25 October 2011

Mark Twain...love his writing or hate it?

I hated reading as a child. Hated it.

In middle school we had to read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, as I recall.

In April 2010 I finished rereading Tom Sawyer. It took me a good while to finish as I kept putting it down and having to come back to it. I am rereading Huck Finn right now. I find it much more interesting and easier to read than Tom Sawyer. Anyone else agree? I'm not really sure why though.

I tried to read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 2009 but eventually gave up on it (a rarity for me). I just couldn't become interested in it. I think, to be fair, I wasn't reading it frequently enough but it just didn't ever grab me the way I'd hoped it would.

So, do you love his writing? Do you hate it? Are there books of his you hope to read?

Hugo, the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Our whole family loved reading and looking at the wonderful illustrations in The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Our reading of the book holds a special place for all of us as we read it while we were vacationing in France. The story takes place in a train station in Paris. We visited the Musée d'Orsay, a museum specializing in impressionist paintings which our family loves. The museum is a former train station. The cafe is situated behind the faces of two large clocks. Eating in the cafe of the Musee D'Orsay was really a treat for us!
Musée d'Orsay

My review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I didn't know a film was being made from this book until I volunteered at our children's 
school's book fair last week. While working I came across this book:

The Hugo Movie Companion

I am hoping to put that book on my Christmas list this year.

I also recently saw that Selznick has another new book on the market. 
I don't even know anything about the book yet but I'm pretty sure it will find 
it's way onto my Christmas list also.  

Here is a Hugo Cabret interactive site sponsored by Scholastic:
Interactive Hugo

Preview of Hugo

Everything you'd like to know about the film on IMDB.com
I just realized Johnny Depp is in the film as M. Rouleau.
The film hits cinemas on 23 November, just in time for Thanksgiving! 
I can't wait to see this with our family.

I wish the publisher would release Selznick's books as ebooks; I think they'd work great on eInk readers.
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