Elizabeth and Zenobia, middle school Goth that works

by Daddy Mojo on October 16, 2017

When is a ghost not a ghost? That’s the grey area that surrounds Elizabeth and Zenobia, a mysterious book for students in Grade 5 and up. The book has a foggy air that wraps around the story for most of the book due to the fact that you’re never quite sure what’s real and what isn’t. Elizabeth is a shy, moody teen who’s just moved to a creepy old mansion where her father grew up. Zenobia is her best friend, a ghost who fears nothing and represents the characteristics that Elizabeth lacks. All that’s missing is an instrumental soundtrack from The Sisters of Mercy to make this coming-of-age novel complete.

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Middle school goth can be hard to figure, but Elizabeth and Zenobia balance the mood swings and spectral haunts very well

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It feels odd to say that Goodbye Christopher Robin is a movie that’s best enjoyed by adults; after all, Christopher Robin is the linchpin in Winnie the Pooh. That is true, but this film is about A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh and how the character that generations came to love actually happened.  If you’re a fan of Winnie the Pooh, the bear-and only the bear, then this film is not your cup of tea. However, if you’re looking for an interesting story about the creator of Kanga, Roo and the rest of the crew in Hundred Acre Wood then you’ll fall into Goodbye Christopher Robin without effort.

Before watching the film my knowledge about A.A. Milne, the author and any events that led up to the creation of Winnie the Pooh was nonexistent. (mild spoilers below)

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Much more than Pooh. The orignal SAHD. A.A. Milne and the story of his most famous creation is a well crafted film for ages 14 and up.

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 Graveyard  Shakes, a tween story of ghosts and consequences

October 13, 2017

Again, against that scenario, the fact that Graveyard Shakes is an overwhelmingly optimistic graphic is quite amazing. It does that in addition to parlaying the frustrations and difficulty of teen angst, peer pressure and trying to be your own person, as well as, being a good sibling. The book ties together all of the loose ends so well you almost wish that there was one dangling so that there could be a sequel at the ready.
Graveyard Shakes certainly has a spectral vibe about it, but you’ll enjoy reading it anytime-not just Halloween. Even though the graphic novel has a happy ending, parts of the story and multiple ghostly images might be too much for young elementary school kids.

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Win a family 4-pack of tickets to The Princess Bride

October 12, 2017

Our youngest is 6 years old and we’ve been talking about giants that really exist, rodents of unusual size, six fingered men and the ingredients that are required for making that perfect sandwich.
This giveaway is for the Fathom Events theater nearest you on October 15 or 18 at 2PM or 7PM. You’ll be asked to provide three theater locations near you, just in case the first location is booked. However, there are ample theaters to choose from so it’s not inconceivable that it’s just down the street.

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Invasion of the Scorp-Lions is age appropriate scares for older elementary

October 11, 2017

While older readers might grin at some of the chapter titles, it’s the witty banter between Benny, Carlos and their friends that keep the story together. It’s realistic dialogue that a group of 10 year old kids would have. They make fun of each other, play, know their secrets and insecurities. When I was reading Invasion of the Scorp-Lions my first memory was that of Stranger Things or Goonies. It’s that age of children, where they’re still young enough to be super silly, but old enough to be able to display their own unique personality that is fun to be part of.
It’s also quite difficult to capture. Some books make kids too sappy at that age or have dynamics going on in the family that never let the kids simply be kids.

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New all ages comics for October 11

October 10, 2017

Snoopy-What’s Wrong With Dog Lips? is classic Peanuts in a new story wrapper. When then monthly version of Peanuts stopped production they said that would continue with original graphic novels. Snoopy-What’s Wrong With Dog Lips? fulfills that promise with 176 pages of new art, new stories and a couple wet dog kisses and missed football kicks. Priced at $9.99 this is the kinds of book that kids 6 and up would kiss a friendly dog for.
With Thor: Ragnorok coming out all eyes are on the hammer. Marvel Comics Digest Thor has great Thor stories that are printed in popular-and much more compact, digest format. These are the semi-rectangular comic books that you’ll see at supermarket checkout lines. I don’t know if Marvel Comics Digest Thor will be there, but it’s certain to be at your local comic book store.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Ninth Season on DVD October 10

October 6, 2017

This set of DVDs gets us pretty close to that-and even after 18 years this show is laugh out loud funny. It was so funny that that’s why I had to check and see how long it’s been on the air. Adult audiences expect shows to not be as funny the longer they’re on television. However, SpongeBob SquarePants is in that grey area of the fact that it’s the highest rated show for ages 2-11 on cable television. At the same time the show is spot-on with satire that adults will completely understand, yet is presented in a way that is fine for children too.

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Suee and The Shadow, moody spook-noir fun for elementary

October 4, 2017

What’s really impressive about Suee and The Shadow is how well the book is paced and how it manages to maintain the surprises. This is a thick graphic novel and readers have the general plot points 15% into the story. The fact that it holds most of its central twists until the final 10% is amazing and makes the book a much more fun read than it otherwise would’ve been.
Some parent friends of mine begrudge graphic novels as books because in their words, “it’s not really reading”. I can understand their perspective. And to that crowd I would let them know that, if they were to solely look at the illustrations in Suee and the Shadow they would be completely lost.

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