Sea Monkey & Bob grow on you like a barnacle

by Daddy Mojo on August 18, 2017

Size doesn’t matter, but sometimes it helps. Sea Monkey & Bob is an early reader book from Aaron Reynolds with illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. It’s about a Puffer Fish and a Sea Monkey. They’re swimming around the sea, talking about their fears, specifically, one is scared that they’re going to sink while the other one is nervous about floating. Can you guess which animal has which concern?

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Sea Monkey & Bob is a slow burn that allows ample page space for the book to grow on young readers


A book that gently explores bullying from the observer’s point of view didn’t initially sound like it would be of interest to young readers. Adults know that bullies act that way because they’re insecure or are also being bullied. It’s a harder concept to convey that to children. We’ve talked to our seven year old about bullies and people who incessantly pick on others but are met with the same disdainful look every time. Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio with illustrations by Stephanie Graegin manages to parlay this tricky relationship in a way that children will understand.

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A delicate challenge is a book that is about bullying, but more about being nice, with makes people NOT want to be a bully-or at least stand up to them. Super Manny Stands Up! is that book, it’s optimistic, not preachy and great to read over and over as a good-night book.


Best all ages comics for August 16, 2017

August 15, 2017

Now in Future Quest Presents we get stories that are strictly devoted to certain characters. First up is Space Ghost, his quest to rebuild the Space Force and mysterious new villains. Future Quest Presents has content that will be OK for ages seven and up, but might require too much reading for them to really enjoy it. Ages nine and up who like cool science fiction with adventure will get the most out of this series.
People as young as five can pick up Teen Titans Go!, making it one of the go-to all ages comics each month it comes out. The visuals are bright, the action is silly, it has superheroes that they know from the television show and it’s only $2.99.

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The Sandwich Generation is real-and doesn’t include bacon, Part One

August 14, 2017

Make copies of your older parent’s documents. The credit cards, driver’s license, insurance cards-anything that they would keep in their wallet or purse make a copy of them. We save all of the important numbers, such as Medicare, birth date, social and various insurance numbers on a saved document on our computer, in our KeyPass and hard copies that we keep in the filing cabinet.
About 10 years ago my father gave me a document entitled “Dad RIP”. At the time I thought it was kind of morbid, but saved it to our computer. In reality that document has only assisted us once during the past year’s worth of doctors and hospital visits.
What have been much more beneficial are the stacks of go-to documents that were needed. Our mandatory stack of copied documents is the POA, Last Will and Testament and any current medical notes. That last one is a quick debrief of his operations and procedures in the recent history, as well as a note from a doctor that he’s seen very recently.

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The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat is doodle-rific for creative kids

August 12, 2017

It starts out by giving your young reader a series of draw challenges. The computer sets up the book by telling junior agents that they need to draw a space vampire. Not soon after that Carl the duck bursts in the room looking for his cat. It turns out that an evil cat has built a giant rusty Robo-Cat and wants to turn all of the cats in town into evil robot cats.
Along the way readers have to draw some cat snacks, something to trap cats, trip them up and other crazy things that elementary students are doodling. As reading text, The Rise of The Rusty Robo-Cat is appropriate for ages 7 and up to read alone.

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The Song From Somewhere Else, YA mystery with quality

August 11, 2017

The story takes place during a one-week period and each day ratchets up the tension and mystery. We won’t spoil anything in the book, but let’s just say that Nicholas and his family are not normal. They aren’t malicious, but they are not normal and the more people that realize this fact make things dangerous for them.
When reading The Song From Somewhere Else readers will immediately pay attention to the illustrations in the book by Levi Penfold. This is not a graphic novel, but there are illustrations or shading on every page. The effect adds to dread, mystery and story that happens in the book. Throughout the book the shading ebbs and flow, until the end when things are resolved and the pages return their normal color.

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Creepy Pair of Underwear is an instant children’s classic

August 10, 2017

But they’re creepy and they glow in the dark. The forest green glow that they emit at night scares Jasper, so he takes them off. However, in the morning he’s wearing the Creepy Underwear again! He goes through all manner of getting rid of them, but much like the lava rock necklace that Candace wore in Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation, it keeps coming back to him.
Creepy Pair of Underwear is laugh out loud funny. Children who are four years old will be able to relate to the fact that Jasper wants to be a big kid, but also yearns to be protected by mom and dad. Our seven year old loves the book too because it’s one that he can read on his own and it provides laughter and comfort in the fact that it’s OK to be scared of things, even if they don’t make sense.

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Crayola invites you to Dandelion’s retirement tour this weekend in Atlanta

August 9, 2017

Fans, shoppers and those that just like to color with Crayola Crayons can see Dan D. at Target stores Saturday, August 12 in Canton (9AM-11AM), Cumming (1PM-3 PM) and John’s Creek (5PM-7PM), as well as, Sunday, August 13 at Marietta East Target (9 AM-11 AM) and Atlanta Perimeter Target (1 PM-3PM). The gifts that Dan D. will be bringing are some free 4-packs of Dandelion Crayola Crayons that were created exclusively for Target.

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