Warriors: Fading Echos by Erin Hunter

December 22nd, 2010 by

Submitted by Charlie, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is very good. As Firestar and Thunderclan deal with problems, warriors from the Dark Forest try to recruit living cats so they can fight Starclan, their warrior ancestors. Also, Leopardstar, RiverClan’s leader, loses her 9th life and dies. Dovepaw has to help Lionblaze and Jayfeather.

Kidsmomo Podcast #28: “The Cat’s Meow”

June 29th, 2010 by

A cat that devours broccoli. A kitten that wears socks. A female feline with a guy’s name. And a cat clan ready to battle. These are just a few of the felines featured in our latest podcast, all about cat books!

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  • A stitch in time saves nine (lives) — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Cat stories from our past
  • Our favorite kidlit kitties (The Broccoli Tapes and Socks)
  • A feline-focused review by YOU (the Warriors series)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is beach reads — meaning fun, light books! So send us a review of your favorite beach read and check out our picks for easy breezy beach reads.

Till next time, have some fun in the sun!

— 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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The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter

June 23rd, 2010 by

Submitted by Sebastian, Age 11, from New Hampshire

Rating: ★★★★☆

I just finished reading the first Warriors series. I liked the sixth book best, The Darkest Hour. I thought the battle between the clans and Blood Clan was exciting. My least favorite was book five because I thought the bad guys were kind of boring.

I liked this series but I don’t know if I’ll read the others. But maybe I will sometime in the future.

Also check out Ayra’s review of this series!

Book Trailer: Time Cat

June 22nd, 2010 by

This book trailer for Time Cat was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books About Cats theme. For more on Time Cat, check out our “Cat’s Meow” podcast.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione’s got her Time-Turner to travel into the past. In Lloyd Alexander’s Time Cat, the main character’s got his… cat? Watch our video to get the scoop on this feline feat!

Kidsmomo Does Lolcats

June 19th, 2010 by

O hai. You knew it was unavoidable. Our current theme is cats, so how could we resist doing a KidsmomoMO video in LOLspeak? Answer is: we couldn’t.

Of course, the feline characters in our cat book recommendations don’t all care about cheezburgers, so tune in to see what these kidlit kitties would say if they were lolcats:

Bluestar’s Prophecy (Warriors Super Edition) by Erin Hunter

June 13th, 2010 by

warriors-special-edition-bluestars-prophecy-kid-book-reviewSubmitted by Clara, Age 9 from California

Rating: ★★★★★

This is a amazing book because it shows the past of the Clans. If you have a cat, you should definitely read this.

Purr-fect Books About Cats

June 13th, 2010 by

Yes, we know that’s a horrible pun we put in the title of this post. But give us a break — Karen was bitten by a cat as a kid and Nancy’s allergic, so we’re not exactly cat lovers. And yet, we’re dedicating our new theme to books about cats. Why put ourselves through it? Why, it’s all for you feline people out there. The dog lovers got their theme, and now it’s your turn! So don’t say we never did anything for you.

And after all, just because we don’t like spending time with cats, that doesn’t mean we dislike reading about them — and torturing you with awful puns about them. So, here are some meow-velous kitty picks (in no particular order):

  1. The Broccoli Tapes by Jan Slepian (Karen’s pick)
  2. Socks by Beverly Cleary (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
  4. Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  5. Whittington by Alan W. Armstrong
  6. Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle
  7. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
  8. Sam the Cat series by Linda Stewart
  9. Cat Pack series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  10. The Cats of Roxville Station by Jean Craighead George
  11. It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
  12. One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite cat book.
UPDATE 6/29/10: We revealed the answer to our Cat Book Mystery Book Theater in the “Cat’s Meow” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy rejoice in Karen’s discomfort with cats. Warning: she gets mean about it!

Rising Storm (Warriors #4) by Erin Hunter

December 3rd, 2009 by

rising-storm-erin-hunterReviewed by: beki, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★½

as summer goes on every cat is questioning another cat but will he dare to tell his secrets read the book series and find out

Forests of Secrets (Warriors #3) by Erin Hunter

December 3rd, 2009 by

forests-of-secrets-erin-hunterReviewed by: beki, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

every forest clan cat has something to hide and some secrets are worth killing read the book and find out also find out in the series warriors

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