Category Archives: Games

February 3, 2012

Beyblade Official Handbook

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Beyblade cover for STACKS

Does the sound of a spinning top make you cheer? Do you dream of Beyblade battles in your sleep? Is your Beyblade collection the most organized thing in your bedroom?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you’ve got the true heart of a Beyblade Blader. We’ve got the perfect book for you.

In the Beyblade Official Handbook, you’ll meet the heroes and rivals of Beyblade. You’ll get info on your favorite Beys — and maybe even meet some you didn’t know existed. You’ll also get advice on how to become a master competitor, just like Japan’s number one Blader: Gingka Hagane.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this sneak peek, and you’ll be ready to let it rip!

November 1, 2011

SPONSORED POST: Nintendo Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

Posted by at 9:22 am in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Kirby_Tout_130x130Remember Kirby™, the tough pink puff made popular by Nintendo? Well now he’s back in a new game for the Wii™ system! If you were a fan of old-school Kirby, there’s plenty of his cute butt-kicking charm in this latest game.

When a spaceship crashes into the otherwise peaceful planet of Popstar, its pieces are scattered. Players have to help Kirby retrieve the ship’s parts to help an alien return to his home planet.

Up to four people can play the game together as Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede or Waddle Dee. (Additional accessories required. Sold separately.) Kirby has his famous Copy Abilities and new Super Abilities. He basically inhales an enemy and gains their abilities. . . but amplified! He has Ultra Sword, Monster Flame, Flare Beam, Grand Hammer and Snow Bowl Super Abilities. They’re pretty cool and involve things like summoning giant fire monsters and collecting snow to turn into an oversized snowball and plow over enemies.


This entry is sponsored by Nintendo of America.

October 31, 2011

I SPY Castle Nintendo Game

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ISPYcastle I SPY Castle Nintendo DS Game (rated E)

Meet Sam, a producer of I SPY Castle Nintendo DS game, as he answers our questions about making this brand new game! Sam will give you a sneak peek at some exciting and unique features of this game, as well as a glimpse into the creativity behind bringing your favorite series to life on the DS screen.

Q: One unique feature of I SPY Castle is the castle environment. How did you come up with the ideas for the setting?
Sam: The setting for any I SPY game has to be immediately interesting. And it has to have cool rooms with lots of stuff in them so that you have places to hide things. A castle obviously has both of these things. Of course, creating a new setting meant that we didn’t have the I SPY book pages to give us direction, which was both a tremendous opportunity and a challenge.Story Riddle 3

Q: How did you come up with the ideas for the game narrative and story?
Sam: We started with the question, “What do kids want to do in a castle?” We imagined kids on vacation at a castle with their parents in modern times. What do they wish would happen? They want to find hidden rooms and ancient secrets. We thought about finding a lost treasure, but that felt too much like our I SPY Treasure Hunt game. We finally settled on a story about dragons where kids get to do something very, very cool at the end.

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for what the castle and each of the rooms would look like?
Sam: We looked at lots of web sites about castles, lots of floor plans, lots of castle books, and made a list of all the places that a kid would like to visit: an armory, a throne room, a princess’s bedroom, a dungeon, the top of the tower, the moat. Once we had the list, our lead designer created a floor plan.


Q: What was the most challenging part of working on I SPY Castle?
Sam: The art is almost always the most challenging part of an I SPY game because the books set such a high standard, and this is what sets I SPY games apart from other hidden object games. I’m proud of all the various, beautiful, clever scenes that the art team created.Shield Door Puzzle 5

Q: What makes I SPY Castle different from the other I SPY DS games?
Sam: I SPY Castle is the most story-intensive I SPY game that we’ve done. Most of the castle is closed at the beginning and you have to figure out how to open doors to hidden places, so the world of the game keeps getting bigger. There are really two storylines. You have a quest that you’re trying to complete in the present, and at the same time you’re finding out what happened in the castle a thousand years in the past.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of the I SPY Castle?
Sam: My favorite part is the mini-games that are hidden in every scene. You get to do things like shoot an arrow, train a falcon, mix a potion, and lots more.

–Amabel, Scholastic Media

UPDATE: The new I SPY Castle game will be one of the prizes in the STACKS Blast Sweepstakes! Sign up now so you can enter for a chance to win!

October 21, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon Continues

Posted by at 1:33 am in Book to Big Screen, Games | Permalink

Dragon_130Last year, when the How to Train Your Dragon DVD came out, we had a Q & A with Hiccup where he answered questions submitted by you, loyal readers! Well, some of you asked if there was going to be another movie, and guess what? There is! DreamWorks Dragons, a double DVD and Online Video Game Pack, will be released on November 15.

On Disc 1, the epic story of Hiccup and Toothless continues as they take flight in a thrilling, all-new adventure to discover an island of never-before-seen dragons. You'll discover new mythology and training secrets from Hiccup, Astrid and Gobber. Then on Disc 2, test your skills in the Dragons Online Video Game where you create your own avatar then battle and train new dragons, win badges and become the ultimate dragon trainer.

We know you have all kinds of questions, and since we had Hiccup here last time, for this DVD, Astrid and Gobber will visit for a Q & A! Now is your chance to ask Astrid and Gobber everything you want to know about dragons, what it's like to be a Viking movie star, and what they really think about Hiccup!

