Sunday, November 26, 2006

I just finished the first book of Tamora Pierce's new series Beka Cooper. Terrier is yet another terrific book of one of my longtime favorite authors (I first found Alanna on the shelves here at the WtvlPL when I was in fifth or sixth grade). The text of Terrier is meaty, the plot nicely somewhat complex, and Beka Cooper is a terrific addition to Pierce's sheroes. Reserve your copy today!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Alas and alack! How quickly this past month has gone by... Needless to say, I have been spending that time enriching my mind with lots of great books and a film or two.. Here are the ones I would consider to be worth your time...

The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones. (for readers of fantasy and good writing). I've been a longtime fan of almost everything she has written (although some of her earlier stuff is hard to dig into..). The Pinhoe Egg is a Chrestomanci book and will make you want to re-read all of the others right away!

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) I don't know why it took me so long to watch this film. My husband bought it years ago, and I suppose I thought it was another shot-um-up film.. (Matthew is a big fan of films like Goodfellas and The Godfather. One viewing of those films is usually just enough for me.) It was with great surprise and delight that I really enjoyed Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. The soundtrack was tremendous; Ritchie has a talent for matching music to scene (I also really dig Wes Anderson's soundtracks... They always seem great to me.)

George and Martha books by James Marshall. We have been on a major George and Martha kick at our house for the past month. My son and husband adore the silliness and wit of Marshall's hippopotami. (I do, too!) We don't have a favorite; we love them all. These books are short enough for new readers to try them independently. They are also supergreat real-alouds!

There are a few children's films that I really enjoy! One of those is My Neighbor Totoro, by the wonderful, wonderful Hayao Miyazaki. This is a delightful tale of two sisters and their strange encounters with new neighbors (the Totoros!). The pace of the tale is a welcome relief after many of the modern rapid-fire films for children. The theme song is easy to sing along with (which is a big plus in my house), and the animation is charming. This is a film not to be missed.