The Hunger Games – book vs. movie

On March 23, the movie of The Hunger Games will be released. Once again, readers will have to decide which do they prefer – book or movie, or both? It should be interesting to hear what the film critics will have to say about the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ book for tweens and teens. To decide if you want to see the film, you can watch  a few short movie trailers at

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is a prolific Canadian children’s author who began writing books in his teens. Some of you may know, and have read his popular Silverwing series. His two recently written novels for Young Adults have been optioned for movies. This Dark Endeavour will be made into a film by the producers of Twilight, and the movie rights for Half Brother has been bought by two actors who are now looking for a screenwriter. Both books are compelling reads that touch on coming-of-age and friendship issues. To find out more about the books, read the summaries or watch the book trailers at

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Book vs. Movie

Last week, I book talked The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian  Selznick  which won the Caldecott Medal in 2008 for best illustrated book by an American. I promoted this book because the movie, Hugo which is based on the book was released yesterday at the movie theatres. I showed you a movie trailer last week and have found a different one which you can watch.  If your parents aren’t sure about the movie, you can show them this movie trailer! The movie has been rated as PG – Parental Guidance recommended, but one movie reviewer for the School Library Journal says it could easily be rated as G – General audience. If you see the movie, what do you think it should be rated as – PG or G? Also, after seeing the movie, are you now interested in reading the book? Students who have already read the book and seen the movie, which is better?