children

Eyelike Stickers: Trains


Publisher: Workman Publishing
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-5235-1127-3
Pages: 12
Price: $6.95

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Trains, trains, and more trains! Crossing signals, tracks, and conductor hats. Railroad logos, tunnels, and bridges. This sticker book has anything you can think of that relates to trains.

These 400 stickers are reusable and can be placed in the two scenes inside the book or on windows, notebooks, lunch boxes, and scrapbooks.

Train lovers will absolutely love Eyelike Stickers: Trains.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

memoir, politics

What Makes Trump Tick


Author: Peter Ticktin
Publisher: Mascot Books
Genre: Memoir / Politics
ISBN: 978-1-64543-711-6
Pages: 160
Price: $19.95

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President Donald J. Trump attended New York Military Academy as a teenager, and Peter Ticktin was his classmate and friend. In this memoir, Ticktin shares some of his insights about President Trump, and how this time in NYMA molded his character and determination.

The military academy forces boys to grow up quickly, as they learn how to navigate the bullies and respect authority. This training can either make or break them, and President Trump was one who thrived in this environment. As a result, Ticktin believes that President Trump learned to fear no one and to always do what is right in any given moment. It was this strength that led the American people to vote him into office in 2016.

After describing some of their experiences in NYMA, the author shifts to his own personal blog posts from 2016 until July 2020. In these posts, Ticktin expresses his thoughts on how President Trump handled the adversity he faced in his first four years in office, and he has no doubt that four more years will follow.

What Makes Trump Tick is an interesting and informative read. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

beauty

Eco Lips

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If you’re looking for a lip balm that goes on light and smooth with no waxy residue, Eco Lips is the one you need to try. These lip balms are full of moisturizing goodness that stays with you for a long time while feeling wonderful on your lips. And the flavors are delightfully yummy!

You might expect to pay a lot for an organic high-quality product, but these soft and silky balms are affordably priced. And right now, Eco Lips is running a special sale.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals:

  • BOGO on single balms from Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Nov. 30 
  • 25% off everything on Cyber Monday

WalMart also carries these yummy lip balms, if you prefer to pick them up in-store. They make fantastic stocking stuffers!

Eco Lips was the first organic lip balm on the market AND their USDA certified organic facility is powered by renewable energy and solar energy. 5,900 square feet of solar panels on their roof, powering 75% of their electricity. Eco Lips sources all of their ingredients sustainably and ethically from trusted sources around the globe. Their products are Fair Trade Certified™, Non-GMO Project Verified, Leaping Bunny Certified, and gluten-free.

children, classics

Sunshine


Author & Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65235-0
Pages: 48
Price: $18.95

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Mr. Sunshine has an apartment available, and he is very picky about who can rent it. So when Mrs. Moore arrives to see it, he pounces on the opportunity to rent it to her – the perfect tenant. What he doesn’t realize is that she plans to use it for a music school.

When Mrs. Moore is forced to buy 2,000 umbrellas after bidding at an auction, Mr. Sunshine thinks he’s finally gotten the upper hand. She can’t pay the rent, and he plans to evict her. But when rainy days arrive, she resourcefully sells all the umbrellas at a profit, keeping the apartment.

As the story concludes at Christmas, Mr. Sunshine realizes the errors of his ways and apologizes to Mrs. Moore. A happy ending along with a rendition of “O Holy Night” conclude the tale.

This charming reprint of the 1950 classic from the creator of Madeline is a fun read for kids that introduces them to the sights and sounds of New York City.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

You Might Find Yourself


Author & Illustrator: Tai Snaith
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-760-76033-5
Pages: 36
Price: $17.95

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There are so many places for children to discover. When they leave the comfort of their homes and head outside into the world, they have no idea where they might go. You Might Find Yourself guides them to places they may want to experience.

Following the winding path outside their door, they may find themselves in a jungle, a beach, or the ocean. They may feel hurt or comforted, and they may wonder what others are thinking. Numerous adventures await them, and they may not always know what to expect.

