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Famous Faces Decoded

Title: Famous Faces Decoded
Author: Dan Hill
Publisher: Sensory Logic Books
ISBN: 978-0-9997416-2-3

“Facial coding provides a strong, viable opportunity to gauge others through the actions evident on their faces, and on-going usage will make the tool even sharper in your own hands,” Dan Hill writes in his book, Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook to Reading Others.

~ What ~
This 215-page paperback targets those interested in celebrities and how their facial expressions show their emotions. After several pages of review accolades, a table of contents, and introduction, the book is divided into three parts, followed by an epilogue.

While covering a myriad of well-known personalities who include actors, athletes, politicians, musicians, and more, the book dissects seven core emotions of celebrities using facial coding. The first section approaches anger, happiness, and sadness while the second part spurns contempt and disgust; the final part covers reactive emotions such as surprise and fear. The first two parts include flash portraits of family, romance, and parallel careers, and the book ends with a chapter on lying, a chart of emotions, comprehensive results, notes and sources, celebrity index, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and additional information.

~Why ~
With 23 facial muscle movements, we each reveal consciously and unconsciously our emotional reactions. I like that the author has done extensive research to find out the emotional why, what, and how of 173 famous individuals. I enjoyed perusing the top ten celebrity lists of the most and least of these emotions and how others perceived the individuals compared to their actual behavior or rare showings. I found the four forms of the seven emotions engaging, while the portrait comparisons intriguing.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care about the emotions of famous faces will not be interested in this book as it segregates celebrities into different lists. Some may not like that there are no celebrity photographs or facial charts of them showing emotions. Others may feel several of the examples of the same woman’s features overlap and look identical. I found book’s theme contains more of the celebrities’ actions and words, not their facial movements. Thus anyone could come to the same conclusion of their emotional status without using facial coding.

~ Wish ~
I feel the book could be titled Famous People’s Emotions Decoded as there is little reference to actual facial muscles of the celebrities. Instead, it includes an abundance of quotes or stories about them.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that categorizes the emotions of many well-known people into different groups and also has pictures of one woman’s different emotional facial features as tell-all examples, this may be a decent read, but I kept waiting to see portrayed the glint in the eye of a shady politician, a pouted frown of a talented musician, or raised eyebrows of a favorite actor.

Thank you to Bookpleasures and the author for this complimentary book I am under no obligation to review.

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Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention

Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo: Ice Worm InterventionTitle: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention
Author: Oneeka Williams M.D.
Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
ISBN: 978-1-68401-841-3

“The Ice Worms are emitting feelings of gratitude and joy and the Arctic animals are extremely grateful,” Dee Dee Dynamo’s sidekick orb flashes on his screen after the young surgeon refreezes the ice in Oneeka Williams’s children’s book, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention.

~ What ~
This numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets ages six to twelve years old, especially those interested in the Earth and global warming as it relates to ice worms. With no scary or violent scenes, it does contain complicated words that beginner readers will need help understanding or pronouncing.

The story is about a young girl from the Island of Positivity who visits Alaska with her friends for the Cordova Ice Worm Festival. They meet Toby, a smart autistic kid who knows a lot about climate change. When Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo and her crew are called into action, they learn from Toby about the ozone layer, troposphere, greenhouse effect, and the long-eye-lash-looking ice worms that may die due to the glacial temperature heating up. In the end, Dr. Dee Dee spins her magic to refreeze large areas of ocean ice to save the worms and Arctic animals.

Having colorful and expressive illustrations, the tale incorporates educational pages regarding the discovery of ice worms, the Earth’s atmosphere, greenhouse gases, effects of climate change, map of ice worm locations, aspects of autism, and the habit of positivity. Added at the end are a glossary of twenty-six words, thirty-seven learning words, and resource guide.

~ Why ~
The story contains scientific information on climate change that even adults can glean knowledge when reading it to a child. Although the tale is fictitious, it is educational and instructional, teaching young ones about protecting our planet. I had never heard of ice worms before reading this book, so I was intrigued to find they are located in five places around the world, including the Cascades near where I live in Oregon. I love that the story’s information could be used in a classroom or as a book report about the environment and what we humans can do to protect it. Another plus was the additional data included at the end of the book.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want a complicated read with lots of wording and teaching concepts on every page will pass on this one as it is geared toward older children. Young ones or those visually challenged may be overwhelmed with the busyness of its contents, but it offers plenty of information.

~ Wish ~
I wish more educational books for children were available that taught and instructed within its story, although the surgery mentioned is make-believe.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for another engaging, intellectual children’s book about Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo that explains our planet, global warming, and autism, this is an excellent teaching tool for young ones. Watch it, you may learn a thing or two too; I did!

