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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review - The Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection: Volume One

The Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection: Volume One



About the Book
A collection of different comics content taken from the issues of The Phoenix, this bind-up pulls together different humorous, informative, action-packed, and brain-teasing stories into one mega-comic bind-up!

A practical buffet table for kids to enjoy, brought together in a tailored format and with in-house favorites like Bunny vs. Monkey and Evil Emperor Penguin alongside all-new characters and properties for them to love. The Phoenix Comic Bind-Up provides the unique experience of reading a great comic or magazine... but with loads more material!


My Take on the Book
This book has a ton of great comics from the pages of The Phoenix. Being someone that has not read much from The Phoenix before, but I can tell you that this book was a ton of fun to read through and all of the collection that was shared offered humor, adventure and more. The artwork was beautiful throughout and each was unique from each other. If you love graphic novels and comics, this collection is a must have!

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Book Review - We Don't Eat Our Classmates

We Don't Eat Our Classmates



About the Book
It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.


My Take on the Book
This was a very fun book that looks at what it is like for someone to start at a new school and be different than so many others. I love that the T-Rex says that humans are tasty and has to keep her tendencies to eat humans under control! The book was a ton of fun and has some great messages included within it as well that any parent will love to share with their own kids!

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Book Review - The Itchy Book!


The Itchy Book!



About the Book Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But Dino-Mo reminds them all of the BIG rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch! What's an itchy dinosaur to do? Find out in this hilariously charming beginning reader by author/illustrator LeUyen Pham.


My Take on the Book
This book had a fun story that was accompanied by so many amazing images. My daughter and I loved that this book really looks at having an itch in a whole new way and it helped my daughters to think about how they would itch if they were a dinosaur too! You will get lost in this fun short story, but even more, the images will bring you deeper and deeper into the story and really engage you as well! This was a fun story for the whole family!

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Book Review - There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark!

There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark!



About the Book
There was an old mermaid who swallowed a shark. I don't know why she swallowed a shark, but it left no mark!

Scholastic's bestselling Old Lady is starring in a brand-new adventure series that will make you laugh AND learn! In this new spin-off, the Old Lady turns into an Old Mermaid, travels down into the ocean, and swallows a shark . . . and a squid, and a fish, and an eel, and a crab, and a sea star, and a clam . . . Why? Well, it was fun to cram her mouth with a clam!

Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about the creatures down under for a light take on nonfiction that's perfect for this age. With expanded sea creature back matter and a search-and-find game at the end, this Old Mermaid is making quite a splash!


My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that uses repetition and bring forth a fun new character that is sure to be one that you will remember for a long time. I love how there is a bit of a twist at the end of this book that was also so fun too. I love these books and so do my daughters!

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Book Review - Charlie and Frog

Charlie and Frog



About the Book
All Charlie Tickler wants is for his parents to listen.

Charlie's parents have left him (again). This time they are off to South Africa to help giant golden moles. And Charlie? He's been dumped with his TV-obsessed grandparents. Lonely and curious, Charlie heads into the village of Castle-on-the-Hudson, where a frightened old woman gives him a desperate message-in sign language. When she suddenly disappears, Charlie is determined to find answers.

All Francine (aka Frog) Castle wants is to be the world's greatest detective.

Frog, who is Deaf, would rather be solving crimes than working at the Flying Hands Cafe . When Charlie Tickler walks into the cafe looking for help, Frog jumps at the chance to tackle a real-life case.

Together, Charlie and Frog set out to decipher a series of clues and uncover the truth behind the missing woman's mysterious message. Charlie needs to learn American Sign Language (fast) to keep up with quick-witted Frog. And Frog needs to gather her detective know-how (now) to break the case before it's too late.

Discover the surprising ways people listen in debut author Karen Kane's page-turning mystery filled with humor, intrigue, and heartwarming friendships.



