Nancy v. Karen in… Kidsmomo Pictionary!

January 10th, 2010 by

It’s Game Night in the Kidsmomo household — which means it’s time for a rousing game of KidsmomoMO Pictionary!

We took turns randomly drawing titles from our booklists for past themes, and then drawing as many visual clues as possible within a one-minute time limit. Who got the most correct answers? Whose doodles saved the day? And how many titles can YOU guess? Well, one thing’s for certain — after you watch this video, it will be very obvious which one of us does the Mystery Book Theater illustrations!

So, what are you waiting for? Watch the video and play along:

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 2!

January 30th, 2010 by

That’s right, folks, it’s time for the next round of KidsmomoMo Pictionary! It’s Nancy vs. Karen in another battle of epic propotions…

Well, not really. If you watched our first game, then you know it’s not exactly an even match: one of us is a talented artist, and the other has the illustration skills of a potato — and not like a lively Mr. Potato Head potato either, more like a cold, moldy lump of potato.

But tune in anyway — and play along! All the answers are titles from our booklists for past themes. How many titles can YOU guess?

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 3!

April 18th, 2010 by

Between How to Train Your Dragon and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Nancy and Karen have spent a lot of time sitting silently in dark movie theaters recently. So we decided it was time for a return to the fast-paced, brightly-lit world of KidsmomoMo Pictionary!

If you watched Round 1 or Round 2 of our competition, then you know that Nancy’s drawing skills pretty much stomp all over Karen’s artistic attempts, while Karen excels more where the guessing’s concerned. But what will happen in Round 3? You’ve got to watch to find out!

Okay, let’s face it, you won’t be surprised… But it’s still entertaining! So tune in and play along! All the answers are titles from our booklists for past themes. How many titles can YOU guess?

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 4!

May 31st, 2010 by

Yes, our current theme is war stories in honor of Memorial Day — but that doesn’t mean we’re not setting aside time for some fun and games this holiday weekend. And you know what that means? Probably not, but we’re gonna tell you: it’s time for another round of KidsmomoMo Pictionary!

If you watched Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3 of our competition, then you know the drill: all the answers are titles from our booklists for past themes, and Karen is consistently humiliated by her lack of drawing skills. But will she turn things around in Round 4? You’ll have to watch to find out!

So tune in and play along! How many titles can YOU guess?

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 5!

August 9th, 2012 by

It’s been a while since we’ve played KidsmomoMo Pictionary — not just because Karen needed all that time to get over the humiliation of her poor attempts at drawing!

If you’ve watched any previous rounds of our competition, then you know how it goes: all the answers are titles of books we’ve recommended on Kidsmomo in the past, and Karen consistently freezes up in anguish because she has no artistic skills whatsoever.

Will the pattern continue in Round 5? Watch and find out! And, of course, please play along! How many titles can YOU guess?

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 6!

August 16th, 2012 by

The Olympics may be over (boo hoooooo), but the games still go on! If by “the games,” you mean our ongoing game of KidsmomoMo Pictionary, that is…

If you’ve missed any previous rounds of our competition, here’s how it works: all the answers are titles of books we’ve recommended on Kidsmomo in the past, and Nancy repeatedly trounces Karen. I mean, she really stomps all over Karen. She COMPLETELY puts Karen to shame. You get the picture.

Can Karen break the cycle in Round 6? Watch and find out — and play along! How many titles can YOU guess?

And in case anyone is curious about how who’s winning, here’s a running tally of Correct Guesses:

Part Karen Nancy
I 5 1
II 3 0
III 1 3
IV 2 2
V 1 1
VI 3 1
Total: 15 8

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 7

October 5th, 2012 by

It’s October! Time for pumpkins, costumes, candy, and things that go bump in the night! In that spirit, we have a super frightening video for you today. Why’s that? Well, nothing’s scarier than Karen’s horrible attempts at so-called “drawing” when we play KidsmomoMo Pictionary!

If you’ve missed any previous rounds of our competition, here’s how it works: all the answers are titles of books we’ve recommended on Kidsmomo in the past. Watch Part 7 and play along! How many titles can YOU guess?

And here’s a running tally of Correct Guesses:

Part Karen Nancy
I 5 1
II 3 0
III 1 3
IV 2 2
V 1 1
VI 3 1
VII 3 0
Total: 18 8

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 8

October 19th, 2012 by

Is it just us, or is October flying by? Barely enough time to savor the brilliantly-colored leaves and hot cider, if you ask us. But here’s a fall favorite we’re always up for: game night!

Today we continue our monster game of KidsmomoMo Pictionary! If you’ve missed any previous rounds of our competition, here’s how it works: all the answers are titles of books we’ve recommended on Kidsmomo in the past.

Watch Part 8, below, and play along! How many titles can YOU guess?

And here’s a running tally of Correct Guesses:

Part Karen Nancy
I 5 1
II 3 0
III 1 3
IV 2 2
V 1 1
VI 3 1
VII 3 0
VIII 1 0
Total: 19 8

Kidsmomo Pictionary, Part 9

October 24th, 2012 by

What are you gonna be for Halloween? Here’s one thing Karen would like to be: a great artist! Sadly, if you’ve watched any of our past rounds of KidsmomoMo Pictionary, then you know this would be a HUGE stretch — even for a Halloween costume. Alas.

But if you’ve missed previous rounds of our competition, here’s how it works: all the answers are titles of books we’ve recommended on Kidsmomo in the past. Now watch Part 9 and play along! How many titles can YOU guess?

And here’s a running tally of Correct Guesses:

Part Karen Nancy
I 5 1
II 3 0
III 1 3
IV 2 2
V 1 1
VI 3 1
VII 3 0
VIII 1 0
IX 3 1
Total: 21 9

Under the Egg: Book Review

March 18th, 2014 by

Under the Egg_Laura Marx Fitzgerald

I know it’s only March, but I think I already have a candidate for my favorite new book of the year: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald!

Thirteen-year-old Theodora “Theo” Tenpenny lives with her mathematician mother and grandfather Jack, an artist, in their family home on 18 Spinney Lane*. Even though they own the dilapidated house, Theo’s always been taught by her grandfather to live frugally. When Jack suddenly dies, Theo has a puzzle to solve: how to take care of herself and her scatterbrained mom on just $463.

But Jack has left Theo an even bigger puzzle: Just before he died, Jack told her to look “under the egg”  for a letter “and a treasure.” Three months later, Theo finds underneath Jack’s egg painting what could possibly be the biggest discovery in art in the last 500 years!

Theo’s not alone in her quest, though: She meets Bodhi, a child of busy Hollywood stars and an online research master; a tattooed not-so-quiet librarian named Eddie; and others in her search to discover the treasure under the egg.

Read this book ASAP if you like ANY of the following:

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Chasing Vermeer or any other related books by Blue Balliett
  • Museums and art
  • Books with mysteries, intrigue, and heists
  • 16th-century scandals
  • War survival stories
  • New York City (even if you’ve never been there)
  • Any interest in eventually seeing either of these grown-up movies: The Monuments Men or The Da Vinci Code (Both were adult books first!)
  • An excellent (egg-cellent? hehehehe!) “can’t-put-it-down” page turner!

I’m serious about the page-turning, guys. I started reading Under the Egg in a cafe and ended up having to order three coffees and a quiche so they couldn’t kick me out while I sat there and finished the book.

—Nancy

icon_nancyNancy loves art and museums so much that she decided to study Art History in college. Good thing she studied art and never became an artist; check out how awfully she draws.

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*There isn’t actually a Spinney Lane in New York City. I was pretty disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to go stalk some fictional book characters in real life.

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