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July 4, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Celebrity!

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PopcornIt’s time for more celebrities!

Last month, I asked you to vote on which interviews you wanted to see featured on the STACKS. The response was almost overwhelming! I guess you guys like all things celebrity as much as I do. So for July, we’re bringing the vote system back. Woo hoo!

Here are your options for this round:

Which celebrity do YOU want to hear from? Cast your vote by posting your top pick in the Comments below. Don’t forget to get your friends to vote, too. Can’t wait to see which interview wins!

See ya around,

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

June 27, 2014

Zendaya in Zapped

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zendayaZendaya’s new movie Zapped!

Everybody loves Zendaya Coleman. That’s a given. She’s so talented at everything! She sings; she dances, and she acts. It’s kind of unreal since she is only 17 years old! Even if you didn’t watch Shake it Up, you’ve probably heard her music. (I’m a super-fan of “Replay.”) Her new movie Zapped premieres on Disney Channel tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Zapped is based on the book Boys Are Dogs, which is about a girl named Zoey who discovers that the dog-training app she downloaded onto her phone gives her the ability to give commands to . . . boys!

Zendaya surprised fans by showing up at a special screening of the movie. I’d say they were pretty thrilled to meet her! (I would be, too!) How awesome is that? She seems like the nicest person, like, ever.

Zendaya Coleman meets fans at Zapped screening

Image credit DISNEY CHANNEL/ Heidi Gutman

We caught up with Zendaya to talk about her new movie, her favorite book, where she’d like to be in five years, and more. Check it out! Continue reading

June 27, 2014

Rowan Blanchard in Girl Meets World

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Rowan Blanchard in Girl Meets WorldRowan Blanchard talks about her new Disney show.

Have you ever seen Boy Meets World? I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that show. I have since I was really little! I am so excited now because Disney will bring back Cory and Topanga in a new show, Girl Meets World, premiering tonight on Disney Channel at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The show will follow the funny and thought-provoking adventures of their daughter, Riley. We’ve got an interview with 12-year-old Rowan Blanchard, who plays Riley, and we got to ask her about her character, her favorite authors, and her most embarrassing moment! Check it out. Continue reading

June 25, 2014

June Books of the Month

Posted by at 1:47 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationIt’s Books of the Month time again!

By now, you all know the drill. It’s the end of June. Obviously, that means it’s time for the most exciting (okay, okay, I’m biased) post of the month . . . BOOKS OF THE MONTH!!! I feel like this post should be celebrated with an ice cream cake and confetti every month. I know I’m not the only person who gets really happy every time this post goes up, though! Last month you guys really came out in support of your favorite books. There were so many!

At the end of May we asked you to share what books you were reading. Then we made a word cloud to show which titles were most popular. I think it’s pretty obvious which series the people of the STACKS are loving this month: Percy Jackson!

June Books of the MonthLet’s keep this going! What books are you reading now? What books do you love and recommend? Leave the title (or titles!) in the Comments section below. I’m about to dive headfirst into Kingdom Keepers now, and I can’t wait to see which new series pop up next time around!

See ya later,

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

 

June 20, 2014

Dylan Riley Snyder Interview

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dylan riley snyderDylan Riley Snyder in Kickin’ It

Are you a fan of Kickin’ It? Well, have we got a treat for you! We were lucky enough to get an interview with Dylan Riley Snyder, who plays Milton on the show. We talked about karate, his character, what kind of pet he wants, and more. Check it out!

Q: Let’s talk about your character, Milton.

Dylan: My character is probably the most well-meaning character on the show, but every time he tries to do something he gets shot down. It drives him more than a little wild. But it’s fun.

Q: Do you guys take karate lessons?

Dylan: Leo [Howard] does karate. I don’t do karate, but we take classes. The instructors are always on set and we learn the moves on set, mostly basic kicks and punches that we learn and piece together into a fight sequence.

Q: If you could have any pet in the world, what pet would you choose?

Dylan: I would have a fox—a red fox. I think they are beautiful! I think it would be great to show up at a party with a fox on a leash. Or I’d pick a Savannah cat…they’re the cats that look like cheetahs. But I’m allergic to cats!

Dylan Riley Snyder and Leo Howard in Kickin' It

image courtesy Disney Channel

Q: What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

Dylan: I like science a lot. I like looking at things in different ways, solving puzzles, and doing things with my hands…fixing stuff.

Q: What should people do to make the world a better place?

Dylan: Take a look in the mirror and fix what you can. Think about how you can make the people around you happy! And speak up! The world would be a much better place if more people would say what makes them happy.

Be sure to also check out Dylan’s book recommendation video for the STACKS, and catch our interviews with his castmates Leo Howard and Olivia Holt!

See ya next time,

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

Interview by Sue Schneider
Image credit: Disney Channel

June 19, 2014

Interview with Karan Brar from Jessie

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Karan BrarDon’t you love Ravi?

I mean, who doesn’t? On the show, Jessie, Karan plays Ravi, one of Jessie’s four charges. In real life, Karan is super-sweet and cool. Last year, he even came by to answer fans’ questions. We caught up with him again to see what he’s been up to since our last interview, what he likes about Ravi, what kind of pet he wants to have, and more. Check it out!

Q: What do you like about your character Ravi?
Karan: I love that he is really bright-eyed. He’s so new to the country. Well, I shouldn’t say new, since it’s been 3 years. But he is so bright-eyed and he looks at the world so hopefully, which is so cool.

Q: How do you like acting with Mrs. Kipling (a 7-foot Asian water monitor)?
Karan: It’s really cool. I love it. Having an animal on set is pretty awesome.

Q: Was it strange in the beginning working with such a big lizard? Was it scary?
Karan: Yes, definitely. I was really creeped out! It was really weird.

Q: Water monitors are not really man-eating, are they?
Karan: I think they eat meat!

Q: What is the best book you ever read?
Karan: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I acted in those films and love the books even more. They mean so much to me and I love them.

Q: So what is the most unusual talent you have that most people don’t know about?
Karan: I can do this weird thing with my thumb. It’s, like, double-jointed. It’s really weird that I can do this weird motion with it.

Q: If you could have any one pet in the world, what would it be?
Karan:  A zebra. Zebras are awesome.

Q: What was your favorite TV show growing up?
Karan: SpongeBob SquarePants! I love it still.

Isn’t Karan the nicest guy? We certainly think so! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Be sure to check out our earlier interview with Karan, and don’t forget to read our other interviews with Karan’s cast members Debby Ryan, Cameron Boyce, and Peyton List!

See ya next time,

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

Interview by Sue Schneider
Images courtesy of Disney Channel

June 18, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #3

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Funny Books FiestaSilly Sentence Switch-Up!

Hey y’all! Our Funny Books Fiesta is in full swing now. How’s the reading coming along? I love seeing all the fun—and funny—responses you had to our Silly Word Vocabulary and Make Your Own Mad Libs challenges. You guys are really hysterical! So it is with great excitement that I introduce today’s Funny Books Fiesta challenge: Silly Sentence Switch-Up!

If you’ve been following our Books of the Month posts for the past few months, you know that one of the most highly recommended series by the people of the STACKS is Wings of Fire. So I’ve started reading Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy and I gotta say, it is totally worth the hype! Anyway, I picked the paragraph I’m reading on page 215 to use for my silly sentence switch-up.

How does it work?

Take the sentence you’re reading and pick a few random words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc.). Do the same for the following sentence, and the one after. Make sure that you have the same number of each kind of word from each sentence. Now, shuffle them all around!

Here’s the original paragraph:

The roaring of dragons woke them the next morning. The three dragonets barely had time to scramble to their feet before guards began pouring into their cave. The black rocks had burned down to embers, which the SkyWing soldiers swept into the pool easily with their tails.

