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Little Master Cervantes: A Babylit Spanish Primer: Don Quixote (BabyLit Books)
Little Master Cervantes: A Babylit Spanish Primer: Don Quixote (BabyLit Books)
by Jennifer Adams
Edition: Board book
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful way for kids to be introduced to the world of literature, 5 Mar. 2015
‘Don Quixote’ written by well-known author for children Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver is another installment in BabyLit Books series those two authors are working on for some time – while introducing youngest readers to the world of literature in their books they combine it with some other lessons such as learning foreign languages, colors, numbering, natural events, sounds, etc.

This time the subject of these two authors book is Cervantes's masterpiece ‘Don Quixote’ – therefore, besides delivering a story with not too many words about Spanish brave knight, combined with nicely done illustrations, both authors are teaching youngest readers to the foundation of Spanish language.

As I yesterday wrote for ‘Secret Garden’ made by same authors, this is seventh or eighth title in BabyLit series that I had chance to read and every time I’m again impressed with the imagination and skills used for creation of these picture books shown by authors. Either when they are introducing some classic literature title to the youngest future readers or teaching flowers, colors, counting, opposites or sounds, each time the work that is delivered is equally enjoying to go through with children or alone.

As mentioned, this time the additional book value is possibility for kids to learn some Spanish words while enjoying the adventures of brave Spanish knight on the pages full of bright and charming illustrations. For those unfamiliar with the series, these books are well-made and quite sturdy therefore there is no worry your child will break it or damage it by throwing.

Given that is never too early for children to get familiar with famous books or books at all, if you are searching for perfect first book, any of titles from BabyLit Books series can be a choice worth consideration. Looking at these books I’m sorry my youngest girl is already 3 years old, because one could even want to have another child only to be once again able to enjoy these beautiful picture books.


Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Book 6)
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Book 6)
by Dav Pilkey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-made re-published series and good transition for child to chapter books, 5 Mar. 2015
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series written by Dav Pilkey is entertaining the children for 15 years. But after previous illustrator Martin Ontiveros was replaced with a new one - Dan Santat – the children books about one special mouse and his best friend mighty robot were again started to be published with completely new illustrations.

In this sixth re-issued installment Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot friend are again fighting for the future of whole Solar system. The nasty villain, smelly Sergeant Stinkbug, will come to planet Earth with a naughty plan to kidnap nothing less than the King of the World, but in the end he will grab Ricky's little cousin Lucy.

Ricky Ricotta and his big robot friend must not waste time -they two need not only to save Lucy from threat from another planet but also to save the whole mouse family from the stinky business…

Dan Santat with his new artwork definitely has breathed new life into this series of books for children, and even though this is a completely same story, compared to version released a few years ago this is far more entertaining book that will be much more interesting for children. Also it’s worth mentioning that this is book easy to read for children given not too big number of words on each spread, and because story is split into 12 chapters this would be a good transition for child to the world of chapter books.

Overall, either if your child had the opportunity to see an older version or not, new Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot adventure book is an exciting title full of action that will be enjoyed by kids from kindergarten age up to the third grade, a combination of interesting story and beautiful digital illustrations.


Minecraft Blockopedia
Minecraft Blockopedia
by Egmont Publishing UK
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars All of 112 blocks explained in full detail, 5 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Minecraft Blockopedia (Hardcover)
Minecraft: Blockopedia is another book about highly popular Minecraft game written by Alex Wiltshire (Scholastic Inc.) and this time the subject are blocks, all of them 112 explained in full detail.

The first thing that make this new Minecraft guide appealing is its look – the book is designed in a shape of a block that gives kind of 3D impression of guide cover. Inside fans of Minecraft will be happy to find a very detailed description of all 112 block of the game that combines with nice artwork makes this guide a nice combination of content and looks.

