Book Review - One Hand, Two Hands (Max Lucado)

~ Posted on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 12:03 AM ~

As part of the BookSneeze Blogger Reviewer program, I'm always on the look out for good children's books, particularly good Christian books for children. When I received the early invitation to review the latest books from Max Lucado, I'm immediately jump at the chance and monitored the time when the opportunity is available. I requested this book along with 1 other (still waiting for it sigh...) and here is my review of the latest book from Max Lucado entitled "ONE HAND, TWO HANDS"

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Author: Max Lucado
Illustrator: Gaby Hansen
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson (September 14, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1400316496
Jacketed Hardcover: 32 pages
Dimension: 10.1 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches

Excerpts taken from Booksneeze page:

"A delightful way to show little ones how their hands are a blessing from God that they can use to do help others. Written in rhyming text and illustrated with the charming art of Gaby Hansen, this simple message of God’s blessing of hands not only entertains . . . as it teaches what wonderful things our hands can do from scratching, latching, and petting a pup to washing dishes with mommy and putting toys in a box . . . but it also conveys the important message: We can use God’s gift of hands to show our love for Him by helping others. The book ends tenderly with a prayer of thanks to God for hands and asks Him to use them again:

One hand, two hands,
Five fingers, ten.
God, thanks, for my hands.
Please, use them again.

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Firstly, I've almost given up hope on receiving this book.It has over a month already and just when I totally forgot about this book, it arrived and got me all excited and brings back my hope and faith in the delivery & custom services in Malaysia. I can clearly see the stamp on the parcel that the book has been shipped out on 5th September and was only approved for release by the Malaysian Custom on 4th October.

Anyway, that aside, my first impression of the book: They should do away with the French flap (or the jacketed cover for the book). I've never been the fan for flaps like this and I find it a waste of paper and annoying that I have to either tape it up or totally removed it away to prevent tearing from my 19 months old toddler.

Curious Ben flipping through the book Ben showing me how he combs his hair

I like the way they show us how we can make use of our hands, and the fact they incorporate how our little ones can help out with the cleaning, washing and all.  I would have preferred if they show both little boys and girls in the illustrations instead of only the little girl as the main character. That way, both little boys and girls can relate themselves with the story.

Ben showing me how he washes hands
Ben amazed at the sight of doggy praying...

I do however find it a joy to see Ben showing me things he do on daily bases when he saw the similar actions from the book, like washing and cleaning up and combing hair. I'm not a fan of soft and blurry illustrations like this though I do enjoys the pastel and light toned colors used in the illustrations. Overall, I give this book a 7 out of 10.

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You can get the One Hand, Two Hands from Amazon or from Max Lucado's website store itself.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Book Sneeze 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"

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Music Review & Giveaway - The Rattles

~ Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM ~

You have no idea how hard it is for us to keep this to ourself! I've been contacted by Nathalie from the Musebox a couple of weeks ago to do a review for her latest project, The Rattles, a lively band of furry, family-friendly critters who released their debut album, 'Rattle On' on August 17th.

Excerpt from Nathalie's email to me:

"With a fresh, modern fusion of classic rock and power pop, similar to The Beatles, They Might Be Giants, and The Monkees, this colorful quartet has set themselves apart from the average children's music group by creating a listening experience that parents and adults can enjoy as well. Similar to the music of Yo Gabba Gabba, this project is about creating music EVERYONE can groove out to!"

The moment I clicked on to the link given (sample 3 songs provided in The Rattles website), Ben just got down to dancing and shaking and nodding his head. I've never seen my boy reacted so quickly to a song!

Believe me, even just by listening to the 3 songs provided in The Rattles website are enough proof for us that this music album is totally awesome!


If you don't believe me, see for yourself by clicking the following thumbnails to view Youtube videos of Ben dancing to one of the songs.

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Pictures below are taken when I received the actual music CD from Nathalie for my full review. 

Ben checking out the album cover and brochure inside.

Picture from left to right: Back cover, CD cover and the "Made with Recycled Materials" symbol.

What I love about this music album?

* Ben gets down to dancing and grooving to the songs!

* The members in the band are a band of furry, family-friendly critters, all cutely illustrated

* The music video and sound is perfect for Ben at this age who loves fun, groovy and cartoonish stuff now!

* The music is not just for children. Even hubby and I are dancing along to the songs too!

* Their music CD is made of recycled materials! How eco friendly is that?!

* Our favorite songs: Rattle On, R-A-T-T-L-E-S, Lucky Sam's Banana Stand, Wavy Lane, Goodbye Yesterday.

You can purchase the album at:

But wait... did I mentioned I received another copy of the music CD for a giveaway to one of my lucky awesome blog reader/visitor?

Yup! You read that right!

Your awesome bloggy pal here has got the greenlight to hold a giveaway for a copy of The Rattles music CD!


First condition:

The giveaway copy of The Rattles music CD is with me now (all sealed nicely and beautifully), so I can only open up this giveaway to my blog readers and visitors with mailing adress in MALAYSIA only as I'm actually bearing the delivery charges myself.

Now, I repeat, this giveaway is only for people with mailing address in MALAYSIA.

Second condition:

Just leave me a comment in this post telling me "I DESERVE THIS MUSIC ALBUM BECAUSE...". Make sure your email address is valid so that I can contact you if you win! (Don't worry, only admin can view the email addresses and I don't have time to collect and sell your email addresses :P)

I will accept comments from now until 31st October 2010.

The lucky winner will be selected based on the best entry on why you think you deserve to win the giveaway music CD. If I find out your mailing address is not based in Malaysia, I have the right to pick another winner!

Simple right? One comment to me on why you deserved to win. No need to be my blog follower (althought that would be a sweet gesture), no need to do extra things for additional entries or whatsoever. And selection of 1 lucky winner is based on the best entry instead of random draw. So what are you waiting for? Go and think of an awesome reason for winning this and submit your comment in this post.

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Our whole family would like to give a note of thanks to Nathalie from the Musebox for this wonderful opportunity to review this fantastic album! You have no idea how much Ben loves dancing along to The Rattles's songs!

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with an actual The Rattles music CD to assist 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.

Music Review - Hands All Over (Maroon 5)

~ Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:13 AM ~

Oh yeah! Who said a full-time mummy can't be hip and happening at the same time?! What am I talking about? Well, I'm still feeling euphoric after being contacted by A&M/Octone Records to do a review on Maroon 5's latest album "Hands All Over" which was released on 21st September 2010!

Maroon 5 dude! 


And I'm doing their latest album review!

* Smack cheeks to check whether I'm dreaming *

I enjoyed listening to their songs and to get this opportunity to review their latest album is just so freaking thrilling!

Hands All Over (Maroon 5)

Would you just look at their droolworthy pose!

Excerpts taken from the album's pressbook:

"Hands All Over is bright and poppy, and helped the band to find its focus all over again. Levine says the album's title tracks is about "desperately trying to work something out, but at the same time, trying to wash your hands of something too. It's that desperation of wanting everything to work somehow but being frustrated by the fact that it just won't." Ultimately, Levine says Hands All Over is the sound of Maroon 5 stepping back from their influences and embracing their originality."


OK, now that I'm a SAHM catering to the whims and fancies of my toddler at all times, time is of a very important essence in my daily life. So how do I get about to reviewing this album?

My first test was to give it a quick play, about 5 seconds for each song. If the song manages to get Ben's attention, I let the song continues on. Then I try to fast forward to the middle of the song and check out Ben's reactions. If it gets his attention, then I will continue to play the song. Else, next!

After I'm done with all the 12 songs in the album, I noted down the songs that got Ben's attention and mind you, these songs actually got him DANCING along to it!

* Misery

* Stutter

* How

* Out of Goodbyes (duet with Lady Antebellum) - this is my personal favorite!

What do I think about this album? Like Ben, the above songs got me listening to them over and over again and as for the rest of the songs, it gets better everytime you hear them, so yeah, I'd say this album is for keeps!

I can feel the signature tune of Maroon 5 is still all over the album but this time, it's like they get a little more refreshing and more bubbly and upbeat.

One thing I don't quite fancy is the album cover (which is why you don't see me posting it in this review). Maybe there's some artistic meaning for the cover image they used but I feel a more decent looking image would be better.. Oh heck, maybe because I'm older a mum now so I tend to get pretty uptight uncomfortable of seeing images like this.. Heh...

I think the other images used for their album promo is just as good. Just take a look and see if you don't agree with me:

Hands All Over (Maroon 5)

Good enough to be used as the album cover, no?

Hands All Over (Maroon 5)

OK, this is a bit Beatle-like but still a nice captivating image!

Hands All Over (Maroon 5)

I just love this shot! It's simplicity is just so stunning! What do you think?

In summary, I'd recommend this album for those who is looking for something to brighten up their life and those who just want to dance along to some upbeat and catchy tunes.



Way to go Maroon 5! You guys still rocks!

You can purchase the album via Maroon 5's website.

I would like to give a note of thanks to Michael from A&M/Octone Records for this wonderful opportunity to review this awesome album!

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the authorised link to download the 12-track standard album in MP3 format to assist 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.