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I freely am evaluating.

Check out the author’s website at www.drdeedeedynamo.com

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dr-dee-dee-dynamo-oneeka-williams/1128080820

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Number ONE World Facts

Childrens Book :  Number ONE World Facts (Great Book for Kids) Knowledge Book Series) (Boosting Brain Power) (Age 4-12)(Bedtime & Dreaming) by [TheBrothers]Title: Number ONE World Facts
Authors: The Brothers
Publisher: Amazon Digital
AISN: B00GCOPCD8

“Humans have one nose, one head, one tongue, one mouth and one heart,” the Brothers write in their children’s ebook, Number ONE World Facts.

~ What ~
This twenty-page ebook targets children ages four to twelve years old and their parents who like learning about interesting facts. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Beautiful color photographs are on most pages.

This book focuses on intriguing, fascinating, and unique facts about things that have the number one in them. From animals, insects, birds, sea life, and the human body to foods, actions, and a famous painting, there are educational tidbits that will delight and engage young to old.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through the number one, following it up with visual pictures to view. One of its best features is that it is educational as a young reader can learn bizarre facts about the world around us. It is a fun read, even for adults as they read to young ones.

~ Why Not ~
Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Others may wish there were more books like this, and there are with the number two and three already published and offered.

~ Wish ~
Having the book in print format would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an interesting, exciting ebook of unusual and notable facts, this will make an excellent choice for the child in your life who wants to learn more. Don’t be surprised if you learn a thing or two yourself!

Thanks to the authors for this purchased book that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/number-one-world-facts-thebrothers-publishing/1117662300

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Road Rules for Retirement

Road Rules for Retirement: Set Your Destination Enjoy The JourneyTitle: Road Rules for Retirement
Author: Mark Fried
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
ISBN: 978-1-59932-797-6

“A Wealth Strategy anticipates problems before they happen, provides answers to questions beyond just what asset allocation you should use, and always keeps you on track,” Mark Fried writes at the beginning of his book, Road Rules for Retirement: Set Your Destination & Enjoy the Journey.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-four-page hardbound targets those planning or getting ready to retire from work. After acknowledgments, a preface, introduction, and word of caution, it contains ten chapters, ending with a conclusion and wealth strategy checklist. With a few black and white photographs and charts, each chapter ends with questions to consider.

An expert in the financial services industry, the writer purports that there are specific post-retirement strategies that can be enacted to enjoy a less stressed-out lifestyle when one is no longer employed. Covering topics such as considering how to take disbursements of pensions or tax shelters, Social Security, and savings accounts, it also discusses tax ramifications, life and long-term insurance, and creating a legacy. The last chapter promotes using the author and his team at TFG Wealth Management to aid in the retirement process.

~ Why ~
I like that this book advocates one should be aware of what is ahead when retirement approaches. Since my husband and I are to retire next year, we already know the tax laws if cashing in on IRAs, TSAs, and pensions. I appreciate the details regarding these three avenues of income in the book and how taxes should be considered.

~ Why Not ~
While the book is well-written, there is plenty of the writer’s personal experiences and touting of his wealth management strategies that surpass all others, especially since he approaches it supposedly differently. There is little dialogue of downsizing a home for income or suggestions of what to do with savings accounts that have already been taxed (except for any interest earned). I found the promotion of long-care insurance a sales pitch, while it also noted to buy a large over-priced life insurance policy if your spouse is ill and use it to offset the taxes when your loved one passes and your status changes from joint to single.

~ Wish ~
While reading this book, I felt it was a written infomercial to contact Mark and use his services as they are better than any financial advisor’s. Since I did not learn anything new (except for the life insurance trick), I wish it had charts to fill out for tracking instead of simplistic questions to ask.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a wealth management advisor, you may want to take advantage of contacting the writer to get a free “second opinion” consultation, but, sorry, I was not too impressed with this book. Not knowing the future, I wonder what the best strategy for the money we have accumulated over the years is, so most likely my best option is to continue to trust God for guidance as I keep reading any material about retirement that is available to me.

Thanks to News & Experts and Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/road-rules-for-retirement-mark-fried/1126956519

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Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

Title: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French
Author & Illustrator: Judy Martialay
Publisher: Polyglotkidz Press
ISBN: 978-0-99746-870-0

“Welcome aboard Pete the Pilot’s magic plane. Pete takes you to France. On the way, learn words and phrases in French …” the contents page explains at the beginning of Judy Martialay’s children’s book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends.

