The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

January 16th, 2013 by

lion-witch-wardrobelion-witch-wardrobeSubmitted by Shelby , Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Loved this book!!! It is so great that people still enjoy reading books like these because, most of the time, people want to read gruesome and horrible books. This is one of the many classics that I enjoy reading.

Now and Venn

January 2nd, 2010 by

Even though I certainly have a particular taste for historical fiction, it’s impossible not to read other genres of books. How can you ignore the great selection out in the world?

But what I’ve come to notice is that even when two books seem wildly different from each other, there’s usually something surprising in common. Have you ever noticed any similarities between books that, well, would never be on the library shelf next to each other?

They both have a scary female villain with a secret agenda.

...a secret agenda, and wolf-like henchmen (or henchman-like wolves) at her beck and call.

Horse Crazy and The Two Towers both have horses.

Naturally, Aragorn would become club secretary.

Island of the Blue Dolphins and Anne of Green Gables both take place on an island.

Anne was pretty feisty, but wasn't capture-an-octopus-with-bare-hands-feisty.

Okay, I’m sure these books actually have a lot more in common, but if I listed all those things out, I wouldn’t get to make these super fun Venn diagrams!

Submit your book Venn diagram in the comments, and I’ll draw it for you (I know, drawing two circles that overlap is soooooo difficult.)

— Nancy

Kidsmomo Podcast #5: “Just a Sweet, Sweet Fantasy, Baby”

September 21st, 2009 by

This week, reading fantasy series causes Nancy to question reality and Karen to talk abnormally fast. Plus, we discuss ginormous animals, a secret world under New York City, and endless feasts. If that sounds like a fantasy come true to you, then check out our latest podcast!

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  • Our featured fantasy series — oh, yeah, and Harry Potter too

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is books that have been made into movies! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these great books that have made it to the big screen.

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: The Chronicles of Narnia

September 14th, 2009 by

This book trailer for the Chronicles of Narnia was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Fantasy Series theme. For more on the Chronicles of Narnia, check out our “Sweet, Sweet Fantasy” podcast.

Seeing someone with your own eyes? Talking in person? What is this, the Stone Age? Sure, computers didn’t even exist back when C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia — but what if they had?

Check out our web-centric re-imagining of a scene from the first book in the series, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.