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Creative Kid Thursday! Matt Nadel – Author, Baseball Historian, Blogger

9 Apr

Have I got a Creative Kid for you! Matt Nadel is a 16-year-old baseball historian who has written his own book about baseball!

 

Meet Matt!

 

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Matt Nadel, age 16, is MLB.com’s youngest baseball history Pro Blogger. He was appointed a Pro Blogger in 2012 by MLB’s official historian, John Thorn. Matt blogs mainly about baseball history and his favorite era is the 40s and 50s.  His favorite team today is the Yankees.  Matt started blogging about baseball history back in April 2012, because he was finding that many of his friends knew very little about it, and he thought that a blog would be a fun way to teach kids and even some adults about it. He knows a lot about baseball history including every World Series winner (going back to 1903) by heart.

Matt’s has written almost 350 posts, in addition to a book, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers: An Introduction To Baseball History. He has appeared in TV and in many newspapers. He hopes to one day be a baseball historian, journalist and broadcaster.

Matt has agreed to an interview with me about him, his book, and baseball. Enjoy!

Erik: There is a TON of baseball information you put forward in this book. As a book reviewer I am impressed at how clearly and well-presented it all is. Do you keep all this stuff in your head or do you have to reference your own book in remembering some of these stats?

Matt: I do know a lot of what’s in my book, but I do reference it from time to time if I’m not too sure about a specific moment, player, or team.

Erik: Makes sense – the book is a great reference! What do you feel your biggest accomplishment is – outside and unrelated to baseball?

Matt: My biggest accomplishment outside of baseball is assisting at the special needs karate class at the karate studio I used to go to for lessons, Hwang Martial Arts in Springfield, New Jersey. It really warms my heart to see those kids punch a bag or do a form. It’s really inspirational. 

Erik: That is rewarding! I help teach a younger kids class at my Dojo too. I enjoy it very much. It is awesome that you are donating your profits from the book to The Jackie Robinson Foundation, the ALS Association, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation, and the Turn 2 Foundation. What was your motivation for writing the book?

Matt: I had been doing the blog for about a year when the idea for the book came to me. Basically, I wanted to put every single thing that is important to baseball’s history into one little children’s book. I wanted the book to teach kids about baseball history and I think it accomplishes this. 

Erik: It is a great book for kids to learn about and appreciate the great players in baseball history. I am a Philly guy and the Phillies are my hometown team.  In my opinion, there is nothing better than to go to an afternoon game. I’ve found that when I can’t physically be at the ballpark, I prefer to listen to the game over the internet/radio rather than watch on TV. Maybe it’s because of the announcers (Scott Franzke, Larry Anderson and Jim Jackson) and how they describe the action. Who do you think are some the best play-by-play broadcasters?

Matt: Right now in the MLB, Eric Nadel (no relation) for the Rangers and Greg Brown for the Pirates are probably at the top of my list. Of course, I have to include the legends, like Vin Scully, Bob Uecker, Mel Allen, Ernie Harwell, Red Barber, and Harry Caray.

Erik: Lets not forget Harry Kalas. 😉 Do you play organized baseball?

Matt: I play for my school’s varsity team, the Golda Och Academy Roadrunners. Last year, I was placed in the outfield due to injuries, so I’ll probably be in the outfield again this year. 

Erik: I am a baseball fan and I learned a lot from your book. The text is written very well and even someone who is only a casual fan will appreciate the history in it. Name the most surprising thing you learned from doing the research for your book.

Matt: Some of the stuff on extra innings jumped out at me, like the minor league game that featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr., but probably the most surprising thing a learned was the backstories of all the greats and how they progressed through their careers. Pure statistics don’t tell the whole story. It doesn’t talk about the lives of the legends before they entered the game and to me, that stuff is so intriguing.

Erik: Thanks for taking time to answer my questions Matt!

