Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review: Schools in Crisis

Schools In Crisis
By Nicole Baker Fulgham
Zondervan, 2014
English, 96 pgs

IT'S A SOCIAL PROBLEM THAT CAN BE SOLVED. Schools in Crisis is for parents, mentors, and friends who want kids to succeed. Five simple numbers to determine your future. In many ways, America's children are at the mercy of their zip code. They are either raised in a zip code zoned for a public school with quality education or a public school with poor education. This education will set the trajectory for their future---for better or for worse. Educational inequity is one of the biggest social problems of our time. But it can be fixed within our lifetime. And each of us, whether we have school-aged children or not, has a role to play. Schools in Crisis is part of the FRAMES series - short yet meaningful reads on the top issues facing us in today's complex culture. A new kind of book brought to you by Barna Group, to help you read less, and know more.

Millions of children are not fulfilling their God-given potential in many of our nation’s classrooms. Their potential and purpose is literally being left on the floor of classrooms in many low-income communities. What may God have called them to do? How will a substandard education possibly prohibit them from accomplishing that purpose? In what ways are Christians and churches accountable for that? How are we our brother and sister’s keeper with respect to a quality education?

Join Nicole Baker Fulgham, formerly on the national staff of Teach for America and the founder of The Expectations Project, as she explores what our role is in solving the nation’s crisis for public education. This Barna Frame explores a critical topic of our time – Schools in Crisis

This is a very concise and clearly written compilation of results from the Barna Group's research on public schools. There are easy to read graphics throughout the book. The author is writing from a Christian perspective, yet it encourages readers of all faiths to get involved in the school system. It's obviously in need of attention. And not just from parents with kids enrolled. It tackles a sticky topic of "armchair educators", meaning those who look at it and think they know what it best but aren't willing (or able) to do anything about it. It basically tells you to get up and do something about it if you think you know what it needs. A little harsh, but pretty accurate.

I have a 1st grader in a public school and as good as our school seems to be, he just isn't happy. He isn't being allowed to learn at his own pace. The perception I have is that the kids all need to be "the same" and being "smarter" or "a better learner" isn't allowed. Why can't kids achieve? There's nothing wrong with it and making them adhere to the common core standards and the state testing standards doesn't allow learning "beyond the test".

I received a copy of the book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: A Sensible Arrangement

A Sensible Arrangement
By Tracie Peterson
Bethany House, 2014
English, 336 pgs

Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.
Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.

Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.

What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways...and dreams and secrets collide?
This is the first book in the Lone Star Brides series from Peterson. It's also her 100th novel. I have read many of her books and I mostly liked this one. I thought it took a little while to get going with the story line. I didn't really like that Marty is lying to her family and then Jake. I understand that she's "mad" at God regarding her first husband but that doesn't mean you lie to everyone. I liked the main characters and even though they had their faults, they're still well developed and their characters progresses through the book in a satisfactory manner.
I liked the secondary characters in the book as much as the primary. Alice is a sweet character who guides Marty, even though she's much younger, back into a relationship with God. The housekeeper and butler were a hoot! I guess I've watched too much Downton though because I saw Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson in my mind as I was reading it.

I felt like parts of it were left hanging. The problems at the bank and the mystery surrounding Alice, for example. The ranch. I don't know if these are plot lines for upcoming books or what, but it was kinda disappointing to feel like I read half of the story.

My biggest problem with the book is that there really isn't much interaction with Marty and Jake. Obviously we know what the end result is going to be, but I wanted more of the "how did they fall in love" to the story. Did she even like the flowers he was taking her? Did they go out to dinners? Did they talk beyond the breakfast table or in the study?

I received a copy of the book from Bethany House for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review and Blog Tour: Betting the Rainbow

Betting the Rainbow
By Jodi Thomas
Berkley, 2014
English, 304 pgs

Amazon Product Description:
Sisters Abby and Dusti Delaney have spent their entire lives on Rainbow Lane, but they dream of something bigger. So when a poker tournament comes to town, Dusti is determined to win enough money to leave. Enlisting expert Kieran O’Toole to teach her the game, sparks begin to fly as they play their hands. But Kieran refuses to stand in the way of her dream, even if it means losing her forever...

After a year of traveling, Ronny Logan is settling into a home on Rainbow Lane, but that’s all the settling she’ll be doing. Ronny refuses to fall for anyone, regardless of the chemistry she has with her neighbor Austin Hawk. Yet something undeniable begins to grow between the two loners—if only they can let their barriers fall and open their hearts...

