October 21, 2015
The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry
Have you ever had a dream where you met someone – or something – that you didn’t even know existed? Did they take you on an adventure around the world and through time in search of other mystical, magical creatures? If you haven’t (or even if you have, because let’s be honest, that dream was awesome and you want to have it again), then you should definitely check out the latest addition to The Yeti Files series, Monsters on the Run, by Kevin Sherry.
Blizz Richards, a yeti living in the snowy mountains of Nepal, is just hanging out with his friends Alexander and Gunthar, when they receive a letter from Vanessa (a.k.a. the Loch Ness monster) saying how lonely she is and how much she needs a friend, someone who understands her. Being the generous, adventurous guy that he is, Blizz decides to set out to find other creatures just like her. With the help of a time-traveling leprechaun, they manage to go 65 million years into the past to find other Nessies, but between dinosaurs and other predators, they may have found more than they expected.
This book is more than just a fun story, though. The wild illustrations create a whole universe of things you’ve never seen before. A leprechaun workshop, a nation of unicorns, a prehistoric forest. Get a look inside all of these things and more in The Yeti Files: Monsters on the Run.
What would you want to see if you could time travel? What mystical creature have you always wanted to meet? Leave a Comment and let us know!
October 20, 2015
Goosebumps Movie Monster vs. Monster
Have you seen the Goosebumps movie (rated PG) which just opened in theaters? It’s filled with some of the coolest and creepiest monsters out there! I wouldn’t want them to come after me. But . . . what if they went after each other? Who would win if they went head-to-head against each other?
Play the Where’s the Creature Game to get a glimpse of some of these creepy creatures. Then vote below on who YOU think would win.
- Slappy the Evil Dummy vs. Murder the Clown.
- The Lawn Gnomes (remember they use knives!) vs. the Bog Monster
- Fifi the Vampire Poodle vs. Count Dracula
- The Executioner vs. Lack O’Lantern (He has a pumpkin head!)
- The Haunted Mask vs. the Shrunken Head
- Professor Shock vs. Clarissa the Witch
- The Snake Lady vs. the Bees
- A Graveyard Ghoul vs. Captain Long Ben One-Leg
- The Egyptian Priestess vs. the Scarecrow
Let us know your votes in the Comments below. And let us know if you’re still having nightmares from the Goosebumps movie!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
October 19, 2015
Oliver, the Halloween Cat
Is this cat wearing a Halloween costume or is he a witch cat all year long? What spells and potions do you think he is imagining under that sparkly witch’s hat?
Flickr photo courtesy of Natalle Barletta
Here is my caption:
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. . . or maybe I’ll just take a nap.”
Leave your caption for Oliver the Halloween cat in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 16, 2015
Beetlejuice Sequel In the Works?
Made in 1988, the movie Beetlejuice (rated PG) is a Halloween classic now. It’s about a couple named Adam and Barbara Maitland who are ghosts trapped in their own house. When a new family moves in, the ghosts decide they want them out, but then they become friends with the depressed teen daughter Lydia (played by Winona Ryder). Trying to help the Maitlands, she summons Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton), “the afterlife’s leading bio-exorcist,” to help them. But it doesn’t take her long to regret the decision because this guy is a creepy, bug-eating ghoul and he is NUTSO!
So if you liked Beetlejuice, you’ll be excited to know that a spin-off movie is expected to begin production by the end of this year. The upcoming film will be called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, which I can only imagine which be equally as wacky and bizarre as the first movie. It is possible that Michael Keaton will again play his role as Beetlejuice, and Winona Ryder may be in the movie too.
Are you a Beetlejuice fan? What do you think about a new Beetlejuice movie? leave a Comment! And if you are looking for a Halloween movie to go see right now, the Goosebumps movie (rated PG) hits theaters today!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 14, 2015
Book Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After
I will be doing a comparison between the magical series of Ever After High and the mysterious series of Whatever After. Both series are amazing and involve fantasy, but they are different in many ways.
To start the war off, I will introduce to you the main characters of each book, Raven and Abby. In Ever After High, Raven is daughter of the evil queen from Snow White, and faces the challenge of whether to sign the Storybook of Legends which will seal her fate as the next evil ruler. In Whatever After, Abby is shut out at school most of the time which causes her to be very lonely. One night, she is intrigued by the basement, and she and her brother Jonah get sucked through a magic mirror that came with the house, and transported into the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Both characters are shut out at school and are involved in the tale Snow White.
Surprisingly, the two main characters have traits in common, such as a “don’t think, just do” kind of thing. Don’t get them mad because if you do, you had better watch out! They also both have great kindness in their hearts. Finally, Raven and Abby are “chosen” for something of great importance in the world.
What do you think? Similar or not at all? Are you a fan of EAH or WA? Put your opinion in the Comments below.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
October 13, 2015
Create a caption for this adorable dog, Maisie!
Hi, there! This puppy seems like she is going on her own outdoor adventure! What would you say she is thinking in that cute, furry head?
