Back before we started Kidsmomo, Nancy and I often spent our Friday nights doing activities such as trying new NYC restaurants with friends and attending dinner parties. Now, we spend our Friday nights seeing movies where we are inevitably the oldest people in the audience without children of our own.
And it looks like we’ve got some more kidlit movie nights on the horizon, given two recent announcements:
No release date yet, but a movie version of Lois Lowry’s The Giver has been announced. It’s being produced by actor Jeff Bridges, who will also play the Giver himself. Apparently, he first discovered the book when his daughter was reading it in high school, and he thought his father (also an actor) would be perfect for the Giver role. But now, years after he first tried to get the movie off the ground, he’s decided to take on the part himself. And you know what? I think he’ll do a good job! Check out the resemblance, at least:
Jeff Bridges photo from Variety.com
While we wait for The Giver to hit theaters, we can catch the film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, which comes out on December 28. Not familiar with the story? Well, I could tell you a little about it, but why don’t you just watch the newly-released trailer:
I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of horse movies. But this one is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. And did you see that moment where all the soldiers emerge from the field and climb onto their horses? That looked AMAZING!
Well, what do you guys think? Are you excited for either of these movies? Leave a comment and let me know!
Speaking of kidlit movies, Karen is thinking of dressing as a Hufflepuff when she goes to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Do you think a robe is too hot for summer?
Over 150,000 votes were cast, and now the results are in… Shadow by Michael Morpurgo has just been named kids’ favorite book of the year! WOO HOO! APPLAUSE! CRAZY ANTICS AND CELEBRATION!
What? You’ve never heard of Shadow?
Well, that’s because the voting took place in the United Kingdom, as part of the Red House Children’s Book Award. Every year, kids across the UK nominate their favorite new books for consideration. Then they come back to check out the finalists and put in their votes for the big winner.
And this year, that honor went to Shadow, the story of an Afghan boy (named Aman) and his springer spaniel (named Shadow). When Aman and his mother decide to flee the war in Afghanistan, they find that Shadow plays a larger role in their dangerous journey than they ever could have imagined. Sounds pretty thrilling! But you don’t have to take my word for it, since I haven’t read the book myself — if you want to see what one British kid had to say about the book, check out this review on an English newspaper’s website!
And in case you were wondering, the competing finalists for the 2011 Red House Children’s Book Award were: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and Time Train to the Blitz by Sophie McKenzie. The former is a humorous mystery starring two siblings (and their dead hamsters), and the latter is an action-packed adventure set in World War II London — and involving time travel! Seriously, could there be two more different books on the same finalist list?
I guess those British kids are into all kinds of books, just like you guys — as proven in the book reviews you submit here on Kidsmomo. So don’t let them have all the fun! Check out any of the Red House Children’s Book Award finalists, and then send in your own opinions in the comments or through a review!
Karen just learned that a friend of hers will be moving to London in the fall. So if you guys don’t mind, she’ll be scheduling a vacation to sip high tea and eat crumpets very soon!