~ What ~
This forty-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old and their parents who want to learn French. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic illustrations and photographs are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.

This book teaching about France and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they are introduced to two children making a sand castle at the beach. At night, a snail named Louis resides as king of the sand castle until dogs run by, accidentally destroying it. The next day, the children rebuild the castle for their king snail.

Other chapters offer conversational French, the culture of France, learning to paint an impressionist painting, and a compilation of the words and phrases used throughout the book. There is an acknowledgment page at the ending.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all French words in a bold font makes them easy to locate. One of the best features of this is that one can go online and download the audible book, so proper pronunciation is used when reading the French words out loud.

~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read to some children as it may frustrate some. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding French words, but it would be enjoyed greatly by those trying to learn a new language.

~ Wish ~
While the ending pages have all French words used with the French word first, having an English index alphabetically at the back might be helpful for those who need to look up a word quickly.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning French from an English perspective, this may be the ticket, especially if you use it with the audio version.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at http://www.polyglotkidz.com

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Rewordable: A Uniquely Fragmented Word Game

Game 1Title: Rewordable
Authors: Allison Parish, Adam Simon, & Tim Szetela
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 978-1-5247-6113-4

“Create the largest lexicon of words by the end of the game to become the Rewordable champ” the back of this game board box states.

~ What ~
This small box contains a card game that can be played with two to eight players within a twenty to thirty-minute period. With one-hundred-and-twenty cards and sixteen tokens, the game is meant for those eight years or older of all skill levels.Game 2

The primary object of the standard way to play the game is to get the most reward tokens and points per cards. As the players pick five cards at a time, they build words that can be built upon and expanded, gleaning the tokens that match the word combinations. With the cards being different colors, the point system adds up quickly.

~Why ~
I love words so find this game fun and engaging, especially when I can make up new words. I like that this activity involves creative thinking using letter combinations. With the clear instructions, those who are writers, authors, and editors will find this game easy when played against those who do not excel verbally.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to play word games will refrain from playing this game as it may seem simplistic to them. The game may be tedious to some who do not like having to think about words.

~ Wish ~
Since I do love words, I wish this game were more challenging for adults as it is sophomoric in its letter combinations. With only one of some common two-letter cards such as CH, CK, ST, and TH, the game needs more blended consonants.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an educational game that is a mix between Scrabble and Uno, this one will keep you and yours entertained, hopefully, able to invent a new word or two that makes sense.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

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Mickey’s Found Sounds

Mickey's Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook Disney Learning (Disney Learning: Disney Mickey & Friends)Title: Mickey’s Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISBN: 978-1-4950-6478-4

“Let’s look around and see what we can find that can make sounds. It will be easy and fun!” Mickey tells his friends in the children’s book, Mickey’s Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook.

~ What ~
Part of the Disney Learning series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy books regarding stories about Mickey Mouse and music. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short tale, Mickey Mouse and his friends decide to go to a parade, but when they arrive, it is canceled due to the rain. Disappointed, the gang goes back home and decides to have an indoor parade of music. The story prompts the reader to turn the page, showing how to make five different instruments such as a bucket drum, oatmeal conga drum, plastic bottle shaker, tube kazoo, and glass jar xylophone. Words to a song are at the end of the book as well as a note to parents and online read and sing along links.

~ Why ~
What makes this book special is it contains a story of Mickey but adds the element of playing musical instruments. I love that our four-year old granddaughter and I can create and make sounds with common household items. Older children will appreciate designing the instruments and experimenting with them.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care about making music may not appreciate this read that encourages it. Others may find there are too many two and three syllable words that young readers may have trouble deciphering. Some may not like the commercialism the themed book promotes.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included a CD instead so one does not have to go online to read or sing along. Having a QSR code for a smartphone might be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun gift to give a child who loves Mickey Mouse, this is an educational tool that will be cherished and enjoyed.

Thanks to Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It

Tangled - It's Better When You Sing It: A Musical Exploration Storybook Disney LearningTitle: Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It: A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISBN: 978-1-4950-6477-7

“Use your voice to speak, whisper, shout, and sing,” prompts the children’s book, Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It: A Musical Exploration Storybook.

~ What ~
Part of the Disney Learning series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy books regarding the Tangled, the retold story of Rapunzel and how it relates to music. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short tale about the princess in a tower who lets herself down by her hair and sees the kingdom for the first time and sings with Finn, the left side of the pages tell the famous story while the right side has a round purple marker about how music. The musical section explains how singing is fun, songs can be sung fast or slow and high or low, listening to sounds around us, playing a hide-and-seek song game, making up songs, expressing feelings in music, echoing, and duets. Words to a song is at the end of the book as well as a glossary, note to parents, and online link.

