Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Berenstain Simpsons Sneak Peek

It was one peaceful day in Bear Country. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the flowers were blooming. But all that was going to change when a certain family from another town moved in. It was none other than the Simpsons. Cue music! (The Simpsons theme music) Okay then, let's get on with the story, the family moved from Springfield to Bear Country because Homer became the supervisor of the new power plant.

"Family" said Homer. "Welcome to your new home! Country!"

"Sure looks pretty nice just like the 1920's" replied his dad Abe.
 "Homer, why did you decide to move here?" asked his wife Marge.
"Because I became the supervisor of the new power plant." Homer replied even though I already said that awhile ago. "I wonder if there are any nuclear leaks already?"
"Here's one right now Homer" said his son Bart. "Everyone's been mutated into bears. I wonder if they're wild?"
"Doesn't look like they're wild Bart." replied Bart's sister Lisa. "They are anthropomorphic animals."
"No need for your techno-babble Lisa." interrupted Homer.

The car stopped at a house that looked exactly like their house from Springfield.
"This place looks like our house." said Marge.
"I wonder if Mr. Burns gave us any supplements?" asked Homer to himself as he walked into the copied house, then came a scream! "There's no beer!"

A panicked Homer ran out of the house waving his arms like a maniac and kept on screaming.
"It'll take some time to get used to it." said Marge.
"And maybe someday Homeboy will stop running around" replied Bart.

That's it for this everyone! Tune in tomorrow for sneak peek #2. Take it home Bugs.

Bugs: And dat's the end.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lunch: a trip to the madhouse

I really hate the lunchroom at school. It is SO LOUD and crowded and everyone is too sloppy. I feel mad and annoyed when I have to eat there and it ruins the rest of my day.

Today, Ms Jerome and I ate in the classroom. I ate in blissful silence with no bad manners. I worked on the computer for a couple of minutes and then I went outside to recess. It was great!

I even found some beetles on a big tree!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Andy's Extremely Normal Music Show

Today at school, we had an assembly telling us about different music and instruments. I learned about the clarinet, the saxophone and trombone.

Speaking of which, it's time for Andy's Big Music Quiz!

Q: Which fictional character plays the saxophone

A: Lisa Simpson
B. Mickey Mouse
C. Mario

The answer is A.

Q: Which character plays the clarinet?

A. Squidward Tentacles
B. Binky Barnes
C. Donald Duck

The answer is A and B.

Here's a tough one.
Q: How did they make the voice of the teachers in Charlie Brown cartoons?

A. Record someone saying "wah wah wah wah"
B. Record my grandpa blowing his nose
C. Record a trombone with a plunger

The answer is C.

For those who answered, you win! Dad asks "what do they win?" You in a sense of satisfaction, because I don't have any other prizes.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Whatever Happened to Manners?

Today, I was going to get my lunch bag and another kid pushed me out of the way. That kid was trying to get his/her own lunch bag. I got really angry and shouted “what ever happened to saying excuse me?” I was so upset, my mind went BLANK.

I think people today don't have good manners. Manners have gone extinct, just like the dinosaurs. People should always say excuse me, and please, and thank you. At lunch, they should eat neatly and not talk with their mouths full. They should chew with their mouths CLOSED. And they should talk more softly.

I think we should have etiquette classes at Edison. Kids should learn how to be polite and have good manners.

The Strike is Over, Charlie Brown

Chicago Public Schools had a teacher's strike. I thought the strike was good because I had no school for two weeks. Instead of going to school, I visited my teachers on the picket line. I loved visiting my teachers and picketing. At Stock School, I revisited old memories by playing on the playground.

I watched tv, when I was not visiting the teachers, and my mom read me books about labor unions, and I worked on the computer. I felt so relaxed!

I guess the teachers got some of the things they were fighting for, because we went back to school this morning. I was not happy because it was quiet and peaceful at my house and loud and crowded at school. I told my mom I wanted to go on strike. When do I get what I want from school? I want a quieter less crowded classroom and a quieter lunchroom with kids with better manners, less hotness in the classrooms. My mom says kids can't go on strike.

The other bad thing is that we have to make the days we missed up at the end of the school year. We won't go on vacation until almost July! I think that's not fair, because it's not the kids fault there was a strike. It will be so hot in the school by then!

I feel like Charlie Brown does when Lucy pulls the football away.

(I wrote this yesterday, but we had technical difficulties posting it until now.)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Day I Met Dav Pilkey

Last Saturday, my mom and I went to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville for a book signing by my favorite author Dav Pilkey. It was a really long drive but it was worth it. Pilkey recently released the long awaited ninth Captain Underpants book, “Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers”
I was very excited to see him but not so excited because of the long line. We had number 71 and I guess we were kind of lucky because we met some other people who had number 197! We waited in the bookstore for an hour. It was so crowded and loud. My mom found me a corner to sit in, so I read the new Pilkey book in between two bookshelves.
Finally, they said numbers 70 through 75 could line up. Whew! We waited for some more time, and then it was my turn! I told Dav Pilkey that my name was Andy and I am in 5th grade. I told him I was a huge fan and that I felt all us readers should “fight for truth, justice, and all that is preshrunk and cottony!”  He said I really knew my books. Then he told me he liked my shirt. (I was wearing the one that says “my daily routine: get up, BE AMAZING, go back to bed.”) He signed my book and my mom took a picture of us.
I can’t wait to grow up and be an author like Dav Pilkey! I will do book signings like he does, because he gets to sneak in the back door of the bookstore and doesn’t have to wait in line.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I have no school these days because my teachers are on strike.  The teachers are striking because the city doesn't want to be fair to teachers and students. So while the city and the teachers are negotiating, the teachers won't work.

I think the strike is pretty revolutionary. There hasn't been a strike in Chicago since 1987. That is when my mom and dad were in school. Tghe teachers need to fight for what is right for them and the students. The front page of the paper talked about air conditioning -- I give a thumbs up to more air conditioning in school. Heat makes me feel ill and makes my brain hurt. Air conditioning is GOOD.

This morning, we visited my teachers on the picket line. They were carrying signs and marching around my old preschool. I didn't get to see Ms Marcheschi or Mrs. Grossman because they were marching down by Nick's. I wonder if they stopped for hot dogs?

I crossed the picket line to visit the playground and to move a chair and a coffee pot for a teacher. I put a silver coffee pot near a post and brought a red coffee pot to the sidewalk. My mom took a picture of me with Mr Donlin and a sign.

I like being home at 11 am because I get to watch the new kids show "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood." It is a spin off to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, or maybe a sequel, because Fred Rogers is dead. My mom says not to get too comfortable, because we will have to make up the days we miss at the end of the year. Boo!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Toon Comix

(video game sounds)
SpongeBob: Hey, I forgot that we have to make something for the school bake sale next week.
Sonic: How about cookies? We can make some.
Mickey: But what kind?
Donald: What about chocolate chip?
SpongeBob: I've got a cookbook here. First we need and egg.
(Tails picks up an egg and drops it into the bowl)
Mickey: That's a...fine start. The next thing we need is flour.
Sonic: I'm surprised chefs never use flowers in recipes.  I'll go find some.
(Sonic races to a field full of flowers and picks some. Back at the house, Tails puts the flowers into the bowl)
Sonic: The next thing we need is vanilla extract. Isn't that Cream's mom?
Knuckles: Or vanilla ice cream. But a whole pack costs seventy dollars.
Mickey: Dad got a pack from the Kwik E Mart. Let's try it.
(Knuckles takes a scoop of ice cream places it into the bowl)
Amy: I think that's all.
Tails: Not yet, all that's left is baking soda.
(Sonic takes out a two liter bottle of Sprite and puts it in the oven)
Mickey: I don't think that's a good...(boom!) idea.
Sonic: I'm okay.
The next week.
Food Critic: Blech! These cookies are terrible!
Sonic: At least we tried.
The end.
Created by Andy Mayer.
Based on a YouTube video by MobianAngel.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to School

Today was my first day of 5th grade. I still have Ms Marcheschi and Ms Jerome. They're both great. It was really hot today, so I'm going to bring a water bottle tomorrow.

I ate lunch in the hall by myself because the lunch room was SO LOUD! And girls were taking over my space, crowding all over me. Even though some of the girls are my friends, they can get really annoying. They talk so much, all the time.

I have a new school hat, because my old school hat is falling apart. My mom says that the hat is "skanky," like Jack's stupid red blanket he drags around. I think Mom is kind of mean and should realize that hats and blankets have feelings too!

On Saturday, we have tickets to have the book "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers" signed by the author Dav Pilkey! I can't wait!

To conclude, it was a good day.