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:

      (12:56) 
    Download the MP3 (6.2 MB)

  • 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:

      (15:09) 
    Download the MP3 (7.3 MB)

  • 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