Posted in Cool Not Book Stuff, Music Review

Emily Arrow Concert

Last night I got to finally see Emily Arrow in concert.

It was very exciting and I loved the show. She played my favorites like “Be a Friend”, “Follow your Arrow” and “Keep a poem in your pocket”. They are really cool to hear live. It was also really cool to actually get to meet her in person. I even got to take a picture with her.

I give this concert 15 song stars 🎵🎶🎵🎵🎶🎶🎶🎵🎵🎵🎶🎶

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 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.

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

My first thought was: AAAAAAHHHHHH! OH MY GOSH! AM I DREAMING? SOMEBODY PINCH ME!!!!!

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!)

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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 Author Meet Up, Places I visit

A vacation recap

This past week I went on vacation with my family. We went to Orlando, Florida. We flew which is unusual for us. My parents usually drive us to our vacations. It was fun in the airport. Ours has a train, colorful tunnel and cool fountain.

Once in Orlando, we took a bus to Fort Wilderness to meet my grandparents. They joined us on vacation. The next four days I was at Disney World Parks.

It was very fun. My favorite ride was Haunted Mansion. At Animal Kingdom, it was Primeval Whirl. Also in Animal Kingdom, I liked the raft ride a lot! You can also do a fun activity called Wilderness Explorer throughout Animal Kingdom and learn about nature and conservation. I did a few activities but Little Brother did the entire book. He earned his Senior Explorer Badge.

In Disney Springs, we found a bakery that was ok for my brother and I to enjoy. We go cupcakes and donuts. They were so yummy. So look for Erin McKenna’s Bakery if you have allergies.

We also spent one day at Kennedy Space Center. It was very fun and neat to see real space ships. We went to the launch sites too.

The best part of my vacation was drumroll please…. meeting Mike Maihack! He held a talk at a library just so we could finally meet. He does a really good job explaining story telling and his process. He did reveal I have to wait longer for Cleopatra 5 (😭) but promises it is worth the wait.

Now I am back home. Tomorrow I go back to school – boo. I want vacation to be longer!

Posted in Places I visit

Garden Bowl

Today I went to a birthday party at a bowling alley. It was very fun. I am not the best bowler especially when you get robbed! 😡

Bowling is a busy birthday party and very loud. It is hard to focus. It is a fun way to spend time with friends.

I bet this place would be fun if they turned the lights off. Mom says it is.

Posted in Places I visit

Red Balloon Bookshop

The Red Balloon Bookshop is a super cool bookstore in St Paul. I would have a million books if that was my bookstore.

The whole first floor was kids books! The whole floor! I saw books by Aimee Bissonette, Jean Reagan, Chris Colfer and Mike Maihack.

There were signs on the wall that visiting authors had signed. That was cool!

I recommend you check it out if you are in Minneapolis/St Paul. They gave me great book recommendations!

Posted in Places I visit, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Places to visit in Maine

By annoying little brother
I went to visit Belfast and rode on the Belfast Moosehead train. They took down the Waldo Train Station. The engineer had to turn the engine around to go back.
I also visited Rockport where Andre the Seal lived. They have a statue of  Andre. I watched the movie of Andre with my grampy.
I  also went to an  Animal Farm. My favorite animal was the Fisher. The animals were all from Maine. They didn’t have any giraffes.