Author Biography:
New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

Publishers Weekly Review of Betting the Rainbow
Jodi Thomas. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-26840-7
Thomas knocks it out of the park again with her seventh contemporary set in Harmony, Tex. (after Can’t Stop Believing). Ronny Logan and Austin Hawk are looking for peace out by Rainbow Lane. They both have reasons to crave solitude—he’s recovering from injury, she from grief and a year’s travel—so they’re surprised to enjoy each others company. Ronny also becomes friends with neighbors Dusti and Abby Delaney, sisters who are counting on a poker tournament to make their dreams come true. As Dusti gets poker lessons from flirtatious Kieran O’Toole, tournament organizer Reagan Truman waits for rodeo rider Noah McAllen, her longtime love interest, to “grow up and man up.” Thomas is a master at creating damaged yet appealing characters, and their expressions of love—as siblings, as friends, as partners—are intense and beautiful. Their paths to happiness are interwoven in an intricate tapestry with the tournament as backdrop, combining in an epic tale of the kind of love that lasts forever. (Apr.)


Betting the Rainbow (Harmony) by Jodi Thomas 
Review by Vickie Denney at Reader To Reader
Ronny Logan has returned to Harmony after traveling the world for a year. This was one of the things that her late friend, Marty Winslow, wanted her to do with some of the money he bequeathed her. Ronny will always love Marty, but must start a new life; however, she doesn’t know what to do since she has enough money to last her for forever. Marty’s butler and friend, Mr. Carleon, has stayed in Harmony to help Ronny with any and every thing. While she was away, he leased a cottage for her on Rainbow Lane and it sits on a small lake. There are only three houses in that area. Across the lake the Delaney sisters, Abby and Dusti, have a small farm and raise chickens. Hawk House is on Ronny’s side of the lake and currently is housing Austin Hawk.

Abby had to quit nursing school with only a year to go due to finances after parent’s illnesses. Dusti has entered a local fund raising poker game that sends the winner to Las Vegas to play for a million dollar jack pot. Dusti asks Kiernan O’Toole to teach her the finer points of the game. She hopes to win locally and then win enough in Los Vegas to send Abby back to school. Kiernan will help her but warns her he is also a competitor and he will be hard to beat. The Irishman has loved Dusti forever, it seems, and she is totally unaware…but not for long.

Austin Hawk is also back in Harmony rehabbing from burns and injuries suffered during a fire. He just wants to be left alone, but Fate has other plans for him. The first night that Austin and Ronny meet had this reviewer hee-hawing. A connection is made between these two lost, wounded, and very sad souls, which evolves into a magnificent relationship.

Reagan Truman gives Noah McAllen an ultimatum – her or the rodeo. Noah can’t always run from his responsibilities.

Betting The Rainbow visits so many of the core characters and updates their status. Jodi Thomas has truly outdone herself with this fine, fine story. I know, personally, each and every character in Harmony, Texas and hope to meet many more. They are wonderful, kind, generous, real people with real problems. Be warned that having a box of tissues close by will come in handy. Beautiful stories like Betting The Rainbow don’t come around too often, and reading this tale is like finding a pot of gold.

My Review:
This is far and away my favorite Harmony book. I love the stories in it and I am always happy to return to Harmony.  Ronny has been a favorite character for several books now so I was really happy to see her get a story line in this one as well. A lot of our favorites are back: Martha Q, Reagan and Noah and of course the Biggs brothers. I feel like this one wraps a lot of loose threads from the former books.

The story is centered around two couples, Ronny and Austin and Dusti and Kieran. It takes place outside of the town, so we don't see a lot of the regulars and the usual places (the diner, the funeral home, etc). However, throughout the story, we get to see short snippets of the couples we've visited before.

There is a lot of teasing about the romances and it's really fun to watch Ronny develop as a character. The couples are electric together and totally dysfunctional at the same time! I ran a wide range of emotions as I read it. (And I read it in 3 evenings, did NOT want to put it down!)

There is a preview of the next Harmony book in the back, but it takes place in the past so I'm wondering (and guessing and hoping...) if we're going to go back and see how Harmony came to be in the first place.

I received a copy of the book from the author for the purpose of my review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Many thanks to Ms. Thomas for continuing to include me on her blog tours.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review: Raised?

Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection
By Jonathan K Dodson and Brad Watson
Zondervan, 2014
English, 112 pgs

A unique twist on understanding the resurrection-doubt it first! Pastors Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson write for religious skeptics and clearly explain the fantastic importance of the resurrection of Jesus, even while welcoming doubt as an inroad to faith.

