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The Lorax

So I finally got around to watching the recent adaptation of one of my abso fave Dr Seuss stories of all time.

The problem when you love the source material is that, well you love the source material.

Here are some tv spots that ran when it came out

I have to say I really enjoyed this. Sure they took some liberties and much was made of why the boy was out seeking the Once-ler but it made sense. Over all it was a fun take on the book. Sure there were differences and the big one for me was that the animals didn’t depart over time they all departed at  once.

The book is still better in this case but the film didn’t have me screaming at my screen in disgust which is a good thing.

Some interviews and stuff.

Here’s a musical clip to finish.

Throne of Glass – Book Trailer

I thought this sounded pretty cool, not sure it will live up to expectations but one can always hope.

Here is the US trailer just to show you how things are sometimes marketed differently for different countries.

Luke’s Way of Looking

By: Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley

Luke sees things a little differently to the rest of the boys in his class. They are happy to see and do as they are told but Luke sees different colours and different shapes. He sees things a little off centre. Because of this Luke feels as though he doesn’t fit in and his teacher is always shouting at him. Then one day he discovers a place full of things that show him others see the world like he does. Things there make him happy, finally he feels as though he is home.

This CBCA Honour Book is a story about being different and celebrates that. The story perfectly tells of Luke’s frustration and the illustrations wonderfully depict how it is to be creative and see more than what those around you see, from the flatness of most of life to the colourful explosion of things Luke imagines.

An interesting book and definitely one to share especially with a creative child.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 June 2012

Format: Paperback 40 pages

Categories: Creativity, Fitting In

ISBN 13: 9781921977725

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian

I received my copy from the publisher.By: Eoin Colfer

Book 8 Artemis Fowl series

Power hungry, evil pixie Opal Koboi is back, she is far from done, and is now plotting to get rid of all mankind in her quest to become the fairy queen. It is an ambitious and heartless plan, she cares nothing for those she uses and less for those who will die. The icing on the cake will be to take down Artemis, Holly and Foaly. This is very personal for her.

Artemis and his friends aren’t about to let this happen without a fight, especially when it appears Opal has found a way to drag Artemis’ two four year old brothers into her plotting. This is not how it was supposed to end. Will Artemis be able to come up with a plan to foil Opal and prevent the end of the world?

A fitting end to the anti-hero that is Artemis Fowl. Artemis is a great character, clever and so much fun. Holly is a wonderful partner; brave, brazen and as determined as the young human. Foaly brings a great element of fun and Butler grounds it all in humanity. Together these core characters have taken us through some great adventures and this is no exception. Colfer has delivered an entertaining final chapter set in a place that stands apart in its blend of magic, technology and the world as we know it. The way he has been able to have to two worlds function separately yet be part of the same thing has been a joy to read, and lets face it who wouldn’t love to read about a boy billionaire/evil genius. The camaraderie and bonds between the characters have been well established over previous books and he doesn’t let these foundations slip as he takes us to its conclusion.

I have been a fan of these books for years and still think they are great fun, I’m sad to see the series end but it was a good place and way to do so. I am looking forward to Colfer’s next book.

Publisher: Puffin Books

Published: 07 October 2012

Format: Paperback 352 pages

Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Action

ISBN 13: 9780141344331

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page


Secret Girls’ Business

I received this from the publisher.By: Maggie Hamilton

A book full of fun, fashion and tips on helping you find your way through the teenage years. Interspersed between craft activities and style tips are sections of information on tough issues such as bullying, depression and popularity.

This book has been put together by Maggie Hamilton who has done some intense studies of teenage girls and authored the book ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls?’

The serious information is kept concise whilst letting them know that they are not alone in experiencing these feelings.

In the spirit of living in a multicultural country we are given peeks into the lives of girls from different cultural backgrounds. To show you what girls are capable of, women who have achieved success in a great variety of careers are given brief profiles.

As well as recipes for all sorts of things there are plenty of fashion and gift craft ideas.

This is a wonderful gift idea for a creative teenager, full of plenty of ideas to help them develop their own style, and work through the time of figuring out their own identity, something that can be a tricky thing to do. A previous book I mentioned that ran along a similar  vein was great for tweens and young teens but this one is aimed at older teens. I would say best suited for  14-16 year olds.

Definitely worth a look.

