New Alex Rider Streaming Series

July 16th, 2020 by

I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve thought about Alex Rider, the fictional British schoolboy turned spy for MI6. The first book in the series by Anthony HorowitzStormbreaker, was published in 2000. A big screen adaptation and a graphic novel version were released in 2006. And then, you know, like 14 years went by.

Actually, additional Alex Rider books have been coming out all this time — but it can be hard for me to pick a series back up if I’ve had to wait a long time for the next installment. However, I might have to revisit the Alex Rider books, in preparation for the new streaming series!

The drama will premiere for American audiences on IMDb TV on November 13th. Based on the incredible trailer below, it looks pretty INTENSE!

Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle all the tension and violence. You may recall I’m a real scaredy-cat when it comes to action and suspense.

On the other hand, it definitely looks like an exciting update compared to the 2006 movie — check out the old trailer below:

Kinda cheesy, right? Well, then you really won’t like this book trailer that we created for Kidsmomo back in the day:

Yeah, there’s no denying the videos in this post get more and more low-fi as you go… Of course, if you want to truly go old school, you should read the original books! Check out some reviews from Kidsmomo readers!

If you’re already a fan of the Alex Rider series, leave a comment below and tell us what you think of the new streaming show!

— Karen

Karen would be extremely surprised if she learned that her family had been training her as a spy when she was growing up. Perhaps all those piano lessons were supposed to help her stop bad guys in some way?

More about Karen »

Books to Big Screen (Kinda): Stargirl and Timmy Failure

February 26th, 2020 by

Usually when we share trailers for movies based on books, it makes sense to say “Books to Big Screen” because the films are released in theaters. But fortunately, streaming TV now makes it possible to enjoy some book-to-movie adaptations from the comfort of your couch. So put on your favorite PJs, grab some microwave popcorn, and check out this downsized (but still very exciting) edition of Books to Big Screen (Kinda)

In just a few weeks, Disney+ will release its adaptation of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. We really love this book and we’ve both read it multiple times — so to be honest, we’re already a bit concerned that the characters and imagery in the trailer don’t match what’s in our imaginations. (Yes, we are two different people with two different brains. But somehow, what’s in the trailer seems off to both of us.) Let’s just hope that the movie ends up doing justice to the original book. You can bet we’ll be glued to our screens and judging it hard-core — much like the students at Mica High judge poor Stargirl. (So maybe we should be less judgy? Well, we have this website. What’s their excuse?)

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Stargirl movie below. It will be available starting March 13th!

If you simply can’t wait until then to get your book-to-movie fix, then you’re in luck: Disney+ has already released an adaptation of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Take a look at the trailer below — and if you’ve already watched the film, then you’re in luck because there are seven books in the series to keep you entertained!

Are you excited for the new Stargirl movie? Have you already watched the Timmy Failure film? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Books to Big Screen: Wonder Movie Trailer

May 30th, 2017 by

wonder-posterHere are my two favorite things in life: children’s books and food. So you probably won’t be surprised that when I attended a friend’s party recently, I spent a good amount of time stuffing my face and talking about the book I had just finished.

That book was Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio, the companion to the critically acclaimed and totally beloved book Wonder.

Based on Wonder‘s popularity, you’ve probably heard of it. In fact, you’ve probably read it yourself! If not, I highly recommend it — and I’m not the only one: Check out these reviews from other young readers.

So, if you’re a fan of Wonder, then you probably already knew that a movie adaptation is in the works. And that’s what we were taking about at the party — which actors are in it, when it’s coming out, and how Auggie might be portrayed.

Well, now the first trailer is finally out! Watch it below:

 

So, what do you think?

Some people at the party guessed that the movie will start with Auggie wearing his space helmet, so that there is a more dramatic reveal later. If the trailer is any indication, the full movie may indeed take that approach.

Other people guessed that a good portion of the movie might be shot from Auggie’s point of view. The trailer does not support that theory, but who knows what isn’t shown here?

My personal opinion is that Auggie doesn’t look exactly as described in the book. But I tend to be a big stickler for faithfulness to the source material, and I always get annoyed when movie adaptations stray too far. So maybe it doesn’t matter that Auggie is not depicted in the movie precisely as he is described in the book — as long as the film gets the heart of the characters and the story right. And for that, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the final movie is like!

Are you planning to watch the movie? What do you think of the trailer? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

Once a friend remarked to Karen, “I can’t believe how you always find people to talk with you about children’s books at parties.” Guess that’s what happens when you have narrow interests and a persistent demeanor!

More about Karen »

Seuss News: Lorax Movie Trailers!

November 10th, 2011 by

the-lorax-movie-posterRecently, Nancy posted the news that Johnny Depp will be starring as Dr. Seuss in a forthcoming movie. But unfortunately, that movie has yet to be written, filmed, edited, etc. So that’s sadly way, way, way in the future.

But never fear — in just a few months, Seuss will meet the silver screen in another way: the film adaptation of his beloved book The Lorax! The animated movie will hit theaters in March 2012, and two — count ’em, TWO — trailers have recently been released!

