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Read the Book: A moment on The Hobbit films

Adapting the works of fantasy progenitor J.R.R. Tolkien is, admittedly, a very tall order. Not only must the adaptations appease Tolkien’s incredibly adamant and meticulous fans but also introduce the wide world of Middle-Earth to those, young and old alike, who are new to its magics and intricacies. 968 more words


Watch the Film?: Meditation on Adaptation (The Maze Runner)

I am what you would call an advocate for the book. I remember once noting this to a professor who asked me why I thought that film was a lesser media – I’m not sure I responded correctly at the time (isn’t that always the way?) and – but upon thinking about it I would say this: film isn’t necessarily a lesser media, in fact it is a great way to tell story, original and retold. 1,465 more words

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September: Alternate Media

Welcome to September, brave and gentle bibliophiles! We are kicking off The Book Wars’ third year* with a surprisingly non-bookish (but equally literary and enjoyable) theme: alternate media and alternative storytelling! 193 more words

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Submissions open (again)

We have now moved to a quarterly publication. This gives us, the regulars, more time to make our work as good as it can be and you, our guest contributors, to work on your own contributions. 41 more words


Baby Faces for Baby Faces (a list)!

Who knew that babies really like to look at other babies?

Well, lots of people, really, but I’m here to let you all know again that babies love looking at other babies and faces in particular. 543 more words


Shel Silverstein: Poetry for Little Ears

I had meant to write a post about Silverstein for our poetry month a while ago, but life (literally) got in the way.

Silverstein, who had never meant to write children’s literature and who actually never even… 587 more words

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Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins was… tough. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really like it at all but I could not put it down. 757 more words