On Netflix website, it was announced that Roald Dahl's book would make its animated adaption at Netflix. Best selling books such as The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Going Solo, The Magic Finger, and much more will be made available for every children and adult that admired Roald Dahl's beloved tales.
As Roald Dahl's widow, Ms. Felicity Dahl put it, "our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl's stories. This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be trilled."
Ms. Melissa Cobb, NetFlix's Vice President of Kids & Family Content stated, "...We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journey of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values."
Based on the book How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, The Grinch has taken the number one spot at the box-office throne. The movie has made $65 million so far. Scott Moiser and Yarrow Cheney directed the Dr. Seuss's classic tale. The Screenplay were written by Mr. Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow. Taking the title role of The Grinch is the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch.
The film was released by Universal Pictures and Illumination . There has been two adaptation of this children book. The first being the cartoon television special(1966) and the other was a live-action film (2000).
Mr. Henrik Tamm has worked as a conceptual designer in Hollywood for such film as Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Edge of Tomorrow, Shrek, The Chronicles of Naria and much more. He's also an illustrator and, at times, an artist. For now I'll mainly focus on his superb talent as a children author in which he wrote about a Ninja named Timmy. This outstanding book series has been translated in eleven languages and so far there has been four books in the series with more to come. So fellow readers, thanks for stopping by to get to know Mr. Henrik Tamm and his current work.
1. How did the idea of Ninja Timmy came to you?
While visiting Beijing, some friends and I were eating cake one evening on the roof of a building in the oldest part of the city. A grey cat approached us from across the rooftops, insisting on having a taste. It made me wonder what his life was like, who is friends were, and what he might look like in a ninja suit.
2. Do you ever get writer’s block when writing Ninja Timmy series? What do you do to get back on track?
Sure, of course I do. I often just skip the section I’m having difficulty with, and write a scene that’s clearer in my head, or simply more fun. That in itself will often inform the section I left behind.
3. How many drafts did you do for the first Ninja Timmy novel?
I wrote the first draft very fast, while hanging out at Lake Como in Italy. After that followed countless revisions and many rounds with my editor. I forget how many.
4. What’s your favorite sentence/dialogue from Ninja Timmy series?
I like the Blue Rabbit’s inner monologue. His reasoning for justifying his actions. I think it’s good because it’s truthful - anybody can identify with wanting a real soul. I tend to have the most fun when writing the antagonist point of view.
5. Do you have a goal to write a certain number of words a week or when inspiration strikes?
I don’t, really. But if I’m not on a film, I do write every day. Sometimes I write three thousand words, other times fifty. A good day for me is a thousand words. I’d love to say that I have a strict schedule, but I don’t. I tend to write in spurts. A whole chapter in a single evening, then spend several days tinkering with it. I do want to get to a place where I have a regular work-schedule.
6. Is there a possibility that Ninja Timmy series could be in visual media?
Yes, and I’d love that. My background is with film, and I think the books would make a wonderful kids television series or even a film. There has been talks with various studios, but nothing has materialized yet. I’ve been approached about computer games as well, and am open to that.
7. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
How lonely it can be. In film, I was always surrounded by other creatives, and we were all working together to create something bigger than one person could ever produce. I love being the sole author/creator, but I miss the camaraderie of film.
8. Where is your favorite place to write?
Lake Como. Ha. that’s where I wrote the first book, and it was great. A bit of a once off, but it got things going. Now, I write mostly at home in my studio, but also venture out sometimes - cafes or bars. It’s tricky to find a spot that’s private, yet buzzing, if that makes sense. I’ll often wear my earphones and listen to the sound of rain where I write.
9. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For Timmy, here and there, and not for very long. Honestly, I create most of those stories from scratch. It’s fantasy, and I love making up worlds and the characters who inhabit that world. That’s what I’m good at. Making stuff up. If there is a detail about how a submarine works, or how steam power might make a motorcycle run, I’ll read about that, or watch a video about it. But I have other book projects in the works that are much more research-heavy, involving the inter-war years, and old Scandinavian history. Too much research can bog me down, so it’s a balancing act.
10. As a young person, who did you look up to most in regard to illustrating and writing?
As a kid, I was a huge Frank Frazetta fan. Star Wars made a huge impact on me as well. I later worked with Joe Johnston, one of the main illustrators on the first Star Wars films. He was directing at the time, but I remember once he came into my office and corrected my perspective on a drawing. That was pretty special.
As I matured, I adored the painting of Anders Zorn, the Swedish artist.
