July 19, 2016

Which Twisted Fairy Tale Character Are You?

Posted by at 1:50 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

If you love classic fairy tales with Prince Charmings, princesses, and happily ever afters, then this fairy tale quiz is NOT for you. The fairy tale characters listed here are not your typical heroes and heroines. Instead, these characters are a little bit different, a little bit interesting, and a little bit… twisted.

If you’re interested in learning more about these twisted fairy tales, check out the book list here. If you’re interested in finding out which twisted fate you hold, take the quiz below. In each question, you will find an answer followed by a point system. For every one of your answers, write down the points on a separate sheet of paper. At the end of the quiz, add your points to find your poison.

Good luck, my twisted fairy tale creatures!

1. Your best personality trait is… a) being able to solve mysteries.-1 b) being mischievous.-3 c) having a big heart.-4 d) being creative.-2

2. When you grow older, what do you want to be? a) An artist because I’m creative.-2 b) A detective because no little detail escapes me.-1 c) A hero from any movie or book because why not?-3 d) A doctor because I want to save lives.-4

3. What makes you feel afraid? a) Angry people.-4 b) Losing my friends.-3 c) Getting lost.-2 d) Nothing, I am fearless.-1

4. If you were a superhero, what power would you have? a) Teleportation.-3 b) Strength.-1 c) Flying.-2 d) Invisibility.-4

5. Pick your favorite color. a) Green.-4 b) Yellow.-2 c) Purple.-3 d) Red.-1

6. What is your dream vacation? a) Camping in the wild forest.-1 b) Anywhere in a hotel with soft pillows.-4 c) Somewhere in Europe with big castles.-3 d) Anywhere as long as I’m not at home.-2

7. Which of these sports are you good at or would like to be good at? a) Running track.-1 b) Tennis.-3 c) Soccer.-2 d) None, I don’t like sports.-4

8. If you could adopt an animal, which would you choose? a) A frog because maybe it will turn into Prince Charming if I kiss it.-3 b) A wolf because they’re wild and loyal.-1 c) A baby bear because they’re so adorable and cuddly!-4 d) A horse so it can take me to cool places.-2

9. What is your favorite topping on desserts? a) Fudge.-3 b) Whipped cream.-2 c) Sprinkles.-4 d) To be honest, I don’t have a sweet tooth.-1

10. What is the perfect hangout with your friends? a) Have a sleepover where we paint our nails and comb our hair.-2 b) It doesn’t matter as long as I have many of them and they all like me.-4 c) Sit in and watch mystery movies.-1 d) Start a book club where we read books about fairy tales and adventures.-3

Count up your points and read onto find out your results. Continue reading

July 18, 2016

Find the Eel Picture Puzzle

Posted by at 1:07 am in Games | Permalink

Find the Eel!

You know those pictures where everything looks the same, but you have to find the thing that is different? Last time, I drew one with a squid. Well, I drew a new one for you!

Look at this big bunch of elephants and see if you can find the eel hiding in there.

Find the eel

Click on the image for a larger view.

Did you find it? Tell us in the Comments what you think of my latest picture puzzle!

En-Szu

July 15, 2016

Finding Dory Would You Rather

Finding DoryDisney’s sequel to Finding Nemo (rated G) a.k.a. Finding Dory (rated PG) recently hit theaters to start off the summer movie season. In the movie, Dory, who suffers from short term memory-loss every 10 seconds or so, remembers she has parents and that she got separated from them as a child. With Nemo and Marlin’s help she sets off to find them.

Their adventures take them to The Marine Life Institute, where she gets captured, escapes, gets captured, escapes – you get the picture! Nemo and Marlin and some new friends join the adventure, including Hank the cranky red octopus.

So if you’re looking for some deep-sea adventure, dive into our Finding Dory Would You Rather, and let us know

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be a clownfish like Nemo OR blue tang fish like Dory?

