The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

May 22nd, 2013 by

Submitted by Liana, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I LOVED this book!! It is one of those books you can’t put down and get hooked on to. This book is about four girls, a dog, their father, and a boy they meet at Arundel where they are going for vacation. There is a little romance, a few adventures, and a little bit of a sad ending.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette: Book Review

May 27th, 2011 by

penderwicks-at-point-mouette-book-reviewI loved loved loved The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, so when a friend lent me her brand spankin’ new copy of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, I literally clapped my hands in joy! (And then everyone turned around to stare at me because I was so loud…)

To be honest, I was kind of disappointed by the second Penderwicks book (The Penderwicks on Gardam Street) — probably because the family was at home rather than on an inspiring vacation adventure. But in The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, they’re out of town on another summer trip — and I loved every minute of it!

This time, it’s just the younger girls, as Rosalind has gone off on her own vacation, and so has their father. So Skye, Jane, and Batty are staying with their Aunt Claire in a lovely seaside cottage, and beloved friend Jeffrey is also along for the ride. But the cast grows even more to include a love interest for one of the Penderwicks, a new friend for Batty, and a neighbor (and his dog) who disrupt everyone’s lives in several ways.

I won’t give you any more details than that because the delight of this book is discovering the story as it slowly unfolds. There’s no rip-roaring action, but that’s the whole point — it’s a sweet, quiet book that somehow packs a wallop on the reader anyway.

And if you’re like me, one of the ways this book will affect you is by making you absolutely seethe with jealousy because you want to be vacationing at a seaside cottage too. Darn you, Penderwicks! Next time, please invite meeeeeeee!

— Karen

Karen did stay on Cape Cod once, but it was too cold for playing in the water. However, she was satisfied because she did get to eat fried clams and ice cream (not at the same time).

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Kidsmomo Podcast #45: “Oh, Brother! (And Sister)”

April 5th, 2011 by

Alright, it’s the podcast you’ve all been waiting for… embarrassing stories from Nancy’s siblings! Yes, Karen engineered this theme (books about siblings) specifically to humiliate Nancy! Not really, she’s not that evil — there are also plenty of good books about brothers and sisters. Just take a listen below!

    Listen now: 

      (10:47)
    Download the MP3 (5.2 MB)

  • “The power, the power!” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Books About Siblings picks (The Kneebone Boy and Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One)
  • A sibling book review from YOU (The Penderwicks)
  • Let’s all point and laugh at Nancy! Yay!

And don’t miss this fantastic sibling story, sent in from Hahaha me, age 12, from Maine. Why should you read it? Gymnastics in the living room. A clumsy older brother. ‘Nuff said.

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is funny books, in honor of April being National Humor Month! So send us a review of your favorite humorous book, and check out our previous picks for LOL funny books and these suggestions for even more ha-ha-hilarious books.

— Karen and Nancy

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

March 22nd, 2011 by

Submitted by Elizabeth, Age 10 from New Hampshire

Rating: ★★★★★

I liked this book. My favorite character of the four sisters is Jane because she loves writing and so do I. This book made me wish I had sisters.

I also read the sequel, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and liked that too.

The sisters help each other even though they sometimes fight. I thought the romance parts with Rosalind were funny, but I felt sorry for her when they didn’t turn out so well.

I hope there’s another book written about the Penderwicks.

Awesome Kid Video for The Penderwicks!

August 29th, 2009 by

So, Nancy and I spent all week crying because no one guessed our first Mystery Book correctly. We wept for ourselves because we wouldn’t have a winner to name in our podcast, but we also shed tears for you — yes, YOU — because that means you’ve never read The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. And that is truly a crying shame.

But you don’t have to take our word for it! Check out this amazing kid-produced video that I stumbled across, dedicated to The Penderwicks:

My favorite part is where Rosalind is burning the cookies. She looks like she could live in that oven! HILARIOUS!

Major props to Margaret (I think that’s what she says at the beginning of the video) for putting this together. Truly amazing. And though I hate to admit it, almost as good as the Mystery Book Theater video that Nancy and I made. But only almost. =P

— Karen

Kidsmomo Podcast #1B: “Dog Days of Summer”

August 24th, 2009 by

OMG, it’s finally here! The second Kidsmomo podcast!

We know you’ve been dying to hear it. We bet you haven’t been able to think of anything else since we posted Podcast #1 last week. We understand how it goes: you dream about Mystery Book Theater, find yourself doodling your name + Kidsmomo in hearts. Don’t worry, we don’t think any less of you.

Lucky for you, your wait is finally over! Here’s Podcast 1, Part 2:

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    Download the MP3 (6.5 MB)

And when you’re done listening, watch the next Mystery Book Theater segment and check out these books about dogs.)

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The Penderwicks

August 10th, 2009 by

This book trailer for The Penderwicks was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Summer theme. For more on The Penderwicks, check out our “Hot Fun in the Summertime” podcast. It’s fascinating, even if we do say so ourselves. (And obviously we just did.)

No summer vacation is complete without a bull attack. At least, that’s what happens in The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall!