Tag Archives for Films

Hans Christian Andersen (& Sex)

“The Original Ugly Duckling” (from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)

02. April 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Island Dreams

“Robinson Crusoe” was published on 25 April 1719… Island stories provide dreamy locales to rehearse issues of control and chaos (from Parents’ Choice)

30. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Literary Moms of Children’s Books

In Storyland every day is, more or less, Mother’s Day . . . 

07. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Fairy Tales Are Good to Think With

The world of Snow White and the Frog Prince and Rumplestiltskin is a heated zone where people argue their various views (from the San Diego Union Tribune).

24. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Irish Children’s Stories: Folk & Fairy Tradition

Irish storytelling embraces folkloric materials and the matter-of-fact inclusion of fairies

18. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Last 50 Years of American Children’s Books

“Landmarks in the Last Fifty Years of American Children’s Books” (from Bologna–Fifty Years of Children’s Books from Around the World) 

08. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Whale Watching

When we could, say, be squirrel-watching or cow-watching, why are we especially drawn to–of all God’s creatures–the whale? 

04. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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In Praise of the Grinch

“For a person of unblinking honesty, the holiday season (as wonderful as it is) offers plenty of things to hate” (from Parents’ Choice)

25. December 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Philip Pullman’s Cosmic Fantasies: An Appreciation of “His Dark Materials”

“Pullman’s trilogy has been my all-time favorite reading during the last decade . . .” (from Parents’ Choice)

03. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Goth Movies, Teen Dreams, & Fairy Tales: “Beastly” and “Red Riding Hood”

Hollywood on Teens: Boys prefer empowering metro realism, Girls high fantasy and better costumes (from Parents’ Choice) 

28. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Monsters Aren’t What They Used to Be

Nowadays, I am sorry to say, monsters aren’t what they used to be (from the Los Angeles Times)

27. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Children’s Films: A Subject in Search of an Author

“A People’s History of the Movies” would largely be a discussion of children’s films.

22. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Pirates & Pretending

The theatrical gorgeousness of being a pirate!

19. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Can Grown-Ups Be Trusted?

Children’s Films and Plays Turn Dark

07. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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William Steig: Shrek & Co.

He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)

06. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

A hard-drinking sportswoman and friends with Ernest Hemingway Continue reading

08. August 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Brian Selznick’s “Wonderstruck”

“Local Author Does Good” (from the San Diego Union Tribune)

27. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Oz & California: L. Frank Baum

 How the Author of the Oz Books Came to Live in California (from the Los Angeles Times Magazine)

14. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Hitch Your Wagon to a Star: Recent Children Books

Shaun Tan, Aldous Huxley, Charlie Russell, Diego Rivera May is the month for commencement speeches where, typically, graduates are encouraged to “Hitch their wagon to a star.” While those words are meant to inspire ambition, I want to hijack that … Continue reading

12. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Wizards of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, pictures by W. W. Denslow, edited by Michael Patrick Hearn. New York: Critical Heritage Series (Schocken Books), 1983. The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, pictures by Michael Hague. New York: … Continue reading

22. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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International Children’s Films for 2007

For parents interested in going beyond Disney fare and sharing foreign films with their kids, the problem has always been learning about and locating these cinematic alternatives.

09. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Pop YA Novel

When teens sported spiked and colored hair, when pixie princesses dressed in 1950s prom dresses and cowboy boots, when Cyndi Lauper was singing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” . . . 

06. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Mary Poppins on Broadway

I attended the Broadway production of “Mary Poppins” with a kind of proprietary interest: to see if it was faithful to the book and to see if  P.L. Travers (who died in 1996) would have been happy with the results.

04. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Pollyanna, Ex-Bubblehead

    Pollyanna is not all bubbleheaded gladness.  She is instead one of the most cunning tricksters to appear in American children’s books since Tom Sawyer persuaded his friends to whitewash the fence.   

24. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Meanings of “Beauty & the Beast”

Jerry Griswold The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast”  Broadview Press (2004) Using Beaumont’s classic story as a touchstone, this work shows how “Beauty and the Beast” takes on different meanings as it is analyzed by psychologists, illustrated in picture … Continue reading

26. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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