The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving


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Blog 2 Info

Genre: Halloween / Horror / Romance

Year Published: 1988

Year Read: 2009

Series: Storybook Classics

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is another fantastic story from Rabbit Ears’  “Storybook Classic” series.  Everyone knows the famous story of Icabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman.  “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the greatest stories ever created by Washington Irving and with Glenn Close’s haunting narration along with Tim Story’s eerie music and Robert Van Nutt’s beautiful yet haunting illustrations makes this one classic that no one will ever miss!

Blog 4 Pros

Glenn Close’s narration is haunting and tender at the same time throughout this video.  Glenn Close  is extremely tender in her tone of voice when she narrates the peaceful life of Icabod Crane and when the Headless Horseman is mentioned, Glenn Close’ s voice suddenly gets dark and frightening, especially during the scene where the Headless Horseman starts chasing Icabod.  Tim Story’s music is tranquil yet haunting at the same time especially during the scenes of the Headless Horseman where his music gets a spooky tone and intensifies when the Headless Horseman starts chasing Icabod.  Robert Van Nutt’s illustrations are beautiful, especially of the illustration of Katrina Van Tassel herself with her golden and curly hair and beautiful blue eyes.  Robert Van Nutt’s illustrations are also haunting especially of the image of the Headless Horseman being shown as a silhouette and spouting a scary looking pumpkin head which he carries in his arms.

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Blog 5 Cons

Parents should know that there are some genuinely scary scenes in this video that makes “The Fisherman and His Wife” look like a friendly family video.  The scenes with the Headless Horseman are extremely intense especially towards the end of the video where it chases Icabod around the town.  Also, parents might be concern about the use of “hell” in this video as this video is aimed towards children.  Parents might want to see this video first before they show it to their children just to see of their children can handle the scary scenes in this story and also teach their children about how the word “hell” is used in this video as it is use in context to the underworld.

Blog 6 Overall

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is probably Rabbit Ears’ scariest tale ever created and is also a very moving video for children who love romance and horror combined into one story.  Children will certainly fall in love with this video for its tranquil beginning about Icabod’s life and the horror that the Headless Horseman brings into the story.  I would recommend this video to children ages seven and up due to many scenes that can be frightening to smaller children and because of the use of the word “hell” mentioned two times in the video.

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5 stars

 

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

 

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East of the Sun West of the Moon by D.J. MacHale


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Genre: Folktale / Norway / Drama / Romance

Year Published: 1991

Year Read: 1998

Series: We All Have Tales

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

 

Blog 1 Introduction logoFor many years I have been a big fan of Rabbit Ears ever since I was a child and I have seen many Rabbit Ears stories that were about the whole love conquering evil theme.  Well, “East of the Sun West of the Moon” is one of those stories and is also a beautiful love story from the well-known Rabbit Ears “We All Have Tales” series.  With Max Von Sydow’s touching narration, Lyle Mays’ soothing and dramatic music and Vivienne Flesher’s magnificent drawings, this video is sure to be a true classic among both children and adults.

Blog 4 Pros

Max Von Sydow’s narration is mesmerizing and haunting at the same time as he brilliantly narrates a beautiful woman’s attempts at trying to rescue the love of her life from the clutches of the evil troll queen.  Max Von Sydow, most notable for his acting in “The Exorcist,” provides a haunting voice when he is voicing the Troll Queen.  A great example of this is when Max Von Sydow depicts the Troll Queens laughter as he laughs in a hollow and frightening tone.  Also, Max Von Sydow narrates the story with a soothing voice, especially of the scene where the Prince calmly tells the Troll Queen that the power of love broke the spell.  Lyle Mays’ enchanting music provides a spirited sound to this story and one scene where the music was truly sensational was the scene of the girl and the bear traveling in the forest together with the sound of the piano, accompanied by the orchestra of strings, providing the background music.  Vivienne Flesher’s beautiful illustrations are smoothed out and enchanting and she brings life to the girl as she illustrates her with flourishing blond hair and beautiful facial features.

East

 

Blog 5 Cons

Parents should know that there are some scary scenes in this video that include the North Wind and the Troll Queen.  Both these characters are threatening towards the girl, but the Troll Queen is probably the one that younger children will be scared of the most.  The North Wind is portrayed as black gusts of wind, but the way that Max Von Sydow makes the North Wind’s voice extremely menacing will be too frightening for smaller children to handle. The scene where the girl meets the Troll Queen is probably the video’s scariest scene as the Troll Queen is depicted as a grayish-blue woman whose red mouth is mostly shown, especially when she is screaming at the girl and she usually hangs around the darkest corners of her castle.  Also, the Troll Queen’s transformation into a genuine troll may be upsetting for small children, even though the drawings are so smudged that the child probably would not know the difference anyway.

Blog 6 Overall

“East of the Sun West of the Moon” is one of Rabbit Ears’ most dramatic and romantic stories in the “We All Have Tales” series.  Also, its masterful storytelling makes this story extremely exciting and emotional to watch about the girl’s plight when she breaks her promise to the prince.

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5 stars

 

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Paul Bunyan by Brian Gleeson


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Blog 2 InfoGenre: Tall Tale / Logging / Humor

Year Published: 1990

Year Read: 2010

Series: Storybook Classics

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

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There have been many Rabbit Ears stories that I have not heard of up until now and “Paul Bunyan” is one of them.  “Paul Bunyan” is about the largest and tallest logging man in history named Paul Bunyan who starts his adventures as he tries to chop down all the trees in the Dakotas so that the new settlers could have homes to live in.  Jonathan Winters’ rich narration along with Leo Kottke and Duck Baker’s inspiring music and Rick Meyerowitz’s hilarious illustrations, all combine together to make “Paul Bunyan” one of the most creative and hilarious stories ever created on Rabbit Ears!

