Bloopers & Outtakes 2012

April 28th, 2012 by

National Humor Month is coming to an end, but the fun’s just getting started… with a new blooper reel! This one is almost twice as long as last year’s blooper reel, so get ready…

Believe it or not, this is edited down from about 50 minutes of bloopers, outtakes, bad takes, mistakes, and even some spit takes.


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Still not sure about hitting that play button? Well, (cue infomercial announcer voice) in this satisfaction-guaranteed-completely-free-2-minute-and-46-second-blooper-reel, you’ll hear…

  • Burping!
  • Laughing!
  • Confusion!
  • Farting (noises)!
  • Indecision!
  • Pizza!
  • Singing!
  • Dancing!
  • And MUCH, MUCH More!

— Happy Humor Month from Karen and Nancy

Kidsmomo Podcast #46: “ROFL, LOL, :-D”

April 19th, 2011 by

Snicker. Giggle. Guffaw. Snort.

We did a lot of that during our latest podcast, all about haha-hilarious books. Well, more accurately, Karen did a lot of that, while Nancy chuckled softly to herself. Apparently, Karen is an absurdly loud laugher — just listen for yourself…

    Listen now: 

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  • March April of the Penguins — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our funny book picks (Alvin Ho series and A Whole Nother Story)
  • A book review from YOU (Copper)
  • Our favorite jokes — also the segment in which we discover we don’t exactly have futures as comedians…

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is poetry and verse, in honor of April being National Poetry Month! So send us a review of your favorite poetry book and check out these pleasing poetry books for April or anytime!

— Karen and Nancy

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Find the Funny in “Emag of Efil”

April 14th, 2011 by

Since our current theme is More Haha-Hilarious Books, it’s only fitting that I just finished a book about the Cosmic Joke. Maybe it’s a HOC! Maybe I’m an Ah! Okay, I seem to be getting ahead of myself.

In Emag of Efil by T.C. Jester, Sofee is just as confused as you probably are right now. That’s because her book has started speaking to her. Meanwhile, her best friend, Fred, discovers that in the video game he’s been playing, his avatar has a mind of its own. Together, Sofee and Fred piece together as much of the puzzle as they can, and it turns out… life is a game!

But that’s not the conclusion of the story; rather, it’s just the beginning. Soon, Sofee and Fred are heading across the globe on a quest to find the Temple of the Cosmic Joke, which they believe will hold more answers. And if they think there’s trouble on the way over, just wait until they actually get there!

At this point, you may be saying, “Well, this is all very interesting, but it sounds like an adventure story, not a haha-hilarious book.” And if you’re saying that, then frankly, I’m offended — do you really think I’d lead you astray? Yes, there’s definitely action in Emag of Efil, but it’s actually mainly a talking book. And by that I mean both that the book within a book speaks (it’s also called Emag of Efil) AND ALSO that the actual book is full of all kinds of conversation and twisted puzzle logic such as the kind I’ve just displayed, to keep you on your toes and amused. Plus, there are many, many PUNS — which you know I love!

And now back to the “HOC” and the “Ah” references at the beginning of this post. I’m afraid that telling you what an Ah is will reveal a little too much. Let’s just say, you probably want to be one of ’em. But I will tell you that HOC stands for Helpful Occurring Clue. Apparently, life is full of HOCs that we fail to realize are important messages from the universe. So was it a coincidence that the author of Emag of Efil gave me her book just in time for our Haha-Hilarious Books theme, or could it be a sign? Guess only time will tell!

— Karen

If Karen ever comes across a talking book, she hopes it has a nice, soothing voice — like Helen Mirren’s. If it sounds like Russell Brand or that Aflac duck, she will not be pleased!

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Review copy was provided by the author. Currently, Emag of Efil and its sequel (Way of the Foole) are only available online. But you’re in luck, because we’re giving away signed copies of the books to a Kidsmomo reader!

    A copy of Emag of Efil, signed by author T.C. Jester
    A copy of Way of the Foole, signed by author T.C. Jester
    Two Emag of Efil T-shirts


Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before May 1, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 4/30/2011. See official rules.

Book Trailer: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

April 12th, 2011 by

This book trailer for Mr. Popper’s Penguins was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our More Haha-Hilarious Books theme. For more on Mr. Popper’s Penguins, check out our “ROFL, LOL, :-D” podcast.

“Can you hear me now?” If your only problem is a bad phone connection, then you’ve got it easy! Try being a guy with a bad phone connection AND a penguin he needs a license for. That’s the situation in Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins! Watch our video to meet the man in question!

More Haha-Hilarious Books

April 5th, 2011 by

What’s funnier than successfully slipping a whoopee cushion onto your teacher’s chair? How about successfully slipping a whoopee cushion onto your teacher’s chair right before the principal arrives to observe the class? HA HA HA HA! Or if fart humor isn’t really your thing (like, if you’re not as immature as we are), why don’t you check out some of these funny books?

In honor of April being National Humor Month, enjoy our previous picks for LOL funny books, plus these new additions (in no particular order):

  1. Alvin Ho series, written by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Karen’s pick)
  2. A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
  4. The Name of this Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
  5. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  6. How to Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell
  7. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  8. Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  9. George Brown, Class Clown books, written by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
  10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  11. My Weird School Daze series by Dan Gutman
  12. Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
  13. How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen
  14. Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, written by Rachel Vail and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
  15. The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer
  16. Clementine series, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Marla Frazee

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Haha-Hilarious booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or read out loud to your friends so that they’ll shoot milk out their noses.)

