Fast Five Friday – All hail Dr. Suess

The Lorax (film)

The Lorax (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Boy and I went last weekend to see The Lorax. I know, after my love affair with the Hunger Games you would think we would be there at the opening show. I might have been, but the Boy hates crowds and doesn’t see the point. I can’t really argue. My life won’t end if I don’t see movies I’ve been looking forward to on the opening weekend. I’m a big girl. I can wait. Not for long though – we’re totally going to see it SOON. In the meantime though we spent a kind of dreary Saturday at The Lorax. We may have been the only people there without littles under the age of 5 in tow. Meh. I’m not bothered by it. 5 year-olds just know where it’s at!

I love kids movie. LOVE them! And I love love love the Doctor. Suess that is. I know, the language is a bit nonsensical, and that can be annoying to some. But to those people I say – 1. Get over it. 2. Where’s your sense of imagination? 3. Take a minute and really listen to what the good Doctor is saying to you. He’s got some good stuff in there.

But first – a quick movie review. The Boy really liked the story, (he didn’t really grow up with the Suess like I did and had never heard of the Lorax before), but it wasn’t his favourite movie. I blame the migraine aura that started about half-way through for him. How can he concentrate on the goodness when anticipating the badness? I loved it for it’s far greater comment on consumerism than the book. I found it really relevant and expanded in all the right places. I say, grab yourself a 5 year old if you’re not man enough to go yourself and go see it.  I mean it’s got Betty White – how can you go wrong?

Anyway, this is getting to be not so fast – here are my 5 favourite Dr. Suess words of wisdom:

1. A person’s a person no matter how small.

2. Today you are you. That’s truer than true. There’s no one alive who is youer than you.

3. I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.

4. We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

and in tribute to the Lorax and this weekend’s Earth Hour:

5. Unless someone like you, cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to change. It’s not.

This is why I don’t read SERIES!

Dear Suzanne Collins,

Could you be a doll and hurry up and finish already – I really don’t think I’m going to make it until August!  Thanks, that’d be great.

Sincerely,

Meaghan

So my dear sister is a middle school English teacher, and she prides herself on her ability to find unique and engaging books for her kids.  If you have a young teenager, find her and she’ll surly give you about 100 books that they will enjoy.  She is determined to foster a love of reading and learning in all of her students.  It’s very admirable and everything – but this time it seems to be causing me some serious distress.

Over the winter when The Boy was going through books like water she brought us The Hunger Games.  It is a trilogy, and the first two books have been published, the third is set to be released this summer, August 24th to be more specific.  The Boy read them in about 4 days, he had little else to do at the time and because they are written for a younger audience, they can be quickly consumed.  Since my booklist was already full, I let them sit on my shelf for a couple months before picking up the first – at The Boy’s suggestion a little over a week ago.

Well, I’m just going to say it – The Hunger Games’ Katniss and Peeta are putting up a serious fight to dethrown Harry Potter’s Ron and Hermione (oh and Harry of course) as best series ever.  These books are AWESOME. There is just one problem… August 24, 2010 – that’s how long I have to wait to find out how it ends, I’m really not sure I’m going to make it!

I can’t even tell you too much about them – I don’t want to ruin anything for a potential reader, but here are the basics.  We destroyed North America, mayhem ensued and the result was 1 Capitol and 13 surrounding districts.  There was a rebellion and District 13 was destroyed to show the other Districts the ultimate power of the Capitol.  Just in case anyone happens to forget that the Capitol runs the show, it hosts the annual Hunger Games.  During the Hunger Games one boy and one girl (between the ages of 12-18) are chosen at random to fight in a controlled arena (like a national park) to the death.  It’s Survivor, but for realsies.  There is one victor – the rest of the children are either killed by their peers or by the elements in the arena.  Wait it gets better, the whole thing is filmed and aired on television as mandatory “entertainment” in all of the districts and in the Capitol.  And that’s all I can tell you.

Oh and this, read these books! They are SO awesome.

I’ve hand my nose burried in them for a week – unable to do anything else.  I’ve been dreaming about them for the last three nights, at times waking up in a cold sweat and scared that something has happened to my fictional characters.  I’ve got theories about how it is going to end, about the President, and about the districts. And I don’t know how I am going to stand not knowing what happens next for another 119 days!

THIS IS WHY I DON’T READ SERIES!

Pictures from here and here