It's very difficult to take a picture book story that is told in 32 pages or less and make a full length movie out of it. Others have failed in their attempts, usually striving for outrages stories or plots to help drag the movie along and in the process losing the premise of what the book is about. Quite frankly, even middle grade and young adult adaptions sometimes look the meaning and their stories are much longer. And while Mars Needs Moms is no exception in their adding of plot lines, they did however catch the essence of the story and thus making it worth while to watch.
For once, I don't have one of my lists for you to read, cause while there are distinct differences from the book to the movie, there is no need to list them. Instead, I'm going to simply talk about what I liked.
I liked the reason the movie gave for Mars needing mom's in the first place. It wasn't just about soccer practice and cooking. It was about discipline. They need moms who could set rules so they could steal their abilities.
I liked the family aspect, which was what the story was about. The relationship of Milo and his mom. They movie kept that including the scene in the end where the mom gives him her helmet up so Milo can breath and Milo in returns gets a helmet for her. The addition the movie made was the family dynamic of mars itself, how boys were thrown to the wasteland thus eliminating the family structure that existed decades before. And, in the end, the women wanted that structure back. They wanted their families.
_Last, I liked the addition of Gribble. This allowed Milo to have some company on the planet, someone who understands his need to save his mother, someone who was in his shoes not so long ago. Gribble was the comic relief character and he was good at it.
The second book in Kessler's Riders of the Apocalypse series finds Melissa Miller being tasked as War. Missy is a cutter, now given a new sword to wield, she struggles with her affliction and the duties put forth in front of her. This book was easy to read and I'm not sure if it truly depicted the inner thoughts of a cutter, but there were some aspects of the story I liked. I liked how Kessler circled back to events that happened in the first book, most noticeably, the on going battle between War and Famine and how War and Death are always more than just co-workers. I also like that in the end, our Missy actually stays on as War unlike the previous book where Lisa gives up her steed.
I'm not sure if teens would get any education on it from the view point of the cutting, but I do think it's worth a read. If nothing, it's an interesting story. Look for the next book, Loss, coming in March. This one is about Pestilence.
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It was nice to reacquaint myself with Dr. Seuss again. Of course, I have plenty of his other books. However, at this stage in my life I have just about read them all multiple times. It was great to read something new from him and feel like a kid again reading my first Dr. Seuss book for the very first time. The rhythm of lines flowed off my tongue like I was speaking to an old friend. It was familiar and fun.
These are meant to be some of his first works published in magazines and newsletters prior to him being published in book form. I really couldn't tell the difference. Sometimes, new writers have a different tone and voice as they grow older and gain more experience. I didn't get that from these lost stories. I was pleased.
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