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Noisy Nora...and More Stories About Mischief

Noisy Nora...and More Stories About Mischief

Fall 2007 DVD
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Producer: New Video
DVD Price: $14.95
Review:
Rosemary Wells, creator of Max and Ruby, proves her understanding of sibling relationships with Noisy Nora, a girl mouse sandwiched between smart older sister Kate and darling baby Jack. Again and again, Nora has to wait for her parents' attention, during which she "accidentally" slams doors, drops marble jars, and generally wreaks noisy havoc. After having been shushed one time too many, Nora shouts, "I'm leaving!" Noticing the eerie silence, the family anxiously sets out to find her. They are joyfully-and noisily-reunited at the end. Great music and excellent animation make for a super adaptation. In T is for Terrible, Peter McCarty's misunderstood tyrannosaurus rex says, "I do not know why I am so terrible...Would I be so terrible if I were pink? I cannot help that I grow so enormous-and so enormously hungry!" This is a more typical pan-and-scan adaptation from the book with some digital art adaptation. Cannonball, a live action film of twenty-seven minutes, is based on John Burningham's 1966 book about a clown and a stray dog. This filmed adaptation from 1983 features good animal work, but my sons kept asking when it would be over. I regretted that the book's artwork wasn't used, as the 80's hairdos, cars and prices really dated the piece. Ezra Jack Keats' Goggles (1969) is the tale of two little boys intimidated by the Big Boys in the neighborhood after one finds a pair of lost motorcycle goggles. The bonus story is Jules Feiffer's Munro, a nine-minute anti-war cartoon which won an Academy Award in 1961. Accidentally drafted, Munro can't get out of the Army once in, even though he persistently tells everyone, "I'm only four!" My sons were pretty upset at Munro's predicament and were afraid something like that could happen to them too. Although the collection of stories is uneven, Noisy Nora makes it well worth borrowing from the library.
Reilly Reagan   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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