Thursday, September 27, 2018

Enjoy Magnificent Unicorns with Candlewick Press.

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Candlewick Press for the review  free of charge.**

 Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo - Retail Price $20.00

One of my favorite things is birds so I was quite excited when Candlewick Press sent me a book called Magnificent Birds. Instead of being a story book this is a fun birds facts book which gives you a break from your typical fact books that can be slightly boring for kids. Each bird has a two page spread which features a beautiful sketched image that look like a watercolor painting along with a bit of information about that bird. None of the pages are longer than two paragraphs, keeping everything short and sweet yet to the point. You'll find fourteen different birds featured in this book. The suggested age range for this book is 10-14 but I think it suits any age.

Do You Believe in Unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia- Retail Price $14.99

When I was younger I preferred dragons and gargoyles over Unicorns but now I love them all the same and have found myself drawn to cute unicorn products lately so this book was a cute surprise.

This fun and whimsical book is about a horse who enjoys wearing a tall red hat and the mystery of if the horse is hiding something under that hat. Could it be a horn? Maybe he was just having a messy hair day and didn't want everyone to see it. The story follows him along on his activities during the day then at the end you get to see what he was hiding under his hat. The pastels used in the illustrations of this book were pleasing to the eye. Do You Believe in Unicorns is short, each page contains one sentence so this book is perfect for younger kids just learning to read, the suggested age range is 3-7.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Small Foot Movie Review!

**This is not a sponsored post, through another blogger I was able to attend an early showing of this movie and wanted to share my opinions on the movie.**

You may have seen a recent movie preview for Small Foot which comes out this Friday September 28th. The cast is composed of several familiar voices such as Channing Tatum & Zendaya. As you can tell from the preview the movie is set in a Yeti village which I think is a fun take on the traditional story of a human stumbling on a rare Yeti/Sasquatch/Abdominal Snowman.

This movie gave us a lot of good laughs and it had a pretty great story from start to finish, my youngest can get a bit bored when watching a movie and starts to become restless but Small Foot  kept all of us entertained the entire time. A lot of kids movies have a scene or two that parents may not completely approve of whether it is a dirty adult joke or the use of a bad word, however I didn't notice any of this during Small Foot and neither did my mom who attended the movie with the kids and I. The only thing I could think of that may bother someone is the Yeti's thinking they fell out of a Yaks butt or making a joke about "crap" due to a roll of toilet paper though I think both lines are harmless.

Small Foot is packed with a strong character base that everyone is sure to enjoy and connect with. There is a bit of singing through out the movie which my daughter said she found annoying however I think that was due to the fact that for about fifteen to twenty minutes before the start of the movie they had played the songs over and over again otherwise I don't think she would have minded as much. I thought the songs were cute and well sung, one of the main songs was even done by Zendaya herself! The graphics were wonderful, I love how they created each Yeti you could really see all of the detail that went into everything.

I don't want to give away too much of the story line so the movie isn't ruined for you but I will say this is a movie worth seeing in the theaters, my kids are already asking if we can go see it again. If you want to print some coloring pages ahead of seeing the movie or if you want to hear some of the sound track for the movie you can check out the Small Foot website which has a lot of fun and free stuff.