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Entries in book review (7)

Monday
Dec272010

Book Review: REAL SIMPLE new uses for old things

I just got this book for Christmas from my sister-in-law and each page gives me an 'ah-ha' moment.

I love that the items are already in my house, it's just a new way of looking at them. I may become a hoarder because now everything has a new way to be used!

For example:

Use Post-It notes to clean out a computer keyboard

Use scraps of wall paper to line drawers and shelves

Use that blue painter's tape to reseal bags of chips

Do you have a tip? I'll see if it's already in the book!

Janine

Disclosure: some links are affiliate links.

Wednesday
Oct202010

Enjoy Disney's newest "Tangled" star Rapunzel through her Journal

Any girl who does not already keep a journal will most likely start journaling after reading this book and if you aren't already excited for the new Disney film, "Tangled", then you will be.

Tangled: Rapunzel's Journal: Letting Down My Hair

As we already know, Rapunzel has been locked away in a tower with her mother all her life. And, she's really overdue for a haircut. In her journal we can see how she has spent her days making friends wtih a chameleon, naming the trees she looks out onto, and various chores and hobbies. We also get to read first-hand what she did when she finally leaves the tower for the first time!

Rapunzel is a teenager and she has dreams that are very different from the dreams her mother has for her. What girl can't relate to that? What are her dreams and just how does she plan to make them come true? Read the journal and see!

Then, let's go see the movie!

Janine

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from Disney. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing. Some links are affiliate links.

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Monday
Oct182010

Fun Disney Books to Give as Holiday Gifts to Kids

The Twofer love books. They love to read them, they love to write them, they love to smell them. Yes, smell them. But that's another post.

And so they always get a few books for Christmas either from us, Santa, or from their aunt who also loves books. Below are some fun, and different books from Disney Publishing that will make great gifts for various reasons. Check out the books and the reasons below. Then, let me know if your giving your kid books this holiday!

Phineas and Ferb Comic Reader #3: Hey, Where's Perry?

Who doesn't like Phineas and Ferb? Even I get sucked into that show on occasion. What I like about this book: it's A REAL comic book! Lots of colorful comic strip pictures but still a book with a beginning, middle and end. Perfect for any kid that likes the show, but maybe doesn't love reading. A comic book like this is a great compromise to get them interested in reading.

 

Super Chicken Nugget Boy vs. Dr. Ned-Grant and his Eggplant Army

Any book that makes a chicken nugget into a hero is perfect in my book. What I like about this book: it deals with bullies, beacause really, all super hero stories are about dealing with bullies. Super Chicken Nugget Boy helps to fight crime while keeping the reader giggling. It's a chapter book which can challenge readers, but has some pictures to keep the image in their mind active as well.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel

Even my twins can related to books about The Sugar Plum Ballerinas and they don't even take ballet! Why? Because these ballerina stories are filled with girl drama and deal with issues like believing in yourself, doing the right thing, and accepting that your dad has a girlfriend. WHAT? Yep, in the latest Sugar Plum book, we follow along as Terrel tries to stay in control of everything...including her father.

Janine

Disclosure: I received copies of each of these books for the purpose of this review from Disney Publishing. All opinions are my own and this post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published. Some links are affiliate links.

Monday
Oct112010

Book Review: "The Writing Circle" by Corinne Demas

We Write, We Read, We All Have a Story

Many bloggers turn into published authors and so we all can relate to the idea of joining a writing group where we could bounce our ideas off one another. "The Writing Circle " by Corinne Demas explores the somewhat complicated relationships between different types of writers involved in a writing group.
Each writer has their own, unique story - in what they are writing but also in their personal life. Written from these different perspectives, we get the 'whole' story while we witness the characters' struggle with each other, and with their families.


We learn one of the members is even more conniving than we had suspected...and has a secret. It was hard to put the book down as I was waiting for the rest of the writing group to 'catch' the thief amongst them who has stolen another member's story.

We Own our Ideas

"The Writing Circle " touches a nerve with anyone who writes - especially bloggers. Every one of us knows someone who has had something (a blog post, a photo, a business idea) stolen from them. Sometimes the post or content is re-purposed, but often times not, and then it's posted on another website. Our stories are pieces of us...memories, wishes, dreams, fears, and they often tell stories of our family. To have our original stories stolen and presented as someone else's idea is nothing but infuriating. However, with millions of blogs out there, is it possible something thought was our idea may have been sparked by something else we've read?

This is the issue that comes to a front in "The Writing Circle ".

Good read, interesting story, and relevant to anyone who enjoys reading or writing.

Janine

Disclosure: I received a review copy of "The Writing Circle" for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. Some links are affiliate links.

Wednesday
Sep152010

Lessons to be Learned in Back to School series of Disney-Hyperion Books

I have been reading to the twins since there were just a few months old. For some reason it always calmed them. It was also something I could easily do with two children on my lap. What I love about children's books is that often, I learn something new.

Recently I had the opportunity to review some really cool children's books that the Disney Book Group put together as part of a Back to School Survival Guide. Here are the three books we reviewed and a little recap of what we all learned.

"Jack's Path of Courage: The life of John F. Kennedy" by Doreen Rappaport

JFK did not become a great president overnight. He was active in extra-curricular activities, he volunteered, he was a war hero, and a published author at a very young age. This book follows John F. Kennedy through his life so we see that sometimes a struggle can make us stronger...and maybe event President of the United States!

"OH NO! (Or How my Science Project Destroyed the World" by Mac Barnett

If the title doesn't grab you, the illustrations by Dan Santat most certainly will. In this story we follow a young girl who is retracing the steps she 'should' have taken when she was building her science project...like maybe she should have given it ears, or the ability to feel pain. At the very least, it's important to have a back-up plan!

"Clementine, Friend of the Week" by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is picked to be Friend of the Week so it's her turn to enjoy being line leader, collecting milk money, and getting a booklet in which all the other classmates write why they like her. Clemintine wants a booklet filled with compliments like her friend Margaret received. But what starts out as a great week, may turn out to be one of the worst and we learn that being a friend is not as easy as you'd think.

What are your kids reading since heading back to school?

Janine

Disclosure: I received review copies of these books from Disney-Hyperion Books. All opinions are my own and this review was not approved prior to posting. Some links are affiliate links.