The book content is within divided in different categories that overall creates an impression this book is more a reference guide than a book you are going to read from beginning ‘til the end. Still if you are looking for guide that will in one place include all of the information, eliminating the need for Internet browsing searching for some particular information, Minecraft: Blockopedia is definitely title worth your consideration.

Taking into account the amount of information on more than 300 pages, this guide will be useful even for the experienced players, but my recommendation is that primarily it should be purchased by those new and intermediately experienced players who will be able to take full advantage of all the wealth of information it offers.


Little Miss Burnett: A Babylit Flower Primer: The Secret Garden
Little Miss Burnett: A Babylit Flower Primer: The Secret Garden
by Jennifer Adams
Edition: Board book
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming series that introduces youngest readers to the world of literature, 4 Mar. 2015
‘Secret Garden’ written by well-known author for children Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver is new installment in authors BabyLit Books series that introduces youngest readers to the world of literature combining it with some other lessons such as learning colors, numbering, natural events, sounds, etc.

This time the subject of these two authors book is a garden – therefore, besides delivering a story with not too many words about one secret garden, combined with nice artwork, both authors are teaching toddlers about beautiful flowers that can be found in garden.

This is sixth or seventh title from BabyLit series I had chance to go through and every time I’m again impressed with the authors imagination and skills used for creation of picture books in this series. Either when they are introducing some classic literature title to the youngest future readers or teaching colors, counting, opposites or sounds, each time they two deliver work that is equally joy to look alone or together with your child.

This time the add-on value is possibility for kids to learn about world of flowers going through the pages full of bright and charming illustrations that picture this secret garden. The book is quite sturdy therefore there is no worry your child will break it or damage it by throwing.

Given that is never too early for children to get familiar with books, if you are looking for your baby’s first book, BabyLit Books can be a choice worth consideration. Looking at these books I’m sorry my youngest girl is already 3 years old, because a man would even want to have another child only to be once again able to enjoy these picture books.


The Sellout
The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great satire that tackles many taboos, 4 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Sellout (Hardcover)
‘The Sellout’ written by Paul Beatty is not a book in the classical sense – here there is no real plot and outcome, twists and turns, good guys and villains - but still it will entertain you completely with ambiguous sentences and excellent satire that is offered on its pages.

Starting from the first page, a satire that awaits you will knock your socks off – “This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything. Never cheated on my taxes or at cards. Never snuck into the movies or failed to give back the extra change to a drugstore cashier indifferent to the ways of mercantilism and minimum-wage expectations…” And in the same way the author continues his story, equally making hard for reader to stop laughing.

The main character, as already said, an honest black man is brought in front of the Supreme Court with charges of slavery man. The main character will tell whole story through the flashbacks about everything that led up to that moment. And not only he attempted to keep a slave, but he also want to again make segregation in his former black city, now mainly Hispanic community. And though may seem crazy when you read this, believe me it will be even more while reading his confession. But do not worry, this is not a story about some racist lunatic, all this is just top notch satire on American society.

Paul Beatty with his book managed to make book that will make you laugh almost non-stop, and I was sorry to come too fast to its ending. And though 300 pages seems a lot, the author succeeds in his satirical confessions not to repeat himself, again and again making you laugh while actually talking about a serious topic of racial intolerance. Therefore, though Beatty’s work may seem unserious, in fact this is unexpectedly great work that tackles many taboos and as such can certainly be recommended.


The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere
The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere
Price: £14.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Surgically precise picture of the current state of the American educational system, 4 Mar. 2015
‘The End of College’ written by Kevin Carey is well-made analysis of US college system and regardless of assessment and predictions that were presented are not overly optimistic, it is a book that is certainly worth reading.

Kevin Carey in his book managed to present, in a very comprehensive and systematic manner, the real causes of problems these days American colleges have. The truth is not so comfortable to hear, but that doesn’t mean that clear picture he gave within his book is unnecessary criticism. Quite opposite, because regardless of how discomforting presented conclusions are, there is a way to get out of this situation, which of course requires a change in thinking and functioning of the US education system.

