Kidsmomo Podcast #44: “About a Girl”

March 22nd, 2011 by

A dorky new girl, a spunky orphan, and a girl who’s just trying to figure out life stuff the best that she can — these are the stars of our latest podcast, all about series starring girls. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kidsmomo podcast without some off-topic segments too… So prepare yourself for Karen’s rant about summer birthdays and a revelation about Nancy and pus! (Yes, pus! We told you to prepare yourself!)

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  • “Too school for cool” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Wimpy Kid vs. Dork Diaries
  • Our Series Starring Girls picks (the Alice series and the Anne of Green Gables books)
  • A review from YOU (Molly Saves the Day, an American Girl book)
  • A bloated hand (seriously, prepare yourself!)

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

— Karen and Nancy

Character Interviews: (NOT) Welcoming the New Kid

September 11th, 2010 by

The books for our current theme are all about new kids — some of whom don’t exactly get the warmest welcome. Sure, you could luck out like Emily Ebers (in the books by Lisa Yee) and make friends with someone really cool like Millicent Min. Okay, Millicent isn’t exactly “cool,” but she’s really nice.

On the other hand, some of the locals aren’t so nice to the new kids in our books for this theme. And I caught up with some of them to get the inside scoop for Kidsmomo:

“Well, once there was this girl who was just… just… WEIRD. Her clothes didn’t match. I mean, I guess some people would think she’s original and cool, but I thought it was weird. She dressed like it was Halloween every day. It must be a family thing, because her little brother dressed like it was Halloween all the time, too. Maybe they’re just really into Halloween.”


“Word of advice: When you meet the new girl, don’t pull her pigtails and call her ‘Carrots,’ no matter how much you want her to pay attention to you because she’s really cute. Because she’ll hold a grudge for a really, really long time. It might be years before she agrees to be your friend.”

Gilbert Blythe

“I hate when people get in my face. Especially losers. So when a new kid — a big-time loser — gets to camp, I show him who’s boss. I usually grab his scrawny neck and drag him into the bathroom. Then I give a good dunking in the toilet.”

Clarisse La Rue

When asked about the incident with a certain son of Poseidon, Miss La Rue rudely stated the interview was over, tore off her microphone, and hit me in the face with it.

Okay, I didn’t actually interview these characters, obviously. Because they’re fictional. Which is just as well, because I’m pretty sure Clarisse would beat me up. 🙁

— Nancy

After re-imagining an encounter with Clarisse, Nancy decided that she could get a decent punch in. She’s pretty feisty.

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

August 20th, 2010 by

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★★

In classics, the author usually drones on and on about things that nobody cares about (kind of like I’m doing now). So I don’t like them. My definition of a classic is “action-lacking and boring”. But this summer I found a classic that blew me away! When Anne, an energetic red-head orphan who has been shuffled around through different families all her life goes to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, she wants nothing more than to stay in Green Gables for good. At first, Marilla is objective and doesn’t want Anne to stay, but soon Anne’s spirit gets to her. Anne gets into problems all the time, and has a vivid imagination. My favorite part is when Anne is acting out a scene from a book and is floating out in a pond in a leaky boat! And this book is NOT boring. (Climbing up on a roof for and falling off, smashing a chalkboard over a boy’s head.) I’d say there are two types of classics: The boring ones and the ones that really deserve to be honored. I know where I would put Anne of Green Gables. Read it!