Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Movie: Flipped

FlippedFlippedComing soon to a theater near you:
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen 

Flipped was selected for the 2003-2004 Texas Bluebonnet book list. It has been that long since I read it but it was my favorite title on the list that year.  I thought it was a terrific book for 5th grade (and beyond.)  It is a sweet and sympathetic look at kids as they move from childhood to tweens to teens.

Bryce and Juli alternate telling the story.  Second grader Bryce is appalled by Juli's enthusiasm for him and her chickens. As they hit junior high though, he decides there is something about Juli that he quite likes --  just as she is about done with him forever as he shows no appreciation for her family, her chickens or her special tree.

Much of the book's wonderful humor comes from their two different perspectives of the same events.   I will be interested to see if they even try to  translate this to the screen.  Rob Reiner directs.  I wonder how this book arrived on his radar.
 I hope the movie is worthy.

Wendelin Van Draanen website


tanita✿davis said...

Hey - I like the blog redo!

Was the original book set in the sort of atmospheric 50's? I don't recall that. Of course, it was a long time ago.

This looks like it just might be really cute.

Camille said...

I'm playing with the "look" here. Thankee for noticing.
I am almost certain that the story was NOT set back in the Happy Days. Interesting choice to make that change. I think it looks promising. Some good actors!