Given that my education is product of completely different education system – the European one - it was somewhat surprising to read some things about US colleges in the book, considering that the American education system, regardless of high costs in Europe is still very much appreciated and many young people dream about studying abroad.

Carey summarizes that US colleges won’t change as long as Americans are so hardly trying to keep everything as-is, being so resistant to change. He speaks about history, everything that led up to point where schools in US are right now – offering education that is too expensive, while at the same time offering little or too little for the money invested. As main cause of problem the author sees an impossible combination of the research institutes, arts colleges and trading schools which is mix that is simply not functioning.

Carey does not stop only with criticism; instead he is offering his expertise based on rich experience proposing some technological innovations that could catalyze changes. Still it is good to see that he managed to avoid the trap of thinking that technology will solve everything because behind each technology are still people, and without human perseverance and genuine desire to change nothing would be possible.

Overall, with ‘The End of College’ Kevin Carey made a surgically precise picture of the current state of the American educational system as insider, someone who knows what he is talking about, and his book except the bitter criticism does show that there is a path that leads out of this situation. Therefore his book is certainly worth reading, especially for people who are professionally connected to the US college system.


Aqualicious (Pinkalicious)
Aqualicious (Pinkalicious)
by Victoria Kann
Edition: Library Binding
Price: £12.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Pinkalicious will again be pleased, 3 Mar. 2015
‘Aqualicious’ written and illustrated by Victoria Kann is another installment in author’s known and long-lasting ‘Pinkalicious’ series of books for children.

For those who follow Kann series for a longer time this latest sequel would be another typical story about beloved Pinkalicious character who this time, together with her family, goes for an exciting beach trip, in order to enjoy sandy beach activities and sun. And though the day was passing well, the things would get even more exciting when our young heroine while searching for shells will find Aqua, a small mermaid. Aqua wants to go home, therefore both Pinkalicious and her brother Peter are going to help her…

‘Pinkalicious’ series, probably because of its longevity, has a long time ago divided young readers (or better to say their parents) in two groups – those that can be considered as great fans and the others who just do not like this character. In that sense, latest Kann book is not different from all the previous ones, it’s made in same way using known author’s style of detailed digital illustrations full of colors combined with somehow quirky writing.

In my opinion what this series of picture books is lacking in general are some ‘stronger’ messages to be conveyed to young readers, although there were attempts with some earlier picture books to, for example, speak in a bit different way about need to protect the environment.

On the other hand, its attractive visual appearance makes up for the deficiency of theme so the final product is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, nothing special, yet pleasant to the eye.

So if your child is a fan of Pinkalicious, you will again not miss with ‘Aqualicious’ especially because of a nice little mermaid kids are going to meet in this installment, while if you've never read Pinkalicious my recommendation would be to try some other title - there are so many great children books that provide nice lessons and offer inspiration to kids.


Get Rich with Dividends: A Proven System for Earning Double-Digit Returns (Agora Series)
Get Rich with Dividends: A Proven System for Earning Double-Digit Returns (Agora Series)
by Marc Lichtenfeld
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about proven investing system from seasoned investment strategist, 3 Mar. 2015
Though I did not read the first edition of ‘Get Rich with Dividends’ written by investment strategist Marc Lichtenfeld several times I stumbled in expert commentary and articles about investing references to his system 10-11-12 that promises continuous income over a longer period.

Therefore when the book second edition was released few days ago I was curious to read it. Summarized, Lichtenfeld wrote an interesting and easy to read work that I managed to go through very quickly, in the end having complete understanding of his 10-11-12 system. The system is presented in a comprehensive way, making this book on investing equally effective on both bull and bear markets.

For those new in investing world will be especially interesting to know that this book provides the possibility of its using even if reader is a complete rookie, explaining his investing system from the very basics to be easily understood. Though I didn’t try for myself the system introduced in Lichtenfeld’s book, I’m sharing impressions with other reviewers about the book clarity and simplicity, therefore I instantly shared my enthusiasm with several of my colleagues who are deep into investing waters in order to hear their opinion as well.

