Monday, August 22, 2016

What are readers saying about "The Lost Expedition"?



The reviews for Poptropica: The Lost Expedition are rolling in and they're super fantastic!
Rebecca on GoodReads gives it 5 stars and says: "Super cute! Quite funny and fast paced short graphic novel for kids. Love the graphics as well!" 
Star on GoodReads also gives it 5 stars and writes: "There is a lot of adventure and history. Kids will have a lot of fun reading this and rooting for Oliver, Mya, and Jorge to outsmart the evil Octavian. The illustrations are great!" 
And on Amazon, Country Girl Bookaholic says in her review: "I could totally see this book being a hit with kids that love adventure books, and plus it teaches a history lesson that might make them want to go find out more about that time in history! Even though I'm an adult reading this book series, I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in this fantastic series! Thank you to Mitch Krpata for writing the second book in this excellent series!"
Have you read The Lost Expedition yet? If you loved it and are able to review it online at GoodReads, Amazon, or even on your own blog, we'd be so happy! Bloggers, tell us about your review by tagging us on social media and we'll repost your review!

PS: Don't forget to grab your Lost Expedition costumes, powers, and accessories in the Poptropica store -- they're free!

PPS: Did you read our fun interview with Mitch Krpata, the author of The Lost Expedition? Check it out!


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Did you see there are new cards in the store?

Happy Friday, everyone! Did you see we debuted some awesome FREE cards in the Poptropica store? They're straight from our new book, Poptropica: The Lost Expedition (which stars your Mystery of the Map heroes, Oliver, Mya, and Jorge) and they're super fun!



What's the Secret Society Trooper all about? Why would a stun baton help you? And what's the Amazonian Woman doing in Poptropica? Find out all this and more in The Lost Expedition! 

Get your Lost Expedition costumes, accessories, and powers in the Poptropica Store while they last!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Exclusive! Interview with "Poptropica: The Lost Expedition" author Mitch Krpata!


Today's the day, everyone! Our latest book, Poptropica: The Lost Expedition -- sequel to Poptropica: Mystery of the Map -- is now available everywhere you can buy books! Find out how you can get your copy here!

To celebrate this super special occasion I asked the author of the book, Mitch Krpata, if he'd mind doing a little interview for this here awesome blog. And being the all-around nice guy he is, he said yes.

So without further ado... meet the very talented, very funny Mitch Krpata!

So, Mitch. Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm married and have two young kids and a dog. I like to watch movies, read books, play board games, and sleep late. Anything that doesn't require me to leave the house.


How long have you been working on Poptropica? What do you do exactly?

I have been working on Poptropica from the beginning. I was part of the team that met every week in a windowless conference room to brainstorm ideas, and also helped to lay out Early Poptropica. My main job has been to write the island scripts, but I also help with marketing and promotion, licensed products (like the books and Ubisoft games), making our YouTube walkthroughs... I'm also a real cut-up on Slack. (Editor's note: He certainly is. His gifs are epic.)

Tell us something random about yourself that Poptropica fans would find funny or surprising.

I love professional wrestling. One day I will convince the powers that be to let me make a Lucha Libre Island.

What are your top three favorite Poptropica Islands? Why?

Red Dragon Island is a favorite because it was the first one that I worked on from beginning to end and really felt a sense of ownership. Plus, you know, ninjas.

I love PoptropiCon because it's Poptropica at our best: It's funny, exciting, and scary. It has great characters and varied gameplay.

Lunar Colony is also up there because the ending makes me emotional.

Favorite Poptropica villain? Why?

Myron Van Buren was the most fun to write, because he was so dignified and proper yet also a complete psychopath. I would not want to be invited to dinner at his place.

You can only have one ice cream flavor for the rest of your life. What would it be?

Vanilla. Because you didn't say anything about how many toppings I could have, and vanilla goes with everything!

So, tell us a little about Poptropica: The Lost Expedition.

The Lost Expedition is about what happens to the kids once they leave the Viking island that featured so prominently in the first book. There's a lot more island-hopping this time, and more supporting characters. But Octavian isn't the only one after the kids anymore, and they soon realize that Poptropica isn't all -- pardon the pun -- fun and games!

Can you give us some hints about books 3 and 4?

Book 3 will finally start to answer some of the many, many questions that have come up in the first two books. It's also action-packed! Can't say much about book 4 just yet...

Mya and Oliver battle it out in a game of Poptropica hoops. Who wins?

Mya would win because she's cooler under pressure.

Oliver and Jorge battle it out in a game of Poptropica soup words. Who wins?

