Author Archives: Brian K.

September 25, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

So many laughs! So many doodles! What a great ending to Jeff Kinney’s hilarious book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. Did you enjoy the ending as much as I did? The second half of this book was filled with so much excitement, I can’t wait to discuss it with all of you.

If you missed the first discussion, you can see what we discussed in Meeting 1. And now, without further ado, here are the official discussion questions for this week’s STACKS Book Club meeting.diarywk7_thirdwheel

  • What do you think of Greg’s crazy attempts at finding a date to the dance? My favorite was wearing his dad’s leather jacket to school. Which was your favorite?
  • How funny was Greg’s failed attempt at babysitting? Would you trust Greg to watch your little brother or sister?
  • What did you think when Abigail agreed to go to the dance with both Greg and Rowley?
  • Remember when Rowley thought he had chickenpox? What an awful way to start a night! Have you had a funnier story from a school dance?
  • What did you think of the gang’s wacky dinner at Corney’s?
  • Wasn’t the school dance such a bizarre time? What was your favorite part of the Valentine’s Day dance?

Feel free to answer any or all the questions in the Comments below, or pose your own questions to the STACKS Book Club. Also, if you love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, check out this amazing video with the author, Jeff Kinney! And if you are looking for more books like this, try our Wimpy Kid Readalikes.

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

September 18, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Wimpy Kid Meeting 1

Posted by at 1:01 pm in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Reads | Permalink

StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

It’s time again to grab a copy of your favorite book, curl up in your favorite reading spot, and get excited for the latest meeting of the STACKS Book Club. This club will meet right here on the Ink Splot 26 blog, where we can read a book together and then discuss its amazingness in the Comments below!

Our latest book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney. This fantastic tale of grade school drama follows Greg Heffley as he tries to navigate the difficult world of dating. When Greg’s school announces it will hold a Valentine’s Day dance, Greg, along with the help of his best friend Rowley, must do everything he can to find a date. The Third Wheel is the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and with the eighth book, Hard Luck, coming out this November, it’s the perfect time to catch up on your reading!

Now, without further ado, here are the official discussion questions for the first half of The Third Wheel!diarywk7_thirdwheel

  • Aren’t Greg’s doodles the funniest parts of the story? What is your favorite sketch so far?
  • Greg grows up with such a wacky family. What member of Greg’s family is most similar to yours?
  • Learning dance in gym class sounds like so much fun! Who in the Greg’s school would you want to be your partner?
  • Wasn’t it hilarious watching Greg help Rowley run for student council? Who would you vote for, Greg or Rowley? And why?
  • Were you excited when they announced the Valentine’s Day Dance? What do you think will happen next?

Feel free to answer any or all of the questions or pose your own questions in the Comments below. Also, don’t forget to stop back on DATE to discuss the exciting end to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel.

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

September 12, 2013

J.K. Rowling is Writing a Movie!

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Today, J.K. Rowling announced on her website that she is writing a screenplay for a new film series that will take place in the expanded Harry Potter universe and is inspired by Harry Potter’s textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie series is said to focus on the book’s author, Newt Scamander. I thought I wouldn’t see the magical world of Harry Potter on the big screen after The Deathly Hallows Part 2, but boy, was I wrong!

J.K. Rowling explains more below:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and fantasticBeasts_Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

. . . I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I’m so incredibly excited! J.K. Rowling is returning to the world of Harry Potter again! We don’t know yet when the first movie will come out or which stars will be in it, but I can hardly wait! What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below or head over to the Harry Potter Message Boards to continue the discussion!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

August 22, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: The Runaway Chapter 5

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our story. Thank you to Camelotgirl, who wrote the beginning of this chapter and Baseballdownpour13 who helped write the twist ending! If you missed the beginning of the story, check out Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4. If you’d like to contribute to our next chapter, please post your writing on The Runaway thread on the Fan Fiction Board. And now, without further ado, here’s Chapter 5! Continue reading

August 21, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Hugo Cabret Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

What excitement! What a thrill! What an ending! Did you love the ending to The Invention of Hugo Cabret as much as I did? This book was packed full of adventure and suspense. I can’t wait to discuss the ending with my fellow Stackers.

