8.30.2015

Review: Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams

Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams, Illustrated by Ron Stucki

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.
Children's Literature, Classic Reimagining
Print (32 pages, GIBBS SMITH)
"It was a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year ... " when the mischievous raven Edgar heads to his friend Roderick's house to work on their tree house. Edgar dashes his sister Lenore's hopes with the ever-popular phrase "sisters are not allowed," until a storm starts to brew and the two boys realize that sometimes the best things happen when you decide to stick together. The third picture book in the popular Edgar series is sure to warm the hearts of kids and parents alike.(Preschool)
Publisher Site: blank

A charming picture book for Poe fans and their children. (5 stars)

As I often do when a publisher sends me a review copy of a book for my daughter, I read this alone first. I was pretty sure my daughter would turn her nose up at it because it wasn't very colorful but to my surprise she absolutely adored it. To the point I'm kind of tired of her asking me to read it every night.

Being rather fond of the works of Poe and ravens, I found this to be a charming and fun play on The Fall of the House of Usher. It ended in such a way that even though I've had to read it numerous times since it arrived, I still grin at the end. It has lead to much discussion about gender-based exclusion and how we treat our siblings. We will definitely be purchasing the previous two installments in the Edgar series.

If you have a love of literature and want to introduce your preschooler (very loosely) to Poe this is a clever way to do so that it sure to delight. A short bedtime story that also teaches a simple lesson about inclusion, sibling relationships, and rising from a fall.



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8.12.2015

Review: Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

by Kate Leth & Drew Rausch
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: November 5th, 2015
Graphic Novel, Nostalgia, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Print (148 pages, IDW)
After settling in with Megs and her family, Edward becomes curious about a television "miracle doctor" named April Wells, and enlists the help of friends and townspeople to send her a homemade audition tape. While Megs struggles with her uncertainty about the whole situation, Edward has a quiet hope that, maybe, she could help him.

I am loving this comic! (5 stars)

I really enjoyed the first Edward Scissorhands gaphic novel so I was hoping the second would be on par. I'd dare say I liked it even better. It's really great to see the Burton easter eggs hidden in the illustrations and I feel like the art overall fits the tone of the film even more closely than before. I love the new characters and while I feel like Edward was almost a secondary character this time around I can't help but give this a very strong recommendation. I can hardly stand the wait for the next volume!

While you would benefit from reading Volume 1 first so you'll know the characters and time frame, you could certainly jump in here and still enjoy the story for what it is. Just be sure to jump back later so you know why this story is happening.


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8.05.2015

Master the Farmer's Market With This Book

Fresh Made Simple: A Naturally Delicious Way to Eat: Look, Cook, and Savor

by Lauren Keiper Stein (Author), Katie Eberts (Illustrator)
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Cookbook, Farmer's Market, Vegetarian
Print (200 pages, STOREY PUBLISHING)
Each of the 75 recipes in Fresh Made Simple is a charming full-page illustration showing, rather than telling, how to make the dish described. Each meal or snack begins with one delicious ingredient, and the cook builds around that to make a simple yet elegant creation. An avocado, seasoned with lime and salt, elevates a fried egg on toast; fresh-picked blueberries and a leftover ear of corn add sweetness and texture to standard pancakes. From pineapple cilantro salsa and asparagus apple salad to a kale egg scramble, tortilla soup, and crostini, these simple recipes celebrate the unbeatable flavors of fresh ingredients.

Finally, I can conquer the Farmer's Market! (5 stars)

If you don't like to play with food don't even bother with this book. I wouldn't say it's for an experienced cook but well, you need to be someone who has a firm grasp on the basics and not need detailed directions. As someone who has grown to love being a mad scientist in the kitchen with ingredients and methods I found this an exciting and vivid book full of inspiration.

As someone who wants to work with fresh food more, in particular during the summer and fall when our local farmer's market is bountiful, I think this is a fantastic book. I love Eberts' beautiful illustrations and coupled with Stein's playful approach and sometimes unexpected combinations it's a visual delight. It's also a great resource for vegetarians who are in need of some boredom busters in their cooking repertoire. I think Fresh Made Simple would make a great gift for your favorite cook.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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8.04.2015

Review: Oleavine Health Therapeutic Foot & Body Wash


Oleavine Health Therapeutic Foot & Body Wash

Company Site: website
Product Details: Oleavine Therapeutic Foot and Body Soap helps wash away and defend against stubborn fungus, bacteria and yeast from the skin surface responsible for Body Odor, Athletes Foot, Ringworm, Jock Itch, Acne, Toenail Fungus, Yeast, and other Common Foot and Skin Irritation Infections.
Our 100% Natural Plant Based Cleanser is Made Using Traditional European Techniques from Premium Organic and Natural Botanicals Rich in Skin Conditioning Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 Essential Fatty Acids.
Powerful Broad Spectrum Actives Include Tea Tree Essential Oil, a proprietary blend of Therapeutic Essential Oils, and Botanicals such as Neem Oil that are known to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
Who is Oleavine Therapeutic Anti-Fungal Soap Right For?
-People who are suffering from embarrassing bacteria related foot and body odor, acne, and skin rashes caused by sweating.
-People who are active in team sports that use or share equipment which can breed bacteria. (football, lacrosse, wrestling, etc.)
-People who are active in soccer, basketball, crossfit, martial arts, running, cycling, yoga, pilates, MMA (mixed martial arts), boxing, or workout regularly at the gym.
-Athletes or Active Individuals at high risk of being in contact with other individuals or where infection can easily be picked up from gym equipment, mats, locker rooms, and public showers.
-People looking to support and protect healthy skin, feet, and nails. Gentle enough to be used daily for your shower, bath, or foot bath.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Saponified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Organic Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Cocao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sachi Inchi) Oil, Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Natural Mixed Mentha (Mint), Thymol (Extract from Thyme), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract.


If you workout this rocks! (5 Stars)

If you hate the smell of tea tree oil don't even bother with this product. Some people just can't get over the smell and that's okay but this definitely smells strong. As someone who loves the smell of tea tree oil I loved this!

Over the summer I got back into a POPPilates routine and between the hot weather and regularly working out I've been crazy sweaty. In the past I found that combo would give me the occasional chest breakout so I thought I'd try this wash during my post-workout showers to see if it didn't curb it. I have yet to get a blemish. It also feels great thanks to the coolness of the mint so it's just a fantastic product for athletes and folks who go to the gym.

I would definitely recommend this for fitness enthusiast but also for anyone who has trouble with body acne or stinky feet. It has high quality ingredients and didn't leave my sensitive skin dry or irritated. Two big thumbs up.



Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.
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