, then this book is for them. The book is filled with a ton of great mazes that will challenge and entertain! The mazes are filled with fun colors which make the myths and monsters pop from the page and in the back of the book you can eve get some help if you get stuck!


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Book Review - We Are in an ART-ivity Book!

We Are in an ART-ivity Book!



About the Book
Drawing! Coloring! Sculpting! Gaming! Puzzling! LOLing! It's all here in the first-ever Elephant & Piggie ART-ivity book. Elephant & Piggie are joined by a new face too: Art Vaark. Art the aardvark introduces Elephant, Piggie (and kids) to an incredible span of artistic styles: a "banana" still life; a color-by-number Piggie "Scream" painting; a scrap-paper collage (for which you earn an official "Collage Diploma"); and so much more.

Created by the same team behind Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!, this fun-filled, hands-on book features an interactive narrative that invites kids into an exciting, original Elephant & Piggie adventure!



My Take on the Book
What a fun book, filled with amazing activities that your kids can either do alone or even with you! This book engages kids and encourages them to explore new things and try their hand at a lot of new things too. The book really walks you through the activities as well which makes the book a ton of fun for kids to explore!


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Book Review - The Myth of the ADHD Child

The Myth of the ADHD Child



About the Book
A fully revised and updated edition of the groundbreaking book on tackling the root causes of children’s attention and behavior problems rather than masking the symptoms with medication.
More than twenty years after Dr. Thomas Armstrong's Myth of the A.D.D. Child first published, he presents much needed updates and insights in this substantially revised edition. When The Myth of the A.D.D. Child was first published in 1995, Dr. Thomas Armstrong made the controversial argument that many behaviors labeled as ADD or ADHD are simply a child's active response to complex social, emotional, and educational influences. In this fully revised and updated edition, Dr. Armstrong shows readers how to address the underlying causes of a child's attention and behavior problems in order to help their children implement positive changes in their lives.

The rate of ADHD diagnosis has increased sharply, along with the prescription of medications to treat it. Now needed more than ever, this book includes fifty-one new non-drug strategies to help children overcome attention and behavior problems, as well as updates to the original fifty proven strategies.


My Take on the Book
This is a book that is a must have resource for any parent, teacher or others that are working with or are concerned about their own or other ADHD diagnosed child. The book is filled with amazing resources, facts, figures and more that will open your eyes to the way that the ADHD mind works and how we can work to support people with diagnosed to overcome the diagnose and manage this in many ways!


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Book Review - The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas



About the Book
Elephant is delighted to get a gift, but as the twelve days of Christmas continue, presents pile higher and higher!


My Take on the Book
A very fun way to look at the 12 Days of Christmas with a new eye. With new characters, you will love to see this fun little elephant reliving the 12 Days of Christmas!


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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Review - Thea Stilton: The Land of Flowers

Thea Stilton: The Land of Flowers

Thea Stilton: The Land of Flowers


About the Book
Join Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters as they travel to help a new magical land! The mice encounter fairies and other strange and fantastical creatures as they work together to solve a mystery to save the realm from peril. It's a fabumouse adventure!


My Take on the Book
The Thea Sisters are planning the Mouseford Spring Fest when Will Mystery asks for their help. The fairyland kingdom is in danger of dying. For some mysterious reason all the flowers are wilting and dying. The Thea Sisters go with Will to help solve the mystery.

This book is full of all kinds of dangers for the Thea Sisters, but along the way they find fairies and other creatures of the kingdom to assist them. There is adventure, mystery, challenges, and the Thea Sisters must prove time and time again that they are brave. The mouse girls must problem solve. 


My Take on the Book
There is a wicked witch who can destroy everything but once again many fairyland creatures come to the rescue to assist the Thea sisters in saving the flowers and the kingdom.

If you enjoy fantasy and adventure, I believe this chapter book will delight the reader.
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