Invention of Hugo CabretIf you missed the first discussion, click here and see what we discussed in Meeting 1. And now, without further ado, here are the official discussion questions for this week’s STACKS Book Club meeting.

  • What did you think it meant when Papa Georges’ signature was on the bottom of the drawing?
  • Where you more scared or excited when Hugo discovered the hidden drawings?
  • What did you think would result from Etienne and Rene Tabard’s visit at Papa Georges’ house?
  • Did you think that Hugo would escape the Station Master during the big chase scene?
  • Were you satisfied by the ending with Papa Georges at the film academy and the big revelation about Hugo?
  • How would you compare the book to the movie Hugo (rated PG), which is based on Brian Selznick’s story?

Feel free to answer any or all the questions in the Comments below. Or pose your own questions to the STACKS Book Club. Also, if you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, learn more about Brian Selznick’s other amazing book, Wonderstruck.
image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

August 14, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Hugo Cabret Meeting 1

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

It’s that time again to grab a book and snuggle up on the couch or maybe outside in a hammock, because the STACKS Book Club is meeting again. The STACKS Book Club is a chance for you to read a book along with your fellow Stackers and discuss the breathtaking developments right here on Ink Splot 26.

Invention of Hugo CabretOur next book will be The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This fantastic tale of mystery and adventure, which is also accompanied by beautiful illustrations, follows a young boy named Hugo, who lives in the walls of a Paris train station. Hugo lives a life of mystery and depends on keeping secrets to stay alive. But when he’s caught stealing from a toy maker, his life is turned upside down and he must rely on some new friends to survive and solve some amazing mysteries.

So, grab a copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and read the first half of the book. Then come back and join the discussion in the Comments section. Here are some questions to help get the discussion rolling.

  • What did you think of Brian Selznick’s illustrations?
  • How hard do you think it is to be Hugo, who runs all the clocks in a train station and steals to survive when he’s still just a young boy?
  • It’s so difficult to know whom to trust. Did you believe Papa Georges when he said he destroyed the notebook or Isabelle when she said it wasn’t?
  • Hugo is so talented at fixing the automaton. What special skills do you have?
  • When the automaton began working, what did you think it would write?

Feel free to answer any or all the questions in the Comments below. Or pose your own questions to the STACKS Book Club. Also, don’t forget to stop back on August 21 to discuss the thrilling ending of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

August 8, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: The Runaway Chapter 4

Posted by at 1:32 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

novelSTACKS Creative Writing Team

Thank you to everyone for continuing to contribute to our story. Thank you to basketballmaster8 for helping develop more of Emily’s back story, which will appear later, and to technologygirl for helping to write Mark’s reaction to this whole crazy situation!

If you missed the beginning of the story, check out Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. If you’d like to contribute to our next chapter, please post your writing on The Runaway Chapter 5 thread on the Fan Fiction Board. And now, without further ado, here’s Chapter 4!

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July 31, 2013

Harry Potter Final Book Cover is Unveiled!

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HarryPotterLogoHarry Potter Final Book Cover is Unveiled!

Fans, young and old, bristled with excitement as they gathered at the Scholastic Store in New York City on Harry Potter’s birthday for the unveiling of the new cover of The Deathly Hallows, the final cover illustration by Kazu Kibuishi.

Fans draped themselves in costumes and formed a line that ran out the door of the Scholastic Store and onto Broadway. Attire ranged from the traditional robes of a Hogwarts student to a Sirius Black costume with a “Wanted” poster and all.

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Fans of all ages lined up early to get a sneak peak at the final cover by Kazu, including a trio dressed as Hermione Granger, Professor Sybill Trelawney, and a Gryffindor student.

