Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Thursday Three

Three Kids Books to Read Before Their Movies Hit Theaters 

As book lovers, we have high expectations when it comes movies based on our favorite books.  Walking out of a movie theater after watching a book-to-movie adaptation often leads to conversations that start with, "Well, in the book they did it this way," or "They left out a whole scene!"  We think that every single scene, description, and conversation should be exactly the way it was in the book.  

There are, of course, exceptions to this, and we may love the movie more than we ever enjoyed the book.  (See The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, and Shrek)  These instances are few and far between.

Here are three upcoming movies based on children's books that we are looking forward to, even if we will continually compare them to the original source.

1. Wonderstruck

Movie release date: October 20, 2017

This 2011 novel by The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick is told in text and illustrations.  The text tells the story of Ben, a boy who ventures off in search of the father he has never known.  The pictures tell a story 50 years in the past of Rose, a girl so infatuated with an actress that she leaves a safe place in search of her.  Both stories are told simultaneously yet they are in symmetry with each other.  It will be interesting to see how the movie accomplishes the double storytelling.
Click here to see the movie trailer for Wonderstruck.

2.  Wonder

Movie release date: November 27, 2017

Auggie was born with a severe facial deformity and home schooled his entire life.  As he is starting fifth grade, Auggie will begin attending public school.  Auggie will find that it will be difficult to be just another kid in the school as he deals with classmates who cannot look past his physical appearance.  The story is told from different points of view so we are curious to see how that translates to the big screen. The novel inspired the Choose Kind anti-bullying campaign and there's no doubt that the movie will create even more awareness of the topic.

3.  A Wrinkle in Time

Movie release date: March 9, 2018

Hopefully this will be worth the wait!  A Wrinkle in Time was published in 1962 and author Madeleine L'Engle received the 1963 Newbery Medal for her "distinguished contribution to American literature for children."  The story revolves around Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin who set out on a space & time traveling mission to find Meg's missing father.  Looking forward to the larger-than-life characters of Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).

Did we miss anything?  What are your favorite (or not so favorite) movies based on children's books?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday

Tales with a Twist

In the Children's Department, we currently have a display featuring a type of story called "fractured fairy tales" -- unusual spins on familiar stories.  This could mean anything from telling the story from different characters' point-of-view to using different characters to tell the same story.  Here's a list of just some of the great fractured fairy tales we have at Grafton-Midview Public Library.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

AR Level: 3
AR Points: .5

According to Mr. Alexander T. Wolf, you've got his story all wrong and he's here to set you straight!  He had no intention of blowing down those pigs' houses.  Can he help if his sneezes caused the poorly built houses to collapse?  You may start to sympathize with the Big Bad Wolf after reading this version of The Three Little Pigs!
Click here to reserve a library copy.

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

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AR Level: 2.7
AR Points: .5
Rapunzel is stuck in the tower and a prince has found her and wants to rescue her.  He calls out the famous line, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!"  Rapunzel is just too far away to catch what the prince says.  So she throws down her underwear!  The prince keeps trying and Rapunzel keeps misunderstanding until she finally figures out what she thinks the prince wanted all along.

Little Red: a Fizzingly Good Yarn by Lynn Roberts

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AR Level: 4.4
AR Points: .5
In this Little Red Riding Hood retelling, it's a boy, not a girl, who is traveling to see his grandmother.  Every week he ventures through the forest to bring Grandma sweets and his family's famous ginger ale.  He knows not to venture off the path and the one time he does the wolf is right there to cause problems.  Little Red uses what he knows to help him out of a tough situation.
Click here to reserve a library copy.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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AR Level: 4.6
AR Points: 8
What if Cinderella, or Ella as she is known in this story, was cursed to obey every order given to her?  You can bet her stepmother and stepsisters take advantage of that and make Ella do whatever their hearts desire.  Ella makes it her mission to break the curse and live a much happier life.  Newbery Winner.
Check out the film version starring Anne Hathaway (but read the book first!).

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
First in the Tale Dark & Grimm Trilogy

AR Level: 4.6
AR Points: 6

Hansel and Gretel become the heroes of this story as they find their way into other Brothers Grimm stories and provide assistance to other characters.  Fair warning from the author himself, “This is when things start to get, well . . . awesome. But in a horrible, bloody kind of way."

Other titles in the series: In a Glass Grimmly and A Grimm Conclusion
Click here to reserve a library copy.

Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

AR Level: 4.4
AR Points: 9
Rump's mother was only able to tell Rump part of his name before she died.  He is constantly teased -- the boys call him "Butt".  It isn't until he discovered that he can spin straw into gold that he feels his luck will change.  Rump ventures out to find out his whole name and change his fortune forever.
Click here to reserve a library copy.

Visit the Children's Department at GMPL to find even more fractured fairy tales.