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The Rabbit Ears Challenge Sign Up Post!

Rabbit Ears Challenge

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the Rabbit Ears Challenge!  It’s 2015 and it’s time for brand new challenges for fellow book readers!  So, with this new challenge, you can choose either reading card you want to try out and basically these challenges allows you to check out the Rabbit Ears series!  So, if you are interested in joining this challenge, please sign up here!

So, here are a couple of rules to go through before we get started:

1. The challenge lasts from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 and this will be a yearly challenge meaning that you can try out this challenge any year you want to!

2. The deadline to sign up for this challenge is January 31, 2015, so please sign up before then!

3. You don’t necessarily have to fill out the card or chart, but how you want to challenge yourself with this challenge depends on you.

4. To find these titles, you can either go on Goodreads or the Rabbit Ears Website to check out these titles.  Also, if you happen to actually watch these stories on the DVD sets whether they are from the library or you bought them, then you can count them in the challenge also!

5. If you participated in this event,  please leave your name and the link to your website in the comments below.

6. Have fun!

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: My Top 10 Rabbit Ears Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

East of the Sun West of the Moon

10. East of the Sun West of the Moon: In this old Scandinavian tale, a young girl ends up staying with a cursed prince who was turned into a bear and when she accidentally broke her promise to the cursed prince, the young girl resolves to rescue her prince from the evil Troll Queen! Max Von Sydow’s narration was brilliant in this story as he narrated in a solemn yet dramatic voice that really brought so much tension to this story. Vivienne Flescher’s artwork is gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of the girl having long wavy blond hair that really makes her character shine in this story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving’s most frightening tale comes to life as Ichabod Crane tries to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but must face the frightening Headless Horseman! Glenn Close is back as her narration, just like in “the Emperor and the Nightingale,” her narration is smooth and gives so much serenity to this story and so much horror in this story during the frightening parts. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially during the scenes where Ichabod Crane is being chased by the Headless Horseman!

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

8. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin: In this classic Native American tale, Princess Scargo realizes that she must sacrifice her most precious gift in order to save her tribe from a drought that plagued the land. Geena Davis’ narration is smooth and really brings so much calmness and quiet intensity to this story. Karen Barbour’s artwork truly captures the artwork normally shown in many Native American stories and it really brings the story to life!

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

7. Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion: The tale of Brer Rabbit going up against the village terror, Boss Lion, is definitely one story that I just have to watch over and over again! Danny Glover’s narration is fantastic as he brings so much humor and terror to the story with his energetic narration! Bill Mayer’s artwork really brings the intensity and exaggeration to the story as all the characters have exaggerated limbs and wide mouths that really show their horrified or excited expressions!

The Emperor and the Nightingale

6. The Emperor and the Nightingale: I have always loved Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a proud Emperor who realizes that true beauty doesn’t always come from a person’s appearance as he learns the hard way about nearly ditching the real Nightingale for a mechanical one. Glenn Close’s narration is gentle and it really brings so much beauty to this ancient Chinese fairy tale. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork really brings out the beauty of the land of China as the wildlife is drawn in intricate detail!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

5. The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs: I have always loved the stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” so it was a treat to see these classics come to life with Holly Hunter’s hilarious narration and David Jorgensen’s beautiful yet hilarious artwork! I just loved the way that Holly Hunter voiced all the characters in these stories, especially of the wolf in “the Three Little Pigs” as he sounds like a hipper version of the Big Bad Wolf we all know and love!

How the Camel Got His HumpHow the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

4. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump: This is easily one of the most unusual yet creative retellings I had ever heard of Rudyard Kipling’s famous “Just So Stories!” The fact that both stories deal with characters that are rude or are too vain towards other people and they get their just desserts was brilliantly told as I found myself realizing the consequences of being too vain or too rude. Jack Nicholson’s narrating is pretty much butter on this tale as his voice is so smooth and it brings so much serenity to these tales! Tim Raglin’s artwork is colorful and they really depict the animals so well, especially with the Camel having purple bags under his eyes, which shows his vain nature.

John Henry

3. John Henry: The story of a strong and confident steel driver going up against a steam drill towards the end of the story has always resonated with me as I loved John Henry’s eternal optimism throughout this story! Denzel Washington has done a brilliant job at narrating this story as his voice is full of wonder and excitement, which really got me invested into the characters. Barry Jackson’s artwork is truly amazing as the characters look somewhat humorous whenever they look in awe at John Henry’s astonishing feats.

Pecos Bill

2. Pecos Bill: The adventures of the world’s greatest Cowboy, Pecos Bill, is told hilariously and brilliantly by none other than Robin Williams! The story itself was both funny and dramatic at the same time as we see Pecos Bill go on various adventures such as fighting a cougar single handedly and then lassoing a tornado! Robin Williams’ narration was hilarious as he truly gets into his role as the narrator of this story by having a boisterous Western accent that really brought this story to life. Tim Raglin’s artwork really brought this story to life as the characters are colorful to look at!

The Fool and the Flying Ship

1. The Fool and the Flying Ship: This is absolutely my most favorite title out of the entire Rabbit Ears series as it was filled with great humor and creative moments! Robin Williams was awesome in this story as he gives each character a distinctive voice and the artwork by Henrik Drescher was a true treat as the characters may look a bit odd, but they are fun and creative to look at! The Russian folktale about a simple peasant who ends up getting help from several men who have strange super human abilities to earn the Tsar’s daughter’s hand in marriage has been brought to life in a brilliant and hilarious light in this memorable version of the ancient folktale!

