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Review: Jace Wars Episode 2 by Aaron Russell

Two weeks ago, I reviewed the first Jace Wars comic; today, we are looking at the second. If you don’t remember, these comics are based around Jace, who had a brain tumor when he was very young. These comics give a different perspective on the family’s journey to fight and stick together through difficult times. The money raised has been going to McMaster Children’s hospital for many years.

The story continues with Jace, Gigi, and the rest of their crew as they set out to stop a deadly virus from being released.

The story had an interesting arch, lots of emotion, and a few twists. At one point, I was upset at what happened to some characters that I liked. I am excited to see the outcome when episode three is finally released!

The artwork was spot on, which is very important for a comic. At times the story progresses through pictures alone. This is accomplished because the artwork is consistent and detailed.

At the end of the book, there are a few informational pages. These explain how the villains were created based on difficult emotions that the family had to deal with during Jace’s fight with the tumor. The  next informational page explained Jace’s armor and what each mark meant. It was ‘t just a cool drawing but encaptured significant events and people. I was  aptivated by the amount of thought that went into each character and the armor.

Jace Wars is a great story for all ages. Particuarly to help children who may be struggling with something challenging.

Be sure to check out the Jace Wars website and take a read.

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Review: Your Kids, Their Money by Clifton D. Corbin

This is a book written to help parents teach their kids about money. And it 100% hits the mark.

What I loved about the style is that the author speaks to parents as a parent. Not as someone who knows it all but has been there, done that, and learned. The book is divided into various sections with practical activities at the end. Those are what make this book special. It is easy to tell someone what they should do, but it can be hard to implement. These activities are a guideline for discussing financial literacy with our kids.

Right from the start, I can relate to Clifton as he shares the pitfalls of his first credit card. And much like him, I don’t want my kids to fall into that same trap. Digging yourself out of debt is much harder than learning about what to do to stay out of debt in the first place.

But it isn’t just about debt. The book outlines money concepts – piggy jars (not banks – clear so you can see the money), allowance (not for chores!), interest, and much more. It isn’t a budgeting book. It is a financial literacy book.

Finally, I appreciate how he reminds parents to take it at their kid’s pace. Some kids will be able to identify money denominations faster than others, some kids will really get into investing, the point is all kids are different and this book is only a guideline.

Definitely worth a read for all parents.

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Review: Cheers From Heaven by Mary Elizabeth Jackson & Thornton Cline

The messages held within this book are essential to living a life filled with happiness. The basis of the story is that a few kids in a class bully another boy who dies. After his death, the kids are riddled with grief about how they acted towards him. Throughout the book, they have to learn to forgive themselves and help show others how to make others feel good. Cheers From Heaven

Bullying is a hot topic, my son was bullied extensively in elementary school (starting right in kindergarten), so this book is needed! It should be read at a young age; it is never too early to start the conversation and discussed openly what bullying is and what each person can do to prevent it. I hope that it doesn’t take a death to make someone realize that their bullying ways were not okay and that this book can have the impact that the authors want.

It is written for a younger audience, making it the perfect book to read in the early elementary school grades. This is the time when children are most impressionable – a perfect time to help them understand how not to be a bully and how to be a friend.

At the end of the book, there are questions that teachers/adults can use to spark conversations and ideas around bullying prevention. This book should be in every school!

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