Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

March 29th, 2013 by

dear-dumb-diary-jim-bentonSubmitted by alecia, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

its soooo coool i just had to review it

Book Reviews — In Verse!

April 7th, 2012 by

It’s April, and you know what that means… Well, yes, it’s probably going to rain a lot. But I was actually referring to National Poetry Month!

I know not everyone is into poetry, and I understand. Some poetry is crazy difficult to understand, and some poetry is very dull. Other poetry, well, it’s just plain bad — for example, the poetry I wrote when I was a teenager! But poetry can be fun, especially when you feel free to get silly with it. Which I am about to do!

Last year, I had such a blast writing booktalk poetry that I decided to do it again. So prepare yourself to be wowed by my amazing skillz!

Obviously, I have to start with a limerick:

dear-dumb-diary-jim-bentonDear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton

There once was a girl named Jamie.
And I know she’d totally slay me,
But I read her secret notes;
There’s a zillion funny quotes!
C’mon, can you really blame me?

Then I thought it would be fitting to write a haiku for this book, which is about a doll that the Japanese government gives to America as a token of friendship:

friendship-doll-kirby-larsonThe Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

If you’re a girl who
Likes historical fiction,
This book is for you.

Not bad, eh? Well, I saved the best for last! Here is my ode to a little green guy who holds my heart:

strange-case-origami-yodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Meet Origami Yoda.
He’ll give you some advice.
But can you really trust him?
I suggest that you think twice.

Is it truly Yoda’s wisdom,
Or could it be his maker, Dwight?
Some suggestions work out great;
Others don’t seem right.

Tommy really needs to know,
‘Cuz he asked about romance.
Is this just a joke by Dwight,
Or should he take a chance?

If you wanna know what happens,
Then you gotta read the book.
And there’s also a fun sequel
That’s totally worth a look.

I also heard that soon,
There’s gonna be a Book 3.
You know I’m gonna get it,
‘Cuz it’s about… a wookiee!

Well, I hope these poetic book reviews have inspired you — to write your own, read the books, or hopefully both! If you decide to give it a go, please share the results in the comments. I would love to see what you create!

— Karen

Karen recently re-read some of the poetry she wrote back in high school. Wow, it was terrible. Like, stinky to high heaven. You will not ever be seeing any of it on Kidsmomo.

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Video Time: Meet Our Mystery Book Author!

September 18th, 2009 by

In our “Don’t Be a Fool, Stay in School” podcast, Nancy and I revealed the title of last week’s Mystery Book — which is actually the first installment in a hilarious series.

We talked about the characters’ nefarious schemes, we discussed the alleged movie based on the books, and we revealed how we relate to the characters (Nancy is full of rage just like the protagonist, and I’m beautiful and angelic just like her enemy — really, I swear!).

So, if you haven’t checked out the books yet, well, what are you waiting for? What do we need to do to convince you — introduce you to the author himself?

Okay, fine, here you go:

Now, won’t you please, please get these books? Do it, or I’ll set Stinker loose on you (that’s the dog in the series — and no, they were not creative with the name, so be forewarned…).

— Karen

Kidsmomo Podcast #4: “Don’t Be a Fool, Stay in School”

September 14th, 2009 by

Blackmail, unrequited love, lying to authority, mortal enemies, and sibling conflict — sounds like the makings of a soap opera, right? Nope, just another day at school!

AND it’s all in our latest podcast, dedicated to our favorite school stories. Plus a little insight into Nancy’s traumatic childhood (so that’s how she turned out like that…)!

    Download the MP3 (8.3 MB)

  • Flying meatloaf and a girl named after a man — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our A+ school story recommendations (Lunch Money and Ramona the Pest)
  • Nancy’s school crush past!

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is fantasy seriesl! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these great fantasy series.

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: Dear Dumb Diary

September 7th, 2009 by

This book trailer for the Dear Dumb Diary series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our School Stories theme. For more on Dear Dumb Diary, check out our “Don’t Be a Fool, Stay in School” podcast.

Dear Diary,

You’ll never guess what happened today: we posted an awesome new video for the Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton! It’s so funny that when we were recording it, we had to take lots of breaks because Nancy couldn’t stop laughing at Karen’s funny voices. Or else she was gagging at Karen’s funny body odor — sometimes it’s hard to tell…

Anyway, we hope lots of kids watch the video!

Well, that’s it for today, Diary. I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow…