Reviews by beeniepie
Dreamy, but a little dull
I love the remix of "Apologize", so I had high hopes for this album. Each song on the album shared the same dreamy-Coldplay-esque wrapper, but outside of the pleasant harmonies, did not offer up anything new or interesting. The album is not bad. Ryan Tedder has an uncanny talent for crafting a song, and has a good singing voice. But nothing on this album had the oomph of the Timbaland remixed version of "Apologize". I find it interesting that Timbaland produced the album. I wonder how different the album would be if Timbaland remixed the entire album.
Surprised this is aimed at young readers
My son and I love Lane Smith's "It's a Little Book" so I did not hesitate to let him check out "It's a Book."

But to my surprise, the last sentence on the last page is, "It's a book, Jackass."

While I understand the lighthearted intent, I am not a fan of introducing this type of twist on words to young kids. Especially when so many young kids (I'm not talking about tweens or teens) barely understand the technology the book is poking fun at to understand the point the book is trying to make.

This is very much a picture book for an adult, or a tween, not a young kid.
Great overview on fermentation
This is a great first book for people who are interested in learning about fermentation. Not only does it contain the history and cultural aspects of foods such as kimchi and kefir, but gives readers detailed recipes on how to make these items yourself.
This is a great book for kids to read on the topic of interrupting. The author does an excellent job describing what it must feel like for a child when they want to talk despite it not being their turn. Their words push against their teeth then erupt like a volcano. Near the end of the book, the main character, Simon, experiences first hand how he feels when his classmates interrupt him. After describing his anger and hurt with his mother, Simon's mom explains to Simon that she feels the same way (angry/hurt) when Simon interrupts her. Simon's mom then suggests that Simon bite his teeth together and blow his words out through his nose. My preschooler and I tried this technique out, and I was not thrilled with the horse-sounding snort that he made. I guess sounding impatient is slightly better than interrupting, but I wish the book made a quieter suggestion.
Unethical suggestions
This book has a lot of the expected suggestions, such as eating out for lunch instead of dinner, and staying at a place with a kitchenette. What shocked me was the suggestion to call the theme park to complain about a service so you could receive some type of comp, even if the service was impeccable. I could not believe that a published work would have such unethical advice.