The kids absolutely loved this movie, so we were all excited to read the book. One of the most striking differences between the book and movie was tha...moreThe kids absolutely loved this movie, so we were all excited to read the book. One of the most striking differences between the book and movie was that the character of Wybie does not exist in the book. Instead, the characters of Coraline's parents were much more rounded-out, and honestly, more likable. The descriptions of the world created by the Other Mother are intense and creepy, but not at all unenjoyable for even my smallest children, while Coraline's bravery and ingenuity was definitely inspiring.(less)
I absolutely adored this book! This was my first kids' "read aloud" book for the year, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the kids did, maybe more!...moreI absolutely adored this book! This was my first kids' "read aloud" book for the year, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the kids did, maybe more! There's something wonderfully satisfying about finally reading the original work of an old familiar story, and Peter Pan did not disappoint. Barrie's narration felt as comfortable as listening to a bedtime story from one's own father, and thankfully without the "dumbing down" of so many modern children's books. I especially enjoyed catching several lines that I had heard quoted many times, of which I had never been certain whether they were original or not.(less)
Ok, I know it took me ages to finish, but it was NOT because I did not enjoy it. IT WAS AMAZING! It’s just...moreYes, I finally finished The Princess Bride!
Ok, I know it took me ages to finish, but it was NOT because I did not enjoy it. IT WAS AMAZING! It’s just that Aisling, for whatever reason, has decided lately that she does not want me to read to her (EVER), and has been causing problems every time I try to read. Every two sentences she’ll start acting up, so that it takes me FOREVER to read even one page. I’m going to let her pick the next book, and I’m hoping that will help.
In the meantime, the rest of the family LOVED The Princess Bride. We laughed, we cried, we held our breath. Literally — at one point I came to the end of a tense scene, and Anna let out a huge breath, and I laughed and said, “Anna, you’ve seen the movie, you know what happens!” William Goldman really spun a terrific tale of romance and high adventure.
Admittedly, I did feel that he carried the joke a little too far in the 30th Anniversary edition, considering that it contained nearly 100 pages of extra material — about the original Morgenstern manuscript, legal troubles with the Morgenstern estate, Goldman’s trips to Florin, and his attempts to abridge the sequel, Buttercup’s Baby. Which might have been halfway interesting, if it weren’t 100% BS, LOL. As it was, I quit after about 20 pages, and feel satisfied having read the actual story.
(The funny part is, I didn’t realize that there was a bunch of “extra” at the end of the book. So I was reading to the kids, and Mark was standing around listening when he really should have been leaving for his eye doctor appointment, and I told him, “You might as well go. There’s like 60 pages left.” So he left, and the story ended 3 pages later.)
All in all, I can’t wait to watch the movie again. The whole book I’ve been hearing the dialogue in the actor’s voices (especially Andre the Giant!), and I’m super excited to see it again!(less)