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Dec 252012
 

The Golden TwineI first discovered Kids Can Press through the book Binky Takes Charge. I am loving this graphic novel for kids format they’ve got going with these two titles. I hope they keep it up and give kids a good healthy attitude for the medium.

I also like the anime feel of the art without being overly anime. It just seems like when anime became popular EVERYONE started drawing in that style and, quite frankly, I have had enough of it for now. The Golden Twine has an interesting story that draws you right away and keeps your attention (always good when your dealing with kids). This is only book one and I am already looking for book two. I want more.

Book Description

To most, Suri is just an orphan in a traveling caravan. But Suri is determined to prove she has the mettle of a monster tamer. When she unknowingly takes something valuable from a caitsith — a cat monster — she will have to quickly harness her powers … if she even has them!

The Golden Twine

Dec 242012
 

The Incredible Burt WonderstoneThis movie looks pretty funny (heck with Steve Carell & Steve Buscemi it has to be, right).

Synopsis:  Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, Michael Bully Herbig

Director: Don Scardino
Writers: Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Producers: Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Jake Weiner, Tyler Mitchell
Executive Producers: Diana Pokorny, Vance DeGeneres, Charlie Hartsock, J.C. Spink, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter

Watch the trailer now.

Official Movie Website: http://www.theincredibleburtwonderstone.com/

Dec 222012
 

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat I really thought this book was just going to be another Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus book using stereotypical dogs are dumb, cats are distant types of statements. I was wrong (I know hard to believe me admitting that, huh). As a pet person I honestly did not want to like this book. I thought it would give bad images of cats and dogs by trying to lump them into human personality traits (and I am not very fond of some of them, but overall I enjoyed the book). It gives you a new way to look at relationships.

The book is less a battle of the sexes and more a merging of species. Very funny and insightful (reading the descriptions of dogs vs cats you can honestly say, “I’m like that” or “I know someone just like that”). Makes us think about ourselves, our partners, and our relationships.

Book Description

[amazon_link id=”0983096813″ target=”_blank” ]I’m a Dog, You’re a Cat[/amazon_link] is a short, delightfully humorous book filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations that highlight the sometimes quirky personality traits of felines and canines and how they mirror those of humans, especially as it relates to their interpersonal relations. Dog and cat owners who are in relationships will understand and appreciate the correlations and conclusions drawn from this unique comparison. How wonderful it would be if we were able to discover a new insight that helped us all communicate more effectively with the special people in our life. This book will help you identify if you are hard-wired more like a cat or a dog and how to understand that dog or cat in your life. By using a little humor to gain a deeper appreciation of your partner, you can begin to understand their behavior and how to react in those instances when you just don’t see eye to eye on things. Visit www.imadogyoureacat.com and take the quiz.

About the Author

Marla Press was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. She attended college at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas-Austin. She has always had a great love of animals and has had many dogs and cats in her life (the four-legged kind). I’m a Dog, You’re a Cat: Love Lessons From Our Furry Friends was created as she tried to understand a new relationship in her life-thus the idea for the book. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her two real rescue dogs, Riley and Bella.

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat

Dogs are excitable creatures by nature!

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat

Cats are a bit more “low key”.

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat

Dec 212012
 

Monkey of the Month[amazon_link id=”0764341561″ target=”_blank” ]Monkey of the Month[/amazon_link] is written by Adam Kramer and illustrated by David Kramer. Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

This is a rhyming book about a boy that gets a present from the Monkey of the Month Club. Each month comes with a new monkey and a new adventure. Although we only get to see about 8 monkeys in all (I was a bit disappointed that the author could not give us all 12 months of monkeys) before the mother sends the monkeys away. But I guess it is surprising that his mother could put up with 8 months of monkeys!

There’s no moral to the story accept perhaps to adults to be careful what you gofts you give to kids on their birthdays. It might be best to check with Mom first.

Overall this book has a cute story with nicely done illustrations.