Remixed sentences? Check it out:

The roaring of embers scrambled them the next cave. The three tails barely had time to burn to their feet before guards began pouring into their dragons. The black rocks had woken down to dragonets, which the SkyWing soldiers swept into the pool easily with their morning.

Pretty wacky, right? Try your own silly sentence switch-up! Share your  new sentences in the Comments below. The weirder the better!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And don’t forget the LIVE Readathon on June 30! Can’t wait! It’s gonna be amazing.

See ya next time,

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

June 11, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #2

Posted by at 1:40 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Funny Books FiestaSilly Word Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered what a really crazy-looking word meant? I sure have! In fact, I do all the time. Of course, the right thing to do when you encounter a word you don’t know is to whip out the dictionary, but before you get the good ol’ standard definition of that difficult word, why not have a little fun first?

Today’s Funny Books Fiesta challenge is Silly Word Vocabulary! When you read a word you don’t know in your book . . . make up a definition. That’s right! Just make one up, the weirder the better. How does it change the sentence you’re reading?

I’m reading The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (If you haven’t read it yet, you totally should!)–and I see a few words that I used to struggle with all the time. For example, brashness. Here is the original sentence that Gordon Korman wrote:

The door of the lounge was flung open, and Wilson burst into the room with his customary brashness.

Brashness really means energetic-ness or boldness, but if I were to make up my own silly definition, I’d say it means “having an extremely long, bushy tail.” Here is my new, silly sentence:

The door of the lounge was flung open, and Wilson burst into the room with his customary extremely long, bushy tail. 

This definition of brashness gives the sentence a seriously silly new meaning!

Are you that super-smart kid that knows all the words in the book you’re reading? Fear not, you can still have fun. Simply give a word you already know a new meaning. Example? Coincidence. My new definition? “A statue made of old coins, made in an ancient mine by elves who only wear the color blue.”

Pick a word, any word! Be bold. Share your new, silly definition in the Comments below. Can’t wait to see how creative and gloriously goofy we can get!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And don’t forget the LIVE Readathon on June 30! You’re coming, right? See ya later,

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

June 6, 2014

Dog With a Blog Interviews

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G Hannelius photo

Meet G Hannelius and Blake Michael

Calling all Dog with a Blog fans! We’ve already been lucky enough to interview the stars of the show starring a talking dog, but we happily caught up with G Hannelius and Blake Michael to see what they’ve been up to since we spoke with them last. On the show, G and Blake play siblings Avery and Tyler. In real life, they’re also good friends. Read on to see what it’s like working with a real dog, their most embarrassing moments (well, Blake’s most embarrassing moment), and more. Check it out! Continue reading

June 4, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #1

Posted by at 1:19 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Funny Books FiestaMake your own Mad Libs!

Welcome to the Funny Books Fiesta! To keep you reading (and giggling) all month long, we’ve got some seriously silly games going on. You ready to get your giggle on? Check out today’s activity!

Everyone loves Mad Libs. So why not make your own? The more original, the better! Here’s how this game works: substitute random nouns on the page you are reading with another, super-random noun.

For example, I’m currently reading Goosebumps Horrorland: Welcome to Camp Slither. I’m on page 73. My super-random word? Tofu. Check out my new first paragraphs:

Sid grabbed the tofu and studied it. “The head tofu is someone named Uncle Jerry? Why haven’t we seen him?”

“Don’t you get it? This means Dr. Crawler isn’t the real head tofu,” I said, my heart suddenly pounding. “Dr. Crawler is some kind of fake.”

The tofu all started talking at once…

To inspire you, here’s a list of great, goofy words for you to use:

  • PANTS
  • TEAKETTLE
  • BEANS
  • BLANKIE
  • CHAPSTICK
  • FOOTBALL
  • CROUTON

Of course, you can always pick your own word!

Share your new favorite, silliest sentence (or sentences) in the Comments below. The sillier and more random, the better!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And it’s not too early to start getting ready for the LIVE Readathon on June 30! Till next time,

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