Dragonflight – The Movie

/Film has the news that Anne McCaffrey’s first Dragonriders of Pern novel is being adapted for a film.  The adaptation is being done by David Hayter, X-Men and Watchmen screenwriter.

And the screaming begins in my skull.  I adore the world that Anne McCaffrey created in her novels and worry rather frantically how freaking bad this movie version could be. 

Book Reviews–Bunches of Board Books–The Second Bunch


Busy Elephants by John Schindel and Martin Harvey

The latest in the Busy Book series from Tricycle Press, this book features wonderfully crisp and clear photos of elephants.  Nicely, the photographs are also dynamic with elephants of different sizes interacting, running, splashing and blowing.  Get this into the hands of the smallest animal lovers.


Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie by J. D. Lester, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

A third board book from the pair who gave us Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants and Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug.  The book moves through human and animal grandparents interacting with their grandchild and calling them a variety of suitable endearments.  This is an adorable concept that continues to work well due to the sweet illustrations and sentiments inside.


The Little Composter by Jan Gerardi

This lift-the-flap board book not only promotes composting but has an intriguing premise where the flaps conceal the remains of the eaten food.  A jaunty rhyme moves the book forward to the end where the worms start to do their work and the garden work begins.

All books reviewed from copies received from Random House.

Book Review–Where She Went by Gayle Forman


Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The sequel to If I Stay tells the story of what happened in the three years since the accident that killed Mia’s family and left her choosing between life and death.  The three years since Mia headed to Julliard and left Adam behind, completely.  Now Adam is a rock star living in LA, riding on the fame that his songs of heartbreak and anger created.  Songs that were inspired by his loss of Mia.  But the life of a rock star is not working out well for Adam.  He has to take medication to calm himself down, is no longer traveling or living with his band, and worries that he may have to leave music behind entirely.  In one final evening before he leaves on a long tour, the impossible happens and he meets up with Mia at one of her concerts.  The two of them explore Mia’s New York, and explore the accident and devastation that caused them to pull apart.

This sequel is just as beautifully written as the first book.  Forman excels at exploring emotion, writing it in such a way that it causes readers to feel it inside their own skin.  Without overwriting at all, Forman creates a lyrical and sparking prose that rings with truth and feelings.  In this second book, she explores betrayal, abandonment, grief and success. 

The characters have nicely grown since the first book, showing that the three years have changed them but not enough to leave readers behind.  These young adults bear the scars of their previous relationship, scars that imprint so many of their choices and reactions.  And then we have the city of New York, which is almost a character herself.  The background to the reunion that serves as action and adventure for the characters.

A compelling, surprising and haunting sequel.  This is one that fans of If I Stay will be satisfied and enthralled by.  Appropriate for ages 16-18.

Reviewed from copy received from Penguin Young Readers Group.

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Children’s Book Council of Australia Short Lists

Here are the short lists for the 2011 CBCA Book  of the Year.  There are five different categories:

Older Readers


About a Girl by Joanne Horniman

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod


The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett (available in US in September 2011)

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (available in US)

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood


Younger Readers


Duck for a Day by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

Henry Hoey Hobson by Christine Bongers

Just a Dog by Michael Gerard Bauer


The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

Toppling by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Rhian Nest James

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford, illustrated by Sarah Davis


Early Childhood


The Deep End by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Mitch Vane

It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland

Look See, Look at Me! by Leonie Norrington, illustrated by Dee Huxley


Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod, illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Noni the Pony by Alison Lester

The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies by Tom Niland Champion & Kilmeny Niland, illustrated by Deborah Niland


Picture Book


Family Forest by Lucia Masciullo, written by Kim Kane

Hamlet by Nikki Greenberg

Mirror by Jeannie Baker


My Uncle’s Donkey by Tohby Riddle

Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie

Why I Love Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


Drawn from the Heart: A Memoir by Ron Brooks

Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon

Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle


Theme Parks, Playgrounds and Toys by Nicolas Brasch

Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors by Alison Lloyd, illustrated by Terry Denton

Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front by Leon Davidson