Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The popular series of DK Eyewitness is published in 88 countries.  It is one of the most trusted non-fiction series in classrooms, libraries and home for the past 25 years.

The series has won numerous awards through the years and 2014 becomes the year of a new look.   Now available in paperback edition you can find 12 of the most popular Eyewitness books at at library near you.    And Eyewitness now has a new title available for you:  Wonders of the World.

Let’s explore some of the titles I have received from DK Canada.

About the books
9781465422491HWonders of the World

Highlighting the seven wonders of the world — the Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Wonders of the World, a new title in the Eyewitness series, showcases these architectural feats and the marvels of engineering behind these timeless treasures.

Ancient Greece9781465420497H

Watch the past come to life in Eyewitness: Ancient Greece. From their myths and gods, to the first Olympics to the trial and execution of Socrates — explore the history, daily life, beliefs, and achievements of this amazing civilization, whose influence can still be seen today. See how Greek soldiers fought in battle, discover who the heroes were, and learn about the culture and festivals celebrated throughout this relevant era.


Dive in and discover the watery world covering most of our earth and the amazing wildlife in its depths in Eyewitness: Oceans. Through images, maps and informative text learn about life on the shore to the darkest depths of the ocean floor, including predators and prey, gas and oil exploration, products of the ocean, brave explorers and what the human race can do to help preserve one of the earth's most valuable resources.


In Eyewitness: Titanic young readers will discover the triumphs and tragedies of this "unsinkable" luxury liner. Detailed images and text highlight all aspects of this fateful journey including how the ship was built and equipped, what kind of passengers and crew she carried, what facilities she offered onboard, how she struck an iceberg, why she sank so quickly, how many people were saved, and how many lives were lost.

9781465420589HWorld War I

Updated and revised to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, Eyewitness World War I takes an in-depth look at the battles fought, the weapons used, and the lives lost. From the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, to life in the trenches, and Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points to the Treaty of Versailles, Eyewitness: World War I highlights the highs and lows of this four year battle in a format appropriate for readers from 8-12 years of age.

World War II9781465420596H

Discover the war that shaped the modern world in Eyewitness: World War II. From the pre-war rise of Nazi Germany to the start of the war with the invasion of Poland in 1939 to Japan singing the surrender agreement in 1945, all aspects of the deadliest conflict in human history are covered in great detail with content that is accessible and appropriate for young readers.

My Thoughts

I am absolutely sold out to the Eyewitness series for reference books and learning more about a specific subject.  We are currently learning about Medieval times at home and the DK Eyewitness books give you a pretty good idea of life in a castle, the life a knight and life during the Middles Ages.   Mind you we are not only looking at these books but the DK Eyewitness books are similar to encyclopedia and you can learn quite a bit with them.  Not only can you read but you get a pretty good visualization of that period of time or the theme covered by the book.

Now having them available as paperback is fabulous because they take less space on a bookshelf.    Consequently, you will have more space for other titles in your collection of DK Eyewitness books (or DVDs). 

Each title contains plenty of photographs, illustrations, and text in order to inform you on the subject you have picked.   At the end of the books you will also have a glossary which will give you definition of some of the words found in the text. 

I personally find these books of the highest quality and would recommend them for research and non-fiction reading.    They are a great addition for your home library and can be very useful for homeschoolers.

Other titles available in the paperback edition are Ancient Egypt, Cat, Crystal & Gem, Dinosaur, Dog, Hurricane & Tornado, as well as Rocks & Minerals.  You can explore all the titles published in paperback at DK Canada.

All the titles of DK Eyewitness series published in paperback is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.







Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned books for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Friday, July 25, 2014

imageFor 30 years, Toy State has been an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly stylized lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles. Founded in 1984, Toy State’s core portfolio includes Road Rippers®, Hot Wheels® and James Bond 007™ lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles, as well as Cat® and Cat® Preschool construction toys. Working in-step with the world’s leading automakers, and Caterpillar, the leading manufacturer of construction equipment, Toy State products provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages.


When I was approached to review some of their products, I didn’t hesitate a minute because I knew that the kids will like this.    I received four products from Toy State which I think will place any kids and adults.

First, we received two pack of Hot Wheels RC

One was the 24 ours and the other one was the Baja Truck.   Both can be seen below.


