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Matilda is one of those delicious films that never goes out of style. After all, what kid can resist a story where the main character, a smart little girl named Matilda, is taught by her parents that "there's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from the television faster!" The notion that TV time is quality time -- absolute heresy in our homes -- gave our kids license to laugh at all of the over-the-top situations throughout the rest of the movie. And there are many: Matilda is kept home from school so that she can sign for her parents' packages. When she finally goes to first grade, Headmaster Trunchbull, an ex-Olympian who terrifies students by throwing them over spiked fences, calls kids "squirming worms of vomit" and locks them in spooky torture closets. Positively Dickens-like, who turns out to be one of Matilda's favorite authors. Her first grade teacher, Miss Honey, who also loves Dickens, turns out to be the fairy princess who rescues Matilda in this kooky fairy tale, and who allows Matilda to read Moby Dick as a bedtime story. How's that for a fairy tale ending?!
While your kids may not be up for reading Matilda's choice of Moby Dick this summer, fear not! Our Kids Off The Couch librarian, Lucy Rafael, reads more children's literature every year than anyone else we know, and has a knack for knowing which books will really appeal to kids. This week, Lucy has created a bibliography of kid lit that is a bit off the well-beaten path. Lucy's List of Great Summer Reads, designed to get kids to tuck a book into their beach bags, has something for every age and taste. This week, Lucy has agreed to share her years of accumulated wisdom as a school librarian and mom, and offers up her tips to get even the most recalcitrant reader to dust off a book (see KOTC Kernels, below). So, get cozy, and join us on an adventure between the pages.
Lucy's List of Great Summer Reads:
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Our tips for talking to your kids about this film:
Take A Summer Reading Adventure
Our Kids Off The Couch's Pix for Great Summer Kid Lit
Admission: Any book, but for off-the-beaten track suggestions, see Lucy's List
Where to Find These Books: Public libraries, School libraries, book stores
Hours: Anytime, Anywhere
Cost: Nothing but imagination
Lucy's Buttery Bits of Wisdom to Get Kids Excited About Reading:
Lucy's Buttery Bits of Wisdom about public libraries in your city: