Having never seen the original 1977 version of Peteâ€™s Dragon, I had no expectations when I sat down to watch the revamped 2016 film and, by the end, I had tears in my eyes. The story follows Pete, a small boy who finds himself alone in the woods after his parents die in a car accident. Scared and surrounded by vicious wolves, he is saved by a dragon who becomes his pseudo-parent, protector, and very best friend. The dragon â€“ who Pete names Elliot â€“ struck me as a mix between a large Labrador retriever and a big cat: Part clumsiness, part grace, both playful and serious, and covered in a sea of green fur. However, unlike in the original movie where Elliot was distinctly animated, the new Elliot was created using computer-generation imagery (CGI), which allowed him to have a realness that made the other charactersâ€™ responses to him all the more believable. The storyline was cute and a little predictable, but was engaging enough that I was rooting for a happy ending for both Pete and Elliot by the end.Overall Rating: A-
Here's how to make a pretty ornament to hang up for the holidays.
Jaqueline Woodson is one of the most celebrated young adult writers in the United States, so I was curious to try out one of her new adult fiction novels: Another Brooklyn. I listened to the audiobook on a recent trip. It clocks in at a short 2.75 hours, but packs a punch. The main character is an anthropologist, August, who returns home to Brooklyn for her fatherâ€™s funeral. After a run-in with a friend, August reflects upon her girlhood in Brooklyn during the 1970s, a time she remembers fondly, but in hindsight realizes that she was deep in denial about her motherâ€™s death, and that there were threats to her innocence everywhere. The audiobook is read by Robin Miles, whose rich voice embodies the various dialects and accents that are part of the novel. I do not often listen to audiobooks, but I enjoyed this one. After I finished it, I immediately downloaded Woodsonâ€™s award winning Brown Girl Dreaming. This audiobook inspired me to start working my way through all of Woodsonâ€™s novels. Overall rating: A
Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz From Miss Carole at Madison Branch
Why not try something new this holiday season?
Ok you Fire Tablet borrowers, users, or anyone wanting to try an e-book from Amazon Kindle. "Time Change Series" by Alex Myers is a 3 book series that ties the story line together from book 1 to book 2 to book 3. Jack was riding in a car with his girl friend when a severe thunderstorm suddenly strikes, causing the car to skid and crash. When Jack awakens, he is not a hospital, as he expected. He somehow had been taken back in time to a period just years before the Civil War. As he finds his way around in his new world, he discovers his knowledge of products and technology from the 21st century have a significant impact on his experiences. It is to the extent that he believes he can be a factor in preventing the occurrence of the Civil War. His efforts, along with the acquaintances he gathers, are leading to that possibility, however, there are negative forces that do not want this to happen. Very interesting and entertaining story. Overall Rating: A
This month's story time is all about the number ten!
December is here and so is our annual Give the Gift of Reading book list!
Finding Dory, the much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo has finally arrived and it was definitely worth the wait! Dory, (the blue tang fish with very short-term memory), suddenly realizes she once had a family and decides itâ€™s time to go find them. Understanding she canâ€™t go alone she convinces Marlin, (Nemoâ€™s dad) to go along. Dory, Marlin, and Nemo set out with the few snippets of memories Dory can recall and begin a journey that takes them to a conservatory called the Marine Life Institute. Dory, who gets separated from Marlin and Nemo, meets Hank, an escape artist octopus and several other lovable marine creatures at the Institute who try to help her find her mom and dad, while Marlin and Nemo do their best to find Dory, as only two fish out of water can. There are several heart-tugging emotional scenes and the focus is, once again, on family bonds. The animation is beautiful and the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed Oâ€™Neil, and Diane Keaton really bring the characters to life. I enjoyed this Nemo film as much as I did the first one and would definitely recommend it! Be sure to wait for the fun scene at the end of the credits! Overall Rating: A+
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Miss Marisa reviews the newest book by one of her favorite picture book authors
Try this cute craft for Thanksgiving.
Nerve (2016) is an adventurous thriller about a reserved high school senior Vee (played by Emma Roberts) who is pressured to step out of her comfort zone by her friends and join Nerve, a popular online reality game. This game challenges players to either enlist online as "players" or pay to watch as "watchers". Players accept dares from watchers, receiving money rewards that increase with the danger of the dare when completed successfully. In her first dare, Vee (Emma Roberts) meets a mysterious stranger named Ian (Dave Franco) who coincidentally is playing the game also. They both find out that they become the star players very quickly to the â€śwatchersâ€ť and the adrenaline fueled competition starts them off with simple, fun dares which soon leads them up to dangerous stunts that are just not fun anymore and will leave you on the edge of your seat. As the game, Nerve, continues into a high stake finale, Veeâ€™s future will be at risk. What do you think she will do? How much â€śNerveâ€ť will she have? You have to watch it and see! I enjoyed this movie. It was exciting and adventurous and it left a hidden message to all of the â€śwatchersâ€ť! Overall Rating: B+
Miss Marisa reviews a book about octopi and counting!
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Beep, an official selection of the 2016 GeekFest Film Festival, and a Winner for Best Editing at the 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, covers the history of arcade and video game sounds and interviews the artists who created the game sounds. The development of game sounds and music, from the Penny Arcade era of the 1900s to the video games of the 2010s are covered. I liked the interviews, because the game sound artists are given a platform to gain recognition for the work they did on different games. The artists each explained how they began enhancing arcade and video games, using available limited audio technology, and progressed to the current dayâ€™s advanced audio technology to create game sounds for enjoyable audio gaming experiences. Extra features are Big in Japan, Ryu Imemoto Special, and Industry Insider Tips. This video is recommended for people who are interested in game audio history. Overall Rating: A
This month's story time starter is all about BLUE!
