Tagged with classics

Review: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Review: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

From Random House: For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, … Continue reading

A Very Merry 150th Birthday to Alice in Wonderland

A Very Merry 150th Birthday to Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland may be known for un-birthdays but today it celebrates a very un-un-birthday and turns 150 years old! In celebration of the book, I decided to give it a read for the first time (review to come) and do some research into this extremely quotable children’s classic. Did you know: Author Lewis Carroll’s real name … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (34): The Hobbit vol. 2

Popcorn and a Book (34): The Hobbit vol. 2

  The Book: 1937 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (HarperCollins; originially published by George Allen & Unwin) The Film: 2013 The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug directed by Peter Jackson (New Line Cinemas and MGM) ***WARNING: SPOILER ALERT*** As soon as I got home from the theatre from finally watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug I … Continue reading

What’s What? Weekly

What’s What? Weekly

A Round-Up Of Fun Tid-Bits and Bookish News You Probably Work in Children’s Books If…  several things on this list by Vikki VanSickle are true about you. How many apply to you? Looking for some great classic children’s books? Buzzfeed has 35 Children’s Books You May Have Forgotten About (and just look at some of those … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (30): Matilda

Popcorn and a Book (30): Matilda

The Book: 1988 Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake (Puffin Books; originally published by Jonathan Cape) The Film: 1996 Directed by Danny DeVito (TriStar Pictures) Would you believe that until this past summer I had never before read Matilda by Roald Dahl? It’s true. I’m not sure why this book about a little girl who loves books … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

The Book: 1812 (revised 1819) “Cinderella” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 1950 Cinderella directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson (Disney) 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story directed by Andy Tennant (Twentieth Century Fox) Most people are familiar with the story of Cinderella in one form or another (according to … Continue reading

Are Classics Ageless?

Are Classics Ageless?

Pride and Prejudice, probably the most well-known and influential work by Jane Austen, turns 200 today. Happy Bookiversary, Jane! Pride and Prejudice is one of the many books that have become part of the Western canon and that now inherently carry the word “classic” with them. I have noticed a resurgence of classics in bookstores … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Rapunzel

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Rapunzel

The Book: 1812 “Rapunzel” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 2010 Tangled directed by Nathan Greno and Bryan Howard (Disney) Did you know that rapunzel is a kind of lettuce? I didn’t until reading the Grimm’s version of “Rapunzel.” In fact, the story was quite different then I remember it. … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (21): The Hobbit

Popcorn and a Book (21): The Hobbit

The Book: 1937 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (HarperCollins; originially published by George Allen & Unwin) The Film: 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey directed by Peter Jackson (New Line Cinemas and MGM) ***WARNING: SPOILER ALERT*** The Hobbit was the movie to see this winter, in my mind. Not having read the book since I … Continue reading