Thursday, January 30, 2014

Green Juicing for Weight Loss

I find this book to be awesome. It has an abundance of information about green juicing to benefit your health and to promote a healthier diet and lifestyle. The recipes look great, I am eager to start using them. I love that the books offers ways to help you cut costs and alternate uses for the leftover pulp. The only thing missing from this book is a few pictures. I would definitely recommend it to people looking for a guide to start getting healthy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bad Kitty (Southern Shifters) book review

I truly enjoyed this book. I found it to be sexy, well written, and interesting. I enjoyed the authors take on shape-shifters and their politics. I would definitely read more books by this author. I think that both Kitty and Rafe were strong characters, they complemented each other very well. I liked that they were unwilling to give up on each other, despite circumstances.

Ants: Facts and Cool Pictures

I found this book to be very interesting. I also found it to be very informative. I learned some eye opening facts about ants, some I knew and a good amount I didn't. Mayrose has taken a creature that doesn't receive that much attention, except when they are being pests, and made them seem like a well organized society. The pictures were clear and truly amazing. Readers are able to see facets of the lives of ants that you can't normally see because of their size. I would definitely use this book in the classroom, during science. I think children will enjoy learning about these insects with this book.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen

" The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen" by Diana Prichard and illustrated by Devlin Knopf was a cute and fun book for early readers. This book is about a little boy named Patrick O'Shanahan who woke up one day thinking about breakfast and when he got to the kitchen he had the surprise of his life. When Patrick got to his kitchen there was a cow there staring back at him. Completely shocked at seeing the cow, Patrick expected his father to equally in awe. But his father didn't act as if anything was strange. Now apprehensive Patrick commences to gather ingredients for french toast, but when he opens the refrigerator there is chickens where the eggs should be. This book takes readers from the usually mundane breakfast back to the farm and the root of where our food grows.

I truly enjoyed reading this story, I found Patrick to be bright, fun, clever, and smart. I enjoyed how he went with the flow, despite some extraordinary circumstances. The illustrations were simple and soft but I felt they were just right for the story. The illustrations added a quirky element to the book that I found engaging.

I think young readers will love this story and come back to it time and again. This book will also be a great tool to use in the classroom for a social studies or science lesson. Learning where your food comes from is a great lesson for young children. I think they will find it intriguing, cool, weird, and they may be disgusted, but it will be valuable knowledge.

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen

SECRET Shared Book Review

This book was awesome. I found it to be just as good as the first book maybe even better. I didn't want to put it down once I started it. Sexy, fun, emotional, and intriguing are all characteristics of this book. I am eager to read more from the SECRET society. Great story from beginning to end. I liked how the author took us on both Cassie and Dauphine's journey thoroughly without leaving out important details. You really got to know these important characters. The characters were really able to grow and were challenged to become better people. I applaud L. Marie Adeline for a job well done.

Secrets and Lies book review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. From beginning to the end this story was chocked full of mystery and suspense. I found the characters to be endearing. This book had every element of a good story. I really liked Sharona. i found her to be a strong woman who tried hard to do what was best for her family and herself. I didn't want to put the story down when I started reading it. It was a very detailed story and a well written plot. The book was engaging until the last page.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bonnie the Honeybee and the Case of the Butterfly Blues

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be a beautiful story. It was very well written. I think children will love the story and the illustrations. Lori K. Lee it out of the ball park with this book. The valuable life lessons in this book are important and great for children to know. This book also was wonderfully informative, there were great facts about many different insects. The illustrations were whimsical and vibrant, a great addition to the story. Children will learn a lot from reading this book. I would definitely recommend it for the classroom and children of all ages.

Friday, January 24, 2014

You Deserve Love: Inspirational Words to Encourage Self-Acceptance book review

This book is short but powerful. The author doesn't spend her time trying to convince you that you are worthy of love, she simply states it over and over again because it is truth. It was wonderful to find someone who understands where I'm coming from and has some nice words to repeat to myself whenever I feel I don't deserve love.

If you struggle with feeling inadequate, depression, or like you always do the wrong thing then I highly recommend this book. Keep it handy and read through it regularly, the only way to convince yourself of these truths is to expose yourself to them consistently. Repeat them 'til you know in your heart they are true. This book is like medicine for the hurting soul.

Note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review

Breakfast Sandwich: Cookbook Ideas for Busy Moms,College Students, People…

I love the ideas in this book. The problem I have is with the organization. There need to be more subtitles. My eyes just continuously ran on. Also, it would be nice if there were more pictures of the sandwiches she was referring to, so readers could get an idea of what she was talking about. The sections are not labeled except by number. I would like to know when you're talking about chicken as opposed to pork, or even traditional American sandwiches versus sandwiches found in the Caribbean or abroad.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Permanently Beat Hypothyroidism Naturally

I found this book to be incredibly informative and useful. I have members of my family who suffer from this ailment who I know will benefit from this book greatly. The information that was provided is invaluable. I think the book was written very well. The only drawback I have are about the organization and set up of the book. The font is very distracting in that it makes it hard to focus. It is also difficult to delineate from one section to the next, everything shouldn't be bold. There are no page numbers which is unfortunate when you're trying to locate a specific section, the pages seem to just run-on which makes it hard to read. Important parts should be more evident with bold or italic lettering. Despite typography issues I would recommend this book.

