Posted in Awesome Kids, Friday Fun

When your dad wins the Caldecott….

Bridget note:I have interviewed Matthew Cordell previously. His daughter, Romy, has provided reviews for my blog. When I heard the news that Matthew had won the Caldecott this year,  I was curious what Romy thought. So I asked her about it.

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1. How did you find out your dad won the Caldecott Award?

When I woke up in the morning, my mom was very excited and she said, “Your Dad won the Caldecott!” And then I went into my parents’ room and my Dad was on the phone. When he finally got off the phone, I jumped on him and hugged him, and I screamed until I was hoarse. Then, my parents let me and my brother stay home from school for the morning, so we could watch Dad get the award on TV. My dad and I went and got donuts and when we went home, we ate our donuts and we watched the award announcements.


2. What was your first thought when you heard the news?


3. This isn’t the first award Wolf in the Snow has won, but was this surprising or shocking?

Wolf in the Snow won a Boston Globe-Horn Book honor award first, and then when it won another award, you’d think it wouldn’t be as shocking. But it really was because the Caldecott is a huge honor.

4. Did your dad use his win to get out of a chore? (My Dad would.)

Actually no, but he wanted to. He didn’t because my mom wouldn’t let him.

5. What did your classmates think?

Some of my classmates didn’t know what it was, but the ones who did totally flipped. Some of my teachers didn’t know either, but the ones who did were silent for a minute.

6. Do you get to go with your dad to get the award?

Yes, because my Dad didn’t want to go without me. I’m so glad, my whole family is going. I am really excited about going to New Orleans, but I don’t like when my ears pop on the plane.

7. Both your parents are writers. What does that feel like? (P.S. My mom really likes your mom’s books.)

It feels really good since I can give my teachers a truck load of signed books for the holidays. (And that is so nice of you to tell me! I’m so glad!)

8. Who is the coolest person you have met?

Well, I’ve met lots of cool people, but I think the coolest person I’ve met is Carrie Fisher and her dog, Gary Fisher. (Bridget note:SUPER JEALOUS!)


9. What was your favorite book this past year?

I love to read and I have a lot of favorite books, but I think my all time favorite is How to Train Your Dragon, book, 3, How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell.

10. Do you think you might write a book?

I’ve been working on a novel since second grade, but I don’t think I will finish that one. I want to write a different one, but I don’t really know what it will be about.

Thanks, Romy! I have seen lots of interviews from your dad on this but it is cool to hear what a kid thinks. Plus I can’t wait to see your book! ~ Bridget

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Super Saurus saves kindergarten

By Deborah Underwood

Illustrated by Ned Young

Reviewed by Little Brother

Deborah Underwood is my favorite author! I love Cat, the Baddies, the Quiet Books and now Arnold, the amazing Super Saurus! In this book, Super Saurus is going to kindergarten. He is a Dino superhero protecting the kindergarten from Zorgo. But Zorgo is their teacher. He is not a bad guy. Super Saurus has a great imagination!

I like that Zorgo is actually his teacher. I like the pictures. They help me imagine what is going on. I wish I could be a Super Hero. I also like raisins. I want to join his snack time and get a pet lizard!

I think kids who want to be Superheroes will like this book. Kids that are going to kindergarten will learn kindergarten is not scary.

😈😈😈😈😈 haha 🦕🦕🦕🦖🦎🦖

We borrowed this from the library!

