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Movies + Books = A Very Entertaining Holiday Season

November 28, 2012

Every holiday season new, big budget movies come to our local theaters. Many of these movies are based on or inspired by books and sometimes the movies lead to the publication of tie-in books that are ready for kids, and grownups, who want to know more about the story. I’ll admit that after I saw the movie Jaws, a very long time ago, I went out and borrowed Peter Benchley’s book from the library because I was fascinated by this story, and ok, the sharks too.

Today we’re sharing some of our Random House titles that tie in with the 2012 holiday movie releases.

Wreck It Ralph LGB

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is a computer-animated feature film about a video game villain who wants nothing more than to be the good guy for a change. But when Ralph finally gets his chance, he discovers that being the hero isn’t as easy as it looks. Soon the entire video game world is at stake, and if Ralph doesn’t play to win, it could mean “Game Over” for every game in the arcade. Disney’s latest blockbuster hit theaters on November 2nd and features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. Wreck-It Ralph is entertainment for the whole family, and after you see it you can make a pit stop at your local bookstore to pick up a book for the kids to keep the fun going. We have options for all ages:

Wreck It Ralph Game On SIR

 Game On! is a level 2 Step into Reading paperback based on the film and is perfect for kids ages 4-6.  And for younger fans (ages 2-5), check out Wreck-It Ralph Little Golden Book (pictured above).

Wreck It Ralph Chapter Bk

For the older kids (ages 6-9) try an exciting Chapter Book retelling of the story, I’m Gonna Wreck It!

Abe Lincoln's Hat SIRFor the youngest fans curious about Abraham Lincoln, they can start with the Step Into Reading title Abe Lincoln’s Hat. In this early reader you’ll learn all about a man who would be one of our greatest presidents, but who started his professional life as an absent-minded frontier lawyer. And how he made good use of his tall hat by filling it with necessary items that he needed to do his job. Forgetful, but very clever.

Abe Lincoln at LastMary Pope Osborne has truly made history fun as she’s covered so many subjects in her “Magic Tree House Series”, and now our friends Jack and Annie have an adventure in which they meet Abe Lincoln. In Abe Lincoln at Last Jack and Annie travel back to 1861, hoping to meet Abe Lincoln, but first have to help out an orphan boy before helping a busy President Lincoln save the nation from crisis.

Abe Lincoln Fact TrackerAlso available is the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln, the non-fiction companion to Abe Lincoln at Last. In this volume we find out the answers to questions like “What was it like to grow up in a log cabin? How did Lincoln become president? What was his family like? Why did the US fight the Civil War? Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits”.

Lincolns by FlemingAnd for more on Abe Lincoln check out our recent guest post from Author Candace Fleming about her Horn Book Award-Winning Book The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary here.

Les Miserables Bantam MMkt Ed

Les Miserables Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, a reading list staple and a tremendously successful musical has finally come to the big screen. You know there’s so much more in the book that couldn’t possibly have found it’s way into a 2-3 hour movie, so why not pick up the book? Covering all of the age groups you’ll find the novel for older readers and grownups, and there’s also an abridged version for curious younger readers available. Les Miserables Stepping Stones Ed

For readers and moviegoers interested in French history and the French Revolution,we recommend the YA novel Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. A fantastic story, or stories, in which contemporary and historical events are seen through the eyes of a teen dealing with a loss and discovering a new perspective on the French Revolution as she does research for a school project.Revolution Jennifer Donnelly

I was first drawn to Anna Karenina after watching Dr. Zhivago on TV when I was in high school, and I loved the old movie of Anna Karenina (also in black and white on TV). Lucky for me, and other fans of this story there’s a new movie of Anna Karenina coming out very soon! For older readers and adults who are looking forward to this movie, now you can read, or re-read the complete story, and delve into the screenplay by Tom Stoppard, too.

Anna Karenina Vintage Ed

Anna Karenina Screenplay

If you’re hungry for more Russian-themed stories, Robin Bridges “Katerina Trilogy” which starts with The Gathering Storm and continues with the recently released The Unfailing Light might be for you. In book one we are introduced to Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, a girl with a dark secret…she’s a necromancer. That’s right, she can raise the dead. She’s never shared this secret with anybody, especially not her family and friends. Combining magic, history and even romance, this thriller set in 1880s Tsarist Russia is filled with twists and surprises. And don’t forget the romance. A perfect read for before or after seeing or reading Anna Karenina.

The Gathering Storm

The Unfailing Light

Thanks for joining us today at RAoReading, we hope you’ve got a few new books to add to your to be read pile for before or after a trip to the movies!

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

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  1. November 28, 2012 6:07 pm

    I love movies made from books, as long as they’re good movies! Just not sure I’m going to like Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, one of my favorite reads from college. Might be high time I re-read the book, though. Thanks for the reminder.

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