Publisher:  Viking Australia

Published: 22nd August 2012

Format: Paperback 192 pgs

Genre: Non-fiction, Craft, Teenager, Multiculturalism

ISBN: 9780670076772

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of page

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf

By: Rachael Mortimer

Illustrated by: Liz Pichon

Little Wolf likes things pretty and pink. She also likes stories. Her parents have other ideas and so send her out to catch dinner. Along the way she comes across Little Red Riding Hood. A little girl is on the list her parents gave her and Little Wolf knows what she is supposed to do but she would rather listen to fairy tales.

A delightful and cheekily told rendition of the traditional tale with a bit of a twist. It illustrations are bright and inviting matching the light tone of the text. Little girls are likely to love this.

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Published: 02 February 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Fairy Tale,

ISBN 13: 9781444900668

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

The Dead of Night

By: Peter Lerangis

Book 3 Cahills vs Vespers

Atticus, Dan’s best friend has been kidnapped. The Cahill’s weren’t expecting that. Atticus isn’t a Cahill, he is however a guardian and while they aren’t really sure what that means they do know their lives are linked together, so they aren’t about to let Atticus go without a fight. Atticus may be alone and not sure what is going on but he isn’t out of the fight. He is a smart boy with a trick or two up his sleeve. Atticus and Jake become allies with the Cahills and the good guys start to get little victories, they may not seem like much but every little thing counts.

Meanwhile Ian Kabra is pursuing his own thing and the crew at home base may have finally had a breakthrough on the location of the hostages.

The action just keeps going in these books and part of you wonders how long Dan and Amy can keep doing this. The uneasy alliance with Jake (Atticus is far more willing) is a great addition. It gives us a character from the outside whose perspective is a little different. Atticus is fun, his intelligence helps Amy and pushes her whilst his style, as Dan says, makes history more interesting.

The little snippets that exist at the centre of all the action give the story a depth and ground the adventure in reality. I want to know what happens next. I want Dan and Amy to win and then I want to see them have some fun.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 05 April 2012

Format: Hardback 336 pages

Categories: Adventure, Family, Action, History

ISBN 13: 9780545298414

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of page

Operation Trinity

By: Clifford Riley

The Cahill Files bk 1

A coveted work of art has been hunted by the Vespers and protected by the Cahills for hundreds of years. Van Eyck’s altarpiece has been the target of a record number of theft attempts.

Young Matheus is sent to serve as an altar boy at Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, he didn’t expect anything like this to happen with his life, nor did he think his mother’s family safeguarded a huge secret. When the unrest spreads Matheus discovers he has been selected by his mother to protect the altarpiece and though it costs him he does his duty.

Then we follow the artwork to WW2 where the Nazi’s are being used to take the altarpiece and this time it is young Grace’s responsibility to save the masterpiece. This is a task she will do more than once in her lifetime and not just from the Vespers but also from members of different Cahill family branches.

This is a fun addition and a stand alone volume that throws a little more history at us. It is also a great way to give us a little more insight to Grace – who is such a fascinating character. An action packed book broken up into smaller stories. This is great as a filler for 39 Clues fans waiting for the next installment.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 05 August 2012

Format: Hardback 144 pages

Categories: Action, Adventure, History, Crime

ISBN 13: 9780545431439

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of the page

Code Crimson

By: Petra James

Arkie Sparkle bk 1

Arkie Sparkle is 11 and the daughter of archeologist/treasure hunter parents. SHe gets home one day only to discover her parents have been kidnapped and in order to get them back she has to find seven treasures in seven days. To do this she is going to need the help of her cousin TJ, a junior genius, and TJ’s dog Cleo. The first treasure she has to find a golden statue of Queen Nefertari. This journey will take her to temple ruins in Egypt and back in time to when the temple was first discovered by archeologists.

Arkie is a young girl with a lot of spunk and her cousin TJ is a great counterpoint, always spouting off random facts. The tension of the situation is well presented and the different locations wonderfully bought to life. If you are looking for something fun, adventurous with a bit of history thrown in for good measure then definitely give these a shot. I think you will find them a fun series. There are also notes, illustrations and graphics to break up the text presentation a little.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 July 2012

Format: Paperback 120 pages

Categories: Adventure, History

ISBN 13: 9781742611105

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page


Rise of Nine – Book Trailer

I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore has been a hit with many, the third book in the series is due out later this month. Here is the book trailer –

And just in case you missed it here is the movie trailer for the adaptation of the first book.

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