Category Archives: Your Questions Answered

February 14, 2011

Ask a Wild Animal Expert

Earth Have you ever wondered what it’s like to put a diaper on a baby orangutan? Or feed a baby elephant from a bottle, or have its trunk in your face? How much do elephants weigh when they are babies? Are orangutans as intelligent as humans?

Well, we invited some world famous animal experts to answer YOUR questions about these two amazing endangered species. Leave your questions in the Comments and we will post the answers here on April 8.

Who are these experts who will be answering your questions?

  1. Dr. Birute Galdikas is a world-renowned primatologist who works with orphaned baby orangutans in the Pacific island of Borneo to reintroduce them into the wild.
  2. Dame Daphne Sheldrick is a celebrated elephant authority who rescues and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants in Kenya, Africa.

They are both featured in the IMAX movie, Born to be Wild 3D coming to theaters on April 8. It is “an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals”. . . in other words, absolutely full of cuteness!!! Just look at the video trailer.


So leave your questions in the Comments and come back on April 8 to read what the animal experts have to say.

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Video Courtesy Warner Bros.

January 21, 2011

Ask a Megamind Minion

Photo_minion UPDATE: Minion replied! You can read his answers to your questions here.

If you saw Megamind in theaters last fall, you know that the big blue super-villain and his sidekick Minion were able to save Metro City when no one else could. Well, the DVD comes out on Friday, February 25, 2011, and as a special treat for STACKS readers, Minion has agreed to answer YOUR questions.

Now is your chance to ask what it’s really like to be the sidekick of a man with a huge blue head, what it’s really like to be a fish on the body of a gorilla, how life has changed since he became a famous movie star and protector of Metro City, and what he remembers about his home planet.

Leave your questions for Minion in the Comments and come back on February 25 to read his answers!

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Image and video courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Dream Works Animation

October 13, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon DVD

Hiccup How to Train Your Dragon comes out on DVD on Friday, October 15, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive interview with the dragon trainer himself, Hiccup. A few weeks ago, you asked your questions, and now Hiccup is here to give the answers.

S’morcupcakesplz: What do you like about Astrid?
Hiccup: Like about Astrid? Well, um. . . hmm.

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October 7, 2010

Meeting Margaret Peterson Haddix

Into the Gauntlet

Hi everyone! It seems like ten years ago that I interviewed Margaret Peterson Haddix for THE STACKS. You all helped me prepare for the interview by giving me some awesome questions! Sadly, I couldn’t ask them all. It was really tough to choose only one of your questions, but the final question I chose was submitted by marytonga, who asked:

7191129face If you could meet ANY Cahill, dead or alive, who would you pick?

Margaret was really impressed with that question and I think she had fun answering it.

She is super, super nice and fun, but the best part is that, after the interview, she autographed 2 copies of Into the Gauntlet so that we could give them away to lucky STACKS readers! Want a chance to win? Enter the Into the Gauntlet Sweepstakes! Good luck!

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September 17, 2010

Interview a Dragon Trainer

Dragon_130UPDATE: Hiccup replied! You can read his answers to your questions here.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you found an injured dragon and tried to train it? Well, THE STACKS will be bringing in an expert who has gone through that exact experience, and you can get your questions answered! Hiccup, the Viking from the movie How to Train Your Dragon (rated PG) has agreed to answer your burning questions. (Get it? burning. . . dragon! I’m full of cleverness!) Anyway, now is your chance to ask about his experiences with wild dragons, his misunderstood life among the barbaric Vikings, and how his life has changed since the movie made him a star.

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August 16, 2010

Ask an Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix


Hi guys! I have AMAZING news!! Margaret Peterson Haddix will be coming to Scholastic on August 31 for The 39 Clues webcast, and I will have a chance to interview her for THE STACKS!!!!!!!! Do I have the best job ever, or what? Yes, I do, but stay with me here, because I need your help.

If you have read Margaret Peterson Haddix’s books, then you understand why I’m so excited. They are AWESOME! If you haven’t read them yet, you should definitely check them out. They are un-put-down-able action-filled page-turners. Read our reviews of Running Out of Time, and Found to see what I mean.

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May 7, 2010

Marmaduke, the Movie Dog

Ink Splot 26: Marmaduke UPDATE: Marmaduke replied! You can read his answers to your questions here.

You may have seen the comic strip, Marmaduke, in your Sunday newspaper. It was started in 1954 by Brad Anderson, and has been running ever since with help from different cartoonists. It's about an ENORMOUS Great Dane named Marmaduke, who basically drives his family crazy with his antics. Here is an example from the comic:


What I love about these comics is that you can totally imagine what Marmaduke is thinking. Like in this one, I imagine he is thinking, "Ooh bubbles! Fun!!"

On June 4, Marmaduke the movie will be coming to theaters — not a comic version, but a live action movie with a real dog. And in the movie you can actually hear Marmaduke's thoughts in his head. So to get you psyched for the movie, the writers have offered to answer your questions for Marmaduke. Now is your chance to ask that crazy dog what it's like to star in a movie about his life. . . why he acts so crazy all the time. . . what is his favorite thing to do. . .or anything else you want to know!

Write your questions for Marmaduke in the Comments and then come back on June 4 for the answers.

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Movie photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises
Comic courtesy of United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

April 2, 2010

Answers from a NASA Astronaut

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the Hubble 3D movie and posted some of the amazing space photos taken by the telescope. Really, truly, amazing photos. If you haven't seen them, you should go look. Well, I also promised that a real live astronaut would be willing to answer your questions, and now I am keeping that promise! or, rather, NASA Astronaut Scott Altman is. Now you can find out once and for all what it feels like to be in space, how astronauts go to the bathroom, and how to become an astronaut yourself. Read on. . .

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March 5, 2010

IMAX Hubble 3D

Hubble_130 UPDATE: The astronauts replied! You can read the answers to YOUR questions here.

Imagine walking on a high wire 350 miles above the earth. Well, in May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope, and it was basically the world's most exciting and dangerous high wire act . . . in space. On board was an IMAX 3D camera, operated by the shuttle astronauts. It captured some amazing footage of the spacewalks while the astronauts made those repairs. Starting on March 19, you can see that footage in 3D in the new IMAX movie Hubble 3D (rated G). Even the astronauts say it's the next best thing to actually being in space!

And here is something else really cool — the astronauts on board offered to answer YOUR questions. So if you have a question that you want answered by a real live astronaut, write it in the Comments! we will post the responses right here.

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