Excellent news, Roald Dahl fans! The beloved fictional giant, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), will be coming to big screens in 2016. (There’s a joke on being larger than life in there somewhere . . . ) If you can’t get enough of the silly, sometimes surreal, and always heartwarming world of The BFG, here are some great books for ages 8-12 to read next! Continue reading
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If you could be any Disney princess, which one would you be? Take this quiz and find out the answer to that question now. All you have to do is keep track of your answers and then find the reveal below. Good luck, princesses!
- What is your favorite season? a) Winter. b) Spring. c) Summer. d) Fall. e) It doesn’t matter. I love all the seasons!
- What do you fear the most? a) Global warming. b) Bullies. c) Weird noises at night. d) Getting bad grades in school. e) Not having enough books to read.
- If you could have any one of these animals as a pet, which would you choose? a) Penguin. b) Mouse. c) Cat. d) Lizard. e) Horse.
- In your free time, you like to . . . a) play fun games with your siblings. b) hang out with your pets. c) go exploring in the backyard. d) watch TV at home. e) relax and read a book.
- What qualities will your prince have? a) Ssph . . . Who cares? I don’t need a prince anyway. b) Charm. c) An adventurous spirit. d) Bravery. e) Intelligence.
- When you grow up, you want to be . . . a) an architect. b) a fashion designer. c) a pilot. d) a hair stylist. e) a librarian.
- Your go-to hairdo is . . . a) a cool braid. b) just tied back in a ponytail. c) pulled back with a headband. d) long and straight. e) a messy bun.
- Which awesome female celebrity do you relate to the most? a) Taylor Swift. b) Elle Fanning. c) Selena Gomez. d) Dove Cameron. e) Emma Watson.
- Which is your favorite quote? a) “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden b) “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus c) “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it The Present.” – Eleanor Roosevelt d) “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne e) “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss
- What is your favorite subject? a) Science. b) Music. c) Geography. d) Art. e) Reading.
Read on for your Princess personality Quiz results! If you picked . . . Continue reading
Are the villains in children’s books too mean? To help you answer that question, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven most evil children’s book villains. Some of these characters are so deliciously evil, it’s no wonder that they have all made it from books to the big screen.
#7: Jadis, The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Her character is supposed to be a tall Amazonian woman with pretty features and great strength, but for all that beauty, inside lives a very dark and ice-cold heart. She turns people and animals to stone and then uses them for home décor. Who does that? Also, did you know that the fur collar she wears is actually Aslan’s mane? Yeah, that’s mean! Continue reading
Students Rory Danieluk, Dylan Kalina, Zoe Kitson, and Emma Smith with their teacher Sarah Lindbloom and State Senator Shirley Turner (center) at the New Jersey State House. New Jersey may soon follow Massachusetts’ lead in naming an Official State Inventor. Four students from Stony Brook Elementary School in Hopewell, New Jersey, are behind a bill that would name Thomas Alva Edison as their State Inventor.
The odyssey started last year with a class assignment from Sarah Lindbloom, the students’ fourth-grade teacher. Lindbloom asked, “If you were to create a state symbol, what would it be?” Rory Danieluk, Dylan Kalina, Zoe Kitson, and Emma Smith chose Edison.
Emma, now a fifth-grader, said, “We all simply agreed on Thomas Edison.” Her group, she added, “really didn’t think of anyone else.” But they did have a backup plan. If their teacher denied Edison as a symbol, the girls “would have chosen a state animal.”
Dylan said that Edison deserved to be the state inventor “because he has done incredible things for our state.” Born in 1847, Edison helped change the world by developing the first electric light bulb and movie camera, among many other inventions.
KIDS CAN BE HEARD
Lindbloom thought that the girls’ proposal was so impressive, she encouraged them to send it to New Jersey State Senator Shirley Turner. Zoe, like her classmates, was thrilled when Turner responded. “It was exciting because I didn’t expect a reply,” Zoe said.
Turner, for her part, was delighted to see students get involved in government at a young age. “I believe that the students’ participation in our legislative process will have a lasting impact on them,” she said.
Rory agreed. She thinks that kids can be heard by government officials on an ongoing basis, “if they have provided a fair argument.”
Time will tell if the students’ argument was strong enough. The fate of the bill (S2771) is still pending. Hurdles include approval by both the state legislature and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Supporters of the bill are optimistic that it will pass and increase New Jersey tourism, as well as appreciation for an amazing inventor.
Earlier today, the Peanuts characters answered some of my most important questions, like “Why is Lucy so mean?” Now we will hear from the real life kids who voice characters in The Peanuts Movie (rated G): Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Marleik Mar Mar Walker, and Noah Schnapp. I asked them these would you rather questions. Their answers are pretty hilarious and a little surprising!
