Thursday, October 26, 2017

God Gave us Family


Seeing the cover of God Gave us Family, reminded me of the book I recently reviewed, When God Made You. The book's illustrations appeared to be very similar. I knew we really enjoyed When God Made You so I thought we would check it out. I had requested the book and was checking out some of the reviews. They talked about traditional and non-traditional families and it feels very important to raise your kids with awareness that just because something is "normal" to them it doesn't mean something different should be weird, strange, or "abnormal". This book does an amazing job of getting that across.

We've read the book several times already. My son loves seeing the different animals and it's a great way to talk about difference and how we are all unique and special in our own way.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Graphic History of an American Founding Father



Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is still popular despite the time lapsed from when the Broadway show caught viral fire. I got this book hoping it would be a more visual representation of Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton book which is what the musical is based on.

We were lucky enough to get Ron Chernow at the Toledo Library last year.

The book does a good job combining visuals and text to make the book easier to understand for a younger audience and allows them to more easily get through the important historical and moral lessons. This being a comic book opens up history to a wider audience. I really appreciate that.

I really enjoyed reading other reviews on the book before getting it at Blogging for Books.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

When God Made You By Matthew Paul Turner Illustrated by David Catrow

I got this book for my little dude because we love reading books and the cover looked amazingly beautiful. It had received really high remarks from other reviewers.

People mentioned a lot of diversity being displayed in this book and they were correct! This book makes it easy to tell your own story based on the images and colors in the book. Often times we will make up our own story from the pictures to keep books interesting and develop other vocabulary.

This is a good book for any age especially those under 5,6,7 where they still enjoy picture books.

We will be reading this book all the time!

Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

I can't recommend this book enough - it's thought provoking and very enjoyable for both my toddler and myself. Learn more information from Penguin Random House.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rad Women, Rad Baby

I grabbed this book thinking that it would be a cool topic to discuss with my 2 year old. Following the #HeForShe movement closely, I want to make sure my baby boy grows up nurtured in the right way. I thought this book might be too high level or too intense for him until I read the last paragraph of the description.
This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women's history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!
So I thought I would give it a chance. It's neat to see the women illustrated in black and white so that their ethnicity is more obscured and that the focus is on their profile/resume. There were profiles of women I had heard of like Malala, Marie Curie, Venus and Serena Williams, and Frida Kahl, but the great thing is there were dozens I had not heard of which means the author is bringing them to life.

This book is phenominal and one I will certainly pass on to my children, friends, and family.It really wasn't a great read with the 2 year old - there aren't really eye catching pictures to keep him involved so I passed it onto an 8 and 10 year old - they LOVE it!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Striking Book for a Joke Gift

I grabbed this book as a joke for a friend. Since we love Arrested Development and the cover is one of the stars of the show, I thought what better than to give this to him as a prank. Had I flipped through the actual book, I would've realized my mistake.

The book is EXTREMELY interesting. It challenges the role of tradition, gender, and stereotypes by mixing celebrity males with women's fashion and settings. It takes a very unconventional approach to women's rights. The book might be portrayed as an art form, but I like it better as a political and cultural statement.

The book itself is heavy as a truck. It probably weighs a good 5 pounds so shipping it would be expensive. It's bigger than a normal size sheet of paper - definitely oversized which makes the images have a more lasting impact.

Exploring masculinity and femininity through this book is a neat concept and made a prank into an actual experience.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sayings for the Mom


I grabbed this book for mom for Christmas. I thought for the woman that likes to hang sayings and signs on the wall, what better than an illustrated book of sayings. Judging from the picture online it appears to be a wider coffee table book.

It's actually a lot smaller. It's a little bigger than the width of a school notebook and about half as tall.


The book is funky, whimsical, and a little odd! It contains 50 sayings from around the world and does a great job displaying or illustrating (to steal from the title) these sayings to help articulate exactly what they mean. The book does a nice job of portraying the language so that it is easy to grasp. I am a little disappointed in the content. I was hoping for something a little lighter and happier, but some of the sayings are just too strange.

The other weird thing about the book is it seems to have no order. The sayings are all done randomly. I wish it would've been alphabetical by language, grouped by continent, or even time-period.

If you like funky world culture, then this book is a neat gift.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fairies Fairies Everywhere

We ordered this book for our younger cousins who absolutely love everything to do with Fairies. They love the typical fairies Disney has produced as off shoots from Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, but more so they love them in general. They've created little fairy gardens at their home, bed sheets, curtains, and have statues all over.

I've received books from Christopher Hart in the past and have loved his instructional perspective. This is another gem in the series. It covers everything from very detailed drawings that will take a lot of skill and practice, to those just beginning.
After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book’s many exercises and challenges.
I highly recommend this book to any aspiring artists or those just loving the fantasy world. I am excited to give this book away!

OTHER BOOKS AND REVIEWS

Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart