Dad of Divas' Reviews: October 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review - Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye



About the Book
Who is Baby Monkey?

He is a baby.

He is a monkey.

He has a job.

He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye!

Lost jewels?

Missing pizza?

Stolen spaceship?

Baby Monkey can help...

if he can put on his pants!

Baby Monkey's adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.

Hooray for Baby Monkey!

My Take on the Book
This was a fun story with a a baby monkey that was both cute and a private eye. The book is one that was a quick read and has beautiful illustrations. The mystery of the missing jewels was a fun case and you get to find out who stole the jewels through not only the story but the beautiful imagery too.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review - Eerie Elementary: Classes Are Canceled!

Eerie Elementary: Classes Are Canceled!



About the Book
Eerie Elementary is falling apart! Floors are splitting, walls are crumbling, and students are in serious danger! Principal Winik announces that the school must be torn down. But Sam, Lucy, and Antonio are not sure that is the answer . . . Could this all be part of Orson Eerie's plan to live forever? Sam and his friends must work fast to find out!



My Take on the Book
My daughter loves to read this great series, not only because of the world that is created, but also because of the characters that are a part of the world too! This is a great new addition to the series. We loved seeing the plot, the twists and turns as well as the mystery that surrounds the book itself. The book is a fast read and we definitely did not want to put the book down once we started!

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Book Review - Geronimo Stilton Micekings: The Helmet Holdup

Geronimo Stilton Micekings: The Helmet Holdup



About the Book
Oh, no! One of the special miceking helmets in miceking leader Sven the Shouter's private collection has been stolen! Could it have been taken by the vilekings-the rival mouse clan? The micekings journey to the vilekings' village to find out... and while they're there, the dragons attack! Can all the mice work together to save their fur?



My Take on the Book
Another great book that incorporates humor, fun and characters that you have come to love. The book also brings in some great illustrations that draw you further into the book. This book has a great story that continues to make you wonder what will happen. Can they all work together to defeat the dragons? Read and find out!

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Book Review - The Littlest Valentine

The Littlest Valentine



About the Book
From the New York Times bestselling author that brought us The Littlest Pilgrim comes a sweet new Valentine's Day companion filled with family, food, and love.

Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can't seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries. Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine's Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?

A sweet Valentine's Day story to share with the littlest of readers!




My Take on the Book
Such a cute book that captures that you do not have to be big to make a difference. This was a wonderful book that all young readers will enjoy. Even my older kids enjoyed reading this as it really affirms the importance of everyone in a family!


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Book Review - Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel


Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel



About the Book
The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is re-imagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike.

When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really brings the Ann of Green Gables story alive in a whole new way. The imagery in the graphic novel was fun and it really captures the original story in so many ways. The book brings forth the magic of Anne and the world that she lives in.You will love the characters, the illustrations the story and more!


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Book Review - Goats of Anarchy: Polly and Her Duck Costume




About the Book
Polly and Her Duck Costume tells the true story of Polly, a little blind goat who was rescued by Leanne Lauricella, rescuer of farmyard animals and founder of the immensely popular Instagram account The Goats of Anarchy. Polly has some trouble adapting to her new life until her new mom gives her a warm and fuzzy duck costume, which turns out to be the perfect fit! Follow along with Polly as she finds love with her new family, gains confidence, and makes new friends. The perfect tale to inspire and delight animal lovers, Polly and Her Duck Costume pairs beautiful illustrations with a truly heartwarming tale readers of all ages will adore.


My Take on the Book
This was such a cute book. We loved that it was a true story and that in the end you even get to see some great images of the real goat too. The book really shows the love between goat and owner as well as that how the goat's blindness does not stop the goat from living its' life. Even with older kids they loved the story and they loved meeting Polly too!


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review - Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens




About the Book
Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings modern Star Wars iconography to life in stunning graphite pencil, transforming memorable characters including Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren (along with Leia, Han Solo, and R2-D2) into detailed, realistic portraits. Lucasfilm collaborator and professional artist Russell Walks guides artists step by step and provides insightful notes, drawing tips, and memorable moments for each character from the film. This book allows readers to develop and strengthen their drawing skills, while experiencing this legendary series in a whole new light.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that allows you to really draw some amazing Star Wars characters. This is definitely a book that is not for the beginning artist as while there are steps it does go quite fast, with a lot of shading and more. That being said, there are some very cool images that you can make but it does take time and patience. This is a great book for any Star Wars fan!


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Book Review - If You Give a Man a Cookie: A Parody

If You Give a Man a Cookie: A Parody



About the Book
#1 New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff, author of the hugely popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, offers this hilarious parody of her own book for the man in your life.

