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Go behind the scenes of your favourite movies

You might have been lucky enough to go to the movies in the school holidays.  There was plenty to choose from, including Brave and The Amazing Spiderman.  We’ve just got two cool new books in the library that take you behind the scenes of these movies and tell you more about the characters.

Brave: The Essential Guide gives you extra information about the characters in the movie and the places it was set.  You can take the grand tour of Castle DunBroch, learn Merida’s likes and dislikes, find out about the clans, learn some top tips for archery and swordplay, and read more about the story of the movie.  There are heaps of pictures from the movie, some of the best quotes from the characters, and fact boxes with extra information about the main characters.  I really like the ‘Who Suits Merida?’ section where the different clans say why Merida should choose them.

Spiderman: Inside the world of your friendly neighborhood hero contains everything you ever wanted to know about Spidey.  This book is chock full of pictures of Spiderman, from his very first appearance through to his latest reincarnation.  You can learn all about his costume, the man behind the mask, Peter Parker, his friends and family, his love interests, his enemies, and the main events in his life.  If you want to learn more about Spidey’s latest nemesis, Lizard, or past villans, like Doctor Octopus and Sandman, you can find it all in this book.  Did you know that there have been hundreds of different artists who have brought Spiderman to life over the years?

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Hugo movie – what do you think?

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Win a Hugo movie prize pack

If you’ve read Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret you’ll know what an amazing story it is.  It’s a magical story told through a mixture of words and pictures.  The book has been transformed into a wonderful new movie, called Hugo, by a great director called Martin Scorsese.  The trailer is really cool and I can’t wait to see the movie.  You can let us know what you think about the movie in our poll.

This week you can win a Hugo movie prize pack.  We have a copy of The Hugo Movie Companion and a Hoyts movie pass to give away to one lucky person.  All you have to do to get in the draw is tell us: What is your favourite Brian Selznick book (Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck) and why?  Leave a comment on this post with your answer, as well as your name and email address (so that we can contact you if you win).

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.  The winner was:

  • Darren

There were also two runners up who won a Hoyts movie pass:

  • Josiah
  • Noah

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Win a War Horse Prize Pack

War Horse is one of the movies I can’t wait to see.  It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the amazing book written by Michael Morpurgo.  To celebrate the release of the movie we have 4 War Horse prize packs to give away, thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont.  Four lucky kids will win a copy of the book and a double movie pass to go and see the movie.

All you have to do to get in the draw is leave a comment telling us:  What is your favourite animal story and why? Leave a comment on this post with your answer and your name and email address (so that we can contact you if you win).

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  The winners of the War Horse prize packs are:

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War Horse movie – what do you think?

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Books into movies – what’s your favourite?

There have been heaps of children’s books made into movies.  Some of the movies are really good – the actors playing the characters are exactly as you pictured them and they stick to the story.  Others are really bad and the story has been changed so much that it’s completely different from the book.  Some of my favourite movies based on books are:

What are your favourite books that have been made into movies? Add a comment and you’ll go into the draw to win a Hoyts children’s movie pass.

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Adventures of Tintin movie review

I’ve been looking forward to seeing The Adventures of Tintin since I heard the movie was being made, so I went to the very first screening on Boxing Day.  All of the pictures and movie trailers I’ve seen for the film made it look amazing and I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Adventures of Tintin is a mish-mash of three different Tintin stories, Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure and The Crab with the Golden Claws, so there are locations and characters from each of these books (minus Professor Calculus).  The opening credits really set the scene with an endless action sequence that highlights lots of different Tintin stories.  The movie opens with Tintin’s creator, Herge, making a guest appearance in the market where Tintin discovers the model of the Unicorn.  The story rockets along like all good Tintin adventures and you meet some of your favourite Tintin characters, including Captain Haddock and Thompson and Thomson.

The motion capture animation is amazing, making the characters look real while still looking like Herge’s illustrations.  The characters use their catch-phrases, including my favourite ‘Billions of blue, blistering barnacles!’  There are some brilliant action sequences throughout the movie, especially in Bagghar (this part made me crack up laughing as well).  I saw the movie in 3D but I’m sure it’s just as great in 2D.  Whether or not you’re a fan of Tintin you should go and see The Adventures of Tintin for your dose of action, adventure, and laughs.   It’s perfect for anyone from 7-107.   10 out of 10 – my favourite movie of the year!

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