 

Now I’d like to tell you a bit about Matt’s book.

aaronAmazing Aaron to Zero Zippers

By Matt Nadel

112 pages – ages 10+

Published by Summer Game Books on March 23, 2015

Goodreads Summary

Matt Nadel is a 15-year-old baseball historian whose blog and media appearances are fast-propelling him to national prominence. Matt has written a thorough and accessible book on the biggest stars, greatest games, and most amazing feats in baseball history. Richly illustrated, the text includes bios of Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, and many others; descriptions of classic ballparks like Fenway and Wrigley and great franchises like Brooklyn and the Yankees; a section on the Negro Leagues and other professional leagues; and the expert lowdown on stolen bases, perfect games, triple crowns, and even the baseball uniforms!
Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers is the go-to resource for anyone looking to learn everything important about the history of America’s greatest game, and learn it in a fast, fun way. Filled with incredible, classic photos from the official Baseball Hall of Fame Archives, it is a primer for baseball beginners, a resource for developing fans, and a treat for long-time devotees who will love having so much essential baseball knowledge in one convenient place.

What I thought – This was a well-written resource for anyone interested in baseball or history in general. It is organized and flows well which is  quite a feat considering the amount of information packed into the book. The text is easy to follow and is referenced well. The reader can tell there was a lot of careful research done for the book. I liked how Matt not only included baseball stats but also glimpses into the lives and personalities of the players. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone will be writing a book about Matt in a few years! 

Five out of five bookworms! fivebooks

Want to learn more?

Check out Matt’s book on Summer Game Books website – click HERE.

Follow Matt –

Baseball with Matt – Blog

Twitter- @BaseballwMatt

Stay Calm and Glitter On! Creative Kid Thursday Guest Review!

12 Mar

Before I get to today’s Creative Kid – I want to tell you to click on over to author Mike Allegra’s blog where he is giving away a customized one of a kind DOODLE! Click HERE to go THERE! Make sure you ask for cat doodles! Mr. Allegra LOVES cats! 😀

Now, on to Creative Kid Thursday!

Hi! It’s me – Josie, Erik’s sister. 🙂

Erik is very busy at play practice. He got a part in the High School Musical. They are doing Tarzan. Erik gets to be the ship’s captain and a monkey in the jungle (which I think is a good part for him – ha ha ha).

I have a new storybook character I wanted to tell you about so I am today’s Creative Kid Guest. 🙂

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The new character is called Glitterbelle. The reason why I like Glitterbelle so much is because I like princesses and she is pretty and she has good best friends (Angel and Dazzlina). I also like her dog, Bob. 🙂

I also REALLY like the illustrations in the book. They are like cut outs all put together. Here is a video about it.

Purple is also my favorite color and all the books are purpleish.

The books I got to look at were a story book, a journal book and 2 activity books.

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I especially liked the journal book called “Glitterbelle Me and You: It’s All About What Makes us US!” I like that it is kind of like a diary.

I really liked the storybook too especially because of the pictures. I like that Glitterbelle likes to climb trees. I like to climb trees. I think Glitterbelle is a good character.

The activity books were fun and there was a lot to do. I think girls will like them.

I would give these books five book worms. 🙂 fivebooks

That is all I have to say. 🙂

Thank you Josie!

The storybook GLITTERBELLE THE SPARKLIEST PRINCESS EVER! summarizes Glitterbelle this way: “Glitterbelle is not your usual fairy-tale kind of princess. She’s the more sparkly, adventurous, totally caring, tree-climbing kind of princess!

The series is written by Rachael Duckett and Illustrated by Harriet Munchester

Want to learn more?

The publisher of Glitterbelle is Paragon Books. You can learn more about Glitterbelle on their website HERE!

Creative Kid Thursday! Meet Daniel Johnston Author and Magazine Publisher!

26 Feb

Welcome to Creative Kid Thursday!

17-year-old Daniel Johnston is the mastermind behind the blog READERS AND WRITERS PARADISE. He is an excellent writer – I’ve featured some of his stories on my blog before. Now he has ventured into new territory. He has designed and published a kid’s magazine. No – it isn’t a magazine just meant for kids, it is a publication written, laid-out and published by kids! All the written content in the magazine is by kids – but anyone will enjoy reading it!

