Thursday, April 4, 2013

If you are on FB, you can help our buddy, Zorg.


Our buddy, Zorg, entered Youth Digital's Machinima contest using a code name: Felicia. He is a silly guinea pig. :) Want to know what we are talking about? Aaron from Youth Digital explains it all here

Zorg's entry is called JellyBeans. If you have a minute to vote for him by clicking like on the post (next link below) and click "like", it would make our guinea pig friend, very happy. 

Not on FB but want to see his machinima (and the other entries)? Here you go

To view all of the amazing entries, visit the YouthDigital Facebook Page. Be sure to "like" their page while you are there, as they offer amazing online Game Design courses for kids!

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Review: 5 Stars to an Enchanting Adventure Story

It is time for Cool Mom to participate in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Thanks, Cool Mom!
Title: The Princelings of the East

Author : Jemima Pett

Year Published: 2011
Description (from Amazon): The Princelings of the East is the first of a trilogy telling of the adventures of Fred and George.

When the King's Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepressible barkeep Victor, but find themselves threatened by those with vested interests. The scene shifts from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive.

Suitable for good readers aged 8 and over, The Princelings of the East is a fantasy adventure with the charm of the Wind in the Willows in a world reminiscent of Anne MacCaffrey's Pern.

I found myself enchanted by this tale of time traveling guinea pigs. Guinea pigs who find themselves on a quest searching for the cause of an energy drain. Shortly into the story, I identified with George, the engineer, who gains “excitement over a new project., …itching to do something to keep himself busy” when one of his creations has been destroyed.  

The charming pencil drawn illustrations by the author, at the beginning of each chapter, are a lovely addition to the text. The combination of the sweet drawings along with the chapter subtitles, often made me smile. My most favorite subtitle was the one found at the start of Chapter 7: "A Close Shave, In which George finds that engineers need people skills more than people need engineering skills" had me laughing out loud. 

After reading The Princelings of the East, I felt as if my IQ had gone up a few points with Ms. Pett's vocabulary choices - what refreshing text. This true adventure book which includes a fight, time travel and mysterious strangers is reminiscent of Wind in the Willows - with a twist. 

The hero at the end of the story came as a bit of a surprise and everything wrapped up very neatly at the end. The final secret message delivered was a fantastic note to remind us all how important it is to believe in oneself. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the next book in the Princelings series. 

Jemima also has a fantastic blog about all of her guinea pigs that has kept my daughter's interest. I have caught her giggling while visiting Ms. Pett's Guinea Pig World

Katrina - Be sure to tell Zorg about this book. I believe he will enjoy the adventures of George and Fred immensely.

Great News! Jemima's has a fantastic giveaway this month as part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Enter below for a chance to win ALL of her books. She allowed us display her giveaway right here on Stanley & Katrina's blog. Isn't she awesome?

Clean Read? Yes.

Ages: The Amazon description states, "Suitable for good readers aged 8 and over." I would venture to guess that these readers would need to be quite strong due to the great vocabulary used in Pett's book. Ages 10 and up may be more the norm. 

Connect with the Author Online:
Jemima Pett's Website
Jemima Pett's Facebook Page
Jemima Pett's Twitter Account
George's Guinea Pig World Blog - This is soooo much fun!
Follow Jemima Pett on Goodreads
Add the Princelings of the East to your Goodreads Shelf

Disclosure: I downloaded the Kindle copy of  this book, Princelings of the East, on one of its free days. I received no monetary or in-kind compensation for my honest review.

The Reviewer: Hi! I am a homeschooling mother to one precocious tween daughter. Most of my reading consists of preparatory reading for upcoming history, math, science, geography, literature, (you get the idea) lessons. However, sometimes I am lucky enough to fit in a book just for fun and will review these "fun" books for my dear friends, Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge. You may call me Neighbor Girl's Mom or Cool Mom. 

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Monday, April 1, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge & Giveaway

Today we are giving a "four paw up" shout out to the awesome Ms. Jemima Pett, who is brave enough to participate in the A to Z Blogging challenge this month! Our paws can barely keep up with our current level of blog posts. Stanley and I look to her as inspiration for our years ahead. 

The fun news is that Ms. Pett (by the way isn't her name awesome?) is doing a giveaway this month and our book is one of the awesome prizes in her giveaway! She has ten fantastic books looking for a new home and all you need to do is enter to win. You can do that below!

Look at our timing, too, as Cool Mom will be reviewing Ms. Pett's first book, The Princelings of the East, this Thursday and from what we hear - she enjoyed it very much. Sorry, you will have to wait until Thursday for the formal review. No, you don't... this is an old post - click here to read the review.

In the meantime, please do not forget to enter to win in Ms. Pett's giveaway (we have it listed below) and sign up to receive her blog posts to catch all of her A to Z blog posts this month.

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!