Super Shark Encyclopedia and Other Creatures of the Deep by Derek Harvey


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Super Shark Encyclopedia is another book that came from our out-of-town library trip.  My second son absolutely loves encyclopedia-type books, so I thought he might enjoy looking at this one.


This is an encyclopedic book which teaches the reader about many different ocean creatures.  There is a short section at the beginning of the book which shows the different “layers” of the ocean and briefly explains them.  It has sections on Amazing Anatomy, Animal Athletes, Life Stories, Supernatural Senses, and Exploring the Deep.  Creatures are featured using full-color photography, basic statistics, and a short description.  A short glossary in the back helps out with more uncommon terms.

My thoughts:

We really like this book.  It has interesting tidbits of information about many different sea creatures, and that information is perfectly complimented by the wonderful visuals.  It’s short enough that I can look at it with my smaller kids, but contains enough information to keep my elementary-age kids reading it themselves, too.  Personally, I love any book about animals.  This one is quite engaging.

The photos in this book are amazing!  They are clear and colorful, close-up and just plain beautiful.  The pages are quite large so that means the photos are nice and large, too.

I would recommend this book for elementary through preteen children.  The entries are fairly concise and may not contain enough information to satisfy older readers.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…




Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection by Cavan Scott & Brandon T. Snider

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Slime recently checked out Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection from the library.  He and his brother are very into the Skylanders game.  It’s a craze that I don’t get, but I’m not a young person!

This book is fairly simple.  It’s an encyclopedia-style book with entries on all of the Skylanders, though it’s missing the newest ones.  The layout is nice and the illustrations are great!  It also shows you the different swaps you can do with Swap-Force Skylanders.

This isn’t high-quality literature by any means, but it is a nice book for a child who loves Skylanders.


Until next time…


The Official Pokemon Handbook by Maria S. Barbo

Pokemon Handbook

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My second son loves all things Pokémon.  He inherited this obsession partially from my niece.  Now that she is older, she is passing on a few of her Pokémon items to my son, including The Official Pokemon Handbook.  It features 151 Pokémon–from Bulbasaur to Mew.  There are also some fun extra sections, like how to care for your Pokémon and information about the trainers and gym leaders.

My son got the book home and proceeded to devour it–over and over and over again.  This is the child who loves reference-type books.  If there is a kid in your life who loves Pokémon and factoids, they will enjoy this book.  It’s older, but there are still quite a few of them on the market.

Until next time…


I Love That Minifigure by Jen Anstruther, Jonathan Green, Kate Lloyd, and Simon Guerrier

Love That Minifigure

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I Love That Minifigure is another sturdy LEGO reference book to add to the collection of LEGO fans everywhere!  It highlights some of the rarest and most interesting LEGO minifigures produced throughout the years.

There are eleven sections in the book: Everyday Heroes, You’re History!, Out of This World, You’re My Hero!, Spooky and Scary, The World’s a Stage, One of a Kind, Wild at Heart, Rotten Rogues, We Have the Power!, and All-Time Icons.  Each page in a section shows one minifigure and gives interesting information about that figure.

As with all the other LEGO books, it’s well-designed and a pleasure to peruse.  Another great book for LEGO fans!


Until next time…

The Berserker & Slime

Minecraft: Blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire


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Minecraft: Blockopedia is an interesting book because it’s hexagonal.  I’ve never seen a book shaped like this before.  It’s quite sturdy and has a built in ribbon bookmark.  As I handle the book, the binding seems a little weak to me.  It’s probably because the book is heavy and the binding small–making it feel like it could tear if not handled properly.

My second son likes this as a reference book.  Each two-page spread focuses on one block or other substance that is in Minecraft.  It tells about the function of the item, how to make it, and a little extra information.

The pictures, format, and overall construction are very good.  I’d definitely recommend this book for any young person who is into Minecraft!


Until next time…

Lori & Slime

LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded by Hannah Dolan, Elizabeth Dowsett, Clare Hibbert, Shari Last, and Victoria Taylor

LEGO SW Character Encyclopedia

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LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is an updated version of the previous book by the same title (minus the updated and expanded part).  It is a fun book for any child (or adult) who is really into LEGOs and Star Wars.  My boys love it!

It details each of the Star Wars minifigures that have come out through the years.  Each page contains the kind of trivial facts that LEGO Star Wars fans will enjoy and appreciate.  The photography and book design are great.  The only problem is that the binding tends to split rather easily because of the insert in the front that holds the exclusive minifigure.

If you buy it new, it comes with an advanced version of the white Boba Fett minifigure.

Until next time…

Lori & Slime

Great LEGO Sets: A Visual History by Daniel Lipkowitz with Kathryn Hill, Helen Murray & Rosie Peet

Great Lego Sets

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Great LEGO Sets: A Visual History is a great reference book for LEGO fans, that comes with an exclusive micro-scale space cruiser.  We just checked out our copy from the library, so we didn’t get to try out the set.  😦

This is a very visually striking book that is brimming with awesome LEGO sets through the years.  It goes from the 1950’s through the present time (2010’s).  The beginning of the book contains a timeline, which is followed with a section on how a LEGO set is made.  In each decade’s section you get a bit of information about the direction that LEGO pursued and see some key sets from that time period.  On each set’s page, you learn some interesting information about that particular one.

The thing that I like best about this book is that it’s LEGO, LEGO, LEGO!!!  I recommend this book for LEGO fans of all ages.


Slime & Lori

LEGO Legends of Chima: Character Encyclopedia by Beth Landis Hester and Heather Seabrook

Chima Encyclopedia

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LEGO Legends of Chima: Character Encyclopedia is a kids reference book with lots of pictures that is all about LEGO Chima.  It has a lot of information that fans would want to know about LEGO Chima characters and vehicles.  This isn’t about all of the Chima sets or the buildings.  The book also comes with an exclusive Firox minifig.  I think Chima fans will really like it!

It’s good for school-age kids and doesn’t have anything objectionable in it.