Friday, August 16, 2019

Two Great Books for Back to School from Zonderkidz - Review + #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Zonderkidz

I love this time of year...not because the kids are returning back to school, but, because so many great new books for kids are released, just in time for Back to School.  The folks at Zonderkidz have an assortment of great books for back to school available now, and coming soon, so be sure to head on over to https://www.zonderkidz.com/. But, in the meantime, I wanted to share two stand out picture books I was recently sent that my girls and I love, and can't stop reading and enjoying together.



About this book:


"What do you get when you combine ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis’ lyrical rhymes with Lucy Fleming’s whimsical art? A culture-rich picture book that proudly showcases the beauty of diversity while celebrating all the wonderful things we have in common.
From skin, hair, and eyes in a multitude of colors to different personalities and interests, God gave us all special traits and characteristics that make us uniquely ourselves. And we all have things in common too: like sharing fun and laughter on the playground, a sense of curiosity, big feelings, and so many other things that show how we are all more alike than we are different.
Ready to celebrate all our likes and differences? So are we! And this diverse picture book—drenched in color and full of laughter and fun—will show you how."
One Big Heart is:
  • Written by Emmy-winning ABC News correspondent and The World Is Awake author Linsey Davis
  • A multiethnic, multicultural, multiracial children’s picture book that recognizes our unique differences while celebrating how alike we are as well
  • An inspiring story of inclusion and connection
  • The perfect read-aloud for kids ages 4–8  
Price: $17.99
Release date: Aug 06, 2019
ISBN: 9780310767855

My Thoughts:


This new rhyming book, is not only filled with cute full-color illustrations that bring the story to life, but also inspires and teaches kids (and adults) about inclusion and celebrating our likes and differences.  When I first read this book to my girls, I couldn't help but smile as I read this book, as I liked how they included illustrations of children of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, which isn't something you see with children's books.  My girls are part Latina, so they were quick to pick up on the mutli-rational kids in the book, and liked seeing kids with dark skin color like they have. 


Both of my girls picked up on the message of inclusion in the book, and liked how playful the story was.  When I was done reading it the first time, they were both quick to ask me to read it again.  And, since then, they have pulled it from the bookcase to read it on their own.  If you are looking for a book that is culture-rich and will resonate with kids from all backgrounds and races, then is one book not to be missed.





(Releases Sept. 3rd)

About this book:


The One and Only Wolfgang 9780310768234; Hardcover Picture Book
From Instagram sensation Steve Greig and New York Times bestselling author Mary Rand Hess comes The One and Only Wolfgang. This humorous, heartwarming story about Greig’s real-life menagerie of senior rescue animals affirms that, in a family, everyone belongs.


My Thoughts:


My oldest daughter is a huge dog and animal lover, so when she saw this book arrive at our door last week, she was ready and willing to read it and give me a review. :-)   Just looking at the front cover with the cute dogs, would make any dog lover, both young and old, want to pick up and read this book, not matter what it was about.  But, when you do sit and read this book, you can help but be touched by the heartwarming story of these senior rescue dogs.  


All of the dogs we have owned were rescue dogs, and 6+ years old.  We adopted them to not only give the a better life, but also because we knew of the bond between an animal and human and the unconditional love they bring you.  After my daughter was done reading this book, she came running to tell me all about it.  She said there were some funny parts, but much of the story was touching and made you feel for these senior rescue animals.  While the book is about the rescue dogs, it translated to a bigger message of acceptance and that in a family everyone is accepted no matter their age, differences, views, etc. 



---GIVEAWAY---



Thanks to the kind folks at ZonderKidz, they are offering two lucky Inspired by Savannah readers the chance to win these two new releases.  To enter my giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below with your choice of books (The One and Only Wolfgang or One Big Heart) so if you are chosen I can have your requested book sent your way to enjoy.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season - Available on DVD and Blu-ray August 20th (Review)

Disclosure: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD, I reviewed in this post.  The opinions I share are my own.

The CW’s Longest Running DC Series Is Back
 
Contains All Exhilarating Episodes from the Seventh Season,
Plus a Crossover Featurette, 2018 Comic-Con Panel, and More!

  
Including All Three Episodes of the DC Crossover Event: Elseworlds Available Only on the Blu-Ray Set


I was so excited when I heard about this upcoming Season 7 release of Arrow earlier in the year.  This is one CW series I was turned onto by friends and Facebook followers when I asked what would be a good show to get into and binge watch.  Come on, you know you do the same thing -- stumble upon or have a series recommended to you, and then you stay up late and use your weekend to binge watch all the episodes or seasons.  I remember seeing a few commercials for this popular CW series, but for some reason never checked it out.  Big mistake!...as once I started to watch it, I couldn't get enough of it, and found myself waiting eagerly for the complete seventh season to release, so that I could see what happened next.  

If you have been waiting like me for ARROW:  THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON to arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD, I am happy to say the wait is almost over.  On August 20th, you can pick up either the Blu-Ray or DVD copy of ARROWTHE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON and binge watch the seventh season to your heart's content. :-)  Thanks to the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, they made my week this week when they sent me an advance copy of the Blu-Ray to watch.  I have been watching a few episodes a night, and can't wait for tonight to watch more with my husband.  He never saw the show, but started watching the episodes with me, and is now hooked.  While he will have to go back and watch the previous six seasons, I gave him a brief summary of what has transpired over the previous six seasons, so he would be ready to dive in with me and watch all 22 full-length episodes that make up the seventh season.  

If watching these 22 episodes weren't enough, this upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD release also comes with some great bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, featurettes and so much more.  We started by watching the "Inside the Crosscover: Elseworls and Best of DC TV's Comic-Com panels featurettes before starting on season 7.  One bucket list that both my husband and I have is to attend a San Diego Comic Con.  We have done Comic Cons out here on the East Coast, but the ones in San Diego seem to draw more stand out stars, and great panel discussions.  So, it was great to watch the Comic-Con panel featurette even though we weren't able to be in there in person.

Don't worry, I am not going to talk about what happens in Season 7, as I, myself, hate reading spoilers from other bloggers and writers.  If you haven't seen season 7 and have been waiting, know that the wait is worth it.  So far, I am loving season 7 and can't wait to make it to the end of this season.  The suspense of what will happen next is with each and every episode I watch.  And, it seems like each episode is even better than the last!  So, if you are a fan of CW's Arrow, you will want to make sure you pre-order or pick up the ARROW:  THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON when it arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 20th, to add to your growing Arrow collection.


More about this upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD release:
 
"Get ready for nonstop action from start to finish when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD August 20, 2019. Both sets contain all 22 action-packed episodes from the seventh season, plus the show’s 2018 Comic-Con Panel, a crossover featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more! All three DC Crossover: Elseworlds episodes will be available only for fans who purchase the Blu-ray set. The Complete Seventh Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($51.99 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($52.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Both sets have an order due date of July 16, 2019. Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
 
Following Oliver Queen’s shocking decision to turn himself over the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in prison while his team was left behind to protect Star City. In the wake of Ricardo Diaz’s escape, Oliver has yet again turned into someone else inside Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver’s limits will be tested when he and Team Arrow are pitted against the most ruthless villains they have yet to face.
 
Arrow has struck a chord with audiences over the years through its incredible action and impressive special effects," said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “As Arrow enters its eighth and final season on The CW, fans will be eager to add the most recent season to their collection and enjoy the two hours of bonus content included on Blu-ray and DVD."
 
With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 22 episodes from the seventh season in high-definition, as well as a digital copy of the season (available in the U.S. only), the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all three crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors’ opportunity.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Heartland), Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street), David Ramsey (Dexter)Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn), Echo Kellum (Sean Saves The World), Rick Gonzalez (Reaper), Juliana Harkavy (Dolphin Tale, The Walking Dead), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf, The Gates), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe, 12 Monkeys) and Sea Shimooka (Happy New Years). Based on the characters from DC, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)Beth Schwartz (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning)."
 

