Little One Books Review & Giveaway - Once Upon a Potty: Boy (Alona Frankel)

~ Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ~

I have the privilege of reviewing a children's book by Alona Frankel (illustrated by her as well) called "Once Upon a Potty: Boy".

Author & Ilustrator: Alona Frankel
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 978-1554072835
Hardcover: 40 pages
Dimension: 7.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches

Product description from Little One Books website:

"In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and its companion Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training. These children's books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family. Thanks to its timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy is being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. "

This book is provided by Little One Books for my review. Now, a brief introduction to them:

"We specialize in quality books, music, and video, for children birth through age five, and have personally reviewed and selected each and every item in our store. You'll find detailed information on why we prefer a particular product in our "Why We Chose" section of each product page.
At Little One Books, we match each product to what we believe is the youngest appropriate age group. However, our carefully selected items can and will be used for many years to come. As children develop they often find pleasure in revisiting illustrations from old favorites, and eventually learning to read them on their own.
"

Honestly, we've been getting hints and well-meaning advices from people around us that Ben should be potty trained already at this age (he's 19 months old btw)! I don't know how others did it but hubby and I felt that we should let nature takes its course, I mean, Ben will be ready when he's ready.

But that doesn't mean that I can't read any information pertaining to potty training right?

So, I requested this particular book the moment I saw the cute illustrations on the cover of this book. I've always been very much geared to separated gender books, meaning if there are books that are generalised for both boys and girls, and books that are for boys only, I'll definitely go for the boys books. I find it easier for my son to relate himself to the story when it's illustrated and told from their point of view.

Check out Ben's reactions as he flips through the book...

Ben with Once Upon a Potty: Boy book

Checking out the cute cover...

Ben with Once Upon a Potty: Boy book

Looking at the main character...

Ben with Once Upon a Potty: Boy book

Studying how the boy sits on the potty

One thing I don't like about this book is how the potty is being potrayed. Honestly, it looks like a vase (with a handle) to me. I find myself subtly covering the handles when I go through the book with Ben, maybe it's just me, but I don't want him to go around seeing anything (such as a vase with handle) and think that's a potty! I also flipped through the pages where the little boy initially wonders what is the object (potty) given to him by his grandma. For example, he wears it on his head  wondering whether it's a hat (no, I don't want Ben doing that!).

As for illustrations wise, I totally love it! It's cute and doesn't seem gross at all! The paper quality of the book is good as well, thick enough for easy handling. I don't mind the terms used to represent peeing ('Wee-Wee' in the book, I used 'Pee-Pee') and pooping (both the book and I used 'Poo-Poo').

Now, I just want to highlight that the moment I received the book, I went through 1 round with Ben (just make up my own story as we go along) and I can immediately see some results, albeit a small one, but it is very exciting to see my boy approaching the potty and trying to sit on it (of course, he's still wearing his diapers and pants), but the point is he approached the potty without us coaxing him into doing that! It happened so fast that I don't have enough time to grab my camera to snap this memorable moment!

Pictures below taken 2 days after we received the book:

Ben with his potty

Ben with his potty

Picture on the left of Ben sitting on the potty (with his pants on) when I asked him to show me how the little boy sat on the potty. Please note that prior to this book, Ben never approach nor even touch the potty at all (it's in our bathroom to get him to familiar himself with) and now, he's sitting on it!

Picture on the right of Ben passing back the potty to me when I asked him how the boy gives the potty back to his mummy when he's done with his poo-poo and pee-pee.

Amazing milestones I would say! I'm still very happy and glad I chose this book! It'll definitely be used again and again until Ben is potty trained successfully. In the meantime, I'm already a very happy mummy seeing the mini milestones achieved by my boy within such a short span of time!

Overall, I give this book a 9 out of 10.

You can get this book from Little One Books and many more.

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* Giveaway expires on 15th November 2010 (Malaysia time)

* You must fulfil the mandatory entry 1st (which is to provide your valid email address & answering the question), else you will be disqualified.

* Winner will be randomly drawn using Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to  my email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Little One Books in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

Product Review & Giveaway - Bummas

~ Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 12:01 AM ~

You have no idea the amount of trouble and time (FYI, almost HALF A YEAR) taken for both the company sponsor and I to be able to do a review for this cool product:

Before I begin my review, I'd like to give a note of thanks to Casey from Bummas, for all the trouble taken to get this product to reach me safely. It took a total of THREE attempts just to get this cool product safely into our hands (I hope the earlier two falls into the hands of someone who makes good use of it, I totally dread the thought of someone stealing my parcel!)

Now in my experience of doing products and book reviews, I personally have not encountered anyone as helpful as Casey in trying and trying and trying and not give up hope in this. Well, what can I say, this company is such an awesome one to work with!