Itâ€™s been awhile since weâ€™ve heard from Melissa, and she is back with â€śMEmphis Rock and Soulâ€ť. This CD pays to tribute to legendary Stax Records artists including, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Johnnie Taylor. They are well represented by her. As I was listening to the CD, I could envision the recording sessions in Memphis filled with horn players, backup singers, and former members of the original bands. Melissaâ€™s rendition of Sam and Daveâ€™s â€śHold on Iâ€™m Comingâ€ť is one of the best versions Iâ€™ve heard. Her raspy voice and the soulful sounds from the band on Otis Reddingâ€™s â€śIâ€™ve Got Dreams to Rememberâ€ť gives this classic song a blended version of old and new. The song choices are a good mix of rock and soul from the historic Stax studio artists. While the CD has 12 songs on it, I wanted to hear more. The influences of these iconic artists have been with Melissa throughout her career. Her voice just lends itself to this type of music. For fans of this genre, â€śMEmphis Rock and Soulâ€ť will not disappoint and would be a nice addition to your play list. This title is also available as a digital resource in Hoopla. Overall Rating: A
It's Picture Book Month, and we have some great new picture books to share with you to celebrate.
â€śAlice Through the Looking Glassâ€ť is the sequel to the 2010 live-action version of â€śAlice in Wonderland.â€ť In the film, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) must go back in time to save the Mad Hatterâ€™s family from the Jabberwocky (which perished in the first movie) and go against Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) as he attempts to foil her efforts. Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (the Red Queen), and Anne Hathaway (the White Queen) round out the leading roles. Despite the filmâ€™s all-star cast, detailed costuming, and glorious computer-generated scenery, the storyline didnâ€™t hold my attention: It felt haphazard and disjointed â€“ but perhaps it was meant to be that way due to its Wonderland setting. The film did include several humorous parts, but they largely centered around creative word play. Families with children might enjoy the film, but, if you havenâ€™t seen the original, donâ€™t waste your time. Overall Rating: C
It was 130 year ago today that The Statue of Liberty was dedicated and open to the public. Learn about the building of the statue and some fun facts!
These cute and easy spiders are great for fall and Halloween decorating!
Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi From Miss Jennifer at Main Library
After becoming a Bastille fan in 2013 following the release of their album â€śBad Blood,â€ť I was anxious for their follow-up: â€śWild World.â€ť One of the things that I loved the most about â€śBad Bloodâ€ť was that many of the songs such as â€śIcarusâ€ť and â€śPompeiiâ€ť were influenced by history and mythology. I had hoped that this would continue to â€śWild Worldâ€ť and was disappointed when it did not. Instead the songs on this album are more influenced by pop culture and the lead singerâ€™s insecurities. One of the songs that I liked from the album is â€śGood Grief.â€ť However, I preferred the acoustic version that was released this past summer. â€śGood Griefâ€ť is about death and funerals and on the album, the song is very upbeat and the music sounds overly euphoric when paired with such sad lyrics. While â€śWild Worldâ€ť achieves a certain feeling of vulnerability; I preferred â€śBad Bloodâ€ť which was simply more fun to listen to. I also could not find any songs on â€śWild Worldâ€ť that really stuck with me or that I wanted to listen to more than once. Overall Rating: D
Today is Dictionary Day! Help us celebrate the day of Mr. Noah Webster's birth by reading or enjoying a dictionary.
While checking in DVD's recently, I saw this title. It intrigued me but I let it pass by. A few days later, I saw the title again and decided to read the synopsis, but before I got that far I saw that Tom Hanks was in the starring role. Tom Hanks, right? That was all I needed to check it out and give it a look. Tom Hanks, yeah! He portrayed a businessman who would be the key salesman to promote a new high technology product to the King in Saudi Arabia. His superiors had their doubts about him, but he convinced them he had the product knowledge and the ability to make the sale. He was under extreme pressure to meet the King and make the sale as soon as possible. Upon arrival in Arabia, he soon found that things do not move on the same timetable as in the U.S. His Saudi contact was supposed to be available but constantly was unavailable. The King, who was supposed to be coming very soon, was likewise, continuously somewhere else with no idea as to when he would arrive. Hanks meets and becomes friends, and more, with some of the residents. To keep from doing a "spoiler alert", that is about all I will submit as to the story. Those looking for a lot of 'action' will not find it. Those who are looking for an interesting story that keeps one's attention, will find that. Overall Rating: B+
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Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon From Miss Jennifer at Main Library
Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, is an extremely funny comedy/adventure about two men who went to high school together. Hart plays star athlete, most-likely to succeed, super popular, and all-around great guy, Calvin Joyner. Johnson is the out-of-shape, nerdy, friendless and often bullied Robbie Wierdicht. Fast-forward to twenty years later and Robbie, now Bob Stone, is a changed man, heâ€™s confident, muscular, and successful and Calvin has become an accountant who feels he peeked in high school and is depressed that he didnâ€™t live up to his potential. The two reconnect on Facebook the day before their high school reunion. Bob has never forgotten how Calvin came to his rescue after he was the victim of a really nasty prank and he still adores him. Bob asks Calvin to help him with something; Calvin agrees, but doesnâ€™t realize heâ€™s getting involved with the CIA and international espionage! Hilarious antics ensue and leave the viewer guessing as to whatâ€™s really going on. I really enjoyed this movie; it was truly funny and very entertaining. Overall Rating: A+
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