Monthly Archives: January 2012

Down-to-Read with Daniela: A Friend for Einstein: the smallest stallion

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Age Group:
3-8 years

Genre:
Non-Fiction, Friendship, Animals, Picture Book

Summary:
A Friend for Einstein
shares the adorable story of the world’s smallest stallion and his quest for friendship! Too small to play with the other ponies, Einstein tries befriending a myriad of farm animals. But none are quite right for inquisitive Einstein. That is until he meets Lily, an energetic friend who is sure to keep up with the wiry pony!

My Thoughts:
I could not stop smiling while reading this book! Could Einstein be any cuter?? I want one! He actually reminds me of a stuffed unicorn toy with blue eyes that I got as a child.

The pictures in this non-fiction book are really too charming for words. With full page photo spreads and just the right amount of text, this book is the perfect choice for a read-a-loud.

Experience the cuteness of real life and borrow A Friend for Einstein: the smallest stallion from your local Vaughan Library today!

One for the money

I’m really excited that Janet Evanovich’s first book in the Stephanie Plum series is now a movie, arriving in theatres on January 27th.  In “One for the money”, Stephanie Plum, former department store lingerie salesperson turned bounty hunter, meets her nemesis as she hunts down wanted cop Joe Morelli.  Since he was her former high school boyfriend, obviously things are going to be…interesting to say the least. 

 

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This is the first book in a lighthearted action adventure series, the most recent being “Explosive Eighteen”.  I admit that I haven’t read the last few, since after that many books, the plots seem repetitive.  But for the first few novels, I was quite amused by the antics of Stephanie and also her extremely funny grandma; both characters are quite the feisty ladies!

 

Reviews aren’t out yet for the movie, but I’m optimistic it will be entertaining (Check out the trailer online).  And if you are a patient person and don’t want to see the movie in the theater, you can wait for the movie to make it to VPL’s catalogue, and then add your name to the inevitable waitlist.

Cult Cinema – Rubber

Rubber was definitely the most unique, original film of 2011. And so far everybody who has seen it either seems to be fascinated by it or repelled/annoyed by it. It’s a horror comedy with postmodernist commentary on filmmaking (and I realize this sentence alone has already made some of you stop reading).

Meet Robert. He is a junkyard tire that becomes self-aware and discovers he has the power to blow up people’s heads. Sounds like the making of a B-movie with lots of wacky, bloody gore? You betcha.

Movie poster for "Rubber"

But French director Quentin Dupieux isn’t content to just crank out another bizzare one-note grindhouse film. The early moments when Robert first comes to life and unsteadily, wobbily, starts to roll along draw you in and make you root for this inanimate piece of rubber. You actually feel the same simple joy Robert does when he starts to discover how he can manipulate objects in his environment; it’s like watching a baby or a puppy discover the world. Despite the fact that this black rubber tire has no face and no discernable features, there are multiple moments throughout the film when this tire’s frustration, rage, or desire are palpable.

This movie also has arthouse elements to engage the thoughtful or analytical viewer. They include characters who know they are in a movie getting exasperated with the ones who don’t; characters breaking the fourth wall by talking to the camera; and an opening monologue about how films are full of things happening for “no reason”. But perhaps the most significant aspect is a self-reflexive commentary on today’s movie audiences, with the inclusion of actual spectators equipped with binoculars who are watching the proceedings of the film. In a very early moment of the film, before Robert has come to life, there is a long silent moment where the spectators watch and wait, but nothing at all happens. The character of a young boy says exactly what has just crossed the skeptical movie watcher’s mind: ”Oh. It’s already boring”. (And then something happens.)

Who will like this movie? People who like creative, independent cinema. People who like modern grindhouse films. People who like movies about moviemaking. People who sympathized with the lamp in Spike Jonze’s IKEA commercial despite the announcer telling you not to.

Looking for something different? Check out Rubber today!