Bummas come in 5 varieties of colors and they are:

Bummas-The Wild Ones

The Wild Ones

Bummas-The Girls

The Girls

Bummas-The Boys

The Boys

Bummas-The Calm Ones

The Calm Ones

Bummas-The Tropical Ones

The Tropical Ones

Product information taken from the Bummas website:

* Eliminates the use of talcum powder.
* 100% Cotton - Woven Velour Terry Cloth milled in the USA. 
* Variety of color combinations for nursery themes.
* Handy 5” x 7” size. Won’t pill, shrink, or fade.
* Durable. Just throw them in the wash and use again.
* They will last until your little one is out of diapers and beyond!    
* Made in the USA

I received "The Wild Ones" for my review and it is definitely a good choice!

I love the vibrant colors!

Beautiful right? Like a cute little bouquet of roses, only that it's actually baby cloth wipes instead of roses. Took me a while to finally willing to take out the cloths... they look so pretty and comfy and nicely cocooned up together that I hate to break open the band holding them together. Sigh, alas, for the sake of doing a product reviews and bringing you guys my honest feedback on this, I had to do it.

I love the soft feel of the cloth wipes. It's even softer than the handkerchiefs we're using for Ben.

Ben showing mummy how he wipes his hand

Look at how happy Ben is holding the Bummas set!

One thing I don't quite like is the size of it. We've been accustomed to using handkerchiefs which are like at least 6 by 6 inches and I have to admit I still very much prefer if Bummas are a bit bigger in size. My MIL actually offered to sew up 2 of them to make into 1 bigger piece. Arghhhh! I had to nag her not to touch my products which are meant for reviews then only she relented.

My feedback in general:

* Touch - Love the soft cottony feel, comfortable on Ben's skin
* Colors - Vibrant colors which are easy for the eyes and easy for me to locate! Though I do wonder why some are in solid colors.
* Size - Should be bigger a bit
* Durability - Good, have been using for a month on now and no shrinking or fading yet

 

You can purchase your own set of Bummas from their own website at http://www.bummas.com/buy-bummas.html or for those around my country area, you can get it from the Singapore distributor at Heart @ Mind website.

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No need to be my blog follower (although that would be a sweet gesture) or Tweet this and that. Just make sure your email address is valid else if I can't contact you, I'm choosing the next lucky winner! I will accept comments from now until 12th November 2010 and the winner will be selected via Random.org.

Oh, just to be clear, this giveaway is OPEN WORLDWIDE!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free product by Bummas in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Book Review - The Gourmet Cookie Book

~ Posted on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 9:09 AM ~

This is my 4th ebook I get to review, a gourmet cookie book by Gourmet Magazine called: "THE GOURMET COOKIE BOOK".

Author: Gourmet Magazine
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547328164
Hardcover, Paper over boards ; 176 pages
Dimension: 8.50 x 8.50 inches

Description from the product page:
"For this stunning collection, the editors of Gourmet delved deep into their archives and selected the most delicious cookie for each year of the magazine’s sixty-eight-year existence. After marathon testing sessions and winnowing from thousands of recipes—many sent in by readers—they chose an amazing array, from the almond-scented French-style Cajun Macaroons, from the magazine’s beginnings in 1941, through Mocha Toffee Bars (1971), to the contemporary Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies. The enticing assortment includes:

* Cookies of every type and description, from the homey (Aunt Sis’s Strawberry Tart Cookies) to the exotic (Grand Marnier-Glazed Pain d’Epice Cookies), including balls, bars, refrigerator cookies, drop cookies, even deep-fried cookie confections.

* Cookies from around the world: from Dutch Jan Hagels to Irish oatmeal sandwich cookies filled with cream and Irish whiskey, to Scandinavian Rosettes.

* Dozens of Christmas cookies: Old-Fashioned Christmas Butter Cookies, star-shaped Moravian White Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies.

Printed exactly as they originally appeared in the magazine, with abundant tips and recipe notes from Gourmet’s test kitchen, and with headnotes describing their cultural context, the recipes present a fascinating bite-by-bite history of how our appetites evolved. "

Cookies! Who would want to turn down the opportunity to review a cookie book? What more a compilation of the finest and best cookie recipes from 1941 to 2009?

I love the way how each recipe has a brief note at the bottom which explains in clearer terms on measurements and steps taken - especially for recipes that goes way long ago (where people normally goes by a cup of this and a pinch of that or when oven is hot). Each recipe came with the pictures of the cookies, which makes you drool even more and wanted to attempt to make each and every one of it!

I think this book is a good choice for cookie lovers and those who are interested in dabbling with cookie making (like me...) I personally note down a couple of recipes which I'll attempt when I get braver with my cookie adventure.

You can purchase The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 book from Amazon.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a galley proof of the book via my association with netGalley as a reviewer in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"