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Book Review – Tomo Explores the World

tomoWhere LTD goes BB follows and they are both always up for a good adventure. Author and artist Trevor Lai’s new bookTomo Explores the World is set on a small island that is basically one big fishing village. The titular focus of the tale, Tomo has no great desire to follow the path set by everyone on the island and become a fisherman. After he finds his great-grandfather’s Adventure Journal fate chooses another path for him and his canine companion Captain. His friend Maya joins them as they explore the sea. The art is big and colorful but what I really like which sounds a little sterile is the typeface. The words are  in white or black depending on the background and very easy to read. Why should that matter, you ask? Because at bedtime it is pretty dark in their room and I often can’t see the words in many a book (no I don’t need reading glasses). As usual, I won’t spoil the ending but I will say that BB has been digging the baby whale.




Book Review – The Barefoot Book of Children


barefootbooksWe don’t travel as much as we would like and we certainly don’t travel internationally. We frequently field questions about other countries even if the kids keep using state, country and continent interchangeably. In that regard we have been reading, The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma with art by David Dean. The book focuses on how children around the world live and explores different cultures. In simple easy to understand language (without being patronizing) the book shows the differences in how people look, live and the make up of their families. The hand painted pictures are incredibly colorful and the splash pages really pop. LTD has been locked on the pages about how people communicate by learning the phrase, “Excuse me, do you know where the taxis are? In Grand Central Station. BB is fixated on how kids take baths around the globe. I guess a lot of kids take showers in New Zealand. The book does a nice job of showing the differences but instead of list form the authors have tied things together and show how we are all interconnected.

Book Review – Isabella: Girl in Charge

isabellaOccasionally, The Mommy will notice that she lives with three boys. And when you combine that fact with LTD overhearing some nonsense at school about the 2016 election it was time to balance the scales. Jennifer Fosberry’s new book features her star in another adventure, Isabella: Girl in Charge. The tale with art by Mike Litwin centers on main character Isabella waking excited to attend a big event (no spoilers but it has to do with Washington,DC). As her parents explain each time she brings it up, the event hasn’t started yet. The twist is that every time her parents speak to her she is no longer Isabella but a different female advocate or politician including Sandra Day O’Connor and Susanna Salter, the first woman mayor in America. The excitement builds throughout the story until she finally nears the Capital. The end of the book features a timeline of women in politics presented in an easy to digest format. The added benefit for me is that The Mommy has no excuse when the boys ask for a bedtime story and I can go downstairs to chill.

Product Review – Gigamons

gigamonsLTD has an amazing memory and the jury is still out on BB, but he is getting better. In that regard, Gigamons is keeping the boys on their toes. The game is memory with a twist. The cards feature Elemons and when you turn them over and find a pair they reveal their special power. The power boost you as the game continues. Not to get to technical but after you find three Elemons leads to a Gigamon and when you get three Gigamons you have won. Don’t let the levels fool you the games are fast especially when BB walks away with the Gigamons. LTD is obsessed with the special powers announcing his favorite as Pyromons where you get remove another player’s Elemon. I will admit I have been slowing down my natural abilities when playing with the boys as I do not always want to win, but usually spend the game trying to get BB to bring the pieces back.

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Book Review – My Pancakes Taste Different Today!

pancakesAs long time readers know well, BB only eats a few selections out of the millions of choices available. In fact, one can count on one hand the number of things he eats, which brings us to the fact that he will indeed eat pancakes. All this is a round about way of saying that the new book by Bruce Howard Galpert & Heather Wood Galpert with illustrations by Barbara Cate features pancakes. However, with a title like My Pancakes Taste Different Today! all is not as it seems. The story is much bigger than pancakes as the main character, Ethan learns. The tale focuses on the repercussions of Ethan throwing an oil can in a lake for fun. However, he learns how everything is interconnected and our actions have consequences especially for the planet. All of this was a little lost on BB who simply loved the fact the story uses the word, Ooze more than once. 




Book Review – That’s Not the Monster We Ordered

monsterAs long time readers know well, I am a big fan of books with simple straightforward narratives that work well at bedtime. The new book by Richard Fairgra, Tara Black and Terry Jones is one such book. That’s Not the Monster We Ordered tells the tale of a family getting a monster just like their neighbors but things don’t go quite so smoothly. Keen observers will note that one could substitute the word puppies for monsters and the tale would work seamlessly (which is a big part of the fun). I know what you are thinking and no the monsters in the book are not scary in fact they are more in the vein of Sesame Street characters. However, the central family’s monster does cause a bit of trouble but it is not in the horror style and leans towards Curious George. I won’t spoil the end but I believe you can guess what happens even though the monster is not the one they ordered.

Book Review – This Book is Out of Control

bookcontrolRichard Bryne’s new book has a silliness that speaks directly to BB and his developing sense of humor. Ben visits his friend Bella to show her his new remote control fire truck. However, the remote seems to have strange powers on her dog instead. Wacky adventures aside the tale encourages reader participation which BB is really big into as of late. In fact, it is up to the reader to ensure the story has a positive outcome. The art is big and bright which I have been noticing is more and more important when reading in bed with low light levels to facilitate sleep. The tale is a sequel of sorts to Mr. Bryne’s previous books on malfunctioning equipment. And since the main character and I share a name, BB now knows how to spell my name correctly.

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Product Review – Mission Enduracool

towelSince BB has been bouncing off the walls lately it was time to put his energy to good use. The Mommy found him a local soccer club perfect for his age group. However, thanks to the influence of LTD, BB has decided that it doesn’t matter how you play as much as how you look. In other words the kid demanded gear. After tricking him out with cleats (heaven help all of us) and his “soccer” shirt, he wanted to look even cooler. Having just watched the Olympics he suggested a fancy (as he put it) towel. Mission’s Enduracool Cooling Towel fit the bill nicely. Thanks to The Mommy’s genetic heritage BB not only turns bright red when outside in warm weather he also sweats..a lot. The towel actually gets cool when wet which he thinks is magic. Of course in order to activate after getting wet you must snap the towel so I think you can guess how that manifests itself. The headband doesn’t fit just yet but he has demanded its use despite the obvious problems with limited visibility. Now if I can only get him to kick the ball in the right direction I think we will well on our way to the 2028 Summer Games.