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES:

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
  • Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
 
DVD: 22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES --

1.   Inmate 4587
2.   Longbow Hunters
3.   Crossing Lines
4.   Level Two
5.   The Demon
6.   Due Process
7.   The Slabside Redemption
8.   Unmasked
9.   Elseworlds: Hour Two
10. My Name is Emiko Queen
11. Past Sins
12. Emerald Archer
13. Star City Slayer
14. Brothers & Sisters
15. Training Day
16. Star City 2040
17. Inheritance
18. Lost Canary
19. Spartan
20. Confessions
21.  Living Proof
22.  You Have Saved This City

BLU-RAY: 22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES + 2 FULL CROSSOVER EPISODES -- 

1.   Inmate 4587
2.   Longbow Hunters
3.   Crossing Lines
4.   Level Two
5.   The Demon
6.   Due Process
7.   The Slabside Redemption
8.   Unmasked
9.   Elseworlds: Hour One
10. Elseworlds: Hour Two
11. Elseworlds: Hour Three
12. My Name is Emiko Queen
13. Past Sins
14. Emerald Archer
15. Star City Slayer
16. Brothers & Sisters
17. Training Day
18. Star City 2040
19. Inheritance
20. Lost Canary
21. Spartan
22. Confessions
23.  Living Proof
24.  You Have Saved This City
 
DIGITAL -- 

The seventh season of Arrow is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

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BASICS
Street Date: August 20, 2019
Order Due Date: July 16, 2019
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 990 min
Enhanced Content: Approx 115 min
 
UNITED STATES
 
DVD
Price: $39.99 SRP
5 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English
Catalog # 1000729915
UPC # 883929656011
 
BLU-RAY
Price: $44.98 SRP
4-Disc Elite
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
Subtitles – English
Catalog # 1000729973
UPC # 883929656127
 
CANADA
 
DVD
Price: $51.99 SRP
5 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English
UPC# 883929656011
Catalog# 1000729915
 
BLU-RAY
Price: $52.99 SRP
4-Disc Elite
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
Subtitles – English
UPC# 883929684069
Catalog# 1000744713

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About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
 
About DC
Home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, DC is the creative unit charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
 
ARROW and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.


Disclosure: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD, I reviewed in this post.  The opinions I share are my own.

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Check Out These New and Upcoming Children's Book Releases from Simon Spotlight (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Did your kids participate in your local library's summer reading program this year?  Both of my girls took full advantage of getting the summer off from homeschooling to read stacks upon stacks of books they have been meaning to read, as well as ones they took out from the library or bought with their allowance.  I was so happy to see my youngest daughter really get into the summer reading program, partly because she wanted to earn tickets for a chance to win prizes that library was raffling off, but also because she finally found herself loving books and reading.  She was late to read, and always reluctant to read when I had the girls sit for quiet time after our homeschooling, to read a book.  But, ever since the summer reading program kicked off, she has been reading non-stop.  It is hard to run out of books to read, but she has read through almost her entire bookcase of books, in addition to books she took out from the library.  She has been asking to go to the bookstore to check out new releases, in hopes to pick up a few more books to read, before we start back at homeschooling.  But, before I could take her to the bookstore, we received our monthly package from the folks at Simon & Schuster showcasing some of their new Simon Spotlight titles. 

My daughter's eyes lit up when she saw the assortment of books that were with the shipment, as they were all books she would have bought had she seen them at the bookstore.  The standouts with this shipment were the books from the upcoming Dreamworks ABOMINABLE movie, which arrives in theaters in September.  Both of my girls have Sept. 27th circled on their calendars, as this is when the movie comes out, and that they want to go and see it.  If you haven't seen the trailer for this cute animated movie from Dreamworks, you really have to check it out, as it looks like a great family-friendly movie for fall.

In addition to the two ABOMINABLE books, one of which is a movie novelization, perfect for chapter book readers, the folks at Simon & Schuster also sent along two new Boss Baby books, based on the hit animated series that is streaming currently on Netflix.  My youngest can't get enough of this show, and is patiently waiting for new episodes to release so that she can binge watch them. :-)  

And, if these books weren't enough, our August Simon Spotlight shipment was rounded out with another book based on a hit movie that now has its own television series -- Hotel Transylvania.  Hotel Transylvania, The Series is a hit Disney Channel show that both kids and adult fans of the Hotel Transylvania franchise enjoy watching.  The reason I say adults enjoy watching the television series, is that my husband is a huge fan, like my girls, and will sit and watch new and repeat episodes together. They really get into this fun animated television series, and love when Simon Spotlight comes out with new Hotel Transylvania, The Series books for them to read and add to their growing book collection.

