Rad Women Worldwide

I recieved a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world.

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. From 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, the book features an array of diverse figures, including Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica). This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home.

Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

As a feminist, I couldn’t pass up on the oppertunity to write about the book Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

This book proved to be very educational an informative for me. As I flipped through it, I got all kinds of inspiration for use within the classroom. It would be a great text to help with all forms of education. I could use it with history and politics, but also English. I will try to incorporate it into my ESL classes as much as possible.

Review-Wee Alphas

I teach ESL, and I like to use flash cards in my teaching, so when I saw the Wee Alphas cards, I was really excited to get them in exchange for a review.
So I was expecting flash cards, because what else could they be?
Well, when I got them, I realized that they were in fact, post cards.
I can’t use them in the way I intended, so that leaves me in a bit of a pickle for reviewing them. These could make a nice addition to the home-schooled classroom, as a Flat Stanley kind of project. I could use them for a bit of a writing assignment, but alot of the cards don’t have space for writing, some have a list of words to pick from. I am not sure what age group this is aimed at, because the illustrations on the front are aimed at younger kids, but the words from the list include “loquacious”.
So, for me, this one was a miss, I am afraid.

Book Review-Pop Manga Coloring Book

After acquiring four coloring books, and a set of 72 pencils, I think it is safe to say I am officially on board with the adult coloring trend.

It is just such a nice little mental break to color in a bit when I’m watching television. I can feel my focus improving afterward.

I was so anxious to get my hands on this book. I love manga, but I am really, really picky about quality, Camille’s work in unbelievable. She is a genius of this style, truly. If you don’t like manga or anime, this might not be the book for you, as out of context drawings of a girl with octopus tentacles might not be your thing. If you do like manga, grab this now.

Aside from the drawings being unbelievably beautiful, the paper is very high quality. This is probably my favorite coloring book I’ve gotten.

(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)

Book Review- God Bless America Coloring Book

It’s official, I am a part of the adult coloring book trend.
I like coloring, and I also happen to like my country. So I was excited to get this book in exchange for a review.
One thing I want to note about this is that it is a collaboration of many different artists. Which means that there is a variety of styles in the illustrations. There were several designs that I really liked, but there were a lot that I don’t care for as much. If I had seen that, I might not have picked this book. However, it does the job. I love the theme and the incorporation of the different patriotic quotes.

Book Review- Tasting Rome

I love Italian food,so I was excited to get this cookbook of Italian food in exchange for a review.

Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine—mirrors of their culture, history, and geography. But the cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout. Speakeasies, ten-table restaurants, and street food stalls may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Rome, but these new realities have joined the traditional bars and trattorias of the Italian capital as bastions of great food and drink. In Tasting Rome, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture Rome’s unique character and truly evolved food culture—a culmination of two thousand years of history.

This book is full of lovely photos and unique recipes. I am particularly excited for the chapter about Jewish and Roman infused recipes.
This book is really aimed at the skills of the more advanced cook. Some of these will prove a challange for me.


Book Review- Pop Painting

I love painting and I am always looking to learn new techniques to incorporate into my style and personal artistic expressions.
With the proliferation of the internet an platforms like Redbubble, Society6, Etsy, and Deviantart, this kind of art is becoming a more and more prevalent part of our culture.
To me, it is exciting to see pieces of characters that I love and references that I care about in beautiful works of art.
There are animals, birds, people all represented with gorgeous colors and textures. The paintings are complex and dynamic and the author goes into careful detail about techniques about how to accomplish the looks presented here.
This book is beautiful and very reasonably priced. Camilla d’Errico has several other books, including a coloring book that I plan to check out.
Check out more of d’Errico’s work on her website.http://camilladerrico.com/

Book Review- Modern Printmaking


Modern Printmaking

A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists.

Printmaking is flourishing in the modern era, appealing to both traditional artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital techniques. This all-in-one guide is both technical and inspirational, examining the history and contemporary processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media, digital transfers, and post-digital graphics. Featuring step-by-step examples alongside representative works and profiles of top printmaking artists, this colorful resource provides a truly fresh look at printmaking today, in all its forms.

I have been wanting to learn about printmaking for years now. So I  was really thrilled to get a copy of this book in exchange for review. I was correct in choosing this book. Printmaking is not only a part of art, it is a huge part of history. It’s because of printmaking that we as humans were first able to create mobile printed type. This book is a wealth of knowledge and is the most comprehensive and thorough book about printmaking I have ever seen.  This is a perfect textbook for creating a printmaking curriculum. When it comes to art, I feel that it is more helpful sometimes to just find a good book instead of trying in vain to search. This book is packed full of substantial information. Please consider adding this book to your art library.

Cats in Paris

The adult coloring tend is in full swing and I have been wanting to be a part of t. So I as very happy to receive a copy of Cats in Paris.
This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city’s most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.
Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.
I had long ago acknowledged and read the research concerning coloring as a form of meditation. It wasn’t until I rediscovered it, that I realized how vey ture that actually is. Very quickly felt calm and focused. This would be an excellent help for dealing with stress, anger, depression and anxiety.
Some of the style of the book illustrations aren’t my style, but they get the job done!

Book Review- DeNiro

Robert De Niro is one of the living legends of the silver screen. I enjoy reading about people’s life and history, so I was very excited to get to review DiNiro by Shawn Levy.

Levy is a seasoned writer having penned several biographies.

Mean Streets, the Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, the Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull all have made a lasting impression on audiences as well as critics. Movies like Meet the Parents have become ingrained in our culture.

This biography is extremely through.

The author writes of DeNiro of great respect and admiration

Although it is a little slow in the introduction, the book picks up when we start to learn more about the parents that DeNiro knew, we learn about his fathers struggles with his identity, his mother’s entrepreneurial spirit,

I loved reading about his first acting classes. At the New School in 1953, where he got his first taste of the theatre as the Cowardly Lion in the wizard of oz. He would later forgo public education for acting classes which shaped the man we know.

I have to admit when I think of Robert DiNiro, of get the image of that “tough guy” who can intimidate everyone. This portrays him as guarded and deeply personal.

My favorite things were DeNiro’s quotes. I really enjoyed hearing his world view and his reminiscing’s on his life and career.

Book Review- Learning to See Creativly

Completely revised and updated throughout, Bryan Peterson’s classic guide to creativity helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light by developing their photographic vision.
     Fully revised with 100 percent new photography, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity by explaining how it is not just an inherent ability but a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that go into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it–helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs. This revised edition features a complete section on color as a design element and all new photographs to illustrate Peterson’s points. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographer looking for a fresh perspective on their work.

There are tons and tons of how-to books out there to teach technique and how to use your creative tools like paints, brushes, and cameras.  However, this book teaches a much more important and more difficult tool to master: the creative eye.

This book is super helpful for helping to hone your creative eye and revamping your art.  Anyone who needs a challenge to vamp up and refresh your photography and build a better portfolio.