And people in the kids book trade complain about celebrity books. At least they don’t have to face Adam Sandler making Candy Land the game into Candy Land the movie.
I’m not sure if this is worse news for Sandler or the game…
OK. Totally misleading headline. But NASA is having a new conference about materials from beyond the solar system on Tuesday the 31st. Maybe they found something from Cosmos Academy!
What’s CosmosAcademy? Well, if you read Earthling! (due out in July from Chronicle Books) you’ll find out. But the NASA press conference should be interesting in any case. Keep up with it at LiveScience.com. And read the first chapter of Earthling! online at Chronicle Books! Then you too will know what Cosmos Academy is!
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I’m finishing up a new picture book by author David LaRochelle, as I mentioned in a post last week. It’s about bad green beans. Or is it green beans who are bad? They are definitely not the good, quiet green beans that grandma grows in her garden. Above is a quick sample of the kind of green beans to expect in the book. It’s almost like the cast from an AMC or FX show ala Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy. But not one of these beans has a heart of gold! They are ALL Bad Beans.
I had never contemplated disgust as a psychological reaction that has cultural and perhaps evolutionary underpinnings. And as I think about it, it’s amazing how greatly it effects our lives.
I am often inspired to write a picture book (or a short story, or a comic book) because I am suddenly inspired to see an issue from a new, unexpected point of view. That’s always an exciting experience. And thinking about the human emotion/reaction of digest and how it effects human behavior at a very profound level is fascinating.
As the article points out, disgust plays a big part in our life. Who we like, who we love, who are friends are, what things we stay away from and what we eat are often guided by what we find disgusting or not. It can even become the basis for some moral and ethical attitudes.
I can only imagine how disgusting a snail finds a human being! “Human’s are so dry and loud and they move so fast.” “And they never look where they are stepping!”
I watched The Lion King over the weekend with my daughter. I hand’t seen it in perhaps 9 years. A few things struck me -
- I am still realllllly tired of the Disney, broadway-musical-animated-movie combo. Why they were so beholden to that form I will never quite get…Thank goodness for Toy Story. When it came out it made it OK to make an animated film that didn’t channel 1956.
- It’s an oddly disconcerting film for a young viewer. My daughter had no idea why Scar didn’t like Simba and his dad. I think she needs to understand either Shakespeare or the history of Royal blood feuds. I’m just saying that the antagonist/protagonist relationship isn’t really all that dynamic or logical. Especially to a 43 year old…or a five year old.
- Do we really need more song and dance numbers? A good time to get some chips from the kitchen.
- By pushing the Baboon-shaman character into creating art and crafting utensils ETC, it really mixes up the anthropomorphic aspects of the story. I’m surprised he doesn’t carve a saxaphone and play it during one the musical interludes…
- They break the fourth wall for gags a few times and it’s just, really odd…funny asides in the middle of the film’s narrative feel really dated. It’s as if they didn’t trust the movie to truly entertain, so they keep winking, letting us know THEY know it’s JUST a silly animated film. They must have studied the On The Road films of Bob and Bing. But in those films breaking the fourth wall is is fine as they make little effort to construct a all encompassing world – they are just trying to entertain and they did it in 1940.
It was a touching, beautifully animated film that made clear the art form has come a longgg way since this was originally released.