First, I love the cover. It's artsy in that vintage coloring way I dig so much.
The book starts with to the point bartender hints and tricks. Some I kn First, I love the cover. It's artsy in that vintage coloring way I dig so much.
The book starts with to the point bartender hints and tricks. Some I knew, some I didn't. You'd think so much of this is common sense, but you would be surprised. As example of a tip I didn't know, "As a general rule, shaved ice should be used when spirits form the principal ingredient of the drink, and no water employed. When eggs, milk, wine, vermouth, seltzer or other mineral waters are used in preparing a drink, it is better to use small lumps of ice, and these should always be removed from the glass before serving the customer." .... Since I don't have shaved ice at home, it's doubtful I'll follow this, but good to know. Unless, of course, PARTY!! There are 27 tips total.
There are so many bartending recipes in this book, it's doubtful you'll need any other guide. Plenty of cocktails and mixes - tons I haven't heard of - and each recipe includes a note of what size glass is best used.
There aren't color pictures, but there are some drawings when it's needed, which fits into the vintage colored packaging.
136 pages of just recipes and some tips, I rate this highly. It's to the point, easy to follow, and stylish in its way.
I nabbed this one from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a cute journal for the Grumpy cat fan in your life that's artistic. Could be a child, could be an adult, it works either way. Grumpiness appliThis is a cute journal for the Grumpy cat fan in your life that's artistic. Could be a child, could be an adult, it works either way. Grumpiness applies to us all.
It's more of a joke gag for things like: List The Five Grossest Foods, Draw the Ugliest Sweater, BEDHEAD is the worst: Draw What I look like in the morning, Thanks for the terrible birthday present: Here's what's inside.
It's a cute journal that prompts drawing and lists for the creative child/adult and is a good way to kill time.
Plus = Grumpy cat automatically earns brownie points just because its Grumpy cat.
I'm bumping to five stars for the type of journal, one for the creativity, one for grumpy cat, but three because there's so much of it - 60 pages of prompts.
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This was rated based for children as an educational tool.
A book that cleverly fits in many details about the American West. The author uses the techniThis was rated based for children as an educational tool.
A book that cleverly fits in many details about the American West. The author uses the technique of having the reader be the character immersed in the story, making it seem more natural to them and understandable. From details of the voyage and the reasons for travel, what's brought in the wagon, to the clothing worn, it goes into accurate historical detail to teach kids about this era.
It helps the pictures are colorful and well illustrated. The poor mother always looks so tired, but I suppose that's realistic.
Even though aimed towards children, there was plenty I didn't know. Clever of the sister to hang a bucket on the cow to churn to butter during the trip - but I'm thinking this may not actually work? I guess if for a long enough time.
And yes, I would have wanted my sister to have the job of gathering the buffalo chips for the fire too instead of me....more
A good, all around basic book for soapmaking. It breaks down the mysteries of different butters and oils, liquids, common sense, and debunks the warniA good, all around basic book for soapmaking. It breaks down the mysteries of different butters and oils, liquids, common sense, and debunks the warnings. The book is almost all text with a few black and white drawings to head chapters.
There's a decent number of recipes, starting out with appreciated ones with ingredients available from the grocery store, assuming you have lye available. The author is honest about some being less moisturizing than other recipes, and honest about the softness and fragility of a few. On the negative side, the recipes are made just for beginners, not including any additives or extras that make soapmaking so fun.
The basics of molds are discussed with a few drawings, but without pictures it lacks some punch. Basic text for fragrances and coloring, but not much indepth about it.
It is what it claims to be - a very basic, simple guide to making soap. I recommend a more complete book if you're interested in this hobby, one that discusses the basics and gets further in-depth. Pictures definitely help. On the other hand, if you're craving basic instructions for a simple project and don't wish to get into it as a hobby, this book will do well.
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A cute, humorous graphic novel - seriously, laser eyes on a moose? Moose are cute by themselves, but throw in some laser eyes, a rabbit buddy who rideA cute, humorous graphic novel - seriously, laser eyes on a moose? Moose are cute by themselves, but throw in some laser eyes, a rabbit buddy who rides the world on his antlers, aliens, evil forest animals, a waste factory that mutates bears - and chuckles are pretty much guaranteed.
Broken into four short stories, the endings are usually wink-wink, nudge-nudge sendoffs. The drawings aren't terribly complex or layered, but the bright colors and simplified design fit into the absurdity of the stories. The pairing is adorable - a vigilant moose always on the lookout for danger, convinced the world is an awful place at every corner, including rumbling bushes (poor Frank!), with a happy-go-lucky white rabbit whose cup is always full of optimistic sunshine.
The jokes are more on the childlike side but they're perfect for adults. Any age would get a chuckle out of the amusing, endearing pair. Kids would especially like the stories for being short and easy to follow. The ironic, B-movie type pairing will suit the adults.
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I grabbed this from Netgalley - and then proceeded to awkwardly read and struggle with it on the horrible Abobe Digital System. With this type of grapI grabbed this from Netgalley - and then proceeded to awkwardly read and struggle with it on the horrible Abobe Digital System. With this type of graphic novel the program is so slow it's almost not worth reading.
Anyway, the best thing about this was the artwork. I love the cute cartoons, splashy design and vivid colors. That's the main thing that kept my attention, and it's the best kudos I can give the book. On the negative side I wasn't sure which character was which for awhile - they kind of blended together.
I loved the original Ghostbusters flick because of the humor - here it's flat, flat, and more flat. The artwork is more dimensional than the humor attempts. A shame. The story is decent, I guess, but I grew bored sometimes because it was missing the trademark Ghosbusters adult humor - this was geared more toward children with an opening for adults to dive in too. Sure kids loved the movie Ghostbusters, but it was geared more toward the grown ones.
The cover art is misleading - there's no classic female ghostbusters or the assistant donning a costume to party it up with Slimer. Ghost Smashers indeed...Despite the misleading cover, I still adore it. The bright colors are perfect for my short and embarrassing attention span, and Slimer's there. When Slimer is shown, everything is instantly better.
This graphic novel doesn't capture the same magic, but it looks sensational trying to....more