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August 9, 2016

10 Problems Only Obsessed Readers Understand

Posted by at 1:46 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

book=notalk_130Are you obsessed with the book you are reading now? Have you ever been unable put down a book because you are so totally completely lost in your book? If so, this one’s for you!

10 Problems Only Obsessed Readers Understand

10. Dripping food on your book because you MUST eat dinner and read simultaneously.

9. Staying up WAY past your bedtime to finish One. Last. Chapter.

8. That terrible feeling you get when you are on a car trip – you arrive at your destination – and you have to put your book down!

7. That sad, sad feeling when you know the end of your book is near.

6. Stressing out over lending your favorite books to your friends. What if they don’t give them back?!

5. Fan fiction. To read or not to read?

4. The pressure to like “the other” books in the series, even if you really only liked the first.

3. Are they going to make a movie of that book? Will it ever live up? Yes! No! Too stressful!

2. You started naming your pets after your favorite characters.

1. Getting in trouble for reading during class. You know it’s bad when even your teachers want you to stop reading!

Are you an obsessed reader? Let us know what problems YOU’VE run into in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

Image courtesy Portland Button Works

August 5, 2016

The Thundermans Would You Rather

Max (Jack Griffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) in THE THUNDERMANSSuper-Powered Would You Rather Thundermans Style!

We know you guys love the Nickelodeon show The Thundermans, and a while back we posted a video of Jack Griffo who plays Max. If you don’t already know, The Thundermans stars a family of superheroes trying to live normal everyday lives, while training to save the world. Fourteen-year-old Phoebe is already a superhero, has freeze breath, heat breath, and can move things with her mind. Max, her twin, is a super-villain-in-training (although his parents are hoping it’s just a phase). Their younger brothers and sisters have laser vision, super speed, and teleportation. Now that’s what I call a talented family!

So if you’re a fan of The Thundermans, fly into action with our Would You Rather.

Would you rather:

  1. Be Max or Phoebe?
  2. Have telekinesis (be able to move things with your mind) OR teleportation (disappear and reappear in different places)?
  3. Be a superhero OR super-villain?
  4. Have as a pet Dr. Colosso (cute evil rabbit) OR Judy Hopps (the police officer bunny from Zootopia)?
  5. Live in a family full of superheroes OR a family full of royal kings and queens?
  6. Fly OR be invisible?
  7. Max become a true villain OR change to a good guy?
  8. Get eaten by a Venus flytrap OR get turned into a rat by the Animalizer?

Power up your answers, and transport them into the comments below! And let us know if you love The Thundermans as much as we do.

-Ratha

August 3, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party

Posted by at 10:50 am in Harry Potter, Reads | Permalink

Last Saturday, I went to the coolest, most magical party EVER. As my fellow Harry Potter super-fans know, the new Harry Potter book (for ages 12 and up) came out this weekend, and bookstores all over the world held midnight release parties. I went to the Strand Bookstore in New York City – with over 1,000 other Harry Potter fanatics!

The entire bookstore was packed with witches and wizards wearing their Hogwarts robes. I felt like I was hanging out in the Great Hall!

HoneydukesI played trivia games, drank Polyjuice Potion, and even took an elevator ride with Moaning Myrtle. My favorite part of the evening (besides getting the book, of course) was coloring pages from the Harry Potter Coloring Book in the Rare Books room. This place felt almost as magical as Hogwarts. Old books that Hermione would have loved filled the shelves, string lights hung above all the tables, and the Harry Potter movie soundtrack played in the background.

At around 11:30, it was time to line up at the checkout counter. Ten seconds before midnight, we all started counting down, and when it was officially July 31, everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Harry. Within seconds, I had my copy of Cursed Child, and I started reading right when I got home.

I’m almost finished, and I have to stay, this book is as unpredictable as it is magical. I have no idea what’s going to happen next!

Have you started reading Cursed Child? What do you think? Let us know in the Comments!

Laura, Scholastic Intern

August 2, 2016

Find the Toothbrush Picture Puzzle

Posted by at 1:30 am in Games | Permalink

Find the Toothbrush!

You know those pictures where everything looks the same, but you have to find the thing that is different? Well, we’ve got one for you that I drew myself!

Look at this big bunch of dinosaurs and see if you can find the toothbrush hiding in there.Find the toothbrush

Did you find it? Tell us in the Comments what you think of my picture puzzle!

