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Sci Fi Wire is reporting that Seth Green will be playing Milo in a film adaptation of Berkeley Breathed’s book Mars Needs Moms. I shall be very interested to see the finished film. Mars Needs Moms is a sweet, and short, picture book. I wonder how they plan to transform it.

In other books to film news, they’re talking about a remake of Michale Ende’s The Neverending Story. Apparently the producer of the original film will also produce this one. Also, the word is that they might be putting a more modern spin on this one. I shudder to think. The project is in the early stages still, but this one has me worried.

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Thursday Thirteen #57

This week I bring you 13 SciFi/Fantasy Books That I Recommend. When I was younger, this was the only genre that I would read books from. I have branched out a bit since then, but I am still much more likely to choose new books to read in that area. For the record, the definitions for both Sci Fi and Fantasy are somewhat fuzzy. Some folks feel that SciFi is only differentiated by its used of futuristic gadgets. For me, Fantasy has always included stories with kids that have ESP and stories with faeries, not just whole new worlds. However you look at it, here are some books that I have enjoyed. If you have any recommendations from this genre, be sure to tell me about them.

1. The Time Garden by Edward Eager
2. Mind-Call by Wilanne Schneider Belden
3. For Love of Mother Not by Alan Dean Foster
4. Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key
5. The Children of Morrow by H. M. Hoover
6. The People: No Different Flesh by Zenna Henderson
7. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
8. So You Want To Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
9. The Green Rider by Kristen Britain
10. Sabriel by Garth Nix
11. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
12. The Hunter’s Moon by O. R. Melling
13. Hannah’s Garden by Midori Snyder

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Four Friends Together by Sue Heap

四個朋友在一起–蘇希 著

Thanks to Joanne’s mom for recording this!

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Review: Knuffle Bunny

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Knuffle Bunny is a Caldecott Honor-earning picture book by Mo Willems, author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. In this story, “Knuffle Bunny” is a stuffed rabbit owned by a toddler named Trixie. A stuffed rabbit that somehow disappears during a trip to the laundromat. What follows is a story of communication difficulties, and a quest for a missing bunny. The art in this book consists of black and white photographs with drawings added on top of them. This actually works pretty well. There’s even a random guy with “the Pigeon” on his shirt. See if you can spot him. Knuffle Bunny is a very quick read, as it’s only 31 pages long. It doesn’t seem to be the sort of book that you would read in front of a large group. In my opinion, it would work best one-on-one. I like the story, but I think that particularly young children may not enjoy it as much as children who are old enough to laugh at Trixie’s father’s difficulties. You will also want to make sure that the child in question has their favorite toy close to hand, just in case.

(place a hold here)

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Did You Know?

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(Gladys Williamson tidying the City Limit sign. From the Gladys Williamson collection.)

Did you know that Alameda County Library has a flickr account? Well, we do! Among the different types of photos posted are: The Castro Valley ground-breaking, Local History photos, and some locally created Read posters. Why not stop by and check us out?

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13 Detectives/ 13 Authors

Thursday Thirteen #56

Since we had some much fun a couple of weeks ago with a guessing game, this week I’m bringing you another one. Below, you will find thirteen detectives. It is up to you to comment with the authors. I will reveal the answers as they are properly guessed, and at the end of the day I will post all the remaining writers. Have Fun!

And the Detectives Are…
1. Albert Campion – Margery Allingham (Ann)

2. Tommy Beresford – Agatha Christie

3. Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers (Fourth Breakfast)

4. Lori Shepherd – Nancy Atherton

5. Sarah Kelling – Charlotte MacLeod (LibrarianSusan)

6. Peter Brichter – Mary Monica Pulver

7. Julian Kestrel – Kate Ross

8. Brother Cadfael – Ellis Peters (Brenda ND)

9. Mary Russell – Laurie R. King (Ann)

10. Amelia Peabody – Elizabeth Peters (LibrarianSusan)

11. Thursday Next – Jasper Fforde (Fourth Breakfast)

12. Hamish Macbeth – M. C. Beaton

13. Goldy Bear – Diane Mott Davidson (LibrarianSusan)

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Where There’s Smoke…

scat_jacketNick Waters and Marta Gonzalez dread their third period biology class, and with good reason. Mrs. Starch, the most feared teacher at the Truman School, gives Marta nightmares and most of the kids break out into a cold sweat if Mrs. Starch even looks their way. There’s one kid who’s different, though. He isn’t one bit afraid of Mrs. Starch. His name is Duane Scrod, Jr., but most of the kids call him Smoke. Smoke is named after fire for a reason; he’s started two and done time in juvenile hall for his trouble. Most of the kids steer clear of Smoke and that’s the way he likes it. But Mrs. Starch has her own way of doing things; nobody gets away with being unprepared in her class, not even Smoke, the school’s most terrifying loner. When Mrs. Starch gets finished with him, he is properly humiliated, but still defiant. The class’s field trip to Black Vine Swamp is the next day. Smoke doesn’t show up, but no one seems to mind. The class doesn’t get to do much exploring before a wildfire breaks out and they are all hustled back to the buses. Everyone escapes except Mrs. Starch, who goes back into the swamp to retrieve Libby Marshall’s asthma inhaler. Mrs. Starch never makes it back to school that day, or the next day either. In fact, she never makes it home as far as anyone can tell, and now Nick is beginning to wonder if she ever made it out of the swamp at all. And what if that so-called wildfire was started on purpose?
Find Scat by Carl Hiaasen in the library.

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Book Club: Can of Worms

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Join us this Thursday at the Centerville to discuss our next Kids Book Club Selection : Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel. Mike Pillsbury is the smartest kid in his class. He has known all his life that he doesn’t quite fit in . For years he has been telling his friends the story of his alien family. After one horrible night, he sends out the following message:

FELLOW CITIZENS OF THE GALAXY: I DO NOT BELONG ON THIS PLANET. I AM BEING HELD AGAINST MY WILL, TRAPPED BY IGNORANCE AND CRUELTY. YOU MUST SAVE ME. TAKE ME AWAY FROM THIS. I AM DESPERATELY IN NEED OF YOUR ASSISTANCE. PLEASE HELP ME. MIKE PILLSBURY.

Join us Thursday, February 19th from 4 to 5pm

For more information call 795- 2629 or email Beth .

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Lots of Bots by Kiki Thorpe

 

Find out if there is a copy available at the library near you by clicking HERE.

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Here is the February update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

If you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2009.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010. (Johnny Depp is apparently playing the Mad Hatter.)

The Amulet of Samarkand: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Angels & Demons: In post-production and due in US theaters on 15 May 2009.

Atlas Shrugged: Status currently unknown, as the project has lost its director. Release date is now listed as 2011.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date still listed as 2008.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

Chocky: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010. (I’ll be very interested to see this one as I saw the old TV miniseries of this title.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Announced, with a release date sometime in 2010.

Cirque du Freak: This movie is reported to include the first three books of the series. It has been completed, and The U.S. release date is 23 October 2009.

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Due in U.S. theaters on 13 February 2009.

Coraline: Currently in U.S. theaters.

The Cry of the Icemark: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2011.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. U.S. theatrical release expected sometime in 2010.

Dragonriders of Pern: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

Dune: (Yes, another version of Dune.) Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Eye of the World: In development with a release date in 2011.

Fahrenheit 451: Announced with a release date in 2010 sometime.

Far from the Madding Crowd: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Giver: In development with a 2011 release date.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: Currently filming. Due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Due in U.S. theaters on 17 July 2009.

He’s Just Not That Into You: Currently in U.S. theaters.

The Hobbit: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2012.

Inkheart: Currently in U.S. theaters.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Life of Pi: In pre-production (though currently on hold) with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lovely Bones: In post-production. Due in U.S. theaters 11 December 2009.

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010 sometime.

Marley & Me: Not yet on DVD.

Maximum Ride: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

My Sister’s Keeper: Due in U.S. theaters on 26 June 2009.

Neuromancer: In pre-production with a release date in 2009 sometime.

New Moon: In pre-production with a U.S. release date on 20 November 2009.

On the Road: Status currently listed a “Unknown” on the IMDB with a theoretical release date still listed as 2009.

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: In pre-production. U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Race to Witch Mountain: Due in U.S. theaters on 13 March 2009.

Ramona: In pre-production and due in U.S. theaters on 19 March 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In pre-production with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Shantaram: In development and due in U.S. theaters sometime in 2011.

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Stargirl: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Subtle Knife: In pre-production with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

The Sword of Shannara: In development withe a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Tale of Despereaux: On DVD April 7, 2009.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Completed with a U.S. release date sometime in 2009.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: Currently filming with a U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2011.

Twilight: On DVD March 21, 2009.

Uglies: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

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