Friday, September 25, 2009

Momma's Book Club: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Whatever you're doing tomorrow with your kids, I bet it's not going to beat building a meatball tower at Joe Momma's Downtown.

Save that tired stack of board games for some other time. This Saturday, you have some serious reading, pizza tossing and meatball eating to do. Get to Joe Momma's at Second and Elgin by 11:30 to grab a seat and catch the fun at this first-ever edition of Momma's Book Club.

Crafting masterpieces from meatballs and pizza dough is fun, sure, but reading is one of the best and most important things you as a parent can do with your child. Study after study has shown that children who read regularly with their parents do better in school - not only can they do a bang-up job on a test, but they're often more creative, too. These kids tend to have less behavioral problems. They're known to share closer a bond with their parents. They're also better looking and take their middle-aged parents on more Caribbean Cruises after they earn their degrees from Ivy League universities at completely no cost to you.

The contents of that last statement have not been approved by any authority whatsoever, but I'd bet you a beer that everything there is true.

To supplement the current reading program you share with your kids, or to foster one that has fizzled or is just getting started, will be a reading of that book every cool kid wants on his bookshelf these days, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

In case you didn't know already, the book has been adapted for the silver screen. That's where Riverwalk Movies comes in. If Saturday is a lucky kind of day, you could win passes to see the movie edition of CWCM in Jenks. There will be other door prizes, too, including gift certificates to Dwelling Spaces and Joe Momma's.

Joe Momma's owner Blake Ewing (who, along with his beautiful wife, Julie, helped to bring into the world son No. 2 a few short weeks ago) has a knack for gathering the right people in the right places, and this event is no exception. Dwelling Spaces, along with Booksmart Tulsa and Riverwalk Movies, are helping to host the event.

“I was raised to love books and reading. It’s important to me that Joe Momma’s has a part in encouraging other parents and children to read. We have a great relationship with Dwelling Spaces so we decided this would be a fun way to do something positive together,” he said.

And how. This will be the first child-centered book event for Book Smart Tulsa (or, as I like to call it, Not Your Grandma's Garden Party Bookclub). BST will be providing parents with a list of children's recommended reading at the event, too, so be sure to get in on that.

Plans for future Momma's Book Club events will be centered on other popular children’s books, including “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “A Christmas Carol." Each event will feature a special story time for the kiddos and book recommendations for parents. Like the September event, October and November’s Book Club get-togethers will coincide with the theatrical release of the movie version of the story.

Did I mention that this event is free to attend? No kidding. Would I lie to you in front of the kids? Maybe. But in front of the pizza? Never.

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