Kidsmomo Podcast #50: “Animal House”

June 14th, 2011 by

A pig who’s raised by a dog. A mouse seeking help from birds and rats. And a whole zoo full of animal heroes… Meet them all in our latest podcast, all about multi-animal adventures! PLUS, a walk down memory lane, to commemorate our 50th (YES! 50th!) podcast!

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  • “Have ewe herd?” — aka our mystery book revealed (AND Karen crammed two puns in there! Wahoo!)
  • Introducing… The Adventures of Manatee and Seahorse! And a lion + eagle buddy movie!
  • Our Multi-Animal Adventure picks (The Secret Zoo and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
  • A review from YOU (Smiles To Go)
  • Zedonks. Again.

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is Books About Dads, just in time for Father’s Day! So send us a review of your favorite book about dads and check out these books about dads!

— Karen and Nancy

Animal Alter Egos for Book Characters

June 12th, 2011 by

Since our current theme is Multi-Animal Adventures, I started thinking… What if some of our favorite books were about animals instead of humans? Would Harry Potter be a stag like his patronus? Voldemort would definitely be a slithery snake…

So, below are my thoughts on animal alter egos for some favorite kidlit characters:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy: It’s tempting to cast him as a sea animal, but I actually see him as more of a horse. He goes from wild stallion in The Lightning Thief to a powerful leader by the end of the series.

Annabeth: The easy match would be an owl, since they’re known as symbols of wisdom. But I view Annabeth as a wily fox — clever and sly, but also fiercely loyal to those who have earned her trust.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Greg: Sorry, Greg, but you’re definitely a weasel. Who can argue that Greg is always trying to weasel his way out of trouble?

Rowley: Poor Rowley is like a dog, so loyal that he’ll put up with A LOT from his best friend, Greg.

Dork Diaries

Dork DiariesNikki: I don’t think she’d like this, but I think Nikki is kind of like a squirrel — darting around to get the lay of the land (aka middle school), but trying to stay as inconspicuous as possible and get back to the nest safe and unnoticed.

MacKenzie: If Nikki is a squirrel, then MacKenzie is definitely a bird of prey. At first, I was thinking vulture, but they actually wait until animals are out of their misery before diving in. MacKenzie is way more diabolical than that, so I’m upgrading her to hawk.

So, those are my attempts to assign animal counterparts to some characters from children’s books. Do you agree? Disagree? Got ideas of your own? Leave a comment with YOUR animal alter ego ideas!

— Karen

If Karen were an animal, she might be a sloth because she’s so lazy. But she’d want to be a manatee because she just loves peacefully swimming around!

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Book Trailer: Babe (The Gallant Pig)

June 7th, 2011 by

This book trailer for Babe: The Gallant Pig was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Multi-Animal Adventures theme. For more on Babe: The Gallant Pig, check out our “Animal House” podcast.

We all know that Charlotte made Wilbur famous for being “some pig.” But the porcine hero of Dick King-Smith’s Babe: The Gallant Pig gets famous for another reason: he’s a sheep-pig! (That means he’s a pig who herds sheep, NOT a weird half-sheep-half-pig creature. Gross…) Watch our video to meet this extraordinary pig!

Multi-Animal Adventure Books

May 31st, 2011 by

A canine detective in search of missing chickens. Dog and cat housemates with a new vampire(?!) bunny roommate. And several epic tales about rats versus mice — apparently, legendary enemies… Those are just a few of the several-species-stories you’ll find in our new booklist of multi-animal adventures (in no particular order):

  1. The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick (Karen’s pick)
  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Trouble with Chickens, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell
  4. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  5. Bunnicula books by James Howe
  6. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  7. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  8. The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
  9. Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  10. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  11. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  12. Poppy by Avi
  13. The Incredible Journey by author Sheila Burnford
  14. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  15. I, Freddy books by Dietlof Reiche

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Multi-Animal Adventures booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or read aloud to your pets to give them some inspiration.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite multi-animal adventure book.