Oliver would win because he's a total bookworm. Jorge would probably look for swear words, which aren't allowed.

If you could only pick one, who would you want to partner up with to explore a new Poptropica Island: Mya, Oliver, or Jorge? Why?

This is really tough! I've come to love all three of these characters. I'd have to say Jorge, because when the going gets tough, he's always able to break the tension with a joke.

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Is Mitch the coolest or what? Everyone at Poptropica loves working with him and I bet you can see why!

Now that you're psyched to read Poptropica: The Lost Expedition, here's where to buy it!

And if you need your fix of Mya, Oliver, Jorge, and Octavian, don't forget that Mystery of the Map Island is free for everyone to play. You'll get a new perspective on the action of the first book, and play a starring role. Visit Poptropica to play now!

Happy Book Birthday to everyone involved with Poptropica: The Lost Expedition! Time to celebrate!

This may or may not be video straight from Poptropica HQ.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

The next round of #PoptropicaArt finalists - from Facebook!

Wow, there have been some AWESOME #PoptropicaArt contest entries on Facebook! Here are the ones we picked to feature today:

By Orange Monster

By Mia G.

By Yuan V.

By Kayla V.

By Maryann P.

By Maryann P.

By Maryann P.

By Tiger35767 

By Tiger35767 
By Tiger35767 
If your art is one of those above that means you're a contest finalist! Congrats! We'll be featuring lots more art over the upcoming weeks, so don't fret if yours wasn't picked for today's post.

If you haven't entered the #PoptropicaArt contest yet, you've got a few more weeks to do so -- the contest ends September 5. Read all the details and see the rules here.

Keep creating, Poptropicans! Next time we'll feature some Instagram entries!



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Friday, July 29, 2016

Only through the weekend: We Bare Bears photo booth!


We know that Poptropicans have enjoyed creating fun pics in our original Home Island and special Mystery of the Map photo booths. Well, now we have a bear-tastic, limited-time experience for you: the We Bare Bears photo booth!

Step on in and create an awesome pic of you, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear. Choose from four different backgrounds. Add some favorite Poptropica and We Bare Bears characters. Throw in some props and effects... and BOOM, you've got a fantastic picture you can save to your computer and share with your friends!


You can find the We Bare Bears photo booth on 24 Carrot Island, and pretty frequently on the Home Island, too. Hop on over to Poptropica and create your pictures while you can -- this special photo booth is only around through this weekend!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Poptropica: The Lost Expedition is coming in 3 weeks!

Poptropica: The Lost Expedition, written by Mitch Krpata and illustrated Kory Merritt.
We know you've been waiting on pins and needles since you reached the end of our first graphic novel, Mystery of the Map. Fear not: the wait for book 2 is almost over!

In Poptropica: The Lost Expedition, Mya, Oliver, and Jorge take to the seas of Poptropica to try to find their way back home. This time, they don't just have Octavian to worry about. All over Poptropica are members of a mysterious organization who seem intent on capturing the kids. And when our heroes find themselves stranded on an icebound ship, they can't trust anyone -- except each other!

Poptropica: The Lost Expedition is available now for pre-order, and will be available in bookstores everywhere on August 16.

And if you need your fix of Mya, Oliver, Jorge, and Octavian, don't forget that Mystery of the Map Island is free for everyone to play! You'll get a new perspective on the action of the first book, and play a starring role. Visit Poptropica to play!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Check out these amazing #PoptropicaArt contest entries!

The Poptropica Creators are absolutely AMAZED at the creative and fun #PoptropicaArt contest entries that have been rolling in! (If you don't know all about our super cool contest, you can read about it here.) Here are some from Twitter that we especially liked:

by anne14tco

by Colette L.
by Criaha C.

by Purple Claw

by Perfect Sky

by SydVC
by Perfect Lightening

If your art is one of those featured above, get psyched -- being featured on the blog means you're a contest finalist! Congrats!

If your art isn't featured here today, don't worry. We'll be featuring lots more over the upcoming weeks, including Facebook and Instagram entries!

And get this: We've had so many entries we are going to increase the number of prizes we'll award at the end of the contest! Wahooo!

Keep creating, Poptropicans!


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Winning credits is your superpower!

The Atom Power is available in the Poptropica Store.
We hope you're visiting Poptropica every day to win credits and prizes from the prize wheel. But what are you supposed to do with all this moola?

Check out the rare goods in the Poptropica Store. Right now we're featuring superhero-themed costumes and powers, including the Atom Power you see above. But these items will only be available for a limited time!

Visit Poptropica now to see all the amazing stuff you can pick up with your newfound riches. Get 'em before they're gone!

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