Category: Book Reviews

The Cat in the Hat: Safari, So Good DVD & Book {Review & Giveaway}

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March 2nd fans everywhere, my family included will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. And in light of this celebration, I’m pleased to announce that NCircle Entertainment just released a fun new DVD based off Seuss’ work called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Safari So Good. Along with the DVD they also sent along a great book to go along with called Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife for me to share with family as well as get the word out here on my blog!

About the DVD:

 

Join the Cat in the Hat on this brand-new safari adventure! Help him find the missing stripes for his hat, swing with silly monkeys and discover how footprints are made! It’s time for safari, so come and explore with the Cat and his friends on adventures galore. We will reach for the treetops and swing through the trees, When we walk like giraffes and swing like monkeys!

This DVD includes five delightful stories: Treetop Tom, Stripy Safari, King of Swing, Elephant Walk and Follow the Prints.

My children ages 4 1/2 and 2 years old, girl and boy, loved the Safari, So Good! DVD. There’s a Spanish language option and runtime is 60 minutes. I like that you can choose to play a couple of the adventures one day and save the others for later. We for the first time sat and watched the DVD from start to finish and later discussed some of the animals and the environments we saw. My 4 1/2 year old daughter had a lot to say about the elephants and my son was totally into seeing all the different animal foot prints.

I think this DVD would be great for a unit study on the Safari or just to have as something fun and educational for them to watch at tv time. The Cat in the Hat is quite the character and has always impressed and excited not just my children with every new adventure but me too! There’s great facts, fun songs, and unforgettable adventures, a total winner when it comes to education entertainment for and child!

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About the Book:

Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife a title in the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, is quite an adventurous children’s book. This book and others in the Learning Library line are great for beginning readers like my daughter teach basic concepts in a entertaining and educational way. I didn’t know it before but recently learned that The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That TV series is based off the Random House Cat in the Hat Learning Library book series! How cool is that?

In this tale, the Cat takes Sally and Nick to Africa–where they learn how animals are either predators or prey, that elephants tend to favor one tusk over the other, how to tell the difference between a white and black rhino, that zebras sleep standing up and much, much more! The facts are very interesting and makes you want to delve deeper in knowing more about the animals! I know that after reading this book, my kids will probably be prone to check out the Safari animals closer at the Zoo during our next visit!

Want it? The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Safari So Good DVD’s SRP is $10.99 and is available at NCircleEntertainment.com or a retailer near you, including Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us!  I also saw it on Amazon.com for Amazon.com for $9.99 as of this posting!

Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) SRP is $12.99. And is also now available at seussville.com, Wal-Mart, and Barnes & Noble.

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

The First Ever Hello Kitty Books Based on the Seasons!

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Hello Kitty, Hello Spring! and Hello Summer! are a couple of the latest titles set to be released by Abrams books this March! These colorful 14 page hardcover books are loved by both my children ages 4 1/2 and 2, though the books totally keep the attention of my younger one the most.

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In Hello Kitty, Hello Spring!, readers are greeted by Hello Kitty surrounded by beautiful spring flowers( no doubt brought on from the April rains). Each of the pages feature Hello Kitty and her friends in a different Spring time scenes enjoying everything wonderful that comes with the season saying Hello to the following things: flowers, butterflies, baseball, picnics and visits at the park, rainy day puddle fun, and flying high those very colorful and unique types of kites!

My two year old loves looking at the pages in the book. The pages are all so colorful and very appealing to children! I sometimes read the book through once and then we go through a second time and talk about what we see happening in the pictures whether it’s about the activity or the colors of the surrounding insects, flowers, and much more. I highly recommend this book as it’s perfect to welcome in the upcoming spring season!

In Hello Kitty, Hello Summer!, readers will enjoy original illustrations of Hello Kitty and her friends having fun in the sun with a small bit of text added to each scene page spread. In this book Hello Kitty visits the beach, enjoys a bike ride, has an ice cream party with friends, sails a boat at sea, plays a bit of tennis, and more! Most things if not everything to love about Summer is covered in this fun colorful title. My kids totally love the page spread of Hello Kitty and her friends having an ice cream party and decided that we need do that as well as soon as the season arrives.

These titles are the first two of four in the newest series of Hello Kitty collectible board books. After seeing how much my kids enjoyed these, I’m pretty excited to get a hold of Hello Autumn and Hello Winter when they comes out! And with Spring and Summer right around the corner, these would make a great gift to the littles ones in your life! Think Easter bag surprises too!

Interested in Purchasing?

Hello Kitty, Hello Spring! & Hello Kitty, Hello Summer, can be pre-ordered right now at Abrams book as well as on Amazon.com for $7.95 each  (This title will be released on March 12, 2013)

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Review: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

My Thoughts…


After just recently hearing Bob Goff speak at my local church, I was excited to get my hands on this book. I was quite engaged and challenged when reading “Love Does”. I will have to admit I was in utter disbelief and shocked by such boldness and whimsical stories that Bob shared about his life (Though it was refreshing to hear an entirely different perspective on life and how we should be living it).


This book makes you think about why you are so afraid to do this or that and to stop thinking sometimes and just DO it…just like God calls us to! How did we honestly become so cowardly? This book really makes you think about the course of your life and where it could be going if you let go and let God.

This was the best book that I’ve read all year. It’s made me entirely change the way I think and how I tend to do things now. It’s thought provoking, engaging, moving, laugh out loud, and inspirational goodness all wrapped up into 224 pages. This book hands down gets five stars from me and I am recommending it to everyone I know!


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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost You Brain Power


Redesign & Energize Your Brain at Any Age

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Marie Pasinski of Harvard Medical School. Many people would like to enhance their brainpower and are looking for help to do just that. Others are retraining their brains after traumatic injuries or strokes. Others are looking for ways to keep their brains young and dynamic. This book will fascinate you with stories and useful information on how to improve your own brain.

I hate using the phrase must be mommy brain when I goof up and can’t remember something. That much may be true though with the lack of sleep and the constant thinking about raising my kids the right way! This book has been a joy to read through to boost my brain power. I’ve felt much more confident and haven’t felt like everything is slipping away from me.

There are many great stories mixed in with lots facts and helpful exercises and concepts to boost your creativity and logical thinking skills! Your brain will thank you for picking up this title and take it’s advice to heart!

I highly recommend  Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost You Brain Power You can purchase this title or any of the other Chicken Soup for the Soul books at your local bookstore, online on their website and more!

Deal Alert: Right now you can purchase a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power! on Amazon.com for $9.95 and a Kindle version for $7.99!

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.