For writing, I read tons of fantasy as a kid, everything from Tolkien to the Dragonlance series. And of course Astrid Lindgren! Nowadays, I love the writing of Paul Auster, Neil Gaiman (who doesn’t), and find much joy in Le Carré. His writing is just so elegant.
11. What is your current favorite book?
The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker. I also loved Pax, by Sara Pennypacker.
12. Are you a morning writer or night writer?
Night, definitely. Something about the stillness, and knowing everybody responsible is getting a good night’s rest for the workday tomorrow.
13. (fill in the blank question): If I wasn’t afraid I would_ignore this question__
Ha. Seriously, fear hasn’t really been a problem for me. Not as far as my work goes, anyway. I decided early on I wanted to be a conceptual illustrator for film, and I did that. To a very high level. Shrek is known across the world, and I had a ton to do with that film. I’m proud of that. Then I decided to start writing, and that’s going pretty well. Oh, I do love racing cars, but don’t have the balls to risk my life the way you’d have to to become really good.
14. What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?
Just walk around in the snow, if there is any. The forest, the city, it doesn’t matter. I used to ski a lot. I live mostly in Los Angeles now, and rain is our winter fare.
15. What do you like best about yourself?
My imagination and my determination. It’s a tie.
16. What advice do you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
To be smarter with money, I guess. Buy a house, settle down sooner, that kind of thing. But I was never very good at listening. Then again, if I had been, I might not have become an artist or a writer.
17. As conceptual designer in Hollywood, which movie did you have the most difficulty creating its world and how did you overcome that challenge?
Each film poses its own unique challenge. I think you have to pay attention to the tone of the story and specific taste of the project’s helm. That said, the first Narnia film was tricky, since not much prior art had been created for C. S. Lewis’ world. I wanted to push it more fantastical, more whimsical, but the director wanted to stay more realistic, so I had to respect that wish.
18. Last question, what is the one thing everyone should eat or drink if one should visit Sweden?
Sill! Or herring, as it’s known to the rest of the world. There are many varieties, and is often locally made, cured with local spices. Goes well with snaps, a very strong spirit. Each country has its own specialty snaps.
I'll definitely try out sill (a.k.a herring) wherever I find one especially if I get the chance to visit Sweden. Thanks to Mr. Henrik Tamm for agreeing to do this interview. Everyone should look into his Ninja Timmy series. If you want to get to know more of him then please check out his website as well:www.henriktamm.com/about/. As always, thank to you for visiting my blog. Take care and I hope your day is going well so far. I hope for your return again.
From Chess Rumble, Yummy: the last days of south side shorty, Tru & Nelle, A Christmas Tale, Surf Mules to Hello, I'm Johnny Cash and When Paul met Artie, the Coretta Scott King honor-winning writer Mr. Greg Neri has captured the mind of teens and adults alike. Before being a writer, he was an animator, digital media producer, and a filmmaker. Now his YA novel, Ghetto Cowboy, will be made into a feature film with Idris Elba attached to the project. So take a look and see why Ghetto Cowboy and the author should be on your radar.
1. What is the genesis of Ghetto Cowboy?
Stumbling across an article in LIFE magazine (gneri.livejournal.com/124473.html ). Those photos really stopped me in my tracks and I immediately thought: what a great world to set a story in.
2. Was Ghetto Cowboy the original title or where there other titles?
It was one I quickly settled on. It was a term I heard one of the kids use and it perfectly described the story. I love titles that grab and make you think: What is that?
3. What was the most difficult thing about writing Ghetto Cowboy?
Getting to the end. I did two passes, relatively easy until I got about 70% in and then totally blanked, twice. Had to put it away for months on end each time. Then I realized the issue. Originally, I had Cole born into that world but it was more powerful if he was an outsider, a fish out of water, who has to figure that world out and find his inner cowboy. Once I had that, the 3rd pass worked.
4. What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans about Ghetto Cowboy?
So much love for this book. I’ve heard over and over—“This book is about me”, “This is my world” “You understand us more than anyone.” I’ve had teens show up on their horses at school—the real deal!
5. Congratulations on your book Ghetto Cowboy being made into a feature film, what are your thoughts on Idris Elba being casted as Harp, Cole’s father?
A perfect fit. In fact, when I first wrote it, I was a big fan of The Wire and there is a bit of his character, Stringer Bell, in Harp, for sure.
6. Would you like to make a cameo in the film adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy?
I better be a cowboy.
