Category Archives: DK Publishing

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: Star Wars, Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my twelve year old son, a formerly reluctant reader, reviews a book he particularly enjoyed! These words are his own and in no way influenced by his mother :)

  • Reading level: Ages 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (August 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0756686911
  • Source: Publisher

We have a lot of Star Wars books in our house. Since I can remember, I have been a fan of them movies, characters & books. I have books that discuss the characters and the storylines of most of the movies.  Even after I have read all of these books, I think this is one of the best Star Wars books I have ever read. It describes in great detail nearly every vehicle mentioned, including spacecraft, landcraft, and watercraft in Star Wars Clone Wars.

The image shown of each of these vehicles are far more detailed that I have ever seen.  Here is an example: 


Each vehicle is shown, every little aspect of that vehicle diagrammed and described. You can find out which class each vehicle is in, the weapons it has, and more.  Cross-sections are provided for some of the larger vehicles. Never could I have imagined what each of these ships looked like inside!

Star Wars fans of all ages will love this book, I promise. You may notice that this book is published by DK. That is reason alone to buy this book! The pictures and details they put in each of their books is amazing! I spend hours exploring each of their books! So go out and buy it (or in my case, have your mom buy it!). I’d love to know what you think!




Frightful Friday: Monsters in the Movies by John Landis

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. Feel free to grab the button & join in!

This week’s featured book is Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares by John Landis.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (September 19, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 075668370X
  • Source: Publisher

In  Monsters in the Movies, legendary filmmaker features some of the most famous (or infamous) monsters that have made an appearance on the silver screen.   

Starting with vampires (of course!) Landis starts his showcase of vampires with the first cinematic version of Dracula, a German silent film, Nosferatu in 1922.  One can’t mention great vampire films without mentioning the amazing Bela Lugosi.  Many may be unaware that Lugosi was actually offered the role of the Monster in Frankenstein.  However, Lugosi declined, feeling the non-speaking role was beneath an actor of his caliber.  This wasn’t necessarily the best decision for Lugosi was forever typecasted as the Count.

Dozens of other vampire films are portrayed from the older classics through some more recent classics, including The Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Interview with the Vampire, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Moving on to werewolves in film, the process for transformation into these shape-shifting beasts varies from a painful and violent one (An American Werewolf in London) to an almost pleasurable on in The Howling. 

Landis continues to feature dozens of other monsters that have appeared in films, including mad scientists, zombies, ghosts, atomic mutations and many, many more. In each segment, Landis interviews/features a famous filmmaker that has put to film one of the monsters showcased.

Published by DK Publishing, I knew I was in for a treat with this one. Monsters in the Movies is not just a book, but really a work of art.


It’s not a book that you read from beginning to end, but one that you pick up and read when you are reminiscing about your favorite horror movie monsters. Flipping through it, I was taken back in time, to the classic horror movies I remember watching as a kid, to the movies I watched, hidden beneath a pillow, as a teen. Monsters in the Movies would make the perfect gift for any fan of horror, in fiction or on the screen. Highly recommended.