Archive: Pop Watch

Reviewed: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes

We’ve started to rev up our youth book selection and as such have asked our 10 year old reviewer Amina (a voracious reader & my daughter) to read and write a blurb about the books in our collection.
Peter Nimble and his fanta
~Review of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes~by Jonathan Auxier
“If you know anything about blind children, you know that they make spectacular thieves,” states the author in Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. So starts the story.
An orphan is born into the world. In the water he lies, nameless, parentless, sightless in his tiny basket. He was sent by sailors into a church, in order to be given a real sense of the world. Yet the church, having no use for a blind child, called him Peter Nimble and sent him off into the streets alone.
Peter Nimble somehow managed to survive the hard roads by robbing the markets of
food. After that had been done, he saw to getting himself other important items, such as
a bandage for his eyes, clothes and more necessities.
A horrible man named Mr. Seamus saw his obvious talent, so he milked the boy for all his worth.
For little Peter, life was hard. He earned his food by stealing. He earned his life by stealing. He earned his gift by stealing. That all changed the day he found the Fantastic Eyes.This powerful, moving book allows people to see what blind children such as
Peter go through, speaking with the power of imagination.
Though Auxier had stolen more than just time in the making of this book, he can be
forgiven for his masterful work, done by skillful hands.

-Amina, 10

Ronaldo-ready duds and more at Babesta

soccer style for kids

Check out some of our favorite soccer inspired duds and more at Babesta!

1.Babiators: Cool shades in sunshine yellow. http://bit.ly/1nypjo9

2.World Map by Janod: Be sure you know exactly where your team is from! http://bit.ly/1kPvft9

3. Vilac Ball: Have a ball practicing some goal-getting. http://bit.ly/1v3C2SW

4. Native shoes: They’re no cleats, but they’re great summer outdoor shoes! http://bit.ly/1oXhXtX

5.Retro shorts: Throwback and so sporty! http://bit.ly/1oXhyb0

6. Sunshine sweatshirt: This Bobo Choses sweatshirt is from Messa’s club team-town, Barcelona. http://bit.ly/1gcjGFU

 

 

Blast from the past: Superbowl Shuffle!

Every year the Super Bowl comes around, I can’t help but remember back to the best Super Bowl song ever! Apparently some of the original crew (Including the punky QB known as McMahon) are in court these days over a rights dispute for the song, according to Forbes. Too bad. This vid is pretty poor quality (remember, it came out in 1985) but the throwback tune makes you want to dance. Challenging the SeaHawks or Broncos to come up with something this catchy!

Ever, Jane: New Kickstarter Campaign

Ever, Jane

With a 9 year old at home, it’s no surprise that dinnertime convos often revolve around the world of MMOGS. I’m just not totally able to wrap my head around Minecraft and Roblox (though I do appreciate the retro graphics!)  But I just stumbled upon this new Kickstarter project, a Jane Austin based MMOG that’s filled with gossip, intrigue and Regency period dress. I thought it was a pretty cool idea to take classic literature into the immersive world of these games, and am going to give it a shot. It’s sort of a 19th century upper crust Real Housewives online. (cringe, love). If they meet their goal, the game will feature quests, families, mini games and lion’s share of intrigue. They’re 1/3 of their way there on their goal of $100,000. Bravo?  http://kck.st/19DPaVY.

 

Pop Culture Watch: TEDxMet

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We’re a big fan of TED talks at Babesta, and we got very excited upon hearing that the MET has teamed up with TED for the TEDxMet Event Saturday October 19. They have an amazing lineup of speakers – a particular favorite here: Elizabeth Streb, once dubbed “the Evel Knievel of dance” who, according to her site, “intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work.” Her choreography is equal parts death-defying as it is mesmorizing. We’re also excited to hear Andrew Bolton, who organized the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit (which was amazing!!!) Book your sitter & get a ticket, or enjoy it from home live streamed on www.metmuseum.org/tedxmet.

Tickets will be  $100 and available at www.metmuseum.org/tedxmet.