Posted on October 30, 2014 by Mr. S
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Well, here we go, boys! Our last meeting was fun. A little rowdy, but…still fun. Hopefully next time we can do a little more talking and a little less…bouncing?
In any case, our next book is How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous, by Georgia Bragg. This is probably the grossest book I’ve ever read. And it’s all true! We have read this book before. It’s kind of like a collection of mini-biographies. In this case, the mini-biography of each person is just the story of their death. Pretty wild! Some of them are crazy, some of them are nasty, and all of them are interesting!
See you the Thursday after Thanksgiving! Keep reading!
Meeting: Thursday, December 4, 6:30-7:30 pm
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Posted on October 20, 2014 by Mr. S
Hey hey, #IBRG fans. We’ve been reading more of Frank Einstein, and really enjoying it. I’m thinking Frank’s going to get into a bit of trouble. I’m thinking we’re going to get into a bit of trouble, too. Not big trouble! Fun trouble.
We here at TMC Guys Read have been skimming through Steve Spangler‘s science books. There are a ton of crazy experiments and things. Some of them are a little too much for a lunchtime club, but we’ve found some good ones.
Last week, we picked “Skewer a Balloon.” You’ve seen it before. Somebody puts a spike through a balloon without popping it. But have you tried it? We found out that it all has to do with the polymers that make up the rubber of the balloon. The more stretched out they are, the harder it is to skewer. So, if you try, find the spots where the balloon is the least stretched out.
Here we go!
And the second round!
Here are a few pictures to finish things off.
We picked a new experiment for next time–less…poppy than this one. OK, your move, SMS! Can’t wait to see what you get into!
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Posted on October 16, 2014 by Mr. S
Hey guys, TMC and SMS and beyond. We’ve started our Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group with our good, wild friends at SMS Guys Read. We’re starting the year reading Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor, by Jon Scieszka, with super drawings by Brian Biggs.
This book is all science-y and funny-y, so you know what we’ll get up to: Expect science-themed craziness galore. SMS has already gotten started.
We just had our first meeting, so I’m waiting on some video release forms. In the meantime, I made a quick video of just myself. It is kind of boring. The next one will be exciting!
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Posted on October 6, 2014 by Mr. S
OK, here we go! Time to get this thing rolling!
Our first Guys Read book of the year is Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, by Jack Gantos. This is a book we’ve read before. More than once. More than twice! It’s that good.
I hope you can join us for our first night of fun and food and books and fun.
Also, starting very shortly, the return of the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group, with out friends at SMS Guys Read, in North Carolina.
See you soon. Keep reading!
Meeting: Thursday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 pm
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Posted on June 2, 2014 by Mr. S
We definitely finished strong this year. As is our tradition, we ended the year by reading the same book as the Girls Read group, and meeting all together. We ate delicious food, were treated to two mini-Skype guests, had a great discussion, and got some great freebies!
After eating, we started things off with a quick Skype with Tom Angleberger. He told us all about why he doesn’t really like A Wrinkle in Time.
Then we had another quick Skype with Laurel Snyder. She told us why A Wrinkle in Time is a special book for her. Her thoughts really got us thinking!
We ended with some great giveaways! The Meridian PTA purchased the Wrinkle in Time graphic novel adaptation. I gave away a Wrinkle in Time t-shirt that I picked up a year ago. And Village Books donated a whole table full of advance reader copies for us to pore over and pick through! Thanks to our generous sponsors!
It was a great year! Can’t wait to read on during the summer! I hope you find some good ones!
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Posted on May 15, 2014 by Mr. S
Today we watched some videos from our pals at SMS Guys Read. They had fun answers to our questions and questions for our answers. Except “Hogwarts” is definitely not a question.
They also played a game called Synonym Knockout, based on the repetitive, redundant, repeating, restating, resaying cabinet of King Azaz in The Phantom Tollbooth.
We tried some Synonym Knockout ourselves. In fact, we ended up playing it several times, as we were having so much fun.
Unfortunately, I sort of reversed my record/stop tapping on a last one, for “silly,” and just ended up with a video of my feet and some muffled something or other. I should have posted it, too, but I deleted it before I thought of it. Ah well.
My guys have funny “thinking faces.”
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Posted on May 8, 2014 by Mr. S
Hello guy readers. Mr. H and I are working hard to keep this thing on track as we wrap up our Guys Read year.
My guys met Wednesday to watch the SMS videos and film one of our own. This one is inspired by a line from Phantom Tollbooth about “questions never answered” and “answers to questions never asked.” Our answerless questions and questionless answers are pretty silly. Hope your responses are, too!
Have a great weekend! Keep reading!
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