Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What I'm excited about!

Next year's teaching - we're including voice boards, voice emails, podcasting and all sorts of fun stuff to the online teaching which has been just text-based since I started in 2004 - so I'm definitely excited about that! Such good things can be done!

Where the Wild Things AreThis movie has divided critics and audiences. Some people have found it lugubrious, depressing with a content that falls between the child viewer and the adult viewer, satisfying neither. I loved it - I was interested in the subtext that scriptwriters Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze have given to the picture book - it seems to me a brave piece of scriptwriting. The monsters worked for me and the manic hand held camera work seemed fitting, given that the scenes are being enacted in Max's imagination, rather than the real world. I also liked the sound track. Of course, it's not the book. It's a completely different experience, but one that is satisfying and engaging in its own right. If you cherished the book as a childhood reader, you might be disappointed in that the movie creates a very different experience - as it has to.


Cartillyer said...

I haven't seen the movie yet, but love what I've seen in the previews. I think of a picture book story as having three parts - the text, the pictures and the reader's imagination, so I'm going to approach the movie as if I'm being granted an exclusive look into one reader's imagination.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Catherine
Ooooo sounds good the on line learning. Anything happening regarding junior fiction...or novel. I'm still going with this book...I think since 2004..lol. Its my new years resolution to finish the darn thing...again. Happy writing...or teaching. Carmel

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