Friday, April 22, 2016

Coming Soon .... More Children's Books to Movies

Two children's classic books coming to the big screen soon, and just in time for the next school holidays, are The BFG written by Roald Dahl and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Then something for the avid Harry Potter fan before the end of the year.


The second movie adaption of Roald Dahl's popular book The BFG, the 1989 adaption is an animated film, the new 2016 adaption is live action - and special effects. The BFG is due to be released in movie theatres late June or early July. Take a look at the teaser trailer below for a sneak peek.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Following on from Alice in Wonderland, released in 2010, we can follow Alice on her adventures through the looking glass on the big screen in mid July 2016, 14th July to be exact. Here's the trailer....

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Although not really qualifying as a "children's book to film" this Harry Potter series spin-off is sure to be eagerly awaited by many Harry Potter fans, children and adults alike. Due in cinemas in November.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beverly Cleary

Happy Birthday to Beverly Cleary 
who turned 100 yesterday.

Beverly Cleary was born on the 12th of April 1916, she grew up on a farm in Yamhill, Ontario, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged to have books sent to Yamhill from the State Library and acted as librarian in a room above a bank. Beverly's love for reading started here. Some years later her school librarian suggested she should write books for children when she was older. This idea appealed to Beverly who decided she would write books for children, the kind of books she loved to read but could not find on the library shelves.

Beverly has written more than 40 books for children and young adults and she has won numerous awards, both in the USA and internationally. Her books can be found in more than 20 countries and in 14 different languages. Perhaps her most well known books are about the adventures of Ramona Quimby, who has also appeared in a movie adaption in recent years.

Currently we have one compendium book, The Best of Ramona, written by Beverly Cleary in the Fiction section of our library. This book contains three books: Beezus and Ramona; Ramona the Pest and Ramona the Brave.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 10 children's books by Beverly Cleary, including one in digital format.

The above information about Beverly Cleary was adapted from her website HERE. You can find out more about her and her books HERE too and also some fun stuff HERE.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Get Well Soon!" by Charlotte HUDSON; illustrated by Mary McQUILLAN

    Fiction Book:
    • "Bad Jack Fox" by Russell PUNTER; illustrated by Colin JACK (Usborne Very First Reading series)
    • "An Eagle in the Snow" by Michael MORPURGO
    • "Rapunzel : Tangled" adapted by Irene TRIMBLE (Disney Princess series)
    • "Grandpa's Great Escape" by David WALLIAMS
    Non- Fiction:
    • "Pinocchio" a story by Carlo COLLODI retold by Joy COWLEY; illustrated by Jooj-ho HAN
    • "Space Record Breakers" by Anne ROONEY
    • "Love Our Ocean" by Steve & Riley HATHAWAY (Young Ocean Explorers series)