From my perspective, based on what will be read within it would be possible to get complete overview of 10-11-12 system that sounds very good on paper, offering author’s professional and educated advices one can greatly benefit of. Aaron Task from Yahoo Finance nicely summarized his work in a way that most investors know the critical role dividends play in generating long-term returns. With his formula Marc Lichtenfeld takes a big step beyond the conventional speaking about dividends in order to provide investors easy to understand strategies that will be helpful in choosing right dividend-paying stocks which in current low or almost no-yield market could be extremely useful.

Therefore, either if you are new in investing and want to learn from man who has lot of experience or you are already seasoned investor who wants to try something new, ‘Get Rich with Dividends’ is title fully worth of consideration. On 250 pages Marc Lichtenfeld delivers lot of interesting information, easy to read and comprehend, offering his experience related to investing world and many practical advices, making his book an appealing read for those in investing subject.


Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
by Arlene Alda
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to The Bronx, 3 Mar. 2015
`Just Kids from the Bronx' written by Arlene Alda is a nicely compiled collection of author's memories about growing up in Bronx, a book that shows how special place this borough of New York is, where many famous persons from each profession you can think of were born and raised, a real tribute to The Bronx.

Alda gave us a possibility to travel with her back in time, to experience with her eyes everything that was happening in Bronx during those years of her youth - the good and bad things, just like life is.

And it's not necessary to be from Bronx, NY or even from US at all, author's uncompromising love for neighborhood of her childhood, her unconditional love for Bronx is obvious from each and every line of her work. Similar like I wrote yesterday in review for `Home' by Carson Ellis, with this book Arlene Alda shows what home means - from people that live and events that happen around us, from the familiar sounds and even known smells that remind us to that special place, there is only one place on Earth that can be called home. And for Arlene Alda Bronx is home.

There are many known figures from past and present connected to Bronx, the world of literature, movies, sports, politics and science have been marked by people who made first steps in Bronx, who learned to survive in that special environment that eventually lead them to the top.

For all those reasons, for all known and unknown people who were born and grown there, for all hard working members of Bronx community that inspired author in writing this book, `Just Kids from the Bronx' is valuable document about past and inspiration for future, a book you'll be happy to spend time with.


Home
Home
by Carson Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The inspiring story of differences which make us special and valuable, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Home (Hardcover)
‘Home’ made by Carson Ellis is one of those books for children that makes me sad I’m not child again and enjoy it as only a child can. Combined with beautiful illustrations, Carson Ellis in few words told and show to young readers all the different places that we can call our home, starting from those real to those that were made using wonderful imagination of author – making reader think what can be considered as place where we’re living, to which we look forward to.

The joy starts from the moment when you take this beautiful hardcover picture book and start a journey through all the types of homes that you can think of. And some extra that only Carson Ellis can. Wherever you are going or dream to go, there is a place that can be called home – a home that moves or stands still, a home that is moody or in a good mood, home that can be built or it’s made by nature, on this planet or some other. The place to which we return that gives us comfort and strength, a place that offers calm and warmth. The home.

Ellis chose to make this book using as less words as possible and while going through her book, browsing through the imaginative artwork she created, words seem almost redundant, because the pictures speak for themselves teaching the child about the differences in our lives, differences that draw us together, not divide, because we all have and all want home. No matter how it looks like, how worthy and where it is located. Just like the people that surround us with all their differences

Therefore, ‘Home’ is much more than just ordinary children book, it provides a chance for children 3 years and older to expand their minds with the thoughts about the world they are living in, teaching a valuable lesson of difference that makes each and every one of us special and valuable.

And though this year is far from its ending, Carson Ellis ‘Home’ will certainly be one of the most original and inspiring stories for children told in this year, the book which I warmly wish success in all the best book competitions in which author and her book certainly would participate.


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