7. Do you write every day, and for how long do you write for?
I work 5-6 days a week. Could be writing a first draft, doing revisions, proofing, doing all the business end of things. But I try to work all day like a regular job.
8. Which author would you love to invite over and chat with? And why?
John Fante (Ask the Dust) because he was a crazy Italian who wrote big, with passion, lust and anger; a real poetry for life. He was quite a character. Put him in a room with his friend Bukowski, and that’d be a night you’d never forget.
9. Do you recall the first story you ever wrote?
Hmm. Not specifically. Probably some short story in high school. I do remember staying in college over Christmas break and writing my first screenplay on a typewriter in an empty dorm.
10. What do you like to read in your free time?
Graphic novels and non-fiction
11. Where was the farthest you have ever traveled to?
12. Silly-Game question: From Ghetto Cowboy, could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
“I think of running, but that’s rule three: Never run.” p. 29
13. Which other books of yours would you like to see adapted into a film?
My new one, Grand Theft Horse, and my series on Tru & Nelle.
14. What is the scariest thing you have ever done for fun?
Jump out of a plane.
15. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To erase hatred from the world.
16. What’s your motto in life?
Always say YES to life.
17. Last question, what is the one thing that anyone should do/eat/try if one is visiting Tampa, Florida?
Walk on the river walk, visit the museum of art, eat at one of the artisanal eateries on the north end, then end up seeing a movie at the old school movie palace, the Tampa Theatre, complete with organ music!
All the best to Mr. Greg Neri on his writing endeavors. I also want to express my greatest appreciation for him doing this interview. I hope each and everyone of you would check out his novel especially Ghetto Cowboy. Furthermore, make sure you keep a look out for the film adaptation as well. Take care and I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
What better way to introduce your child or children to our precious planet than to read The World is Awake. This incredible children's book all started from a simple question asked by a child and now Mrs. Linsey Davis has written a story that would truly touch any kid's heart as well as adults. So, I hope you take this time to get to know the author herself and discover why you should definitely get this wonderful children's book.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
For the good part of nearly two decades, I defined myself as a journalist. Ever since having my son, Ayden, which is now 4 years ago, I primarily think of myself as a mom. So much of what motivates me and is part of my daily routine and plans and thoughts revolves around this little guy. It's funny how things can take a turn and priorities shift so drastically. I think children probably have the ability to do that more than most other factors. So most of my free time is dedicated to my son and making sure he has enriching life experiences. I would say my husband and I both think of the things we enjoy and try to pass them along to him. We are both big runners and enjoy sports, the outdoors, travel and movies. We are currently in the process of running a half marathon in each state. 20 down. 30 to go!! We also organize and sponsor a big Christmas charity event each year which we started two years ago to model the idea of giving for our son. That is big for us and largely stems for our belief in service to others and passing on at least a portion of the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Reading is also big. We make sure we read to Ayden every night. There's nothing like enjoying a good book. We hope he picks up that habit as well... which might partially explain me writing a book.
2. How did you come up with the idea of The World is Awake?
I was driving in the car. My son, Ayden was 2 at the time, and out of nowhere he asked, “Who opens the flowers, God?”I was both shocked and thrilled at the same time that he would make such a connection and that he was so curious about God and the world. And it made me believe that toddlers are ready to get those answers and have a very gentle and meaningful introduction to God. Of course we have a lot of Bible books for baby at home which he enjoys hearing about David and Goliath and Daniel in the lions’ den or Jonah and the whale, but he is too young to understand the place of God in those stories. But I think that’s what we’ve accomplished in The World Is Awake is a way for toddlers to appreciate and understand those blessings and marvel and wonder of God that’s all around them just waiting to be explored.
3. What research did you do when writing The World is Awake?
Part of what inspired me is that my son is black, and when I was going to bookstores to find books for him, there aren’t a lot of books with characters that look like him. Then I started doing a little research, and I found that more than 90 percent of the protagonists in children’s books are white and yet roughly half of the children in this country are not white. Studies show that’s not healthy for kids who look to books for self-affirmation and look to books to find themselves. There is an essay about this which sums it up so well. The idea is that it’s essential that all children’s books have a window and a mirror. A mirror --for kids to see the reflection of themselves and a window so they can peer out and see a world that is unfamiliar to them. I’m proud that kids will find both in this book. I wouldn't say I wrote the book any differently based on the color of the children. The truth is... the only thing we did differently involves the illustration. Their skin is a different color from most protagonists, but isn't that the lesson after all? Sometimes the outside color is ALL that is different about us as people.
