WINNER: Congratulations to danielaweil!
We have three new favorite family videos in the Gilmore house—two new releases from the wonderful Scholastic Storybook Treasures and the latest from Hayao Miyazaki, known for his other great films My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. One lucky Barista Kids winner will win all three! Keep reading for details:
This latest installment in the nationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning, and a personal favorite in the Gilmore household, Mo Willems DVD line from Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ features three animated adaptations of stories by the New York Times best-selling author: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late; Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion; and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Narrators for these stories include Cher Willems, John Scieszka and Mo Willems himself.
Each of these Mo Willems stories come to life with the author’s trademark humor and illustrations. There hasn’t been a Mo Willems story or video that we all haven’t loved, and this one is no exception.
Another wonderful children’s author and illustrator, New Jersey native Peter Brown, gets his beloved children’s book on the small screen as the featured story on the brand-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ DVD, Children Make Terrible Pets…And More Stories About Family. In Brown’s animated tale, Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home. Her mother, however, has other ideas and cautions her that, “children make terrible pets.” Hilarity ensues as Lucy tries to prove her mother wrong in this modern classic.
Other stories on this family-story compilation include All the World (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward), Crow Call (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein), and Elizabeti’s Doll (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield).
The original stories have won many awards, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Book, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award and the Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.
My girls are big fans of Studio Ghibli films, and the latest work—From Up on Poppy Hill—is no exception. From the creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, to name a few, and written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first feature-length collaboration between father and son – and the results are stunning.
The dazzling, hand-drawn From Up on Poppy Hill is set in Yokohama in 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. This film is best for tweens.
From a screenplay by Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte’s Web) and features an all-star English voice cast including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.
To enter, tell us your favorite Mo Willems or Peter Brown book OR your family’s favorite Hayao Miyazaki film in comments.
The contest starts Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:30 am EST and ends Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10 am EST. One person who leaves a comment by September 14, 2013 at 10 am EST will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems, Children Make Terrible Pets…And More Stories About Family, and From Up on Poppy Hill.
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