April 7, 2014

Twinkie Puppy Caption

Posted by at 1:08 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaption2Create a Caption for Twinkie!

What a playful pup! Doesn’t he have such a sweet, expectant little expression on his face? I think it looks like Twinkie is anxiously waiting for a game of fetch to begin.

Twinkie puppy

Do you have your own idea? Write YOUR caption for the picture in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

April 4, 2014

Janelle Monae Interview

Posted by at 1:43 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

janellemInterview with Janelle Monae

It’s no secret that I am a very, very big Janelle Monae fan. Her music just makes me want to get up and boogie, and her style is awesome. (I wish I looked that cool in a suit.) This April, she’s making her big screen debut . . . in Rio 2! Did you see the first Rio movie? It was pretty funny, and I’m definitely glad there’s a sequel! We were super-fortunate to get this interview with the singer (and now voice actress). Check it out! Continue reading

April 3, 2014

Stay Alive Survival Book Series

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads | Permalink

Stay Alive: Crash book coverStay Alive

You’ve just crash landed into a life or death situation in the middle of nowhere and Siri has deserted you during your time of need. NOW WHAT?!

Stay Alive is a series that imagines a group of kids in a dilemma just like this, and what they would have to do to survive. Where do you find food and clean water? How do you find help? What if someone gets hurt? Thinking strategically is a must, but which character is actually prepared to make the hard decisions?

In Stay Alive #1: Crash, the members of the Junior Action News Team find themselves in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. They’re a smattering of geeks, know-it-alls, and adventurous acquaintances, stuck out in the elements with their lovable dog, Buford. They have to fight to stay alive.

Have you ever been asked, “If you could bring one thing with you on a deserted island, what would it be?” This has always been a really hard question for me to answer. Maybe . . . genies to grant me wishes, a constant supply of my favorite cereals, or all my best friends and lots of music to keep us busy. After reading Crash, I realized all I really need are good old survival skills, which I definitely don’t have (yet). The characters in these books come from all walks of life, so some of them are naturally more prepared than others to cope with the harsh and dangerous situations they end up in.

One of the coolest parts of the series is when the author, Joseph Monninger, includes real-life survival tips that become important to the plot of the story. That way, I can picture myself trekking through a jungle somewhere, braving the elements to survive with my smarts. Or at least, tucking the tip away in my back pocket for some fateful day when I find myself in a pickle. (Hopefully, this won’t be too soon.)

Basically, if you like extreme adventure and an awesome story, this series is for you. You can start with Book 1 like I did, but don’t forget that Stay Alive #2: Cave-In just came out, too! It’s just as intense and action-packed, so get caught up, happy reading, and STAY ALIVE!

April 2, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Sneak Peek: Cinderella

Posted by at 3:05 pm in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls Cinderella book coverCinderella Stays Late

Tomorrow is my first day at Grimm Academy! It’s the most famous school in Grimmlandia and was founded by the brothers Grimm as safe haven for everyone “born of fairy tale, folktale, and nursery rhyme magic.” My stepsisters have been going there for years and now I finally get to go, too!

I’m so excited, but I’m also nervous! The Steps haven’t told me much about what school is like. I think they even wish I wasn’t going with them tomorrow. Guess I’ll just have to make some new friends!

Any advice for my first day at a new school? Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be grimmtastic!

Love,
Cinda

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

SPONSORED POST Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes

Posted by at 3:46 pm in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Nintendo YoshiGiant Eggs, Cool Art in Yoshi’s New Island

Everyone’s favorite egg-tossing hero is back. Find out how you can win Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS!

Six worlds full of different levels await exploration in the Yoshi’s New Island game, the third game in the beloved Yoshi’s Island series, which just launched on the Nintendo 3DS system. In the game, Yoshi must help Baby Mario reunite with his kidnapped brother, Luigi. This time around, there are giant new eggs, fun new visuals and a multiplayer mode that lets two players who each have a Nintendo 3DS system pair up for a mini-game cooperative challenge. The new character transformations are dynamite. Yoshi can turn into a hot air balloon, mine cart, and even a jackhammer! And by grabbing a special star, Yoshi can soar in the sky or run along walls and ceilings. Gravity doesn’t mean a thing to this “Super Yoshi!”

Enter the Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes (presented by Scholastic) for a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS XL system and the Yoshi’s New Island game! (Official Rules)

Are you a mega Yoshi fan? Loving the new game? Share your Comments below. Continue reading

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 31, 2014

After the Millennials

Posted by at 1:27 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing promptName the next generation!

According to sociologists, anyone born between 1982-2004 is known as a Millennial. The name comes from the fact that they were the first group to graduate high school after the millennium (the year 2000).

But what about people born after 2004 (i.e., many STACKers)? According to studies, kids born after 2004 have some interesting things in common that Millennials didn’t have. Many kids born after 2004 have always had a computer in their home, and used technology from a very, very young age. You are the first group to be born into a world with the Internet, texting, instant messaging, and listening to music and watching TV digitally. (What do you think – is this true for you??)

Some people think you should be called Post-Millennials, or Generation Z, or the iGeneration. What do you think? What would you call your up-and-coming generation?

Take a look at some of the past generation names, and fill in what YOU think our new generation should be called.

1946 – 1964: Baby Boomer Generation

1964 – 1982: Generation X

1982 – 2004: Millennials (also sometimes called Generation Y)

2004 – present: ?????

Who knows? Maybe some famous sociologist will read one of your Comments, and name the generation after your answer! So let us know what you think below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 28, 2014

Ask Jack Griffo from The Thundermans!

Jack GriffoKids’ Choice Awards nominee Jack Griffo answers YOUR questions

I’m a huge fan of all things superhero-related, which is why I’m totally hooked on The Thundermans! The show about a family that’s anything but normal trying to blend in is absolutely hilarious. Have you seen it? It’s awesome! Jack Griffo, who plays Max Thunderman on the show, is nominated for Favorite TV Actor in the Kids’ Choice Awards (and, let’s be totally honest–it’s the best awards show to be nominated for. It’s not a party unless someone gets slimed, amiright?). Even if you haven’t seen The Thundermans yet, you might recognize Jack from his roles in Jessie, Jinxed, or Kickin’ It. This guy has a pretty cool resumé!

Anyway, we are so, so, so lucky, because Jack is going to answer YOUR questions! Want to know what it’s like to be an actor, be nominated for a KCA, or play a superhero? Leave your questions in the Comments! Who knows? Maybe your question will get answered!

image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer