Tag Archives for Films
“The Original Ugly Duckling” (from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)
“Robinson Crusoe” was published on 25 April 1719… Island stories provide dreamy locales to rehearse issues of control and chaos (from Parents’ Choice)
In Storyland every day is, more or less, Mother’s Day . . .
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).
Irish storytelling embraces folkloric materials and the matter-of-fact inclusion of fairies
“Landmarks in the Last Fifty Years of American Children’s Books” (from Bologna–Fifty Years of Children’s Books from Around the World)
When we could, say, be squirrel-watching or cow-watching, why are we especially drawn to–of all God’s creatures–the whale?
“For a person of unblinking honesty, the holiday season (as wonderful as it is) offers plenty of things to hate” (from Parents’ Choice)
“Pullman’s trilogy has been my all-time favorite reading during the last decade . . .” (from Parents’ Choice)
Hollywood on Teens: Boys prefer empowering metro realism, Girls high fantasy and better costumes (from Parents’ Choice)
Nowadays, I am sorry to say, monsters aren’t what they used to be (from the Los Angeles Times)
“A People’s History of the Movies” would largely be a discussion of children’s films.
The theatrical gorgeousness of being a pirate!
Children’s Films and Plays Turn Dark
He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)
A hard-drinking sportswoman and friends with Ernest Hemingway Continue reading
“Local Author Does Good” (from the San Diego Union Tribune)
How the Author of the Oz Books Came to Live in California (from the Los Angeles Times Magazine)
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
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
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.
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” . . .
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.
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.
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