Author Archives: Sonja C.

April 15, 2014

Character Crossbreeds

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Character Combinations Writing PromptCharacter Crossbreeds

A long time ago, like, a REALLY long time ago, I posted a Character Combinations Writing Prompt asking you to create a new character by combining 2 existing characters. There were some amazing answers. Seriously, you should go read the Comments from that post. Today’s Writing Prompt is similar but different. Here goes. . .

If you spliced your own DNA with the DNA of a fictional character together, which character would you create?

For example:

  • Me + Harry Potter = Lyra Belacqua from The Golden Compass
  • Me + the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe = Elsa from Frozen

Now it’s your turn. Create your own character crossbreed and tell us in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 14, 2014

Blobfish Caption

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Blobfish

Image courtesy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You may remember this little fella from our Dog with a Blog Would You Rather post last month. Judging by your comments, you guys seemed to really like this blobby guy. And by “like,” I mean you thought it was the most disgusting thing you ever saw.

DogBlue5029 said, “What is that?”
BloodhoundBlue840 said, “What the heck is that big sloppy thing that looks like it’s drooling?”
ArtPink725 said, “I would not kiss the blobfish.”
CherriesHamster14 said, “Who would want to even touch a blobfish?”
Aqi said, “I know! Who on EARTH would kiss a blobfish?! It looks like it is DROOLING!!!!!”

Well, you’ve had your say. Now let’s give the blobfish a chance to say what’s on its mind. Write a caption for what you think this creature is thinking. Leave your caption in the Comments, and remember to be kind! The blobfish has feelings, too, you know!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 11, 2014

Disney Lunar Eclipse

Posted by at 4:43 pm in Celebrities, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Jake Short, Bradley Steven Perry, and Paris MaryJo Berelc in Mighty MedDisney Lunar Eclipse: Kickin’ It, Mighty Med, and Lab Rats

There will be a full eclipse of the moon on Monday night and into the early, early hours of Tuesday morning. Some people believe that a lunar eclipse can cause bizarre things to happen. Have you ever noticed that the word “lunatic” has the same root as “lunar?” And that Luna Lovegood is kind of, well, loony? Makes you think, doesn’t it? Anyway, on Monday, April 14th, Disney XD will air special episodes of 3 shows. We’ve got the details about those episodes plus interviews with some of the actors about the strange things they HOPE will happen on Monday night!

Kickin’ It: “Invasion of the Ghost Pirates” (8:00 pm – 8:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
With an impending lunar eclipse, an old Seaford legend surfaces about a ghost pirate returning to seek his revenge on the wharf after a lunar eclipse 300 years ago led to his ship crashing into the shore. Jack makes it clear he doesn’t believe in ghosts, but his skepticism is put to the test.

Mighty Med: “Night of the Living Nightmare” (8:30 pm – 9:00 pm E.T./P.T.)
Kaz and Oliver are exhausted and stuck working the overnight shift during a lunar eclipse, when it is rumored that the freakiest patients come to the hospital. When Neocortex checks in with an illness that unintentionally traps people in their worst nightmares, Kaz and Oliver desperately try to stay awake and figure out how to save everyone from their nightmares.

Lab Rats: “Principal from Another Planet” (9:00 pm – 9:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
Leo is determined to record the bizarre events he believes take place during a lunar eclipse. Davenport is skeptical until it appears that an alien life form has taken control of Principal Perry’s body.

Q: What strange or wacky thing do you wish would happen as a result of this eclipse?
Jake Short: (a.k.a. Oliver in Mighty Med) I wish it would start raining my favorite candy – Starburst.
Paris MaryJo Berelc: (a.k.a. Skylar in Mighty MedI hope the eclipse will give me the ability to breakdance over water.
Auggie Isaac: (a.k.a. Gus in Mighty MedI wish that just when the eclipse was happening, everyone got a superpower. That would be awesome.
Dylan Riley Snyder: (a.k.a. Milton in Kickin’ It) I wish that I would gain awesome superpowers during an eclipse. I would either use them to help with my daily life, or just show off. It would be nice to be very strong, or to fly, or even to control time. I think an eclipse could be powerful enough!
Tyrel Jackson Williams: (a.k.a. Leo in Lab Rats) As the moon passes in front of the sun, I gain the ability to fly. My life is complete!

