Kidsmomo Podcast #48: “Boys Will Be Boys”

May 17th, 2011 by

“Let’s hear it for the boys!” Oh, wait, you probably don’t get that reference because it’s from an ’80s song and that was WAY before you were born. Well, now we feel really old…

But not matter — we’ll never be too old for cheese puff poetry, public vomiting, and monkey abduction. We’ve got all that and more in our latest podcast, all about books starring guys!

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  • “An epic egg-venture” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Books Starring Guys picks (Eighth-Grade Superzero and Big Nate: In a Class By Himself)
  • Favorite book pics from big-deal dudes (including Rick Riordan and Jeff Kinney)
  • A guy-focused review from YOU (Zoobreak)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is “Wacky, Gross, Weird — and Real!” So send us a review of your favorite nonfiction book and check out these “strange-but-true” nonfiction books!

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: Eragon

May 11th, 2011 by

This book trailer for Eragon was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books Starring Guys theme. For more on Eragon, check out our “Boys Will Be Boys” podcast.

Imagine you’re just a regular old farmboy, minding your own business when — bam! — all of a sudden you find yourself in posession of a dragon egg. Not to mention all the adventure that comes along with it… That’s exactly what happens to the hero in Christopher Paolini’s Eragon. Watch our video to see where it leads!

Books Starring Guys

May 4th, 2011 by

Every March, we honor totally rockin’ ladies because of Women’s History Month. So we thought it’s time we celebrate some awesome dudes! From a boy raised in a cemetary to an evil(?) boy genius, from a guy fighting against an oppressive government to a dude who lives among lawbreakers on Alcatraz… meet them all in these books starring guys (in no particular order):

  1. 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Karen’s pick)
  2. Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  4. Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  5. The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
  6. How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen
  7. Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen
  8. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  9. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  10. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  11. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  12. Heat by Mike Lupica
  13. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
  14. Joey Pigza books by Jack Gantos
  15. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
  16. Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
  17. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  18. Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
  19. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  20. The Seems series by John Hulme and Michael Wexler

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Books Starring Guys booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or post up in your “BOYS ONLY. NO GIRLS ALLOWED.” fort.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book starring a guy (or multiple guys). We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!

UPDATE 5/17/11: We revealed the answer to our Books Starring Guys Mystery Book Theater in the “Boys Will Be Boys” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear about cheese puffs and public vomiting — not connected to each other, thank goodness!