My Dad is a Mad Scientist – Book Review

My Dad is a Mad Scientist is the first book in a new series by Matthew S. Cox. The series is called The Adventures of Ubergirl. Meant for middle-grade readers, this is a first-class superhero tale brought down to a kid’s level. Its main hero is a smart nine-year-old girl named Kelly who, before she received her powers, was considered a loser at school. When the transformation happens, as a result of aliens landing on Earth, Kelly’s life is turned upside down. Soon, she has Superman type powers crammed into her little girl body. The twist in this story involves her father. He … Continue reading My Dad is a Mad Scientist – Book Review

Fawkes – Book Review

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a historical tale that draws from real historic events and combines them with a magical element that is pure imagination. The result is an exciting coming-of-age story about a young man named Thomas Fawkes in a world full of magic. It’s set in Great Britain somewhere around the 1600s or 1700s. Thomas wants more than anything to be given a magical mask that can only be given to him by his father. When his father doesn’t arrive on the appointed day to give him his mask, Thomas sets out to find him. His search takes … Continue reading Fawkes – Book Review

Just Got Back from Guatemala

I returned a few days ago from a mission trip to Guatemala. This was my third trip in three years. My daughter Chloe came with me the first two times I went and it was kind of a father/daughter trip. This year, we were able to raise enough support to bring my wife, Jenny, and my youngest daughter, Alyssa, along too. So, it was more of a family adventure this time. Wow, what a fun and meaningful adventure it was. We went with a fantastic organization called Mission Housing Ministries. I have found that people don’t really understand the point … Continue reading Just Got Back from Guatemala

Electrical Menagerie – Book Review

Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder is the delightful story of magic and the entertainers whose lives are defined by the magic they create. The time and setting are never defined, but the story seems to be set in some alternate universe that looks a lot like Earth in the late 1800s but it includes certain technological advancements, like robots, that could never have existed back in those days. However, the author weaves these hi-tech elements so masterfully into the story that they felt natural to the world of the Electrical Menagerie. The plot follows an illusionist named Carthage and … Continue reading Electrical Menagerie – Book Review

Arestana 2 – Book Review

Arestana: The Defense Quest by Shawn P.B. Robinson is part two in the Arestana series for young readers. It continues the story of young Liam as he gets pulled into the world of Arestana for another adventure. This time he must lead the armies of Arestana in defeating an attacking enemy. Liam is only a boy and knows nothing about warfare but that doesn’t matter because most Earthly logic makes no sense in Arestana. Once back in the strange land, Liam joins up with his old friends and makes a few new ones. Everyone is just as silly as ever and Liam … Continue reading Arestana 2 – Book Review

Strength – Book Review

Strength by Lauren H. Salisbury is part two in her literary saga that is loosely based on the Biblical life of Moses. The characters, settings, and even the plot are completely reimagined and a reader could easily read Strength and never know it was based on a Bible story. Probably the most peculiar thing about this book, and what attracted me to it in the first place, is that it has been turned into a work of science fiction. Strength picks up with Mahsan (the representation of Moses) as a teenage boy living on an enormous alien space cruiser with his adopted mother, … Continue reading Strength – Book Review

Cool Easter Animation

In celebration of Easter, I’d like to share the video below. It was created by The Bible Project. Their videos are top notch, both in artistic style and in clarity of message. To see more of their videos, go here. The one that I’ve shared below is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It not only describes what happened in the events of the resurrection, but it also does a good job of explaining the significance of it all. It’s more than just a cool Bible story. It is the most important event in the history of the world. I … Continue reading Cool Easter Animation

Vikings of Loch Morar – Book Review

The Vikings of Loch Morar by William D. Burt is an interesting and fun blend of family adventure, mystery, science fiction, and historical fiction. This book is the second in the Creation Seekers series. I had not read the first book but I had no problem catching up. For the most part, this book feels like a stand-alone adventure. The characters occasionally refer to what happened in book 1, and anything that the reader needs to know is explained well. The story follows a family of scientists that includes a young man named John and his father and grandfather. They … Continue reading Vikings of Loch Morar – Book Review

Glazed Man Voted #1

Glazed Man & Rat Girl is riding high at the top of the list, HILARIOUS KID’S BOOKS on Goodreads. This is a monumentous achievement for the not-so-bright but good hearted Glazed Man and his slightly crazy but fearless friend Rat Girl. Full disclosure, they won the number one spot with only four votes, but hey, that’s two better than the second place book. OK, so it’s not one of the more popular lists on Goodreads, that’s beside the point. The point is that they are number one and we’re going to celebrate as long as they are on top. Speaking … Continue reading Glazed Man Voted #1

Artemis Fowl – Book Review

This is book #1 in the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. As of this writing, there are eight books in the series. A movie is also on the way, scheduled to come out this August. I’ve seen the Fowl books on the bookshelves for several years and always thought they looked like something I would enjoy. I finally got around to reading the first one and was not disappointed. This book does a good job of introducing our main character. Early on in the reading, I was surprised to see that Artemis is not what I’d expected … Continue reading Artemis Fowl – Book Review