Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

March 15th, 2014 by

Flora-and-Ulysses_Kate-DiCamilloSubmitted by Owen, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★☆

I am glad that this book won the Newbery, it was a very good book. It was funny, but in a kind of serious way.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo

October 22nd, 2013 by

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DicamilloSubmitted by Addis, Age 11 from North Carolina

Rating: ★★★★★

I absolutely loved this book!

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

July 26th, 2013 by

because-of-winn-dixieSubmitted by Elizabeth, Age 7 from Louisiana

Rating: ★★★★½

It’s a sad book about a lonely girl who’s mother goes away. She finds a dog to help her. By the end of story she made many new friends with the help of her dog, Winn Dixie.

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

September 4th, 2010 by

Submitted by Jenna, Age 12 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★★

This book might look like a boring story like one of those picture books about a kid and dog. But it’s really not. This book is about a girl who came with her father to a new town. Opal, the 10-year-old girl, wants to meet people, make new friends, and is lonely for her mother who left her when she was just a baby. But all changes when she meets a dog at a grocery store, whom she takes in and names the dog Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she found him. After finding the dog, Opal’s life turns around. From befriending a librarian and a lonely woman to working at a pet store to being invited to a birthday party and making her father come out of his shell to tell Opal about her mother, Winn Dixie is making everything happen. This is a heartwarming story about a dog who helps a young girl through her life as a companion.

Some Book Trailers Make Nancy Jealous

August 19th, 2010 by

Have you heard of a not-so-little feature on our site called the Mystery Book Theater? Hopefully, yes. Because we make a couple of them a month.

Well, Karen recently showed me to some book trailers made by kids — and whoa, they’re really good! I’m totes jealous*… especially since I’ve been slaving away, drawing all of these Mystery Book Theaters for every Kidsmomo theme!

Check out these book trailers:

Crash by Jerry Spinelli book trailer by Sean L.
All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg book trailer by MP.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo book trailer by MS.

Amazing, huh? Inspired by these book trailers, I think Kidsmomo will be taking a stab at this video style! First up: our upcoming Mystery Book Theater for mythology-inspired books. So make sure to check back next Tuesday for our super-duper-fancy-schmancy awesome book trailer.

— Nancy

Nancy seems to be complaining about illustrating MBTs in this post, but where else does she get the glorious opportunity to draw someone drowning in puke?

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*I don’t usually say the phrase “totes jealous.” Forgive me. It just exited my brain, spilled out onto the keyboard, entered this blog post, and now there’s no turning back.

Kidsmomo Podcast #25: “Royal Flush”

May 18th, 2010 by

It’s good to be queen! At least, that’s how Karen felt while recording our latest podcast — because Nancy was sick in bed and refused to participate! Excuses, excuses… No matter; Karen still had plenty to say, all about books involving royalty:

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  • A rat that loves soup and a mouse that loves a (princess) pea — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Princess power! — aka our royalty book picks (Once Upon a Marigold and Dealing with Dragons)
  • A review from YOU (The Red Pyramid) from Douglas, age 9!
  • There’s a new sheriff in town — aka our dream rules if we ran the world…

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is war stories, in honor of Memorial Day. So send us a review of your favorite book related to war and check out these books about war.

— Karen (and Nancy in absentia)

Book Trailer: The Tale of Despereaux

May 4th, 2010 by

This book trailer for The Tale of Despereaux was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books About Royalty theme. For more on The Tale of Despereaux, check out our “Royal Flush” podcast.

What happens when a rodent crashes a royal banquet? Trouble, that’s what. Just see for yourself in our video for The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo!

Kidsmomo Podcast #19: “Love Is All You Need”

February 16th, 2010 by

First romance, lifelong romance, even anti-romance — we’ve got it all in our latest podcast, all about (you guessed it!) books involving romance. PLUS, how Nancy informed boys she liked them as a kid, and why Karen is single (according to her, at least).

So whether or not you caught the love bug yourself this Valentine’s Day, you can always cuddle up with our podcast:

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  • Stargirl hearts Leo — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Romance book picks (Allie Finkle #3 and Flipped)
  • A review from YOU (The Tale of Despereaux)
  • We reveal our literary crushes! Ooh la la!

And in case you missed it, we’ve also got a very BIG announcement: Up until now, we’ve focused on one theme per week. But we’ve heard from the masses (that’s you!) that one week is just not enough to really get into a theme. So from now on, all our themes will be two weeks long. Starting… NOW!

And don’t forget: our next theme is food! (Nom nom nom…) So check out these delicious books involving food and watch this Mystery Book Theater that will definitely get your stomach rumbling!

— Nancy and Karen

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

February 9th, 2010 by

The Tale of DespereauxReviewed by: Hahaha me, Age 10 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★☆

Despereaux is a mouse living within the walls of a castle, and a shame to the mouse community.

Roscuro is a rat living in the castle dungeon. He too is different from others. But one night he changes.

Mig is a girl who lives with her cruel owner. She is nearly deaf. She wants to be the princess, but nobody cares of her.

Pea IS the princess. She is adored by Mig, honored by Despereaux and hated by Roscuro.

Of course, they’re all destined to meet, in ways not always good. Who is to be the hero?

Featured in "Love Is All You Need"

Featured in “Love Is All You Need”

This book is one of the best books I’ve read. I didn’t know that a story about a mouse could be so intriguing and serious. It’s no surprise that it was a Newbery Honor! Stop whatever you’re reading right now and start reading The Tale of Despereaux!

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

December 2nd, 2009 by

tale-of-despereauxReviewed by: beki, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

hi this book is a mouse who lives in a castle with a princess and a king and other mice and rats but he is not like other mice.Read and find out what happens

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