~ Why ~
What makes this book special is it contains the story but adds the element of music through Rapunzel singing. I love that our four-year old granddaughter, whose favorite everything is currently Tangled, can recall the tale as she learns different facets to music. Older children will appreciate learning what words mean such as duet, echo, and tempo.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to sing or think they have a bad singing voice may not appreciate this read that encourages it. Others may find there are too many two and three syllable words that young readers may have trouble deciphering. Some may not like the commercialism the themed book promotes.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included a CD instead so one does not have to go online to read or sing along. Having a QSR code for a smartphone might be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun gift to give a child who loves anything to do with Tangled, this is an educational tool that will be cherished and enjoyed.

Thanks to Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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The In-Case-of-Emergency Workbook

Title: The In-CaThe In-Case-of-Emergency Workbook: An Essential Life Organizer for You and Yoursse-of-Emergency Workbook
Author: Vicki Hinze
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1810-4

“May this workbook be helpful and comforting to you and yours—and may you have it and not need it for a very long time!” Vicki Hinze writes in the author’s notes at the beginning of her book, The In-Case-of-Emergency Workbook.

~ What ~
At eighty-eight pages, this flexibound targets those who want a safe place to document and organize their personal, medical, and financial information. After the author’s notes and personal information pages to fill out, there are nine sections that cover a myriad of worksheets to complete regarding one’s life in case of an emergency. The ending contains ten tear-out “contact cards” that can be used elsewhere.

~ Why ~
Having one place to keep all information on home, property, finances, medical, legal, automobile, personal property, passwords, and personal requests makes life easier for those around us when we are unable to instruct or inform others. I like that this book is concise and to the point with its large blocked areas to fill in data. Plenty of different topics force the book owner to write down information he or she may not think is important but may be at a later date.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have a living will and/or are in close contact with their adult children who are aware of their issues may not have the need for this workbook. Others may feel many subjects were left out such as contacting specific friends,  pastor, priest, or rabbi to handle end of life situations, There are not many lines available in areas regarding credit cards (for those who have more than 4) and investments (only 6 offered) while there is an ample amount of 10 bank accounts.

~ Wish ~
Since the book seems to be geared more for the person who is unorganized, it did not provide me with any new ideas or information to pass on to my children who are well aware of our wishes. I question stating to put the book in a safe deposit box when the information on where the box location, key, and number are in the book that is to be put inside it.

~ Want ~
For those who are interested in keeping track of their financial, medical, and personal status for others to use in case of an emergency, this is a simple-to-use organizer.

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The Physics of Everyday Things

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary DayTitle: The Physics of Everyday Things
Author: James Kakalios
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3773-2

“Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing visible forces that surround us,” James Kakalios writes in the front flap of his book, The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page hardbound targets those who enjoy learning about science, physics, and how objects work in our world. With no photographs but a few sporadic figures, the book includes seven chapters about the science of physics in a day in the life of a common adult and ends with acknowledgments, notes, figure captions, and an index.

Covering when a person awakens at home in the morning to going to bed at night in a hotel room, the chapters float from beginning the day having coffee and checking a smartphone to driving to the city, going to the doctor and airport, taking a flight, giving a business presentation, and going to a hotel. All involve items that humans depend on and how they use physics to work.

~Why ~
It is fun to know how things are made, especially because we get caught up in using objects without understanding the why and how behind them. I like how the author discussed pendulums, piezoelectric crystals, thermodynamics, electromagnetic and millimeter waves, magnets, and semiconductors to name a few in objects such as a clock, coffee maker, phone, watch, earbuds, toaster, automobile, GPS, radio, elevator, thermometer, MRI and ATM machines, and lithium batteries. Stating why cars still do not fly is also covered.

~ Why Not ~
The main issue I had with this book is it is rather dry. Granted the author’s intention is to call attention to the reader to notice why and how things work around him or her, but the book lacked in detail and excitement as the person goes through a supposedly average day. Not being a scientific person, I did not learn anything substantial in the chapters.

~ Wish ~
I wish the details of the objects were more succinct in explaining what would happen if physics were not applied to them or made differently. After reading this book, I now understand why my son and daughter-in-law got their PhDs in chemistry instead of physics as, to me, it seems a lackluster topic.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that may be interesting for a high school or college reader who is into physics in everyday life, this may be good for them, but I found it missed the sparks I expected.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.

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