Alice in Wonderland the Trailer

 

The second trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has been released.  You can see it in the following formats:

Original video source (AIW_Trailer5_720.mov)

Original video source (AIW_Trailer5_1080.mov)

Original video source (AIW_Trailer5_480.mov)

/Film has a series of stills from the trailer because all of the images fly past so quickly.  The film will be released in both 2D and 3D on March 5th.

Red Ted and the Lost Things

Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Joel Stewart

This is a picture book graphic novel.  It is best described as sweet and quiet, two words that are rarely associated with graphic novels!  Red Ted has been lost on the train by Stevie who loves him as much as she loves cheese.  He is put on the lost and found shelf next to a green crocodile who has been there so long he can’t remember who lost him.  Red Ted doesn’t want that to happen to him, so he decides to escape.  The crocodile goes with him, jumping off the shelf and following the signs out of the station.  Once outside, they meet a cat who smells the cheese on Red Ted and then helps him find his way to Stevie by following the smell of cheese. 

The adventures they have on the way are not frightening, focusing on things like rain and dogs.  This book has a quiet story that combines an old-fashioned feel with a modern format.  It is a very good first graphic novel for young children who will enjoy the speech bubbles and the frames that they see in older siblings’ books.  Rosen tells a complete and charming story in just a few words and snatches of conversation.  Stewart’s art works really well here with the bright and bold colors of the main characters contrasting with the gray tones of the backgrounds. 

A graphic novel for the preschool set, this book has a charm about it that will find it happy owners.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.

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Cezanne and the Apple Boy

Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt

Paul had not seen his father for some time and then he got a letter inviting him to join his father in the countryside of Provence.  Paul took a train all alone and found his father partway up a mountain painting.  Paul had the same name as his father, Paul Cezanne.  When Paul found his father, he was alarmed because his father was so big, so wild looking.  But his soft voice spoke quietly to Paul, though his father would not shake hands because he hated touching other people.  The two traveled together, drawing and painting the countryside, but no one was interested in Cezanne’s new style of painting.  Until one day they met an art dealer who took all of the paintings off to his gallery.  Just as Paul and his father were running out of money, the art dealer returned with funds from selling the paintings and encouraged Cezanne to create more. 

This is a book that celebrates so many things all at once.  It celebrates the connection of father and son, the undoubting love of a child and their faith in their parent.  It celebrates Cezanne himself and his art.  It celebrates the countryside of Provence.  And it celebrates determinedly following your passion and gift even when the rest of the world doesn’t understand.  It’s a lot for a picture book to carry, but this book does it very well and with apparent ease.

Anholt has written a well-rounded and complete story from a summer in Cezanne’s life.  Though the story, he reveals the art of Cezanne, mimicking the Cezanne style in his own depictions of the Provence landscape. The illustrations are a pleasure as they reveal so much of the story told in the text as well as the story of the art itself.

This book will work well for elementary art classes studying Cezanne.  In fact, most children will want to see Cezanne’s work after reading this glimpse of a fascinating painter and his son.  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from library copy.

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