Whee! I’m Flying (Kinda): A Super Kid Submission

January 27th, 2011 by

We just wrapped up our Superheroes (Kinda) theme earlier this week, but apparently we’ve learned nothing from reading about the various superheroes (of sorts) in our book picks. Why’s that? Because we failed one of the good citizens of Kidsmomo… When we recorded our podcast, we completely neglected to feature the super story that we received from Hahaha me, age 11, from Maine! So, here it is now:

We asked all of you, “If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?” Here’s what Hahaha me had to say:

If I could pick any super power, I would either fly, or turn invisible. Wait — I take that back. If somebody couldn’t see me when I was invisible and threw a basketball or something my way that would NOT be nice. 🙂 Probably I would fly because this law of gravity restricts me too much, and it would be really useful if you were playing tag, or if you were on a boat was sinking in the middle of a shark feeding frenzy. Besides, flying is just COOL! I do have some experience in flying (in my dreams), so I don’t think it would be too hard to fly. If it actually was possible. If I couldn’t fly, I would love to have control of water. In the summer I could make the water temp really warm so I wouldn’t freeze when I went to the beach. 🙂

Thanks so much for sending in your answer, Hahaha me! Can you ever forgive us for leaving it out of our podcast? We hope so, because with your combined flying-ability-and-water-control-power, you’re really a force to be reckoned with!

— Karen and Nancy

Check out all our amazing kid-submitted stories and send in one of your own!

Kidsmomo Podcast #40: “Up, Up, and Away!”

January 25th, 2011 by

POW! BAM! ZOOM! These crime-fighters just cannot be stopped! Well, except if one of them gets wet, another one gets eaten with a hamburger, and the rest turn 13 years old. But, you know, other than that… Still, we honor these do-gooders in our latest podcast, all about superheroes (kinda)!

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  • “Tra la la!” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Brain power — aka our dream super powers
  • Our Superheroes (Kinda) picks (Magic Pickle series and Powerless)
  • A related review from YOU (I Am Tom Morrow)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is music! So send us a review of your favorite book about music, and check out our picks for books about music.

— Karen and Nancy

Video Time: Scenes with Superheroes

January 22nd, 2011 by

Our current theme on Kidsmomo is Superheroes (Kinda), meaning unconventional crime-fighters who aren’t quite at the Superman level — okay, they’re not nearly at the Superman level. But they kick baddie butt nonetheless, and they deserve to be honored.

But after announcing our Superheroes (Kinda) theme, I realized that it’s sort of hard to get the full picture of what these guys accomplish without seeing them in action. Hence… video time! Here are the best trailers to go along with our booklist for this theme:

My personal favorite video is for Nancy’s pick, Powerless by Matthew Cody:


 

Although, this video for the Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka definitely gets my vote for best superhero theme song:


 

Then again, you don’t need fancy music or even animation to make a good book trailer. I give major props to the guy in this video for my pick, the Magic Pickle series by Scott Morse &#151 he got me interested in the books just by talking! (Btw, this video was produced by Scholastic, the publishers of the Magic Pickle series. I also work at Scholastic, but I wasn’t involved in the creation of the books or the making of this video. Unfortunately, because I looooooooove pickles. Yum.) 

And as a final treat, I’ll leave you with these two videos for NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley. The first one provides the scoop on the series direct from the source itself &#151 the author. But the second video is even better! It’s an introduction to all the same characters, but in German! Trust me; even though you won’t understand a word, you will still love it. I guarantee.

So first, meet the author:

And now, NERDS… in German!


 

Man, I wish I knew German! Apparently, hypnotized squirrels are funny in any language. 🙂

— Karen

Karen just CANNOT get the Lunch Lady song out of her head. Darn you, liver and onions!

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Book Trailer: Captain Underpants

January 18th, 2011 by

This book trailer for the Captain Underpants series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Superheroes (Kinda) theme. For more on Captain Underpants, check out our “Up, Up, and Away!” podcast.

What’s the number one most important part of a superhero’s outfit? If you guessed that it’s the cape, well… you’re WRONG! It’s actually the prominently displayed underwear! At least, that’s what Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants seems to think. Watch our video to meet this, uh, untraditional superhero!

Whee! I’m Flying (Kinda) by Hahaha me

January 13th, 2011 by

If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

If I could pick any super power, I would either fly, or turn invisible. Wait — I take that back. If somebody couldn’t see me when I was invisible and threw a basketball or something my way that would NOT be nice. 🙂 Probably I would fly because this law of gravity restricts me too much, and it would be really useful if you were playing tag, or if you were on a boat was sinking in the middle of a shark feeding frenzy. Besides, flying is just COOL! I do have some experience in flying (in my dreams), so I don’t think it would be too hard to fly. If it actually was possible. If I couldn’t fly, I would love to have control of water. In the summer I could make the water temp really warm so I wouldn’t freeze when I went to the beach. 🙂

Books Starring Superheroes (Kinda)

January 11th, 2011 by

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a flying pickle? Or wait, it’s a crime-fighting cafeteria worker? No, I’m mistaken — it’s clearly a kid with technologically-endowed braces. Or is it Captain Nobody?

Given this booklist, it could be any of the above! Because these aren’t books about legends like Superman, Spiderman, or Wonder Woman; these are stories of superheroes… of sorts. From a sixth-grader who has a run-in with space plasma to a kid who’s the only “normal” person in Superopolis, meet these unconventional superheroes (in no particular order):

  1. Magic Pickle (graphic novel series) by Scott Morse (Karen’s pick)
  2. Powerless by Matthew Cody (Nancy’s pick)
  3. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
  4. Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford
  5. Shredderman series by Wendelin van Draanen
  6. Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  7. The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy series by William Boniface
  8. Melvin Beederman Superhero series by Greg Trine and illustrated by Rhode Montijo
  9. Hero by Mike Lupica
  10. Archvillain by Barry Lyga

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Superheroes (Kinda) booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or just use for scratch paper as you sketch out the power-boosting machine that will turn you into a genuine superhero yourself.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about a superhero (of sorts).

UPDATE 1/25/11:
We revealed the answer to our Superheroes (of Sorts) Mystery Book Theater in the “Up, Up, and Away!” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear lots of terrible puns and our new silly names, care of Professor Poopypants. (Confused? Just listen to the podcast. All will be revealed.)

I Am Tom Morrow by Travis Poulson

October 5th, 2009 by

I_am_tom_morrowReviewed by: Benny, age 14, from Utah

Rating: ★★★★★

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Featured in our "Up, Up, and Away!" podcast

I just read I Am Tom Morrow by Travis Poulson and loved every minute of it. It’s the story of a boy named Tom as he find out that his small town is in the middle of a huge conspiracy involving the most advanced weapons in the world! He also discoveres that he has a special power where he can slow down time when he’s in trouble. The story is hilarious and full of crazy characters! Adventure and action are on every page! I loved this book!