Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More on the picture book controversy

Found - YA film fun, & more

It makes sense that the fate of the picture book has inspired so much passionate debate. Since the infamous October 7 New York Times article forecasting the pending obsolescence of the picture book, writers, readers, librarians, parents and publishers have rallied to voice their thoughts and feelings about a subject close to their hearts, pocketbooks and children.

As the debate continues, it was reassuring to read a thoroughly-researched article on the state of the picture book in Publisher's Weekly a few days ago, Don't Write the Obit for Picture Books Yet. In it, Karen Springen provides statistics revealing that picture book sales are actually quite steady and that publishers still love picture books. Insightful interviews with booksellers, publishers and children's book historian, author and critic, Leonard Marcus, give an accurate picture - if you will - of where the picture book stands today. If you didn't come across the article yet, it's well worth reading.

On a tangentially-related topic (how's that for a clumsy segue?) I found a delightful YA film while perusing the movie selection at my local library the other day. Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day was released in 2008, but I hadn't heard of it. Directed by Bharat Nalluri, and starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams - two of my favorite female actors - it's a sophisticated YA romantic comedy, or comedic romance,  really more of a romantic comedic romp.

Set in London just before World War II, it was based on the 1938 Winfred Watson novel. I broke my mother's rule and saw the movie first. This follows along the theme of last week's post on historical novels as an emerging YA trend. I loved this movie and I'm recommending it to my 14 year-old niece, my son, my readers, and anyone else who likes a good story well told.

Happy holiday festivities, everyone!


The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

Picture Books of the World, Unite!

I say, that's a smashing movie poster for Miss Pettigrew.

Stocking Stuffy

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

Dear Stocking Stuffy

Frightfully nice of you to stop by and comment. Hope your stocking is full of delights!

Best wishes and all that!

Lee Rae said...

Picture Books still have their place in the world! This is very good news indeed. Not that I doubted it one bit. Bad NYTimes. Bad reporting! Bah Humbug!

Regarding the movie, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, I do remember when that movie came out and I decided to wait for DVD, as I do all movies these days. In the mean time I forgot all about it till you mentioned it, Megan. Now I will add it to my Netflix list. I love Frances McDormand. I’ve seen almost everything she’s been in, especially the movies she made working with her husband and his brother. I know there are new ones I haven’t caught up to yet, but a quick search will rectify that!

I scarcely have to wonder which Pen and Ink member loved the movie poster! Besides chocolate chip cookies he loves long legs in stockings.

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

Hi Lee Rae

Bah, humbug indeed!

I'm sure you'll love Miss Pettigrew! It was such a great find. I'd forgotten Frances McDormand is married to Joel Coen. At last, everything is falling into place.

As for our friend at Pen & Ink - excellent undercover work on your part. I think you've got it! Ho Ho Ho!

Happy holidays!