If you give a man a cookie...he's going to want milk to go with it...God forbid he should get it himself.

If You Give a Man a Cookie is a woman’s commentary about her helpless man and the chain of events that leads him on a journey from the bed to the bathroom to the couch and back to bed at nightfall.


My Take on the Book
My daughters grew up on the If you Give a Mouse a Cookie and other books by Laura Joffe Numeroff. This book was such a funny parody on the book and while it does have some stereotypes within the book, it is still a fun book that all will enjoy. The book follows a similar path as many of her other books have in the past. You can tell that the illustrator within this book is different than in past books, but Brian Ajhar's work is still great! The book is geared for women to read as it does portray men as helpless and a bit hapless too, but in reading this as a man, I know it is all in fun.


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Book Review - Dream Jumper: Curse of the Harvester


Dream Jumper: Curse of the Harvester



About the Book
Ben and Jake are back for more! With the Dream Jumper business making them some serious money, all seems to be going great. But Ben is put to the test in a way he never saw coming when a new and formidable foe invades his nightmares. With Jake backing him up and a mysterious newcomer in the Dream World, Ben may have a chance to overcome this new evil. He just has to keep his friends safe long enough to figure out how!



My Take on the Book
This was a great story. My youngest read this and found that even though she did not read the first book she loved it and now she wants to read the second as well. She loved the characters in the book. The plot of the story moved quickly and the artwork was great. Will Jake be able to save everyone from having a bad dream, read this book and find out!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Review - Tyrannosaurus Ralph





About the Book
Dinosaurs plus bullies plus aliens plus hijinks equal a wacky new graphic novel kids will love!

Ralph is just trying to get home from school without getting picked on by the local bully.

He's not trying to run smack into that bully. He's also not trying to wake up hours later in the body of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And he's DEFINITELY not trying to do battle in an alien arena in order to save Earth from the evil Cloberus Crunch.

Unfortunately for Ralph, this is exactly what happens.

Armed only with a new body (with very tiny arms) and his wits, Ralph is expected to not only defend himself and his planet in hand-to-hand combat with ferocious aliens, he must also navigate a new world filled with all sorts of creatures Ralph has never imagined, in which it can be difficult to tell friend from foe.

This zany, hilarious story will appeal to anyone who loves dinosaurs, aliens, and adventure.

My Take on the Book
This was a great book that was filled with a ton of humor, action and great artwork throughout the book. The characters in this book were memorable and even though the story is a bit different, it was a fun romp through a world unlike our own. As mentioned, the artwork was stunning and really jumped off the page. I loved reading this along with my daughters!


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Book Review - Little Book Big Laughs - Eats, Treats & Sweets Jokes


Little Book Big Laughs - Eats, Treats & Sweets Jokes


About the Book
When you cross a sweet tooth and a funny bone, you get the tastiest joke book ever created.
Laugh (and munch) your way through 300+ side-splitting jokes! Just don't do it all in one sitting.
Proceeds from the sale of this book go toward funding UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation's (UHCCF) medical grants for children and their families who need assistance.

You'll laugh with every page turn, and smile knowing that your purchase helps a great cause. This collection of jokes came from children across the United States looking to help other children in need. The humor will hit the funny bone of everyone - grown-ups and kids alike.

  • A must-have for children ages 4-12 
  • Includes lined pages for writing in more jokes 
  • Paperback, 80 pages



My Take on the Book
We loved this book and had some great laughs with this too. My girls love having jokes in their lunches and this had a ton of great ones that we could share with them. We all laughed a ton with the great jokes in this book!

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Book Review - Little Book Big Laughs - Cool Jokes for Summer

Little Book Big Laughs - Cool Jokes for Summer


About the Book
What's the best way to stay cool this summer?

Lemonade, of course.

But this ridiculously cool joke book comes in a close second! With over 400 hilarious jokes, you'll be laughing all summer long.

Proceeds from the sale of this book go toward funding UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation's (UHCCF) medical grants for children and their families who need assistance.

You'll laugh with every page turn, and smile knowing that your purchase helps a great cause. This collection of jokes came from children across the United States looking to help other children in need. The humor will hit the funny bone of everyone - grown-ups and kids alike.


  • A must-have for children ages 4-12
  • Includes lined pages for writing in more jokes
  • Paperback, 112 pages




My Take on the Book
This is a great book that was a ton of fun. The jokes were light, funny and my kids loved reading them for themselves. You will laugh along with the jokes and by the end you will have a ton of smiles across your family's faces!

