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Feb 07

Book Notes 2/7/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 7, 2022 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

2/27/2022


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Bringing Up Bookmonsters by Amber Ankowski

The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Ravenous Reader // Teaching your child to read is monstrously important, and there's no better way to do it than with everyday opportunities for laughter and play. The Ankowskis share tips to help you help your child develop an insatiable appetite for reading-- and have a good time doing it!

372.4 ANKOWSKI


How to Tell Stories to Children by Joseph Sarosy and Silke Rose West

West and Sarosy distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller. Their technique uses events and objects from your child's daily life to strengthen your relationship with your child.

372.677 WEST


How to Examine a Wolverine by Philipp Schott, DVM

More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian // This collection of over 60 stories and essays, drawn from Dr. Schott's 30 years in small animal practice, covers an astonishing breadth of experiences, emotions, and species. Schott has tales of creatures ranging from tiny honeybees to massive Burmese pythons, although the emphasis is on dogs and cats and the interesting, often quirky, people who love them. Schott's candor gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at a profession that is much admired but often misunderstood.

636.089 SCHOTT


How to Slay a Dragon by Cait Stevenson

A Fantasy Hero's Guide to the Real Middle Ages // Divided into thematic subsections based on typical stages in a fantastical epic, and inclusive of race, gender, and continent, this book is perfect if you're curious to learn more about the time period that inspired some of your favorite magical worlds or longing to know what it would be like to be the hero of your own mythical adventure.

909.07 STEVENSON


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Nov 01

The Magical World of [Stop-Motion] Animation by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 1, 2021 at 1:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

Combine the right story with animation and it can transport you to another world outside of the confines of reality. Animators and directors make a multitude of artistic choices--colors, lighting, character design, and even what type of animation to use--to how best to tell their story.

3D computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the go-to tool for today’s animated film market and it does have its place in storytelling. However, CGI it’s just one way to tell a story. Below are a few solid examples of the "original" 3D animation: stop-motion. 

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Behind the scenes of Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Stop-motion animation is photographed one frame at time, with physical objects (models, clay, and even legos!) that are moved between frames. When you play back the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement. I am continually amazed at the dedication and time it takes to create a finished story in stop-motion. From the tiniest quirk of an eyebrow to fast paced fight sequences, each element of motion is done by hand--frame by painstaking frame. In many cases, you can literally see the fingerprints of the artisans peppered throughout the work!

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Behind the scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings

Interested in this art form? Stop by the library to check out these movies for yourself:

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

DVD | PG | 2006

One of my first introductions to stop-motion were Aardman Studio's original Wallace & Gromit shorts (which are also included on this disc). I instantly fell in love with their madcap antics, distinctly British humor, and the unique animation. Their first feature length film finds our bumbling hero and his competent sidekick on the chase of a mysterious Were-Rabbit causing havoc through out Tottington. A making-of behind the scenes rounds this feature out nicely.

If you are a fan of this style, checkout these other Aardman creations: Chicken Run (DVD | G | 2000), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (DVD | PG | 2012), and Early Man (DVD | PG | 2018).


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Blu-ray | PG | 2023

When Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, becomes bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world", he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus. Tim Burton's signature visuals and haunting catchy music make this a creepy cult classic perfect for Halloween or Christmas.

Love the Burton's creepy atmosphere? Also check out Frankenweenie (Blu-ray | PG | 2012) and James and the Giant Peach ( DVD | PG | 1996)


Coraline

DVD | PG | 2009

LAIKA's first feature length film about an adventurous girl who finds a parallel world behind a secret door in her new home. But little does she know that this idealized "perfect" world contains a dark and sinister secret. A true dark fantasy film, the stop-motion animation enhances is other-worldly feel and is a perfect fit for its chilling visuals.


Kubo and the Two Strings

DVD | PG | 2016

This captivating quest film is one of my favorites on this list. When 12-year-old Kubo accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past, he must battle gods and monsters--armed only with a magical instrument and the help of unexpected companions--to set things right. LAIKA’s stunning, beautiful animation features a foundation of hand-created stop-motion animation layered with just the right amount of CGI to give this film extra atmosphere and polish. Be sure to check out the special features to get an inside look at its incredible creation process. The scale of their rigs and models--both big and small--is astounding!

If LAIKA's captured your imagination as they have mine, check out their newest feature Missing Link (DVD | PG | 2019)



Oct 25

Book Notes 10/25/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 25, 2021 at 10:22 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

10/25/2021


Get out your bags and boxes! The Friends of the Campbell Library Book Sale is November 5 and 6! More information


The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

The Scholomance Series #2 // At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year--and the looming specter of matriculation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive after. El is determined that her group will make it out alive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules.

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Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

When Gretchen Tilbury claims that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, Jean Swinney, a feature writer on a local paper, sets out to prove whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud-an investigation that sends dark ripples across all their lives with unimaginable consequences. An astonishing, keenly observed story of an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a wholly unexpected turn into a struggle between propriety and passion.

CHAMBERS


Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor by Patrick Taylor

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Irish Country Series #8 // Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Newly married to his once long-lost sweetheart, the former Kitty O'Hallorhan, he's ready to settle into domestic bliss, but there's always something requiring his attention, be it a riding accident, a difficult patient with a worrisome heart condition, a spot of grouse-hunting, or even some tricky shenanigans at the local dog races. The everyday complications of village life are very different from the challenges Fingal faced nearly thirty years earlier. Fresh out of medical school, the young Dr. O'Reilly accepted a post at the Aungier Street Dispensary, tending to the impoverished denizens of Dublin's tenement slums. Yet even as he tried to make a difference, Fingal's tireless devotion to his patients risked costing him his own true love.

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The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams

Peter Winceworth, a disaffected Victorian lexicographer, inserts false entries into a dictionary - violating and subverting the dictionary's authority - in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young overworked and underpaid intern employed by the dictionary's publishing house, is tasked with uncovering these entries before the work is digitized. As the novel progresses and their narratives combine, as Winceworth imagines who will find his fictional words in an unknown future and Mallory discovers more about the anonymous lexicographer's life through the clues left in his fictitious entries, both discover how they might negotiate the complexities of an absurd, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn, undefinable life.

WILLIAMS


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