March 24th, 2012 by Kidsmomo
Yesterday morning, we got up really early (okay, really early for Nancy) to watch this year’s first blockbuster, which just happens to be adapted from an awesome book (the best movies always are): The Hunger Games.
First and foremost: the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and the new movie are meant for kids ages 12 and up. After all, the story IS pretty violent and disturbing… Okay, it’s REALLY violent and disturbing…
But if you happen to have already read the book, then you’re probably headed to the movie theater this weekend — and you’re in for an intense 142 minutes!
Since we are waaaaaaaaay over 12, that’s what we did Friday morning before breakfast! (Yes, that’s right. Before breakfast. And you know how important food is to us!) We don’t want to spill the spoiler beans here, so we’ll just say this: the movie made us cry, gasp in shock, wince at gruesome parts (again — there’s a reason it’s rated PG-13), and even jump in our seats.
After the movie, we stopped by the Scholastic Store in New York City to hang out with Katniss Everdeen (cardboard edition). Note: We did not Photoshop Katniss into this picture. She was really there (kinda). Another note: Karen works at Scholastic, which is the company that publishes the Hunger Games trilogy. But she didn’t work on the books, unfortunately.
As you can see, we wore our mockingjay pins just like Katniss, and Karen dressed in her “Girl on Fire” outfit. Thank goodness she decided not to incorporate actual flames.
If you’re not sure about whether the book or movie are right for you, then you can always check out the some of these book reviews of The Hunger Games, submitted by kids like you!
- From Celina, Age 10 from Georgia
- From Trinity, Age 10 from Arkansas
- From Pedro, Age 13 from Rhode Island (on the entire series)
(Btw, if you’re planning to see the movie but haven’t read the books yet, we highly recommend that you read at least the first one before you see the film.)
If you decide that The Hunger Games is not for you, check back with Kidsmomo on Tuesday: Karen will recommend another awesome series by Suzanne Collins.
And if you did watch the movie, let us know what you thought in the comments below!
May the odds be ever in your favor,
— Karen (District 8, textiles) and Nancy (District 3, electronics)