To date, there has not been one Dr. Seuss story adaptation that I liked that wasn't animated and The Lorax is no exception. I think it's safe to say the movie makers need to stop adapting Dr. Seuss books. It's not working.
Dr. Seuss is a timeless author with over 60 timeless books under his belt. I get the need to want to capitalize on that timeless success, but after Mike Myer's The Cat in the Hat, Jim Carry's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Carry's and Steve Carell's Horton Hears a Who, you would think they would have learned their lesson. But because each of those movies had some mild success (even though those adaptations were also pretty bad), movie makers just keep on going. I'm afraid to see which Dr. Seuss book is next.
Taking the line from the Once-ler's musical number (yes, there are musical numbers in the movie): How Bad Can I Be? Well, here's a small list:
The third book in Kessler's Riders of the Apocalypse series, finds a young boy being tasked as Pestilence. All his life, Billy Ballard has been bullied. Never finding the courage to fight back, Billy went through life accepting his fate. That was, until Death came to his door step. Tricked by Pestilence when he was just a boy, Billy must now wield the bow and become the white rider. Well, half the rider anyway.
With this story, Kessler again brings forth a dark truth of our world, bulling. As someone who wore glasses growing, I have experienced my fair share of teasing, but nothing as extensive as what Kessler writes about. And what's scary, is that I know it happens. I liked Billy has the reluctant hero. There was something different about him from the girls in the previous two books. And what I've always liked about this series is the end where Kessler forces these characters to come face to face with their demons. Billy is no exception.
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Oddly enough, I really like this series. I am hoping it ends soon so I can get to the outcome. I want to know if they succeed and save the school. I can't help it. I'm inpatient and waiting for these books to be written and come out is driving me crazy.
As always, I'm still a fan of the sketches. What I like most is the different colors each of the books have. They all start with black, but the first had blue, the second red and this third one has orange. I'm curious as to what the next color will be.
I like the Keepers. Up till now it's been Ben and Jill, but this book adds a new member to the keepers, Robert. What I like about Robert is the notion that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Ben has always had these preconceived notions about Robert and this book shows just how wrong you can be about people. I also think Robert brings an interesting dynamic to the group: a cocky genius.
I also like Lyman has our bad guy. He’s scary enough to give the kids an enemy, but not too scary that readers won’t read the books. I just hope he gets what’s coming to him in the end.
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