Millions: Seasonal Book & Movie Review

December 11th, 2013 by

millionsHere’s something you should know about me: I love the holiday season. I loooooooooooooove it! And part of what I enjoy is spending time with loved ones, but I have to admit that I also crave all the gimmicky commercial stuff too — the Christmas carols and decorations filling all the stores, the crowds at the holiday fair doing last-minute shopping, the TV specials… I love it all!

So it’s nice to have a sweet story like Millions to keep me grounded at this time of year, as I race around inhaling peppermint hot chocolate and stuffing my shopping bag.

Millions is about Damian, his brother Anthony, and their dad. They’re generally doing okay, but Damian misses his mom, who has passed away. To keep him company, Damian is visited by various saints — and only he can see them.

One day, out of the blue while Damian is hanging out near the train tracks behind his house, a duffel bag full of money flies through the air and lands at his feet. The saints have some advice on what to do with it. So does Anthony. And also, some dangerous guy who mysteriously shows up in the neighborhood asking questions — he definitely has ideas about the money.

This all takes place right around the holidays, so it’s a great pick to read right now. But if you don’t have time for a new book before Christmas, check out the movie! Both the book and the movie are written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, and he actually worked on them at the same time — so unlike most film adaptations of your favorite books, this movie is very close to the written story. Check out the trailer:

I actually saw the movie first and then read the book after. Either way, I think you’ll end up grinning ear to ear when you’re done. At least, that’s what I did!

Do YOU have a favorite book you like to read around the holidays? Leave a comment and share with everyone!

— Karen

Karen’s favorite Christmas song is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and her favorite Christmas movie is a tie between Elf and Miracle on 34th Street. You know, just in case you were wondering…

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Kidsmomo Podcast #62: Outer Space and Invisibility

February 7th, 2012 by

A witch, a wizard, a mustachioed middle-schooler… An app, an award, a disappearing dude… Even Zac Efron selling car insurance! We’ve got a crazy combo of kidlit and beyond in our latest podcast, so check it out!

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  • Karen’s book review: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Nancy’s book review: The Last Invisible Boy, written by Evan Kuhlman and illustrated by J.P. Coovert
  • A review from YOU: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
  • Bonus review: Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
  • Karen hearts Zac
  • KW + ZE 4-eva!
  • Dear Zac, I love you! Sincerely, Karen

And don’t forget: write in with a book review below. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

Breaking Book News: MORE Movie Adaptations

May 28th, 2010 by

Dude, sometimes I ask myself: Why do all those Hollywood big shots make so much money when they never come up with ideas of their own? They should put me and Nancy on their payroll and just keep up with Kidsmomo, because it seems like all their new movies are based on children’s books!

Want proof? Not too long ago, Nancy let y’all know about an upcoming Judy Moody movie, based on the book series by Megan McDonald. And now, I’ve got news about TWO MORE book-to-film projects:

First up: middle school morons better watch out, because a second Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie is set to be released on March 25, 2011. It’s based on Rodrick Rules, the second book in the series by Jeff Kinney, of course! No official word yet on exactly which cast members from the first movie will be back for the sequel, but I assume at least Zachary Gordon as Greg and Devon Bostick as Rodrick will make an appearance! (Haven’t seen the first movie? Check out our review — including cartoon versions of me and Nancy!)

And just announced: a big screen version of Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce is on its way. He’s the same guy who wrote Millions (both the book and the movie), and he’ll also be adapting this one for film himself — so you know it’s gonna stay true to the original story. Btw, if you’re not familiar with that story, here’s a recap: Liam is a 12-year-old who’s so tall that he’s always mistaken for an adult, so he uses that to con his way into the first spaceship to take civilians into space!

Okay, okay, I admit it: Cosmic DOES sound like the perfect tale for an awesome movie. And I’m sure Nancy and I will be in line opening weekend to see the second Wimpy Kid film too. I guess sometimes those Hollywood types do get it right. But I still wouldn’t mind if they sent some cash over to Kidsmomo!

— Karen

Karen was also a tall kid, and sometimes classmates would try to tease her by saying, “How’s the weather up there?” She was never bothered by this, because really, that’s kind of a weak put-down, don’t you think? The weather’s nice up here, thanks! More about Karen »