Friday, February 5, 2010

The Countdown is Underway!

Here comes Percy!

Ask any middle grade reader what February 12, 2010 is and more than likely they'll say..."The Lightning Thief movie comes out!" My son is one of those. I knew last month that it was soon, but he knew the exact date. He even asked me, "Hey Mom, you do know what Feb. 12th is, right?" To say that the excitement is building would be an understatement. This could be the next Harry Potter for a new generation. We may not be there for opening night, but you can be sure that this is one movie we'll see before it comes out on video!

In order to best be ready for this experience, consider reading the book prior to the viewing. We offer this title at Grow Up With Books along with exciting connection ideas. These ideas help the child make deeper connections with the characters, setting, problems, etc. Having a deeper understanding of the book will give your child a "one-of-a-kind" experience with the movie. You'll be able to see how the movie compares to the book. My son has already noted several differences just from the movie trailers that have been released.

Come to think of it, make the most of this the book WITH your child! If you haven't read it, you may find yourself as a Percy fan before it's all over.

Take a look at a couple of the connection ideas:

Author Connections: Rick Riordan
Games: Play the game Zeus on the Loose.
Cooking: Percy’s mom was known for always having BLUE food. See if you can invite some Percy Jackson fans over and serve BLUE snacks.
Additional Ideas: Check out this Percy Jackson party from Make It Do!

*Connection ideas are located on the inside of rented books. Check us out! Try GUWB for a free trial and enter 94DCD3 when registering.

Happy reading!
The GUWB Team
(submitted by Lara)

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