Wednesday, August 5, 2009

All manner of fun!

How well do you know Pigeon? Test out your Mo Willems knowledge on this Pigeon quiz at Mental Floss. Even I couldn't beat the 3 minute clock, for all my pom-pom Pigeon making ways! Though I'd like to think it was due to a lack of an exclamation point rather than a lack of knowledge of Willems' oeuvre. Has this quiz whetted your thirst for Pigeon fun? Head over to Pigeon Presents! to get to know mo' 'bout Mo or play games like Elephant and Piggie Dance or Hot Dog Dress Up (you can put COOKIES on your 'dog!).

Speaking of oeuvres of funny men, another Roald Dahl classic, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, is slated to become a film, adapted by Wes Anderson, no less! You may remember his works for grown-ups: Darjeeling Limited, Royal Tenebaums, and The Life Aquatic, among others. Now imagine that same group of actors (Anjelica Houston, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and George Clooney as Mr. Fox himself) doing the voices for stop motion animation. This could be interesting! What will those wacky movie folks adapt next? Staffer Anne hypothesizes that Michel Gondry, of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, could be - or should be - the next indie director to take on a children's classic. Your thoughts?

In other news, the World Fantasy Convention Award Nominees have been announced, and quite a few children's and YA crossover titles are listed! Staff favorites The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, and Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link are among the choices. While I do think at times that there an absurd amount of awards in the world, I hope that they can at least bring more deserved attention, and thus a wider readership, to great books.

And of course, no wrap up of news and internet tidbits would be complete without a Twilight story. In case you haven't heard, S Meyer may be getting sued for alleged plagiarism from an obscure vampire romance.

Until next time, in the far, far distant future perhaps, that I find something amusing...

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