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I won’t lie to you — I’m so excited to see Where the Wild Things Are. The movie was recently released in conjunction with an anniversary edition of the book it is based upon. The first edition of the book was released in 1963.

The wild things look pretty real! Photo from nytimes.com.

The wild things look pretty real! Photo from nytimes.com.

So far, the reviews of the movie have been very generous. People seem to like the children’s flick quite a bit. One of the main reasons for this is that the director, Spike Jonze, has brought a twist to the film. The original book was only 40 pages long (some without words) so it seems like it might be a challenge expanding the story. However, Jonze’s take on the book has brought great pleasure from audiences.

A main point that reviewers have made is that the movie is intended for an older age group than the book was. While the book relied on few words and simple storyline, the new movie version could prove to be scary for young kids. Those wild things look pretty real, thanks to some wonderful movie technology.

To read an excellent synopsis and review of the movie, visit nytimes.com.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen a trailer for the movie yet (which I find hard to believe), watch one at the Where the Wild Things Are website.

I’m looking forward to seeing this movie because of the nostalgia it brings. Experiencing things again from your childhood can prove to be quite rewarding — it will transport even the oldest adult into the fun loving child they once were. Hopefully, when all is said and watched, the new movie will provide just that kind of experience.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember reading Winnie the Pooh when you were a kid? Or remember reading the Hundred Acre Wood stories to your young ones? Well, after 80 years, that lovable Pooh Bear is back! Today, a brand new book was released.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is the sequel to the old time Winne the Pooh books we know and love. Of course, there is already controversy stemming from the latest book, too. Because the original author, A.A. Milne, has been deceased for quite some time, obviously a different writer had to step up for this new recreation. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not it will be as good as the original Pooh books.

Meet Pooh’s new author, David Benedictus, a 71 year old English writer with a real passion for the Hundred Acre Wood cast of characters. While working on the production of the book, he tried to keep the original integrity of the House at Pooh Corner book alive.

An illustration (by Mark Burgess) from 'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.' Photo from nytimes.com.

An illustration (by Mark Burgess) from 'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.' Photo from nytimes.com.

According to an article from the New York Times, “readers of  Return to the Hundred Acre Wood will find that time has virtually stood still in that world. Christopher Robin is back from boarding school to hang with the gang, Pooh is still silly and cannot spell, and there’s a new BFF in the circle of animals, a saucy, pearl-wearing otter named Lottie.”

I do, however, like Benedictus’ take on Eeyore. In regards to the recreation of the character, he said, “I made Eeyore a little more proactive so he wasn’t always the victim.” Thanks for noticing him.

You’ll just have to go see about this new Pooh for yourself. Do you think it’ll stand on its own as a Winne the Pooh story book or will it fall off the radar?

Oh, bother.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Looking back on my childhood, I must admit that one of my favorite things to do was read books or have them read to me. Having avid readers for parents also helped my situation, and made me the voracious reader that I am today. One of my all-time favorite books of my childhood had to have been Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Now that it’s a movie, I’m stoked.

What a great book. Photo from atomicpopcorn.net.

What a great book. Photo from atomicpopcorn.net.

The children’s flick opened in theaters this past Friday and made a whopping $30 million this weekend. Many theaters that showed the movie played it in 3D, which I’m sure gave audiences quite a thrill. It was even opened in a few IMAX theaters.

From reading a bit about the plot, it seems that the movie will differ slightly from the book, which is to be expected. It is rare that a movie stays true to its printed word counterpart. Apparently, the story starts with an inventor who wants to improve people’s lives. I’m sure you can guess where it goes from there….meatballs, pancakes, and ice cream start falling from the sky!

Actors in this film include Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader, Anna Farris, James Caan, Mr. T, and even Evil Dead’s own Bruce Campbell as mayor of the town.

For me, this movie brings some nostalgia. I remember cold winter nights, and my Dad sitting next to my bed reading me the fabled tale about the town of ChewandSwallow. Oh, to be a kid again. But if you’re anything like me and LOVED this book when you were young, go check out this movie.

Just to mention, the movie has a terrific website to check out. You can find videos, play games, find downloads and learn more about the story. Visit the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs website.

Watch out for that giant pancake predicted to land right on your school.

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