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Changing ages


Monica Edinger at Educating Alice posted about the epidemic of shifting ages in main characters of children’s books turned movies. She mentioned the aging of Beezus in the upcoming Ramona and Beezus movie, and that Percy Jackson (The Lightning Thief) and Harriet Welsch (Harriet the Spy) both moved to high school. I haven’t seen either […]

Sunday I had the privilege of watching How To Train Your Dragon with  4 year-old and 6 year-old nephews. Yes! The film was done well and it was a lot of fun. Like most DreamWorks films, a lot of attention was paid to story. The movie was an (way different) adaptation of the children’s novel […]

Skellig, by David Almond (Dell Yearling, New York, 1998), is a fantasy about a boy who finds a winged man dying in the decrepit garage of the family’s new house. I love this book, it’s one of my all-time favorites and I want to look at the book as a whole, then go back to […]

When we last saw Max and the wild things Max had been reborn from K.W.’s mouth, and though we’ve skipped around and picked out only the Max/Carol/K.W. story line it’s been enough to see clearly who Carol and K. W. represent in Max’s fantasy, and to get a feel for the ambiguous characters Bob and […]

I’m just going to continue the focus from the last month or so on who are the monsters and what do they represent, and Carol and K.W. are a really rich vein to tap. Before I get to them I just want to mention one thing to watch for in the movie: The landscape as […]

It isn’t surprising to me that a full length movie taken from a children’s picture book is longer and has some plot changes, but I’ve seen Jumanji and I am surprised that Where the Wild Things Are, the movie, is both surprisingly true to the book and is, if anything, a richer work. There are […]

I don’t know, maybe it’s our culture–moms raise children and dads go out and farm or go to war or to the shop–but so many of the kid books I’ve read lately have had young men and women protagonists who’ve not had (present) fathers or father-like people in their lives, and feel a desperate need […]

I’m planning on seeing Tim Burton’s Alice, but I’ll go understanding this is his story, not Lewis Carroll’s. I remember at least two other Alice in Wonderland movies/TV movies with more grown-up Alices, and one with a grouch. None of them was quite like the original book. But what fascinates me is why people love […]

Saw Valentine’s Day last night with Jan. It did not make me want to claw my eyes out, in the words of someone whose opinion I value, but I do understand what she meant. It was a pleasant, relatively mindless diversion of a romantic comedy. It lacked the charm, intellect and character development of Love […]

Monica Edinger at Educating Alice posted about the new Percy Jackson movie a couple of days ago, and quoted Tom Long’s review, which gave the movie a D+. She says she may wait for the DVD, and I’m pretty much with her on this. Having said that, I really do enjoy the books. they are […]