First, check out this official trailer:

Hmmm, seems a bit sweet and light-hearted when you consider that this is a tale about how greed can wreak great devastation on the environment. Oh, you couldn’t tell from the trailer that that’s what The Lorax is about? Well, that’s my point! Sure, it looks gorgeous, but what about the story?

Cue this trailer that was released more recently in Australia:

That’s better! You still don’t get the whole eco-angle, but it does seem closer to the set-up in the original book. After all, The Lorax the book starts this way:

At the far end of town
where the Grickle-grass grows
and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows
and no birds ever sing excepting old crows…
is the Street of the Lifted Lorax.

And that’s basically how the trailer starts too!

So, which trailer is a more accurate depiction of the final movie? Guess we’ll have to wait until March to find out! Nancy and I will definitely be in the audience. Will you? Leave a comment with your thoughts on the trailers and the film!

— Karen

Karen has to admit she’s really excited about this movie not just because it’s based on a Dr. Seuss book, but also because it stars Zac Efron. Well, his voice anyway. Too bad his face won’t be making an appearance!

More about Karen »

Jeremy Fink Movie Trailer

August 16th, 2011 by

I know it’s a cliché to say, “You learn something new every day,” but I really did learn something new today! I found out that there’s a movie adapation of Wendy Mass’ book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life that’s supposed to come out sometime in 2011!

And there are only a few months left in 2011, so it should be hitting theaters any day now, right? Right?!

Unfortunately, I can’t find any info on a precise release date, but that’s okay — it gives everyone more time to read the book before seeing the movie!

(Btw, if you’re not familiar with the book, it’s about a mysterious wooden box that Jeremy receives in the mail with the words, “The Meaning of Life — for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.” The only problem? Four locks and no keys! So Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, set out on a quest to find the keys and discover the meaning of life.)

Here’s the movie trailer:

And for some behind-the-scenes fun, check out Wendy Mass’ blog post about her day on the movie set!

So… what do you think? Leave a comment with your opinion on the trailer. How do you think the movie will compare to the book?

— Karen

Karen has no idea what the meaning of life is. When you find out, please let her know.

More about Karen »

Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2) Movie Trailer!

January 8th, 2011 by

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sit back and get ready,
For the movie Rodrick Rules!

Alright, maybe it’s a little early for Valentine’s Day poems. Definitely too early for a bad one. And I’m not sure why I even wrote the poem, since there’s no love between Greg Heffley and his older brother, Rodrick… which you know all about if you’ve already read Rodrick Rules, the second book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

If you’re not caught up on the series, you have two months to prepare! The movie version comes out on March 25, 2011, and it looks like a lot of laughs. Check out the newly-released trailer:

I’m excited to see Chirag, Rowley, Fregley, and the whole gang back together again! Perhaps this movie will inspire another Fregley impression. And it looks like Rodrick might not forever be a terrifying menace after all… *gasp!*

What do you guys think of the trailer?

— Nancy

Nancy’s excited to see what Karen thinks of the trailer, since Karen confessed that she thought Rodrick was kind of cute… Hee hee!

Meet Nancy »

Breaking Book News: Guardians of Ga’Hoole Movie Trailer

March 8th, 2010 by

On Friday, Nancy and I were among the crowds lined up to see the new Alice in Wonderland movie on opening night. How was it? Well, you’ll have to wait a little longer for our KidsmomoMO movie review, but I’ll give you a hint: one of the most exciting things on screen came before the film even started… the premiere of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie trailer!

Entitled Legend of the Guardians, the film is due out in September and will cover the first three books in Kathryn Lasky’s popular book series*. Of course, like every other movie these days, it will be in 3D. And while I’m not always the biggest fan of 3D, in this case I think it’s going to make a HUGE difference. Because I’m sorry to say that this online trailer isn’t nearly as breathtaking as what I saw in the theater. But check it out anyway, and leave a comment with your thoughts! What do you think — did they get it right?

— Karen

* If you’re not familiar with the books, check out these 5-star reviews from Ayra (age 10) and Milo (age 9).

Alice in Wonderland Trailer

August 19th, 2009 by

Has anyone watched the trailer for the Alice in Wonderland movie coming out next year? Yes? Watch it again. No? Check it out!

So I’m just going to say it — I don’t care how dreamy you think Captain Jack Sparrow is, Johnny Depp looks… frightening to me. BTW, it looks like this movie (like many other Alice adaptations) is going to include characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland AND its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Did you guys know that Tweedledee and Tweedledum only appear in Through the Looking-Glass? I did1, and now you do too!

Also, he (it?) isn’t in the trailer, but the Caterpillar is going to be played by actor Alan Rickman (AKA PROFESSOR SNAPE!), and his face was composited onto a digital caterpillar body. I hope the nickname “Snape-pillar” catches on.

In other Alice news, I read recently that somewhere on the Internets an Alice-themed virtual world is in the works. I’m not sure how I’d feel about encountering the Mad Hatter online, but they should make more virtual worlds based on books *cough*Harry Potter*cough* &#151 what books would you want to see made into virtual worlds?

— Nancy

1An online “hi!” to Mrs. Corwin, who gave me my first copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and also taught me English. If she hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have written this blog entry. Also Kidsmomo might not exist. Whoa, trippy…