The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

December 18th, 2014 by

kane_chronicles_red_pyramid_rick_riordanSubmitted by Alex, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is great! It is about the gods of ancient Egypt. Carter and Sadie, siblings, are trying to stop the evil god Set from causing complete chaos on North America.
It is very thrilling and exciting. I recommend you read it!

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

September 2nd, 2014 by

kane_chronicles_red_pyramid_rick_riordanSubmitted by Bailim, Age 12 from Ohio

Rating: ★★★★★

The Red Pyramid is about 2 siblings (Sadie and Carter) that have been apart forever, but on a visit their dad surprises them by trying to resurrect their dead mother by being the host of Osiris and accidentally release Osiris’ 4 brothers and sisters, and one of them Set, traps their dad and Osiris trying to turn the whole world into a desert, now Sadie and Carter have to try to save their father.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

November 5th, 2012 by

Submitted by Catalina, Age 9 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

KInda wants me to be an egyptian or a Pharoh bloodded. Hmmm addicted like The warriors series….. XDDD this senctence makes no sense.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

May 17th, 2010 by

Submitted by Douglas, Age 9 from Louisiana

Rating: ★★★★★

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If you have read the Percy Jackson series or even Harry Potter, you would love this book. Even if you are looking for an adventure to read you should read this book.This book has all the good qualities of a good book. It has adventure,education and drama.

This book is the real deal.

Kane Chronicles: “The Red Pyramid” Mini-Excerpt and Book Cover (Part 2)

January 17th, 2010 by

As you can tell from my earlier post, I’m very excited about Rick Riordan’s new book series, The Kane Chronicles — especially now that they’ve released the book cover! So as promised, here is my obsessive-compulsive analysis/commentary on the book cover:

  1. Presumably that’s Sadie on the left, and her brother, Carter, on the right.
  2. Carter is holding is Khopesh sword (also called a scimitar), the Egyptian word for a battle-axe sickle-sword.
  3. Does Sadie have special powers in the series? The Egyptian symbols are coming out over her palm, which you can see in the animation!
  4. What is that building they are facing? It looks too small to be the British Museum mentioned in the mini-excerpt
  5. There is a giant serpent/snake (ewww…) surrounding Sadie and Carter and slithering into the building — reminds me of the basilisk from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  6. Is the water tower significant? It wouldn’t be included on the cover if it wasn’t, right? Perhaps the setting for an action-packed scene in the book? Or am I reading too much into it?
  7. “The Kane Chronicles” crest is a set of wings with two snakes connected together. The oval piece in the center looks like a jewel to me. Or a jelly bean.
  8. Despite the title The Red Pyramid, the only pyramid shape on the cover is the outline of the triangle in the background. So I guess my literal interpretation was a little too obvious…
  9. Some of the symbols flying out of Sadie’s hands: an eye, an Egyptian, two types of bird, a large cat (lioness? panther? tiger?), a knife (or feather pen?), and what I interpreted as a boat or raft.

Well, that’s all I found… Leave a comment with your thoughts on the book cover!

— Nancy

Kane Chronicles: “The Red Pyramid” Mini-Excerpt and Book Cover (Part 1)

January 16th, 2010 by


For a larger version, click on the book cover and pore over it like I did: O_O

A month ago I posted breaking book news about Rick Riordan’s new series, The Kane Chronicles… along with my mock-up of the cover art. Unfortunately, the publishers didn’t think mine was that great (how dare they?!) — and now they’ve released their own cover, plus a mini-excerpt!

We only have a few hours, so listen carefully. If you’re hearing this story, you’re already in danger. Sadie and I might be your only chance.

Go to the school. Find the locker. I won’t tell you which school or which locker, because if you’re the right person, you’ll find it. The combination is 13/32/33. By the time you finish listening, you’ll know what those numbers mean. Just remember the story we’re about to tell you isn’t complete yet. How it ends will depend on you.

The most important thing: when you open the package and find what’s inside, don’t keep it longer than a week. Sure, it’ll be tempting. I mean, it will grant you almost unlimited power. But if you possess it too long, it will consume you. Learn its secrets quickly and pass it on. Hide it for the next person, the way Sadie and I did for you. Then be prepared for your life to get very interesting.

Okay, Sadie is telling me to stop stalling and get on with the story. Fine. I guess it started in London, the night our dad blew up the British Museum.

OMG! This sounds amazing. WHAT-IS-IN-THAT-PACKAGE?! I bet those numbers mean something! HE-BLEW-UP-THE-BRITISH-MUSEUM?! What are these secrets? UNLIMITED-POWER?! OMG-egghhhhh-cough-cough-cough.

(“egghhhhh” is the sound of me choking on my own spit, out of excitement.)

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my coverage of The Red Pyramid, where I dissect the book cover — I’ll be spending a lot of time examining the interactive book cover on the official website.

— Nancy

NOTE: This mini-excerpt was given exclusively to The Wall Street Journal, but we wanted to reproduce it here for you guys. If you’re reading WSJ on your own, well, more power to you. But we’re certainly not on their site every day. No time to read about finance — must read kids’ books…

UPDATE: Here’s Part 2!

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Book 2)

May 15th, 2011 by

I saw posters for it in bookstores, and notifications on websites. There were announcements on blogs, and trailers before movies. I was told that the hottest thing thing to read right now is Rick Riordan’s Throne of Fire (Book Two of The Kane Chronicles)… and everyone and everything was right!

Picking up the book several months after The Red Pyramid was a breeze — if the breeze were a giant gust of wind that causes tsunami-sized waves of action. To give you an idea: the first chapter is titled, “Fun with Spontaneous Combustion,” and it’s immediately followed by Chapter Two: “We Tame a Seven-Thousand-Pound Hummingbird.”

