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!
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
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
My Neighbor Totoro (rated G): An Extremely Awesome Movie
A movie I would definitely recommend is My Neighbor Totoro by Studio Ghibli. I have dressed up as Totoro for Halloween, and introduced the movie to anyone who would watch it. In this animated film directed by Hiyao Miyazaki, two sisters adjusting to their move from the city meet a forest spirit called Totoro. He helps the girls and they become friends. The movie is super-cute, and the expansive forest backdrops are stunning. My Neighbor Totoro is definitely my all-time favorite movie and is great for everyone.
Tell us YOUR opinion in the Comments.
Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council
Attention all fantasy readers! You’ll want to get in on this week’s book war, because I will be comparing two of the most popular fantasy series there are: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson & The Olympians.
People have been saying for years that the two series are similar in character and plot, but I’m about to take a deeper look to find out. So, are you a Potterhead or are you a Demigod? Can you be both?
To begin the comparison, let’s start with the two main protagonists. Harry and Percy are both unlikely heroes with difficult backgrounds. Harry’s parents were killed when he was just a baby, and he was forced to live with his horrible Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and his vile cousin, Dudley. Percy was raised by his mother and his awful step-father, Gabe Ugliano. Both children were bullied because they were weak and scrawny and no one really cared about them.
Harry and Percy also share some similar traits. Harry and Percy both have a “saving people thing” because they always want to help someone in danger. They are also known to be witty and sarcastic, but incredibly loyal to their friends.
Finally, Harry and Percy are the “Chosen One” and the “Child of the Prophecy” meaning that they are the only people who can save the world because of a prophecy written about them.
Now let’s compare some of the other characters.
The main female protagonists, Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase, are both the most intelligent characters in each series. They always know the answer for everything and always have a plan, but Annabeth is more of a warrior than Hermione.
And let’s not forget about the lovable best friends. Ron Weasley and Grover Underwood are the two main characters’ best friends. They are similar in that they are both easily scared, funny, and have a love of food. The only difference would be the fact that Grover has goat legs . . .
And, of course, we have the villains. There are the main bad guys, Lord Voldemort and Kronos, and also the conflicted henchmen, Draco Malfoy and Luke Castellan.
Another similarity in the series would be the plot. Both books are about two children who become heroes and have to save the world. They both involve a prophecy, magic, and myth.
So what do you think? How similar are these two series? And are you a fan of HP or PJO? Leave your opinion in the Comments.
Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council
PS. Emma Rose weighs in on the debate in her video. Ari is also a PJO fan. He says, “The books are exciting. It is fun to see Greek Mythology come alive in the present day. Percy, the son of Poseidon, must learn to survive and protect both the mortal and the immortal worlds.”
Whenever I go to someone’s house for the first time, I always try to peek at the bookshelves to see if that person likes the same books as I do. Is that nosy of me? What? You don’t do that? Anyway . . . I knew I wanted a peek at the Scholastic Kids Council’s bookshelves so I asked them to send me their “shelfies.”
Do you see any of your favorite books?
Leave a Comment to tell us which books we would see in YOUR shelfie.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners
The Nobel Peace prize is a very important award given to particular people anywhere in the world who have worked to promote peace and understanding among nations. The prize is a HUGE honor and it is worth over $1 million! In the past, the prize has gone to famous presidents like Americans Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and South Africans F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Organizations can win the award, too. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won for its work to help the environment. And Doctors Without Borders won for its work to take care of sick people around the world.
The 2014 award was announced this week. It is being given to two people and one is a 17-year-old girl! She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever. Talk about Kid Power! Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the winners this year for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights activist. He campaigns to help poor children who are forced to work as slaves in factories, to get them out of the factories and into school. Believe it or not, there are children who have to leave their parents to go work all day long in faraway factories. They never even have the chance to learn how to read much less borrow a book from a beautiful library. According to the Bachpan Bachao Andolan website (“Save the Childhood Movement” in English), Satyarthi has set up schools and rescued thousands of children out of this slavery.
Malala has also campaigned to help all children go to school. You may have heard of her since she was in the news a lot a couple of years ago. She was writing a blog about living under the Taliban in Pakistan, especially how they didn’t want girls to go to school. Malala went to school anyway and continued speaking out against the Taliban. The Taliban actually tried to kill her, but she survived and continues to speak out for girls’ right to go to school and get an education. How brave!
So you see it doesn’t matter how young you are. YOU can change the world! Leave a Comment and let us know how you’re inspired to make a difference!
Writing Prompt: What’s Your Best Good Deed?
Recently, I came across these awesome quotes that really made me think:
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“We ARE what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” (Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher)
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you do not know when it will be too late.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American author)
“One person can make a difference. And everyone should try.” (President John F. Kennedy)
Heavy stuff, huh?
How have YOU made a difference? Maybe you’ve stuck up for someone getting bullied, or helped an injured animal, or done something kind that no one will ever even know about. We want to know for today’s Writing Prompt:
Reveal yours in the Comments below!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
Classic is the New Black: a magazine that discusses classic actors, movies, books, musicians, and TV shows from a kid’s point of view.
You may see Beatles as a bug but I see them as a band. At the age of 3, my father exposed me to a whole new world of classics. This is how I came to love the Beatles. I don’t know why I like the Beatles, but there was just a spark. Maybe it was their catchy lyrics or great melodies. It was something about the realness of the group. Continue reading
Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends
Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!
Question for the Author: Out of the 25 characters featured in Hello Kitty Crochet, do you have a favorite?
Mei Li Lee: If I could choose two, I would say Hangyodon and Badtz Maru. Hangyodon because I’ve always been fascinated with the character as a child. It always reminded me of a cuter version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for Badtz Maru, I was really happy with the way he turned out! Some of the Sanrio amigurumi took me a few tries but with Badtz, I had the pattern locked down right away. He was such a joy to make.
What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer