Friday, June 30, 2017

Now Playing: BFG

Perfect Picture Book Friday will return in September.
Until then,

Welcome to the Bookish Ambition 
Summer Drive-In

The Circle Drive-In from my childhood. Still open and now with double features on two screens!

Now Playing: BFG
Written by Roald Dahl
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Jonathan Cape, Penguin Random House, 1982
Ages 4-12, Lexile 720L

BFG Disney, 2016
My favorite edition of BFG,
by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
Highlights from the book? 
  • Roald Dahl's inimitable writing style
  • whiz bang vocabulary
  • Quentin Blake's timeless, expressive illustrations
  • Nicholas Nickleby by Dahl's Chickens
  • The dream chapter

Highlights from the movie?
  • Mark Rylance's performance
  • worthy special effects by Weta Workshop
  • John William's score
  • a corgi enjoying the effects of Frobscottle (according to my son)

Sophie couldn't sleep.
A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through the gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.

Movie Trailer:

Overall, I thought this was a fun and faithful adaptation of the book, while still making the most of the medium of film. The effects blended pretty seamlessly, though I was a bit disappointed by the giants. I respect the changes the scriptwriters made, for drama, pathos, and action. I could love this as much as the book, I think. My children certainly do. And though I have always insisted my children read the novel before watching the movie adaptation, I highly recommend this version as an introduction for the reluctant reader.

Reminisce with intermission commercials
from Captain Bijou on You Tube.
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What would the drive-in be like without the snack bar?

Popcorn is one of my favorite foods, but we ALWAYS bring a small cooler with Oreo cookies and milk. It just wouldn't be summer without them.

If you're craving something a bit more portable, try the fabulous Oreo cookies and cream muddy buddy Chex Mix (aka puppy chow) courtesy Mommy on Demand.

Nostalgic for a drive-in movie? There are over 5,000 drive-in theaters across the U.S. mapped for you on Cinema Treasures.

Buy your own blue tooth Drive-in speakers from Detroit Diecast

Have you seen any screen adaptations of The BFG? What's your opinion?
Have you reviewed the book? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!

Check out the Marvelous Middle Grade Monday review coming July 3, 2017.
Coming Soon: Ballet Shoes.

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