Kidsmomo Podcast #45: “Oh, Brother! (And Sister)”

April 5th, 2011 by

Alright, it’s the podcast you’ve all been waiting for… embarrassing stories from Nancy’s siblings! Yes, Karen engineered this theme (books about siblings) specifically to humiliate Nancy! Not really, she’s not that evil — there are also plenty of good books about brothers and sisters. Just take a listen below!

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  • “The power, the power!” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Books About Siblings picks (The Kneebone Boy and Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One)
  • A sibling book review from YOU (The Penderwicks)
  • Let’s all point and laugh at Nancy! Yay!

And don’t miss this fantastic sibling story, sent in from Hahaha me, age 12, from Maine. Why should you read it? Gymnastics in the living room. A clumsy older brother. ‘Nuff said.

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is funny books, in honor of April being National Humor Month! So send us a review of your favorite humorous book, and check out our previous picks for LOL funny books and these suggestions for even more ha-ha-hilarious books.

— Karen and Nancy

Brother, Sisters, and Books

March 30th, 2011 by

Growing up with three siblings can be tough. And if you have siblings, you’ll know that one of the biggest challenges is sharing stuff — bedrooms, bathrooms, clothes, parents… But one thing I never (well, rarely) minded sharing was BOOKS! Being a little sister AND a big sister, I had the strategic advantage of being recommended great books by my two older sisters and also bossing around advising my little brother on what books he should read.

So since we’re celebrating Books about Siblings right now, I thought I’d bug them for their book recommendations:

My little brother, Chris (who is now much taller than me):

“I always liked Harry Potter because (the first few) were easy to understand; plus, it was my first book series that I read… unless you count FoxTrot! XD”

My brother primarily spoke and read Chinese up until 5th grade, so getting into Harry Potter was a GREAT way to learn English! He was also a big fan of Bill Amend’s clever comic series FoxTrot, which I introduced him to. *Pats self on back*

My big sister, Cindy (who is actually shorter than me):

“The Boxcar Children and Little House on the Prairie series taught me to be resourceful and the American Girls series taught me to be proper. Anne of Green Gables taught me to be adventurous and not let people get me down, and Judy Blume’s Fudge books taught me the importance of a sense of humor. Now that I think of it, the Baby-sitter’s Club series taught me that everyone is either a natural-born leader, a natural-born shy person, a natural-born fashionista, or a natural-born… something!”

Cindy is closest to me in age, and I’d like to point out that all the books she mentioned have also been my picks for Kidsmomo themes!

My biggest sister, Sherry (we are the same size, but she is much wiser)

“The picture book If You Give A Mouse a Cookie taught me that milk and cookies go well together and mice are cute. (Cindy would vehemently disagree). I learned how to share and it’s the reason why I love chocolate chip cookies today. I also liked the Encyclopedia Brown series — this kid could do anything. I learned much of my common sense from those short stories. And the Boxcar Children series — what’s not to love about four orphaned kids who decide to run away and live in a boxcar… living off of bread and milk and (SPOILER ALERT!) reuniting with a wealthy grandpa? It’s the reason why I love french bread and milk… I just noticed that much of what I eat come from reading books. Sad.”

Sherry, it’s not as sad as the fact that Karen and I talk nearly as much about food as about books in podcasts…

Anyway, do any of you share books with your siblings? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Nancy

One of Nancy’s fondest memories is sitting around the kitchen table with all of her siblings, eating shoveling cereal and milk into our gullets while each reading a book. A lot of book spines and corn flakes were demolished at that kitchen table.

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Book Trailer: Savvy

March 29th, 2011 by

This book trailer for Savvy was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Siblings theme. For more on Savvy, check out our “Oh, Brother! (And Sister)” podcast.

A road trip with your siblings? Not always the most fun in the world. But add magical powers, the preacher’s kids, and a desperate family emergency to the mix — and what do you get? Savvy by Ingrid Law! Watch our video to meet some special siblings…

I think I broke it… by Hahaha me

March 26th, 2011 by

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 12 from Maine

I was practicing my handstand in my living room and came crashing to the ground. I rubbed my shoulder, wincing. Gymnasts in the Olympics made it look a lot easier than it really was! Sighing, I tried again. I just had to get this down or I would flunk gym.

My teenage brother walked into the room. “What on earth are you doing?”

“I’m trying to do a handstand,” I muttered.

“That’s not how you do it,” he said in a superior tone. “Let me show you.”

He stood in the center of the room and kicked his legs up into the air. They were a lot longer than mine, and then CRASH! His foot hit a lamp and the light went out, the bulb shattering. “WHOA!” He fell down on his back hard and the room shook.

“What did you do now?” I shrieked, inspecting the damage.

“It’s fine,” he assured me, getting up and fiddling around with the lamp. “I think.” But it didn’t flicker on. “Oops,” he said. “I think I broke it…”

We stared in silence at the destructed, demolished lamp.

Finally, I spoke. “YOU can tell Mom about this.”

Books About Siblings

March 22nd, 2011 by

I know you are, but what am I?

Stop hitting yourself.

I’m telling Mom!

You’re in trouble…

Are any of those phrases familiar to you? Then it probably means you have a sibling. And if you do, then you know that sometimes they can be a best friend, a shoulder to cry on, someone who understands you in a way no one else ever could… and sometimes you just want to bop them over the head in frustration. Well, join the club! All the characters in these books about siblings feel your pain. Meet them all (in no particular order):

  1. The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter (Karen’s pick)
  2. Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  4. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  5. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  6. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  7. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  8. The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  9. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  10. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  11. Never Mind!: A Twin Novel by Avi and Rachel Vail
  12. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  13. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
  14. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  15. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Siblings booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or use to taunt your brother or sister.)

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

UPDATE 4/5/11: We revealed the answer to our Books About Siblings Mystery Book Theater in the “Oh, Brother! (And Sister)” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear some hilarious stories about Nancy’s childhood – direct from her siblings!