Sunday, October 20, 2013

Episode 59 (Flashlight): An Interview with a Zombie



Click here to listen to: An Interview with a Zombie
A talk show host interviews a popular guest 
about his latest viral video.
Hi All,

We're back! And it feels so good. We've missed you all terribly! Summer flew by and the Fall, well, it felt like someone hit the fast forward button. Our daughter started Kindergarten this school year and I started back to work full-time. I'm teaching...wait for it...Conceptual Physics in a high school. We're just finding our groove with this new schedule. We hope you are finding the groove with yours. 

Our new story, An Interview With a Zombie, is just in time for Halloween. If you really like Halloween-ish stories, we have a few more. Funny, sweet, silly, spooky, or mysterious, we have all different genres just for you to try out. 


We'd also like to send out a special thanks to SodaStream for 
sponsoring this episode. "Set the bubbles free!"


VORACIOUS VOCABULARY
What did you say? A word of the day! 
In our story there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.

gnaw: to bite or chew on
infectious: tending to spread from one to another
ravenous: extremely hungry
shamble: to walk or go awkwardly, shuffle

JUST ADD IMAGINATION!
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. The story features many 'plays on words' such as, "The alarm was so loud it could wake the dead." Make a list of all the other word play about zombies you heard in the story.  

2. With an adult, 'Zombify' yourself using the link or from an app. 'Make a Zombie' is a free iPhone and iPad app. Send your zombie-self to us at nightlightstories@gmail.com or post it on our Facebook Page. We'd love to see how you zombie it up for Halloween!

3. Interview members of your family about their lives. What do they do for a living? What are their favorite hobbies? Which food do they find the yummiest? If they could be a monster, which famous monster would they be?

4. We want to here you speak like a zombie. Record yourself speaking like a zombie using http://recordmp3.org or a similar voice recorder. Send us the link or the audio file so we can hear your creepy voices.


5. Listen to our three other stories that have a Fall-ish theme! Halloween is right around the corner! 

The Patchwork Pumpkin: Part 1 (17:12) and Part 2 (12:14)
A little girl living on a farm longs to carve the Halloween pumpkin with her father but his chores seem to keep them apart. Can she find a different way to spent time with her father?
Free audio download: The Patchwork Pumpkin (Part 1)
Blog with activities: The Patchwork Pumpkin (Part 1)
Free audio download: The Patchwork Pumpkin (Part 2)
Blog with activities: The Patchwork Pumpkin (Part 2)

The Heebie Jeebies: (6:57)
What goes bump in the night? How do you keep the Heebie Jeebies 
away, especially on Halloween?
Free audio download: The Heebie Jeebies

Blog with activities: The Heebie Jeebies

A Glummy, Gloomy Halloween (11:17)
A goblin named Glum wants to have a surprise birthday party for his brother Gloom, but every monster he invites already has plans for the evening.
Free audio download: A Glummy, Gloomy Halloween
Blog with activities: A Glummy, Gloomy Halloween


COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE
After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who was the host interviewing?
2. What does the host refer to that is "so loud it could wake the dead?"
3. Where was the guest on the show from in the United States?
4. Why does the interviewer ask about her guest's video?
5. How does the zombie answer when she asks him any question?

Griffin  
Olivia
Andrew
Isabella
Tricia
Lauren
Ryan
Cate 
Kelly
Riley
Noah
Zadie
Zachary
Junior
Pam
Tucker 
Brayden

Did you know...our fully illustrated version of Dragonfly, Dragonfly
Show Us The Way is now available in English and Spanish as an in-app purchase from the Flying Books appIt is available for download 
on your iPhone or iPad. 

Illustration by Reg Silva