Thursday, July 05, 2007



As I've probably mentioned, yesterday Georgia went to the movie theater for the first time. Being the kind of parents who wouldn't sit through something like Shrek the Third if you paid us, Brad Bird's new release for Pixar, Ratouille, was our pick for her inaugural trip to the cinema.

How did she like it?

She loved it, naturally. As did we. (For my money, this may be the best Pixar flick to date, and definitely in the top three.) And Georgia liked the popcorn just fine, too.

Naturally, as expected, it didn't take long for Georgia to start asking for "the rat movie" at home, since the concept that entertainment wouldn't be immediately available for her instant gratification is a somewhat alien one to her.

The solution?

May I introduce you to the Little Golden Book version of the story? We found it in the Newark airport on the way back from BEA a few weeks ago, and hid it in the closet until needed. The illustrations are by Scott Tilley and Jean-Paul Orpinas (who also did the splendid Cars Little Golden Book), the design by Tony Fejeran, and text by Victoria Saxon. It's completely charming. (And while we're at it, allow me to recommend the Toy Story 2 and Mater and the Ghost Light books, as well.) The Little Golden Book versions of the most recent Pixar flicks have been uniformly awesome, and are perennial favorites in our house.

We also picked up the beginning reader book Run, Remy, Run, which is surprisingly good for what it is. Likewise recommended, if not as much as the Little Golden Book version. And yes, we've already read both of these many times since yesterday.

My sweetie Andi & I saw the film last Sunday, and it was every bit as wonderful as I had anticipated after seeing the trailers. What fun! (Tho the image of hundreds of rats running through a kitchen will stay with me...). Warm and intelligent, it makes a nice contrast to the cooler feel of Cars.

And how cool is it that Little Golden Books are still coming up with lovely synthesis of text and art?
We've been building a nice little collection of Little Golden Books for Georgia's library, and what I've found is that the older LGBs (forties through sixties) are terrific, a lot of the newer ones are almost as good, and most of those produced in the middle, maybe not quite so much. There appears to have been a decline in quality from the late seventies through the nineties, based on the admittedly small sample size we've amassed, that turned around pretty sharply in just the last few years. Or it may just be that the only ones we've seen from that middle period are the bad ones, and there are better examples out there we haven't stumbled upon yet.
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