To the modern mind, the notion of someone rising from the dead is utterly implausible. While many people believe in the historical Jesus, most find it incredibly difficult to believe in a resurrected Jesus. They are filled with doubt.

Raised? grapples with the believability of the resurrection and with the questions that accompany it. Was it a mass delusion? If it's true, does it make sense of our world? If it is plausible and appealing, how should we respond? What do sin, faith, and Christ really mean? Finally, what difference does the resurrection make?

Written for skeptics, doubters, and those who want to better articulate their faith, Raised? doesn't shy away from the hard questions or settle for easy answers. Ultimately, Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson present a compelling case that claims Jesus came to show us a God who compassionately dives deep into our doubts and has the power to raise the dead.

I fully believe in the power of doubt. If you never doubt, you never seek. When you seek, you find answers. Therefore, doubt leads you to finding answers. For that reason, I was very intrigued by the title alone on this book.

As I began reading it I thought it read a lot like someone's Masters thesis. It's very well researched, well documented and filled with scripture. However, it gets a bit studious and can potentially be off-putting to someone who isn't looking for an academic read.

Another however...it is fantastic. It is not hard to grasp the passion with which the authors write about the subject of the resurrection of Jesus. I love that they take historical and present day objections and logically dismantle them. I learned a lot about the Greek and Hebrew culture and ideas in Biblical times. I learned about WHY their belief in the resurrection was so radical at the time.

I am thinking again about Thomas, the Disciple. I am thinking more about the subject of the resurrection in whole, not just because it's coming up to Easter time, but it's just something that I've always believed but have never been able to logically explain why I believe it. This is helping me form that response. I don't meet a lot of people who doubt and are skeptical about Jesus, but I feel better informed as a result of reading this book.

If I could come up with a criticism of the book it's that it focuses a lot on what we "get" as a result of the resurrection. It focuses a lot on what will happen (theoretically) in the new Heaven and earth, after Jesus returns. Honestly, it's not about whether or not there will be art and culture on the new earth. I get Jesus. I get a new heart and grace and forgiveness and mercy and love and acceptance and I could go on....We get Jesus. We get restored to a relationship with God. We get to escape the horrors of eternal separation from God in Hell.

I received a copy of the book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: Lean Body, Fat Wallet

Lean Body, Fat Wallet
By Ellie Kay & Danna Demetre
Thomas Nelson, 2013
English, 240 pgs

What’s good for the wallet is good for the body—an innovative approach to improving both your wealth and your health.
What would you do if you finally lost that weight and had energy to burn? How different would your life be if you were completely out of debt and in control of your finances? And what if you could do both at the same time with just a few simple, sustainable lifestyle changes? It can happen for you—without drastic dieting or austerity budgets, and even if you’ve tried and failed in the past.
Ellie Kay and Danna Demetre are life experts in two seemingly different fields—finance and fitness. Working together, they realized the principles and habits that help you balance your budget are the same ones that help you lose weight and keep it off. The result is an innovative “two for one” approach that can literally transform your life. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find in Lean Body, Fat Wallet:
  • Four essential habits for satisfying, sustainable change—and how to make them part of your life
  • Ten “failure factors” that trip us up—and how to steer clear of them
  • The single key that makes it all work: “renewing the mind”
  • Proven strategies to overcome emotional eating and spending
  • An all-purpose investment principle to keep you moving forward in hope
  • A wealth of stress busters that don’t rely on food or money
  • A game plan for raising fit and frugal kids
  • Why giving is an essential part of achieving physical and financial health

I'm a little disappointed in this book. I was expecting to see something new in it, but I think that I've maybe been couponing, budgeting and dieting on my own enough that I've already figured this out.

Now, if you're new to coupons and diets this will be a good book for you. It's not based on anything ground breaking. Basically if you can change your thinking you can change your habits.

I did like the chapter about kids since we've been implementing an allowance and I was able to find a few tips in that chapter. I also appreciated that there was emphasis on giving.

I received a copy of the book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book Review: When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter!

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter!
By Wigu Publishing
Wigu Publishing, 2014
English, 60 pgs

Will was excited to go on his class field trip, until he learned they would be touring the local firehouse. Now, he is dreading the trip. For as long as he can remember, Will has been afraid of fire and, worse than that, firefighters! Though he knows firefighters are heroes who do dangerous work, to him they are giants in heavy coats and masks. As he journeys with his class through the fire station, Will and readers alike are introduced to the exciting world of firefighting. Can Will overcome his fears and maybe even learn something surprising about himself?

