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Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta Series and Telescope Giveaway! (ends 9/12/14)

 

Kids Reading

I work with children in a childcare setting. Most children are only with us for a short time, however we do see a few regulars from time to time.

We like to encourage children to read. That is important to us. That is why we give each child who comes through our doors a free book that they can take home and enjoy.

The books we give our are donated. Many have been “well loved” and show obvious signs of wear and tear. Other books are practically brand new.

Not too long ago I received a set of books from the Ricky Ricotta series. The books are written by Dav Pilkey and illustrated by Dan Santat. I have never heard of the series until now.

I am familiar with Dav Pilkey. He writes one of my kid’s favorite book series Captain Underpants.

I read through the first book in the series, Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot. I loved it! I wish these books were around when my son was younger. He’s a “reluctant reader”. He always has been. I think he would have really enjoyed these books.

I did give him the books I received to review and asked if he would read them but he told me “no”. I guess he felt like they were too “young” for him. That might be true, but I enjoyed reading the book and my husband read most of one of the books to and he enjoyed it at well and clearly we are NOT the “target audience” for these books. :-)

In addition to action packed stories and fun illustrations there are also “mini-comics” throughout the books too.

Ricky Ricotta

If you are not familiar with the Ricky Ricotta series here is a brief synopsis.

Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely. That is until SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS! A giant flying robot enters Ricky’s life and an unlikely friendship is born! Together, Ricky and his Robot must save the planet from a galaxy bursting with bad guys!

These are fun books!

I also know that they appeal to children because I took all four books to work with me and they were GONE in two days. The boys went crazy for them – even the older boys (11+ years old).

As I mentioned earlier, Dav Pilkey wrote Captain Underpants. He’s also written other popular books.

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, reading challenges, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent this time creating his own original comic books. 

In second grade, Dav created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

Dav has written and illustrated many bestselling books for children, including the Captain Underpants series with over 70 million books in print, the Ricky Ricotta series, and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book.

Dav grew up in Ohio and now lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about him at www.Pilkey.com.

The books are illustrated by Dan Santat who has illustrated many other books.

Dan Santat attended the University of California, San Diego, where he received a degree in biology. Thankfully, he had a change of heart and went on to pursue an illustration degree from the Art Center College of Design, where he graduated with honors. 

After a few years of designing art for video games, Dan switched his attention to children’s books. Since then, Dan has written and illustrated several bestselling books for children, including The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and Sidekicks. Dan also created the Disney animated hit The Replacements.

Dan was born in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Southern California with his family. You can find out more by visiting his website at www.Dantat.com.

There are a few books in the Ricky Ricotta series and I suspect there will be many more added to the series over the years. These are really fun books.

Ricky Ricotta Books

BOOK ONE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT

Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That’s what friends are for!

BOOK TWO: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS MUTANT MOSQUITOS FROM MERCURY

Mr. Mosquito hates Mercury. The days are so hot, they melt his flip-flops, and the nights are so cold, his toothpaste freezes solid! He’s decided to take over Earth instead. Ricky and his Robot must stop his army of massive Mutant Mosquitoes!

BOOK THREE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS VOODOO VULTURES FROM VENUS

Victor Von Vulture hates Venus. His toasted cheese sandwiches are always way too gooey, and ice cream melts in a second! So he and his army of Voodoo Vultures try to cast a spell on the Earth. It’s up to Ricky and his Robot to stop them!

BOOK FOUR: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS THE MECHA-MONKEYS FROM MARS

Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That’s what friends are for!

Check out the trailer for the book series.

 

I love it!

For more information you can visit the Ricky Ricotta Official Site or the author’s site, Dav Pilkey.

In addition I would recommend following Scholastic and ScholasticTeach on Twitter and “Like” Scholastic Parents and Scholastic Teachers on Facebook.

For some addition fun check out these links.

Check out the Classroom  Guide

View the Book Trailer

Play the Make Your Own Robot Game

Read Chapter Excerpts & a Mini-Comic Excerpt

Download the Character Cards

Check out Ricky Ricotta Printables

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I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader, courtesy of Scholastic. The prize package includes;

  • Tabletop refractor telescope
  • Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
  • Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs Mutant Mosquitos from Mercury
  • Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs the Voodoo Vultures from Venus
  • Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs The Mecha-Monkeys from Mars

Thank you Scholastic!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples from Scholastic in order to do this review. There was no compensation. Scholastic will be providing the prize package. 

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Indestructibles® Baby Night-Night and Baby Peekaboo Books

 

Baby

It’s been a long time since I’ve had to give baby products a thought. My “baby” is about to turn 15 years old. Sigh…

I recently went back to work part time working in a childcare setting. The children we see are “drop offs”, meaning we don’t see the same children all the time (except on occasion). The children in our care are involved in family court cases (divorce, order of protection, neglect…).

We take newborns to 15 years old (the oldest I’ve seen so far is 12 years old).

We have cared for several infants over the past few weeks. I miss those years! I don’t miss changing diapers but I do miss being around babies.