4. What was the most surprising thing you learned when writing The World is Awake?
I would say I learned what it feels like to be a child all over again…to start looking at life through the eyes of a child. This book gave me a chance to demonstrate the renewed vision I personally gained by having a little one of my own. So often as adults I think it’s easy to stop paying attention to the marvels all around us—the sunsets, rainbows or bunny rabbits. But my son has redirected my attention with his excitement and enthusiasm. He squeals, “Oooo look at the butterflies!” He’s so eager to point out what he sees and looks and chases squirrels or falling snowflakes. And that’s infectious and often things I simply had stopped noticing. Now I find myself pointing out things I know he'll love with the same vigor and say, "Ooooo..look at that chipmunk!" I would equate writing this book with remembering how good it feels to really look at a sunrise or watch a bee in a flower or roll around in fresh-cut grass. So I would say this book is my expression of all have regained through looking at life through the eyes of a child and all there is to be gained from that. I hope parents will find this as a refreshing reminder that sometimes it’s best to remember what it feels and looks like to see and explore the world with the zeal and excitement of a child.
5. Have you considered writing a sequel to The World is Awake?
I enjoyed this process so much. I love to write and tell stories. I do that for a living every day, but this was uplifting and joyful and something I can share with my son which is rewarding in a whole new way. I imagine this book is the first of many. I am currently in the early process of planning another book with the publisher. Really excited about the next project! It’s not quite a sequel but the same basic concept.
6. What is your writing habit in general? Do you write in the daytime or night?
I tend to write at night. I wait until my son is in bed…then I get myself ready for bed and begin to put some thoughts on paper. For whatever reason, I pretty much always start out writing my thoughts out on paper instead of typing them first.
7. Is there a possibility that The World is Awake could be in Visual media?
I just heard about a new concept the other day where children’s bedtime stories are projected onto the ceiling. I’m very interested in that! I think that’s a great idea, and something I hope we can be part of.
8. What has been the best compliment you heard about The World is Awake?
I actually read every comment that I can find posted online about the book. People have advised against doing that, but I like the good, bad and ugly. Being a first-time author, I wasn’t sure how people would feel about the book. So I’ve appreciated hearing all kinds of feedback. We currently have 5 stars on Amazon. Yay! But really I just relish the idea of parents and grandparents telling me how much they enjoy sharing this message with their kids/grandkids. That’s the beauty in all this… being able to create something that others really enjoy.
9. Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get back on track?
Sure. That happens to the best of them (I think)! I just come back to it. I put my thoughts down when I have them. Some days they are rushing out of my mind faster than my hand can scribble. Other days I just keep revising and scratching out. My mom is a retired English teacher. So sometimes when I am really stuck, I ask for her opinion on direction.
10. Could you express your experience at The View (link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oovJNxL7hQo) while promoting The World is Awake?
The ladies of The View (both in front of the camera and behind) couldn’t have been nicer. I really enjoyed the experience and exposure. I was at the end of the show, so we had only about two minutes, but I think that was just enough time to get the basic headline out there about the book and what it’s all about.
11. What do you like to read in your free time?
I love suspense thrillers. Right before a long flight you can definitely find me in the bookstore skimming the best new option out there by James Patterson or Harlan Coben. At this very moment I am about to finish up a book entitled, The Wife Between Us.
12. Could you give an interesting fun fact about your interview with Michael Strahan at Good Morning America (link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlZGdAnrGA)?
Well I loved hearing Michael read the book to the children, including my son, who were assembled that morning for the book’s debut! Michael is such an easy guy to talk to. It’s like I was just chatting with an old friend about my new book.
13. Who was your favorite author as a teenager? And who is your favorite now?
I loved all books by Beverly Cleary when I was a teenager. Was also a big fan of the Babysitters Club. My favorite now would probably be James Patterson or Wally Lamb.
14. What is your favorite bible scripture?
15. Last question, who (dead or alive) would you like to sit down and chat with?
I genuinely appreciate Mrs. Linsey Davis for answering my interview questions. This book would make an amazing gift for the young ones. I can't wait to see what Mrs. Linsey Davis is going to write up next. I'm especially interested about the projected stories from the ceiling. That would definitely liven up The World is Awake's reading experience. I wish Mrs. Linsey Davis all the best and If you want to know much more about this great author then please check out her website as well: linseytdavis.com/
Thanks as always for stopping by my blog. I hope each and everyone of you have a blessed day. Take care.
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