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25th February
2009
written by brandij

Book
Author: Cornelia Funke
©2003

Movie
Director: Iain Softley
Screenplay: David Lindsay-Abaire
Starring: Brendan Frazier, Eliza Bennett

I loved the premise of Inkheart from the moment I first saw the previews and the idea of bringing to life the characters who inhabit the pages of our favorite stories. The pages of Funke’s book didn’t disappoint either-it’s filled with quips, quotes and anecdotes that any book lover can relate to. And Softley’s film version is true to the book inspiring even the most reluctant reader to explore the world of words.

In the “real” world, there are people with special powers, known as readers, who can read characters and other elements of the story out of the book and into the real world.  Luckily, what those readers bring out of the storybooks brings excitement and danger to the story: Capricorn, the enemy of all, and his henchmen, led by Basta, and Dustfinger – who is just confused and wants to go home.

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11th January
2009
written by brandij

Book
Author: John Grogan
©2005
Harper Collins

Movie
Directed by: David Frankel
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
Released: December 25, 2008
Rated: PG

Marley & Me joins the long tradition of oft-read and well-loved dog stories like Ol’ Yeller, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and more. In the case of Marley, the overly-friendly yellow Lab isn’t out to save lives, but rather to make them as entertaining as possible. Young couple John and Jenny decide to get a dog (after Jenny kills their houseplant, it’s only natural for her to want to try her hand at raising a puppy), and without the highly recommended research, pick Marley from the first litter they see.

As soon as they get Marley home, the antics start.  He’s playful, especially when it comes to chewing… he’ll chew through nearly anything he can get his mouth around, and a few things they didn’t think he could. His behavior training goes horribly awry, as by sheer size and strength alone he demonstrates that he is the alpha-male of the house.

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9th January
2009
written by brandij

The Book

Author: Kate DiCamillo
© 2003
Published by Candlewick Press

The Movie

Directed by: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson
Released: December 19, 2008
Rated: G

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread joins the genre of award-winning children’s books converted to animated film. The previews of the film looks like the adventures of a happy and brave mouse. Once the lights go down, the darker side of the film comes out. Desperaux is a story of lessons – lessons that the world isn’t fair. And it isn’t full of light.

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