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.
Posted in Friday Fun

Wow in the World 


Wow in the World is a new podcast by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas. I know them from Kids Place Live and met both last summer!  They are super funny in real life. I had to help Guy with his Penguin facts though.

The podcast has them sharing interesting facts in a way that kids will like. For instance, they had a picnic in a landfill. I bet they really weren’t but you have fun pretending they are.  

Kids are really curious and this show helps them. I like to listen in the morning while eating breakfast. I wish there were more episodes already! I guess this also teaches patience.

I recommend this podcast to kids and parents a like! I give it an infinite number of stars!

Chloe’s Friendship Circle has a funny interview with Mindy and they talk about the show.

Posted in meet the movie

Mystery Science Theater 3000

So this is not a book review but my mom introduced me to Mystery Science Theater 3000.  I LOVE it!  The movies are bad but you get to talk through them. It is so funny and silly. 

This morning we were watching the wizard movie and they even had a song number. That was the coolest thing. The movie was so silly too. 

Mom says there are tons of episodes to keep watching. She is enjoying spending Saturday mornings with us watching it and says she used to do the same with her brother and college roommates. 

Do you watch MST3K?