Book Description

Bored with mundane birthday gifts, a young boy unexpectedly receives a most peculiar gift on his birthday: a one year-membership to the “Monkey of the Month Club.” Though pleased it isn’t just a pair of socks, he is very confused by this odd gift, until, month-by-month, monkeys and their primate cousins start appearing at his door. As the year moves on, his house becomes full of chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, and more, who begin turning his house into their own private playground. While a house full of monkeys, all unique in their own way, sounds like a lot of fun, membership in the “Monkey of the Month Club” does have some drawbacks. Find out what happens in this exciting and humorous adventure accompanied by bright illustrations. Grades Pre-K-3.

Adam Kramer is thrilled to enter the field of children’s books. When he’s not writing, he might be found catching a baseball game with his wife Lena. Stemming from his love of cartooning, David Kramer’s whimsical, animated characters reflect his love of storytelling and a creative imagination.

Dec 202012
 

Christmas will be here in a few days then…It’s almost time to say “thank you.”

Who do you need to thank this year? thank you cards

Your family, your boss, your spouse, your co-workers…anyone who got you a Christmas gift (or for whom you are thankful this year). In a week, it will be time to thank them for their wonderful (and even not so wonderful) gifts. Writing thank you notes seems to be a lost art.

Tiny Prints has the perfect way to say “thank you” at an incredible price. For one day only, from 10:00am PT today through 9:00am PT tomorrow, they are selling their amazing thank you cards at 50% Off!

These are not your average thank you cards either. They are pretty awesome. From the paper quality to the ability to personalize them with pictures and your own text, these cards are sure to leave a lasting impression…and maybe even result in a better gift next year. SWEET!

Check out Tiny Prints right away and say “thank you” in style this year. And remember to use promo code DOD1220 to save 50%! P.S.

You know you don’t need a gift from someone to let them know you’re thankful for them!

Dec 192012
 

Here is my review that Yelp.com seems to have flagged/filtered/removed for their own stupid reasons.

Five Stars ***** for 1Up Collectibles

This is the best comic shop in the area hands down!

I have had issues with other shops giving you attitude (think Comic Book Guy in the Simpsons). NOT HERE.

The owner is super friendly and knowledgeable about his products (and customers). I went in looking for back issues because my previous store had screwed up my subscriptions so bad I was missing loads of issues. When they did not have them in stock he went out of his way to find them for me and I have been a regular ever since.

Since I have started getting my subscriptions here there have been a few hiccups but every single one of them was dealt with promptly and with superior customer service.

For one of the best in shop comic book experiences around head to 1Up Collectibles.


I feel censored by them when I come in and give a good review only to have it disappear because they feel my review (my thoughts, my opinions) are not valid. Instead of removing these supposedly bought/paid for reviews why not simply require us to put in a FCC disclaimer at the end of every review (we have to do it for blog posts why shouldn’t they have to do it as well?) Then the world could judge for itself if the review is valid or not.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: I was not given anything in exchange for this review. Unless you count the bag full of comics I come home with every time I visit 1Up Collectibles, but I pay for those…oh yeah…I do get a discount but that’s part of my subscription service (anyone will get that if they subscribe), so I don’t think that counts as a gift. Besides it was not in exchange for this review.

Dec 192012
 
Yelp Sucks

You can see here that Yelp.com is still offer a bogus deal. Don’t fall for these scams.

I finally got around to writing up several reviews for Yelp.com and while I was on the site I noticed my favorite comic shop, 1up collectibles, had a Yelp “deal”. $75 for $50 (I knew my next comic pick up would be more than that so I bought it thinking I would be saving myself $25.

Well, I fell for the old scam of if it sounds too good to be true it is. Turns out 1Up Collectibles had turned off that deal over a year ago and Yelp.com should NEVER have been selling it. Shame on Yelp for scamming folks out of their hard earned money. My only hope is that my credit card company will see fit to reverse the charges since I can’t spend it and even if I could my comic guy would never see the money from Yelp since he no longer has an account with them.

How is it that they can continue to sell these deals after the companies discontinue, expire or stop them?

Is their a Yelp.com page to review them on their site? If so I have yet to find it. Guess the world is not allowed to review them!