Leave your questions for Astrid and Gobber in the Comments and come back on November 11 for the answers.

UPDATE 11/10/11: Thanks so much for all your wonderful questions, but we have bad news. We just found out that Astrid and Gobber will not be able to visit the STACKS to answer them. We are so sorry!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Image Courtesy DreamWorks

October 3, 2011

Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs iPad App

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The Magic School Bus 25th Anniversary!

The Magic School Bus: In the Time of Dinosaurs was one of my favorite books growing up, combining my love for some Frizzle Sizzle and absolute obsession with dinosaurs (Is there anything cooler?). So imagine how excited I was when I found out that Scholastic was turning it into an interactive book app for the iPad, The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs

But what goes into turning a beloved book into an app?

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June 9, 2011

Cars 2 Wii Game Giveaway!

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Cars2-2 Cars 2 is coming to theaters on June 24, and to celebrate, we are offering you a special chance to win a free Cars 2 Wii game! But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

So right now you may be thinking. . .

YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, message board happenings, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win that Cars 2 Wii game now. How do I enter?

ME: First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you patiently wait until June 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Images and video courtesy of Disney

April 26, 2011

Dear Dumb Diary Scavenger Hunt Answers

Posted by at 12:22 am in Dear Dumb Diary, Games, Trivia | Permalink

Ddd_130 Last week I posted a Dear Dumb Diary Scavenger Hunt. You may have noticed that here at THE STACKS, we love Dear Dumb Diary. We've got a bunch of blog posts on it including reviews of the books, and even a video with the author.

But now without further ado, here are the official Jamie Kelly approved Scavenger Hunt answers!

  1. How many dumb diaries does Jamie Kelly have so far?
    ANSWER: Eleven! Although #12 is coming out soon. Check them all out here.
  2. Name the person who is NOT allowed to read Jamie's diaries?
    ANSWER: Angeline.
  3. What is Jamie's popularity level on a scale of 1-10? (that she gives herself!) Hint: Check out the "It's All About Me" section.
    ANSWER: 7 (but should be 8).
  4. According to Stinker's Collectible Card, what disease did the dog have?
    ANSWER: Frantic Itchy Butt Disease. Luckily, it cleared up.
  5. Under "Dumb Fun" create your own diary entry! What is your nickname?
    ANSWER: Depends on your answers. Mine is chocolate girl.
  6. According to The Author section when he interviews Jamie, what is her favorite lipgloss flavor?
    ANSWER: Triple Berry Fiesta. But she sort of ate part of it, which made her sick. She doesn't have it anymore.
  7. In the "It's All About Me" section when you click on the So Who is This Guy? icon. . . who is that guy?
    ANSWER: Jim Kelly, the author of the Dear Dumb Diary series.

Are you guys fans of the Dear Dumb Diary series? Do you keep your own diary? Drop a line and let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 19, 2011

Dear Dumb Diary Scavenger Hunt

Posted by at 2:20 am in Dear Dumb Diary, Games, Trivia | Permalink

Ddd_130 If you can't get enough of the hilarious, embarrassing, relatable (and sometimes mean) diaries of Jamie Kelly. . . then you should see her website! The first time I read a Dear Dumb Diary book I really couldn't put it down. From her warning not to continue reading, to her descriptions of the evil beautifully blonde Angeline, to her recounts of her dog passionately kissing his favorite toy Grossnasty – this is one of the most popular and lol-inducing series around. So if you aren't already familiar with it, scavenge around the Dear Dumb Diary site for the answers to this week's Scavenger Hunt. Begin!

  1. How many dumb diaries does Jamie Kelly have so far?
  2. Name the person who is NOT allowed to read Jamie's diaries.
  3. What is Jamie's popularity level on a scale of 1-10? (that she gives herself!) Hint: Check out the "It's All About Me" section.
  4. According to Stinker's Collectible Card, what disease did the dog have?
  5. Under "Dumb Fun" create your own diary entry! What is your nickname?
  6. According to The Author section when he interviews Jamie, what is her favorite lipgloss flavor?
  7. In the "It's All About Me" section when you click on the So Who is This Guy? icon. . . who is that guy? 

Check back next week for answers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 12, 2011

New I SPY Game

Posted by at 9:53 am in Games | Permalink

Amabel's MY I SPY Be a part of the BIGGEST game of I SPY ever!

I’m used to working on I SPY video games for Wii and Nintendo DS but as part of the birthday celebration for I SPY, I got a chance to take part in a new kind of I SPY game—one that only YOU the fans can create.

Intrigued? It’s one big celebration all week and now here’s your chance to join in! You’ve marveled and collected I SPY; now you can create your own MY I SPY and step in the shoes of I SPY creators Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick! As part of the birthday celebration, we’re looking to YOU the fans to build the biggest game of I SPY ever! With MY I SPY, you can personalize and create your very own unique I SPY picture riddle. It’s simple – just choose your background and riddle, then customize it with a library of a hundred objects to make it all your own. Your I SPY picture riddle will culminate in the biggest, user-generated game of I SPY made by fans. You can even send your MY I SPY to a friend and challenge them to solve your riddle. Even cooler than that? You can play any and all the I SPY picture riddles that were created by other fans! It’s an I SPY that keeps going and going!

Take a look at my “MY I SPY” below. Can you solve it? Amabel's MY I SPY Go now to create your own MY I SPY!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer