Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Video about the Word of the Week: ASPIRE

Popcorn was apparently hit with a creative idea today, after tripping over our Bananagrams game. The video below is the result of this creative energy. Popcorn announced that it is her gift to us for reaching the milestone of over 100 published blog posts. Is that good? I still would rather it be 100 treats but I will always take gifts and praise. Thank you, Popcorn. 

Enjoy the video!

As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge ( & Stanley, too!)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

5 stars to The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: Book 1 A Bad Idea

Title: The Adventures of Tomato and Pea - Book 1: A Bad Idea

Author:Erik Weibel
Year Published: 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Description (from Amazon): For years the evil villain Wintergreen had tried to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg. In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called “EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EAR-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home.
Neighbor Girl receives her copy of Erik's book
What a fantastic debut book for Erik Weibel. Erik is no stranger to writing. You may find his work on his blog (This Kid Reviews Books) where he thoroughly and expediently reviews books for kids.

In our home, we have the motto: "Who knows better what kids like than kids?" and Erik helps prove our point. Thanks, Erik!

This book is entertaining. The descriptions throughout the book are well done.

Pea is a lovable narrator who over prepares for outings which is evident when he shares that the only Smidge Scout patch he is missing is the one for "packing your backpack efficiently." Mom really enjoyed the choice of narrator and found herself giggling throughout the book.

A fairly quick read and we look forward to reading book 2 in the series.

Both mother and daughter (10 years old) easily agreed on the star rating.

You would like this book if you enjoy a fun read with unique alien characters and quick adventure.

Clean Read? Yes, absolutely!

Fun Recommendation: Purchase Erik's book and then use one of the new Kid Lit Printables book report forms for your child/nephew/cousin/yourself to review this book! Three options and all are free.


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Disclosure: We purchased The Adventures of Tomato and Pea - Book 1: A Bad Idea on Amazon. I received no monetary or in-kind compensation for my honest review of this book.

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Hi! I am a former homeschooling mother (DD now attends a charter school) to one precocious tween daughter. I enjoy reading picture and middle grade books. I love when I have time to read what my daughter is reading. Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge are nice enough to allow me to review books on their site as I have time. My latest project is Kid Lit Printables. You may call me Neighbor Girl's Mom or Cool Mom. 

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Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Word of the Week: What do you ASPIRE to do?

Word of the Week: ASPIRE
We have a giveaway below. Don't forget to enter! Open WW. 
Katrina's minute (or less) with the Word of the Week:
Are you ready for the free printables? Visit Kid Lit Printables to find these free printables:

  • aspire vocabulary word cube
  • aspire acrostic activity pages
  • Powerpoint Presentation courtesy of the Muhlenberg Elementary Center
  • Introduction document courtesy of the Muhlenberg Elementary Center
  • Word of the Week blank page to fill out

Now tell me, how will you use the word aspire this week? Have you seen it used anywhere? Is your school using these words? What fun activities do you have for the word? I want to know and so do my friends - please share your creations. 

Check this out.... one of our tweeps have recently  tweeted about us and guess what word can be found in the tweet...
For extra fun, Popcorn created this video for us: 

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto!
As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge ( & Stanley, too!)