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Episode 33 — Summer Series


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 13:13
Original Air Date Published April 15, 2011

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Book Chat

Katie Kazoo book coverKatie Kazoo Switcheroo series
Author: Nancy Krulik
Publisher: Gosset & Dunlap


Have you ever done something so embarrassing that you wished you could be anyone but yourself? That is exactly how Katie Kazoo ended up with her very secret special ability: the power to switch into someone else. It all started with a bad day in third grade and a wish upon a shooting star to be anyone but herself. And Katie gets her wish, in the form of a magic wind that can switcheroo her into other people and animals. The only problem is, she doesn’t get to pick when the magic wind arrives or who she switches into, and throughout the series she finds herself in some interesting situations.  Kids will love this fun series that is all about learning to view life from other people’s perspective. With 35 books in the series so far, there are plenty of Katie Kazoo adventures to keep kids busy during the hot summer days!


George Brown book coverGeorge Brown, Class Clown series
Author: Nancy Krulik
Publisher: Gosset & Dunlap


In Nancy Krulik’s newest series, George Brennan (straight from Katie Kazoo’s town of Cherrydale) has just moved to a new school and he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. The problem is at his old schools he got into trouble because he was often being a class clown. George decides that he’s had enough of that kind of life, but after his first day of school with impeccable behavior, George Brown had NO friends and NO fun. So, when he spies a shooting star in the sky, he wishes that he could make people laugh without getting in trouble. The only problem is that the shooting star disappeared before he finished his wish and only the first part of his wish comes true…and it comes with a magic burp! Whenever the magic burp comes rolling out of George, he can’t control himself. He can make people laugh, but not without getting into a lot of trouble. Kids won’t be able to resist this series that features a magic burp that wreaks havoc and a lovable character who tries to do right. And that’s why this series makes a great summer series pick!

Emily shares her book chat with a third-grade book club that read the Katie Kazoo series by Nancy Krulik. Matilda, Elizabeth, and Tiffany decide that switching places with people and animals helps Katie learn some important lessons, like you shouldn’t jump to conclusions about people. They also share that while switching may seem fun (who wouldn’t want to be Taylor Swift for a day?), it can also cause problems, and at the end of the day it’s good to just be you.

Expert Chat

Author Nancy Krulik gives the scoop on the magic burp, the magic wind, and all things Katie Kazoo and George Brown. She talks about how she taps into her inner boy to write from George’s perspective, what kids will find out about George Brown that they didn’t find out in the Katie Kazoo books, and what makes Katie such a great character.