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Roald Dahl Read-a-long and Giveaway

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Memperingati hari lahirnya Roald Dahl, mbak Maria mengadakan event keren yang berhubungan dengan Roald Dahl. Karena gue juga memperingati hari Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem, maka nggak ada salahnya sekalian ikut 🙂

Selama satu bulan penuh, mbak Maria mengadakan event seru, ada kuis seputar Roald Dahl, dan lain sebagainya. Untuk lebih lengkapnya silahkan berkunjung ke mari.

Untuk rekapan, buku-buku karya Roald Dahl yang sudah gue baca (masih sedikit sih):

The Twits here
James and the Giant Peach here
James and the Giant Peach Movie Review here

Moga-moga masih punya waktu untuk membaca satu atau dua buku Roald Dahl lagi.

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[Movie Review] James and the Giant Peach

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James_and_the_giant_peachTitle: James and the Giant Peach

Directed by: Henry Selick

Produced by: Tim Burton and Denise DiNovi

Screenplay: Steven Bloom, Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Roberts

Based on: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Starring: Paul Terry, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon

Music: Randy Newman

Cinematography: Pete Kozahik, Hiro Narita

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Allied Filmmakers, Skellington Productions

Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures

Running Time: 79 Minutes

Budget: $38 Mill

Box Office: $37,734,758

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James and the Giant Peach tidak beda jauh dengan bukunya. Hanya visualisasinya yang berbeda. Pada saat James masih tinggal bersama kedua bibinya yang jahat, ia masih berbentuk manusia. Ketika si lidah buaya tak sengaja tertelan, ia berubah bentuk menjadi kartun, seperti teman-teman serangganya.

Gue suka sekali dengan scoring James and the Giant Peach, nggak sedangdut Charlie. Sepertinya Tim Burton memang penggemar berat Roald Dahl, karena sudah beberapa kali ia menggarap karya Roald Dahl.

Beberapa adegan diperhalus, seperti siksaan terhadap James tidak ditampilkan eksplisit, juga kedua bibi James tergilas saat keduanya berada di dalam mobil. Mereka sehat wal’afiat tidak kekurangan apa pun, hanya mobilnya saja yang penyok.

Untuk animasi, gue melihat kemiripan dengan The Nightmare Before Christmas yang juga gue suka. Mungkin memang ciri khas Selick dan Burton adalah senang dengan nuansa gelap dan mencekam. Agak-agak gothic gitu. Demikian juga dengan James and the Giant Peach yang kemuramannya lebih dominan sebetulnya.

Karena sudah membaca bukunya, gue jadi tidak surprised menonton adegan demi adegan, walau gue masih menikmatinya.

Apakah gue merekomendasikan James and the Giant Peach? Yes, tonton aja di TubePlus kalau mau menonton streaming.

Gue selalu suka dengan film tema persahabatan. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Salah satu adegan favorit adalah ketika laba-laba membuat tempat tidur untuk James, dan lalu laba-laba berkata, “You are a brave boy.” Kening James dikecup, seperti layaknya ibu kepada anaknya. I was really touched.

Lalu, ketika sampai di New York, kedua bibi James muncul dengan dandanan layaknya kuntilanak. Of course, ketebak seperti apa endingnya.

Tonton aja supaya tahu serunya film ini 🙂

 

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Books  into Movie Challenge

[Book Review] The Twits by Roald Dahl

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Title: The Twits
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books
Date of Published: June 25th, 1998
No. of Pages: 76
ISBN: 978-0-14-130107-5
Category: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Literary Awards: Zilveren Griffel (1982), Books I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards for Early Readers (2009)
Bought at: DBNC for IDR15,000
Opening sentence: Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.

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How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything — except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.

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This is the second book that I read during Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem 2013.

The Twits are horrible people who do disgusting things. Mr. Twit is a hairy man who never takes a shower. He’s ugly and smelly.
Mrs. Twit is as ugly as her husband. She was a nice looking girl before, but she gets uglier and uglier each year. She carried a walking stick to hit animals and small children.
Mr and Mrs Twit love to do tricks. Mr Twit hid a frog under Mrs Twit’s blanket, and Mrs Twit put a handful of worms and mixed it with a plate of spaghetti for her husband.
To pay Mrs Twit back for the worm-spaghetti incident, Mr Twit added a piece of wood, bit by bit until the stick was getting longer and longer. Mr Twit said that Mrs Twit was shrinking. A very nasty trick. To prevent the shrinking, Mr Twit said that Mrs Twit should stretch. And horrible things happened over and over again.

It’s a quick read, only 76 pages. The moral lesson from the story is very simple: horrible things happen to horrible people.

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If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. (p. 9)

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Submitted for:

Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem 2013 here
Fun Year with Children’s Literature here

Until next time:)

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[Book Review] James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

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Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books
Date of Published: August 16th, 2007
No. of Pages: 150
ISBN: 978-0-14-241036-3
Category: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Literary Awards: Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (1982)
Bought at: Periplus PIM for IDR59,000
Openi sentence: Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.