My 4 year old loves firefighters and fire trucks. Ever since we started asking "What do you want to be when you grow up?" the answer is always "A Fireman!" I was so very excited to get to read and review this book for that very purpose!

The story line is well described above so I won't rehash that. The book starts out with a poem "Ode to our Firemen" from 1878! How cool it is to have that included. I love that the pictures in the book are real photos with cartoon people over them. I feel like it gives the book a real, yet "it could be me" feeling. There are pages throughout that are not directly part of the story, but show more information. For example, there are pages on different types of fire crews, a map of a firehouse, a picture of a fire suit with descriptions and different types of fire trucks and vehicles.

At the back is a checklist for family fire safety as well as a plan for making an evacuation route.

My favorite part of the book, however is that the fireman tells Will that his is afraid of fire, but more afraid of people being hurt by fire. Love that!

My son will only read it when he has his full firefighter costume on! He loves the book and asks for it a lot!

There are other books in the series, including US Army, Teacher, Race Car Driver, Nurse and Police Officer. I foresee us reading a lot of them!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Many thanks to Kim at Wigu for including me in the book review.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: A Draw of Kings

A Draw of Kings
By Patrick W Carr
Bethany House, 2014
English, 464 pgs

Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.

In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?

This is the third, and final, book in The Staff & The Sword series. It still follows Errol, Adora, Martin, Luis, Cruk, and all the characters we have come to know and love in the series.

It starts with action and doesn't slow down too much before the end. The group who went to Merakh are returning to a country that isn't quite what they were expecting. After the above mentioned attempt to free Errol the story moves to the final battle, between Illustra and the forces of both Merakh and the Morgols. 

 I liked that there was attention given to minor characters, like Karele and his quest to go back to his father. There were several different journeys going on at the same time and I almost felt that if there hadn't been so many it would have been easier to follow along with the action. The battle against the Morgols is barely mentioned and the battle with the Merakhi is quick.

The ending reminded me of the ending of The Wheel of Time series. I can't say that I don't like the ending, because I really do like how things end up, but it felt too familiar. I do realize that not everyone has read The Wheel of Time series so many will not know what I'm talking about. This is not a spoiler.

Characters die, characters live, characters change, characters elevate in status, and characters become monsters. Every one is dealt with in a manner that I can honestly say feels right.

I'm sure that Mr. Carr needs a break from writing such a lengthy series, but I look forward to more from him!

I received a copy of the book from Bethany House for the purpose of a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
By Crystal Paine
Thomas Nelson, 2014
English, 256 pgs

Calling the super busy, the stressed out, the overtired.
You know you're made for a more fulfilling life. With this book, you’ll know where to start.
You wake up tired. Your to-do list is too long. The commitments—and the laundry—are piling up, but your energy keeps dwindling. You feel like you're simply making it through the days, not living or enjoying any part of them.

In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, mother of three, and founder of the wildly successful blog MoneySavingMom.com, Crystal Paine has walked the road from barely surviving to living with intention. With the warmth and candor of a dear friend, she shares what she's learned along the way, helping you:
  • feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries
  • eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home
  • get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline
  • rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them
Packed with straightforward solutions you'll use today and inspirational stories you'll remember for years, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a must for any woman who's ever longed for the freedom to enjoy life, not just survive it.

MoneySavingMom.com was one of the first blogs I found when I started our process of frugal living. I have enjoyed the site for a few years now and was really excited to get to read and review Crystal's new book. 

 I just finished the book literally 10 minutes ago and I'm already working on my plan for a budgeting meeting tomorrow. I have my top 3 goals written and posted on the fridge and I have been slowly working on a routine for housekeeping and upkeep. It's amazing how clearly I'm thinking now that these things are just automatic.

My personal issues are financial discipline (got away from the stockpiling and couponing in the past year...we're about to start again though, my friends!) and just a general lack of direction in my personal life. My youngest is starting school in a scant 8 months and I have NO IDEA what I'm going to do with myself at that time!

I think implementing strategies now will help to get me into a place where I have direction and goals at that time.

Best advice:
1. Get sleep (really...I went to bed merely one hour earlier last night and I'm feeling more alert today)
2. Make a personal priorities list
3. Wisely choose what you let yourself get involved in
4. Map out a routine for your day, week and month
5. Master your minutes (Candy Crush is not as important as Candy Land with the 4 year old)
6. Make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound)
7. Do something for at least 21 days before you give up on it
8. Don't compare yourself to anyone else
9. Make time for yourself

The book is available at Amazon and I highly recommend you check it out. There is a lot of good information in it and you will see a difference if you follow the advice in it.

