Dad of Divas' Reviews

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Review - Lucy's Lab: The Colossal Fossil Fiasco

Lucy's Lab: The Colossal Fossil Fiasco



About the Book
Lucy accidentally overhears her parents talking about the family getting a second pet. But what pet should they get?

At school, Lucy’s class is learning about fossils and the plants and animals that left them behind.

One afternoon, Lucy finds a special rock, and Miss Flippo gets very excited! But when Lucy’s precious fossil goes missing, everyone in Room 2C is a suspect. . . .


My Take on the Book
This was a fun series that incorporates STEM concepts into a fun story that will draw you in and make you ask for more. This was the third book in the series, however, even though I had not read the first 2 books I did not feel that I was lost. My 10 year old daughter and I read this together and we really appreciated the story and the characters. In this book you do get two main plot lines, getting a new pet and having to deal with people that may try and take credit for the work that you do. The book does a great job at incorporating STEM concepts into the story itself. You will learn about proper research and other science concepts throughout the book. The author also uses science vocabulary to allow for kids to get better acquainted to words in the STEM field. By the end of reading this book my daughter and I had already had a number of great conversations about what was happening in the book and what it meant for her and for the character. The book incorporates humor with fact and being the chapters are short kids stay engaged at an earlier age. All-in-all this is a great book to share with your kids. If you have not yet read this or any of the other books in this series, I highly recommend them!


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Book Review - The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: The Gift

The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: The Gift



About the Book

Birdie Mae Hayes has pretty much the perfect life. Her best friend Sally lives just down the street, she's becoming friends with the new boy in town, and Halloween is coming up. Her little brother Bubba drives her crazy sometimes, but whose doesn't?

Except, lately, Birdie can't stop feeling like something is about to happen. Then she starts seeing things happen―before they happen!

It turns out her Grandma Mae has the same ability. But Birdie doesn't know if she's ready to take on the responsibility of this "gift." Still, with the right attitude and some practice, she could help a lot of people. One thing's for sure: life is going to be real interesting from now on!


My Take on the Book
This was a powerful story that shows a girl coming of age and coming into powers that she never even knew that she had within her. The powers allow her to know what will happen before they do and this is definitely a power that she has to learn to cope with. The book is an easy, fun read and this was a book that my daughter and I loved to read together! By the end of the book my daughter was asking if there was a second book, which there is not, but here's hoping for another to be written soon!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Review - Project Droid: Give a 'Bot a Bone

Project Droid: Give a 'Bot a Bone



About the Book
Logan and his robot cousin Java are playing ball in the garage, a.ka. Mom’s lab, when they accidentally break her haircutting machine. They need to get a new one fast! The good news: they find one online. The bad news: it’s going to cost a lot of money.

My Take on the Book
This is another great book in the series. I loved how this book incorporates science, humor and more. On every page of the book you will find yourself having fun along with the characters. Throughout this whole book you will find Logan and his cousin in so many unique situations which were so funny. The book was a quick read and definitely is one that any Project Droid new or old fan will love!


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review - Embracing the Awkward

Embracing the Awkward



About the Book
Who are you? Young adults struggle with lots of issues; finishing up school, finding a career, finding a partner to be with and most importantly figuring out who they are. But who are you? That can often be an overwhelming question to ask, especially when you feel like the people all around you have it figured out and you’re just falling behind them. In fact, you may even have questions that you would NEVER feel comfortable talking to other people about for fear of being judged or even rejected by them. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to navigate life alone, in fact there’s so much untapped potential in you that the world has yet to see.

Realize your potential: It can be hard to see the potential we have to do really wonderful things in this world. Figuring out how to make friends, develop relationships and to be confident is a step-by-step process. Now help is available in Embracing the Awkward, written by the popular teen-advice-YouTuber, The Josh Speaks. This down-to-earth guide will help you feel comfortable taking small steps towards being somebody great. In this book Josh walks through the step-by-step process for sorting out the confusion around teen questions. This isn’t another dry instructional book written by a boring adult who is disconnected from the millennial reality, it’s a guide, a workbook, an empowering step towards trying things out, discovering who you are and truly becoming your best self.

Embracing the Awkward gives teens materials for developing their own unique style of speaking and engaging with others.The book contains workbook elements for each chapter that offer a step-by-step checklist of activities to follow, along with examples of things to say, topics to talk about and ways to lead into situations. Also, it contains infographics that show how to:

  • approach people
  • determine when you’ve hit the point of highest attraction
  • lead into conversations with groups of people

    The book covers topics like making strong friendships in school, approaching your crushes and asking them out, dealing with failure and rejection, and maintaining your family relationships. This book will help you build upon the skills you have deep inside of you so you can structure your life and shake the world around you by truly being somebody great.

    Chapter topics include:


    • Feeling comfortable in your school environment
    • Updating your style and look so you feel confident
    • Deciding on a person who’s worth getting to know
    • Having a conversation with someone you like
    • Avoiding getting friend zoned
    • How to deal with rejection
    • Techniques for becoming popular and gaining respect
    • Handling your parents getting involved in your dating life
    • The different methods of asking someone out
    • Figuring out what you can do on a first date and beyond
    • Maintaining a long distance relationship
    • What it takes to be a good partner in a relationship




My Take on the Book
I remember how awkward things were when I was a teenager. You did not feel like you fit in anywhere and you were trying to make a place for yourself in the world. As a dad of a teenager I see this same thing happening with my own daughter and I know that there are even more challenges today than I even had to deal with. This book is a great book that offers practical thoughts and advice to teens to help them process things without having an adult hovering over them. The topics in the book are relevant and important and the book is written in a way that makes it an easy read. I highly recommend this book to any parent of a current or future teenager!


