Mr. Popper’s Penguins Trailer

You can now check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming Jim Carrey film based on Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  It will all depend on how they twist the classic story.

Out of Sight: Sophisticated Popup


Out of Sight by Francesco Pittau and Gervais

This intriguing lift-the-flap and pop up book is really a fun guessing game.  From one page to the next, the book changes.  First it is silhouettes of animals.  Lift the flap and you get the answer of what animal it is plus a fact about that animal.  There are also sections where you guess the animal from their tracks, their fur, and their tails.  The book is great fun for young science and animal lovers.


The large format of the book will make it challenging on library shelves, but I wouldn’t expect it to sit there for long anyway.  Nicely, the flaps and pop ups are sturdy enough to stand up to library use.  The concept is a very strong one with plenty of appeal thanks to the strong design elements.  Each page is visually attractive and well designed. 

At times, the illustrations can be a bit off, making guessing more frustrating.  The facts about the animals are random and unrelated to one another, so the occasionally book lacks cohesion.

A great book for reluctant readers, this is less of an informational book and more of an inviting and sophisticated introduction to animals and their variety.  Appropriate for ages 4-8.

Reviewed from library copy.

Also reviewed by Jean Little Library.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies On

Frank Cottrell Boyce will be writing a trilogy based on the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming.  The books will be set in modern time with a family descended from the original family.  Chitty Flies Again is the first book in the trilogy and will be published by Macmillan on November 4, 2011.

The film script, which may be more familiar for today’s children, was written by Roald Dahl.  So Boyce has some big shoes to fill and high expectations to meet. 

Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming’s niece, said: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is thrilled to have Frank Cottrell Boyce, with his humour, his genius and his spanner, sparking her plugs, polishing her chrome and buffing up her bumpers. Her graceful wings are poised to take off on a new flight, with Frank’s skilful but possibly oily hands on the steering wheel."

Via The Bookseller