While the three friends loved the classic covers, they’re also excited for Kazu’s final illustration. They believe since the books are so well known, the covers can delve deeper into the story of each book. As Jessica put it, who was dressed as Hermione, “It’s just a good excuse to get dressed up.”

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Still, many new fans turned out to see the latest Harry Potter cover, including Cameron, a 7-year-old boy from New York. Cameron just finished reading The Sorcerer’s Stone this summer and came dressed as a Slytherin student with the hopes of seeing the latest book cover. His favorite character? Harry Potter, of course.

Before long, the crowd was allowed into the store and gathered around the spot where the book unveiling was to take place. However, those in attendance were greeted with several surprises, including Kazu Kibuishi himself!

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Kibuishi spoke to his fans and shared his favorite memory about creating the Harry Potter covers.

“It was actually painting The Goblet of Fire. It was one of the hardest covers to paint actually. I was finishing it right around the time of the Academy Awards and everyone else was at home watching the awards show. I’ve never missed it once, you know, I’m just a film fan. And I was working that night on the cover, and it was a late night and I was on my own, and it was just me and Harry and the world. And it felt really special to be able to be there in that place when the rest of the world was somewhere so far away.”

And then came the big reveal! Here’s Kazu Kibuishi’s final book cover!kazu

Then Kazu spoke about his inspiration for The Deathly Hallows book cover.

“I felt the final cover should be about the main, the core friends within the story and I sort of saw it as the last ride they would have. So I was looking for a moment where it felt kind of felt like that. So that is why I chose the scene that you can see here. And it’s also a tribute to the original cover. I actually wanted to maintain some of the same color palette, the color palette that Mary GrandPré had decided to use and so it was a tribute to her work as well as to the story itself.”

Kazu and the Harry Potter team had one last surprise about the spines of the new book covers. When all seven of the new books are placed side by side, the bindings will reveal the following image.

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It’s Hogwarts, as painted by Kazu himself! Kazu then described his inspiration for this amazing painting.

“It’s meant to depict them actually going there for the first time. And I thought if you’re going to look at the books from the spine, then I want to replicate the feeling of being in the boat and journeying out into that world.”

After the unveiling, fans who stuck around could build wands . . .

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. . . or spend time with some live magical creatures!

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All in all, what a magical day and a beautiful cover for The Deathly Hallows. What do you think? Do you love the latest Harry Potter cover? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

July 25, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: The Runaway Chapter 3

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novelSTACKS Creative Writing Team

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the STACKS Creative Writing Team. A special shout out to technologygirl for submitting a great chapter this week and creating both a new character in Emily’s older brother Mark and part of the monster’s description.

If you missed the beginning of the story, check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. If you’d like to contribute to the next chapter, please post your writing on The Runaway Chapter 4 thread on the Fan Fiction board. And now, without further ado, here’s Chapter 3.

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July 17, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries Meeting 3

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries

What an amazing ending to Dork Diaries! I didn’t see that coming at all! This book was so full of romance, friendship, and some amazing artwork to boot. I can’t believe this was only the first book in a whole series. I can’t wait to read the rest.

But, for now, it’s time for our final discussion of Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life! If you missed the first 2 meetings, you can click here for Meeting 1 and Meeting 2. Here are the official discussion questions for this week’s STACKS Book Club meeting!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

  • How did you feel about Nikki’s temporary tattoo business at school?
  • Were you worried when Chloe and Zoey began spending more time with the popular crowd than with Nikki?
  • Do you think it’s fair that Nikki was teased because her dad works as an exterminator at the school?
  • What did you think when Nikki discovered she had an entry in the annual school art show after all?
  • Now that you’ve finished the first book, what do expect to happen in future books with Nikki and her friends?

Feel free to answer any or all of these questions or post your own questions in the Comments below! If you loved Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, check out these Dork Diaries Readalikes for more books like this one. Also, be sure to check back next week, when we’ll be announcing the next book we’ll be reading for The STACKS Book Club!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)