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Book Review: Shakespeare’s Avengers

William Shakespeare's Avengers by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare’s Avengers: The Complete Works
by Ian Doescher (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

The Avengers movies are retold in this Shakespearean format as if they were theater plays, complete with stage directions and Elizabethan language.

I got inspired to rewatch the movies, and watched each one right after reading the play! It was so fun to see how the book follows the movie scenes closely, but with little additions in the dialogue and aside comments to the audience. There is even a chorus that introduces scenes and explains the plot like Shakespeare’s plays would have.

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Book Review: The Reverse Coloring Book

The Reverse Coloring Book™ by Kendra Norton

The Reverse Coloring Book™: The Book Has the Colors, You Draw the Lines!
by Kendra Norton
5 out of 5 stars

This is such a creative idea! With all the swirling colors on the page, it will really spark your imagination in a new way when you have to put in the lines and bring clarity to the page. I am so impressed with this beautiful book!

This whole book is so bright and attractive! Most of the pages are just random swirls of color. Some of the pages are very obviously flowers, but it would be interesting to challenge yourself to make it look like something other than flowers, or add little details of animals and insects into the scene as well.

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Activity Book Review: Paint by Sticker Kids Mermaids & Magic

Paint by Sticker Kids by Workman Publishing

Paint by Sticker Kids: Mermaids Magic!: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time! Includes Glitter Stickers
by Workman Publishing
5 out of 5 stars

This activity book has 10 beautiful designs, and hundreds of stickers in little mosaic shapes! It’s so easy to put the stickers into place, and the finished product looks wonderful. It’s very relaxing and helped me to get creative. You really feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish!

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Book Review: Be the Dragon

Be the Dragon by Catherine J. Manning

Be the Dragon: 9 Keys to Unlocking Your Inner Magic: Roar with Confidence and Slay Your Fears with Quizzes, Quests, and More!
by Catherine J. Manning
5 out of 5 stars

Go on a journey of discovery to find out what kind of dragon you are! This book has short stories about dragons who demonstrate some character trait of bravery, kindness, patience, or friendship to teach the reader how to be a real dragon in your own life.

There are several quizzes throughout the book so that you can find out what type of dragon you are, what type of roar you have, what dragon power is your biggest strength, and what problem-solving style you use best. You can do activities and crafts to complete a quest and build your creativity.

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Book Review: Quackery

Quackery by Lydia Kang

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
by Lydia Kang (Goodreads Author), Nate Pedersen (Goodreads Author)
3 out of 5 stars

Throughout history people have tried all sorts of weird things to cure ailments. Sometimes they have even continued to use products that they knew were poisonous, hoping for lingering benefits. Conmen have promoted cure-all elixirs that promised youth and beauty and robust health, when really they were poisoning their customers with arsenic, mercury, and morphine.

I think this book is just too morbid for me. It is certainly interesting, and the writing is excellent, but it’s not quite my cup of tea. The writing is funny, putting a light mood onto a dark subject, but it’s still too yucky and disturbing for me.

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Book Review: Who Got Game? Baseball

Who Got Game? by Derrick Barnes

Who Got Game?: Baseball: Amazing but True Stories!
by Derrick BarnesJohn John Bajet (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Did you know that a girl pitcher struck out Babe Ruth? Did you know that a Japanese baseball player has more home runs than Hank Aaron? Who were really the first African Americans to play in the major leagues before Jackie Robinson? These are the lesser known heroes of baseball.

I loved this book all about the lesser-known history of baseball! With decades of history, there are some people’s stories that have been lost to time, but now you can discover the real people behind the legends.

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Classic Review: Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth GrahameGrahame Baker-Smith (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars
I adore this book! It is one of my favorite classics to reread. There is something so enchanting about Mole and Rat, Toad and Badger, and all the animal folk. Every time I read it, I am swept away into the exciting world of the River.

When I received this beautiful Templar edition in the mail, I literally started crying because the book is so beautiful. The cloth-bound green cover perfectly captures the peaceful mood of a breezy day boating on the River. I love the gorgeous gold foiling on the cover. It’s so tactile! I want to run my fingers over it, feeling the embossed edges of the ripples in the water, but I don’t want to mess it up by handling it too much.

And the inside is just as gorgeous! The endpapers are a pretty green with patterns of willow branches. Every couple of pages throughout the story, there is another delightful illustration bringing the story to life.

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Cookbook Review: Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook

Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook by David Atherton

Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook: Fun and Healthy Recipes for Young Cooks
by David AthertonRachel Stubbs (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

This children’s cookbook is perfect for any young bakers who want to learn the basics of cooking and get inspired in the kitchen. It’s so cool that this is written by one of the winners of the Great British Baking Show! This book includes recipes for breakfast, lunch and supper, cakes, and desserts.

These recipes are kid-friendly and give instructions to the young readers about when to ask an adult for help. There are recipes for pancakes, tacos, pizza, scones, potpie, lasagna, and a lot of yummy cakes. I really want to try the recipe for Victoria sandwich buns, which is a little cake with jelly in the middle.

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