Diary of a Wimpy Kid: THE MOVIE!


Okay, okay…I know we just posted a bunch of super-cool movie trailers (coming soon to a theater near you!) And to be honest, I was reeeaaalllly hoping to post this one then, but it wasn’t out just yet. But it is now! It’s the trailer for the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid MOVIE!

Now…whenever they make a book you really like into a movie, it’s sort of a mixed bag. Some of the characters look perfect, while others don’t look anything like you pictured them, right? Well…with this movie, it’s really interesting to see who’s playing the characters, because we’re used to them being…er…pencil drawings. So what will it look like, when the pencil drawings are…people?!

The answer? Awesome. Check out the trailer for yourself…and if you like what you see, you can see it on the big screen starting April 2nd!



The Printz GOES BOVINE!


Hey Bits and Bramblers! You’ve heard of the Michael L. Printz award, right? It’s a pretty important teen literature award. And it’s kind of a big deal…some pretty amazing books have won the award, like John Green’s Looking for Alaska and An Na’s A Step From Heaven (both of which made of Best Stand-Alone Teen Books of the Decade list!)

Well, the winner of the 2010 Printz Award was announced yesterday…and it’s Going Bovine, by Libba Bray!

Now, I was lucky enough to read the book over the summer, even though it wasn’t technically published until this fall. (Thaaaaat’s right. One of the perks of being a librarian? Reading books before most of the world is even allowed. It’s just as awesome as it sounds.)

Going Bovine tells the story of sixteen-year-old Cameron Smith. His parents think he’s a slacker, his super popular sister pretends not to know him at school, and he hates his job at a fast food place. Although, things change pretty fast when he starts seeing flames shoot out of nowhere. Then he’s diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob—otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease.

After that, he meets Dulcie, the angel with hot-pink wings. And Gonzo, the hypochondriac dwarf. And don’t get me started on the Balder, the Norse God. In fact…you know what? Why read to my description when you can watch the author herself—in a cow suit, no less—explain things? Then you’ll be better prepared to tackle new award winning book!




Think Spring, and GRAB YOUR POPCORN!


It’s Friday, Bits and Bramblers! Not only is it Friday…it’s not snowing! After the sixteen or seventeen straight days of snow, isn’t it great to see the sun? Okay, so maybe the sun’s not technically shining, but…it’s still not snowing, so…there’s that, at least. Why don’t we distract ourselves by watching some trailers for movies, which are coming soon to a theater near you?

First up, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Not only is it a great book series (after all, the latest book made our list of 2009’s Best Teen Books!) the movie looks really cool (and also makes me slightly nervous about taking the elevator here in the library. Yikes…) The movie opens February 12th:



Next, we have another movie based on a classic book. This time, it’s Alice in Wonderland. The special effects look amazing, and we know the story is awesome, it’s just…for some reason, Johnny Depp rocking the orange hair and crazy eyes…frightens me a little. Really. (Although…girls? How awesome is this?!?!) You can see it on the big screen starting March 5th:


Last but not least, we have a movie that comes out on May 21st (when “freezing drizzle” and “snow flurries” will be a far, far away memory. We hope.) It’s Shrek: Forever After! In 3-D!



Book Trailers and Second Chances


So…you might have noticed that we’ve been making a lot of book trailers here at Bits and Brambles. There’s no real reason, other than…well, they’re fun . What’s not fun about movie trailers for books?! And the thing is…making them is sort of like eating potato chips. Once you create one, you sort of…can’t stop. You start thinking about all these other awesome books you read, and how easy it would be to make a book trailer.

And trust me, we have a lot of awesome books to share. Like Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.

The book is a few years old—it came out in 2007. I remember that I started reading it right after it was published, and I sort of…never finished it. The thing is, I don’t really remember why. I think I was reading a couple different books and it was just one of those crazy-busy months, so I just…returned it. But then a lot people kept telling me how good it was (and they’re usually not wrong.) The book was so popular, it was made into a movie in Japan! And Emma Roberts and Anton Yelchin are in it, and everything!

And when it made the list of our Best Stand-Alone Teen Books of the Decade? I decided to give it another shot. Which was a very good idea, because this time? I seriously couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen with Naomi, Will, and James.

So…let that be a lesson, Bits and Bramblers. If at first you’re just not that into a book, feel free to try again. Because you don’t know what you’re missing until the very. last. page. (Which is why I’m not giving up on The Hunger Games, even though I’m…just not that into it…yet. But too many of you have told me how awesome it is, so I’ll keep reading!)

And you should believe me, and check out Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. But if you’re still not sure…maybe our book trailer will convince you!
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