Speaking of not allowed to review…they apparently filter reviews (even though I found a post saying they no longer filter — bullcrap). I wrote up my honest, unsolicited review of 1Up Collectibles and they removed/filtered it. My review (my thoughts, my opinions) don’t count when it comes to Yelp.com. Guess what? Yelp.com doesn’t matter and it seems like more and more people are starting to realize that.

Maybe Yelp should require reviewers to disclose if they received anything in return for their feedback. Instead of black balling the store owner for suspected deceptive practices. We have to do it on our blogs *waves nicely to the FCC* so instead of censoring us simply require the same standards of all websites to your users. Amazon.com does, so why can’t Yelp?

So lessons learned here. Yelp will remove you if they think you were bribed to write a review even if you weren’t and NEVER, EVER buy any Yelp Deals as they are not deals they are steals (as in Yelp stealing your money and you not getting a thing in return). You won’t even be able to call and speak with someone to ensure that your issue or problem will be dealt with. Shame on you Yelp.com

 

Disclosure/Disclaimer: I was not given anything but a headache and an empty wallet from Yelp.com in exchange for this review.

Dec 192012
 

BULLY DVD[amazon_link id=”B00A4TMLKE” target=”_blank” ]BULLY[/amazon_link] is a must see film for everyone!

“The Most Important Film of the Year.” ~ Marlo Thomas, Huffington Post

“This movie really does have the power to save lives.” ~ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TAKE A STAND WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENTARY THAT FUELED A NATIONAL MOVEMENT BULLY ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD

Directed by Sundance and Emmy® Award-Winning Filmmaker Lee Hirsch, BULLY Heads To Retail On February 12, 2013!

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release of BULLY, the critically-acclaimed documentary film that sparked a national movement that rallied people to stand up to bullying, hate, and intolerance. Directed by Lee Hirsch, BULLY follows the lives of five students whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis, and the families that fight for them. A call to action, the film not only captured the attention of the country, but fostered a national dialogue about bullying, uniting parents, teachers, and students in the fight against the violence that has gone unchecked for too long in our schools. Timely and significant, BULLY heads to retail on February 12, 2013.

TIME Magazine film critic, Richard Corliss, called [amazon_link id=”B0059XTUJU” target=”_blank” ]BULLY[/amazon_link] “A movie your kids must see.” Wrote film critic, Claudia Puig, in her review for USA Today, “Bully should be required viewing for everyone, including parents, teachers, and school officials.” Added Rolling Stone film critic, Peter Travers,”Lee Hirsch’s film is a potent and provocative look at a problem that’s out of control.” Said People Magazine’s, Alynda Wheat, BULLY is “Powerful.”

Here are the facts: Thirteen million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year, making bullying the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Three million students will be absent each month because they feel unsafe at school. Thirty percent of children who reported being bullied said they sometimes brought weapons to school. School personnel are reported to notice or intervene in only one out of every twenty-five incidents. Fifty percent of the time, when an upstander intervenes in bullying, the bullying stops within ten seconds. Bullying is a serious problem, and the solutions belong to us all.

The Bully Project, the social outreach campaign inspired by the film, has screened BULLY for more then 250,0000 educators and students nationwide, in a supported educational context, including curriculum and professional development tools to enrich the experience. From screenings at the White House to citywide summits in Cleveland, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, the filmmakers have built a tremendous network of partners and experts. BULLY director Lee Hirsch, in an article for Origin. Magazine, wrote, “Sometimes it is the emotional experience of film and television that bring a cause to our hearts and stir us to action – they inform and inspire.” After seeing this film, leaders from the worlds of Hollywood, fashion, politics, business and sports – including President Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Johnny Depp, the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, Tommy Hilfiger, Justin Bieber, Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper – publicly lent their support to amplify the message of BULLY.

From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, BULLY is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.

The [amazon_link id=”B0059XTUJU” target=”_blank” ]BULLY Blu-ray™ Combo Pack[/amazon_link] and DVD special features include a Filmmaker Q&A, Featurettes, Celebrity PSAs, and Deleted Scenes. Note: Special features are subject to change.

Official Website: www.thebullyproject.com

Dec 172012
 

Carrot[amazon_link id=”0981971490″ target=”_blank” ]Carrot[/amazon_link] is written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Kristin Blackwood. Published by VanitaBooks LLC.