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Book Review - Little Book Big Laughs - Birthday, Holiday & Celebration Jokes

Little Book Big Laughs - Birthday, Holiday & Celebration Jokes




About the Book
Get out your party hat, it's time to celebrate! This knee-slapper will have you laughing all the way to the holiday season.

With over 300 jokes, you'll have reason to rejoice every single day. 

Proceeds from the sale of this book go toward funding UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation's (UHCCF) medical grants for children and their families who need assistance.

You'll laugh with every page turn, and smile knowing that your purchase helps a great cause. This collection of jokes came from children across the United States looking to help other children in need. The humor will hit the funny bone of everyone - grown-ups and kids alike.

  • A must-have for children ages 4-12 
  • Includes lined pages for writing in more jokes 
  • Paperback, 76 pages



My Take on the Book
This was a great book. My kids love jokes so I am always looking for fun ones to share with them and this one is a great one that has some very funny ones. While the book is short the jokes were a ton of fun.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

DVD Review - Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary



About the DVD
Ride a tide of holiday hilarity with these contemporary classic shorts starring Mickey and friends. Whether you're trimming the tree or carving a pumpkin, you're gonna laugh yourself silly! DUCK THE HALLS: It's the most wonderful time of the year... to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas. Unfortunately, December is not kind to birds, and before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle! THE SCARIEST STORY EVER: For Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a "tomb, sweet tomb." He's also planned the perfect treat: a hair-raising Halloween story! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey somehow conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight?






My Take on the DVD
This was a great DVD. My kids have loved watching the Mickey Mouse and friends cartoons that have been on the Disney Channel lately. This DVD has a ton of great episodes that are both spooky and fun. The episodes are made for the whole family. Get ready for fun as you watch this great DVD with your kids!


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Review - Scholastic Book of World Records 2018




About the Book
Another year of amazing world records and all the latest and greatest pop culture crazes!

  • Where can you find the world's deadliest frog?
  • Which athlete holds the record for most Olympic medals won by an individual EVER? 
  • What state has the biggest collection of T-rex fossils? 
  • Who has more Instagram followers: Grumpy Cat or Selena Gomez? 

This book is packed with the answers to these questions and MORE! Read all about the biggest, best, and most buzzworthy world records in music, movies, sports, technology, video games, science, nature, states, and animals.


My Take on the Book
This is another great book that will surprise you, entertain you and definitely educate you about a ton of things. We love to get this book and to see all of the cool facts, figures and more that are always in these books, and this year was no different. You will love getting into the book itself and you will leave knowing so much more about so much!


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Review - Munchem Academy: The Girl Who Knew Even More

Munchem Academy: The Girl Who Knew Even More



About the Book
Spring has come to Munchem Academy. The snow is melting, the roof is leaking, and Mr. Larimore is now in charge. Mattie is worried, though. Mr. Larimore is taking the whole "let's help Headmaster Rooney get back on his feet" thing seriously, and he's whispering all sorts of suggestions to the highly suggestible Rooney.

Then there's the matter of the school's weather. It's getting . . . strange. Mini-tornados sweep up out of nowhere. Rain pours inside. And there was that snowstorm-that yellow snowstorm-that lasted for two days.

Once Mattie, Caroline, and Eliot figure out what's causing the chaos (the Weather-matic 9000), who's causing the chaos (Mr. Larimore), and why it's a chaotic an idea (weather weapons!), they need to act. Fast.

There's only one thing to do: save Mr. Larimore-and the world-from Mr. Larimore. It's a tall order for a short kid, but Mattie has a plan. After all, what's a little breaking and entering among friends?



My Take on the Book
This is an action-packed fun ride through a very cool world with amazing characters that you will really appreciate (I know that I did). There are some twists and turns but in the end you will love the characters and the dynamics between the characters. I know that I loved the villains, weapons and more and how the characters work together to find out who is causing the problems and how they can stop this too! This is a book that offers you a fun ride!

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Book Review - The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding



About the Book
"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness ."

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?




My Take on the Book
I loved the characters within this story! You are going to be drawn into the story itself from beginning to end with the different world that is created around the characters. Each chapter definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and there is a big cliffhanger at the end which makes you want to come back for the next book which is to come. There were definite twists and turns in the book that kept me wondering what would come next and the ending was definitely a surprise. The main character in this book has a great self-deprecating humor that I appreciated. My oldest daughter also read this and she too seemed to love the book as much as I did! The book is dark and a bit strange but it is one that was fun none-the-less. I am really looking forward to Book 2!


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