October 21, 2016
This Blog Post Is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The wizarding world of J.K. Rowling lives on in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (rated PG-13), in theaters November 18, 2016.
In this new adventure, wizard New Scamander brings a suitcase full of magical creatures to 1920s New York City. When some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it could spell trouble for both wizards and No-Majs (the American word for Muggles).
Get ready to have your imagination ignited by all the fantastic beasts in the movie! You’ll meet a Thunderbird, whose powerful wings can generate storms, especially when faced with danger. The tiny Bowtruckle has a leafy, stem-like body for camouflage. The silvery Demiguise can see the future and even become invisible!
Check out the Magizoology 101 Personality Quiz to find out which fantastic beast from the wizarding world you have the most in common with. You can also check out the movie trailer.
Of course, there are fantastic beasts in our world, too—let’s celebrate these animals together! Tell us what’s most fantastic about your pet or your favorite animal in the Comments.
May 19, 2016
This blog post is sponsored by 20th Century Fox.
Go nuts for acorns in the new Ice Age movie! Ice Age: Collision Course is out this summer—check out the cosmically crazy trailer.
“Who’s dumb enough to think they can stop an asteroid?”
Comedy and cosmic craziness is the order of the day in Ice Age: Collision Course, the newest addition to the fun films in the Ice Age family from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Featuring the voices of Ray Romano, Jennifer Lopez, and more, Ice Age: Collision Course crashes into theaters on July 22, 2016.
A prehistoric saber-toothed squirrel named Scrat ventures out on an ongoing quest to track down and bury an acorn. Seems easy, right?
Things never quite go as planned for Scrat, and the chain of events that he sets off are at the center of the trouble in the new movie. It’s up to the whole herd to save the Ice Age World from meteorite madness, but THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR! AM I RIGHT, SQUAD?
Check out the trailer, and let us know what adventures you’ve gotten into lately with your “herd” in the Comments section below!
November 4, 2015
This Blog Post is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Way back in the winter of 1820, the New England whaleship Essex was attacked by a much bigger, mammoth-sized whale. The incident would inspire American author and poet Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick, but this was a real-life disaster in which a ship with a crew sailed into the Pacific and never returned.
An exciting new film, In the Heart of the Sea (rated PG-13), is based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book, In the Heart of the Sea—The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (for ages 12 and up).
The Pittsburgh-born author’s book is a work of nonfiction. It explores the grim path of the crew of the Essex, which headed out to sea after leaving Nantucket in the summer of 1819. The ship barely survived a bout of nasty weather not long after it set sail, enduring significant damage in the aftermath, and was sunk after the huge sperm whale attacked it during November of the following year.
Opening in theaters on December 11 and starring Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea tells the powerful true story of the Essex and celebrates good storytelling.
Tell us in the Comments below about the last good piece of nonfiction storytelling you read, and leave your caption for this photo . . .
August 31, 2015
This blog post is sponsored by T. Rowe Price.
Are you a money confident kid? Here’s a chance to win one of six different prizes including $1,500 and a library of books for your classroom! All you need to do is interview your parent or guardian and write a short essay about the experience. Go to scholastic.com/mck/entryform.pdf for all the details and to download the entry form.
Questions? Post below!
August 7, 2015
This Blog Post Is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Hey! You look like the type who might appreciate a good book, is that right? You might even like a good origin story—the story of how a hero ends up with incredible abilities!
In the new live-action film Pan (not yet rated), opening October 9, Peter (played by Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with a rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life, those qualities do not exactly fly. One night, Peter is spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors, and fairies called Neverland. There he is tasked with defeating the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (played by Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.
Tell us about the most amazing book you’ve ever read in the Comments section below.
Plus, check out the Book Explorer Quiz to discover more great books! And while we’re at it, watch the movie trailer, and read about the Pan movie preview we attended.
July 14, 2015
This blog post is sponsored by PBS Kids.
Come one, come all to KART KINGDOM!
There’s an exciting new world of adventure and fun waiting to be explored! In Kart Kingdom, the new game from PBS KIDS, you can create your own character and build your very own kart. Once you start playing, you can begin to unlock new worlds, gadgets, and prizes! Meet new friends and explore the world together. If you’re lucky, you might run into some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Team Wild Kratts and Odd Squad!
Here’s what our kart looks like. Tell us about yours!
November 1, 2014
This blog post is sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
It’s a hard knock life, but you’ve got to know that the sun will come out tomorrow!
In the upcoming movie Annie (rated PG), in theaters December 19, Annie faces challenges and adversity, but always with optimism and humor. She knows that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!
See below for photo stills from the movie. What do you think she and her friends might be saying? Create a fun or silly caption for each photo!
Annie and girls dancing in apartment
Sandy and Annie
Annie posing in her red dress
Will Stacks with girls in helicopter
Leave your captions in the Comments! And read our blog posts about 2 of the actresses in the movie, Quevenzhané Wallis who plays Annie, and Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia.
August 15, 2014
This blog post is sponsored by The Art of Duck Tape®
Did you know that duct tape was used in World War II to repair trucks and was even used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? Now the heavy-duty fabric tape has gone from a fix-all to a creative medium for some seriously cool crafts.
If you’re looking for a fun, new project and some cool ideas, check out these crafts!
Do you have your own idea for a Duck Tape® craft? Share it in the Comments below!
August 6, 2014
This blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG).
Nine years ago in Florida, rescuers found a young bottlenose dolphin tangled in a crab trap. They brought her to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), where they named her Winter. Unfortunately, Winter’s injuries were so severe that her entire tail and two vertebrae were lost. Thanks to the staff of CMA, Winter has healed. She now swims with the help of a tail created by prosthetics and orthotics company Hanger, together with marine mammal veterinarian Mike Walsh and CMA’s marine mammal trainers.
According to the CMA, many steps are required for Winter to wear her prosthetic tail. The process starts with a “sock,” which they call the famous “Winter’s Gel.” The sock’s rubbery material reduces friction on her skin and helps the tail stay on. Also, a “cup” and a suspension strap are placed on her body. A sleeve is pulled over the entire tail to secure all moving pieces. Finally, the rubber band, a new feature of Winter’s prosthetic, is placed right at the end of the tail.
Although Winter is doing swimmingly, she needs constant care. Her prosthetic tail can only be used for short periods of time. Swimming without it in the wild would put her at great risk. Winter calls the CMA home, and she serves as an ambassador, teaching people from all over the world about dolphins!
Winter the dolphin and all her friends at the CMA are back in the movie Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG), in theaters September 12.
Take the Marine Life Champion Personality Quiz and find out how you can help animals like Winter!
Excited to learn more about the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life in Dolphin Tale 2? Share your Comments below.
April 25, 2014
This blog post is sponsored by Earth to Echo.
Earth to Echo (rated PG For Some Action and Peril, and Mild Language) is a movie about a group of friends who embark on one last adventure to investigate the source of the cryptic signals they’ve been receiving. It’s a discovery beyond their wildest imaginations and changes their lives forever. It stars Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, Reese C. Hartwig as Munch, Teo Halm as Alex, and Brian “Astro” Bradley as Tuck. Read on to find out more from the cast about the movie, in theaters July 2, 2014! Continue reading