Candy Houses and Golden Monkies
Tamagotchi meets Philip Pullman? It could happen. With a glance at my favorite fellow children’s literary blog produced by a New York Public librarian, Walter Minkel at The Monkey Speaks has the scoop on F.A.O. Schwarz and their new line of toys. Daemons from the Golden Compass movie! Ever wanted a sadistic golden monkey of your own? Well now you can! Plus, Walter also found that the company Corgi is selling toy alethiometers with "digi-daemons" to boot. Hm. How does it know if you have or haven’t hit puberty yet?
Those of you who have sent me The Perry Bible Fellowship version of The Giving Tree will be pleased to hear that its creator Nicholas Gurewitch just got himself a book deal with Dark Horse Comics. And at the same time, Dark Horse has just created a library resources website for anyone new to the field or in need of some good graphic novel information.
From Cynopsis Kids: "Tim Burton enters into a two-movie deal with Disney to direct two 3D movies, Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie, per Variety . First up is Alice in Wonderland, which will be a motion-capture movie, is of course based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) is penning the screenplay for Alice."
Aaaah. You know, when Pixar became Disney’s primary source of movie revenue, I wondered if that might mean a slow demise for The Magic Kingdom. Oh me of little faith. Obviously if Disney takes books or stories in the public domain that they’ve already turned into animated features and then makes them into new movies all over again then they’ll never have to look for new material! Ingenious.
Here’s a fun fact about New Yorkers: We never ever know what’s going on in our own town. Take this recent posting from Brooke at The Brookeshelf. According to her, "The Metropolitan Opera is currently showing a new production of Hansel und Gretel, and also exhibiting a collection of art inspired by the folktale. The New Yorker is hosting a gallery of images from the collection." Well, I’ll be hornswaggled. Definitely check them out. I’m a fan of Ana Juan myself and these images make me wonder why she’s never gone darker in her picture books. She obviously has the ability to do so. Perhaps her publishers are afraid of scaring the kiddies. Pity:
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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