If you were ever wondering how the Automaton in The Invention of Hugo Cabret works, have a look at this site. The Franklin’s Institute in Philadelphia owns Maillardet’s automaton, and there is a fascinating video of Brian Selznick and a curator demonstrating how the automaton works.
Automaton in The Invention of Hugo Cabret October 16, 2009
Mouse Circus October 9, 2009
Today when I was visiting some Jr. high classes, I mentioned Neil Gaiman’s website, Mouse Circus, as a great place to get loads of extra background info about his books. Here is the link:
Neil Gaiman is the brilliant author of Stardust, Coraline, and more recently, The Graveyard Book. In a speaking tour last year, he recorded podcasts where he reads from The Graveyard Book. Click on “Extras” to find The Graveyard Book Video Tour. We also have a talking book version at the library read aloud by the author!
The Graveyard Book is about a seemingly normal boy, Nobody Owens, called Bod by his friends. He is normal except for one crucial fact – he lives in a graveyard and has been raised and educated by the ghosts who inhabit it. When he was a toddler, his parents were brutally murdered by a man named Jack.
Picture the tiny, innocent child, toddling out the front door, down the street, and into the graveyard. The ghosts of the graveyard take pity on him and place him under their protection. As Bod grows older, he comes to realize that he must make a choice – to stay in the familiar, safe environs he has always known, or to venture past the graveyard gates and try to find out the identity of the man Jack who searches for him still…
Lightning Thief movie May 10, 2009
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is going to be made into a movie, due to be released Feb 2010!
So far, it’s listed as being called Percy Jackson on IMDB, but the title of the movie may change.
The cast looks terrific: Uma Thurman as Medusa, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron the centaur, Sean Bean as Zeus (remember his as Boromir in the Lord of the Rings?), and Kevin McKidd (from Rome and Grey’s Anatomy) as Poseidon.
Can’t wait to see the trailer!
Here are some blurbs about the upcoming movie:
Stephenie Meyer’s Playlists March 20, 2009
If you’ve ever read the acknowledgments at the back of Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, you might have noticed that Stephenie Meyer thanks some fabulous bands for helping inspire her and get her through her writer’s block. On her website, she writes:
I can’t write without music. This, combined with the fact that writing Twilight was a very visual, movie-like experience, prompted me to collect my favorite Twilight songs into a sort of soundtrack for the book. This list is not chiseled in granite; it transforms now and again. But, for the moment, here’s the music I hear in my head while reading the book…”
On StephenieMeyer.com you can find playlists of music that she listened to while writing each of the books. I love that the lists are so much more extensive than the movie soundtrack, with a lot of variety. The best part – click on the tracks to listen some great music by bands such as Muse, Travis, and My Chemical Romance.
Hunger Games movie… March 19, 2009
I just read a post on YPulse that Lionsgate has recently acquired the rights to Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Apparently, Collins will be adapting the book into a screenplay.
The Hunger Games set in a futuristic world where North America has been divided into 12 districts, which must send two boys and girls as tribute to participate in the Hunger Games. They must fight to the death on a televised show in which all citizens are forced to watch.