What do YOU hope will happen as a result of the lunar eclipse? Leave your wishes/predictions in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Interviews by Gerri Miller
Image courtesy Disney XD

April 10, 2014

Recycle Your Old Clothes

Posted by at 1:29 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!Fashionistas can help save the planet.

This year for Earth Day, the clothing store H&M is pledging to make a difference by giving your old clothes a new life. You can bring unwanted clothes of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores, and they will recycle them. Last year for Earth Day, I gave you some tips for how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the everyday stuff you would normally throw away. This is a perfect way to keep that going, so read on! Continue reading

April 2, 2014

The Finisher Sneak Peek

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

The Finisher book coverThe Finisher (for ages 10-14) by David Baldacci

You know when you read the first sentence of a book, and you just KNOW it’s going to be good? I recently had that experience with a new book called The Finisher by David Baldacci. It’s a fantasy that takes place in a world where things are very wrong, and one girl must think fast and defy the odds to do what’s right.

Here is the first sentence that hooked me . . .

I was dozing when I heard the scream.

Don’t you want to find out what happens? You can . . . a little bit. Read a sneak peek of the first 2 chapters.

Let me know what you think in the Comments. Are you going to keep reading this book?

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 1, 2014

April Word Scramble Teaser

Posted by at 2:07 pm in News, Trivia | Permalink

Coming soonApril Coming Soon

We thought we would give you a teaser quiz to see if you can guess what blog posts will be coming soon to Ink Splot 26. Can you unscramble the titles of these blog posts that you will be reading on Ink Splot 26 in the coming month?

  1. Dregain nbiog
  2. ralpi bosok fo hte mntoh
  3. cleyebrit erhat dya
  4. rrhay eottrp apyeronlits uzqi

Hope you like them!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

April 1, 2014

April Fools’ Day Joke from EarlyFairy3

Posted by at 2:55 am in News | Permalink

EarlyFairy3 profile pictureHappy April Fools’ Day!

There are so many mischievous pranks and silly jokes you can play on people. We have one today that is especially well-suited for younger brothers or sisters. EarlyFairy3 posted this April Fools’ joke to drive them absolutely crazy today. Here’s how it goes:

You say, “Pete and Repete were in a boat. Pete fell off. Who is left?”

Your younger brother says, “Repeat.”

You roll your eyes and say, “OK. Pay attention this time. Pete and Repete were in a boat, and Pete fell off. Who is left?”

Your younger brother says in an annoyed, loud voice, “Repeat!”

and it keeps continuing . . .

Don’t you love April Fools’ Day? Here are some more April Fools’ prank ideas.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

March 27, 2014

50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

Posted by at 1:41 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

writing prompt shout-out50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

If you’re new to the STACKS, you might not know about shout-outs. Basically, once you are logged in to your STACKS account, you can go to anyone’s STACKS Profile and send him or her a kind message. That person is usually so happy to get your message that he or she then sends YOU a shout-out, and a beautiful chain of love is started! We add new ones every month so the chain can continue forever.

If you need more motivation, ForeverElephant put together this amazing list of reasons to send a shout-out. Continue reading

March 25, 2014

Unbearable Cuteness Contest

Posted by at 1:05 am in Who Would Win | Permalink

V04-1482134Who Would Win?

When I was 5 years old, my father took me to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and I saw elephants close up for the first time. I had never seen anything more beautiful in my whole 5-year life! I even told my grandmother I couldn’t wait until I had elephant skin like hers. (I thought that was the nicest compliment, but she thought it was hilariously funny. Go figure!)

Ever since then, elephants have been my favorite wild animal, so I know my pick for today’s Who Would Win. How about you? Which animal do you think would win the unbearable cuteness contest: baby elephant or baby panda?

Baby elephant

Hoffmann Photography/age fotostock/SuperStock

Baby panda

Minden Pictures/SuperStock

Leave your votes in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer