Erica Perl: Author Video, Interview, & Sweeps!

September 27th, 2011 by

when-life-gives-you-oj-jugIf you read Karen’s review of Erica Perl’s When Life Gives You O.J. a couple weeks ago, then you should have finished the book by now. Because that’s what everyone does when they read our book reviews, right? You all rush right out of your house and get the book and read it straight through until you’re done, forsaking all your normal responsibilities and previous engagements. Right?

Well, if you didn’t do that with When Life Gives You O.J., then we’re sorry to tell you, but you’ve made a big, big mistake. Because the book is really good, people!

But if you need a little more enticement than just Karen’s review, check out this exclusive video from the author, Erica Perl — made just for Kidsmomo! She answers three questions from us, and also introduces a furry friend — who bites!

(Btw, if you’re wondering why we asked Erica about Yiddish, then you clearly ignored Karen’s wise advice and haven’t read When Life Gives You O.J. yet. For shame!)

Well, if that video isn’t enough to get you to read the book, then I guess we’ll just have to give you a copy!

When-Life-Gives-You-OJTWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE SIGNED COPIES OF
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J.
BY ERICA PERL!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win o prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before October 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 10/30/2011. See official rules.

A huge thank you to Erica Perl for stopping by Kidsmomo and signing books for our sweepstakes! As for you: why don’t you do yourself a favor and listen to Karen for once — enter the giveaway now!

Raymond Bean: Author Video, Interview, & Sweeps!

September 22nd, 2011 by

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we:

Farts! *Giggle.* Air biscuits! *Snort.* Laying an egg! *Guffaw!* Cutting the cheese! HA HA HA HA HA! Ha ha ha! Ha!

Sorry, we couldn’t resist. But can you blame us? We’re talking about the Sweet Farts books by Raymond Bean, after all! But now that that’s out of our systems, we can move on. (Out of our systems! Get it? Okay, now we really are done.)

If you’re not familiar with Sweet Farts and the sequel, Sweet Farts: Rippin’ It Old School, well, we could tell you all about them. But why not get the 411 directly from the author himself? Check out this special video greeting from Ray Bean, just for Kidsmomo readers:

(Here’s a link to the German version of the book, Stinker, as mentioned in the video.)

Raymond was also kind enough to answer a few of our burning questions:

Describe a time when you let out an S.B.D. (Silent But Deadly)!
Raymond Bean: I’m kind of a wonder of science. I don’t pass gas. I have, however, been on the recieving end of more than my share over the years. Being a teacher can be kind of smelly at times.

Keith decides to take matters into his hands and investigate farts for the science fair. What were some of your own science fair projects you did as a kid?
Raymond Bean: I remember working on experiments that involved lots of fizzing. Vinegar and baking soda can be a very fun combination. I also liked to experiment with electricity. I think I did a project where I tried to generate electricity with lemons.

Did you have to do any fart-related research for the books? We want details!
Raymond Bean: As a matter of fact I did have to do “fart-related” research. I had been working on a story about a 4th grader who cured the smell of human gas. I knew the boy in the story would try to find a way to make gas have different scents. When I started looking for interesting ideas to include in the book, I learned that Benjamin Franklin had a similar idea. In 1781 he wrote a humorous essay calling on scientists to work to find a way to make human gas smell better. He claimed that it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. In the book, Keith sets out to make old Ben proud.

And now it’s your turn to make Keith proud! How can you do that? By honoring his work and entering our Sweet Farts Giveaway!

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A SWEET FARTS PRIZE PACK!

EACH PACK CONTAINS:
• Copy of Sweet Farts, signed by the author
• Copy of Sweet Farts: Rippin’ It Old School, signed by the author
• A box of SWEETARTS®

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before October 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 10/30/2011. See official rules.

A big thanks to Raymond Bean for stopping by Kidsmomo and providing the sweepstakes prizes! Now what are YOU waiting for? Enter the sweepstakes now!

Harry Potter Giveaway!

July 30th, 2011 by

As you know from the fact that we just can’t shut up about it, we attended LeakyCon 2011 a couple weeks ago. During this AMAZING Harry Potter fan gathering, we danced with wizards, ate pumpkin tarts, watched a Quidditch match — and gathered up lots of Harry-inspired goodies to share with YOU:

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A HARRY POTTER PRIZE PACK!

EACH PACK CONTAINS:
• A commemorative butterbeer cup
• Golden Snitch keychain
• Box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

• Lightning scar temporary tattoo

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before August 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 8/31/2011. See official rules.

