Invention of Hugo Cabret – Casting News

Martin Scorsese has started casting his fim version of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Adult stars may include Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen.



The two child leads have also been cast:


Asa Butterfield as Hugo and Chloe Moretz

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My Brother Charlie


My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Callie and Charlie have always been together because they are twins.  They have a lot in common: music, football, loving their dog, and their curly hair.  But they are also very different.  Charlie often seemed distant and never returned affection.  Mommy was worried and took Charlie to a doctor who diagnosed him with autism.  Callie wished that she could join Charlie in his mental world, that he would play more with her.  Sometimes he is right there with her and enjoying it, but often he isn’t.  Callie began to understand that her brother sees things differently.  He may find it hard to tell you how he feels, but when it matters most he does find the words.  And best of all, Charlie loves you for who you are inside.

This very personal book reflects the lives of the mother and daughter authors who are both activists and educators about autism.  The book is far from being another of those celebrity books that misses the mark.  Instead this book really educates children about autism and about differences.  It explains autism simply and frankly but with great love and understanding as well.

Evans’ illustrations add a warmth and appeal to the book with their mixed media.  The thick brush strokes and fine lines are visually appealing as are the deep colors.  The art adds to the appeal of the title.

Highly recommended for library collections, this book will offer information and hope for families dealing with autism.  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic.

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The Easter Egg

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Jan Brett turns her prodigious talents to an Easter story!

Hoppi the rabbit is now old enough to participate in the egg decorating competition.  Each year the rabbits decorate Easter eggs and the winning bunny got to help the Easter Rabbit hide the eggs.  But Hoppi needs a great idea for his egg, so he hops around to visit the other rabbits.  Each bunny is doing something unique and interesting and inspires Hoppi to try their technique.  As he visits, each rabbit offers him a scrap of material or a tool as well as ideas.  Hoppi tries to come up with the perfect idea, but is distracted by the distressed calls of some robins.  One of Mother Robin’s eggs fell out of the nest on onto the forest floor.  Hoppi knew just what he had to do and sat gently down on the egg with his warm fur.  Hoppi sat and sat and sat on the egg, unable to create an egg of his own for the Easter Rabbit.  But the Easter Rabbit knows just what makes the perfect egg for Easter!

Done in her signature style with one main image on a two-page spread and two smaller images on each side, this book celebrates Easter, spring, art and creativity.  It is also about self-sacrifice and giving to the community.  Brett has created a book that never becomes overly sweet.  A large part of this is her attention to minute details that make the rabbits realistic, the forest come alive, and the individual eggs masterpieces.  I also appreciate her use of wild plants and flowers as the framing for the illustrations.  Brett’s use of repetition as Hoppi travels the village of rabbits allows for a real surprise when Hoppi discovers Mother Robin and the egg. 

This book will work well with a group, though the tiny details are worth lingering over and discussing within a family or very small group of children.  Appropriate for ages 3-7.

Reviewed from copy received from Penguin.