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reviewed Something Good. September 18, 2010
Something Good
Pros: Captivating book with lessons of love and diversity.     Cons: Please see review.     The Bottom Line: If you know a six-year-old who requires kisses--both …
reviewed The Mountain Lion. September 07, 2010
The Mountain Lion
Pros: Informative--beyond what you or any children in your care atually seek.     Cons: Graphic; dry; a miniature textbook.     The Bottom Line: This is a comprehensive …
reviewed Rachel in the World: A Memoir. September 06, 2010
Rachel in the World: A Memoir
Pros: Rachel's goal is ultimately accomplished...     Cons: But not without heartache on the part of mother, daughter, and readers.     The Bottom Line: You want …
reviewed Braille Slate 4 Lines x 28 Cells (Max.... September 05, 2010
Braille Slate 4 Lines x 28 Cells (Maxi-Aids)
Pros: Portable; quiet; popular for purported efficiency.     Cons: Tedious; stylus is hard on the hand; crooked and error-laden text; metal slate; impractical.     …
reviewed Porcupine. August 24, 2010
Porcupine
Pros: Beautifully-written, heart-wrenching young-adult novel of recovery from loss.     Cons: I know some sailors who have a better vocabulary when on their worst behavior.     …
Fancy Nancy Every Day Is Earth Day
Pros: Nancy's character; parenthetical asides; highly educational.     Cons: Recycling premise is confusing and poorly explained.     The Bottom Line: Indecisive: …
reviewed The Doll of Lilac Valley. August 16, 2010
The Doll of Lilac Valley
Pros: Beautifully, charmingly wholesome--a lovely substitute for all things electronic.     Cons: Static characters; disappointing resolution of crisis; ending inserted as an after-thought.   …
reviewed Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. August 06, 2010
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
Pros: The Nicolic Dictionary now contains several new falafel-related adjectives because of Garbanzo.     Cons: I am not in the restaurant, submitting my review over a Falarma Plate.    …
Can You Feel the Thunder?
Pros: Penning vehement prose can be cathartic.     Cons: A book on medieval torture methods would be more loving.     The Bottom Line: Recommended For: People who …
A Guide for Using The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Pros: An exhaustive thesaurus does not hold enough adjectives to describe this treasure.     Cons: Please see review.     The Bottom Line: "Hey! Unto you a …
reviewed The Dutch Twins. July 26, 2010
The Dutch Twins
Pros: Clarifies the Netherlands' supremacy over other vacation-spots; history written for youngsters..     Cons: The much-needed glossary is either destroyed in my copy or altogether …
Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These
Pros: Part I, Part II, the Afterword--in fact, each and every word...     Cons: Front matter; a bit uneven.     The Bottom Line:  Best Placed: on your nightstand …
JAWS for Windows Screen Reading Software
Pros: Provides a level of accessibility unequaled by other programs.     Cons: Not accessibile with iTunes, Adobe Framemaker, and Macromedia Flash content.     …
reviewed Dear Whiskers. July 04, 2010
Dear Whiskers
Pros: More intellectual than Einstein, more literary than Dickinson, more carefully-constructed than Hemingway.     Cons: I'd say that your failure to own this is a con, but you will!    …
Pros: Grammar. Grammar. Grammar. Enough said.     Cons: The very fact that there is a space for cons reflects society's attitude toward language.     The Bottom …
Child of the Silent Night
Pros: Intriguing story of Laura Bridgman.     Cons: Nothing more than a tale; perpetuates myths/lies; stereotyped; irreverent title.     The Bottom Line: "Why does …
reviewed Ramona the Brave. June 25, 2010
Ramona the Brave
Pros: Demonstrates a clear understanding of childhood; carefully-woven plot; complex writing for grades 2-4.     Cons: Irreverent in places; exploration of ghosts.     …
The Bluest Eye: A Novel
Pros: Reading this in lieu of watching an X-rated film might provide meager mental stimulation.     Cons: Irreverent, cruel, violent, and graphic. Need I elaborate?     …
Pros: Historically relevant; accurately portrays post-war France.     Cons: Highly impersonal     The Bottom Line: What is a literary scholar to do when she has …
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Pros: Literary; entertaining; excellent character development; not formulaic; exquisite audio rendition.     Cons: Irreverent and immoral in places; unrealistic ending; pacing concerns; …
reviewed Me Too. May 31, 2010
Me Too
Pros: Delightful story of sibling rivalry that triumphs in love.     Cons: Well, technically, the book's title should feature a comma somewhere...          …
reviewed N-O Es No!. May 20, 2010
N-O Es No!
