The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

January 19th, 2017 by

Submitted by Mariah, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about three children named violet ,Klaus,and sunny.there parents died in a house fire when they weren’t home.and they have to go live with a guy and this guy is mean to them cause he wants to steal there fortune. The setting takes place mostly at the guys house where he makes them do a lot of chores. Violet has to take care of Klaus and sunny because the guy does not care about them,only there fortune. And for some reason this guy really likes eyeballs.this story is good but is very sad,don’t exspect a happy ending.if you like intense story’s then you will enjoy this book.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

January 19th, 2017 by

Submitted by Alivia, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The book is about three children violet the oldest Klaus the middle child and sunny the youngest child they lost there parents in a huge house fire and they have a relative that they have to live with count Olaf is his name and where ever the children go he goes and he try’s to marry violet to get the enormous fortune that the parents kept at the bank for the kids.

A Warning from Lemony Snicket

October 9th, 2016 by

Last week, Karen posted about the book-to-big-screen adaptations hitting theaters this fall. What she failed to mention is that we were also treated to a dire warning about an upcoming book-to-small-screen adaptation — from Lemony Snicket* himself:

*Well, the actor we think is portraying Lemony Snicket. Snicket has been avoiding photographers for years — how can we trust that’s him?!

Which is why we all must ignore the guy in the video and make plans to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events on January 13, 2017 on Netflix. Wait. Let me check the calendar. That’s a Friday. Friday the 13th… That doesn’t mean anything, right? It’s not like a black cat is going to cross my path as I walk under a ladder and a mirror breaks behind me while I watch the new series, right?

Maybe it’s best not to think about it, and instead look forward to one of the funniest book series making it to the small screen. Which scene from The Bad Beginning are you most excited to see?

— Nancy

icon_nancyIt’ll be cold in January. This is an excellent time for Nancy to hide indoors and binge watch for a to-be-determined number of hours.

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The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) by Lemony Snicket

October 8th, 2014 by

The Penultimate Peril_Lemony SnicketSubmitted by Abram, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

A great book about the three Baudelaire orphans in a hotel with the villainous count Olaf and his girlfriend Esm’e squalor and carmelita spatz. They are after the mysterious VFD sugar bowl what troubles do you think they will encounter!

Funny Books, Reviewed by YOU

April 10th, 2012 by

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad it’s time for a new post on Kidsmomo?


But seriously, folks… Over the weekend I mentioned that April is National Poetry Month. Well, it also happens to be National Humor Month!

In the past, Nancy and I have rounded up our favorite funny books for your reading pleasure, so today I thought I’d do something different and turn the spotlight on you!

Here are some of the coolest reviews for funny books that we’ve gotten from you guys over the years. So if you’re seeking something hilarious, giggle-tastic, LOL-inducing, and/or milk-out-your-nose/side-splitting, then look no further:

Never_Mind_Avi_Rachel_VailNever Mind! by Avi and Rachel Vail
Submitted by alyson(derf), Age 11 from Rhode Island
Rating: ★★★★★
Never mind is a fiction book,that will blow your socks off.It is the best book bye Avi yet.I recomend this to children ages 10-17 maybe even older.If you came up to me and said “should i read never mind by avi?” i would say- OH SWEET MOTHER OF POTATOS YOU SHOULD BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Reviewed by: Bat, Age 11 from Texas
Rating: ★★★★½
Picture this: you’re a member of a really rich family. You’re playing on the beach one day when a banker with a really bad cough turns up and tells you that your parents died in a fire that destroyed your whole mansion. You’re then put into the care of a really mean man who wants to inherit your fortune and makes you do all the chores. That’s exactly what happens to the Baudelaire childre*************** Sorry, my typewriter broke. As I was saying, that’s exactly what happened to the Baudelaire children. How do they cope? You’ll have to read this book (and the whole series) to find out. (One of the children loves inventing, another reads a lot, and another bites everything in sight.)

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
Submitted by Jenna, Age 11 from Maine
Rating: ★★★★★
I first heard of this book when my teacher said she recommended it. But it looked kind of dumb, so I never did bother to read it. That is, until my teacher read it to my classmates and I. I loved it so much, I read it again by myself!

Knucklehead is a hilarious memoir by Jon Sciezka, telling of his childhood memories of living with his five brothers, Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian, and Jeff. This book is full of funny memories and tons of photos. I really enjoyed the part when they brought the cat in the car with them and something hilarious happened. So you’re probably wondering what happened, right? Well, sorry, but you’re going to have to read this funny memior to find out!

Babymouse Series by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
Submitted by Elizabeth, Age almost 10 from New Hampshire
Rating: ★★★★★
Babymouse wears a pink heart dress and loves to eat pink cupcakes. She has a baby brother named Squeak and her best friend is Wilson Weasel. Babymouse gets pushed around by a mean cat named Felicia Furrypaws at school. Babymouse gets into all kinds of trouble and Wilson always helps her out. Unlike Babymouse he does everything right. My favorite book is Babymouse Burns Rubber. Have a squeaky day!

Have YOU read any fantastically funny books recently? Leave a comment with your recommendation, or submit a full review!

— Karen

Karen never got into the whole vampire craze, but she loves this joke: What’s a vampire’s favorite fruit? A neck-tarine! HA HA HA HA! Ha.

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World Read Aloud Day 2012

March 4th, 2012 by


That’s what you hear often in the library. But on Tuesday, March 7, you might get a chance to SHOUT at the top of your lungs*… because it’s World Read Aloud Day!

The goal of World Read Aloud Day is to promote literacy all over the globe — but you can get started in your own backyard! Or front yard. Or both, I suppose, if you clone yourself.


I usually prefer reading in complete silence — not even any music playing in the background. I usually become so intensely engrossed in my book that when someone comes up to me, I’ll get startled and scream, “BLARGHHAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” really loud, jump three feet in the air, and position my arms in a defensive ninja-style stance.

But I’ll make an exception for World Read Aloud Day. And whatever your style of reading, why not kick it up a notch and read out loud a bit, to share the love? In honor of this sentiment, Karen and I decided to record ourselves reading some of our favorite book passages:


Karen’s Favorite Passages
From Friends Are Like That by Patricia Hermes:

“Some stars burned out billions of years ago, but they’re so far away, and their light takes so long to reach the earth, that you’re seeing light that was sent out billions of years ago. So, if the star no longer exists, yet you’re looking at it, then in a sense, you’re looking backward in time.”

From The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth. Particularly if the thing is cats.”


Nancy’s Favorite Passage

From Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.”

What awesome book will YOU be sharing on World Read Aloud Day?

— Nancy

*Nancy and Kidsmomo advise readers to first check with their librarians before potentially disrupting the serene library atmosphere by shouting, “I LOVE READING, OH YES I DO! I LOVE READING, HOW ABOUT YOU!?!”

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Gallery: My Adventures Chasing Lemony Snicket

September 21st, 2009 by

Book Trailer: A Series of Unfortunate Events

September 21st, 2009 by

This book trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Book to Movie theme. For more on A Series of Unfortunate Events, check out our “Lights, Camera, Action” podcast.

If you like cheerful stories, then you’d be better off not watching this video. Instead, go play with a kitten, hug a teddy bear, or head off to a flower-filled park for a romp (a word which here means, “an enjoyable afternoon far, far away from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket”). I beg of you, do not watch this video.

(In addition, if you hear of the movie based on this series, please do your best to ignore it. This is for your own good.)