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Book Review - Movie Quotes for all Occasions

Movie Quotes for all Occasions



About the Book
Best movie quotes: We all do it. Every day, with or without noticing, you quote movies. Hit a search engine and you can find thousands of lists of the best movie quotes of all time. From Rhett Butler to Obi-Wan Kenobi, movie quotes have become an integral part of expression. However, the movie quotes that often show up on these “best of” lists rarely lend themselves to important moments in life. Nor are they meant to provide personal motivation. Open any typical movie quote list or book and you’re likely to see “May the Force be with you,” or “I’ll have what she’s having.” Does that really do anything for us as readers looking for inspiration, motivation, or simply a beautiful phrase to couple with your own words?
Best movie quotes for all occasions: That’s where I come in. I’ve scoured the movie world to track down the most appropriate, best movie quotes for every occasion. From weddings to pre-game pep talks, I’ve found the quotes that are moving, inspirational, or just plain hilarious that do more than just remind of the movies they came from. These quotes transcend their stories and enrich your life.
  • Looking to rally your team before the big game? Try this quote from Capt. Malcom Reynolds from the science-fiction film Serenity (2005): “You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all… So no more running. I aim to misbehave.”
  • Need a quote to cap off your perfectly humorous wedding speech with some genuine, but witty, sentiment? Try some wisdom from Juno… from Juno (2007): “Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”
Movie Quotes for All Occasions provides hidden gems from a variety of film genres. Whether blockbuster megahits or forgotten indies, we’ve got the right quote for the right occasion.



My Take on the Book
If you love quotes and especially movie quotes, this book is a great treasure trove of wisdom. Whether you are looking to give a speech or simply collecting great quotes for yourself, this book will give you a ton of movie quotes from a wide-array of movie and genres. Not only do you get fun quotes but you also get some fun commentary by the author as well which makes the book even easier to read and enjoy!

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Book Review - The College Bound Organizer

The College Bound Organizer: The Ultimate Guide to Successful College Applications



About the Book
College Bound Organizer is your step-by-step comprehensive guide to organize every step of the college application process from college search through college admission.

College admissions is tougher than ever: Between now and 2020, about 90 million high schoolers in the U.S. will try to get into college. And, nearly three million students are expected to enroll as first-time freshmen in degree-granting institutions in the United States this school year. Each of these students will apply to many schools ― five, 10, perhaps as many as 20 ― and each of those applications has a daunting number of T’s to cross and I’s to dot. With standardized test taking and school visits, the college application essay to write and forms to fill out, there is so much to do. Applying to college is intimidating and overwhelming for both teenagers and parents.
“Planning ahead and “getting there first” can do more than help students get into a good college ― it can provide them with life skills, a solid education, and lifelong friends.” – Business Insider
If you intend to be college bound: The challenge is to be well informed, prepared, focused and organized throughout the multi-step college search and admission process. Your solution is The College Bound Organizer,the ultimate guide to help students effectively navigate this very complicated and stressful process.
"Using The College Bound Organizer is one way to help you stay focused on what is really important."--Edward B. Fiske, bestselling author of Fiske Guide to Colleges
The College Bound Organizer helps students:
  • Understand what admission officers are looking for in an applicant
  • Prevent common mistakes students make on their applications
  • Build a personal profile
  • Plan an individualized testing schedule
  • Research colleges to identify schools that are a good fit
  • Develop a balanced list of schools
  • Secure letters of recommendation
  • Complete and submit applications accurately and on time
  • Develop the college application essay
  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships
  • Ace interviews
  • Sort through and manage application results
  • Make a final decision



My Take on the Book
As a college admissions professional I am always looking for new resources that I can recommend to people that are either supporting someone looking at attending college or someone that wishes to attend college themselves. This book is a great resource as it is very practical in nature and walks you through the steps that you must follow to be able to get into the college that you wish to attend. The book has a ton of great worksheets that are easy to follow and complete and by the end you have answered most of the important questions that you need to answer to make an informed decision. The book also has a ton of great tips that they share to help this process more streamlines and clear for all. The book is written for people that truly need it which makes the book such a valuable resource.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book Review - The High School Survival Guide

The High School Survival Guide: Your Roadmap to Studying, Socializing & Succeeding



About the Book
How to Study! ─ Do you want to develop great study skills, learn how to study smarter, and reach your full potential as a student?


How to study: “We are always told to study for exams and assignments but I can't remember a time when I was instructed on how to study!”

Study tips: Jessica Holsman of YouTube’s Study With Jess and Nickelodeon’s AwesomenessTV is changing the way teens feel about school. In her debut book, The High School Survival Guide, Holsman shares exclusive study tips and tricks to help you with how to get better grades! You will learn good study habits and tips, including:

  • How to get better grades
  • How to study better
  • How to study for a test
  • How to be a better student
  • How to study smarter
High School Survival Guide: Beyond the classroom, Holsman, who has a degree in Psychology, helps you understand your social skills as you grow from a Freshman to a Senior. From your first year orientation to applying for college and graduation, Holsman provides the best study tips and tricks to help you stay organized, write assignments, complete exams, manage stress and live a well-balanced life! Maximize your full potential, ace your next test, and become an A+ student!




My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that has a little bit of everything for the high school student to be. With a daughter that will be in high school soon, this book is a great resource that walks any reader through some of the highs and lows that can be high school. The author shares some of her own personal examples that makes the book relatable to those that read this. The book was a quick read and offered actionable tips that any new high school student can put to work immediately.



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