My Take on the Book
This book is a mystery but it is also a story about a young boy named Charlie who is trying to find his place to live. His parents fly all over the world and he feels they do not really pay attention to him. He stays with his grandparents who love to just watch TV. It is not until he meets a deaf woman named Aggie that the mystery begins and he meets a young girl nicknamed Frog that he begins to feel part of a "family" and community.

Yes there is a mystery and the reader is brought through their investigations and their deciphering of the numbers and letters of a gravestone of a known and loved author of the town. 

There appears to be danger as two men, Dex and Ray, try to steal a book which holds a valued treasure. The treasure is not what they thought, but something that each person who puts it on, a knitted scarf, can learn to feel the power within them.

Charlie needs to learn sign language as Frog and her parents are deaf. But that knowledge and his friendship with Frog's family leads him to the life and education he was hoping for while his parents are still traveling. Charlie begins to develop a new relationship with his grandparents too as they watch less TV and pay more attention to him.

It is a good chapter book with many good values.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review - Let's Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done

Let's Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done




About the Book

Ugh—meetings. They’re where productivity goes to die, right? There has to be a better way. According to leading consultants Dick and Emily Axelrod, there is.

Using the same principles that make video games so engaging and that transformed the numbing assembly line into the dynamic shop floor, the Axelrods outline a flexible and adaptable system used to run truly productive meetings in all kinds of organizations—meetings where people create concrete plans, accomplish tasks, build connections, and move projects forward. They show how to design every aspect of a meeting—from the way you greet people at the beginning to how you sum up at the end—so that real work actually gets done. Those who have adopted this system will never go back. Neither will you.



My Take on the Book

As someone that conducts many meetings I have to say that this book was a great book that really provides you with a clean plan for how you can prepare well and conduct great meetings. I found the book to be written in a way that was very practical and definitely provided a manager like myself with great tools that could be put to use right away.

The book was short and engaged the reader from beginning to end. There are great examples shared throughout the book that make the concepts tangible.

If you want to transform your meetings this book will help you do just that!


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review - Secrets of Topsea: A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean!

Secrets of Topsea: A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean!



About the Book
Welcome to Topsea, the strangest place you'll ever visit. In this town, the coves are bottomless and the pier has no end in sight. There's a high tide and a low tide... and a vanishing tide. Dogs are a myth, but mermaids are totally real. And seaweed is the main ingredient in every meal-watch out, it might just start chewing you back!

New kid Davy definitely thinks Topsea is strange. His mom keeps saying they'll get used to life in their new town-it's just the way things are on the coast! But after his first day at Topsea School, Davy finds himself wondering: Why is his locker all the way at the bottom of the school swimming pool? Why can't anyone remember his name? (It's Davy!) And why does everyone act like all of this is normal?!

Through newspaper articles, stories, surveys, notifications, and more, follow Davy and the rest of Ms. Grimalkin's fifth grade class through the weird world of Topsea. (Whatever you do, don't make eye contact with the rubber ducks.)



My Take on the Book
Davy Jones is a new 5th grader at Topsea School. Davy notices right away that this town and the school are very unusual (at least to him). For example seaweed can be found in your bed around your feet, in your cereal bowl and you can expect to be served seaweed burgers on a seaweed bun in the school cafeteria.

The reader will get to know Davy's new friends. As the friends play together you will learn about the town : the water park that often is not open, the closed arcade that the kids can get into, and there is the lighthouse in the middle of town with no doors but there is a lightkeeper living there. And more!
Some of the adventures are when Finn was stuck to the chewing gum wall. Another one involving Finn and friends was the running on the boardwalk and an old woman (troll) who lives under the boardwalk gives Finn a bell. What is so great about the bell is that Finn who has a quiet voice, can now get the attention of his friends by ringing the bell. I enjoyed that chapter.

In spite of all the strangeness of Topsea, Davy and his mother seem to begin to settle in and adjust.Davy continues to ask questions and may be confused by events, but the kids at the school accept him as a new friend by the end of the book. 

The authors have really used their creative powers in this book.
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