2. If you were a fish … Get stuck in a six-pack drink holder (like Dory did) OR have a smaller right fin (like Nemo)?

3. Wash up in Australia OR wash up in California?

4. Swim through drainpipe tunnels OR the eye of a hurricane?

5. A giant octopus pick you up with his tentacles OR get swallowed by a whale?

6. Be a fish trapped in a plastic baggie OR a fish without water?

7. Not be able to remember things OR not be able to forget things?

8. Have an adorable sandpiper OR cute otter?

Did you like Finding Nemo or Finding Dory better? Let us know your answers in the Comments below. And like the story says, when things get tough, “Just keep swimming!”

-Ratha

Image courtesy Disney Pixar

July 14, 2016

Frankie's Magic Soccer Ball

Posted by at 1:41 am in Reads | Permalink

Frankie's Magic Soccer BallIt’s July, which means the 2016 Summer Olympics is only A MONTH away! From diving to gymnastics and everything in-between, the Olympics will be a month-long celebration of sports and the country’s best athletes.

One of the competitions in the Summer Olympics is soccer, a game that’s played all over the world. We’re celebrating Olympic soccer with Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball, a magical series about a time-traveling group of soccer fans written by Frank Lampard, an English soccer star playing in Major League Soccer for New York City FC!

Frankie and his friends love playing soccer, and they’ll play the game no matter the place or time period! Join Frankie, Louise, and Charlie as they take on pirates, cowboys, and Medieval knights in Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball!

Start reading Frankie’s newest adventure in Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball here.

 

July 13, 2016

Time Travel Book Wars

Posted by at 1:40 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

The Time Patrol (for ages 12 and up) by Poul Anderson. The Time Machine (for ages 12 and up) by H. G. Wells. One is a collection of stories. The other is a short novel. Both are science fiction about time travel, but that is just about the only thing these books have in common.

Both are extremely good reads, though neither is suitable for a very young audience. The Time Machine is dense and takes a while to build up to the action. The Time Patrol deals a lot with time travel-related paradoxes, which can get confusing, and has some violence and some adult language.

The Time Machine is about a man in the late nineteenth century who builds a time machine. He travels to the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand Seven Hundred and One A.D. (802,701). The book tells the story of his adventures with the people there, who are a greatly evolved version of the human race.

The Time Patrol is about Manse Everard, a man from the mid-twentieth century, who is recruited into the Time Patrol, an organization created to prevent anyone from changing history. The book has tales of his different missions.

If I had to pick which one I liked better, I probably would go with The Time Patrol, but I don’t want to rank them. They’re too different to pick a favorite. Both have excitement, but The Time Patrol has more. It also exercised my logic skills with time travel confusion. The Time Machine is more philosophical.

The Time Patrol and The Time Machine have a bit more in common than I said at first–they are both definitely worth reading.

Julie, Scholastic Kids Council

July 12, 2016

10 Problems Only Introverts Understand

Posted by at 12:57 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

If you are sometimes shy, enjoy quiet time to just think, and like to be by yourself a lot, you may be an introvert. Almost one half of the population is introverted but when you’re an introvert, it can feel like the whole world is a giant, non-stop noise box. Your strength is in listening and being sensitive to other people, but because you don’t blab about how great you are, people don’t always recognize your quiet awesomeness. (Personally, I think we ALL have a little bit of introvert in us!) Take a look and see if you can relate to:

10 Problems Only Introverts Understand

  • An oral presentation or even just answering a question in class is sometimes scary.
  • You would rather eat lunch in the library or in a classroom with a small group of friends than in the loud lunchroom.
  • You prefer writing or drawing to talking sometimes.
  • After spending a few hours in a noisy group of friends or family, you need to be quiet by yourself for a little while.
  • You practice conversations in your head, so the real ones aren’t so terrifying.
  • You want to do homework or read during your after-school play date – but your friend wants to talk and talk and talk. And talk.
  • Having conversations with grownups. It’s bad.
  • People keep asking you, “Are you ok?” or “Why are you so quiet?”
  • You wish you had noise-cancelling headphones when riding the school bus.
  • You are the best listener you know but people don’t always listen to you.

If you can relate to these problems, then you might be an introvert. Leave a Comment to let us know what’s going on inside your mind!

-Ratha

July 11, 2016

The Road Less Traveled Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:53 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

There is a famous poem by Robert Frost called “The Road Not Taken.” Here is a quote:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,”

2 paths diverged in the woodsMany people interpret the poem to mean that if you see 2 paths, you should take the less common path because it might lead you to new adventures that you would not experience if you just follow the same road as everyone else. You know, be original and follow your own dreams, not someone else’s.

William has a different idea, though. He just wants to take the shortest road. Maybe there is some pizza waiting at the end of his road, or something.

What about you? What road will YOU take? Write your ending to this sentence :

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I . . . 

Leave your answers in the Comments!

July 6, 2016

Book Wars: The Giver and Divergent

Posted by at 1:43 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

Choose a faction that micromanages your life, or have your whole life planned ahead of you by some old people who spy on you. Which one would you choose? Have you heard of the books The Giver and Divergent (both for ages 12 and up)?  Most of you are going to have some of those lazy summer days when time feels so slow. I would totally recommend these books to anyone looking for great summer reads.

These are incredibly good books, full of plot twists and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you finish them. Both of them have been made into movies, but books are (almost) always better than the movies, so make sure you read the books first. Both of these books are first books of series, The Giver is followed by Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son, and Divergent is followed by Insurgent and Allegiant.

The setting in The Giver and in Divergent are dystopian societies where everything is bad or unpleasant and there is something huge about the characters’ lives and their societies that is being kept from them.

Jonas and Tris are the protagonists of The Giver and Divergent. A big day is upon Tris at the start of Divergent. She must take an aptitude test to see which faction she fits into. Then she must choose her faction. Jonas is turning 12, and must receive his future career chosen by the Council of Elders. When both Jonas and Tris find out their society’s secrets, their lives are changed forever and they both try to help fix the rest of their civilization.

Both Jonas and Tris stand out from the others in their societies. Tris is “divergent”, while Jonas doesn’t have the most normal job. Tris is born into the faction Abnegation, which is all about selflessness and caring about others before you think about yourself. Both societies are trying to implement selflessness, but go way too far. For example, if you are a member of Abnegation, you cannot look at yourself in the mirror. Jonas is given lots of power after receiving his job, while Tris finds herself in danger.

So, would you rather read Divergent, The Giver, or both? Leave your thoughts in the Comments!

Alex, Scholastic Kids Council

July 5, 2016

Do You Have a Magical Alias?

Posted by at 11:19 am in Personality Quiz, Reads | Permalink

magical kid quizWhich magical book character would you be: John Midas from The Chocolate Touch, Harry Potter from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneFelicity Pickle from A Snicker of Magic, or Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief? Find out by answering these questions:

1. What do you think about the most? a) The present. b) The past. c) The future. d) None.

2. What is your personality type? a) You’re an idealist. b) You’re the protector. c) You’re a thinker. d) You’re the doer.

3. If you saw a lost kitten with a collar, what would you do? a) Bring the kitten to an animal shelter. b) Feed the kitten food. c) Take the kitten home and make posters. d) Return the kitten to the address on its collar.

4. What is your favorite sweet? a) Chocolate. b) Jelly beans. c) Ice cream. d) Honey.

5. Choose your favorite board game. a) Taboo for Kids. b) Chess. c) Scrabble. d) Battleship.

6. What would you do on your last day on Earth? a) Eat your favorite ice cream. b) Hug your friends and say good bye. c) Tell your mom you love her. d) Worry about the afterlife.

7. Do you have a lot of friends? a) I’m friends with everyone. b) I have two best friends and the rest are acquaintances. c) I have one solid bestie and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. d) I’m more of a loner and I like it that way.

8. What kind of movie would you pick for a sleepover? a) A documentary. b) A fantasy movie. c) A romantic movie. d) An action movie.

9. You are about to take a test! How prepared are you? a) Not prepared at all! b) I didn’t study but I’m confident I’ll pass. c) Very prepared! I always study at night for fun. d) What subject is this again?

10. If two of your best friends got into a fight, what would you do? a) Wait for them to hash it out on their own. b) Don’t take sides but be there for both of them. c) Try to help them settle the argument. d) Tell them fighting isn’t what friends do and they need to stop it right now.

11. What is your ideal way to relax after a long day? a) Sit down with a cup of hot chocolate. b) Lounge around with friends. c) Have a spa day. d) Go for a swim at the beach.

Results: Continue reading