This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating movies I’ve enjoyed watching recently.
[***] Fans of Fancy Nancy will enjoy this picture book about a girl with a great vocabulary. But can she find the right words to get a pet giraffe?
[***] A creative way of facing your fears. What if the monsters can be looked at a different way- in this case, rearranged? Then they may not seem as scary.
[****] In my most unbiased opinion, I’m finding this to be one of the cutest picture books this year. A dog meets something he’s not quite sure what it is. A playful interaction of what it could be- but isn’t. A sweet conclusion of what it is.
[**] Cute enough story about a dragon who can never get to finish a story because he always ends up burning the books due to his excitement. But after failed attempts to get others to read to him, will he ever get his happy ending?
[***] Lots of people at the store likes this picture book. It’s sweet how good a friend Bear is and I guess it’s sweet that the other animals finally decide to give him the time of day.
[**] Stories get mixed up in this tale of an alien who accidentally crashes into Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They try various methods to set the story straight but only Baby Bear may have the only idea that’ll actually work- if only they’ll listen to him.
I was intrigued by this play because it was a mash-up of so many genres. From a whodunit a la Agatha Christie to Shakespeare to a comedy to an avant garde production, the audience get to switch between each concurrent play by a zap from their remote controls. Soon, characters and plot lines begin to get mixed up in this hilarious screenplay for teens.
The Tipping Point is a book about change- how things change and what factors play into it. Epidemics and trends can be studied and learned from by understanding of the rules that dictate them- the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context. An Idea needs its (right kind of) messengers, presented in an irrestible, memorable manner and has significance to its recipients.How did Paul Revere’s midnight ride become successful in getting the message of “the British are coming” across? Why did Sesame Street work so well- and why didn’t it work as well as Blue’s Clues? Can what caused copycat crimes provide answers to get people to stop smoking? Malcolm Gladwell tackles these questions in an engaging and intelligent manner that doesn’t make it seem like one is reading a textbook nor just being fed tidbits of trivia.The new afterword introduces two new ideas (isolation and immunity) that provides an even clearer perspective on things. It’ll be interesting to use what I learned in the book in real life- at work and in general.
I haven’t been reviewing any of the Agatha Christie novels I’ve been reading but this is such a genius piece of work which is why she is undoubtedly hailed as the Queen of Mystery.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!