Here’s my caption: “Watch out, world! I’m off my leash and ready to take over this dog park!”
Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!
Megan, STACKS Intern
October 12, 2015
What is your perfect Halloween costume?
Halloween is less than 4 weeks away, and to have the best costume, you need to plan way in advance! So here is a quiz to find out what Halloween costume you should choose!
- If you were to pick a movie to watch, you would pick . . . a) The Lion King. b) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. c) Goosebumps. d) Cinderella.
- You would consider yourself someone who is . . . a) aloof or reserved. b) outgoing. c) sneaky. d) glamorous.
- Your favorite thing about October is . . . a) curling up with a good book on the cool nights. b) the feeling of magic in the air. c) scaring people. d) getting candy.
- Which superpower ability would you rather have? a) Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. b) Able to do magic. c) Able to be invisible. d) Able to turn everything you touch into gold.
- If you had to pick one thing to play with it would be . . . a) a ball of yarn. b) a wand. c) a sheet. d) a crown.
- What sport would you choose to do? a) Running. b) Quidditch. c) Professional hide and seek. d) Jousting.
- Which animal would you choose? a) A mouse. b) An owl. c) A cat. d) A horse.
- How often do you like being around friends? a) It depends on the friend. b) Frequently. c) Whenever you feel like popping in. d) All the time.
- Your favorite Halloween candy is . . . a) Milky Way. b) Jelly Beans. c) None of these. d) Chocolate coins.
October 9, 2015
Rowan Blanchard and Paris Berelc star in the Disney “Monstober” movie INVISIBLE SISTER, premiering Friday, October 9!
Photo courtesy Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico
Set in New Orleans during Halloween, Invisible Sister follows Cleo (played by Rowan Blanchard), an introverted young science prodigy whose class project accidentally turns her popular older sister and the school’s star lacrosse player, Molly (played by Paris Berelc), invisible.
Cleo, who has become accustomed to living in Molly’s shadow, is forced to step outside her comfort zone and into the shoes of her older sister to take her place on the day of an important game. As the sisters try to convince their friends, teachers, and Molly’s lacrosse team that nothing is wrong, they must rely on each other like never before. In doing so, they gain a better understanding of one another and themselves.
Meanwhile, they are up against the clock to find an antidote to reverse the effects of Cleo’s experiment before Molly’s invisibility becomes permanent.
Invisible Sister also stars Karan Brar (BUNK’D, Jessie) as Cleo’s quirky best buddy and fellow science enthusiast; Rachel Crow (X Factor) as Molly’s outgoing best friend and teammate; Will Meyers (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Cleo’s crush and science scholar; and Austin Fryberger (Kirby Buckets) as Molly’s goofy but affable boyfriend.
October 8, 2015
Halloween Activities on the STACKS!
The spookiest day of the year is coming on October 31. Here are a few Halloween activities and links to get you ready. If you need costume ideas, we got ‘em; scary books, we got ‘em. We even have a personality quiz to find out what monster you are most like!
This just in . . . these Halloween Would You Rather questions from PurpleWizard50:
Would you rather . . . .
- Dress up as a pink princess OR a yellow bumblebee?
- Get one small yummy candy bar OR a giant bar of yucky candy?
- Turn into a werewolf OR a vampire?
- Eat 2000 candy bars in a minute OR eat 30 old pieces of licorice in one minute?
- Meet a mummy OR Frankenstein?
If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the STACK Back Message Board and submit them! Have a safe and fun Halloween!
October 7, 2015
Space Pioneer Buzz Aldrin Shares His Vision For Exploring Mars In Welcome to Mars
Could Mars be our future home? Buzz Aldrin thinks so, and he should know! Buzz is one of the first people to walk on the moon, and was a member of the historic Apollo 11 crew. A renowned rocket scientist, he developed a futuristic space transportation system to reach Mars. He chairs his own educational organization, ShareSpace Foundation. And he also has a Toy Story character named after him! (Hint: “To infinity — and beyond!”)
Buzz Aldrin lives, eats, and breathes all things Mars. Buzz has a vision for not only traveling to Mars, but inhabiting it as well. In Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, Buzz describes what it will take to build a permanent home on this far away planet.
Welcome to Mars reveals the ultimate in space transportation — the Aldrin Cycler Spacecraft – and what the space traveler will encounter upon arrival, including a detailed illustration of the Mars Lander Sequence and an ingenious method for removing the rusty dust stuck to the space suits. The reader is taken on a tour of the Spaceport, learns how dirt bikes and zip lines will be natural forms of red planet entertainment, and discovers how greenhouses will play a vital role in the colonization of Mars. Finally, after months of exploring and living in the rugged Spaceport, it’s moving day – Buzz ups the “wow” factor with high tech and forward-thinking living, eating and recreational quarters aptly named the Founders Dome.
What do you think? Will you sign up to go live on Mars? Tell us in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer