Ferdinand: The Story Becomes the Movie
I'm excited about this weekend's big movie release. No, I'm not talking about the newest Star Wars film. (Though, yes, I'm excited about that too.) I'm referring to Ferdinand. Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, Ferdinand is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. The animated movie is inspired by the beloved book The Story of Ferdinand. Published in 1936, the story of the peaceful, flower-sniffing bull written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson is considered a classic of American children’s literature and has never been out of print. You can find it in the Kid Zone, under E LEA. We also have a Spanish language copy.
BONUS FOR PARENTS!
There is an excellent article about the book and movie in The Washington Post. Well worth the read.
National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day? There's a Book for That!
This is a holiday I can totally support! And not just by eating things smothered in chocolate on Friday, December 16, 2017. I can recommend books, too!
The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops by Ryan K. Sager (2017)
Twelve-year-old chef Zoey Kate's Fried Banana Fondue is delectable, her Maple Cinnamon Crab Fajitas are divine, and her Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops are to die for. Zoey is the best cook in town and she wants everyone to know it. She's on a mission to start her own restaurant, but quickly learns that the restaurant industry is competitive . . . and dangerous. There are people who see Zoey as a threat, and they'll use any means necessary to make sure that she fails.
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (2017)
Aventurine is a brave young dragon ready to explore the world outside of her family's mountain cave . . . if only they'd let her leave it. Her family thinks she's too young to fly on her own, but she's determined to prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when that human tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she's transformed into a puny human without any sharp teeth, fire breath, or claws. Still, she's the fiercest creature in these mountains—and now she's found her true passion: chocolate. All she has to do is get to the human city to find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she'll be conquering new territory in no time . . . won't she?
The Chocopocalypse by Chris Callaghan (2017)
Life for Jelly Welly—or Jennifer Wellington—is totally and utterly normal in Chompton-on-de-Lyte. She lives with her mum and dad and gran, has nosy neighbors who like to gossip, and really needs to think of a science project that will get her a good grade. But when news breaks of an impending chocopocalypse, her whole world—and the world at large—is thrown into utter chaos. With only six days left until no more chocolate, Jelly has a sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right. She and her gran investigate, picking up on a mysterious trail of clues. Is it really the dreaded chocopocalypse, or is there a mastermind behind the madness?