Blog Tour: Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers + Guest Post

Here We Are
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Reading Level: Picture Book
Genre: Contemporary
Released: November 2017
Review Source: Penguin Young Readers

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it.

From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else...

Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: there are lots of us on here, so be kind.
Creatures that Live in Thin Air

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers is a sweet book that introduces kids to the world, our world. Children are able to learn about space, our land, the sea, air and other facts about our planet. So to add to this introduction, I thought it would be great to talk about couple of creatures that live in thin air.

Alpine swift are known to be able to stay aloft in the air for up to seven months! They have very short legs which are used for clinging to vertical surfaces. They drink on the wing, but roost on vertical cliffs or walls.

Llamas! Yes, these creatures live in grassy open spaces at very high altitudes of 7,400 - 12,800 feet. They have more red blood cells per unit volume of blood than any other mammal.

Himalayan marmot is a marmot found  throughout the Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau at elevation from 3,500 to 5,200 m (11,500 to 17,100 ft). They dig large burrows, which generally restricts them to areas with light-textured and adequately deep soil.

Yak (Bos mutus) are  long-haired domesticated bovid in which their coat helps to insulate them in their cold environment. They can lives up to 6,100 m (20,000 ft) and make their homes in treeless areas which are on mountains and plateaus.. Their horns are used to break through the snow and reach

Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Oliver Jeffers’ work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including Lazarides Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum and Spring Break Fair (Armory Week) in New York, and Gestalten Space in Berlin.

Oliver’s picture books — including The Incredible Book Eating Boy,  This Moose Belongs to Me, The Day Crayons Quit  and its sequel The Day The Crayons Came Home ( both #1 NYTimes Bestsellers)  and Once Upon an Alphabet — have been translated into over 30 languages. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film that has received over sixty awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.

Picture book awards include the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Red House Book Award, British Book Design Award, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year. Oliver won a NY Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with the artist and director Mac Premo. In 2013 Oliver co-directed with Mac Premo the video for Ordinary Love by U2, and more recently made art for, and helped art direct, U2’s Innocence and Experience World Tour.

Oliver is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

#Deadpool Fans Get a New "Wet on Wet" Teaser!

I love the smell of turpentine in the morning.

From blank canvas, to full exposure, Deadpool has just unveiled his new teaser video "Wet on Wet."

Release: June 1, 2018
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.


Giveaway: Middle-Grade Must Read #Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Nevermoor Series #1
By Jessica Townsend
In Stores October 31, 2017
Recommended for ages 9-12
A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart--an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests--or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

Little, Brown sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!

About the Author
Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but has lived on and off in London for a few years. She was a copywriter for eight years, and in a previous role, was the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.

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Praise for the Nevermoor
  • "Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it's the sort of delightful, grand adventure destined to be many a reader's favorite book." --- Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers
  • "[A] spellbinding debut... Morrigan is a captivating heroine, filled with moxie and wit... Whimsical worldbuilding, humorous dialogue, and colorful supporting characters compliment an adventurous, magic-filled plot that champions bravery, self-confidence, and hope." --- Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "Readers, like Morrigan herself, will feel at home in this evocative novel where magic and confidence go hand in hand. An excellent and exciting work." --- School Library Journal, starred review

Join the Wundrous Society!
One (1) winner receives:
  • copy of Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
  • branded Nevermoor lapel pin
  • and branded Hotel Deucalion pen and notebook.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Movie Review: Justice League - #JusticeLeague

Release: November 17th 2017
Director: Zack Snyder
Screenplay by: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane
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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The wait is finally over. Justice League is finally here and it was worth the wait. Now begins the wait for all the other future DC movies, which after seeing Justice League, you want the time to speed up of course.

Where does one begin with Justice League? Plus how does one not compromise the movie without giving away too much. So I’ll try and give you enough without giving you the whole movie. Justice League personally for me, had a great timing about it. You got spurts of action, then it would be just simple dialogue and it did that throughout the full movie. It wasn’t super heavy on the battle scenes, we got to witness more than just how well these characters fight. Superheroes have soft sides too, well maybe not Aquaman (lol).

So let’s begin with the beginning and work towards the end. Crime is everywhere! Superman dying cause such angst and despair, that now you have to think before you venture out. Batman is up to his eyeballs in bad guys, and these new bug like robots flying around causing havoc too. Losing their beacon of hope (Superman) really has cause huge turmoil, that you have to wonder how it can be turned around.

Batman as I mentioned is swamp with saving Gotham. Wonder Woman is across the pond also fighting the bad guys. The new faces such as Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg are introduced one at a time. Bruce Wayne must bring together this band of Superheroes, before end of times is upon everyone. When Bruce gets confirmation of what is already upon them, he ask for Diana’s help in recruiting of the rest of the team. This is when Bruce finally gets the story about what is happening from Arthur aka Aquaman. And what is going down is not good at all for mankind.

Once the “Justice League” is formed, this is when the movie really finds its groove. Everyone has a purpose in saving Earth. And if you watched Batman vs. Superman, did you really expect that Superman died for good? If your like me, you know it just can’t be and in Justice League, he does make his return. When and how, you’ll just have to see to know.

Other characters you will get a glimpse off for future DC movies are Shazam, Deathstoke and Queen Mera. You pretty much cheer and/or clap every time you see someone new make a camo. Deathstroke was probably the loudest cheering of them all. Justice League fans really like their villains.

As far as the new guys on the team, I loved Barry Allen aka the Flash. His jokes are pretty funny when least expected. He was a great casting choice for that part. I thought I would have a hard time accepting this Flash, since I’m a big fan of The CW’s tv version. Then let’s talk Cyborg, my heart broke for his back story. The kid had it all and then lost it, to wake up a machine. He needed the Justice League! So Victor aka Cyborg finds a purpose in life again after being transformed by his father Silas that worked at S.T.A.R. Labs. Then we go to the Arthur aka Aquaman, his character tripped me out. He doesn’t want to show that deep down inside past those muscles and tattoos, lies a soft spot. Loved his snark, and the “pitch fork” too, as Batman called it. In my opinion all the characters, new and old, have good chemistry in this film.

So I know your wondering if I’m gonna talk about Clark aka Superman at all. Well if you believe that Superman is dead and wasn’t coming back, then “what is wrong with you?”. Of course he comes back, how, when and why, I already said I won’t give away. But the Man of Steel does come back to us and once again the people will have their beacon. I want to say so much more but you’ll thank me for staying quiet about Superman. I want you to feel everything I felt when he returned to us.

Justice League is a great beginning to what is to come from DC. Jack Snyder delivers once again, but he does lighten the “mood” in Justice League compared to Batman vs. Superman. I don’t have to tell anyone to go see it, I know you all will. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Is #ForeverMyGirl on Your Calendar Yet?

If you haven't heard by now about Forever My Girl, then where have you been hiding?

Forever My Girl, is the first novel in the Beaumont series written by Heidi McLaughlin, that here on OUaT, we absolutely love. And we have been sharing all kinds of things Forever My Girl, since the first day we found out it was going to be a movie.

Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment 
will release FOREVER MY GIRL 
in theaters January 19, 2018

Written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf
Based on the novel by Heidi McLaughlin
Starring Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt, Judith Hoag and John Benjamin Hickey
Featuring original music performed by Destin Bennett, Canaan Smith, Phillip Sweet, Travis Tritt, Josh Turner, Dan Tyminski and CMA New Artist of the Year Nominee Lauren Alaina

Original Songs Featured in the Trailer:
Written by Brett Boyett and Jackson Odell
Performed by Alex Roe
"Finally Home"
Written by Brett Boyett and Jackson Odell
Performed by Alex Roe and Abby Ryder Fortson
"Wings Of An Angel"
Written by Brett Boyett and Jackson Odell
Performed by Lauren Alaina

Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express - #OrientExpressMovie

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release: November 10, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Screenplay by: Michael Green
Based upon the Novel by: Agatha Christie
Produced by: Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Michael Schaefer
Cast: Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin
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What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

It is rare to see an ensemble cast with all “A-list” stars. Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, and Kenneth Branagh as the famed Hercule Poirot, all star in this week’s Murder on the Orient Express. Unfortunately, the hype was more than the film could bear. While I appreciated some of Murder, this latest re-telling of Agatha Christie’s novel falls apart in the details.  

The concept was good.  We haven’t seen Hercule Poirot on screen in a while.  Every version of Poirot (portrayed Albert Finney, Alfred Molina, David Suchet) has been  entertaining.  Agatha Christie knew how to write suspense novels.  They translate well to screen. And, while Murder wasn’t my favorite, I would enjoy more Agatha Christie movies made from the novels.

The latest Poirot, Branagh, doesn’t disappoint.  Branagh isn’t one of the problems I had with Murder. Although this version of Poirot takes some liberties with the traditional character aspects of Hercule Poirot, Branagh plays the role charming and with a rapier wit.  Also, Branagh wears a mustache like he’s been wearing one his whole life.  I very much appreciated the subtle humor of the role.  

I didn’t enjoy that none of the other actors in the ensemble were given any development.  It seems wasteful to have such a feast of accomplished actors and not use them to their fullest potential.  The two-hour run time should have flown-by.  The audience should have been struggling to keep-up.  It could have been a “don’t leave your seat for fear of missing something” movie, and it wasn’t. The plot moves at a snail’s pace, and I blame that on the under use of the brilliant cast. The likes of Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench deserve to be painted as more than one dimensional characters.  Other than Branagh, the only other stand-out in the cast was Tom Bateman (as Bouc).  I appreciated the earnest mischievousness with which Bateman played his role. I was glad that Bateman had decent screen-time.   

I also minded that I didn’t feel engaged in the cat and mouse of the plot.  Crime/mystery/suspense films are my favorite.  They are also my favorite novels.  But I like to feel engaged in the story; I like to feel like I could solve the mystery myself if I were paying close enough attention.  Murder doesn’t allow for any of that.  There is no smoking gun to be discovered by the audience. All of the clues are something that occur only in Poirot’s recollection or in some back story that the audience isn’t privy to, until Poirot is solving the mystery.

Murder is beautiful to behold.  The sets were impeccable.  The train looked luxurious. The outside scenery shots were beautiful.  The costuming was flawless.  No detail was spared in making Murder look authentic. The production design was so well done, that I found myself entertained by the scenery when the plot stalled.  But, a movie needs to be more than pretty.  

I would wait for Murder to be available on some at-home video format before endeavoring to watch it.  It could have been spectacular, but it isn’t.  Murder is pretty to watch, but not pretty enough to justify the two-hour run time.  If you’re still interested in watching Murder on the Orient Express in theaters, it opens everywhere this Friday.  

Giveaway: #AtomicBlonde Blu-Ray Starring Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron takes on Berlin in the sleek and edgy action-packed spy thriller


Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel “The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.
Released on Digital: 10/24/17
Released on Blu-ray and 4K: 11/14/17
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones
Directed by: David Leitch
Written by: Based on the Oni Press Graphic Novel “The Coldest City”, Written by Antony Johnston and Illustrated by Sam Hart, Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)

OUaT is happy to be partnering with Universal Studios for this giveaway. One lucky reader can win a brand new Blu-ray copy of Atomic Blonde. Just enter below.

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