From "Hunger Games" to Children's Books
This year Gary Ross' Hunger Games film had movie-goers lining up at theaters for the latest in a career that includes other best-selling books turned Hollywood gems (Seabiscuit, Tales of Despereaux). Besides directing and producing movies, Ross has written original screenplays and now he's turning his attention and talents to children's books. Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind is an imaginative journey for readers age 6 and up, told entirely in rhyme. It's a tricky style, and he pulls it off beautifully (we picked it as a Best Book of November) in this story of a boy, a bedsheet, and a love of adventure. I talked to Ross earlier this year about how he came to write Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, his film work, and what's next--you can see what he had to say in the video below. I also asked if he would read a passage from the book for us-- the colorful verse makes a perfect read-aloud for younger kids--and as it turns out, this was his first author reading! You can see/listen to it in the second video below.