So, what are your favorite Rabbit Ears Stories? Please feel free to comment!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cowgirls, Cowboys and Cowcookies…

Lit for Kids great list for books!

Lit For Kids

posted by Meghan

There are some obsessions that we only seem to have in childhood.  Dinosaurs, knights/princesses, trucks, cowboys – all seem to be things that we could not be passionate about as kids, but all but forget about as adults. (Ok, except the princess thing, which almost every woman I know secretly wants to turn into, and maybe the love of trucks turns to cars, specifically BMW’s and yes, I’m talking to you, honey.)  I guess because there aren’t all that many job listings for paleontologists or cowboys.  But as kids… ah, the fantasies abound.  And so, we bring you our favorite cowboys, cowgirls, and other assorted stetson- wearing creatures.


Giddy Up, Cowgirlby Jarret Krosoczka

Krosoczka is a huge favorite of ours, and this simple book is no exception.  Cowgirl is a big help to her Momma, in her own way, which any parent of a…

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Children’s Books

check out abbykutscher’s top children’s books list!


When I was little, my mother, grandmother, and aunt always read to me. It is thanks to them that I have been a bookworm for my entire life. Recently, I read an article featuring the top books you should read to your children and was disappointed that only a very few of my favorite childhood books made the cut. So here is a list of my top 15. Have you read any of them? What were your favorite books as a child?

1. Stellaluna by: Janell Cannon

2. Once Upon a Potty by: Alona Frankel

3. Emily’s Autumn by: Janice May Udry

4. Mary Ann’s Mud Day by: Janice May Udry

5. Miss Suzy by: Miriam Young

6. Love you Forever by: Robert Munsch

7. How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin by: Jack Nicholson

8. Wombat Stew by: Marcia K. Vaughan

9. Freya’s Fantastic Surprise by: Libby Hathorn

10. The…

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Book Reviews #11

Some awesome book reviews!

Library Mom

I can’t believe this year is almost over! I’ve done pretty good with my reading total this year. It’s been updated twice, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to make to 300 in a month and a half (we’ll see). I’m up to 265. I’ve been trying really hard to finish to finish my Caldecott Challenge by the end of the year, and I think I’m under 40 books left. Same as the last couple of months, my adult books reading total has been rather crappy as I’ve not found much that interests me. My best book-related good news is that the publishing company that sent me Without Mercy back in September is going to send me another book to review! So I am looking forward to receiving that one.

I just started reading Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation by Daisy Hay, and it sounds pretty interesting. Though…

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X is for X-men

Check out Fizz Boom’s parallels between “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship” and X-Men. It’s interesting!

April A-Z Challenge: Picture this!

Illustration by H. J. Ford in Andrew Lang's Yellow Fairy Book, 1894. Illustration by H. J. Ford in Andrew Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book, 1894.

Before there was Stan Lee, there were X-men, mutant heroes. Storytellers call them “magical friends” for, with their mutant capabilities and unnatural powers, they befriend the hero in his quest. When I tell “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship,” I call the seven heroes Hearsalot, Runsalot, Shootsalot, Eatsalot, and—by the time the last three arrive, kids are joining in: “Drinksalot!” “Strawsalot!” “Sticksalot!”

Without them, the Fool of the World could never have brought back the water of life from the well at the world’s end or foiled the Tsar’s tricks or married the Tsarevna!

Hooray for X-men!

Your quest for mutant heroes ends here: a picture book, a Classic Russian Collection, and a beloved Andrew Lang:

Ransome, Arthur, The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Schulevitz. Farrar, Straus and Giroux…

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Some Weird Picture Books That Are My Favorites.

From Zack Smith: Writer’s list, here are some bizarre picture books that you should definitely check out!

Happy New Year!  Thought I would get a few recommendations down as I got back to work.

These are some picture books that are so weird and wonderful and crazy that adults can enjoy them as well.  There’s tons of books like these out there, but these are a few of my favorites.

First, a recent one:

This is a really cool book by Matt Furie, whose artwork is colorful, surreal and kind of creepy…but overall, very gentle.

It’s a simple tale about a frog and a rat who go for a nighttime bike ride, meet up with some weird creatures who turn out to be friends, and then they all head to the beach together.

Night Riders 2

Furie does some crazy-detailed pages with creatures lurking in every corner, but despite the seeming threat of danger, the book is more about revealing all sorts of wonders around every corner, and will…

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The Circus is Where It’s At: Oddballs and Misfits in Henrik Drescher’s Klutz and Maira Kalman’s Roarr Calder’s Circus

These are book reviews by Gathering Books about Klutz by Henrik Drescher and Roarr Calder’s Circus. Check them out!

Gathering Books

 “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages! Welcome to Burfoot’s Circus, the travelling home of freaks, misfits, drop-outs and the socially inept – sometimes all of the above – come together for your entertainment pleasure tonight, out of a love of performing in some cases, and simply fear of discovery in others.”
– Jackie Trippier Holt, Freaks Like Us


While I don’t remember watching the circus inside the Big Tent, I do enjoy watching acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, lion tamers, and other circus performers every chance I get. I’m particularly enamored by contemporary circus acts like the vibrant Cirque de la Mer who I saw perform at Sea World San Diego, and the visually captivating Cirque du Soleil. I watched Cirque du Soleil’s performance, KA, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas about five years ago with my aunt and uncle.

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