No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.
Over the weekend, my youngest son and I watched the new Doozers: Giant Gingerbread House DVD. NCircle Entertainment and the Jim Henson Company sent me the DVD for review on my dad blog. My six-year old loved it. I’ve never seen or heard of Doozers before. Based on what I saw, Jim Henson’s Doozers are green creatures. They are small and cute — I’m sure most kids will find them adorable. Doozers Giant Gingerbread House is available now on DVD. BTW, I also received the Doozers Stick with It book. It’s a level one, ready to read book.
I have not seen Paper Towns yet, but the kids and I are looking forward to watching it. The trailer looks really interesting. The movie is based on a book written by John Green. If you want to see the film too, then you are in luck. Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving the Paper Towns Blu-ray on my dad blog. Paper Towns is available now on Digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 20th. Continue reading to find out how to win the Blu-ray.
Good morning, dads and moms. The hot weather is back in Portland, but the rain will return again next week. I plan on watching the Oregon State vs Michigan game this morning (who came up with a 9am start time?). Before I catch the game on TV, I have three winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways on my dad blog.
- Spy Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 9/18)
- Love & Mercy DVD/Blu-ray Giveaway (starts soon)
- Modern Family Season 6 Giveaway (starts soon)
- Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams DVD Giveaway (coming soon)
- Transformers DVD Giveaway (coming soon)
Thanks to Hamer House Books, I’m giving away a copy of My Dream for You is Happiness on my dad blog. The children’s book is a beautifully written and beautifully illustrated story that celebrates the joy and wonder of childhood. My Dream for You is Happiness is the first book in the My Dream for You series. My Dream for You is Happiness is written by Carole Ann and illustrated by Joanne Raptis. The 34-page hardcover book will be available on September 22nd. My Dream for You is Happiness retails for $12.99 and is recommended for kids up to five years old. Continue reading to find out how to win the book.
I have a nice giveaway for dads and moms today. Thanks to Josh Armstrong, author of Picture of Grace, I’m giving away two hardcover copies of his book on my dad blog. According to Josh Armstrong, Picture of Grace is for anyone, young or old, who is facing a challenge similar to Grace’s. The book encourages readers to remember, honor and stand up for those they love. Picture of Grace is available now in hardback, paperback, and for the Kindle. Continue reading to find out how to win this beautiful book.
I received the book Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon for review on my dad blog. The book was written by Terry John Barto and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle. I read the book to my six-year old son, and we both liked the book. The story is about a fire-breathing dragon that wants to be a stand-up comedian. However, the book is really about being who you want to be instead of what you are expected to be. I think that message is something most parents will appreciate it. Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon (Author House) is available now. The 34-page book has a list price of $15.15, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $13.64. The Kindle version is $3.99.
Princess Cupcake Jones has a new book coming out. It’s called Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! Belle Publishing sent me a copy of the book for review on my dad blog. In my honest opinion, I think the story is wonderful, I love the illustrations in the book, and the main character makes me smile. Cupcake Jones actually reminds me of my two girls. I’m happy to add the book to our library. Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! will be available on September 1st. The 32-page hardcover book is priced at $12.28.
Can you believe The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrated its 45th anniversary about a week ago? The children’s classic has been around a very long time. In celebration, StoryToys and The World of Eric Carle are releasing The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – Play & Explore app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The new 3D interactive app offers pre-schoolers new ways to interact with their favorite Eric Carle characters. As part of the promotion for the iOS app, I’m giving the app to five readers of my dad blog. In addition, one winner will also get a Stage & Play: The Very Hungry Caterpillar diorama toy.