November 15, 2014
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, then prepare yourself for another amazing book by Brian Selznick coming out on September 15, 2015! With 440 pages of original drawings and 200 pages of text, The Marvels promises to be epic, and it will have a beautiful cover! Look! Just look at it!!
In The Marvels, Selznick weaves together two spellbinding stories—one in words, and the other in pictures. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The written story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick’s storytelling skill. Get it? Marveling! The Marvels is filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and features Selznick’s most arresting art to date.
Here’s what the author has to say about The Marvels: “I’m thrilled to finally share The Marvels with readers after three years of intense work on the book, including living briefly in London and spending an entire year drawing the pictures,” says Brian Selznick.
And here’s what I have to say about The Marvels: “I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15!!!!! And also, what are those cool serpent thingies on the cover? Oh, I can’t wait!”
Leave a Comment to tell us what you think about this news.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
November 14, 2014
Kira Kosarin Plays Phoebe on The Thundermans
Q: Tell us about your show The Thundermans.
Kira: It’s a show on Nickelodeon about a family of superheroes who move to the suburbs to try to live a normal life, but that doesn’t always work because we all have superpowers. I play Phoebe who is a really strong superhero and my twin brother [played by Jack Griffo] wants to be a super-villain, so comedy ensues.
Photo by: Alice Hall/Nickelodeon
Q: What is an unusual talent that most people don’t know you have?
Kira: I can talk crazy, crazy fast and rap. No one thinks I can rap, but I can. My friends know. I don’t have many secrets. I’m kind of an open book.
Q: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Kira: I fell during a live taping of The Thundermans. I wiped out on the stage. That was pretty embarrassing.
Q: If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
Kira: In The Thundermans we have a talking bunny and I think that would be so cool! Our bunny talks because he was a super-villain who got turned into a bunny. On the show it’s actually a puppet.
Q: Are you a city person or a country person?
Kira: City. I’ve lived in both. I’ve lived in New Jersey, Florida, and then here [Los Angeles].
Q: What’s one thing that you think could help make the world a better place?
Kira: If everyone would do something really small it would make a difference in any arena. I think people should be taking care of the environment more, throwing out your trash, and recycling, and unplugging things. I think that if everyone could be nice to each other, it would be great!
INTERVIEW BY SUE SCHNEIDER
November 12, 2014
Book Reviews by Kids, for Kids
Are you looking for 100% kid-approved book recommendations? The STACKS has them. This week, CycloneVampire7 recommends Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (for ages 9-12). Have you read this book? What did you think? Read on for CycloneVampire’s 4-star-review.
Fly by Night is a beautiful book about a girl named Mosca Mye. In Mosca’s world, books are dangerous and outlawed, and supposedly fill your mind with lies and poisonous ideas. But Mosca can read. Her father taught her to. He is dead now, so when Mosca meets Mr. Eponymous Clent, a dangerous man with a poet’s way with words, she decides to help him. As things slowly start to unravel, Mosca realizes that things aren’t always as they have been, and Comfort isn’t always the good guy. It’s a little hard to understand at times, but all-in-all, a wonderful book. I would probably say it’s for ages 10+ because it’s hard to follow, or age 9 if you’re a good reader.
November 7, 2014
The Pink Panther Movie Review
Have you seen Scholastic Kid Council member Michael’s awesome video review of The Pink Panther movie (rated PG)?
Check it out and tell us what you think in the Comments!
November 5, 2014
The Sisters Grimm
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to exist in a place where fairy tales are real? Wondered what it would be like to live in a town where the three little pigs are sheriffs, Snow White is a teacher, and Prince Charming is the mayor? Well, for two girls living in Ferryport Landing, this is their reality. Join Sabrina Grimm; her sister, Daphne; and a cheeky boy fairy called Puck on a whirlwind adventure in The Sisters Grimm book series by Michael Buckley. Continue reading
November 3, 2014
Technology Writing Prompt
Every day, we use technology. Light bulbs, for instance, run on electricity and electricity is technology. Everything that is man-made is technology! Can you believe that? Technology has become a very important part of our daily modern lives. You use it and you barely realize it.
Laptops, PCs, phones, smart phones, iPads, tablets, iPods, Bluetooths, GPSs, cars, other vehicles, toys, other appliances, etc. These things are all technology. Even the simplest thing is technology. Like just an inch of paper! Paper comes from trees, and trees are nature (which is not technology). How do the trees get turned into paper? Technology.
Can you imagine life without technology? You would be so bored. No video games or anything to do. Technology has made our lives very fun and enjoyable. Without technology, life would very, very miserable.
Leave a Comment to say what YOU use technology for, and what your life would be like without it.
Sharafa, Scholastic Kids Council
November 1, 2014
Halloween is over. Boo . . .hoo hoo! :(
C’mon. Get it together. This is no time to cry over spilled pumpkins. Conquer your post-Halloween blues with Klutz, makers of activity books with a creative kick that bring the family together. Here are a few of our favorites, and how to share them with your family this November. Continue reading
October 30, 2014
Have you been participating in the Halloween Book Challenge? Every week, we read a different book. Today is Halloween so we have a BONUS challenge for you! It’s a Halloween Party Spell-It-Out Challenge.
Here’s how the bonus challenge works. Think of all the books you read this month for the Halloween Book Challenge. Then think of the perfect Halloween party item (drinks, candy, decorations, etc.) and spell it out using the first letter of words in your book titles.
G - The Graveyard Book
U - Captain Underpants
M - Midnight Howl
Leave yours in the Comments. Have a super-fun and safe Halloween!
October 30, 2014
Dear STACKS readers,
We want to know . . .
What are you going to be for Halloween???
Leave a Comment and tell us your Halloween costume this year!
October 29, 2014
With Halloween nigh, it’s only fitting to serve up a treat . . . a Q & A with the terrifyingly spooktacular R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series! Read to find out which Goosebumps character R. L. Stine is most like, his inspiration for Slappy, and more!
Q: How did you come up with Slappy’s character and the rhyme that brings him to life? Continue reading