Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra

Sammy Jo is one such restless toddler struggling to fall asleep. She also relies on the trick of counting things in the air until she drowses off. But this time something isn’t going right. Sammy Jo’s imaginary sheep have surrounded her bedside. They’re far more in number than the ten she’d counted before. Surprised and excited after seeing them, Sammy Jo cannot fall asleep anymore.

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Title: Ten Sheep to Sleep

Author: Nidhi Kamra

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing

Date of Publication: 30 June 2017

Rating: 5/5

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Baa baa pink sheep.

Putting a child to sleep is a strenuous task especially if the little one is a highly imaginative kid. Every parent is familiar with these challenges. Hence, the importance of bed time stories and lullabies. But that’s what age old proven tricks are for. Counting cows in the air is one of them.

Sammy Jo is one such restless toddler struggling to fall asleep. She also relies on the trick of counting things in the air until she drowses off. But this time something isn’t going right. Sammy Jo’s imaginary sheep have surrounded her bedside. They’re far more in number than the ten she’d counted before. Surprised and excited after seeing them, Sammy Jo cannot fall asleep anymore.

Illustrated brilliantly by the very talented Eugene Ruble, the sheep mostly come in various shades of striped pink. They usually zip by on their skateboards as they head towards Dreamland. They are woolly, jolly and love Sammy Jo. Tonight they’ve overcrowded her bedside and are accompanied by ten more polka dotted sheep. They introduce themselves as next door neighbour Mary’s sheep who has abandoned them. They’re upset, crying and have no place to go. Sammy Jo decides to help. But her brother and parents don’t need them either. They count other things to sleep.

Sammy Jo desperately needs to find a solution before the sheep jump on her bed, hide in her closet and tear at her books. It’s then that an idea hits her. She asks the sheep to line up in pairs so that she can count them by twos. So clever, Sammy Jo!

Though aimed at kids aged 5-8, this picture book can be offered to kids who have not yet begun reading. The hand drawn sketches on the page margins will definitely arouse the interest of all kids. Mother of two, an engineer and author, Nidhi Kamra, weaves a delightful tale in the manner of a picture book with big bright illustrations and a tinge of kiddy humour that will leave parents and their little ones asking for more.

Guess what Sammy Jo’s brother and parents count to sleep? Read to find out.

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The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook: 75 Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven by Robin Donovan

Though full of vital tips and tricks for new users, Robin Donovan’s compilation is essentially a cookbook that provides a cooking chart with cooking time, weight, oven function and convection temperature for various meat and fish products and a separate list for vegetables.

Title: The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook: 75 Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven

Author: Robin Donovan

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Date of Publication: 26 December 2017

Rating: 4.3/5

 

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Be it built in or counter top, ovens these days come with a convection function but most people fail to use it as they do not know how to go about it. The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook book begins with an introduction to the inner workings of this modern and useful function called convection. So what exactly is convection?

Unlike conventional gas or electric ovens, convection cooking uses a fan to circulate air and heat throughout the over and around the food. This technology allows food to be cooked faster, more evenly and at a low temperature saving power and time. For meats, pastries and many vegetables convection cooking is the best method provided one knows how to use it properly. The right temperature and time of cooking is of utmost importance to get the desired results. The book explains the whys and hows of convection cooking and to get the most out of it in a simplified, concise and easy to read manner.

Titled ‘Know Your Oven’, the first chapter details the technicalities of a convection oven explaining the genius that has gone behind crafting it. This small lesson in science is important to understand the full features of the oven. The proper and equal transference of heat across the entire length and breadth of the food leads to better cooking automatically. In ten crisp points Donovan jots down the many reasons to love a convection oven and adapt a convection cooking process that the conventional oven fails to provide. Most familiar brands like Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Frigidaire, or other high end brands like Wolf and Miele provide convection functions in their ovens. In short paragraphs Donovan goes on to briefly detail about the counter top convection ovens, convection toaster ovens, convection microwave ovens, halogen/infrared ovens. Top ideal convection cooking methods include roasting, baking, toasting and oven-frying.

Though full of vital tips and tricks for new users, Robin Donovan’s compilation is essentially a cookbook that provides a cooking chart with cooking time, weight, oven function and convection temperature for various meat and fish products and a separate list for vegetables. A few tips on adapting the usual recipes or cooking whole dishes for a convection oven is highly useful. The best part about this guide is the 75 recipes that it comes with about various dishes that can be easily cooked in convection for breakfast and brunch, as appetizers, snacks; with or without vegatables, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, pork; home made breads, cakes, cookies and desserts. The book is of moderate length and written in an easy language. The practical tips make the book really handy. From the author of  best selling Campfire Cuisine, The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook, and Dutch Oven Obsession comes this yet another exciting collection of sumptuous recipes to line up your dining table. All the recipes are indexed at the end of the book for easy access and more of Donovan’s work can be seen at her blog www.twolazygourmets.com

Horror: Horrifying Stories of True Paranormal Activities and Ghost Stories That You Wish Were Not True! by Frank C. Chastain

It enlists a list of stories that are actually claims made by others who were not believed by their peers initially and were termed as mad. The stories are chilling and troublesome. Folklore ghost stories on the other hand are lighter and may even contain tints of dark humour. Occult stories like those of Annabelle are very much alive even today.