En-Szu

August 1, 2016

10 Things Only Twins Understand

Posted by at 1:59 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Are you a twin? Sometimes you may love it, and sometimes not so much. But there are certain things in life only you and your other half can truly ever understand. Therefore the following list is devoted to you, my twin friends.

10 Things Only Twins Understand

Weasley twins

Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

  1. You know exactly what your twin is thinking you can finish your twin’s sentences.
  2. Being jealous of your twin’s other friends.
  3. Matching clothes. Rhyming names. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em.
  4. Having to share everything.
  5. You wave back to random people who think you are your twin.
  6. The Competition. In. Everything.
  7. People think you have the same personality just because you look the same.
  8. You’re going to go crazy if another person asks you, “Who’s the good twin?”
  9. Your teachers can never tell you apart.
  10. Even if you fight, you know you’ll love your twin forever.

Do you have a partner in crime – a.k.a. twin? Let us know your feelings in the comments below.

-Ratha

July 22, 2016

Star Wars Kid Review

Posted by at 1:47 am in Kid Power, Movies & TV | Permalink

Star Wars (rated PG and PG-13): it’s the best movie series in the galaxy. The Star Wars story line is amazing. It is jam-packed with action and it has been one of my favorite movie series ever since Darth Vader said, “Luke . . . ”

One of my favorites out of the whole series is Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (rated PG). It has a lot of interesting characters since it is based a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. There are characters like Luke and Leia who are human, but there are characters like Chewbacca and the Ewoks who make the movie a lot more interesting than just humans fighting with lightsabers and blasters.

Chewbacca and Han Solo

courtesy of LucasFilms

These characters have very interesting personalities and they can be very funny. Chewbacca is a Wookie, basically half human, half Bigfoot. I like to think of Ewoks as fluffy teddy bears that can be vicious if you try to take over their territory. It has a lot of action. From lightsaber fights to lightspeed X-Wing battles, Star Wars will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. If you haven’t seen the movie, I tell you, “This is the movie you are looking for.”

Another amazing thing about Star Wars is the music. John Williams wrote the best music ever for these movies. The music makes you feel like you are in an X-Wing or fighting off Stormtroopers.

I think that Star Wars is one of the best movie series ever created. I would recommend these movies to anyone. If you haven’t seen them, you definitely HAVE to see these movies.

Alex, Scholastic Kids Council

July 15, 2016

Finding Dory Would You Rather

Finding DoryDisney’s sequel to Finding Nemo (rated G) a.k.a. Finding Dory (rated PG) recently hit theaters to start off the summer movie season. In the movie, Dory, who suffers from short term memory-loss every 10 seconds or so, remembers she has parents and that she got separated from them as a child. With Nemo and Marlin’s help she sets off to find them.

Their adventures take them to The Marine Life Institute, where she gets captured, escapes, gets captured, escapes – you get the picture! Nemo and Marlin and some new friends join the adventure, including Hank the cranky red octopus.

So if you’re looking for some deep-sea adventure, dive into our Finding Dory Would You Rather, and let us know

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be a clownfish like Nemo OR blue tang fish like Dory?

2. If you were a fish … Get stuck in a six-pack drink holder (like Dory did) OR have a smaller right fin (like Nemo)?

3. Wash up in Australia OR wash up in California?

4. Swim through drainpipe tunnels OR the eye of a hurricane?

5. A giant octopus pick you up with his tentacles OR get swallowed by a whale?

6. Be a fish trapped in a plastic baggie OR a fish without water?

7. Not be able to remember things OR not be able to forget things?

8. Have an adorable sandpiper OR cute otter?

Did you like Finding Nemo or Finding Dory better? Let us know your answers in the Comments below. And like the story says, when things get tough, “Just keep swimming!”

-Ratha

Image courtesy Disney Pixar

July 14, 2016

Frankie's Magic Soccer Ball

Posted by at 1:41 am in Reads | Permalink

Frankie's Magic Soccer BallIt’s July, which means the 2016 Summer Olympics is only A MONTH away! From diving to gymnastics and everything in-between, the Olympics will be a month-long celebration of sports and the country’s best athletes.

One of the competitions in the Summer Olympics is soccer, a game that’s played all over the world. We’re celebrating Olympic soccer with Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball, a magical series about a time-traveling group of soccer fans written by Frank Lampard, an English soccer star playing in Major League Soccer for New York City FC!

Frankie and his friends love playing soccer, and they’ll play the game no matter the place or time period! Join Frankie, Louise, and Charlie as they take on pirates, cowboys, and Medieval knights in Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball!

Start reading Frankie’s newest adventure in Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball here.