I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Royal Trivia & Movies: Mr. Birthday

We may have been given complimentary copies for review purposes of one or more of any books and/or other products mentioned below as well as access to any audio and/or visual media mentioned. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Royal Trivia 

Today we are recommending Royal Trivia by Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito. If you are interested in learning more about the British Royal family but you are not interested in reading strictly biographical accounts of their lives, this book provides a fun way to learn more about them. The book is divided into sections on The Cambridges (Kate and William), The Sussexes (Harry and Megan), Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth respectively. Each section is further divided into a series of questions that are answered within that section.  

The book offers a mix of fun trivial information, such as, Kate's favorite emojis, the passion that Diana wanted to pursue, and the name of Queen Elizabeth's favorite horse's with historical facts about the Royals including Prince Harry's current place in the line of succession, the change in protocol that was signified by Prince Charles' birth and why the Queen's birthday is not celebrated on her actual birthday. It is repetitive at times and information that is explained in one place in the book may be explained again in another place. However, overall, it is both an illuminating and enjoyable look at the lives of the British Royals. 

Movies: Mr. Birthday

Today we are recommending Mr. Birthday. This heartwarmingly sweet film revolves around a single father and his tween daughter. The father is working as a maintenance man in the hotel which they reside when a mysterious stranger gives him a side job providing birthday parties for children. However, these are not just ordinary children's birthday parties but birthday parties for lonely outcast children who don't have anybody else to go to their birthday parties. If there is not an actual group that provides a service like this, somebody should invent one because there are a lot of lonely kids out there and a service look this which would provide a little bit of happiness in their lonely lives is a great idea. 

The entire movie is a delight. The story is beautiful and the relationship between the father and daughter is really touching. The resolution of a  plotline revolving around a classmate who bullies the daughter doesn't really seem to ring true, however. It doesn't seem like their relationship could thaw quite as easily as it does in the story.  However, that doesn't take away from the rest of the story. All in all, it is a deeply affecting movie that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Mr. Birthday is available now on most streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Comcast, Spectrum, and Cox.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

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