Along with the story text, extra things to think and do are provided for kids who want to use their imagination to make the world better. Illustrated in mixed media, this cute adventure book will be a big hit with kids who long to explore new and exciting places and experience new things.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, teen, tween

Believe in You: Big Sister Stories and Advice on Living Your Best Life


Authors: Christina Cimorelli , Katherine Cimorelli, Lisa Cimorelli, Amy Cimorelli, Lauren Cimorelli, Dani Cimorelli
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian / Teen
ISBN: 978-1-4002-1302-3
Pages: 192
Price: $18.99

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The Cimorelli sisters have received lots of mail from girls looking for advice on how to handle the ups and downs of their growing-up years. Since they can’t respond to each one directly, they decided the best way to reach everyone was to compile their collective wisdom in Believe in You.

The topics they cover are: your relationship with you, spirituality, friendship, dating, family, money, your future, and letters to our younger selves. In each chapter, the six sisters share their own unique perspectives on the subject being discussed. Chatting as big sisters, each encourage girls in how to live their best life.

Believe in You is perfect for any girl who wants a Christian “big sister” to look up to. Fans of Cimorelli will especially enjoy it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

A Train Journey (Pop-up book)


Author & Illustrator: Gérard Lo Monaco
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65182-7
Pages: 8
Price: $24.95

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Choo-choo! All aboard A Train Journey with Gérard Lo Monaco. This unique pop-up book features four great trains from history. Each is shown in a two-page spread that holds open, suitable for display. On the back side of the pop-ups, a short summary shares information about each train.

These iconic trains are: Stephenson’s Rocket at the Rainhill Trials (1830), The New York El Train (1870), The Flying Scotsman (1862), and the Shinkansen Bullet Train (1964).

Train lovers of all ages will enjoy reading about these fascinating trains. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, finance

Provisions for Abundance


Author: Ryan Mack
Publisher: Health Communications Inc.
Genre: Christian / Finance
ISBN: 9780757323645
Pages: 384
Price: $16.95

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Christians have a responsibility to manage their money in accordance with God’s word. But how does God feel about accumulating wealth? Surprisingly, He doesn’t have a problem with it, as long as the quest for money doesn’t become an obsession for believers. And, in fact, it can become a wonderful resource when giving to those in need.

In Provisions for Abundance, author Ryan Mack offers 365 Christian daily devotionals for financial success. Each day explores a different topic, and includes several Bible verses to ponder along with a daily tip. But this is no “prosperity gospel” preaching. Instead, Mack encourages us to use a common-sense approach in financial planning. Budgeting, saving, smart spending, and being more generous to others are strong themes in this book.

Even if we’re not looking to build wealth, the strategies Mack shares with us will be helpful in everyday life. Smart money management is a skill that everyone can use, and I highly recommend this book for Christians who want to improve their financial future.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children, history

Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs


Author & Illustrator: Rob Hodgson
Contributor: Prof. Michael J. Benton
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / History / Animals
ISBN: 978-0-500-65206-0
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95

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Maisie Mammoth lived during the Ice Age, and she considers herself a popular socialite. In Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs, she introduces us to some of the animals she knew in her day.

After a brief description of the Ice Age, Maisie introduces us to her personal assistant, Buttercup, who unfortunately fell in a bog and remained preserved in ice. Then she provides a tour around the world, sharing fun facts about each of her friends. As she introduces them by name, she explains a little about their diet, habits, body characteristics, and the dangers they faced.

When a woolly mammoth narrates, Ice Age information goes from hum-drum to fascinating. I highly recommend Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs for anyone interested in Ice Age animals (and Neanderthals).

Reviewer: Alice Berger

history

So You Want to be a Ninja?


Author: Bruno Vincent
Illustrator: Takayo Akiyama
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65210-7
Pages: 96
Price: $14.95

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Eddie, Kate, and Angus are back again, and this time they’re exploring the possibility of becoming a ninja. But first, they need to learn some secret-keeping skills, because ninja don’t actually exist.

In order to be successful as a ninja, they will need to learn how to dress the part, since ninja need to blend into their surroundings. They will also practice walking on tiptoes and even on all fours, in order to be completely silent. And they will work with ninja weapons and learn how to break into buildings without being discovered. Unlike becoming Vikings or Roman Soldiers, this time they will most likely not have to kill anyone.

So You Want to be a Ninja? is a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at how to be a ninja. I found it very entertaining, and it will be a big hit with kids – especially boys – who will enjoy the author’s sense of humor. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger