“My name is Athul and I live in Bangalore. I love to do art, my brother and aunty also like to paint and draw. I get my ideas by looking at many books and outside in nature. I do art at school and it is one of my favourite subjects. I especially like to do pencil shading. Another hobby I have is playing the keyboard. I think art is a great activity for kids to do.” Athul, Age 9
by Joseph, Age 12
One day in the wood near Nottingham
the animals proposed a race
To figure out what to do
with all the extra space
Hi, I’m Hayden! My Dad, brothers and I all belong to a local dirt biking club near our home. Here are more photos and some video clips that go with the feature in BAZOOF! #66 starting on Page 18.Continue reading
The cherry blossoms in Bloomsbury tells us spring has arrived in the city! I hope you’ve got some time because there
How about starting with some motocross with Hayden on a few tracks. He was going to meet you at Cloud 9 Café to grab something to eat before heading out. He heard that their blueberry orange yogurt muffins was on the menu and wanted to try one! You’ll be able to make them yourself with step-by-step directions!Continue reading
by Victoria & Anniston, Age 14
Is Panhandling a Problem? Should panhandling be legal or illegal?
There are millions of people on the side of the road, streets, and elsewhere
Loads of cities allow panhandling meanwhile, other cities are more strict about it. In Cincinnati, panhandling within 50 feet of schools is considered illegal and begging is banned near ATMs, parking meters, and restaurants. In 2015, Utah banned panhandlers from soliciting in traffic. The same year, Atlanta outlawed panhandling through a downtown area.Continue reading
by Peyton, Age 13
It is 2050 on the streets of New York City, and Mary Joe is merely walking down the broken road. Everything was just so dull. Nobody went outside to play or get the mail or even go to work. It was like there was no purpose in life—at least that’s what Jonathan made it feel like. He hated life and cared about no one but himself.
But then Mary Joe arrived. She was the beauty in everything, even in this shattered world. It was like she brought meaning into life. Everybody loved Mary Joe and they treated her as if she were their own. She was the perfect little angel and everyone knew it, even Jonathon. He disliked how she was so kind to everyone and how she wanted to recreate this wasted world.Continue reading
YAAAAAAH! The winter issue is here! With comics being a favourite for kids, along with BAZOOF!’s focus to encourage creativity in youth, the new comic series is a revamp of one created by Troy and Daniel when they were in Grade 5 and 6. It was featured in B! in its early years and is now returning better than ever! This issue readers not only get the first episode, but learn some of steps B!’s production team took in determining how Ninja Bob would look.
Freg has a healthy snack that is quick and easy to make in a frying pan and then readers can hop on their scooters and take a new year road trip. As they follow along, there are various tasks they can do that provide some healthy fun, along with checking out their rating at the end of their trip!
A favourite for B! readers are the short stories written by youth! This issue, Anvita, Age 9, shares a tale of Buzz the Bee and what goes wrong when he starts hanging out with some new friends. Jericho, Age 15, writes a story based on a popular movie that readers are sure to recognize. ‘Jerry the Racer’ is a car determined to make his parents proud and fulfill his dreams, with the help of his friend Cisco.
This issue also features true stories by youth! Anna, Age 12, writes of a frightening experience she had on the ski slopes. Maya, also Age 12, relates when she was able to help her friend from being bullied in her classroom.
Avah, Age 10, not only shares a very fun poem about her cat and what goes through his furry little head, but also what makes Peaches such a big part of their family!
B! received lots of holiday drawings and doubled the space in the magazine to show some of them off! Thanks to all those who participated on
All this and more in the upcoming WACKY WINTER 2019 issue of BAZOOF!
Here are some wonderful drawings received from youth that are a bit young yet to be published with BAZOOF! but certainly worth showing off their accomplishment.
Thanking all the families who encouraged these young contributors to explore their creativity and wishing a Happy New Year to everyone!
by Sabrina, Age 12
After she believes that her father has died, she enters an arranged marriage, even though she is only thirteen. The marriage is unhappy so she runs away, trying to get to California so she can meet her pen pal, Amy. Unfortunately, Julie gets lost, trudging through the icy snow of the tundra. She meets a wolf pack, who turns out to be friendly once she uses the communication skills her father taught her!
When I was reading this book, I was really struck by the descriptions of the tundra—so terrifying, yet so beautiful. Not only does it serve as a backdrop to Julie’s journey, but it also helped me understand Julie’s character. It captures Julie’s desire for adventure and shows her determination and bravery. The tundra is mostly flat and full of bare trees, so when she looks far away, it seems to her like the tundra is endless. This means that Julie is determined no matter how far away her goal might seem.
Also, though there are many predators around looking for prey, the snow provides many hiding places for them, such as holes and dens. Therefore, it’s harder for the animals to find prey. This is very much like Julie because she works hard and won’t stop until she finds the food she needs to survive.
The tundra also shows that Julie is a dreamer because she sees it as a magical place. She admires the sky reflecting onto the tundra, which causes many beautiful colours and shapes to form over the snow. For example, she sees it “glistening gold” or with “a feathering of snow.” Once she imagines how “every wind-tossed sedge is a silver thread” over the tundra. These descriptions show Julie’s dreamy personality. So, the tundra is also like a mirror because it reflects Julie and the way she sees the world.
The tundra helped me enjoy this book because it created all of the adventures that Julie went through. It also helped me understand her love for the wilderness and for her friends, the wolves. Also, the tundra is basically Julie’s life and is where all the twists in the book occur. Without the tundra, this book would not be as exciting.
I also love this book because it made me feel all kinds of different emotions! When Julie first encountered the wolves, I felt very nervous because I didn’t know if they would hurt her. But when she starts to bond with them I was very happy and relieved—even the wolf cubs play with her like a normal wolf, as if they don’t know that she is a human.
There are other parts that are extremely sad, like when one of her wolf friends die. Because of the wolves’ kindness and Julie’s determination, the story was really inspiring. It also made me wish I could communicate better with animals, like Julie’s special mastered skill with wolves. It made me want to talk to Daisy, my cat, in order to know what crazy things could be in a little cat’s brain! All in all, this is a very touching book full of beautiful, moving descriptions of challenges, bravery, and love.
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by Jacob, Age 13
It was a Monday at Columbia High—home to the defending state champions in cross country from the year before. The cross country team was doing a timed two-mile for the first practice of the season, and as usual, Brady Henry was the first to finish with a time of 11:34.
“Better than my fastest time last year,” said Brady. “My fastest time last year was the last meet we had, and I ran an 11:43.”
Then Louis chimed in, “I heard that Marcus from Charleston High ran an 11:20. Apparently, he is a lot faster than before. You might have some competition this year.”
“Who cares, I have a lot more potential and can beat him at the meet,” said Brady. Continue reading