Monday, July 19, 2010

In the Coop with Jeanie Franz Ransom

Jeanie Franz Ransom in her own words: I'm a children's author who speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about the writing life. I'm also a part-time counselor and full-time Starbucks coffee geek. I have one wonderful husband, three fantastic sons, and two quirky but highly entertaining Shelties. I live near St. Louis, Missouri, but will travel anywhere I'm invited.

My website:


First act as Dictator for Life?

Build me a Starbucks. In my backyard. Open 24/7.

What kids lit character would you like to vote off the island?

Harry Potter.

What kids lit character would you share your last twinkie with?

Trixie Belden (One of my favorite childhood book characters.)

What TV family would you like to be adopted by?

Lassie's family.

Worst job in the universe?

Anything involving math.

Dream job for a day?

Magazine editor.

Marx Brothers or Three Stooges?

Three Stooges.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch. Pick your winner.

It'd be a tie. Definitely.

Funniest dead person you’d like to meet?

Gilda Radner.

Best use for a book shaped object? (You know, one of those things sold as books but which should never ever have been published.)

Butt cushion.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown
by Daniel H. Wilson

Bloomsbury USA

**This review has been provided by 14-year-old guest blogger Kyle, since we peaceful chicks would never ever EVER participate in violent shenanigans against our beloved siblings. (Heh heh.)

What is it?
A complete guide to mastering the art of sibling torture.

What do we love about it?
The variety of funny detailed moves to establish dominance in the household, such as "The Terminator" and the "Chicken Wing." Also, Daniel H. Wilson completely nails the mentality of the love-hate relationships between warring siblings. Adult readers will enjoy
reminiscing about the epic Bro-Jitsu Wars of their childhood. Check out this sneak peek on youtube.

What does it remind us of?
About five minutes ago when I put my little brother in a headlock.

What is it perfect for?
Any kid who wants to get a one-up on their siblings. Or any parent who wants to know how their youngest child ends up with so many bruises.

What do we say about it?
Bro-Jitsu is a kickbutt book with funny moves anyone can enjoy!