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BOOK REVIEW: “Hibernation Hotel” by John Kelly

This is the humorous story of a bear who wants to hibernate in peace. Each year he cuddles up with his buddies for his long winter's nap, and each year his friends snore, crowd, and stink up his cave. This year the bear decides to reserve a hotel room so that he can slumber in peace and comfort--but he just can't fall asleep! He's too hot, then too cold, then too hungry. Will his hibernation never begin? Just as he begins to despair, his friends show up and they all fall asleep. Although the hotel room is now noisy, stinky, and crowded. This is a funny little story with great illustrations, and makes a perfect winter-time tale. The message of the story is that sometimes what one wants isn't really what one needs. Bear wants solitude but finds that he is happier and more relaxed when he is surrounded by his friends. The bright pictures accentuate the story and hold the reader's attention from page to funny page. The humorous premise of the story is also delightful. A bear taking up residence in a fancy hotel is amusingly pictured on each layout to go along with the story line. This isn't a deep book, but is a very entertaining tale.

 

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From Rachel Wadham, Host, WORLDS AWAITING


DISCLAIMER:

At Worlds Awaiting we discuss a wide range of information aimed at supporting adults who want to build literacy skills in their children.   We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to children’s development, so the information we provide is intended to reach a wide audience. The books and other resources we recommend will also naturally cover a wide range of interests and subject matter that addresses a range of maturity, reading, and comprehension levels.  Since no one understands a child’s needs better than their caretakers, we encourage families to critically select the books and resources that meet their own individual needs and standards.

 


 

MONOLOGUE: The Batchelder Award

Those familiar with the field of children’s literature will have heard of our two most prestigious book awards given yearly by the American Library Association. The Newbery Award is given to the most distinguished contribution to literature for children and the Caldecott Award is given to the most distinguished picture book. However, these are not the only children’s book awards given by the American Library Association.  And while I love to encourage people to read and enjoy the Newbery and Caldecott books, I also encourage them to check out other awards to expand their reading horizons. 


One of my personal favorites is the Batchelder Award. Books that win this award were first written and published in a different language and then they were translated into English to be sold here in the United States. I love this award first and foremost because it encourages publishers to translate works into English. The award criteria require the translation to be true in substance and flavor to the original work so readers can be assured that the quality of these translations is very high. I also love this award because it gives readers access to works that may not have been accessible to them before. The range and scope of books that win this award is very wonderful to see. In my mind, this award encourages readers to delve into a trove of stories that express the richness of the global society we live in. 


For example, a now beloved author, Cornelia Funke, who wrote the book Inkheart that was made into a movie starring Brendan Fraser, was one author who won this award. For older teens, one recent Batchelder winner that I enjoyed was My Family For the War by Anne Voorhoeve. This is a  story about a girl who escapes Nazi Germany on the kinder transport. The book covers the whole of World War II and offers a heartfelt and interesting look at the impact of the war on one child’s life. Another favorite for younger children that tackles a very poignant topic is Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, which addresses the realities of life and death when four children try to prevent death from taking their grandmother away. But even if these two don’t catch your fancy, then we here at “Worlds Awaiting” suggest you check out the other Batchelder Award winners for a long list of amazing books from which you may just find a new favorite.

   

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Scholastic, 2003.

My Family For the War by Anne Voorhoeve. Dial Books, 2012.

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolote Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop.  Enchanted Lion Books, 2016.

 

From Rachel Wadham, Host, WORLDS AWAITING


DISCLAIMER:

At Worlds Awaiting we discuss a wide range of information aimed at supporting adults who want to build literacy skills in their children.   We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to children’s development, so the information we provide is intended to reach a wide audience. The books and other resources we recommend will also naturally cover a wide range of interests and subject matter that addresses a range of maturity, reading, and comprehension levels.  Since no one understands a child’s needs better than their caretakers, we encourage families to critically select the books and resources that meet their own individual needs and standards.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: Life of the Party

Life of the Party, 4/11/18, 1hr 45min. PG-13

Life of the Party is the latest film from Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. He directs his wife in this funny film about a woman whose husband abruptly asks for a divorce and she realizes she has been missing out on life. To make up for it she decides to finish her degree that she never finished at the same college her daughter is attending.  This is the same premise as the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School, but that was 1986.

Fortunately this film is more up to date and is original. This is the first time Falcone and McCarthy have written a PG-13 film and they did a pretty good job.  Life of the Party starts a little slow when it comes to comedy but there is one scene in the middle that had the audience howling with laughter. 

Melissa McCarthy is a funny woman.  She can do comedy very well including physical comedy. Plus she can carry a movie all on her own.  She does a great job, as does the supporting cast of college girls including Hellen played by Gillian Jacobs.  I don’t know if she improvised her lines but they were funny.

Just because this film is rated PG-13 does not mean the humor is meant for kids.  The film is funny but it is meant for an older audience.  A lot of the humor is sexually based and deals with alcohol and drugs. There is quite a bit of drinking of the film mostly at frat parties plus some drug references.  There is some bad language and references to genitalia. 

I am giving Life of the Party a B grade.  

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