Posted in Awesome Kids

Awesome Kid: Charlotte

1. Tell me a little about yourself  I am nine years old and live in sunny Chandler AZ. I am in the fourth grade, the narrator in my school play and love to read!  I started a sewing business called Stitches by Charlotte when I was 7 to raise money for a local hospital.  I was born with a cleft lip & palate and I love helping little babies that were born like me.  I think smiles are so important.
2. I learned to sew when I was 3. When did you learn to sew? I learned to sew right before I turned 8.  I got a sewing machine for Christmas from my Nana and Papa.  I got a sewing books with my machine and found a doll pattern and decided to try it out.
3. How did you get the idea for the dolls and giving them to kids in the hospital? I was asked to make a few special dolls for kids undergoing medical care.  I really liked the way I felt seeing the kids smile after receiving my dolls.  I’ve been through several surgeries myself so I know it can be scary. When I had my surgeries I would have loved to have a little something cute and soft to hug.
4. How long does it take to make a doll? There’s many things that I have to do to make a doll.  I pick and cut fabric.  I pin the pieces together before I sew every little piece.  The little pieces get sewn to the big pieces.  The last steps are my favorite… I get to flip the doll right side out and stuff it!  The time depends if I’m sewing 5 of the same doll or a one-of-a-kind doll.  I’ve gotten pretty speedy so it usually takes 3-5 hours per doll.
5. As a book reviewer, I have to ask – have you read any good books lately? Yes, I recently started reading the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson. I loved the first book and can’t wait to keep going.  I’m a huge Disney fan so it’s a great series for me!  The books take place in the Disney World Park after the park closes.
6. Do you have a favorite author or book series? Since I someday hope to be a fashion designer, I really enjoy the Chloe by Design books by Margaret Gurevich.    It’s about a young designer making her sewing dreams a reality!  I love the graphic illustrations that go along with the story!  If you’re a Project Runway fan and love looking at fashion sketches, you won’t be able to put it down!!  The series SEW ZOEY by Chloe Taylor is also a cute sewing series!
7.  Do you find it hard to balance your doll making with school and being a kid? Sometimes I have to sew before I can go and play, but I love what I do and I believe what I do is important.
8. Do you have any advice for a kid wanting to do a project like yours?
Always believe in what you do and work hard to make your dream become a reality but always remember to have fun too!
My favorite Bible verse is
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Paw Patrol: Rescue Time

Review by Annoying Little Brother

Review Book provided by Media Masters Publicity

I really like Paw Patrol and was excited to review this book. It comes with a projector watch that puts images from the book on the wall. The watch is more fun than the book. It is kind of hard to read the book and project images at the same time.

You can use the watch to tell your own story of the Paw Patrol Adventure.

This is not a book a new reader would read solo. I need help with the written parts. The font is small and there are a lot of words on the pages! But with a grownup I could do it.

I think kids who like Paw Patrol would like this book and especially the watch.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Hello Goodbye Dog

By Maria Gianferrari

Pictures by Patrice Barton

Review by Annoying Little Brother

Book received to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

This is a good book about a kid in a wheelchair and the dog comes to school everyday and they make the dog leave. The dog goes to therapy school and becomes a therapy dog. Now the dog can go to class and not leave. The dog listens to kids read.

Kids in wheelchairs will enjoy this book and kids with crutches. Kids who want to know more about therapy dogs will like this book.

I learned about therapy dogs. They are cool. It is neat that a dog could help you out like that.


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Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Lina

Victoria: Portrait of a Queen

The book I’m reading and I’m going to review is called Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef. This book is about Queen Victoria. It’s about her life with its ups and its downs a bit like a roller coaster. You’ll learn about her relationship with Prince Albert, her childhood and the years she was queen. She had very strong emotions and when she was angry she could really storm like a hurricane! She ruled for 64 years and had nine children.

I liked it a lot. I liked it so much I read it three times. My favorite of Queen Victoria’s children is probably Princess Louise. She was so stubborn she argued with Queen Victoria and said she wanted to choose her own husband. It took a lot to argue with the British monarch! Queen Victoria actually let her. I like reading about powerful women who show the world that we’re strong too.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes a stubborn, amazing, record-holding queen.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Milo

Bet you didn’t know

Review by Milo

This book is full of random facts about everything.

I liked this book because I am really interested in learning facts. I especially liked the facts about animals and the human body, because I love all types of animals and I am learning about the human body in school right now. The book also has a lot of really cool pictures in it.

Two facts that I thought were really interesting were:

1. One Type of Squid will detach part of its own arms to distract an attacking predator.

2. A whale shark’s mouth is almost as wide as a car. I liked this fact because my grandpa got to snorkel with a whale shark in Hawaii and she showed me the pictures of the shark, it was so big!

I give this book 5 stars. I really like to read the National Geographic books. They have a lot of good facts and cool pictu