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Daniel has also recently written a children’s book, called “The Wrecking Ball Employee”. Daniel’s description of his novella follows: “It’s a hilarious tale called The Wrecking Ball Employee where a kid attempts to get a job but is more successful in things like getting eaten by a girl who thinks he’s a hot dog and being accused of poisoning by a government agent.”

Here is a BONUS! A preview of the novella!

Chapter 1: The Dare

“I bet you can’t get a job there.”

“I can too!” I protested.

Carol stopped and looked straight at me. “Look, there’s a jobs wanted sign. If you can get a job there I’ll…”

“Let me play with your dog for a day,” I interjected.

“Yes,” she nodded, and then grew an evil grin, “but if you fail to do so within the next three days, you have to go to that scary movie with me. And no putting your hands over your face!”

“No way!” I protested, but she simply shrugged.

“Then do it.”

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It was a really rotten deal, and in bed that night falling asleep was a hard task amongst all the kicking I was

doing to myself. How could I have been so stupid! I repeated to myself again and again.

Sure, I could’ve still tried to call it off, but then I would’ve been a coward. We’d even done the secret handshake, after she’d called me a wimp if I didn’t take the challenge. That kind of insult from a girl isn’t something you can just take. Worst of all, if I’d have backed off it would’ve been accurate

Oh, you may think that the downside to losing the bet wasn’t really that bad; after all, what kid wouldn’t want to watch a scary movie.

But this wasn’t just any scary movie.

This was the scary movie.

No, I told myself to finally get to sleep, there was no way out, but also nothing to worry about.

I’d just have to get that job.

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“What’re you guys doing this week?” Mrs. Mecre, our fifth grade teacher, asked us in class the next morning. I don’t know if she always actually wanted an answer to customary questions like that, but she usually got plenty.

“Eddie here’s going to get a job!” Carol announced loudly, prompting everyone to turn and stare at her. Even Mrs. Mecre changed from an exhausted expression to an amused one. I, on the other hand, was not happy. I’d been stupid enough to get suckered into for Carol’s dumb bet, so the least she could do was not blab it to everybody.

But of course that’s exactly what she was doing.

“Uh-huh,” Mrs. Mecre said wryly. “And what job is that?”

“A job at Bordeaux’s,” Carol explained. “They’re hiring.”

There were scattered snickers across the room. Bordeaux’s was the local food market, so most of us had been their plenty of times. But that was a lot different than trying to get gainful employment there.

“Hey,” I defended myself, rising from my seat, “what’s wrong with trying to do a little work? That’s more than I

can say for you losers.” I sat back down, but not before I stared pointedly at Henry, the biggest of those losers. He

predictably returned the favor, sticking his tongue out at me.

“You realize, of course,” our teacher commented, “that Bordeaux’s only hires people eighteen and older,

and only with a high school or even college degree.”

My face flushed, but before I had a chance to respond Carol jumped in. “There are ways around that,” she promised smoothly.

Mrs. Mecre merely chuckled and got on with the lesson, but I took that to heart. For the remainder of the

morning I found it hard to concentrate on The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or the 2nd Continental

Congress. Already the clock was ticking on the bet, and my brain was stumped.

“What did you mean there are ways of getting around it?” I asked Carol eagerly when lunchtime finally came.

She shrugged. “That’s for you to figure out.”

Watching her walk past me to the food aisle I could only think one thing: Oh, no!

Chapter 2: Hot-Dogging

“Look, Mommy, it’s a hot dog!”

“Where, sweetie?” The mom asked her little girl.

“Right there,” the girl told her, pointing directly at me.

“Oh, my,” the woman said, as a person is apt to do on spotting a walking hot dog.

Seeing through the eyeholes was a little tough, but I managed to maneuver my way over to the meat section, where food in my likeness lined the aisle. I took a deep breath, and began to dance, in full view of all the customers around, which was a couple dozen.