Where I work we give each child that comes and stays with us a free book that they can keep. Sadly we don’t have many books for babies. We try and give the parent a book for the baby for the future, but we have nothing the little one can enjoy right away.

As you know babies love to put things in their mouths, rip things and break things. It’s not intentional. They are babies and that is what happens. They are curious about the world around them. They don’t understand that ripping the pages out of a book is not what you are supposed to do.

Baby Book

When my daughter was a baby she had a small book made out of some kind of vinyl-like material that allowed her to put it in her mouth and even play with it in the bath tub. I was impossible for her to rip the pages out of it. It was the perfect baby book.

Did you know that an American Academy of Pediatrics study released this past June (2014) linked reading to your child from infancy to future success, stating that “reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.” I find that interesting.

Of course babies can’t actually read. They look at the illustrations in the book, then the book usually goes into their mouth and they chew on it.

Indestructibles® is a special line of book that are printed on a paper-like material that can’t be ripped, torn or punctured. The books are washable, chew proof, gum proof and drool proof making them ideal for babies up to 1 year old.

Indesctrutibles® have colorful, bright and cheerful illustrations and simple text. They engage babies while encouraging language development.

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I received to review two books from Indesctructibles®.

Baby Peekabook – Celebrates the favorite playtime game while teaching the concept of object permanence. “Who’s hiding behind the toys? Peekaboo! It’s Puppy!”

Baby Night-Night – This book makes the bedtime ritual—putting on pajamas, reading a story, and the good-night kiss—a special time for parents and children.

Both books are available from Workman Press and will be released in September 2014. They will retail for $5.95 each.

Both books are adorable. I love the illustrations.

I didn’t actively try and tear the pages since I am an adult and a lot stronger than a baby. These books do seem sturdy enough.

I worried about a baby getting a paper cut from them but I ran my fingers along the edges and so far no cuts, which is a relief.

I also like that the books are very small and thin making them ideal to tuck inside a diaper bag or purse. They are great to have when you and your baby are on the go.

I plan on bringing the books into my job and keeping them on hand for the next infants to come through our doors. It will be great to finally be able to give them a book to take home too – one that they can enjoy NOW and not a year or two from now.

For more information about Instructibles® please visit www.InstructiblesInc.com.

Below is a video that shows you more about these books. They are really cute and a fantastic idea.

 

Kimberly

*I received free samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

 

Chu's First Day of School jacket

It’s hard to believe that for some children summer vacation is almost over. Across the country some children will be heading off to school in just a matter of a couple of weeks.

Some children will be starting school for the very first time. I can’t remember my first day of school, but I do remember the excitement, anticipation, trepidation and nervousness my kids felt for their first day of school. There are so many “unknowns” to take into consideration – Will the other kids like me? Will I have a nice teacher? Where will I sit in class? Will I make any friends? These are just a few concerns that go through someone’s minds when they go to school for the very first time. This could also apply to students attending a new school.

There is a book by famed author Neil Gaiman that addresses the concerns of the first day of school. It features a familiar Neil Gaiman character name Chu. Chu is the little Panda with the big sneeze from the adorable board book called Chu’s Day.

Chu's Day jacket

In Chu’ First Day of School Chu is nervous about his first day of school. He likes his teacher and the other students in his class seem nice, but what will the think of him if he sneezes in class? Chu’s sneezes are a bit explosive which was made known in the book Chu’s Day. In Chu’s Day his sneeze toppled and entire circus.

In Chu’s First Day of School the book leads up to the potential of a massive Chu sneeze. Chu certainly doesn’t want to let one go, however when it comes to sneezes sometimes you can’t hold on to them and you just have to let them go.

Will Chu sneeze in school? If he does, what will his classmates think of him? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Chu’s First Day of School available where most books are sold including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I thought it was a really cute book. I actually read both books – Chu’s Day and Chu’s First Day of School. They were both cute stories and I loved the illustrations. The books are illustrated by Adam Rex. I love all the creatures featured in the book.

For more information please visit Neil Gaiman’s official website, www.NeilGainman.com.

Check out this cute video created for Chu’s First Day of School.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Amazing Visual Math – Calculator Giveaway Opportunity (giveaway ends 7/31/14)

 

Amazing Visual Math

I hate to say this but it will be time to shift our thoughts from lounging by the beach, hanging out at the pool and enjoying the lazy days of summer to prepping for back to school.

My kids are ready to go back. They are pretty bored this summer because we haven’t been able to go anywhere or do anything except on the weekends. I hate to say that but it’s true.

My daughter is excited to go back to school because she’s a senior this year. My son on the other hand is dreading it. He’s always hated school, especially when it comes to subjects he doesn’t like – math and science. Math is especially hard for him. He has a hard time “getting” certain concepts.

We’ve always had to go the “extra mile” to help our son with math, including getting him extra help at school.

One thing we have found over the years is that he’s a visual learner. He tends to understand more when he can “see” the problem. I still remember when he was little my husband would use Lego bricks to help him understand some math concepts.

