Kidsmomo Podcast #29: “Just Beachy”

July 13th, 2010 by

A snobby mermaid, a kooky hotel, breakfast with Mickey Mouse, and special reading goggles — you’ll find them all in our latest podcast, all about beach reads! Plus, Nancy and Karen psychoanalyze each other, according to the world of the Baby-Sitters Club. C’mon, you don’t want to miss that!

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  • A surprise guest at the pool party (and Nancy goes all gaga over a cute guy) — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our beach read recs (The Pink Motel, BSC prequel The Summer Before)
  • A sunny review by YOU (Sand Dollar Summer)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is globe-trotting adventures! So send us a review of your favorite book about thrilling foreign travel (or an epic journey between countries) and check out our picks for globe-trotting adventures.

— Karen and Nancy

Kidsmomo Ice Cream Emporium Menu

July 11th, 2010 by

OM NOM NOM NOM NOM!

Ah, summer. I am pretty sure my ice cream consumption has gone up 275% since the warm weather arrived. I partly blame Karen, because last summer I was forced to concede to her that more people like ice cream than popsicles. The results still bum me out, so to cheer myself up, I just eat more ice cream and popsicles.

Ice cream isn’t just on my mind, apparently — over at the “On Our Minds” Scholastic blog, they came up with these cool suggestions for book-inspired ice cream flavors, and I’ve decided to add my own delicious Willy-Wonka-esque descriptions to them:

Dessert Menu

The Invention of Hugo Sorbet
The scoop of sorbet you receive is HUGE and every bite is a new flavor. Served by an automaton.

A Sprinkle in Time
The ratio of sprinkles to ice cream has been reversed: a tiny scoop of plain vanilla ice cream, with A LOT of sprinkles. But you’ll have to eat it fast, because the sprinkles rapidly disappear into thin air!

The Berrysitter’s Club: Crunchy’s Grape Idea
Low-fat raspberry ice cream with granola flakes and chopped bits of frozen grapes. (Healthy Option)

Oreo and Juliet
Oreo-flavored ice cream with crushed Oreo bits sprinkled on top. Served with a little plastic dagger instead of a spoon.

Pralines & Prejudice
Simple, creamy praline ice cream. After finishing a scoop, you’ll speak in a British accent for an hour.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Three scoops of ice cream, with either 1 scoop of strawberry and 2 scoops of blueberry, or 2 scoops of strawberry and 1 scoop of blueberry. Served with Swedish Fish.

Peppermint Longstocking
Peppermint ice cream served in a (clean) striped stocking. No spoons allowed.

Thanks to the brilliant brains who came up with these flavors for the “On Our Minds” blog! What book-inspired ice cream flavors would you concoct in your kitchen?

— Nancy

For inspiration, Nancy ate some root beer ice cream while writing this post.

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Ice cream photo courtesy of Swamibu on Flickr, Creative Commons License

Book Trailer: Aquamarine

July 6th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Aquamarine was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Beach Reads theme. For more on Aquamarine, check out our “Just Beachy” podcast.

It’s a bummer summer for BFFs Hailey and Claire because at the end of the season, Claire has to move away. But at least they have one last summer together, to hang out at the beach club, crush on older cutie Raymond, and… meet a strange creature from the deep? Yep, there’s summertime magic in Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman!

July 4th Around the World (and Beyond)

July 3rd, 2010 by

Tomorrow is July 4th, which is a pretty big deal in the United States (where Kidsmomo Headquarters is located). But since we have plenty of international readers out there (including from Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Australia, and I believe even 1 visit from Algeria), I thought I’d highlight some cool things that have happened on July 4th all over the globe. It’s not just about the fireworks, barbecues, and apple pie.

Yum. Pie… Uh oh, I’m getting distracted.

Um, where was I? Oh, right. July 4th around the world! Here are some cool things that you may or may not have known about:

  • 1865: In England, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is first published.
  • 1886: The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States. That’s right — Lady Liberty is French!
  • 1894: The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole. Good thing it was short-lived, otherwise the U.S. would be stuck with 49 states. And oh, how I despise odd numbers…
  • 1997: Taking a trip outside of our atmosphere for a moment: NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
  • 2009, just last year: We are once again allowed to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty (otherwise known as Miss Frenchie French, now), which was closed in 2001 for security reasons.

Additionally, July 4th is also Filipino-American Friendship Day in the Philippines and Liberation Day in Rwanda, so I think plenty of people around the world will be celebrating on July 4th. They should look into getting some pie.

How will you be celebrating July 4th?

— Nancy

2010 (predicted): Nancy will eat an indescribable amount of pie and explode.

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Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones

June 29th, 2010 by

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★½

Even though Lise’s family has no father, her mother makes up for it all. She always gets what she wants when she wants it. Lise feels comfortable in her family of one brother, one mother and a slobbery dog, Babe. Until her pushy mom gets in a car crash—and decides to lug the family up to Fiddle Beach, Maine, where she grew up, to spend the summer. Lise hates the ocean, hates how her life is falling apart and REALLY hates how her mom is falling apart too. How is she supposed to survive?

I have to say I LOVE this book mostly because it takes place in Maine, my home state. I thought Lise was a complete wimp to think the water is cold (no, it’s not), and how she chooses to eat hamburgers over lobster just because she didn’t want the lobsters to die! I was laughing at her, but at the same time on her side. Sand Dollar Summer is short and funny, but serious at the same time. I think the best part of the book is that there is no other book with the same theme. Think about it—there are SO many books about a kid moving to another town or state, or about a kid who needs to win the little league baseball championships. How many books have a car crash, a brother how doesn’t speak, the beach and lobsters in it all together? One. So read it!

Red Hot Beach Reads

June 29th, 2010 by

Okay, we know not everyone spends their summer at the beach. But whether you’re hanging out by the pool, at camp, in the park, or in the city, one of the greatest things about summer vacation is getting a break from required reading and relaxing with an easy breezy book of your own choosing. That’s what we’re calling beach reads — and here are some suggestions (in no particular order):

Summer Tales and Lighthearted Stories:

  1. The Pink Hotel by Carol Ryrie Brink (Karen’s pick)
  2. The Summer Before (The Baby-Sitters Club prequel) by Ann M. Martin (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
  4. The Millie Trili by Lisa Yee: Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time; So Totally Emily Ebers
  5. My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
  6. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  7. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  8. Half Magic by Edward Eager (plus the rest of his books!)
  9. The Summer of Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth
  10. Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder

Series You Might Not Know:

  1. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  2. Theodosia Throckmorton by R.L. LaFevers
  3. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  4. Oz series by L. Frank Baum
  5. Freddy the Pig by Walter R. Brooks
  6. Katie Kazoo Switcheroo by Nancy E. Krulik
  7. The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
  8. Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen
  9. Haunting of Derek Stone by Tony Abbott
  10. Amelia Rules (graphic novel series) by Jimmy Gownley

And don’t forget our list of LOL-Hilarious books!

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite beach read. We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!

UPDATE 7/13/10: We revealed the answer to our Beach Reads Mystery Book Theater in the “Just Beachy” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy’s evil supervillain laugh. (It’s worth it!)