Blog Posts by annetteb

Posted by annetteb on 03/27/14
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If you thought being green wasn’t easy, wait till you meet Blue!
 
Based on Butler University’s live mascot, Blue, this cute canine perspective showcases the life and responsibilities of being a university mascot. This story is particularly engaging for children, animal lovers, Butler fans, and alumnae. Packed with delightful illustrations by Jingo M. De La Rosa and lighthearted text by Blue’s owner, Michael Kaltenmark, this heartwarming story about learning to be a “good boy” and knowing right from wrong is a real treat.
 
Enjoy Blue’s first day on the job and an artful campus tour, as he does everything he can to hear his favorite words: “Good boy, Blue!
Posted by annetteb on 12/23/13
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If you're a fan of sidesplitting tales, here's the best 2013 has to offer from our own collection!
 
#5 – Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores, by Jen Campbell
Questions and quotes overheard in the world of bookstore retail.
 
#4 – Texts from Dog II: The Dog Delusion, by October Jones
If you give your dog an iPhone…you’ll have some crazy conversations!
 
#3 – Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown
Highlights from Darth Vader’s career as a parent to little Leia.
 
#2 – My Dog: The Paradox: A Lovable Discourse about Man's Best Friend, by Matthew Inman
A retrospective comic, toasting the lives and quirks of our furry friends.
 

#1 – Diary of Edward Hamster 1990-1990, by Meriam Elia & Ezra Elia
The hilariously existential musings of a short-lived rodent.

 
Posted by annetteb on 12/08/13
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“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.” -Christopher McCandless

As humans, we each have instilled within us a desire to explore the unfamiliar and to live as thoroughly and as memorably as possible. Should routines begin to dull, we are prompted to examine our own lives and passions, and to reinvigorate ourselves by pursuing the likes and interests that propel us to a new sense of meaning and purpose.

The true story of Chris McCandless, the son of a well-to-do family and his solo venture to the Alaskan wilderness, is a tale of identity, independence, and an unquenchable pursuit of the self through the simplest, albeit most unforgiving force—nature. A modern-day Thoreau, Chris McCandless escapes a tense family life and sheds all familiarity in order to cultivate a path for himself. He drops his family name and takes on the persona of “Alexander Supertramp,” as he aimlessly travels what is unfamiliar to him and lives off the land. As always, the road to adventure points West, as Chris meets a host of characters on his hitchhike throughout the nation.

Ill-equipped, yet an idealist, Chris does not survive his journey. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It's fact.) Journalist Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild retells the story of Chris McCandless through Chris’ postcards and journal, as discovered with Chris’ body. This is not a tale of death, but rather, a philosophical question of why Chris needed this journey, who he met along the way, and how he influenced others. To this day, adventurers, curiosity-seekers, and free spirits alike continue to visit the “Magic Bus” in which Chris died, along the rough Alaskan Stampede Trail.
 
I highly recommend this text to anyone with a penchant for travel, memoirs, or tales of adventure. Additionally, I encourage a viewing of Sean Penn’s film by the same title.
Posted by annetteb on 11/09/13
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"Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like you had something unique to offer the world, if you could just get people to see it. Then you know exactly how it felt to be me." 
 
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a film that embraces quirks, individuality, and good humor. It is loosely based on a children's book with the same title, by Judi Barrett.  In this story, we follow protagonist Flint Lockwood's dream of being an amazing inventor. Unfortunately, his inventions do not always succeed as planned. In the meantime, his colorful life and enthusiasm clash hilariously with his drab hometown, Swallow Falls, whose only claim to fame is sardine-canning culture. When the world realizes sardines are "super gross," the citizens are stuck eating all the leftover sardines. Pickled, fried, poached, boiled, juiced... Cue our hero!
 
Flint manages to create the FLDSMDFR, which takes in clouds and spits out delicious food. Best of all, it works! So, naturally, Flint's invention takes the town by storm. Among other delightful characters, the food weather captures the attention of amateur weather girl, Sam Sparks, who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior, and quickly finds a kindred spirit in Flint. 
 
But is bigger always better? Do we really need to tweak and lose our true selves to please others?
 
Flint's story is hilarious and heartwarming, and frankly, I enjoyed it more than the latest Pixar releases. The script and jokes are perfect for children and adults--I had to pause the film several times because I couldn't stop laughing! This film doesn't solely depend upon A-list stars to draw in an audience. I found that the characters were beautifully developed in this tale of parental recognition, portion sizes, and self-confidence. 
 
Bring a smile and your biggest appetite for adventure when you see this film! After all, "There's diem to carpe!"
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by annetteb on 10/07/13
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Have you ever wondered what happened to Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby and Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises? Fitzgerald and Hemingway’s protagonists unite in the era of McCarthyism, along with a host of recognizable characters in this delightful epistolary exchange. Authors Jonathan and Tad Richards paint a new story with Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel, situating them in a new era, and in a host of new and evocative dilemmas. If you enjoy classic texts, and a lighthearted teen-oriented interpretation, this epilogue is not to be missed.

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