Kidsmomo Podcast #16: “Rabbits and Crickets and Owls — Oh My!”

January 26th, 2010 by


A liverwurst-loving cricket. A waddling raccoon. And, of course, a funny bunny (yep, that’s him over on the left).

These are just a few of the creatures we’ve rounded up for our latest podcast, all about unusual animals (in other words, animals other than cats or dogs)!

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  • Sink your teeth into this week’s mystery book (pun intended!)
  • Our Unusual Animals book picks (Hoot and The Cricket in Times Square)
  • It’s a zoo in here — thanks YOUR book recs (The Wind in the Willows and Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology)
  • Karen hearts Logan Lerman

And don’t forget: our next topic is books involving time travel! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these time travel books that are so good, you’ll lose track of the time while you read them!

— Nancy and Karen

Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology by Dr. Ernest Drake

January 20th, 2010 by

drakes_comprehnsive_dragonologyReviewed by: Meghan, Age 11 from Rhode Island

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Rating: ★★★★★

This Book is so cool, I have it at home. It has many greatly illustrated sections and descriptions. It has facts, riddles, and rhimes for dragons. Even color descriptions! I reccommend this book to every-dragon lover!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

January 20th, 2010 by

wind_in_the_willowsReviewed by: Sara, Age 10 from Colorado

Rating: ★★★★★

Picture this… Being in the woods and living in the water as a water rat. That is how the first character in the book feels but he has no one to hang out with but one day he met a mole that was on a river bank.

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But the next character that comes in is a grouchy old badger. He later on becomes less grouchy. Then there is a trouble making toad.He does have a lot of trouble on the way. To find out if this crew comes out read this book!

Book Trailer: Bunnicula

January 19th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Bunnicula was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Unusual Animals theme. For more on Bunnicula, check out our “Rabbits and Crickets and Owls – Oh My!” podcast.

What could be sweeter than an adorable little rabbit? Look at the Easter Bunny and Little Cottontail, right? At least, that’s what the family thinks in Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. But when they adopt an abandoned rabbit, it soon becomes clear that this unusual animal was never the type to hop down the Bunny Trail…

Books About Unusual Animals

January 19th, 2010 by

News reporters like to focus on the divide between Republicans and Democrats, but here at Kidsmomo we know better — the real fight is between dog people and cat-lovers. You know what we’re talking about!

To avoid that issue, this week we’re focusing on animals other than cats and dogs. So get all your shots, and then check out these books about unusual animals (in no particular order):

  1. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Karen’s pick)
  2. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  4. The Tiger Rising by Kate DicCamillo
  5. Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
  6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  7. Rascal by Sterling North
  8. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  9. Akimbo and the Lions by Alexander McCall Smith
  10. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  11. White Fang by Jack London
  12. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about an unusual animal!

UPDATE 1/26/10: We revealed the answer to our Unusual Animals Mystery Book Theater in the “Rabbits and Crickets and Owls – Oh My!” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen mispronounce the word “burrowing” about 17 times. Well, maybe only seven times. But it’s still hilariously awkward…

Warriors: Into the Woods by Erin Hunter

January 12th, 2010 by

warriorsReviewed by: Meghan, Age 11 from Rhode Island

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Rating: ★★★★★

This is the first in the first series of Warriors! Meet Rusty, a kittypet that dreams of the forest. He explores the territory border of Thunderclan’s territory. He recieves an offer to become a warrior from Bluestar, Thunder Clan’s Leader. Read on in this sereis as Rusty becomes Firepaw to Fireheart, and later Firestar, leader of Thunderclan!

The Cricket In Times Square by George Selden

December 13th, 2009 by

the-cricket-in-times-squareReviewed by: Noah, Age 9 from Indiana

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Rating: ★★★★★

Chester, a cricket who has came from Conneticut, was probably a legendary music artist at his home. Meeting a mouse and a friendly cat, they must help the poor Belinies. Will he succeed?

White Fang by Jack London

December 5th, 2009 by

white_fang_jack_londonReviewed by: blake, Age 10 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

After being born in a cave White Fang and his siblings are starving. Tragectly White Fang is the only survivor, so him and his mom have to work together to stay alive. and when White Fang went hunting on his own he got attacked by a hawk. Then he goes to a river and falls in, he can’t swim. Does he survive? Read this book to find out. I’ve told you to much so you NEED to read this NOW!!!!!!

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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