Children’s Book Week Giveaway!

May 8th, 2011 by

A couple days ago, we posted a recap of our amazing night at the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala. We spoke of the all-star authors and illustrators, the singing, the cross-dressing, and of course the winners. What we didn’t mention is that the event kicked off Children’s Book Week 2011, which ends today.

But we REFUSE to let it go out without one final hurrah. So today kicks off our Children’s Book Week Sweepstakes! Keep the kidlit spirit going, yo!

We’re giving away our awesome swag from the gala: the gift bags, posters, and books that we snagged at the end of the night!

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
• Commemorative Children’s Book Week 2011 tote bag
• Children’s Book Week 2011 poster
• A copy of Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

 

ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
• Commemorative Children’s Book Week 2011 tote bag
• Children’s Book Week 2011 poster
• A copy of Finally by Wendy Mass

 

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before June 1, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 5/30/2011. See official rules.

Find the Funny in “Emag of Efil”

April 14th, 2011 by

Since our current theme is More Haha-Hilarious Books, it’s only fitting that I just finished a book about the Cosmic Joke. Maybe it’s a HOC! Maybe I’m an Ah! Okay, I seem to be getting ahead of myself.

In Emag of Efil by T.C. Jester, Sofee is just as confused as you probably are right now. That’s because her book has started speaking to her. Meanwhile, her best friend, Fred, discovers that in the video game he’s been playing, his avatar has a mind of its own. Together, Sofee and Fred piece together as much of the puzzle as they can, and it turns out… life is a game!

But that’s not the conclusion of the story; rather, it’s just the beginning. Soon, Sofee and Fred are heading across the globe on a quest to find the Temple of the Cosmic Joke, which they believe will hold more answers. And if they think there’s trouble on the way over, just wait until they actually get there!

At this point, you may be saying, “Well, this is all very interesting, but it sounds like an adventure story, not a haha-hilarious book.” And if you’re saying that, then frankly, I’m offended — do you really think I’d lead you astray? Yes, there’s definitely action in Emag of Efil, but it’s actually mainly a talking book. And by that I mean both that the book within a book speaks (it’s also called Emag of Efil) AND ALSO that the actual book is full of all kinds of conversation and twisted puzzle logic such as the kind I’ve just displayed, to keep you on your toes and amused. Plus, there are many, many PUNS — which you know I love!

And now back to the “HOC” and the “Ah” references at the beginning of this post. I’m afraid that telling you what an Ah is will reveal a little too much. Let’s just say, you probably want to be one of ’em. But I will tell you that HOC stands for Helpful Occurring Clue. Apparently, life is full of HOCs that we fail to realize are important messages from the universe. So was it a coincidence that the author of Emag of Efil gave me her book just in time for our Haha-Hilarious Books theme, or could it be a sign? Guess only time will tell!

— Karen

If Karen ever comes across a talking book, she hopes it has a nice, soothing voice — like Helen Mirren’s. If it sounds like Russell Brand or that Aflac duck, she will not be pleased!

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Review copy was provided by the author. Currently, Emag of Efil and its sequel (Way of the Foole) are only available online. But you’re in luck, because we’re giving away signed copies of the books to a Kidsmomo reader!

    ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:
    A copy of Emag of Efil, signed by author T.C. Jester
    A copy of Way of the Foole, signed by author T.C. Jester
    Two Emag of Efil T-shirts

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before May 1, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 4/30/2011. See official rules.

Do Something! Book, Video, Sweeps… Awesomeness!

November 13th, 2010 by

Do you believe kids have the power to make a difference in the world? Do you feel like young people are better than grown-ups at coming up with new, fresh, never-before-seen ideas? Do you yourself have something you really care about and you want to spread the word? Are YOU perhaps an activist in the making? Then I’ve got the book for you!

It’s called Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists, and it comes from the creative minds at the Do Something organization, which is a group that gives money and guidance to young people who are fighting for the causes they really care about — from the environment to world hunger to animal rights. The good folks at Do Something have been helping young activists rock their causes for 17 years, and now they finally have a handbook for kids who want to go after their own thing and change this planet for the better.

