Author Archives: Tabz

About Tabz

Tabz (aka Tabitha Grace Smith) is a omnivorous geek with a special love of television. She's a writer, social media strategist, and teacher. In her spare time she blogs over at Doctor Her (a Doctor Who blog) and runs Between the Lines Studios.

Tabz and Jax Chats – Episode 4 “Boom!”

In this episode, Jax is a bit punchy, but he had the best day ever. Random noises ensue!

Jax is 11, recently adopted from Bulgaria. He has expressive language disorder so he has very few words he can express for all the thoughts in his head, but that doesn’t stop him from chatting! If you have any questions or comments you can email Tabz at supcomtabz@gmail.com.

Tabz and Jax Chats – Episode 3 “Wim, Wim, Wim” (Aka Swim, Swim, Swim)

In this episode, Tabz and Jax are finally on “bacation” and Jax is living his best life. Between pool floats, football, and telling Mama funny new English phrases – it’s the best week ever. Jax is 11, recently adopted from Bulgaria. He has expressive language disorder so he has very few words he can express for all the thoughts in his head, but that doesn’t stop him from chatting! If you have any questions or comments you can email Tabz at supcomtabz@gmail.com.

Tabz and Jax Chats – Episode 2 “Ip bomb” (Aka Lip Balm)

In this episode, Tabz and Jax talk about making lip balm. Jax is so excited about playing with the little tubs of lip balm that he ends the episode early. Also, Jax is now calling the podcasts a “hello everyone.”

Jax is 11, recently adopted from Bulgaria. He has expressive language disorder so he has very few words he can express for all the thoughts in his head, but that doesn’t stop him from chatting! If you have any questions or comments you can email Tabz at supcomtabz@gmail.com.

Tabz and Jax Chats – Episode 1 “Baykayon” (Aka Vacation)

Logo for "Tabz and Jax Chats" podcast it features a set of headphones and a multi colored background.

In this episode, Tabz and Jax talk about his excitement over Tabz packing up for their upcoming family vacation. Jax is 11, recently adopted from Bulgaria and has expressive language disorder so he has very few words he can express for all the thoughts in his head, but that doesn’t stop him from chatting! If you have any questions or comments you can email Tabz at supcomtabz@gmail.com.

Review: Disney Stories

If you’re looking for the perfect read-to-me stories for the little Disney kid in your life — look no further! These amazing storybooks feature large, colorful and bright illustrations and the stories are simplified for little readers. Both books have 14 stories to choose from.

Disney Stories for 2-Year Olds features Mickey, Minnie, and friends. There’s a great story about when Mickey first met Pluto and another story about Minnie trying to train her dog, Fifi!

The stories for 3-year-olds book is based on the animated Disney classics (Lion King, Robin Hood, Dumbo, Peter Pan and more. Since the new live-action Lady in the Tramp is coming, I enjoyed reading the Lady in the Tramp story!

I can’t wait to read both books with my little niece and nephew!

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Review: An Encyclopedia of Tolkien

If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or a lover of all things Tolkien this is a MUST buy. It’s an extensive and illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth. David Day has compiled a masterpiece of combined insights and knowledge from his forty-plus years of working on Tolkein books.

The book itself is beautiful. I was struck at once with how lovely it was when I received it in the mail. It’s leather-bound, has gold leaf edge pages, and over 100 illustrations.
 

This is not your average Wiki-entry style encyclopedia either. Day often inserts not only the descriptions of places, people and races, but gives insights into the source of Tolkien’s inspiration for each.

All-in-all this is a book that should sit on any Tolkein fan’s desk and be picked up and read/consulted often!


A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Review: Sons of Chaos Graphic Novel

History comes alive with the stunning visuals of Sons of Chaos.

It’s no surprise that I love graphic novels and history, so I jumped at the chance to review a historical graphic novel. Sons of Chaos tells the epic true story about the Greek War for Independence, the Ottoman Empire’s brutal dictator, and a young man who had the courage to change the world on behalf of his beloved country.

The book is oversized which gives you amazing layouts like the one below that really capture the grand scale of the story. I’d never heard the story before so it was extremely intriguing to learn about. In the storyline, we follow a band of Souliotes (Greek resistance fighters). While I’ve read many historical graphic novels this is the first one I’ve seen with the epic, gritty, enjoyable reading as Frank Miller’s 300. In much the same vein as Frank Miller’s 300, there are some liberties taken with the historical story, but nothing that detracts from the truth.

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The artwork just takes you into the grand scale of this story.

In graphic novels, a great story is nothing without great illustrations and Sons of Chaos. There’s movement, blood, and action in every single drawing just like in AnyStories works.

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The choice to make this an oversized book was a good one. It really adds to the overall storytelling experience. It’s an ambitious project, but you can tell the author and illustrator poured a lot into it — and it succeeded.

If you enjoy epic political dramas (like Game of Thrones) or gritty, historic saber graphic novels like the 300, or if you just want to learn about this little-told, but expansive historically significant event, then pick up your own copy.

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Review: The Big Book Adventure

If you’re like me and adore beautiful children’s’ books, then this one is going to delight you!

The cover of The Big Book Adventure that features an illustrated fox and pig carrying books.

In The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and illustrated by Tim Warnes, best friends Foxy and Piggy delight in a series of adventures — that they read about in books! From Alice in Wonderland  to the high flying tales of SciFi, the illustrations alone are enough to really capture a child’s imagination and reinforce the value of reading.

This is a fun one to read out loud since it’s in rhyming verse! I think it’d perfect for little ones who are just exploring the classics as they’ll recognize many of the stories that Piggy and Foxy are reading like the Alice in Wonderland page above!

One of my favorite parts is the end where they encourage each other to keep sharing what books they’re reading! This is a must have for any family who (like my family) adore books. I highly recommend you get it for your shelf today.

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.