“Get your hot dogs here!” I called, trying to deepen my voice. “Hot dogs!”

Trying to see wasn’t easy given my rapid movements, but I miraculously managed not to hit anything. Anyways, if I fell over maybe people would come over and then I could convince them to purchase a few dogs.

“Come on, get some hot-diggities over here!” I called, starting to get a little hot and tired inside the full body suit.

“Mommy, I want to eat that hot dog!” remarked the little girl.

“Olivia, that’s not a real hot dog,” her mother tried to explain. “It’s just a person dressed up as one.”

Wham! All of a sudden the world turned upside down and I fell to the floor in a heap. Everything went totally out, my vision just a collection of lights. Darn, I knew the hot dog costume would turn out to be a bad idea.

“Thanks, mister,” I said when I felt someone’s hands on me, assuming they were trying to help me up. But a second later I felt myself being attacked!

“Olivia!” the woman cried, and I could feel her footsteps pattering quickly against the hard floor. “Get off that hot dog right now!”

I couldn’t believe it! I was trapped in a hot dog costume, being attacked by a tiny girl. Quickly, I tried to roll over on top of her, but before I had a chance she took a big bite…right on my left arm.

“Ow!” I howled, grabbing my arm in horror. When that girl said she wanted to eat me, she really meant it! Not only that, but she picked a bite!

I stumbled, trying to get away before the girl could try it again, but only succeeded in landing flat on my face. I braced myself, but luckily the unholy terror was already accompanied by her mom once again. “That doesn’t taste like a hot dog,” the girl complained.

“Honey, it’s not!” her mother explained. “Like I said, that’s just a person wearing a costume.”

Painfully, I managed to stand up and get to my feet. I pulled down the top part of my costume and waved to the little girl. “Hi,” I said warily.

“Are you ok?” The mom asked, her voice flooded with concern. “I’m so sorry.”

If being thrown to the floor and bitten like a piece of meat is ok, then I guess so. But out loud I simply said, “Yeah, I’m alright.” Then I looked around and noticed how many people were standing around who had witnessed the incident.

“Maybe y’all should buy some real hot dogs now,” I suggested hopefully.

The attempted cannibal shook her head decisively. “I’m never eating a hot dog again as long as I live.”

There was nothing I could do but breath a long, weary sigh.

Want to read more?

HERE is the awesome news!

Daniel has generously agreed to give 30 copies of the full book away to the first ten people who order a copy of the new Kid Writers Magazine (Go HERE to learn about it and buy a copy!), and to the first 20 people to subscribe to the Magazine!

Creative Kid Thursday: Guest Review by Josie! Ben 10 Omniverse: Ghost Ship #1

4 Dec

Welcome to another edition of Creative Kid Thursday!

Today my guest kid reviewer is my sister Josie! 😀

Before I get to her review, I wanted to say congratulations to her because she achieved an awesome goal. Josie came in third place in points for the year in her class at the go-kart track she races at!!! This is very cool considering this is her first full year of racing. YAY!

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Notice who sponsors her kart – right underneath the #100 😉

I am very proud of her. She has some awesome racing skills (something I want no part of – it looks terrifying – I am happy being part of the pit crew. 😉 ).

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The karts go up to 50mph!

 

NOW ON TO CREATIVE KID THURSDAY!

 

bentenBen 10 Omniverse: Ghost Ship #1

By Cory Levine

Art by Alan Brown

64 pages – ages 8+

Published by Viz Media first printing 2013

Summary (from Amazon) BEN 10 is one of the best-selling boy’s action franchises of all time! OMNIVERSE brings together the best of all Ben 10 series with new adventures in both the past and present, new villains and all new mysteries!

For more than five years, Ben Tennyson has been saving the universe with his Omnitrix, which allows him to use the DNA of aliens to take on heroic new forms. But he’s never encountered a challenge quite like this! Teamed up with a new partner, Rook, who seriously needs to relax, Ben investigates the mysteries of a hidden underground alien city and has to battle a new enemy, Khyber, who has only one thing on his mind: hunting down Ben 10!

Ben and Rook investigate a distress call that lands them on a stranded space ship with a secret…and puts them right where Khyber wants them, trapped with no way out while he and his shape-shifting dog hunt them down. Now Ben’s got to get off a ship that’s falling out of space, save himself and his partner from Khyber’s dog, and figure out the mystery of the “Ghost Ship!”

What Josie Thought – I really like Ben 10 cartoons. I think he is a good character. The book is pretty great. This book is about a cartoon of Ben 10 I saw. It was the same, but I liked reading the cartoon in the book. I actually like the pictures in this book better than in the cartoon. I think I like the whole book better. I like the story too. It is pretty exciting. I think other kids my age will like this book (I am ten). I don’t like that they say Ben 10 is for boys in the thing on Amazon. I am a girl and I love  Ben 10. I think other girls do too.

I will give this book five bookworms. fivebooks

I have another book that I want to tell you about too. It is very cool so I want to tell you about it. It is this one.

catbugBravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug
Edited by Joel Enos
Art by Alan McGinty, Ian Howell, Corin Lau, Fawn Hunt, Rachel Warburton, Mr. Turner, Zack Ciurczak, Dan Hillburn, Becca Monlongo, Jorge Lovett, Nate Smith, Brian Ferguson, Lee Smart, Jamie Campidelli, Maurizio Ry-Spirit, C Samantha Cummings, Matt Kuhn, Jeremy Leong, Sonia Fukuda Trant, Inori Chao, Jon Rupert, Mao Stanton, Domo Brown
64 pages – ages 7+
Published by Perfect Square on August 19, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Four teenage travelers traverse the universe saving those in need…though not always in the way you’d expect…in fact…never! Along the way they meet aliens, phantoms and other interdimensionals’ including everyone’s favorite, Catbug. Sometimes…they even meet themselves!

Featuring more than 25 artists, this is a new one-of-a-kind art book in the style of a classic seek & find from Perfect Square featuring the Bravest Warriors.

Catbug ate some weird new cubes of food that caused him to lose what little control he already had over his jump abilities! Now he’s careening through dimensions, unable to stop! Help the Bravest Warriors travel the galaxy and find Catbug. Just don’t eat any of those cube snacks or you might end up lost too!

What Josie Thought – I like comic books a lot. I like the pictures in them and this is a whole book of big cool pictures where you get to find Catbug. Catbug is cute. I like how all the pictures look different. There is a part in the back of the book that shows who made which picture. I like that. I like to find things in books like this. Sometimes Catbug was hard to find but I like that it was hard to do. The pictures show the adventure Catbug goes on.

I give this book five bookworms too. fivebooks

Now I am done 🙂

Thank you Josie for those great reviews!

Creative Kid Thursday! Meet the Dynamic Duo Creators of “The Write Chat”!

21 Aug

Happy Creative Kid Thursday!

I had a great first day of Middle School yesterday. It’s going to be a great year! 😀

Today I have a great Creative Kid Thursday for you! I am here to tell you about the launch of a new vlog called “The Write Chat” that is run by two Creative Kids! One of the Creative Kids I am sure you’ll recognize (WOO HOO I Finally make it on Creative Kids!) 😉

 

 

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That’s right, Felicia the Fantastic author of “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets” (see my review HERE) and mastermind of the Stanley and Katrina blog (click HERE) and I are co-hosting a monthly vlog where we interview authors about their books, writing process and any other silly topic that comes to mind.

Our first guests will be coming up in September – I could tell you more about it here but why don’t you click on over to The Write Chat and you can see for yourself! Over there you can sign up to follow and get notified when we put up our monthly vlog. 😀

Don’t forget to click over to The Write Chat and subscribe to our monthly interviews! You can also check out our introductory video of Felicia and me explaining what The Write Chat is about! CLICK HERE TO  GO THERE!!!!

Creative Kid Thursday! Tarleton’s Spy by David Slaughter

31 Jul

Welcome to Creative Kid Thursday!

I have a great book for you, loyal readers! A historical fiction novel that was written by David Slaughter, who was 14 when he started writing it.

Here is a bit about David Slaughter from his author page on Tate Books’ website:

“David Slaughter, a young author from Westerville, Ohio, began writing Tarleton’s Spy when he was fourteen. He enjoys the flexibility of his home school and is furthering his avid interest in the details of America’s history and language with a degree from Patrick Henry College.” To learn more, visit his author’s page HERE.

tarlatonTarleton’s Spy

By David Slaughter

120 pages – ages 9+

Published by Tate Publishing on June 10, 2014

16-year-old Jimmy was both excited and scared. He was leaving Britain to serve as an errand runner/message boy in the Americans’ rebellion. He would be serving under the British General Banastre Tarleton. The Americans were rebelling for reasons that he didn’t understand. Making friends with an American boy who was captured, Jimmy soon learns everything he needs to know. It only confuses him about which side to fight for. What can the lad do? It also doesn’t help that he has heard a mysterious murder plot being whispered among some of the men. Jimmy decides to investigate the murder plot while also deciding where his loyalty lays.

This was a great historical fiction novel written by a kid. David Slaughter was 14 when he started Tarleton’s Spy. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I also think it is a very hard genre to write in because the story has to be believable for the time/event it is set around. I think that David did a wonderful job of writing the facts into a great fiction story. From the title I thought that the story would be about Jimmy being a spy for/on Tarleton but really it is about the events leading up to Jimmy deciding to be a spy. I would have liked to read about Jimmy as a spy, maybe David can write a follow-up! Jimmy was a great character who you come to like. I understand why he feels so conflicted about who is right in the war. I think the story was good, and I would be happy to read other works by David Slaughter. The story is completely appropriate for younger kids. Young Mr. Slaughter uses great language, and doesn’t go into great detail in the fight scenes, but adds enough action and adventure to make the story exciting.

 Find Tarleton’s Spy on AMAZON HERE

Find it at Tate’s website HERE.

Creative Kid Thursday! Guest Book Review by Rena Marthaler!

10 Apr

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Welcome to Creative Kid Thursday where I like to feature the awesome things kids are doing and also host guest kid book reviewers. Today Rena Marthaler is going to review —

 

The House of Hades
By Rick Riordan
608 pages – ages 10+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 8, 2013

Reviewed by 4th grader Rena Marthaler, author of the adventure novel “Magic The Crest” (click HERE to go to Rena’s blog).

The first sentence is my favorite: “During the third attack, Hazel almost ate a boulder.”

This book is perfect for people who like Greek gods and goddesses, sword fighting, giants, titans, and more monsters. It is the fourth book in the series “Heroes of Olympus.” (I recommend reading the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series and other three Heroes of Olympus first.) This book is really good.

In the book, Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Jason Grace, Piper McLean, Leo Valdez, Frank Zhang and Hazel Levesque go on a quest following the Prophecy of Seven in a heavily armed warship called the Argo II.

But only five of of the seven are on the ship. In the earlier book, Percy and Annabeth fall into a very dangerous place called Tartarus, and the only way to get out is to through the “Doors of Death.”

Piper, Jason, Leo, Frank, Hazel, and their rescued friend Nico Di Angelo go through many adventures to reach the Doors of Death and rescue their friends.

Meanwhile, Percy and Annabeth struggle through Tartarus, half dead, to reach the same destination.

Stay tuned for the fifth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, “Blood of Olympus,” coming out in Fall, 2014. I assure you it will be awesome!

 

Be sure to check back because I will be interviewing Rena about her book “Magic The Crest” on April 24th!

Remember on Tuesday, the Writing Process Blog Tour and I tagged Rena? Well, Rena has already responded! Click HERE to go THERE!

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