These full-function r/c custom Hot Wheels vehicles is specifically geared for children age 6 and up.    They possess a light-up engine feature and is packaged in such a way that you can light up the car and use it a a storage container for the remote and the car.  In fact, I definitively find the packaging to be very ingenious as the remote control can be slide at the bottom of it.   That way you can’t loose the remote control when you are done your play time.     The vehicles are about 6 inches long and will provide fun time for your kids.  Both the controller and the vehicle require 2 AAA batteries.  

The other product I have received is a Lights & Sounds Hyper Race.  Geared for kids ages 3 and up, this specific model will include music (which is quite lound) as well as changing colors when it goes in hyper speed.    All you have to do is press on the vehicle so it can zoom toward your destination.  Iconic Hot Wheels vehicles scream (literally) down the road with motorized driving action. With the push of a button, hear the engine kick into ‘Hyper Mode’ and watch as the car body transforms into a completely new color. Driving will never be the same for your child. 

We received the Yur So Fast vehicle seen below.


THe Hyper Racer vehicle include great music and exciting sound effects.  Personally, I could live without this noise but somehow I think kids like it.  The vehicle requires 3 AAA batteries.

Finally, the last item that was in my delivery was one of the Engine Power products.     Geared for kids age 6 and up these Hot Wheels custom vehicles possess full-function R/C driving and a rumbling engine feature.  We received the Baja Boneshaker vehicle see below.


The Engine Power R/C vehicles include working headlights and a light-up engine during the driving action.  The controller requires 3 AAA batteries  while the vehicle requires 4 AA batteries.

Each of these vehicles and many more available on the Toy State website will bring fun entertainment for kids of all ages and even adults!   The detail put into the vehicle is amazing and the fact that each are different in how they work is great too because you can simply collect them if you want.  There is definitively something for anyone in your family on that website and you can find the perfect R/C vehicle for your child in a matter of a few clicks.   

The Toy State vehicles are available at a store near you even on amazon.com.



Disclaimer: Thanks to Toy State for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Every year, when summer time pops in and the days gets warmer, the kids wants to stay cool.  One way they do that is by competing against each other and soak themselves using the Nerf Soakers.   This time of the year, you might see new models on the shelves of your favourite stores.  I am here to present you two of the newest models on the market.


D5FC2EBC50569047F58413AAAEDDD26ANERF Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster

This new bow blaster has been specifically designed for girls.   It somewhat makes me think of Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games because of the shape of the blaster.    Your girld will step up with strength and style and bow-blasting soakage with the Dolphina Bow Blaster.  This stylish soaker will allow you to fill it with  up to 25 ounces of water.   All the child has to do is to pull the handle back and push it forward to fire a blast of water at your target.   Practice on target or shoot at your siblinngs, you can show off your skill and soak your mark with the Dolphina Bow blaster.   I love the design of the bow and the fact that there is something out there for girls now.   The blue and pink colors make it very attractive.  

However, my only disappointment with it would be the storage capacity of this blaster.   Only 25 ounces of water can be poured in.   Which means that the refilling would happen more often than the regular size soakers.    It would be nice to have a storage capacity a bit bigger than 25 ounces of water.  What is 25 ounces of water? About this much.


So you can easily imagine that this quantity of water will be drained quite rapidly from the NERF Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster.  But I have to highlight the fact that I think this is the first time ever that there is a water blaster specifically designed for girls.   And I hope that many more will make their way on the shelves in store in the future (yes even with a bigger storage capacity!).


NERF Super Soaker Barrage Soaker53F73F9E50569047F5395F8FB0CC0712

Presenting the new huge-capacity Barrage soaker! This big drencher can hold up to 84 ounces of water, and it's easy to pump and fire at your opponents.   Turn the nozzle to 1 of 3 soaking modes so you can choose just how to soak your target including a huge stream in Flood mode or the ability to hit multiple targets in Scatter mode.    But if you need to hit targets up to 38 feet away, you will want to use the Distance mode!   Nobody will be able to stand against you when you come armed with the Barrage soaker.

Now with this big soaker you can be certain to drench your opponents no matter where they are hiding.   This soaker is also very versatile as you can use three different soaking modes on it.    Simply switch the nozzle to select the one you prefer.


The NERF Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster and the NERF Super Soaker Barrage Soaker are available for purchase at your favourite store.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.


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