There are also new characters that immediately intrigued me — the book is still narrated by Carter and Sadie Kane (underage Egyptian magicians who were once possessed by reawakened Egyptian gods Horus and Isis), but we’re now introduced to Bes, a dwarf god, and Walt and Jaz, who are Carter and Sadie’s new trainees. That’s right — Carter and Sadie are training other teenagers of Egyptian magician descent to practice ancient magic. Definitely not a run-of-the-mill teenager story! (Unless you count Sadie’s crush on Walt and Anubis, a 5000-year old god of death… actually, nope, definitely not run-of-the-mill!)

This time around, Carter and Sadie have to find a way to reawaken Ra, the sun god, so that he can battle Apophis, the god of chaos. Apophis is breaking free of the cage that Ra put him in many, many centuries ago. Just a few of the problems Carter and Sadie encounter: an evil Russian magician with horrifically scarred eyes who dresses like an ice cream man (yes, an ice cream man), who wants Apophis to take over. Sadie’s grandparents being possessed by a giant baboon and a vulture. And the possibility that Ra is actually a creaky, tired god who would have preferred to be left in retirement.

Have I said too much? I hope not. Because everything I’ve mentioned is only about the FIRST HALF of the book. So pick it up already, and join the adventure!

— Nancy

To be honest, if Nancy were to choose a book to “live” in, she wouldn’t pick The Kane Chronicles. As cute as Anubis sounds, giant snakes are just too scary.

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Children’s Choice Book Awards – WINNERS!

May 6th, 2011 by

Monday is not usually anyone’s favorite day of the week. But this past Monday was EPIC. At least for Karen and Nancy. Why?

Well, on Monday evening, we both raced out of our respective offices in a big hurry — but not before posting this online status: On the way to Children’s Choice Book Awards! So excited!!!!! And another ! for good measure! That’s right, we were invited to attend the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala!

If you recall from Nancy’s post about the nominees, the Children’s Choice Book Awards ask YOU to vote on your favorite books, authors, and illustrators. What Nancy didn’t tell you was that the winners are announced at a fantastic party, attended by all manner of amazing authors! But we promise, we weren’t intentionally withholding information. We just didn’t know about the gala until a few days before. And then you can bet your sweet potatoes that we got ourselves on the guest list pronto!

Who else was on the guest list? Glad you asked! We got autographs and pictures with a few of the esteemed authors in attendance (Nancy was so excited to stand next to them, we had to Photoshop in a more accurate representation of her joy).

Click on the photos below to see larger images:

R.L. Stine's autograph for Kidsmomo

Master of horror R.L. Stine
Author of the Goosebumps series, the Mostly Ghostly books, and many other stories that scare our socks off

Rick Riordan's autograph for Kidsmomo

All-powerful Rick Riordan
Author of the Percy Jackson books, the Camp Half-Blood series, and the Kane Chronicles

Raina Telgemeier's autograph for Kidsmomo

Artist extraordinaire Raina Telgemeier
Author of Smile and illustrative force behind the Baby-sitter’s Club graphic novels

Jarrett J. Krosocka's autograph for Kidsmoom

Life of the party Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels (AND the host for the awards gala!)

Also, a big-name celebrity author made an appearance… You may have heard of Snooki, from MTV’s ridonkulous TV show Jersey Shore. But did you know she’s written a novel?
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Books About Siblings

March 22nd, 2011 by

I know you are, but what am I?

Stop hitting yourself.

I’m telling Mom!

You’re in trouble…

Are any of those phrases familiar to you? Then it probably means you have a sibling. And if you do, then you know that sometimes they can be a best friend, a shoulder to cry on, someone who understands you in a way no one else ever could… and sometimes you just want to bop them over the head in frustration. Well, join the club! All the characters in these books about siblings feel your pain. Meet them all (in no particular order):

  1. The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter (Karen’s pick)
  2. Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  4. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  5. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  6. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  7. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  8. The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  9. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  10. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  11. Never Mind!: A Twin Novel by Avi and Rachel Vail
  12. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  13. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
  14. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  15. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Siblings booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or use to taunt your brother or sister.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about siblings. We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!

UPDATE 4/5/11: We revealed the answer to our Books About Siblings Mystery Book Theater in the “Oh, Brother! (And Sister)” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear some hilarious stories about Nancy’s childhood – direct from her siblings!

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) Book Cover Released!

January 16th, 2011 by

Thank the gods, the world now has a sneak preview of The Throne of Fire (Book 2 of Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles)! The first chapter has been released, along with the cover!

As you might have guessed from my obsessive — I mean, thorough coverage of the cover for The Red Pyramid when it was first released, and from my recommendation of the book in Kidsmomo theme Globe-Trotting Adventures, I really like this series so far.

As you’ll see from Chapter 1 of The Throne of Fire, posted exclusively on USA Today, Carter and Sadie are at it again with their baboon companion, Khufu, and the Egyptian gods that are semi-inhabiting their minds.

So, onto the new book cover!

  • Sadie and Carter are back, on what looks to be an Egyptian papyrus boat.
  • I like that they are facing us (more or less) this time, and don’t have their backs towards us. It’s like they’ve grown up since the first book and have a lot more confidence!
  • I spot Carter’s bag around his shoulder…
  • And Sadie’s carrying a scepter…
  • There’s a flaming throne represented on the sails (title alert!).
  • And is that a museum behind them?
  • What are those three sticks poking out on the left?

What are some things you notice from the beautiful cover?

— Nancy

Nancy is very much afraid of bugs, which is pretty obvious from the freak-out in the last bullet point.

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