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Knuffle Bunny Free

18 Nov

It’s the end of an era! Knuffle Bunny is back for one last adventure. Now, we’ve been through a lot with Trixie and Knuffle Bunny (pronounced “ka-nuffle,” by the way)—Knuffle Bunny’s gotten lost at the Laundromat, had a case of mistaken identity at school, and this time he’s flying with Trixie to the other side of the world. In the wonderful closing chapter of the Knuffle Bunny “saga,” Willems covers growing up and moving on in a way that both children and adults can relate to. You can find Knuffle Bunny Free on SeeSaw November! Don’t miss this one, it’s definitely a keeper.

Check out Mo Willems talking about Knuffle Bunny Free:

Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice

5 Nov

It’s time for Book Trailer Friday, you guys! Today, I wanted to share one of the funniest videos I’ve seen in quite a while. (It’s had the Book Talk team wailing “Muuuuchaaaachoooos” all over Scholastic.)

Skippyjon Jones is hands down one of my absolute favorite characters…probably ever! Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice is the latest adventure for this adventurous Siamese ca—ahem, excuse me, I mean Chihuahua. This time, Skippy must travel to Mars, the red planet. You see, it’s called the red planet because it is covered in very spicy red pepper. And Skippy needs to head there to find out whether or not there are Martians who may or may not look like him! Now, I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will give you a chance to hear some of the story straight from the author herself:

Check out Judy Schachner reading during part one of Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice!

Be sure and find Skippy on SeeSaw this November so you can find out what happens!

My Mommy Hung the Moon

26 Oct

When you hear the name Jamie Lee Curtis, you may think of her role in the horror film Halloween or, in a personal favorite, Freaky Friday. However, here at Scholastic Book Clubs, we know her name is also synonymous with best-selling children’s books that feature common childhood experiences and feelings. Together with Laura Cornell’s expressive illustrations, Curtis has written nine wonderful books. Their latest, My Mommy Hung the Moon, does not disappoint. Currently #9 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, it celebrates the unconditional love between a mother and her child. While children will surely agree with the sentiment (Mommy is best at everything!), parents will appreciate the humor in the story.

This is what I like so much about Curtis’s books—how they can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. In her first book, When I Was Little, a four-year-old remembers all the things she did “as a child” and how she is changed now that she’s “big.” In Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day, a young girl talks about her ever-changing moods from angry to excited. Always written from a child’s point of view, Curtis truly captures the nature of young children. Her books are also great discussion starters, as children will love sharing their own experiences and memories after reading any of her stories.

Find My Mommy Hung the Moon in Firefly November! Watch below to hear Jamie talk about the book in her own words:

This post comes to you from Laura, Editor of Firefly.

Adam Rex: Monster Mind Extraordinaire

19 Oct

Adam Rex is definitely a Book Club favorite. You’ve heard his name before—he illustrated Mac Barnett’s Brixton Brothers series, and was kind enough to interview him for our blog. He’s involved with picture books, novels, short stories—he’s everywhere…and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Today, we thought we’d share this hilarious trailer for Frankenstein Takes the Cake:

Can’t get enough Frankenstein? Check out this review of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich written by Caitlin, our resident Lucky Editor.

Picture the Dead

14 Oct

A few months ago, I was wandering around Book Expo America in New York and as I passed by the Source Books booth, a book cover caught my eye. It was gothic, full of deep reds, blacks, and silvers, and it was called Picture the Dead

…I had to have it. I was actually lucky enough to happen upon the booth just as the line was starting for the author and illustrator signing! Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown were both lovely and hilariously dressed like this:


Adele is the one in the moustache. Lisa's in the corset.


At the time, I didn’t realize how perfectly their attire tied in with the book. Picture the Dead turned out to be a terrifying and romantic tale—part mystery, part ghost story—set in the Civil War era. Check out what Kristin, our very own TAB/TeenRC Editor, had to say about it:

“A spy sees everyone, but is seen by no one. Remember that, Jennie.”

Jennie Lovell has lost everything: her parents, her twin, her fiancé…even her home. Forced to depend on uncaring relatives, Jennie tries to find a way out of her shattered life. When she meets a spirit photographer who claims to take ghostly pictures of the departed, she is sure he is a charlatan. But when the photographs begin to unveil clues to her fiancé’s death, Jennie finds herself in the middle of a chilling mystery. A haunting tale with amazing illustrations about the dark secrets kept by the living…and the dead.

Want to know more? Watch this clip of Lisa and Adele talking about the genesis of Picture the Dead:

Definitely pick up Picture the Dead on TAB October!

Get Ready to Go Back to Camp Half-Blood!

16 Sep

Rick Riordan may have finished up his best-selling Percy Jackson series last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s just sitting at home and relaxing. Incredibly, Rick is launching not one, but TWO new series this year, and we just couldn’t let that go without a big celebration!

Starting today, you can visit www.scholastic.com/rickriordan to check out all things Rick! There you’ll find special sneak peeks at chapters from the new series; character profiles; polls; pre-order information for his latest book, The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; and three exclusive videos featuring Scholastic Book Clubs’ Q & A’s with Rick!

