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>Bridge to Terabithia

>Martha P.’s review is here.

P.S. re grownup movie news: go see Breach.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Thanks for the great review, Martha. I was scared away (horrified) by the Disney ads, but now look forward to going with the kids this week. L.A.

  2. >martha p rules…

  3. The Buried Editor says:

    >When the trailers first started running, but before I’d seen them, parents would wander into the kid’s section of the bookstore I work at and ask for the ” book where the kids go into a different world and fight monsters, you know the one that they made a movie of.” After the customer had assured me that it wasn’t The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that they wanted, I tended to be stumped. There are lots of kid portal fantasies on the shelf, but there aren’t that many being made into movies. Finally, someone said the wanted the “Terriby book,” and I realized that they wanted Bridge. I was horrified. It had been a couple of years since I’d read it, but I was pretty sure that the imaginary world the kids created didn’t involve any high fantasy mock battles. I’m relieved to hear that the movie is not as far from the book as the trailer would lead you to believe. I don’t think I could have tolerated another movie adaptation a la Howl’s Moving Castle or Ella Enchanted.

  4. >yes – the ads are a disgrace. even professional movie critics (adult nonlibrarians)
    have complained about the misrepresentation. and incidentally, see the letters to editor in today’s NYT

  5. >I just had to laugh (or was it cry?) when I read the review of “Bridge” in my town’s weekly paper, which says among other thigns that the movie “charts the adventures of a boy and girl who spend a lot of time alone in the woods.” The review sums up thusly: “As an allegory about sexual awakening, the horrors of middle school, parents from outer space, and the essential adorability of girls, ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ isn’t bad.”



  6. Roger Sutton says:

    >I’m being reminded of my favorite made-for-children film of my childhood–Hand in Hand, Philip Leacock’s 1960 film about the friendship between a Catholic boy and a Jewish girl who . . . .




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