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Big Milestone!

Today is a super exciting day! Today is my blog’s first birthday! I didn’t make a cake for it but check out this cake my mom made for my first birthday!

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I want to thank all of you for supporting me over this past year. I am really excited by the support I have received. I want to send a special thank you to Salina Yoon, Mike Maihack, Aimee Bissonette, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, who have really done a great job sharing my blog to their audiences.  Thank you to  Stephanie at Detroit News for the article on my blog and Fox 2 News Maurielle Lue for interviewing on her show.

Thank you also to my guest reviewers who shared their thoughts on books too!

Mom helped me look at what I have accomplished in the past year

  • Posts: 296 counting this one 
  • Visitors: 5946+
  • Views: 11,876+
  • Book reviews: 185 (wow and I have read a lot more books I haven’t reviewed yet)
  • Authors interviewed: 40
  • Librarians interviewed: 30
  • Illustrators: 9
  • My most viewed post is my interview with Meaghan Battle

Thank you for helping me be so successful this year!

And here is a new addition to my room! Guess who made it – yep, my mom! (She is good like that)


 

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Making Stuff with Bob Bukoski


Bob Bukoski

 

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 how did you get into making things?

I’ve been making and crafting things since I was very young. I’ve always enjoyed making something out of nothing. When the first Star Wars movie came out I built a life size R2-D2 out of a barrel, a hair dryer dome and and some wood. I also sculpted a Darth Vader mask out of plaster to wear as a costume.

why did you create MST3K replicas?

I started making the MST3K robots shortly after I became a fan of the show when it first aired back in the 1990’s. It was obvious that the robots were made out of all kinds of junk parts so I started searching for all the correct pieces to make each robot. Eventually I got most of the parts and built my own versions of Crow and Tom Servo.

– what is your favorite thing about MST3K?

I’ve always loved the jokes used on MST3K. It fits in with my sense of humor. Also they do so many jokes with every episode that it’s easy to find some you like.

– do you have a favorite episode?

My favorite episode is probably episode #402 – The Giant Gila Monster. I’ve always liked monster movies

– do you have advice for kids who like to make things?

The best advice I can give young people is what ever you are passionate about just do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it or discourage you from trying. The hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. If you really want to do something you have to take your shot.

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I need your help…

It is really cool being the second grade book reviewer. I can read any book I want. I get to see some before they come out. I get to talk to authors, librarians and illustrators. And I have all you cool people.

But this is hard too. I try to post just about every day but it is getting harder. My books are getting longer. I also like to play and have homework to do.

Here is where you can help – I really want to build a large network of kid book reviewers. The benefit is not only I do not have to post as often, but you all will hear different voices. The book variety will go up too! 

Do you know a kid who would like to join my team? I would ask the kid to try to provide one book review a month. If you do, please send them my way!

Also don’t forget if you know authors, illustrators or librarians, I love good recommendations!

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Welcome to my blog

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Today my blog was featured as the cover story in the Detroit News. So hello to all my new readers! I welcome to my blog and hope you like it.

If you are interested in book reviews, I tag those as “Book Reviews“. I really recommend the interviews with authors, illustrators and definitely librarians.

If you have a book I should read, tell me! If you know author or illustrator or librarian who should be interviewed, let me! And if you know a kid who wants to share a book review, tell me!

I can be reached at bridgetandthebooks AT gmail.com . Don’t worry my parents are the ones who receive the emails.

Tomorrow, I will get back to reviews but today, my article is keeping Mom busy.

Oh and one correction, I don’t know what reading level I am. Mom says some of the books have been fourth or fifth grade. I just read anything 

 

 

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My book idea

I wrote a pre-story at school. This is the outline of the book I would write.

My story would be about a Mother Duck laying eggs. One hatches and she calls it Sally. Mother Ducks teaches Sally to swim and probably more things but I ran out of space.

Author & illustrator friends, what should I do next?

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A Year in Review

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Use with permission from Toni Yuly
Today, I am looking at how my blog has done. Mom showed me how to read the stats. It is cool to look at.

  • I launched my blog on June 15, 2016
  • I have written 183 blog posts (oops, 184 with this one)
  • The posts have been viewed 6,392 times
  • There have been 3,208 visitors from all over the world (HI!)
  • My most popular post has been the first Ask the Librarian with Meaghan Battle
  • The second most popular is my interview with Author Gary Urey
  • I have reviewed 109 books (and read even more)
  • I have interviewed 28 authors, 23 librarians and 3 illustrators
  • I was on Kids Place Live national radio with Absolutely Mindy and Guy Raz
  • I was on a podcast with Chloe of Chloe’s Friendship Circle

2016 was a good launch year. Thank you for being part of it.  I am excited about what 2017 will bring.

Happy New Year!

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Comique Con founder, Chelsea!

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Tell me a little about you: My name is Chelsea, I’m a big fan of comics, I help people for a living, and I want to make the world a little bit more fair for everyone, especially women and girls!

Describe event: ComiqueCon is a one day festival that is putting a jolt of fun and feminism into the comic world by highlighting the women who make comics great.

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Why did you start it? 
I started the event because 1) I was inspired by the changes happening in the comics industry, like the popularity of Ms. Marvel (written by one of my favorite authors, G. Willow Wilson), that show that women are gaining ground and telling their own stories. 2) I saw that there were bad things happening (i.e. Gamergate) and I wanted to respond in a positive way. 3) I wanted to give women a platform to show off their work and draw attention to women in the field – beyond the standard “Women In Comics” panels at other conventions – one of these “women in comics panels” only had men on it (Denver Comic Con 2015)! We knew that nothing like this had happened before and we wanted to host an awesome event that put the focus on women’s hard work, ideas, and energy.
What is the easiest part of the event?
I think it’s working with the best partners in the world – the owners of Green Brain Comics: Dan and Katie Merritt.
What is the hardest part?
All the planning! We plan for a year before the convention starts. A lot of planning goes into this one day convention!
What is your favorite comic?
Ooohh…good question. And a hard one to answer. I think I have to say it’s The Sandman by Neil Gaiman – I really like myths and fantasy – this is a good story about myths and legends. There are actually a couple all ages Sandman stories by Jill Thompson, who has also done the Scary Godmother series! I particularly enjoy Sandman: The Dream Hunters – which takes place in Japan and has a fox (my favorite animal).
Why do you think comics are important for kids?
I think that comics open up reading to a lot of people, not just kids. I know people that only read comics and haven’t picked up a “regular” book in years. But I think that comics are a medium that can especially attract younger readers – they are tangible (it’s just not the same if you read an online comic), they feature incredible artwork, and are a labor of love by all accounts – you can see the passion and excitement on the page of almost any comic. I think it’s important to highlight the many, many different kinds of stories available to kids through comics (not just superheroes!), and comics can be a really important way to get kids reading once they find the story that’s right for them.
Can you recommend a comic series for me? (I currently subscribe to My Little Pony, Disney Princess. Cleopatra in Space is my favorite) 
Awesome! Yes I can! I just read Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson and I really enjoyed it! There is actually a whole Hilda series that he’s done. I also enjoy Akissi by Marguerite Abouet, and the Mouseguard series by David Petersen (who is from Michigan)! Ok, I’ll stop recommending comics. But there’s so many good ones!!
Bridget Note: ComiqueCon takes place this Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Arab American National Museum. I will be there so come find me!
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