The first book in his Egyptian mythology series, The Kane Chronicles, entered the world with a bang last May with the publication of The Red Pyramid. In it, we were introduced to Sadie and Carter Kane—who take up their family’s quest and find themselves in a world where ancient Egyptian gods continue to exert their power over us puny mortals. We already can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

In Rick’s latest series, The Heroes of Olympus, Rick returns to the world of Camp Half-Blood where demigods struggle to understand who they are, and what their purpose is in this mortal world. The first book in the five-book series, The Lost Hero, is set to release nationwide on October 12, when a brand-new set of demigods will inherit a quest. But to be successful, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods along the way….

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Scholastic Book Clubs is now offering The Lost Hero for pre-order in Arrow and TAB October.

Authors Go Back to School!

14 Sep

This past weekend Book Talk went to the Brooklyn Book Festival for books, fun, and…rain (boo!). Despite the rain, we got a chance to catch up with some of our favorite authors! Since it is September and everyone is back in school, there was one thought burning in our collective Book Talk minds when we were speaking to these authors: What do you remember about going back to school?

We’d really like to thank Tad Hills (How Rocket Learned to Read); Judi Barrett (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs); Michael Rex (Goodnight Goon, The Runaway Mummy); Jon Scieszka (the Spaceheadz series); Michelle Knudsen (Library Lion); and Mac Barnett (The Brixton Brothers series) for taking the time to talk to us!

Book Trailer Friday!

10 Sep

We here at Book Talk decided that we want to do something fun on Fridays, so we are starting Book Trailer Fridays! “What are book trailers?” you may be asking. Book trailers are just like movie trailers…but for books! There are some really great ones out there, and we want to share them with you! Book trailers can be a great resource for teachers in the classroom; because they are another way kids can interact with the text, and teachers can use trailers when doing a book talk as well!

One of my favorite book trailers out right now is for Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan! Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton has a really great trailer as well. But to kick off the first Book Trailer Friday, we are going to highlight the trailer for Tad Hills’ How Rocket Learned to Read. You can find How Rocket Learned to Read in October’s Firefly! And don’t forget that we have an exclusive “I Can Read Like Rocket!” reading certificate that you can download to use in your classroom!

Book Talk’n: Miss Fortune

25 Aug

One of our editors is so excited about Miss Fortune–available in September’s Arrow–she had to write a review and asked the author do a video for us! Jill is the editor of the Tab Book Club and co-edits the TeenRC Book Club with yours truly (Trevor)!

Full disclosure, Brandi is a good friend of mine. We got to know each other when Brandi worked at Scholastic for eight years choosing the books for the Arrow book club (grades 4-6). So I was thrilled to be asked to talk to her about her new middle grade novel Miss Fortune, which is part of The Poison Apple series. I really enjoyed reading this spooky novel set in Portland. The novel centers around best friends, Zoe and Mia. On one fateful night Zoe and Mia decide to get their fortunes read at a carnival. While Mia hears only good news from the fortune teller, Zoe’s fortune is decidedly less positive. That’s OK–Zoe’s never been particularly superstitious…that is until some pretty scary stuff starts happening to her. As Zoe’s luck gets worse and worse, Zoe and Mia race to find out what’s going on and how to stop it. This is a perfect middle grade novel with an accessible and engaging storyline.

Our Newest Obsession: Dark Life

18 Aug

With so many great series coming to an end this fall (Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, 39 Clues) many readers, including us, start looking for new series and books with which to become obsessed. Well look no further! The newest series from Scholastic that we here at Book Clubs are ecstatic about is Dark Life by Kat Falls, who is a former screenwriter and currently teaches screenwriting at Northwestern University.  We are so excited about it that we had to have Kat tell you about Dark Life, which can be found on September’s Tab, and have her answer some questions–take a look:

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Kat Falls, Author of Dark Life, posted with vodpod

Our Tab editor, Jill, also had this to say about Dark Life:

“I peered into the deep-sea canyon, hoping to spot a toppled skyscraper. Maybe even the statue of Liberty. But there was no sign of the old East Coast, just a sheer drop into darkness.”

The ocean has finally risen and now covers most of what was once the United States. While the rest of the country crams together in enormous skyscrapers on the last bits of remaining land, Ty and his family take off for the only open spaces left…on the ocean floor! This new life underwater is tough, and the only thing tougher is the people who live there. In a world filled with ruthless outlaws and corrupt politicians it’s hard to tell the good guys from the very bad, evil “I’m going to ransack your home and steal your land” kind of guys.

One of my absolute favorite books of the year, this book has everything. Nail biting, edge of your seat adventure, a touch of romance, characters you want to be friends with and a beautifully imagined world underwater that makes you wish, if only for a second that your home was covered in water.

For more on Kat Falls and to see our Scholastic Book Club’s Kid’s critics review the book, visit our friends at On Our Minds and check out what is on Kat’s mind.