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Friday, 16 December 2011

Incorrigible reads for the young and older.

If you're looking for the incorrigible child in your life, may I suggest two books by Maryrose Wood?
The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place: The Mysterious Howling & The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood
Fifteen-year old Penelope Lumley has recently graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and has landed a position of governess at Ashton Place where charm and secrets abound! Recommended to fans of Lemony Snicket and illustrated by the wonderful Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back), Wood's two books of a projected three are a whole lotta fun!

Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Colin Meloy from indie-rock powerhouses The Decemberists has written a kid's book and it's getting lots of love:
"a richly satisfying weave of reality and fantasy"
"a quick, compelling read, smoothly written with a perfect balance of middle-school-age-appropriate simplicity and more challenging writing that makes the book adult-accessible."

"...will hook you with its astonishing storyline, vocabulary and stunning artistry."

...and now, news that it will be turned into a stop-motion film!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
And Tim Burton's signed on for the film adaptation of this one. A strange story (that may be more suitable for older young readers with a taste for the creepy) with weird vintage photos throughout that will appeal to teens and adults alike.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I certainly didn't mean for this post to turn into one about books that are to be adapted as films, but while we're here why not mention Scorcese's recent adaptation of Selznick's much-loved book about a boy who lives in the walls of a train station and fixes the clock? OK, I will!

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