The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark shakes up the formula

November 11, 2017

As you read this book pay attention to the illustrations by Dan Hanna. There are some clever sight gags that fly just under the radar, like the worms sneaking into his juice box or the much more overt sight of him reading How To Be Respectful by Dr. Em Pathy after the school of fish finally talk to him. The rhyming text by Deborah Diesen is a large component as to why children enjoy The Pout-Pout Fish books. However, the more books we read with Mr. Fish, it’s the art and illustrations that keep us, as well as the kids that we read to, coming back for more.

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Santa Calls is a new (to us) Christmas classic for 9 and younger

November 9, 2017

Santa Calls is fun, classic Christmas reading that kids four and up will love hearing. Eight year old kids will be able to read it on their own and will absolutely get lost in the adventures of a boy who needs to be a better brother. The book saves its MacGuffin for the very end after the story actually finishes. If you’re familiar with the book then you know about the letters. If not, read the book all the way through. Thumb through every page and then, just before the back-board cover, you’ll find the two letters that pave the way for the entire book. Do not read them before reading the book, save them until the end.

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Celebrate #NationalSTEMDay with a free STEM book by Geoffrey Cook

November 8, 2017

Her father and best friend also accompany Veronica on this quest which somewhat true to life. The story of the book started when author Geoffrey Cook was making up stories that he was telling his real-life daughter. His daughter loved the stories and he wanted to keep adding to them so he started writing them down. Veronica, the volcano and its cast of characters started to take shape.
To receive a free copy of Veronica and the Volcano just follow this link. The first 7 people to go to the link will receive it free from Amazon.

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Santa’s Toy Factory: Play with toys, meet the Man at North Point Mall

November 7, 2017

This is cool. It’s a 1,600 square-foot space that’s been specially constructed to house Santa’s Toy Factory at North Point Mall. In the toy factory kids can “test” new toys before they get delivered to children on Christmas Eve. They can play with some of Mattel’s iconic brands including Barbie, Hot Wheels and Thomas & Friends. After that they’ll get a chance to use their imagination and technical skills as they digitally create, build and paint some those very same toys.
After that it’s time to sit and chat with Santa Claus. He’s there waiting for kids to sit on his lap and tell him all about the toys that they want for Christmas

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Win a 4-pack of tickets to The Man Who Invented Christmas in Atlanta

November 6, 2017

This giveaway is for a 4-pack of tickets to see The Man Who Invented Christmas in Atlanta on Wednesday, November 15. To enter just leave a comment in the blog post and winners will be notified on Friday, November 10. That way they’ll have plenty of time to plan, get a sitter or tell the boss that they need to leave work early.
The Man Who Invented Christmas begins its movie theater run on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, just in time for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and beyond.

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All Ages Comics for November 8

November 6, 2017

Nathan Hale tells true tales about history through graphic novels. Because the stories are real and often take place in wartime, they’re suited for readers in middle school. Raid of No Return is the 7th book in his Hazardous Tales book series and details the little known story about a team of soldiers from the USA who were on a secret mission to Japan in WWII. Their plane was detected before arriving in Tokyo and the story of what happened to the soldiers is amazing. This is history. It’s approachable history for readers without being graphic or going into the hard realities of war.

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 Red’s Planet, Friends and Foes, sharp art, great story-fabulous book

November 3, 2017
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At its core, Friends and Foes is about friendship and adventure. It’s also fabulously drawn and colored. Red’s Planet has a classic Disney vibe that’s in-line with The Jungle Book, albeit a more surreal, various creatures on a foreign planet look. It’s 100% contemporary, yet its storytelling, pacing and style is classic. Don’t mistake classic for old, fogey and something that your parents liked so you automatically won’t.

In this instance of classic I mean that Red’s Planet, Friends and Foes is one that your kids will read that their kids will want to read. It’s a beautiful graphic novel that any age would be OK with looking at.

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Thor Ragnarok, a fun, solid time at the cinema that also shakes it up

November 2, 2017

That is what’s so refreshing about Thor: Ragnarok; it has a swagger, wink and nod throughout its 210 running time that makes it fly by effortlessly. This is the fun, entertaining, big spectacle movie that evokes the charm of the first Iron Man film, while pushing forward two supporting heroes into a main role that suits them both.
What we have with Marvel Studios is a leveling of the pool. It’s established that some of the films will be geared to older audiences, while the majority of them will be soft or harder edged PG-13 movies. They’re also secure enough to shake up the formula, which is what they intentionally did in Thor: Ragnarok.

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