Will “Flipped” Fly on the Big Screen?

August 4th, 2010 by

You probably know by now that Nancy and I are both suckers for sweet romantic stories, so of course we both positively flipped when we read Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. And then we flipped AGAIN when we found out the book was being made into a movie. And now there’s just a couple days to go until it’s in theaters! (At least, if you live in L.A. or Sacramento or Austin. Sadly, the rest of us have to wait until August 27th.*)

Are you as excited for this film as we are? Here’s the trailer:

Looks cute, huh? Although I was pretty surprised to see that the film is set in the 1950s and 60s! The book is actually set in today’s times, but I can see that it would work in the past. What do you guys think?

If you haven’t already read Flipped, I suggest you run out and get a copy right now. It’s not a cutesy tween girl book with bubbly pink lettering on the cover; it’s a thoughtful story of two kids who make up their minds about one another early on, and then eventually start looking deeper, only to realize that their views of each other say a lot about who they are themselves — and what kind of people they want to be.

Plus it’s told in alternating points of view between Juli and Bryce, so you get both perspectives, which is a refreshing change from most books involving crushes and all that. (You can’t fool us — we know boys think about girls too!)

Of course, that’s all MY point of view. In the spirit of the book, I also want to present Nancy’s review of Flipped, which she shared in our Romance theme podcast:


So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got two days to read the book (or re-read it) before the movie comes out on Friday!

And also check out this post from Wendelin van Draanen’s blog, where she talks about her trip to visit the movie set during filming. Apparently there were a bunch of coincidences that led to a very magical experience for her. I TOTALLY got teary-eyed reading about it — not to mention even more excited for the upcoming movie! Nancy and I will be seeing it when it opens in New York. How about you?

— Karen

Karen’s first crush was on Chris, a boy who went to her preschool. She used to tell people they were going to get married. But then in elementary school, she shifted her affections to Matt, the boy who stood behind her in line and pulled on her braid. So fickle.

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* UPDATE 8/5/2010: So, I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want to hear first? Uh, I can’t actually hear your answer, so I’m going to pretend that you said you want the bad news first. Here it is: Turns out that Flipped is only opening in limited release tomorrow, August 6th. According to this awesome movie fansite that I just discovered, the film opens only in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Austin tomorrow. For the rest of us, the wide release date is August 27th. Boo! Cry… But remember I said I have good news too? Well, this just means you have more time to read the book before the movie hits the big screen! Hey, silver linings, people…

Breaking Book News: Judy Moody Movie

May 15th, 2010 by

Judy Moody has: become famous, saved the world, predicted the future (those three things seem like they should have happened in reverse), become a doctor, declared independence, gone around the world in 8.5 days, and gone to college.

And now, she’s going to the movies! Well, not going to the movies, but starring in one! The Judy Moody series, created by author Megan McDonald and illustrator Peter Reynolds, will be brought to life on the silver screen — in a movie titled Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer.

Author Megan McDonald co-wrote the movie screenplay, so I think it’ll probably be true to the original characters. The movie will be live action — with human actors* — but I’m guessing they’ll use illustrator Peter Reynolds’ drawings for inspiration. I mean, with something like this… how can you not?

From Judy Moody Predicts the Future.

But don’t fret, book purists! When the movie comes out, Candlewick Press will also release a full-color hardback, Judy Moody Goes Hollywood. If you can’t wait that long, Judy Moody, Girl Detective, is coming out on August 10 (is there anything that girl can’t do?!).

There’s no news on casting or exact release date yet, but the director will be John Schultz, who directed Aliens in the Attic. The movie will be produced by Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness, who decided they wanted the film rights to the Judy Moody series after their daughter read one of the books. Thank you, daughter of Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness! 🙂

Judy is in 3rd grade, and her brother, Stink, is in 2nd grade. Who do you think should play them in the movie?

— Nancy

*You’re probably wondering why Nancy specified human actors. She’s pretty bummed that robot actors are still discriminated against in Hollywood.
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Percy Jackson, From Olympus to a Theater Near You

February 12th, 2010 by

The wait is over. Back in August the first teaser trailer hit theaters, but today the full film will finally shine down from the silver screen… It’s opening day for the Lightning Thief movie, based on the first book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! Oh my gods, I’m excited!

Of course, Nancy and I are planning to see the movie this weekend, and we’ll report back to you with a KidsmomoMO video review in the next week or so. But in the meantime, calling all PJTO fans — please, talk amongst yourselves! Leave a comment with your thoughts on the movie adaptation:


Whoa, go Logan Lerman -- use that Poseidan Power! (Squee!)