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

UPDATE 4/19/11: We revealed the answer to our More Haha-Hilarious Books Mystery Book Theater in the “ROFL, LOL, :-D” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen call Nancy some pretty ridiculous names!

Kidsmomo Bloopers & Outtakes

April 1st, 2011 by

Happy April Fools’ Day! Last year, we tricked the whole world into thinking that J.K. Rowling had another Harry Potter book up her sleeve. Okay, fine, we tried to trick the world and the world was a little smarter than we gave it credit for…

So this year, we’re playing it straight — which is a rare occurrence for us, as you’ll find when you listen to this special April 1st KidsmomoMo: a blooper reel from our podcast recording sessions!


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Yes, we truly are fools, but at least you get some entertainment out of it, right? 🙂

— Happy Humor Month from Karen and Nancy

Could You Eat 15 Worms in 15 Days?

November 1st, 2009 by

I had to type this blog entry with one eye closed, so I wouldn't have to look at the worm on the book cover.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? And can you imagine eating that for 15 straight days?

In How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, Billy makes a bet with his so-called-friends Alan and Joe that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days — and the winnings are 50 dollars! I totally get the goosebumps just thinking of creepy crawly worms; I definitely would lose this bet!

For fun, I asked my friends what weird things they’ve eaten:

  • Karen: fermented soybean
  • Joey: eggplant
  • Connie: lamb brain
  • Tricia: Rocky Mountain oysters
  • Nancy L.: Peruvian cuy (a whole guinea pig!)
  • Margaret L: snake blood
  • Michelle: cow’s milk (I think Michelle may have been joking with me… I’m not sure.)
  • Brandi: bone marrow (I hope not human…)
  • Felix: aligator tail
  • Sam: Parkay Squeeze (margarine from a squeeze jar)
  • Kristina: fried scorpion (she says it tastes like chicken skin)
  • Chris: stinging nettle (ouch!)
  • Sherry: fried grasshoppers
  • Margaret H.: camel (lean and healthy, apparently!)
  • And me: dog food and cat food (on a dare also… just like Billy! But no money was at stake, sadly.)

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Billy’s parents — who you’d think would be outraged by Billy eating worms — suddenly start to help him out. His mom even makes him a fancy French dish: “Alsatian Smothered Worm: dredge the worm with seasoned flour. Sauté in three tablespoons drippings until browned. Cover with sliced onions, pour over cup thick sour cream, cover pot closely, and bake in a slow oven until tender.” WOW. That almost sounds… delicious. Almost.

How to Eat Fried Worms has also been made into a movie, but since I am very, very, very scared of creepy crawly things, I won’t be watching that any time soon. Or ever. But even if you’re just as scared by the squigglies as I am, you can still check out the book!

Billy has worms served up to him in many ways in How to Eat Fried Worms, so I’m curious what’s been served to you guys… What’s the WEIRDEST thing you’ve ever eaten, and how was it?

— Nancy

What’s In a Name?

October 18th, 2009 by

In Nancy’s last post, she talked about the funny nicknames in the book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. It got me thinking about some of the funny actual names I’ve seen in children’s books over the years — and I don’t mean like in picture books, because we all know that those things are jam-packed full of silly names meant to entertain younger kids. But even in chapter books, you can still find lots of unusual character names.

Here’s a short list of some of my favorites — limiting myself just to human characters and steering clear of fantasy worlds, which we all know are always populated by funny-named folk:

  • Brenda Tuna and India Ink Teitelbaum, from Buffalo Brenda by Jill Pinkwater
  • India Opal Buloni, from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Quigley Quagmire, from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket — this series is actually bursting with strange (and often meaningful) names, like Esmé Squalor and Dewey Denouement
  • Nobody Owens, from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Stanley Yelnats, from Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Pippi Longstocking, from the Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren
  • Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee from Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game by Blue Balliett — in this case, even the author has a unique name!

So, those are just some of my favorites. But I’m sure I’ve missed a whole bunch. Leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite unusual character names!

— Karen

Kidsmomo Podcast #3: “A Laugh and a Half”

September 7th, 2009 by

Cows falling from the sky. Foxes riding motorcycles. And monkeys, well, being monkeys — ’nuff said. Our latest podcast has them all!

So get ready to do some standing, because we’ve got book recommendations that will make you laugh your butt off. Zoo wee mama!*

Fantastic Mr. Twit and the Giant Chocolate Factory, aka “Roald Dahl Madness!” and Ha-ha-giggle-chortle-snort, aka “Our Favorite Funny Books”:

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And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is books that take place at school! So watch our Mystery Book Theater video and check out these great school stories.)

— Nancy and Karen

*This will make sense once you listen to the podcast, we promise.

Book Trailer: The Twits

September 2nd, 2009 by

This book trailer for The Twits was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our LOL-Hilarious Books theme. For more on The Twits, check out our “A Laugh and a Half” podcast.

Imagine you’re just hanging out, doing whatever, and you start to feel a little hungry. There’s no restaurant in sight, but that’s okay, because you’ve got some of yesterday’s lunch stuck in your facial hair, and you can just eat that. Score!

Gross? Yes. But also hilarious! For the full story, check out our video for The Twits by Roald Dahl.

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