There is an awesome book by DK publishing that I wish we had when he was younger. It’s called Amazing Visual Math.

What sets this book apart from others is that throughout the book you can peel out pieces, assemble some of them and interact with them.

Book 1

Book 2

Here is more about the book from the DK Publishing website.

Covering the essential math concepts learned in the first years of school, Amazing Visual Math brings a whole new dimension to learning.

Amazing Visual Math is an interactive hands-on experience that makes math fun. Key curriculum subjects including shapes, patterns, telling time, lines of symmetry, addition, subtraction, measurement and more are explained through over 50 interactive elements throughout the book including pop-ups, flaps, and pull the tab elements, making an otherwise tedious subject entertaining.

Ideal for developing manual dexterity skills and sharpening visual learning skills,Amazing Visual Math is a hands-on experience kids won’t want to put down.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Each page has colorful images and elements and you can interact with the pages by pulling on flaps or assembling cubes. It’s pretty cool.

I showed the book to my son. Even though he’s older then the books age demographic, he said that something like this would have been helpful for him years ago.

Math was never my strong point either. I can add, subtract, multiply and divide – and dabble in fractions and decimals – but that is about it. I hate to admit it but I also found this book to be helpful, even as an adult. Like my son I am a visual learner, as well as a tactile learner.

If you child has a hard time grasping math concepts I would recommend picking up a copy of Amazing Math. Now would be a great time too. You child can get a head start on the new school year by learning about math now.

You can purchase Amazing Math on the DK Publishing website. The book sells for $12.99 which is a great prices for such a helpful book.

For more information about DK Publishing visit DK.com.

Calculator

To help get your child ready for school, DK would like to give five lucky readers this colorful and handy calculator for your child or grandchild.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d love to win this calculator?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample copy of the book and calculator in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your House Giggle

 

Laughter

Nothing warms my heart more than the sound of children laughing. It’s like music to my ears and always puts a smile on my face. :-)

My kids are moody teenagers now. I’d give anything to hear the sound of their laughter again. Don’t get me wrong – they DO laugh. It’s just that my son sounds like singer Barry White (he has a REALLY deep voice) so his laughter doesn’t quite sound the same as a child’s giggle. LOL.

How do YOU make your child or grandchild giggle?

Courtney DeFeo, author of  In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life (WaterBrook Press, October 10, 2014), offers parents a practical approach of how to instill virtues in their children through laughter, rather than lecture.

Joke Telling. Grab a pretend microphone and host an open joke night.

Game Night. Gather the entire family and choose one family friendly board

Movie Time. Each person acts out a scene from your favorite movie.

Swim Indoors. Fill up a bathtub, slip into your swimsuits, and pretend you’re at beach!

Design a Fort. Build a fort with sheets and dining chairs.

Best Costume Contest. Kids dress up in their parents’ clothes and accessories.

Daddy Disco. Play an old ’80s tune and pull out your craziest dance moves for the kids.

Mom’s Soprano Solo. Sing the menu for the evening in an operatic style.

Hide-n-Seek. Play a daytime game in the house—or at nighttime using flashlights.

Balancing Act. Find things to balance on your head, nose, toe, etc.

These are great tips. My family and I have already done several of these things when my kids were younger.

I’d love to hear from readers about other fun family things you can do together that brings laughter into your home. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Laughing

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing these tips with permission for the benefit of site readers. 

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Giveaway (ends 6/22/14)

 

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Father’s Day is this weekend (June 16th). Have you found a gift for that special man in your life yet?

There are plenty of good old standbys like mugs and ties. Many men enjoy tool too.

One thing that not everyone thinks about is entertainment. Movies make great gifts too, especially if it’s a movie the recipient will watch again and again.

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD is one such movie that would make a nice Father’s Day gift - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Hailed as “a superb action thriller” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) and “taut, tense and terrific” (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio), the thrill-packed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is called into action on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 10, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Delivering “a new beginning for the Tom Clancy thriller fan” (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is “a terrific reimagining” (Dan Casey, Nerdist) of the legendary hero’s evolution from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. “Kevin Costner and Chris Pine are awesome together” (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com) as a CIA veteran and a new recruit who uncover a terrorist plot to devastate the United States.  Directed by and also starring Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest “smart, intense, exciting and very entertaining” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) adventure from the director of Thor.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD and nearly an hour of bonus material including featurettes that explore the Jack Ryan character from The Hunt for Red October through his latest hit, a look at the film’s imposing adversary played by Sir Kenneth Branagh, deleted and extended scenes, commentary and more.  The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD.

I have not seen the film yet but I am hoping to get a screener copy to review.

There are a lot of bonus features too, especially on the Blu-ray (the DVD copy doesn’t have the same bonus features).

If that special man in your life is into action thrillers and spy films then he’ll certainly enjoy a copy of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Command Authority - Tom Clancy

In honor of the film’s release I have a special giveaway. One luck winner will receive the following;

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Blu-ray)
  • “Command Authority”, the new Tom Clancy book

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end n June 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eliglble entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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