Pros: Poetic meter; entertaining story; teaches the value of atypical actions.     Cons: Parents should be aware that bad behavior must be embraced wisely and seldom.     …
reviewed Be Magnified. April 24, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Be Magnified
Pros: "Be Magnified" and "Sanctuary" are more valuable than your house, your car, and your career.     Cons: Many. Other. Songs. Trudge along flatly. And in fragments.     …
reviewed Stuff Christians Like. April 11, 2010
Stuff Christians Like
Pros: The "Oh!" factor.     Cons: The "My!" factor.     The Bottom Line: Oh, my!          Please Note: This is a Lean ‘n …
reviewed Olympus DS-71 Digital Recorder. March 29, 2010
Olympus DS-71 Digital Recorder
Pros: Optional voice-guidance feature; excellent recording qualiy; adequate storage; intriguing editing features.     Cons: MP3 recording not available; filters out parts of live recordings; …
Pros: Wholesome in places; comprehensive.     Cons: Format makes you wish you were having a nightmare; a cereal box is more intellectually-stimulating.     The …
Multiple Sclerosis Q&A: Reassuring Answers to
Pros: If I could relax after reading this book, you can, too! Faith-based elements help.     Cons: Repetitive; targetted toward women; unrealistic; discussion of alternative treatments.  &nb …
reviewed Pilgrim's Progress. February 22, 2010
Pilgrim's Progress
Pros: This magnificent lesson teaches more lessons than Dallas Theological Seminary!     Cons: Weak allegorical points; treatment of Christiana; aberrancies concerning the archangel …
reviewed Every Season. February 20, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Pros: Portrays God's tenderness through intricate metaphors and gliding instrumentation.     Cons: Invasion of the occasional trite word; unimpassioned piano-playing; misses an opportunity …
reviewed God's Smuggler. February 13, 2010
God's Smuggler
Pros: Truly devoted account of Christian service in a Communist nations.     Cons: The narrator  cannot comprehend the meaning of the words "leisurely pace".     …
reviewed Olive Garden. May 17, 2009
Olive Garden
Pros: Comfortable; generally efficient wait staff; some tasty dishes.     Cons: Inauthentic; inconsistent wait staff; no prices on Braille menus.     The Bottom …
reviewed Johnny Carino?s Country Italian. May 16, 2009
Pros: You would rather dine here than travel abroad. This is a fact.     Cons: My last meal was not as lavishly bedecked with parmesan as I might have hoped.     …
Soft Leather Wallet For iPod Classic or iPod Video
Pros: Durable; provides protection; wallet-like; exposed click wheel.     Cons: No belt clip; open top.     The Bottom Line: This is an excellent case for those …
Pros: Every muscle I owned was convulsed in hilarity, as Lederer suggested might happen.     Cons: Occasional irreverent and off-color references.     The Bottom …
reviewed Eternal God - Dan Moen. May 07, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Eternal God - Dan Moen
Pros: Don Moen. Live worship music. In other words, beauty unmatched.     Cons: I have not yet provided copies to ten million people.     The Bottom Line: Praisify: …
Treasures of the Snow
Pros: Reading this in lieu of working will inspire you to become a wood-carver!     Cons: The pacing resembles the punctuation in Judith Viorst's children's prose.     …
reviewed Europa Rigid Aluminum Cane 58 ". April 28, 2009
Europa Rigid Aluminum Cane 58
Pros: Wrist loop; golf grip; reflective tape.     Cons: Aluminum; rigid; no marshmallow tip.     The Bottom Line: This is a very basic cane and is best used as …
Adobe Framemaker 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Pros: May assist students in learning Adobe Framemaker 7.0 if no other material is available.     Cons: Poorly-organized, uninteresting, convoluted, overwhelming, and inaccurate.   &nbs …
Pros: The most excellent, theologically correct,  historically accurate children's Bible in existence.     Cons: See punctuation marks. In all seriousness: Minor discrepancies--linguistic …
reviewed America's 25 Favorite Hymns Vol. 1. April 16, 2009
posted in Music Matters
America's 25 Favorite Hymns Vol. 1
Pros: Choral. Hymns. Must more be said?     Cons: Disorganized arrangement; too few verses; alteration of words; poor choice of included verses.     The Bottom …
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