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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

Today I am going to post a blog about one of my guilty pleasures. So don’t judge me, okay?

The third book in the Inheritance Cycle is the best yet! Photo from alagaesia.com.

The third book in the Inheritance Cycle is the best yet! Photo from alagaesia.com.

I have read the first two books in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I am just about to finish the third. You may know each individual books by their true names: Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr.

If you’re thinking of the movie Eragon right now, STOP IT. It was horrible and didn’t live up to the book at all. Seriously guys, read the book. You’ll be hooked on this stuff. It’s technically a children’s literature adventure series, but, like Harry Potter, many adults are now reading it.

Paolini weaves a web of a distant land called Alagaesia, in which dwarves, elves, and humans all live together in sometimes not-so-perfect harmony. Of course, all this comes after the main character, Eragon, finds a dragon egg in the middle of the forest. Little does he know, it holds his destiny. 

So now, three books later, I’m still just as engrossed as I was in the first novel. There are intense battle scenes, colorful characters, and a fantasy world that has sucked me in. Sometimes I even daydream of riding on a dragon…

But here is my beef. The fourth and final book in the series does not have a release date. It doesn’t even have a title or book cover yet. So what I’m thinking is that it won’t come out until some time next year when all the information I’ve read has been lost inside my jumbled brain.

Come on Chris, chop chop! I need to know what happens at the end of the series! The only consolation is that he usually provides you with a little synopsis at the beginning of each novel to let you know what already happened in previous books. Looks like I’m going to have to rely on that!

The most interesting that about the series is that Paolini might well be a genius. He finished writing the first book, Eragon, when he was only fifteen years old. So young for a 760 page book. Kudos, Chris.

You can find out information about the series, the author, and what is to come at Alagaesia.com. But keep in mind that they’re not giving away too much about the series. Brisingr!

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