February/March Book Post – The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

Cover Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Well. We are in a bit of a transition moment here at TMC Guys Read. After having only one person at the last meeting, we had no one show up to talk about The Rats of NIMH. So, we’re going to take February off and attempt to restart in March. I hope we have enough interest to continue.

Our next book is The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, by Mac Barnett. We have read this book before, and Mac Barnett was even our very first author Skype, which started our whole double-sided tape thing. So, it is a momentous book in our history. Oh, and it is also a pretty hilarious mystery.

Check out the Brixton Brothers website.

I hope to see you in March! Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the library


January Book Post – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

nimhA little late getting this out, but here it is!

Our next book is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien. This is a classic. I haven’t read it for a long time, so I’m excited to reread with the book club.

I hope you can make it to book club this time. Cohen and I had to eat all the treats ourselves last time. Which is delicious, but not quite as fun.

This book was made into a movie a while ago. I like the movie, but they also changed a lot of things from the book. Here is the trailer:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aZA4qB85r4&rel=0]

See you soon! Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, January 29, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the staff lounge

TMC IBRG – G-I-Spin Many Colors

Sometimes I am quick to get videos posted, and sometimes I am not. Here is last Friday’s work.

In our continued science-y video series, inspired by Jon Scieszka’s Frank Einstein, we worked for the last couple meetings on color wheels. These are supposed to spin and mix the colors. The reason for the mixing is that the wheel is spinning faster than our eyeballs and brain can process what it is seeing. I’m wondering if Franks robots have advanced optical sensors, and if this experiment would be lost on them…

Here you go!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCt7Rb6CFEA&rel=0]

OK, SMS Guys Read. What are you up to next?

Keep reading!

November/December Book Post – How They Croaked

Cover © Walker Childrens

Cover © Walker Childrens

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

TMC IBRG – Stabby balloons

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!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1LxUeEy-Ts&rel=0]

And the second round!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lggO5glmxLo&rel=0]

Here are a few pictures to finish things off.

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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!

Keep reading!

#IBRG warmup

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!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rivvkrYLDXk&rel=0]

October Book Post – Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

joeyOK, 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