The Changeover – in all forms

Always good to read the book before watching the movie – I’ve just embarked on Margaret Mahy’s Carnegie Medal winning novel The Changeover (1984).
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Stuart McKenzie’s and Miranda Harcourt’s film version (Firefly Films) releases on 28 September.  Check out the trailer HERE.

Miss Twelve and friends are meanwhile entranced by the you tube clips on #MakingTheChangeover.

Nice moves by Radio New Zealand who are presenting the original 15-part adaptation of the book read by Miranda thirty years ago (adapted for radio by Carol Dee). Marvellous.

Find it HERE. 

RNZ also features an review of the re-realeased book by Hannah August HERE.

“BIM BAM BOOM” by Frederic Stehr

 

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Early picture books often strive for pleasing rhythm but author Frederic Stehr celebrates the discordant mess it can be in his new book “Bim Bam Boom” (Gecko press, Sept 2017).

Bashing things together to create sound and rhythm is a primal drive – the very young understand this perfectly but grown ups lose touch with this simple pleasure.

 

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Mother Owl certainly fails to find the joy in Baby Owl and friends thrashing a miscellany of her cookware. Or as the young birds rightly assert – “making music!”. Stehr captures their delight (and the cacaphony) perfectly with his simple line drawings and clever layering of text.

 

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Baby Owl gaily bangs a pot with wooden spoons – BIM BAM BIM BAM BIM. One by one her friends join her. Canary finds pot lids – TISH TISH TISH. Sparrow returns with a bowl and ladle – BOOM BOOM BOOM. Chick and Raven join the band!

 

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But it’s all over when a slightly wild-eyed Mother owl confiscates the instruments, telling the dejected little birds she’ll be back.

 

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She’s somewhat redeemed when she flourishes a delicious cake.  Replete, the youngsters wonder what to do next… and the story ends with a twist and an amusing finale on the back cover.

 

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“BIM BAM BOOM” is a simple, playful board book for toddlers. We love it.

 

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With thanks to the Gecko Press for the review copy : )

“Accumulated Power”

Just found this treasure – Margaret Mahy on the power of books and memory here in her piece on childhood favourites.  “The voices of my dead parents come to me out of the story, setting up profound sympathetic resonance in that echoing inner library, both voices mingling with mine as I read..”.

From the March/April 1997 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Family Reading.

Source: “Accumulated Power”

“What Makes a Children’s Book Good?”

Okay, clearly I’m trawling for blog minnows and in a New York state-of-mind..

This article by New Yorker magazine’s Adam Gidwitz is brilliant.

“A second-grader once asked me for ‘a really, really good book,’ and I asked him, as librarians do, what he considered a good book. He eyed me with thinly veiled impatience and replied, ‘Medium-long with poisonous snakes.’ ”

(Laura Amy Schlitz, in her 2007 Newbery Medal acceptance speech)

Read it HERE