Dessert Recipes Your Family Cannot Resist

I found this book to be a really good recipe book. The setup is simple and easy to read. I look forward to making some of these recipes. I think even the most challenged of cooks could prepare these recipes. It would be great for beginners. I would just enjoy the addition of some pics for the recipes, some people might not know what each recipe should look like in its completion.

Weird! Book Review

"Weird!" is a book by Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy. This book is the first in a series about bullying. "Weird!" starts of the series from the perspective of Luisa the child being bullied. Luisa is being bullied in school by Sam about everything, from wearing her favorite polka dot boots to speaking Spanish with her father. The books discusses the challenges that Luisa faces and the steps she takes to overcome them. I found this book to be fantastic from the beginning to the end. I think that it is making great strides in talking about the serious issue of bullying and self-esteem.

 I would highly recommend this book for children of all ages. It discusses the topic in a fresh and empowering way. I enjoyed the character of Luisa, she was a strong girl who didn't let her bully diminish her sense of self. I also loved that she was brave enough to get help when she needed it. I found the tips to overcome bullying to be a great addition to the book. Sometimes children don't know what ways they can seek help but these helpful ideas may make a great change in a child's life.

 The illustrations were beautiful, cute, and whimsical. They added the perfect element to the story. Both vibrant and soft, I found the drawings to enhance each scene in the story. The clever use of black and white, with splashes of color helped depict the mood of the characters and the essence of the situation

 Weird! Book Review

Monday, January 20, 2014

Unscrupulous Book Review

This book is sexy, hot, and fun. I didn't want to put it down once I started it. Taddy and Warner were great characters. I found their interactions to be sweet, steamy, and loving. All in all it was a great read. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the setting. The book was sexy and fun from beginning to end.

'Don't Dangle Your Participle' book review

"Don't dangle your participle" by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Mike Destantis is a book that teaches children
the correct way to use a participle. Each page features a sentence that uses a participle incorrectly, and on the next page the participle is used properly so readers can see the difference. The importance of using participles properly is clearly evident on these pages, because improper use can dramatically change the meaning of a sentence.

I love this book, it is the ideal tool to teach children about participles. The book is colorful and engaging. As I turned each page, I was eager to see what was going to come next. I found the book to be both informative, educational, and fun. Using silly imagery children will be given insight into how a participle modifying the incorrect noun will dramatically change the meaning of the sentence. It is important to know when you're writing that the lions were growling when they were eating not the children, examples like these help to imprint the significance of proper grammar.

In this book, children will learn the proper use of a participle and which verbs should be modified with them. I would definitely recommend it for children and for the classroom. This book makes grammar fun, children's attention will be garnered from the beginning to the end.

Don't Dangle Your Participle

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Darling the Curly Tailed Reindoe

"Darling the Curly Tailed Reindoe" by Cheryl Campbell and illustrated by Steve McGinnis is a great picture book about a young reindoe named Darling who has a curly tail. Darling unlike the other reindoes or even the reindeer has a unique physical characteristic, Darling has a curly tail. Instead of feeling unique and special, Darling is saddened by her curly tail and the other reindoes made fun of her. Her uncle Don thinks of a great idea to help Darling feel important and special again. Darling becomes the reindoe she was meant to be, confident and beautiful. With her new found confidence Darling becomes a essential part of her village and ultimately saves the day.

This book is beautifully illustrated. The artwork is cute, bright, and whimsical. I find that the drawings were a great addition to the story, they definitely enhanced the text. I found all of the story's characters to be charming. I didn't want to put the story down. I think children will enjoy looking at the illustrations. The story was engaging from the beginning to the end. I think this book has a great message for children to learn, loving who you are and embracing your differences is important and is what makes each of us unique.

I would definitely recommend this Christmas story for young readers. It is a adorable twist on the Rudolph story. I think your little ones will eat up this story about this beautiful reindoe.

Darling the Curly Tailed Reindoe

Friday, January 17, 2014

'Farm animals for kids' book review

"Farm Animals for Kids: Amazing Pictures and Fun Fact Children Book" by Betty Johnson, is a detailed and informative book about animals who live on farms. This a great children's book about animals. Each page is chock full of detailed information about each farm animal. I like how the important facts were broken down into different subtitles. Children will really be able to glean a significant amount of information about the animals from this book. I also found the illustrations to be cute and very colorful, they added a fun element to the book., they show how the animals look using cartoon-like graphics.

This book would be a great teaching tool. It could be used in many different aspects of the classroom. I like that the book asks the readers questions, this ensures that the book was read thoroughly and the information was retained so that it can be recalled to answer questions later. The book allows the children to really work their reading skills and absorb the context. Children's metacognitive abilities will be worked will reading this book also. Teachers will find the setup of the book to be favorable.

 Farm Animals for Kids book review