Kidsmomo Podcast #68: Dog Days and Hamster Horror

May 1st, 2012 by

What do you get when you put together a dog who’s trained to attack and a really fat hamster? Our latest podcast! Don’t worry — no animals were harmed in the making of our podcast; it just so happens that our book picks both feature some crazy critters!

Also tune in for mumbling, jazz hands, and a review from you!

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  • Karen’s book review: Showoff by Gordon Korman
  • Nancy’s book review: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies
  • A review from YOU: So B. It by Sarah Weeks
  • Nancy fails at pet care (aka “Did that hamster get cloned?!”)

And don’t forget: write in with a book review below. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

“Shadow” Wins Big in the UK

June 16th, 2011 by

Over 150,000 votes were cast, and now the results are in… Shadow by Michael Morpurgo has just been named kids’ favorite book of the year! WOO HOO! APPLAUSE! CRAZY ANTICS AND CELEBRATION!

What? You’ve never heard of Shadow?

Well, that’s because the voting took place in the United Kingdom, as part of the Red House Children’s Book Award. Every year, kids across the UK nominate their favorite new books for consideration. Then they come back to check out the finalists and put in their votes for the big winner.

And this year, that honor went to Shadow, the story of an Afghan boy (named Aman) and his springer spaniel (named Shadow). When Aman and his mother decide to flee the war in Afghanistan, they find that Shadow plays a larger role in their dangerous journey than they ever could have imagined. Sounds pretty thrilling! But you don’t have to take my word for it, since I haven’t read the book myself — if you want to see what one British kid had to say about the book, check out this review on an English newspaper’s website!

And in case you were wondering, the competing finalists for the 2011 Red House Children’s Book Award were: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and Time Train to the Blitz by Sophie McKenzie. The former is a humorous mystery starring two siblings (and their dead hamsters), and the latter is an action-packed adventure set in World War II London — and involving time travel! Seriously, could there be two more different books on the same finalist list?

I guess those British kids are into all kinds of books, just like you guys — as proven in the book reviews you submit here on Kidsmomo. So don’t let them have all the fun! Check out any of the Red House Children’s Book Award finalists, and then send in your own opinions in the comments or through a review!

— Karen

Karen just learned that a friend of hers will be moving to London in the fall. So if you guys don’t mind, she’ll be scheduling a vacation to sip high tea and eat crumpets very soon!

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