Thursday, October 26, 2006

Chew on This

One of the books on the list of titles to be considered for the 2008 Rhode Island Teen Book Award is Chew on This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. Schlosser wrote Fast Food Nation and adapted that book about the fast food industry in the U.S. for younger readers. When I started reading it on Tuesday night, I flew through the first 50 pages. That doesn't usually happen with non-fiction books so I was pleasantly surprised.

Anyone who has ever been inside a fast food restaurant needs to read this book and find out what really goes on behind the scenes. It's fascinating and I'm glad that I decided to read it even though I already read his other book a few years ago. Oddly enough, they're coming out with a film version of the book Fast Food Nation so that's interesting to think about too.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days)

Just went downstairs to Tech Services and there was a bag of newly processed graphic novels and manga awaiting my arrival. One title that I've been looking forward to reading is Bill Willingham's Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days). Just published in 2006 by Vertigo, the edgier part of DC Comics, this book brings together issues 42 through 47 of the comic book series.

Since I haven't read it yet, I'll use the description in the library's catalog: Now that they know the identity of the Adversary, Fabletown prepares to defend itself. That means forming alliances with others who are unconquered by the Adversary's legions, but the arrival of a delegations from the Arabian Homelands shows them how tricky this can prove to be.

If you've never read Fables, now's your chance. Bill Willingham and the rest of the folks who put this book together are tremendous and really creative. Let me know what you think once you get a chance to read it, ok?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hoot (the movie)

When I first heard there was a movie coming out based on Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot," I was intrigued and even though it didn't do really well on the big screen, I wanted to say it so I brought it home from the library with me the other night.

One thing I liked about it was that musician Jimmy Buffett is featured as the science teacher of the main character. He also contributes music to the soundtrack which makes perfect sense since he the book and film are based in Florida. So the Carribean sound that he is known for, works really well in this setting.

If you need to read a mystery and/or you like reading about kids who want to save the environment, you should read Hoot and when you're done, read his other novel for young people, Flush, which just came out last year!