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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

Posted by at 1:49 am in Celebrities | Permalink

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

May 30, 2014

MKTO Interview

Posted by at 1:46 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

MKTOInterview with pop duo MKTO!

I have to admit I’m a little late jumping aboard the MKTO train. But now I am SUCH a fan. They’re awesome! I’ve been listening to “Classic” on repeat nonstop for the past three days. I think I might have a problem!

Anyway, MKTO is comprised of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, who met on the set of the TV show Gigantic. After playing best friends on the show, they became real-life friends and realized that they wanted to make music together. Their debut album dropped earlier this year and it is GREAT!

MKTO has opened for Emblem3 and they are now embarking on their first headlining tour. Catch our super-exclusive interview here! Continue reading

May 28, 2014

May Books of the Month

Posted by at 10:35 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationKids’ Favorite Books this Month!

Do y’all know what time it is? Oh yeah! It’s BOOKS OF THE MONTH time!!! Not gonna lie: this is easily my favorite post every month. I can’t wait to find out what books you guys are reading and to get your recommendations!

At the end of April we asked you to share what books you were reading. Then we made a word cloud so we could see which titles were most popular. This month saw some surprising new contenders for the top spot. You Wings of Fire fans really came out in support! Check out the results below:

May Books of the Month

We’ll be doing this again for next month, so show your favorite new (or not-so-new!) book title some love and tell us what you’re reading right now. Leave the name of the book (or books!) in the Comments section below. Can’t wait to see which title reigns supreme in June!

Till next month,

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

May 27, 2014

Summer Name Generator

Posted by at 1:03 am in Personality Quiz, Summer | Permalink

Question marksIt’s sweet, sweet summertime! What is your summer name?

You know me. I’ll take any excuse to create a name generator. (Maybe I’ve read too many Captain Underpants books!) So I’ve put together a SUMMER NAME GENERATOR!

Find the first letter of your first name in the left column below, and the word next to it is your new summer first name. Find the first letter of your last name in the right column below, and the word next to it is your new summer last name. So if your regular name was, say, Francine Pascal, your new summer name is Pineapple Bucket.

Generate your own summer name, names for your friends, names for your parents and pets . . . Anyone can have a silly summertime name. Here we go! Continue reading

May 23, 2014

R5 Interview

Posted by at 1:51 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

r5Introducing Ross Lynch and his band!

Last Friday we asked you, the lovely people of the STACKS, whose interview you wanted for this week’s celebrity blog post. Thanks for voting! While there was pretty stiff competition, there was definitely a clear winner: this week’s pick is R5! We caught up with the band to talk about being on tour, Earth Day, and (of course) new music! Check it out. Continue reading

May 19, 2014

Goosebumps: The Movie

PopcornJack Black Will Star in the New Goosebumps Movie!

Way back when I was younger, there was a TV show based on the Goosebumps series. I remember the first episode I ever saw (“Stay Out of the Basement”) and I remember being totally scared! But I loved it, too. I’ve since seen nearly every episode, and they’re all great.

I was really sad when the show ended. So that’s why I was very, very excited when I found out that my favorite spooky series is being turned into a movie!

And you’ll never guess who the star is . . . Continue reading

May 16, 2014

Top Teen Celebs

Posted by at 1:32 am in Celebrities | Permalink

PopcornWhose interview do YOU want to read?

HAPPY FRIDAY! Have we got a surprise for you! We’re shaking things up with our weekly celebrity post. We had so many cool interviews with amazing stars that we couldn’t pick just one to share with you today. So we thought we’d let YOU decide what interview gets featured next week! Here are your options:

Karan Brar

Karan Brar

Image courtesy Disney Channel

R5

R5

Dylan Riley Snyder

Dylan Riley Snyder

Image courtesy Disney Channel

MKTO

MKTO
G Hannelius & Blake Michael

Blake Michael and G Hannelius

Image courtesy Disney Channel

Which star do YOU want to hear from? Let us know in the Comments below! Who knows? Maybe your pick will be the featured interview next week. (Spread the word and get your friends to cast their votes, too!)

Till next time . . .

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