Jumanji through the Years

Jumanji is one of those films I watched as a child only because it regularly played on TBS. It’s a weird movie that I enjoyed for no particular reason, other than that it has an intriguing premise that was fun to reenact with friends.

Adapting picture books into movies is always an interesting process. Picture books aren’t plot-focused so making a movie adaptation is more about representing the “essence” of the book than it is about retelling the story. Chris Van Allsburg’s premise is simple: Judy and Peter play a board that brings each challenge to life within their home. Though startled by animal stampedes and thieving monkeys, the kids have no problem powering through the game and winning. Continue reading “Jumanji through the Years”

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Though I was familiar enough with the Origami Yoda series (and a big enough Star Wars fan) to recommend it to elementary aged children looking for funny, age appropriate books, I had not read any of the books until recently. I’m only halfway through the series right now, having read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back and The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee. And, happily, I not only still recommend the series after reading it, but have a desire to read other Tom Angleberger books.

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More “A Christmas Carol” Adaptations

Plenty of classics get multiple adaptations, but A Christmas Carol is somewhere in a realm of its own. There are hundreds of film, radio, TV, theater and parody adaptations. (And probably more beyond what I saw on the Wikipedia page.)

The trend continues in 2017. Not only is there a new movie about the story, but there is a new YA retelling of A Christmas Carol as well. Moviegoers this year might see The Man Who Invented Christmas, and YA readers might read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. How do these new versions stack up against the rest? Neither is a direct retelling, so for once, the story feels semi-original!

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From a Certain Point of View

Though most other Star Wars books published this year were written as build up to The Last Jedi, From a Certain Point of View sets itself apart, not only because it is a celebratory anniversary book, but because it focuses on events the reader already knows. This short story collection retells the original Star Wars movie from the perspective of characters with minimal (or no) screen time in the movie. Though many of the short stories were great reads for a Star Wars fan, these are the ones I consider the best: Continue reading “From a Certain Point of View”

Announcing… CPL’s 1st Online Book Club!

Who doesn’t love to talk about books? Gathering with friends, discussing our favorite characters, plot points, the good, and the bad. Yet who has the time? So busy in life, we can barely make it to our work, our home, the grocery store, etc. To quote the meme, no one has time for an in person book club.

So why not join our online book club?

Starting January 2018, join CPL as we launch our beta online book club on Goodreads! Each month, read a book from a different theme and discuss it with other book lovers. Get in on the action by voting for the book you want the group to read.

This program will also be a monthly challenge category for our 52 Book Pickup Challenge.

What’s that? 52 Book Pickup is a yearly challenge to read a book a week. 52 weeks. 52 books. Sign up for the 2018 year will begin mid-January. But you can still join our Goodread’s group today for weekly threads, book trivia, and fun discussions. This is also where you can find all our online book club announcements and also vote for January’s book club book.

January’s theme- Best of 2017. Vote now for which book you think we should read here. Voting ends December 14th.

Want a sneak peak? February’s theme will be Romance and March’s Historical Fiction.

What are you waiting for? Join us for our online book club and enjoy a year of great books and lively discussion!