Saturday, September 13, 2008

Attack of the Return of the Sequels

We've all experienced it. The satisfying yearning a great movie leaves in its wake. We want more and can't wait to get it. And yet, wait we must. We wait and we wait and we wait. And then the glorious day arrives and we head out to the Cineplex with great trepidation and about a hundred dollars for Goobers, Dots, Mikes and Ikes and Whoppers. Hey! A Chick gets hungry watching movies!

And when all is right in the universe and the stars are aligned, the sequel brings us great joy and new and wonderful friends like this:

And we love it and celebrate by diving beak-first into our extra large buttered popcorn and gulping down a king kong-sized lemondade and squirming in our seats for the next hour because the sequel is too delicious to miss even a minute.

Of course, sometimes, we make friends like this instead:

Then, we are a little sad and bury ourselves in our extra large and very heavily buttered popcorn and king kong-sized lemonade and squirm in our seats because we know that if we leave the theater for even a minute, we might not come back.

Alas, movie sequels are tricky things. Sometimes they make our fluffy yellow hearts sing. And sometimes, they don't. Same goes for book sequels. And here are a few of our recent favorites. Read them, you must!

Not a Stick
by Antoinette Portis
HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780061123252
Sequel to Not a Box
Just as delightful as the first one. A great way to jumpstart young imaginations!



Millie in the Snow
by Alexander Steffensmeier
Walker & Company
ISBN: 9780802798008

Millie and her farm friends are back for a holiday romp with a deliciously fun ending!


Mr. Gum and the Gingerbread Billionaire
by Andy Stanton
HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780061152450

Another fun chapter book for readers who like their humor on the wacky side!


Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story
written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd
Atheneum
ISBN: 1416957966
Sequel to Mr. Pusskins

Poor Mr. Pusskins. His life with Emily used to be so perfect. But then she invited a kitten into their cozy home, and that kitten was trouble. Mr. Pusskins fans will not be disappointed--he is as grouchy and lovable as ever!

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing thank-you Notes
by Peggy Gifford
Schwartz & Wade Books
ISBN: 9780375842702

Moxy, our favorite girl with moxy, is back and once more, her procrastination lands her in trouble. This sequel brings back one of our favorite spunky characters from last year and adds a surprise emotional punch to boot.

So what are your favorite sequels? Any Yodas or Jar-Jars you've read lately? Do tell!

4 comments:

Jenny said...

Both Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend and Scaredy Squirrel Goes to the Beach. Not as good as the original, but still wonderful books.

Andrea Beaty said...

Oh yeah! We love Scaredy Squirrel! The interesting thing about sequles is that they never can be as fresh as the original. I read the 2nd Scaredy Squirrel book first and then found the original not as funny. The surprise and thrill of finding something new is such a lovely thing.

Andrea Beaty said...

Oops. Meant to say "sequels" though I also find Sequles very interesting!

Ginny said...

How about Mo Willem's Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny, Too: A case of mistaken identity!
Nuffle!!! Ka Nuffle!!! Nuffle!!! Ka Nuffle!!!