Today I am not here… I’m there!

21 Feb

Today I am not here… I’m there… Where? I am over at the Lauri’s Stories blog with Lauri Meyers! Mrs. Meyers asked me a question no one has ever asked me before and it was fun to answer it. What was it? You’ll have to click HERE to go THERE and see! ๐Ÿ˜‰

While you’re HERE I may as well do a book review too!

I got this book as a gift ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really enjoyed it because it teaches kids about theater in a fun way.

mousicalThe Great American Mousical

By Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrated byย  Tony Walton

160 pages – ages 9+

Published by The Julie Andrews Collection on April 25, 2006.

In a hidden room in the Sovereign theater in New York City is a model of that very theater in miniature! The mice that live in the theater use the model to have their own shows. Although the mini Sovereign is doing well, the human sized one is old, the paint is peeling and the walls are crumbling. What makes things worse is the human sized Sovereign is going to be DEMOLISHED, meaning that the mini Sovereign will be crushed too! If that isn’t bad enough, the star of the show is missing. The little troop of mice decide the show must go on!

The story in this book is very cute. I like the idea of a mini theater hidden in the real-sized one. The mouse characters are really great. The sketchy illustrations throughout the book are very nice and add to the story. What is really nice about this book is that you get a nice story and it also teaches you about the theater. There is a glossary in the back of the book with theater terms and that helps a lot. The length and plot of the story makes it great for younger kids, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight (much like a real theater show) that may make it a bit confusing for some kids. I think it is a great book for any kid who is interested in plays or the theater.

The book was turned into an actual musical that Julie Andrews directed! Click HERE to see clips and highlights of the musical Err… I mean MOUSICAL!

Five out of five bookworms for The Great American Mousical! fivebooks

But before you go – guess what?!? Yesterday I officially broke my school’s all-time Accelerated Reader (AR)ย  record (AR is a program lots of schools do – you read books, take a test and get points). 50 points is the goal the school set for your fifth grade year. The school record was 945 pointsย  (set by a sixth-grader) yesterday I earned 946.6 points! My goal is to reach 1500 points by the end of the school year! Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜€

42 Responses to “Today I am not here… I’m there!”

  1. laurimeyers February 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I’m so excited to have Erik the Great on my blog today! And congratulations on your AR record!!


  2. twigstories February 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Can’t wait to visit Laurie’s blog, and find out her question and your answer! I love the theater. ‘Mousical’ is perfect to engage children in this wonderful art form, and I hope they will appreciate the stage more because of it. Congratulations on your AR record, but that is not surprising, eh? Good luck reaching your goal.


  3. Susanna Leonard Hill February 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Great review of a wonderful book, awesome reading accomplishment – congratulations! and good luck toward your goal! – and now I’m going THERE! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Hill! As of today, Friday, February 22, I have 963.6 AR points! ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. Joanna February 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Oh my goodness,that is an amazing AR score,good luck with reaching 1500points.

    I love this book, and have give it as a gift to a number of younger friends.


  5. Michelle Isenhoff February 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Your mom told me how you passed 50 points the first week of school. That made me laugh. Congrats on beating the record. You’ve got three full months plus to go. That 1,500 is in the bag.

    Heading over “there” now….


  6. Joanne Fritz February 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Congrats, Accelerated Reader record-breaker! That’s quite an achievement, Erik.

    Ha! It’s kind of blowing my mind that you’re not here… yet you are! I love the sound of The Great American Mousical. I adored Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck. Now I have to pop over there, and see what that question was.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Uhhh… yeah… Probably not the best title, for I had to review a book too… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Ms. Fritz! ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. ontheplumtree February 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Love the play on words here…Mousical! But congratulations. I think of you as being a bit of a protegee anyhow.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      What does protegee mean? Thanks Dr. Clune!


      • ontheplumtree February 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

        Well, technically a protรฉgรฉ is a very talented person who is nurtured by someone who takes them under his or her wing to ensure their success. Perhaps, I should have described you as a child prodigy instead! I think this fits you better, even though I am sure you are surrounded by people at school and at home who nurture your abilities. The fact is: you are very talented!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

        Oh. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ I appreciate what you said!


  8. Patricia Tilton February 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Congratulations Erik for beating the Accelerated Reader record. Good for you!

    Love “The Gream American Mousical.” Brilliant idea for a book and so much fun. Hope the stage production makes it to Broadway or tours the country.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks a lot Ms. Tilton! I hope they make it to Broadway (is the Sovereign an actual theatre? ‘Cause if it is, then it would be cool if they got to go there! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • Patricia Tilton February 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

        I believe it is fiction.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

        Oh. Well, I still hope they make it to Broadway! ๐Ÿ˜€


      • Patricia Tilton February 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

        Do you know the story behind how Julie Andrews came up with the idea. She had a mouse in her dressing room, and someone commented they live under the theater. And, a story began to form in her mind. I love this book.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 24, 2013 at 10:43 am #

        Yeah, I heard about that! Pretty cool, right?


  9. julie rowan zoch February 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Go Erik! Congrats and good luck on the goal you’ve set!


  10. Genevieve Petrillo February 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Of course you broke the AR reader record! I wouldn’t expect anything less. Your brain is huge. Mine is tiny. That’s the way life should be!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      I think you have a BIG brain, Cupcake. Or at least a BIG BIG BIG heart! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Love and bacon,


  11. Darlene February 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Well done Erik!! It is so great that you broke the record.


  12. clarbojahn February 22, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Congrats on reaching and exceeding your schools goal of AR. We are all proud of you and best, you must be proud of your self. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have seen this book around and now have a good idea of what it is about. thanks for such a good review. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Beth Stilborn February 22, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I am delighted with your review of The Great American Mousical — as you know, I saw the stage production of Mousical and absolutely loved it. Thanks for your review.

    Congratulations on your Accelerated Reader score — that is AWESOME (as are you.)

    Now to check out what you’ve said over THERE…


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Stilborn! I would have liked to see the play of the Mousical – it sounded GREAT!!!


  14. Catherine Johnson February 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Well done for your reading achievement, Erik! Emma’s book sounds fabulous and I’m hopping over to hear what you have to say :0)


  15. jan streiff February 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    congrats on the reading achievement, erik! well done!!!

    isn’t mousical a treasure? beth and i saw it together and we loved every minute of it. julie hopes to have it on tour so maybe it will come to a theatre close to you.


  16. Jess@Fairday's Blog February 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    This book sounds so fun and I think it is cool that Julie Andrews directed the musical! How awesome! Stopping by to see you on the other blog. ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. Myra GB March 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I haven’t read any of Julie Andrews’ books yet, but I’m sure they’d be lovely. I hope I can find a few of her books here in our library. This one sounds really charming.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      My sister LOVES the Very Fairy books (I think they are cute too). This book was a really good read. I have “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles” by Ms. Andrews on my TBR list now.


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