I received a copy of the book from BookSneeze in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: The Reason for My Hope

The Reason for My Hope: Salvation
By Billy Graham
Thomas Nelson, 2013
English, 224 pgs

America’s Evangelist presents his masterwork.

Who would refuse rescue? This is the question Billy Graham asks throughout this book. The answer is sometimes surprising because there are actually people who refuse to be saved, even if they are in a hopeless situation. Why? Each chapter draws the reader in by posing questions for contemplation using relevant illustrations about what the world thinks in contrast to what the Bible says.

As Mr. Graham has expressed for decades, his purpose is to engage the reader in considering his or her life in light of the here and now and the hereafter. Who would refuse rescue from a plane crash, a sinking boat, an automobile fire, or an assassin’s bullet? True accounts are given that cause readers to ask what they think and how they would respond to similar experiences and to ultimately bring them to life’s most important question.

In what could be his final book, Billy Graham presents the core message that has guided his life and calling for more than 70 years. Filled with new stories and timeless truth, Graham once again calls the world back to its spiritual priority as only he can. The book coincides with a massive campaign of the same name by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that will mobilize millions of people in the United States to invite friends and neighbors into their homes to hear the message of Jesus Christ through customized video and a new message from Mr. Graham.


Very few Americans are as readily recognized as respected as Billy Graham. An evangelist and author known around the world for decades of consistent ministry, the evangelism crusades he has hosted have seen the world’s largest sports stadiums and venues packed to capacity to hear Graham speak of his hope in salvation in Jesus Christ.
Any review of his writing at this point is almost obvious – it’s Billy Graham. His beliefs and consistency in them are well known by this time. This writing for this volume has a certain urgency that one might ascribe to his advanced age. But if one were to compare writings from decades past, the same urgency has always been present. Much of that is what has caused his ministry to be so effective. Graham confronts the central idea of the Christian faith-that salvation from the penalty and effect of sin is found in faith in the risen Jesus Christ alone. Graham reasonably attacks the underlying logic of the most common objections to the gospel and allows for the Holy Spirit to do his work in convicting hearts. Graham intuitively understands that the work of the evangelist is to be faithful to sharing the message of hope; the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict of its truth and lead to the cross.
The writing is easy to digest, the theology is sound and the book is a joy to read. One senses Graham’s cherished excitement in sharing the story of Jesus. The book is in the same theme as the “My Hope” television evangelism campaign and serves as a companion piece to it without directly repeating that production’s material. This book – likely Graham’s last – is a perfect statement of his belief, his purpose, and his greatest love. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of the book from BookSneeze for the purpose of a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Star Wars Costumes!

I have a 4 year old little boy who is costume crazy! He received his first, a fireman's outfit, a year ago and he loves them so much we're never sure who is going to be coming down the hall in the morning! He loves them so much, that's what he asked Santa for this past Christmas!

This same little boy is very much Star Wars (a fictional sci-fi movie) crazy! However, our local superstore only carried one style of Star Wars costume last Halloween and it wasn't a character he wanted. So, we abandoned the idea of costumes for these characters.

I was really happy to learn that AnytimeCostumes.com carries a large range of costumes, including Star Wars! We looked through and finally agreed upon Jango Fett, a bounty hunter in Episodes 2 and 3 of the movies.

The costume comes with a molded plastic mask and the one piece jumpsuit. It's really easy for my 4 year old to put on by himself.

As you can tell, he's really excited about it. That's his best "bounty hunter pose". He even puts it on when we watch the Star Wars movies, so he can be in character too!

The mask is held on by a velcro strap:
And the jumpsuit has a velcro fastening on the back:
This is a small size. He typically wears little boys 4 or toddler 5T so it looks like he'll have this one to wear for a while.

My only issue is with the mask. It smashes his nose:
He doesn't wear the mask with a costume very much anyway. The costume was loved enough that it was chosen as one of his 3 toys to pack for Grandma's house at Christmas!

The website is really easy to navigate and has a larger selection of costumes than I can imagine. There are the typical character costumes that you see at Halloween, but there are also Thanksgiving and Christmas costumes. We're just excited that we have a large selection for him to choose from and that his imagination gets nurtured through this dress up play!

I received a costume from the site for the purpose of a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. All images are my own and are not to be used beyond this website.