Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 21, 2014

Jason Dolley Interview

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Jason DolleyInterview with Jason Dolley from Good Luck Charlie

Are you a Good Luck Charlie fan? I am! Jason Dolley, who is 22 in real life, plays PJ Duncan on the show. We interviewed him before along with Bradley Steven Perry who plays Gabe, but I’m super-psyched that we got to catch up again with Jason. He talked to us about his favorite book, his character PJ, and the Muppets. And in case you missed it, read our interview with Bridgit Mendler (who plays his sister, Teddy).

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

Jason: I have a special place in my heart for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe [by C. S. Lewis].

Jason Dolley in Good Luck Charlie

Disney Channel

Q: What do you want most in the world?

Jason: I don’t even think I know! Literally, that is the broadest and most interesting interview question I’ve ever been asked, and I know that because I don’t know how to answer that. But I love that you asked!

Q: What do you think is the most important issue for kids your age?

Jason: The biggest thing I see is substance abuse. I know a lot of people that have been affected by that. So that’s an issue.

Q: What’s up with your character for this season?

Jason: He is going to cooking school this year. He’s a really gifted cook, but I think he is struggling a little more than he expected, which is good, as he is learning well under pressure! His chef is super-hard on him, so that progress for him is good.

Q: You had an episode with the Muppets. How was working with the Muppets?

Jason: I was not there that week and I was so sad that I missed it. I worked with them once before on a Disney Channel special a while ago, so I was super bummed I couldn’t be there. They are awesome. I was super-glad that they were on our show!

image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider
Photos courtesy of Disney Channel

March 20, 2014

It’s Spring!

Marshmallow Peep says HI!Print a Butterfly Bookplate!

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to start thinking spring with spring quizzes, crafts, and activities! Winter is over! Winter is over!! Winter is over!!!

Happy spring!

March 19, 2014

Swindle Sequel: Jackpot

Posted by at 1:22 am in Gordon Korman, Reads | Permalink

Jackpot book cover by Gordon KormanJackpot (for ages 8-12) by Gordon Korman

Here’s the scoop: Someone on Long Island bought a lottery ticket worth $29,876,454.53. The problem is they never cashed it in. It’s missing, and it needs to be found soon. The deadline for cashing it is one year, and that year is almost up.

Griffin and his friends live near where the multi-million-dollar ticket was bought. As revenge for multiple bullying incidents, they team up and send Darren Vader on a wild goose chase digging through the garbage cans of Cedarville (thinking that the ticket is in one of them). However, the prank goes awry and soon, people from all over are Dumpster diving, hoping to find the missing lottery ticket.

Plus, there’s a new kid in town who might actually hate Griffin more than Darren does: Victor Phoenix. Victor sees Griffin as a bully. Next thing he knows, Griffin’s friends are spending their time with Victor and not him. It seems like everyone is against him!

Griffin resorts to his worst nightmare: working with Darren to find out who purchased that missing lottery ticket. Do they succeed? Or is that prize money as good as gone? Read Chapter 1 now!

What would you do if you won almost 30 million dollars? Tell us in the Comments below!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

March 18, 2014

Create a Caption: Guinness World Records

Posted by at 1:29 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionHow many cheerleaders can fit in a smart car?

Doesn’t this cheer squad look silly? They hold the Guinness World Record for cramming the most people into a smart car! If the people (or the car!) could talk, what do you think they would say?

Guinness World Record: Most cheerleaders in a Smart Car

Ryan Schude/Guinness World Records

I think these cheerleaders would be saying something like, “READY? OKAY! We’ll say it loud because we’re proud! W-O-R-L-D-R-E-C-O-R-D What’s that spell? WORLD RECORD!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below.

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

March 14, 2014

Blake Michael Interview

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Blake MichaelInterview with Blake Michael from Dog with a Blog

We love, love, LOVE Dog with a Blog! (Did you see our Dog with a Blog Would You Rather Quiz last week?) And we’re super-excited to bring to you this interview with Blake Michael, who plays Tyler James (the older brother of Avery, a.k.a. G Hannelius) on the show. He also played Charlie Delgado in Lemonade Mouth. He talks about music, his favorite subject in school, and . . . gardening?!

Q: Lemonade Mouth has a great soundtrack. Do you really play drums?
Blake: I really play drums and actually have a little recording studio at home, and I have my own setup with my piano and drums. I create tracks all the time. So next year, you can look forward to seeing some new music of mine.

Q: Are they going to use it on Dog with a Blog?
Blake: Dog with a Blog has already incorporated my DJ stuff. I’ve been a DJ for a long time and they actually used it in an episode, so you never know.

Blake Michael in Dog with a Blog

Disney Channel

Q: Is the environment important to you?

Blake: I’ve been buying organic food, and I actually bought some flowers and planted them in my house. I love gardening. I have this little tree that is growing out of a coconut in my room. I love forestry and nature, and gardening!

Q: What’s your favorite school subject?

Blake: My favorite school subject is literature. I’ve being analyzing advance scripts and dramatic roles since I was four years old, so that helped me develop my strong literature base. I’m really good at grammar. I was doing, like, college grammar in seventh grade, which is pretty crazy!

And, if you want to know his favorite book, you can watch this video.
image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider

March 13, 2014

March Madness 2014!

Posted by at 1:47 am in Games, News, Reads | Permalink

March Madness BasketballMarch Madness Basketball Activities

March 16th is Selection Sunday for the 2014 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness. For those of you who love basketball, this is obviously the highlight of the year–the next three weeks are all about watching, eating, and breathing basketball! As this 76th season of March Madness kicks off, we’re lacing up our sneakers, dusting off our pom-poms, and rounding up our favorite basketball books, games, and activities at the STACKS.

Which team are you rooting for this year? What are you doing for March Madness? Share in the Comments below!

March 12, 2014

A Snicker of Magic Book Review

Posted by at 1:28 am in Reads | Permalink

A Snicker of MagicA Snicker of Magic (for ages 8-12) by Natalie Lloyd

Felicity has always been different. She can see words, but not just the kind written on paper or typed on a computer screen. Felicity can see the words of people around her. Their thoughts and whispers, feelings and dreams are alive to her. Some are glittery; some have feet like caterpillars, and one is even full of lightning bolts. She collects them in her little blue book that she always carries with her.

A Snicker of Magic book cover by Natalie LloydFelicity’s mother, Holly Pickles, has a wandering heart, and has never settled down long enough to call anywhere “home.” Midnight Gulch may be different, though. Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away.

Now, for the first time, Felicity has a best friend, and she will do anything to convince her mom that they need to stay. But first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.

Will Felicity be able to call the magical Midnight Gulch home? Read Chapter 1 and see if you get hooked! What kind of magic you would have if you lived in Midnight Gulch? Share in the Comments section!

–Elysse, STACKS Writer

March 11, 2014

BreezeBrain Guess the Book

Posted by at 1:44 am in Trivia | Permalink

Guess the Book TriviaCan you guess the titles of these books?

After last week’s Winter Reading Games, gold-medalist BreezeBrain39 submitted these Guess the Book questions. I know the answers to some of these but I might need help with a couple. How many of these books can you guess?

1. Glue stick saves the world.

2. Touch blue and your wish comes true.

3. A wolf, a panda, a leopard, and a bird.

4. The Robie house . . . this story’s plot.

5. A candy-making competition plus secrets.

6. A mouse computer.

7. Mustaches and politics combined.

Leave your answers in the Comments. And go add BreezeBrain39 as a friend!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer