August 28, 2009

Book Flap: Dahl, DiCamillo, Snicket, & Silverstein

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This week, Book Flap (your every-other-Friday book news column) has all the latest news about books becoming movies, new series by favorite authors, and all the book news you need to know! It’s all part of our first Summer on the Splot!

FantasticmrfoxRoald Dahl Month and Mr. Fox at the Movies

September is Roald Dahl month. Why September? Well, the late author of such favorites as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches, among others, was born September 13, 1916. What better way to celebrate than by picking up one of his books to read?

And while it’s not quite September yet, you can also get excited about his books by getting excited for the upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox movie. The stop-motion movie, based on Dahl’s book of the same title, will be in theaters November 13. The movie is chock-full of famous voices, including George Clooney as the voice of Mr. Fox, Meryl Streep as the voice of Mrs. Fox, and even Michael Gambon (Dumbledore!) as Franklin Bean.


Becauseofwinndixie Kate DiCamillo Writes Another Big Screen Book

The past few years have seen Kate DiCamillo‘s novels make a big splash on the big screen. Because of Winn-Dixie led the way in 2005, and The Tale of Despereaux followed in 2008. Now, DiCamillo’s upcoming book, The Magician’s Elephant is next in line. Fox will be making it into a feature film.

BadBeginning Snicket’s Second Series

Not much news on it yet, but I’m excited to report that Lemony Snicket is working on a new series. Snicket’s first series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, told the story of the three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. As for the new series, Snicket had this to say: “I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

A_Light_in_the_Attic_coverMore Light From Shel Silverstein

You’ve probably already read Shel Silverstein‘s book of poems, A Light in the Attic (and if you haven’t, why not?!? You so should!). But as of next month, you won’t have read all of it. A new special edition is being released with 12 never before published poems and 10 never before seen drawings.

And I’ll leave you with a fun fact (because who doesn’t love fun facts?)—A Light in the Attic was the first children’s book to make it to the New York Times bestseller list.

—Carly H., STACKS Staffer

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  1. suel67

    I looooovvve The Unfortunate Events sooooo much! It is like my favorite series in the whole wide world! It is the bbbbbeeeesssttt series EVER!

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  2. kaykay112

    i’ve never read it and don’t really plan on it no offense the name mr. fox DOES NOT!!!!!!!!apeal to me at all!!!!
    sorry ’bout that but life goes on:(
    kaykay112

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  3. madababy4

    Lemony Snickets making a new series!!! Im not reaaly done with his first series im on the Grim Grotto ( 3 to last book) But i still cant wait for his next series!!!!!!

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  4. Belinda

    I haven’t read Mr.Fox’s book yet. I am looking forward to reading it!!!I have read one of Roald Dalh’s books,The Twits.That was a good book and I bet Mr.Fox is a good book too!!!

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  5. Dotsy101

    i did not kno tht snicket was coming out with a second series! i loved the first! omg i can not wait do u kno wen it is coming out

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  6. Sarah

    Books 4ever!! Ilove these series:Abby Hayes By Anne Mazer,The Penderwicks By Jeanne Birdsall,Hannah Swensen By Joanne Fluke (not a children’s series), Artemis Fowl By Eoin Colfer,Land Of Elyon By Patrick Carmen and Nancy Drew By Carolyn Keene!! BOOKS FOREVER!!!!!

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  7. boxer4356

    Cool! I love A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Name of This Book is Secret! I hope it comes out soon!

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