Most of my childhood summers were spent on a lake in Maine. We’d pack up the day school got out, pile 4 kids plus the dog and a summer’s worth of luggage (usually including a french horn and a trombone), and drive in our (air-conditionless) station wagon up the coast. Road trip excluded, this was a pretty awesome way to spend the summer.
Without television or even many friends around, we four kids came up with various sorts of entertainment. My brothers who were older and extremely creative and motivated (about having fun in big ways) decided to recreate JAWS on film. We all participated.
Our version is one of the best movies ever made. With special effects! And it was done without computers or digital editing! Or even sound!
So maybe your kids are bored this summer. I have a project for them.
This was announced in January but I was recently reminded of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival that is in the works. It’s scheduled to show November 5th in New York and sometime in Chicago – I want to know how to get this out to the west coast too!
Author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) seems to be the brain behind this simple brilliance. He and Jon Scieszka will host the festival. There just might be a laugh or two.
The challenge is to make a video that tells the entire plot (not just a trailer) of a Newbery Award winning story in 90 seconds or less! Check out some contenders on this page. You have until October 17th to enter.
And here’s the example that started it all. An adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
Get those kids off the couch and put them to work!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK