Now I just have to budget for it. Unless the folks at Dooney & Bourke would like to send me one? I promise to take it to dog shows and BlogHer and Mom 2.0 and everywhere.
For Christmas last year we gave Douglas the first two books in The 39 Clues series,The Maze of Bones and One False Note.
While we had fun with the website over the holidays, he wasn’t too into the books. I read and enjoyed them, but couldn’t get him to read.
Until this week, when he got the third book, The Sword Thief. That seemed to motivate him to start reading, and once he got going with the tale, he was hooked.
Here’s my take on the series.
Yes, it’s largely about merchandising. Your experience on the website is much better if you are also reading the books and acquiring a certain number of the trading cards.
But it is entertaining. Doug and I spent at least an hour together online checking out the new stuff today. Most kids sites bore me, but this is fun for both of us.
It is something we can do together and that’s worth a lot.
Some of the missions seem unnecessarily difficult. For example, mission 3 (the snake charmer) which we did today. Much too hard for Douglas so I had to do it. I spent more than an hour at it, only to achieve it and have the system log me out before I could get the clue. Needless to say, not a happy mom. Another 30 minutes later, and we finally had the clue, but I wonder why Scholastic has made some of the tasks so challenging.
Shouldn’t it still be fun? Otherwise, why would we keep at it? And let me tell you, snake charmer was NO FUN.
We’ll keep at it, at least through the summer. But, Scholastic, please think about the kids. Don’t make the missions so hard that they can’t do them on their own.
Well, Christmas has been and gone, and we got lots of photo-related gifts in our family. I got my longed-for Canon Digital Rebel, and Santa brought the family a Flip camcorder. Even my husband got into the game — one of the few things he really wanted was a device that attaches to his telescope and uses the PC as the camera engine to take astronomy photos. And my brother, known here as the Uncle, got some items for his new Nikon D40, including a book on how to get the most out of his camera.
So I expect we’ll have lots of things to write about in the coming year. Starting with a report on last Friday’s Hannah Montana concert, which we were lucky enough to attend courtesy of my client HP, one of the sponsors.
Because HP was a sponsor, photography was allowed at the concert, and it was amazing to see so many people clicking away. Our photos are on Flickr.
In the meantime, let me leave you with a video I took with the Flip of my dogs playing with another one of my brother’s gifts, an alarm clock that runs and hides if you attempt to snooze. It was dead easy to upload the video directly to YouTube using the Flip interface.