Title: Horror: Horrifying Stories of True Paranormal Activities and Ghost Stories That You Wish Were Not True!

Author: Frank C Chastain

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 9 November 2017

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5/5

Suppose. On a faraway island. A dilapidated house. A gusty wind. A stony way. A dimly lit entrance. You enter alone. Are you really alone?

Frank Chastain’s taste for all things spooky makes him bring out this hair raising book about serial killers and ghosts that is bound to give you the chills. Beginning with a close study of the psychology of the serial killers, Chastain notes that serial killers are concerned with themselves and no one else. They often lie about their feelings and tend to have a disturbed childhood.

While harboring homicidal thoughts is not out of the norm even in a very normally behaved person’s mind, it is the tendency to give these thoughts a course that differentiates average people from serial killers. They are also obsessive narcissists and are cruel to animals in their childhood. This may be due to chemical deficiencies in the brain. With a short introduction the book goes on to index a list of killers in the history of the criminal world. These include the Long Island Killer, the Zodiac Killer, the Child killer Genene Jones, the Boston Strangler, Richard Ramirez, Pogo the Clown and many more. The book is filled with brief accounts of their ghastly acts that is unfathomable to the average person.

It is a dark face of the beastly and cannibalistic instincts of humankind. The book also comes with chapters on Fascinating Facts About Serial Killers and their Famous Last Words which are baffling.

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Everybody has grown up listening to ghost stories as a child and while it may seem fascinating, it never fails to scare. People enjoy being scared despite the adrenaline rush. But some people also have strange things happening to them and are afraid to tell others fearing societal taboo. Chastain mentions that what we call ‘ghost’ is in fact the spirit, soul or energy of a dead person. The book enlists a number of stories that are actually claims made by others who were not believed by their peers initially and were termed as mad. The stories are chilling and troublesome. Folklore ghost stories on the other hand are lighter and may even contain tinges of dark humour. Occult stories like those of Annabelle are very much alive even today.

Though certain unexplained mysteries are a point of debate among investigators and ghost busters but they continue to fascinate explorers and readers alike. The book provides a few do’s and don’ts that are good to keep in mind just in case you encounter something supernatural someday. You never know.

Polished Steel: Lessons from the Dojo by Shaz Davis

Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with appropriate hand drawn color sketches. The illustrations add to the already vibrant anecdotes that provide meaningful lessons to anybody looking for answers in the struggle of life. Also, each chapter concludes with a haiku on the lower left corner of the page that provides enlightening metaphoric meanings and thoughtful contemplation.

Title: Polished Steel: Lessons from the Dojo

Author: Shaz Davis

Publisher: FirstLine Limited

Date of Publication: 8 June 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

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This historical non-fiction written by Shaz Davis is a one of a kind book about real stories recalled and recollected by her and other students of Sensei. Teaching over more than 5000 students, Sensei or Lao Tse or Bob Davis is a trainer in various styles of traditional and sport karate, aikido, jujutsu, and kobudo.

In 1985 Bob felt that the worldwide trend of commercialisation and modification of training for sport and competition was not conducive to effective self defence application, health and personal growth. He immersed himself in Chinese civilian defensive art systems with particular emphasis on wing chung kung fu, tang shou dao, t’ai chi ch’uan, chin na and hsing i-ch’uan. He also studied Phillipine fighting systems and Japanese martial art forms. The afterword in the book reveals the massive stroke that Sensei suffered in 2015 damaging the back right quarter of his brain and affecting the functioning of the left side of his body. To see a teacher who has touched so many lives through his hardwork and sincerity become completely dependent to perform basic everyday acts is heart breaking. This book is dedicated towards taking forward his vision and work by his student and wife Shaz.

The book is well detailed and written in a simple language that is easily digestible. “Training in a traditional dojo is only 50 percent technique. Students sign up to learn self-defence or a particular art, but stay because of the holistic body, mind, and spirit lessons that blend with the teachings in almost every class” are lines from the foreword that sum up briefly the endless gains from the dojo that is a place of life long learning and one needs to maintain practicing until one reaches near perfection and then re-learn all over again.

Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with appropriate hand drawn color sketches. The illustrations add to the already vibrant anecdotes that provide meaningful lessons to anybody looking for answers in the struggle of life. Also, each chapter concludes with a haiku on the lower left corner of the page that provides enlightening metaphoric meanings and thoughtful contemplation. The illustrations are very simplistic but the book largely functions on the binary of orange and white. Chapter names begin with the overall moral of each incident such as “leave your ego with your shoes, if you don’t know: ask, what’s in a shout” and so on. Spanning over thirty nine chapters, this book is meticulously done in terms of content, illustrations and layout.

While Shaz spends much of her time caring for Bob and playing Frisbee with their dog Shanti, she is already an award winning writer. This is a very indulging read for trainers and trainees as well as those outside of the dojo who may be contemplating on taking up a martial art form or enrolling their kids into one.