Kidsmomo Podcast #57: A Fright Fest, Plus Factoids

November 1st, 2011 by

Just when you thought Halloween was over and you’d be safe from all the menacing terrors that haunt the night, we’ve got something truly horrifying in our latest podcast… corny jokes! Or should we say candy corny jokes?! HA HA HA HA!


Anyway… we’ve also got book recommendations, wacky facts, and cruelty to turkeys. So rise above your fear of lame humor and give our podcast a spin:

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  • Karen’s book review: How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston
  • Nancy’s book review: Every Day On Earth, written by Steve Murrie and Matthew Murrie, illustrated by Tom Bloom
  • A review from YOU: Libby on Wednesday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • Comedy, drama, romance, and burritos

And don’t forget: As we mention in the podcast, we’ve got TWO book giveaways running right now! Enter for a chance to win signed copies of Aaron Starmer’s books (DWEEB and The Only Ones) and Dancing With The Pen: A Collection of Today’s Best Youth Writing.

And speaking of writing, you should write in your review below! Or send in a review of any book you love. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

Libby on Wednesday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

October 24th, 2011 by

Submitted by kelya, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

this book is about a girl name libby who hates, and wants to quit school. she than asked her relatives can she be home schooled and thye home schooled her for a few days. tha her mother decides its time for her to be socialized. so now she is stuck with four kids she dosen’t like in a writers club that meets weekly on wednesday. the five classmetes learn to accept each other, and even become friends.

Kidsmomo Podcast #33: “New Kids on the Block”

September 14th, 2010 by

A new kid who conspires with a mobster. A new kid whose life changes because of a dog. And a new kid who makes Karen cry. Plus, meet the nuke kid, the nude kid, and the newt kid! We’ve got ’em all in our latest podcast, all about books starring “the new kid.”

(And be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end, to catch our lightning round competition based on this theme’s mystery book!)

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  • Al Capone on Al Catraz (get it?!) — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our New Kid book picks (Libby on Wednesday and Bridge to Terabithia)
  • A New Kid book review from YOU (Because of Winn-Dixie)
  • Karen vs. Nancy in a speed battle of wits!

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books about orphans — but don’t worry, they’re not all sad! So send us a review of your favorite book about an orphan and check out our picks for books about orphans.

— Karen and Nancy

Duck, Duck, Goose (Cats)

June 26th, 2010 by

My sister, Cindy, has had two cats since they were kittens — one named Duck and the other Goose. They are brother and sister so obviously, they have very different personalities. Despite that, they love each other! Here they are giving each other a hug:

Goose is on the left, Duck is on the right.

I like to imagine that when we’re off to human work doing human things, they don’t just lie about sleeping. They are like Chester Cat from Bunnicula — they have intelligent conversations and read excellent literature.

Goose is the older brother, and although he’s very much a cat, I’ve always thought he acts like a dog — he’ll even beg for table scraps! Here he is, ready to pounce on some hamburgers we’ve cooked up:

His love for food is so great that it has overcome his modesty and belly. Long ago when Goose was a kitten, he was quite the active “sports kitten.” He would relentlessly chase laser lights and play with balls of twine. Now… well, check out this recent photo of him:

As he’s become accustomed to the cushy lifestyle Cindy has provided for him, he’s less of a “sports cat” and more of a sports fan — a sports fan who particularly enjoys snacking while watching the game. Which is why I know he’d love these two books from our food books theme and sports books theme, respectively: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling and Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica:

But Goose isn’t just a meathead cat with sleep and food on his mind. He’s also a proud and sensitive soul — here he is, defending his home from the neighborhood bully:

Which is why I know he’d also enjoy Crash by Jerry Spinelli, all about Crash Coogan, a smug jock and bully who changes for the better.

When that mean neighborhood cat sneaked into our home, it upset Duck, Goose’s little sister, to no end. She’s always been a little skittish, and whenever someone new enters a room, she’ll run and hide:

When the humans aren’t home, I think Duck is spending all her time looking into conspiracy theories. I think she believes she’s a human, her brother thinks he’s a dog, and she’s spent her lifetime trying to figure it all out. So a book she would have read over and over would be The Doom Machine by Mark Teague:

But despite her… erm, unique theories, she’s still just a nerdy, shy, nervous kitten at heart — so someday she should pick up Ann M. Martin’s Mary Anne Saves the Day (BSC #4) and Libby on Wednesday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

These two books are all about two shy, smart, sensitive girls who eventually come out of their shells.

Perhaps one day I’ll go visit Duck and Goose and catch them with their reading glasses near the fireplace, curled up next to a good book, right before bed:

A rare moment where Duck doesn't run away. But she doesn't like having her photo taken, either!

Based on what I’ve told you about Duck and Goose, my eccentric feline nephew and niece, what books would you recommend to them?

— Nancy

Nancy spends quite a lot of time giving personalities to animate animals and inanimate objects. She loves to eat, sleep, and is a little bit skittish herself, too.

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