And when I say it’s a “handbook,” I really mean that. At first, I was worried it was going to be like a textbook — YAWN! But it’s definitely NOT just a boring list of tips and instructions. Yeah, there are step-by-step ideas for how to get from here to there, but the book is really interactive. It’s a notebook, a planner, and a scrapbook all in one. There are sheets for you to fill out, quizzes to take, pages to decorate, and forms to mark up. (Check out examples at the official book site!) By the time you get through the book, you’ll have chosen your thing, mapped out the problem, created an action plan, formed a team, spread the word, and… well, you’ll have *done something.*

Looking for some extra inspiration to grab this book and get out there, doing your own thing to improve the world? Well, I’ve got some words of wisdom straight from the source! I was lucky enough to meet Julia Steers, one of the book’s co-authors, at a recent Do Something event in NYC, and I asked her… well, why don’t you just watch the video?

Still not pumped to run out and snatch up this book for yourself? Man, you’re hard to convince! That’s okay — I can admire someone who thinks for themselves, and that’s what the Do Something handbook is all about anyway. BUT even you can’t ignore the temptation of free stuff, am I right?

    ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:
    A copy of Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists
    A Do Something notebook
    A Do Something tote bag

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize pack! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before December 15, 2010. So… do it already! (Get it? Do it, because of Do Something! Ha ha, I’m so clever…)

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 12/14/2010. See official rules.

So, what are you waiting for? You can DO it!

— Karen

Karen volunteers every Saturday at a local bookstore where all the money goes to charity. She has to be there at 10 a.m., which is pretty early for a weekend — but sometimes it’s the best four hours of Karen’s week!

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Review copy of the book and prize pack
were provided by Do Something. (And don’t worry, we’re not giving away the same book we looked at. The winner will receive a brand spankin’ new copy of the book, we promise!)

Birthday Bash Book Giveaway

August 21st, 2010 by

Look, it's Karen and Nancy! HAHAHAHAHA!

Attention, everyone: this week is VERY important. Apparently, it’s National Dance Week, Air Conditioning Appreciation Week, and National Aviation Week. But most importantly, this week marks Kidsmomo’s one-year anniversary!

Yahoo! [streamers] [balloons] [embarrassing party hats]

Now, normally you guys would owe us presents, but we’ve decided to count all the book reviews, stories, and comments that you’ve contributed over the last year as your gifts to us. So guess what — we’ve decided to give you a present for our birthday!

Announcing our Birthday Bash Book Giveaway! (Sadly, we couldn’t think of a word for “Giveaway” that starts with a B.) To celebrate the first 12 months of Kidsmomo’s life, we’ve rounded up 12 books that we’ve recommended over the last year — and we put together two sweet prize packs (if we do say so ourselves). This week also happens to be Weird Contest Week, so we guess it’s only fitting.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize packs! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before September 15, 2010. So… what are you waiting for?!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 09/14/2010. See official rules.

Happy Birthday to Us!

August 17th, 2010 by

Yes, you read that right — it’s our birthday! Today, Kidsmomo is one year old.

According to child development experts, if Kidsmomo were a human, we would just be mastering sitting without falling, attempting to crawl up stairs, and grasping objects with our thumbs and forefingers. But luckily for you, we’re not a human — we’re a website. So instead of being at the point where we’re just beginning to respond to our own name, we’re fully able to understand that it’s our birthday today, and most importantly, to par-tay!

So stay tuned for news later this week about how we’re planning to celebrate our birthday. Here’s a hint: it’s a sweepstakes! (Okay, so we may be more advanced than a baby, but apparently we’re not very good at keeping secrets…)

Thanks so much to all of you who have made this first year of Kidsmomo a blast for us! Please keep submitting your book reviews, stories, and comments. We love to hear from you!

— Karen and Nancy

Signed Book + Poster Giveaway: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

May 13th, 2010 by

Announcing our first ever Kidsmomo sweepstakes! [Cue wild applause. Careful, don’t hurt yourself in your excitement.]

For our very first giveaway, author Kate Milford was generous enough to supply us with signed copies of her new book The Boneshaker (coming out May 24th).

The book is the deliciously creepy story of 13-year-old Natalie Minks, who must save her town when Jake Limberleg and his traveling medicine show arrive and she’s the only one who detects that evil is at work. For more deets about the book, visit the author’s website. (NOTE: This book is recommended for ages 10 and up.)

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Boneshaker and a poster about the book — both signed by the author! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before June 1, 2010. So… what are you waiting for?!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 05/31/2010. See official rules.

Educators (teachers, school librarians, and media specialists):

Enter for a chance to win a classroom set of The Boneshaker (up to 30 copies) and a poster about the book — all signed by the author! (Yeah, you heard us right — a classroom set!) Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. We must receive your entry before June 1, 2010.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. U.S. educators who are legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) age 18 and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 05/31/2010. See official rules.

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