Book Buzz Blog
One of the most popular displays in our children’s rooms showcases children’s books that have been made into movies. For every reader who complains, “the book was better!”, there’s another who delightedly discovers that a favorite movie was based on a good book.
Currently in theaters is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” an animated movie based on the picture book of the same name by Judi Barrett. Translating a 32-page picture book into a 90-minute film means adding more characters and plot twists, but the critics seem to be positive about the results.
“In fourteen hundred and ninety-two/ Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” But there’s more to the story. As Columbus Day approaches, take a new look at the explorer in Russell Freedman’s “Who Was First? Discovering the Americas.”
She’s only four feet tall and 110 pounds, but little “Ardi” is causing a sensation among paleoanthropologists. Earlier this month, after fifteen years of research, scientists reported that they had identified Ardi’s skeleton as the oldest hominid known to modern humans. Ardipithecus ramidus, as she is formally known, lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. She’s remarkable not just for her age, but for what she tells us about human evolution. Scientists are re-arranging the human family tree in light of this new research.
The next time you’re in the library, take a look at some of the newest books to grace library shelves. Readers of all ages will be entranced with Jerry Pinkney’s wordless edition of Aesop’s “The Lion and the Mouse.” The story of kindness rewarded has a simple plot filled with action, just right for a wordless treatment.
Let your own imagination run wild with these books from our newest booklist.
Get the creepy crawlies with R. L. Stine. He's a master of conjuring things that go bump in the dark. Imagine you've just moved to the town of Dark Falls where you don't know anybody.
Pinky Dinky Doo is full of spunk and has lots of adventures in her own beginning reading series. The books have vibrant artwork and zany text that especially appeals to the pre-reader and beginning reading set. Pinky also has her own show on Noggin.
To get a taste of what Pinky is all about, go to her awesome Web site. There you can play Pinky games, watch more than a dozen videos, and even listen to her audio podcast.
Will is small for his age and can climb a tree quicker and higher than any of his Ward mates. He hopes to be accepted into Battleschool on Choosing Day so he can become a hero like his father, whom Will never knew. Will is an orphan, left on the steps of Castle Redmont's ward, and Choosing Day is the opportunity each ward has to be apprenticed to a master craftsman.
SkippyJon Jones is a small Siamese cat with a BIG imagination. He loves to pretend that he is El Skippito, a sword-wheeling chihuahua always up for an adventure. But ay caramba! He drives Mama Junebug crazy with his escapades. Little does she know that during each time-out in his room, SkippyJon goes into his magic closet and travels somewhere else, like ancient Egypt and the land of dinosaurs.
To see SkippyJon in action, click here to go to his cool Web site. There you can watch videos, download coloring sheets, and play games.
The little girl who stars in "Pinkalicious" loves the color pink. One day she and her mother make pink cupcakes and she eats soooo many that she turns pink! A certain 5 year-old in our household thought that was the coolest thing and started eyeing her own food as something more than to just put in her stomach.