Here is more about these new August Simon Spotlight releases, that would be perfect to pick up and share with your kids for end of summer enjoyment reading, before they head back to school and find themselves with limited time to read books of their choice.  And, all these new book releases would also make for great bedtime or "wind down after a long day" reading with your kids.  I make a point to read to my girls each night, either in their beds or on the couch, snuggled up together, and these new Simon Spotlight releases have been favorites during our reading time together.  Both of my girls love all the books we received, and highly recommend them, especially if your kids loves these television series and upcoming Dreamworks release.

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(Ships on August 20th)

About this book:

"Don’t miss this middle grade retelling of DreamWorks Animation’s latest film, Abominable, sure to melt hearts everywhere!

Abominable roars into theaters on September 27, 2019​!

When Yi and her friends meet a lovable yeti and name him Everest, their friendship is anything but chilly! Fans of the movie will love this sweet retelling of the film. This book comes with eight pages of glossy full-color images from the movie."

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (August 2019)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534445659
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
(Ships August 20th)

About this book:

"Don’t miss this Level 2 Ready-to-Read based on DreamWorks Animation’s latest film, Abominable, sure to melt hearts everywhere!

Abominable roars into theaters on September 27, 2019​!

Peng loves playing basketball and eating pork buns with his best friend, Everest. But there’s one thing that you should know about Everest…he is a Yeti!

Learn all about this sweet and fun-loving friendship in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read!"

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (August 2019)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534450653
  • Grades: K - 2
  • Ages: 5 - 7
(Ships August 27th)

About this book:

"The battle is on in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read based on Boss Baby: Back in Business, the hit series currently streaming on Netflix!

When Bootsy Calico threatens to destroy the town with evil kittens, it’s up to Boss Baby, his brother, Tim, and the field team at Baby Corp. to stop them! Will the team be successful, or will their plan go purr-fectly wrong?

This paperback edition comes with two sheets of stickers!"

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (August 2019)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534450684
  • Grades: P - 1
  • Ages: 4 - 6
(Ships August 27)

About this book:

"Guess who’s back in this shaped 8x8 based on Boss Baby: Back in Business, the hit series currently streaming on Netflix!

Everyone’s favorite boss is back! When Boss Baby isn’t busy fighting evil villains like Mega Fat CEO Baby, Bootsy Calico, or a group of evil kittens, he’s trying to be a normal baby and go to story time, learn manners at a restaurant, and get along with his big brother, Tim. Being a baby isn’t easy, but being a baby boss? Now, that’s even more of a challenge!"

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (August 2019)
  • Length: 24 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534450721
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 3 - 7

(Ships August 27th)


About this book:

"Mavis accidentally turns her friend Wendy the blob into a giant blob in this hilarious Level 2 Ready-to-Read based on an episode of the hit Disney Channel show Hotel Transylvania: The Series.

Mavis wants to help her friend Wendy, an adorable little green blob with a heart of gold, who lives at Hotel Transylvania with her family. Other monsters keep telling Wendy that she is too cute and too little, and Wendy is sick of it! Mavis sets out to help Wendy prove she’s more than just an adorable little blob, but in the process, she accidentally turns Wendy into a giant!"

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (August 2019)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534446441
  • Grades: K - 2
  • Ages: 5 - 7
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Don't these look like great books to add to your child's book collection?  Like I said, both of my girls have enjoyed having me these books to them.  And, when I am not reading them to them at bedtime, I find them pulling them from the bookcase to read on their own.  My youngest really enjoyed the ABOMINABLE books, and now even more excited for the movie's release the end of Sept.  The bonus of the sticker sheets with the paperback version of the Boss Baby: Babies Versus Kittens book makes it a great purchase for under $5.  I don't know about you, but my girls love when a book comes with stickers.  They will add them to their sticker collection books, or even turn them into cute comic strips and short stories they create.  I will definitely be picking up the paperback version of this book, just for the stickers.  We were sent the hard cover version of the books, which doesn't come with them. I plan to send the hard copy book to my parents, so the girls have it to read with their Nana and Papa when they go for a sleepover.

All of these new August releases from Simon Spotlight will delight kids of all ages.  They feature their favorite characters from hit movie and television series.  And, I have found personally with my reluctant reader, who isn't one anymore, she was and is drawn to these books, and will sit and read them, as she likes the characters.  If you have a reluctant reader who is a fan of Boss Baby, Hotel Transylvania or the upcoming Dreamworks ABOMINABLE movie, you definitely have to pick these books up to share with them.  They will love them!


Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


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