Guys Read: Thriller – Video Review

August 21st, 2011 by

Since our current theme is Fall Preview, our latest video features an upcoming book we’re super psyched about β€” or should we say, we’re thrilled about it? (Yes, we should, because we love puns.)

Guys Read: Thriller
comes out September 20th, and it’s packed with spooky tales from awesome authors like Anthony Horowitz, Walter Dean Myers, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and M.T. Anderson.

Check out our “He Said / She Said” video review of the book β€” starring our friend, Taylor, to bring a guy’s point of view for this Guys Read!

Too busy running away from a supernatural predator and no time to watch the video? No problem! Download the audio!

And while you wait for Guys Read: Thriller, check out Guys Read: Funny Business β€” it’s already out.

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 β€” 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. πŸ™‚

β€” Karen

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

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The News, According to Kids

January 9th, 2010 by

Okay, we’re already nine days into the new year, so this is a little late, but I just discovered this awesome video highlighting the hottest news stories of 2009!

Hey, is that a yawn I see over there? Wait! This video was created by a group of kids! And it’s totally like something you’d see on MTV. So check it out:

This was the winning video in a contest inviting kids across the country to made a video about their picks for the Top 10 News Stories of 2009. And the coolest part is that this #1 vid was produced by eighth-graders β€” even though the contest was open to high schoolers too. Boo-yah!

β€” Karen

NOTE: This video contest was run by New York Times Upfront Magazine, which is published by Scholastic, which is where Nancy and I work. But just like with the Baby-Sitters Club, we don’t have any involvement in the magazine. (So don’t complain to us if you entered your video and didn’t win!)

President Obama, 9-year-old Sarah from Oklahoma, and… Fudgermallows?

September 11th, 2009 by

Today I traded my flip flops for boots. September 21 is the first official day of of fall, but when I wear boots is when fall starts for me!

So… that also means the start of a new school year, and it’s probably the first week of school for many of you. And that’s a big deal β€” such a big deal that President Obama made a big ol’ speech about it!

The speech was aimed directly at kids, and one of those kids (9-Year-Old Sarah from Oklahoma) posted a video to share her reaction with the world. Just in case some of you don’t know her (actually… I doubt any of you know her β€” neither do we!), check out her video:

I think it’s great that Sarah’s getting her message out there! Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Fudgermallow, Diddlydoo, or other, it’s important to read up on the facts and make your own decisions.

By the way, Fudgermallow and Diddlydoo aren’t really political parties. But wouldn’t it be hilarious if they were?

β€” Nancy

P.S. Politics aside, it’s awesome that the President mentions J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter. HP love in the White House, yo!

Awesome Kid Video for The Penderwicks!

August 29th, 2009 by

So, Nancy and I spent all week crying because no one guessed our first Mystery Book correctly. We wept for ourselves because we wouldn’t have a winner to name in our podcast, but we also shed tears for you β€” yes, YOU β€” because that means you’ve never read The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. And that is truly a crying shame.

But you don’t have to take our word for it! Check out this amazing kid-produced video that I stumbled across, dedicated to The Penderwicks:

My favorite part is where Rosalind is burning the cookies. She looks like she could live in that oven! HILARIOUS!

Major props to Margaret (I think that’s what she says at the beginning of the video) for putting this together. Truly amazing. And though I hate to admit it, almost as good as the Mystery Book Theater video that Nancy and I made. But only almost. =P

β€” Karen