Have a perfectly round head like Charlie Brown OR have red hair like the Little Red-Haired Girl?
Francesca (who plays the Little Red-Haired Girl): I already have red hair, so that’s easy! (If you haven’t seen Francesca on Dog with a Blog, you can see her gorgeous hair in this video.)
Noah (who plays Charlie Brown): I would want a round head. That would be cool!
Have Snoopy as a pet OR have Linus as your best friend?
All 4 kids: Snoopy!
Me: Wow! No love for Linus?
Marleik: Linus is an old man and a baby.
Francesca: Yeah, he’s an old baby!
Harsh! Do you agree with the Peanuts cast’s answers? Leave YOUR answers in the Comments. Then watch this Kids Press Reporter’s interview with the stars and tell us if you are excited for The Peanuts Movie!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC
The Peanuts Movie (rated G) is coming to theaters today and we are excited because the Peanuts gang visited the STACKS to answer some of our questions. Read on to find out why Lucy is so mean, why Linus always carries his blanket, and how Charlie Brown can ever be a winner!
Q: What is it like to have a dog like Snoopy?
Charlie Brown: Well, it’s not without its challenges. He requires a lot of supervision. And costume changes. But I honestly think having a dog makes the world better. And I’ll tell you this— it’s never boring.
Q: How do you keep up hope even when everything goes wrong?
Charlie Brown: I try not to focus on all that’s going wrong but on what’s going right. And if nothing is going right, I go home and pet Snoopy.
Q: Linus, when will you stop carrying around your blanket?
Linus: I suppose when I’m a little older I’ll have to stop carrying my blanket. But then I’ll have it made into a sport coat. I think the bigger question is why don’t more people carry around blankets?
Q: Sally, what is it like being Charlie Brown’s little sister?
Sally: It’s not so bad. He’s kind of embarrassing. And sometimes I pretend we’re not related. But if he weren’t here, I would have to feed the dog! He’s actually very supportive and helpful. No matter how mean I am to him. It’s so annoying!
Q: Lucy, do you feel bad about being so mean to Charlie Brown?
Lucy: I don’t think I’m being mean. As a trained psychiatrist, part of my job is to make the patient examine himself on the inside. Sometimes that requires a lot of yelling from the outside. What you call “mean,” I call “caring with crabbiness.”
Q: Do you have any tips for Charlie Brown about how to be a winner?
Linus: Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, strive to be the Charlie Browniest.
Sally: Yes, don’t play sports. Play checkers. Don’t start any trouble— but don’t be afraid either. Remember what Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a beagle.”
Lucy: Yes, never fall in love with a musician and never pay more than 5 cents for advice. You have to be true to yourself. Unless of course you’re Charlie Brown. Then you have to just hope for a miracle.
Check back later today for a special Charlie Brown Would You Rather with the actual cast from The Peanuts Movie!
Meet Ben, a 10-year-old magician from New Jersey. His card tricks will blow you away! I’m not kidding; you have to see this! I have seen him perform in person, and I can tell you, he is legit. Watch his card trick video.
Amazing, right? I have no idea how he does it, but if you are interested in card tricks, check out Klutz Card Trickery. Maybe you can learn Ben’s secrets!
There are lots more videos about Games and Magic on the STACKS! Go check them out!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
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 . . .
Mary Kate and Ashley, Fred and George, Liv and Maddie . . . these are just a few examples of famous twins. Did you know 32 out of 1000 people are twins? Are you one of the lucky 32? I always wondered what it would be like to have a twin. To share clothes, secrets, and a birthday, and basically have a built-in best friend . . . or partner in crime. . . for life!
If you’re a twin, know twins, or just want to test your knowledge, help yourself to a double serving of our Twins Trivia!
- TRUE or FALSE? Twins are always look identical to each other.
- TRUE or FALSE? The states with the highest rates of twins are Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.>
- Are twins with the exact same DNA called fraternal OR identical twins?
- The actors who play Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter movies are actual twins in real life. What are their real names?
- The world’s oldest living twins were Eli Shadrack and John Meshak Phipps born in 1803 in Virginia. How old did they live to be? A) 108 and 113. B) Both 101. C) 90 and 91.
- TRUE or FALSE? Identical twins have almost identical brainwave patterns. This can cause one twin to feel pain when the other one is injured.
- When they are born, twins usually weigh MORE or LESS than the average baby?
- Which famous athlete is a parent of twins? A) Peyton Manning. B) Stephen Curry. C) Tom Brady. D) Sidney Crosby.
- TRUE or FALSE? Having twins is hereditary.
- Fill in the blank. The Major League baseball team ___________ Twins!
Did you score in the double digits? Check out the answers below. Continue reading