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review 2018-06-05 03:53
STEM Lab's make learning fun
Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids - Chris Fornell Scott,John Miller

This manual helps with aiding in the teaching of Science, using a new way of helping the kids absorb.  While the STEM system is not new, this book shows with 48 projects just how computer games and education can be combined.  If you have not seen this series, you are in a for a treat.

 

The author's still observe some basics.  They encourage the use of a journal.  Using the popularity of the video game Minecraft, users can gain scientific knowledge.  Making fun  things like glow in the dark items to fireworks.  I loved the lab that was able to be crafted.

 

Harness the widely enjoyed video game to bring education to students.  This is such a great idea, and a very usable concept.  I was actually excited and at the end, hoping for more projects.  Maybe there will be a volume 2?  I give this guide a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers only.

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review 2017-04-01 00:00
Minecraft Comics: If I Could Turn Back Time (The Adventures Of Big Buddy And Little Buddy Book 2)
Minecraft Comics: If I Could Turn Back Time (The Adventures Of Big Buddy And Little Buddy Book 2) - Fun ny Comics Taking advantage of Minecraft to base stories around is a fairly common thing lately. It leads to some lackluster illustrations in my opinion, but my kiddo rather likes it, so - obviously good for the target audience. The speech bubbles and lettering is nicely done and easy to follow. I liked that this book introduced both time travel and a Rube Goldberg device. That was an unexpected pairing and what talked me into giving the book a shot. It also doesn't shy from introducing readers to words like Australopithecus and then promptly explaining them in a very concise fashion. It doesn't treat the readers like they are idiots, and I truly appreciate that.

Read: April 28, 2017
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review 2017-02-19 21:33
For Minecraft fans
Minecraft: Diary of a Minecraft Alex Boo... Minecraft: Diary of a Minecraft Alex Book 2: Enderman (An Unofficial Minecraft Diary Book) - Diary Wimpy Series,Noob Steve Paperback,Steve Mc Queen,Diary of a Wimpy Steve Books,Alex MC Donough

Another book written by M.C. Steve for kids who happen to be  Minecraft  fans. Alex and Steve notice that mysterious things are being taken, moved, or just appear in the land. They believe it is the highly dangerous Enderman. After the gifted emerald stone disappears from the villagers' church, Alex goes on a hunt to try to track down the Enderman and retrieve the emerald. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you M. C. Steve. 

 

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review 2016-10-19 15:37
Children's Review: Discoveries In The Overworld
Discoveries in the Overworld: Lost Minecraft Journals, Book One (Lost Minecraft Journals Series) - Winter Morgan

So K is into Minecraft and when I saw this book I thought maybe he would enjoy this story. Now this story is not authorized or sponsored by Microsoft Corp and its affiliates as this is written on the back of the book. 

Three kids Harriet, Jack and Toby are treasure hunters which is pretty cool and they find this journal but unknown to them until they start reading it that something seemed to have happened to William and his friend Oliver. They are warned not to read this missing journal as bad things will happen but hey who ever listened to warnings. From the time they start reading it things start to happen. They fight skeletons among other things but it all seems to happen when they read something from that journal could it really be cursed? If it is why was it cursed and where is William at? Now the journal is William's account of what Oliver and him went through as explorers of the Overworld. At the end of the story someone is found but will that person have answers?

K really liked it as he knew some of the things that were in the book via the video game and he was very interested to see if William would be found or if the three friends would ever survive. We do plan on getting book two when it is available from the library. 

I do like the whole journal idea especially when we go from what is happening to the three friends to the entry of what William and Oliver are seeing and doing. It flows very nicely. 

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review 2016-10-02 00:00
Diary of a Minecraft Wimpy Zombie Book 1: First Day of Middle School (An Unofficial Minecraft Diary Book)
Diary of a Minecraft Wimpy Zombie Book 1: First Day of Middle School (An Unofficial Minecraft Diary Book) - MC Steve,Wimpy Books,MC Alex I like this book, and so did my 10 year old. It reminded me of the self-doubt, self-conscious angst that all pre-adolescents and tweens go through. The book was funny, and my son could identify with it as well. Even though it was about a 7th grade zombie, he was endowed with the same feelings and troubles all kids that age go through. We did not want it to end, we wanted to know what happens next. Does he win the writing contest? Does his brother stop being such a bully? Does his parents finally accept his human friend Steve? Guess we have to wait for the next one to find out. I received a free copy of book in exchange for honest opinion. Well worth the time spent reading.
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