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It’s the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach! Come celebrate and join James Trotter and his friendsNGrasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider – on an adventure inside a giant magical peach.

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So happy that I read Roald Dahl this year. Just found this site about Roald Dahl Day. Surely it would be fun to be a kid once a year ^^. I decided to read at least one Roald Dahl’s book every year to celebrate Roald Dahl Day.

I chose this book because I’m curious about the story. I read a bit of Matilda and I loooove that book. I will finish Matilda this year, I promise. I didn’t know that Disney already adapted the book to movie. I’ll watch the movie and write the review later. It’s been awhile since the first time I joined Mbak Maria’s Book-to-Movie Challenge.

Back to James and the Giant Peach, it’s about James who lost both of his parents. They were eaten by a huge rhino who escaped from London Zoo. James had to live with his wicked aunts, Sponge and Spiker. They hate children and very cruel. They never called James by his name.
One day after a long hard work, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker scolded James who asked them to take him to the seaside. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker were furious and promised to beat him when the day’s not so hot. James ran to the end of the garden. He cried. Suddenly, a mysterioue appeared behind him. He gave him a paper bag full of tiny green things look like crystal or crocodile tongues. The old man gave him instructions if he wanted to see wonderful things. James ran back to his aunts’ house to do what the old man told him to do. But, on the way to the kitchen, James fell on the ground and all the tiny green things scattered near the peach tree.

Then the magic started to happen. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker noticed about a peach that grew on the tree. It grew bigger and bigger until it’s as big as a house. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker who were so greedy sold the tickets to all the spectators who wanted to see the giant peach in their garden.

James met his new friends: the old green grasshopper, the earthworm, the centipede, the ladybug, the spider, and the silkworm. The insects swallowed the crocodile tongue. Now they’re as big as James. Together, they were going for an adventure.

This book tells about the abusive aunts. I think it’s one of Dahl’s remarkable signature to write about miserable protagonists. The choice of words are too harsh for kids. This is not a childrens book, though the character is a kid.
I smiled a lot while reading James and the Giant Peach. I was sucked in the peach and went together with James and friends to Empire State Building. In the end, this book gives me a good feeling.
I’m so happy that I read Roald Dahl. I missed it when I was a kid. I still have 3 more books to read during Roald Dahl Day event. Can’t wait ^^

Happy Birthday, Sir Dahl.

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Most people – and especially small children-are often quite scared of being out of doors alone in the moonlight. Everything is so deadly quiet, and the shadows are so long and black, and they keep turning into strange shapes that seem to move as you look at them, and the slightest little snap of a twig makes you jump.

“What are you looking so worried about, Earthworm?” the Centipede asked. “What’s the problem.”
“The problem is…” the Earthworm said,”the problem is…well, the problem is that there is no problem!”

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Submitted for:

New Authors Reading Challenge here
Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem 2013 here
Fun Year with Children’s Literature here

Until next time:)

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Scene on Three 6: James and the Giant Peach

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Ketemu lagi sama Scene on Three edisi keenam. Sepertinya gue rada lama absen karena mengurus event yang lain *lap keringet*

Kali ini, gue akan mengambil satu scene dari buku karya Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach:

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Poor James was still slaving away at the chopping block. The heat was terrible. He was sweating all over. His arm was aching. The chopper was a large blunt thing far too heavy for a small boy to use. And as he worked, James began thinking about all the other children in the world and what they might be doing at this dens. Some would be walking in cool woods and picking bunches of wild flowers. And all the little friends whom he used to know would be down by the seaside, playing in the wet sand and splashing around in the water…

Ketika membaca adegan di atas, pikiran gue langsung melayang kepada illegal child labors yang tersebar di negara-negara berkembang. Dengan upah tak layak dan jam kerja panjang, anak-anak ini terpaksa bekerja untuk memenuhi kebutuhan hidup. Gue nggak napsu punya barang bermerek, apalagi setelah membaca artikel di blog ini dan menonton videonya, tambah ga napsu lagi untuk memiliki barang branded. Miris banget 😥

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Ikutan Scene on Three yuk. Caranya:

    1. Tuliskan suatu adegan atau deskripsi pemandangan/manusia/situasi/kota dan sebagainya ke dalam suatu post.
    2. Jelaskan mengapa adegan atau deskripsi itu menarik, menurut versi kalian masing-masing.
    3. Jangan lupa cantumkan button Scene on Three di dalam post dengan link menuju blog Bacaan B.Zee.
    4. Masukkan link post kalian ke link tools yang ada di bawah post Bacaan B.Zee sekalian saling mengunjungi sesama peserta Scene on Three.
    5. Meme ini diadakan setiap tanggal yang mengandung angka tiga, sesuai dengan ketersediaan tanggal di bulan tersebut (tanggal 3, 13, 23, 30, dan 31).

Until next time!

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