Posted in Meet the authors, Music Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Meet the author/musician: Tim Kubart

for this interview, Annoying Little Brother steps into the Interviewer seat. His other nickname is “Coopbart” because he is such a big fan of Tim Kubart.

• Author website/social media: www.timkubart.com, @timkubart on everything

• Tell me a little about yourself: I’ve been playing music for kids and families for almost 15 years. When I was in college I was volunteering at a homeless shelter for women and children and started putting on shows for the kids in the nursery. I decided I would make it my career and I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world singing songs to kids and families, making records, working on different tv shows, and just having the best time.

1When you were my age, did you like to read? I did! I mostly read what was given to me, but my house was filled with stories of Winnie the Pooh, the Berenstain Bears, and Shel Silverstein.

2What was your favorite story? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s still my favorite story.

3How did you get this idea for your book? All of my shows are very interactive. I make sure there’s something for everybody to do during each song. I wanted a book that a room full of kids could shout a part all together. Or something a kid and his caregiver could read together. That was the main goal. After that, it was just deciding what silly word they could all shout.

4Is writing songs or books easier? They are tough in their own ways! Songs you have to worry about melody and chords and production. So it takes more time to write than a picture book. But I was surprised when you only have a few pages and a few words, you begin to really pay attention to every single word.

5What author do you really like right now? I just got back from Nigeria (in Africa) and received a book about a boy in school. I just read it yesterday and enjoyed learning about the culture of education in Nigeria. The author is Chioma Awani-Diru. I really like non-fiction too. My favorite book is “The Bicycle Diaries” by David Byrne. And just a few days ago I read a book called “Outside the Jukebox” by one of my best friends, Scott Bradlee. He wrote a book about how he started the music group “Postmodern Jukebox.” I’ve also been reading a book of short stories (but true stories) called “All These Wonders.” When I’m between longer books I like to read stories that are only a few pages. ALSO! I need to squeeze in somewhere how much I love “Harry Potter.”

6I know you like hearing from your fans. How does it make you feel? It’s the best feeling in the world. Knowing that something I made is making its way into families daily lives has ALWAYS been my goal above anything else. I hope the music and stories brighten up families lives, and make them feel closer together, and when I get a message saying that it has, it makes me feel like I’m on the right path with what I do.

7What was it like to host a kids TV show? The best. For 4 year I was the host of “Sunny Side Up” on the Sprout Channel and my favorite part about it was that it was LIVE. We were able to talk to families in real time. If we were doing a craft, an hour later I might receive an email from a family that started doing the same craft. If we were singing a song and telling kids to jump, I knew that there were kids on the other side of the screen jumping. It was so special and I’ll always hold it close to my heart.

8You also play tambourine guy. How is that different from your kids stuff? Tambourine Guy is so funny because it happened completely by accident! Scott Bradlee, who created Postmodern Jukebox, was my coworker at a children’s playspace in New York City and he had a great idea for a YouTube video to turn a Nickelback song into a Motown song. I came by with my tambourine to join in and I didn’t think I was being THAT silly, but the next day the video had 300,000 views and everyone was calling me tambourine guy. I like to say that TG isn’t a member of PMJ but instead is a fan that somehow made it onstage. I’ve been able to travel the world and meet TG fans from all over. So many dress like me and bring their own tambourine (just like you coopbart!) and it’s an honor. They are always the best people. It’s a movement of joy and it can’t be stopped!

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Pink is for Boys

By Robb Pearlman

Illustrated by Eda Kaban

I was asked to review this book by the publisher. They shared a copy with me to write this review.

This book is about that all the colors are for everyone. It gives examples like yellow is for boys. And girls. And a crown to wear. Or Red is for boys. And girls. And cars racing along the track.

I like this book because the characters are very diverse and some were disabled! That means that anyone could find their selves in this book!!! I also like that it shows that there are no such thing as boy colors or girl colors.

I recommend this book to kids who think there are a such thing as boy and girl colors.

I give this book 25 color stars🌈🌟

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Oopsie-do!

Words by Tim Kubart

Pictures by Lori Richmond

Review by Coopbart aka Annoying Little Brother aka Tim Kubart’s biggest fan

I learned about this book a year ago and have been waiting patiently. But I was kind of saying when will it be here a lot over the last month. It came out yesterday and my copy was at my house when I got home.

This is the story called Oopsie-do. It is about all the oopsie that we make in a day. It is about how they are okay. You shouldn’t get yourself mad. The little girl drops stuff, messes up stuff and falls by tripping on a ball but she says “Oopsie do”. She doesn’t let it bug her.

I think the book is good for kids my age who make mistakes. I let myself get mad and need to work on this. I am going to try saying “Oopsie-do”.

I like the illustrations by Lori. She even snuck my name in. Even the names of the Sprout hosts are hidden in the book. I like that the characters look like real kids and are all kinds of kids.

Tim also wrote a song. It is very funny. I listened to it three, four maybe six times last night. Here is the link (https://youtu.be/4dJfyXF20KU

This book gets 10 tambourines and ten stars from me. That is the highest I will give a book. Go read it so Tim will write more books. I love you, Tim!

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Adventures in Science: Human Body

Little brother was asked to review this interactive book by the publisher. He anxiously waited for it! The box was a little damaged but nothing was broken. Here is his review…

This book came with a build your own skeleton, poster that you put body parts on and some trading cards.

I enjoyed building the skeleton and learning where body parts are. Did you know the intestines are the body’s dump truck? You can read about different parts of the body and learn facts about it. On the eye page, they talk about color blind. The cards are easy to read but the book is a little bit hard. Because it has hard words and a lot of words on the pages. I needed help to read it.

I think people who don’t know about body parts would like this. I think the book is for kids older than first grade but first grade can build skeleton and do poster.

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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!

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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.

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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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