Haven’t seen it yet? What are you expecting? Do you think it will be faithful to the book? OR just saw the film? Post your opinion! How did it measure up? (Just be sure to put “SPOILER ALERT” at the beginning of your comment!)

Here are some of my thoughts: What’s up with the first scene in the trailer? Grover’s not wearing a hat, but I don’t see any horns! And I heard that Percy and Annabeth are already 16 years old in the movie version, so they had to push back the age of the big prophecy too, to age 21. Not sure I like that…

Agree? Disagree? The comments are now open for demigod discussion!

And be sure to check out these reviews for Book 2 and Book 4 in the Percy Jackson series, sent in by Sydney (age 12) and Christian (age 11)!

— Karen

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

December 2nd, 2009 by

tale-of-despereauxReviewed by: beki, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

hi this book is a mouse who lives in a castle with a princess and a king and other mice and rats but he is not like other mice.Read and find out what happens

Kidsmomo Podcast #6: “Lights, Camera, Action”

September 28th, 2009 by

Can a film adaptation ever be better than the book? What’s the next book-based movie that should be made? And what in the heck is “Lemonade Snicket”? The answers to all these questions — and more! — in our latest podcast, all about books that have been made into movies!

    Download the MP3 (11.5 MB)

  • This Podcast’s Bad Beginning — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Books on the big screen (both real and imagined)
  • Our film-bound book picks (Holes and Nim’s Island)
  • Daydreams of Shia LaBeouf

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is historical fiction! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video check out these timeless historical novels. Get it? They’re timeless? Man, we are so funny…)

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: A Series of Unfortunate Events

September 21st, 2009 by

This book trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Book to Movie theme. For more on A Series of Unfortunate Events, check out our “Lights, Camera, Action” podcast.

If you like cheerful stories, then you’d be better off not watching this video. Instead, go play with a kitten, hug a teddy bear, or head off to a flower-filled park for a romp (a word which here means, “an enjoyable afternoon far, far away from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket”). I beg of you, do not watch this video.

(In addition, if you hear of the movie based on this series, please do your best to ignore it. This is for your own good.)

Books on the Big Screen

September 21st, 2009 by

Get your popcorn ready, because these books all have film versions ready for the viewing! Of course, both Nancy and Karen think that the movies are never quite as good as the books, so be sure to check out the originals too. Here are our picks, in no particular order:

(And we’ll bet you were into some of these books WAY before all  the johnny-come-latelys who only discovered these titles through the movies. So stake your claim and send in your review!)

  1. Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr (Karen’s pick)
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  5. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  7. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  8. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  10. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  11. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  12. The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper
  13. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  14. Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
  16. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
  17. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  18. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Or send in a review of any other book you love that has a film version!

UPDATE 9/28/09: The answer for the book-to-big-screen Mystery Book Theater was revealed in the “Lights, Camera, Action” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer (or if just want to hear Nancy’s twisted idea for “Lemonade Snicket”). Of course, you can also watch the video over and over again, and then leave your guess in the comments box!

Book-to-Big-Screen Bonanza!

August 8th, 2009 by

Nancy and I are huge Harry Potter fans, so we of course made plans to see the new movie on opening night. Then a miracle happened and we got tickets to an advance screening. (Yes, there was literal jumping up and down in joy. Don’t judge us.)

The only problem, as I learned later, is that by seeing an advance screening with no previews, Nancy and I missed out on what sounds like a pretty awesome book-to-big-screen pre-show: the theatrical release of the trailers for New Moon (based on the second Twilight book) and The Lightning Thief (based on the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series).

Thank goodness for the internet! When I realized that the trailers were out, I immediately dropped everything to search for them online (uh, please don’t tell my boss, since I did this at work). Well, not only did I locate the previews, but I also came across plenty of commentary from viewers.

The reaction to the New Moon preview was predictably fanatical. For example: MTV.com posted a shot-by-shot recap of the trailer — even though the full video is less than 2 minutes long! (The re-cap even includes commentary on how impressive Bella’s gigantic birthday cake looks. Now I’m not saying that makes you obsessed, but… actually, yes I am.)

But I was surprised by the online response to the Percy Jackson trailer. Basically, lots of people thought it looked like a rip-off of the Harry Potter movies. What do you think?

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