Dreams are okay, but sometimes reality is even better. Learn to accept what you have in your life through the eyes of an orange tabby cat named Carrot.

Cute kitty adventure illustrations are teamed up with a rhyming text that is sometimes well above a child’s reach (but I guess that is what parents are for — to explain those big words like caviar, champagne and cotillion).

Book Description

A playful and rhythmic page-turner, Carrot the Cat learns that to like who you are is right where it’s at. Carrot is a delightful story about a common house cat who finds that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

Dec 142012
 

LAWLESS DVD“A Solid Outlaw Adventure.” ~ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY PRESENT THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED EPIC OUTLAW TALE [amazon_link id=”B009369Z8A” target=”_blank” ]LAWLESS ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD[/amazon_link]

Based On A True Story From Matt Bondurant’s Novel The Wettest County In The World, This Gripping Tale of Brotherhood, Bootlegging, and Murder.

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release of the critically acclaimed film, LAWLESS, from director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition). Written by musician, composer and screenwriter, Nick Cave (The Proposition), inspired by the 2008 biographical novel The Wettest County In The World, LAWLESS follows the bootlegging Bondurant Brothers on their quest for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Shia LaBeouf (Transformers franchise, Disturbia), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight Rises), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (Coriolanus, The Help) and Emmy® winner Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, The King’s Speech), LAWLESS heads to retail on November 27, 2012..

[amazon_link id=”B009369Z8A” target=”_blank” ]LAWLESS[/amazon_link], which was nominated for an illustrious Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, also stars Jason Clarke (Texas Killing Fields, the upcoming The Great Gatsby) and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines).

The Hollywood Reporter called LAWLESS “A gritty and suspenseful bootlegger tale.” Added film critic, Richard Roeper, in his Reelz Channel review, LAWLESS is “A hell of an entertaining movie, I give it an ‘A’!” Wrote Paste magazine film critic, Tyler Chase, “Lawless blends stylish originality with genre standards into a mixture as potent and explosive as Virginia moonshine.”

They were brothers who became outlaws, and outlaws who became heroes…The three Bondurant boys (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke), along with their sultry new hire (Jessica Chastain), command the most lucrative bootlegging operation in Franklin County, Virginia. The locals consider them “indestructible.” But the law – in the form of a corrupt special deputy (Guy Pearce) – wants a cut of their action, at any cost. When youngest brother Jack (LaBeouf) gets a taste of power with a deadly gangster (Gary Oldman), the whole business blows sky high. Based on the astonishing true story, the Bondurant brotherhood is the stuff of legend.

The [amazon_link id=”B009369Z8A” target=”_blank” ]LAWLESS Blu-ray™ Combo Pack[/amazon_link] and DVD special features include an audio commentary with Director John Hillcoat and Author Matt Bondurant; two featurettes: “The True Story of the Wettest County In The World” and “Franklin County, VA: Then and Now”; Willie Nelson’s “Midnight Run” music video; and deleted scenes. Note: Special features are subject to change.

Learn more about LAWLESS at: http://lawless-film.com/

Dec 132012
 
A Tale of Two Mommies

A Tale of Two Mommies is written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Mike Blanc. Published by Vanita Books. This little book teaches kids it’s okay to have two mommies that love you. You get the same support and love from your parents no matter who they are. All net profits for this book will […]

Dec 112012
 
Review of Song for Papa Crow

[amazon_link id=”0764341316″ target=”_blank” ]Song for Papa Crow[/amazon_link] is written and illustrated by Marit Menzin. Published by Schiffer Publishing. This is a nicely illustrated story of self acceptance. Little crow wants to fit in and be liked but none of the song birds like his singing. After meeting a mockingbird that gave him a magic seed little […]

Dec 102012
 
Review of Squirrel Rescue

Squirrel Rescue is written by Jennifer Keats Curtis and illustrated by Laura Jaques. Published by Schiffer Publishing. This is a fun little story of two boys that find and rescue a baby squirrel that has fallen out of its nest while the boys were outside playing a game. Not only does this book show kindness […]