Blog 4 Pros

Being a huge fan of the Rabbit Ears series ever since I was five years old, I could imagine myself loving this story at first sight… yes, I loved this story at first sight!  Jonathan Winters’ narration is the true highlight of this story as it is rich and full of excitement and the scene where I thought that Jonathan Winters’ narration truly shined was when he provided a hearty laugh for Paul Bunyan, making Paul Bunyan’s character a truly friendly one.  Rick Meyerowitz’s illustrations are extremely hilarious and creative at the same time as the pictures are mainly accompanied by a white background, effectively emphasizing to the reader that it is wintertime in the story.  The image that stood out the most for me was the image of Paul Bunyan himself as he wears a red flannel shirt with green overalls, brown boots, an orange cap and bushy black hair and a bushy black beard.  I also loved the way that most of the characters are always shown smiling towards the audience since it helped brighten the mood of this story!  Leo Kottke and Duck Baker’s music is fantastic as it is mainly accompanied by a solo guitar which gives the story a tranquil spirit that will have both children and adults be mesmerized by the beauty of a solo guitar.  Brian Gleeson’s writing is just as hilarious and brilliant in this book as it was in “Pecos Bill” as Paul Bunyan is portrayed as an optimistic and inventive character who always has a solution to every problem that he comes against.  What really surprised me about this book was the half-way environmental theme at the end of the story. I will not tell you what happened since I do not want to spoil this story for you, but this was the only version of “Paul Bunyan” that I have heard that had an ending that ended on an environmental note and it was this part of the story that I really enjoyed!

Paul Bunyan

Blog 6 Overall

Overall, “Paul Bunyan” is definitely one of the most hilarious and creative stories created by Rabbit Ears Productions and I am sure that many adults and children will enjoy this hilarious version of America’s favorite tall tale hero Paul Bunyan!

*~A Little Side Note~*

The book version and the DVD version of this story are one of the same, meaning that they have about the same illustrations and the same writing.  The only difference is that one is animated and the other you can just read out loud to yourself.  I am pointing this out because I noticed that many people buy the books from the Rabbit Ears series, but the books do not contain the audio cd to go with the book, so personally, I usually buy the DVD instead because it has both the narrator and the illustrations combined into one and it is more convenient for me, however I would not discourage anyone from reading the books from the Rabbit Ears series.

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5 stars

 

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer


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Evil Queen and the flying monkey reads

Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer

I like the “how to” books on our favorite childhood foods. They make me have fond memories of the foods I ate up when I was a chubby little kidlet.
I’m one of those moms now though that looks through the ingredient label with a fine tooth comb…so I like the idea of this book.
There are several of the recipes that I’m dying to try. First up is going to be these Lemon Coolers.

Then If my pants aren’t tight enough I’ll throw in some of these Twix bars.

There are several of the recipes in this book that I think are way out of my league of laziness though..thus the 3 stars.

And then this:

Homemade cheetos..they look like little orange dog turds..I think I’ll pass and let the kids have the real chemically orange ones. Just cause mom is not going there.

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: My Top 10 Rabbit Ears Stories


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

East of the Sun West of the Moon

10. East of the Sun West of the Moon: In this old Scandinavian tale, a young girl ends up staying with a cursed prince who was turned into a bear and when she accidentally broke her promise to the cursed prince, the young girl resolves to rescue her prince from the evil Troll Queen! Max Von Sydow’s narration was brilliant in this story as he narrated in a solemn yet dramatic voice that really brought so much tension to this story. Vivienne Flescher’s artwork is gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of the girl having long wavy blond hair that really makes her character shine in this story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving’s most frightening tale comes to life as Ichabod Crane tries to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but must face the frightening Headless Horseman! Glenn Close is back as her narration, just like in “the Emperor and the Nightingale,” her narration is smooth and gives so much serenity to this story and so much horror in this story during the frightening parts. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially during the scenes where Ichabod Crane is being chased by the Headless Horseman!

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

8. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin: In this classic Native American tale, Princess Scargo realizes that she must sacrifice her most precious gift in order to save her tribe from a drought that plagued the land. Geena Davis’ narration is smooth and really brings so much calmness and quiet intensity to this story. Karen Barbour’s artwork truly captures the artwork normally shown in many Native American stories and it really brings the story to life!

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

7. Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion: The tale of Brer Rabbit going up against the village terror, Boss Lion, is definitely one story that I just have to watch over and over again! Danny Glover’s narration is fantastic as he brings so much humor and terror to the story with his energetic narration! Bill Mayer’s artwork really brings the intensity and exaggeration to the story as all the characters have exaggerated limbs and wide mouths that really show their horrified or excited expressions!

The Emperor and the Nightingale

6. The Emperor and the Nightingale: I have always loved Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a proud Emperor who realizes that true beauty doesn’t always come from a person’s appearance as he learns the hard way about nearly ditching the real Nightingale for a mechanical one. Glenn Close’s narration is gentle and it really brings so much beauty to this ancient Chinese fairy tale. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork really brings out the beauty of the land of China as the wildlife is drawn in intricate detail!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

5. The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs: I have always loved the stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” so it was a treat to see these classics come to life with Holly Hunter’s hilarious narration and David Jorgensen’s beautiful yet hilarious artwork! I just loved the way that Holly Hunter voiced all the characters in these stories, especially of the wolf in “the Three Little Pigs” as he sounds like a hipper version of the Big Bad Wolf we all know and love!

How the Camel Got His HumpHow the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

4. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump: This is easily one of the most unusual yet creative retellings I had ever heard of Rudyard Kipling’s famous “Just So Stories!” The fact that both stories deal with characters that are rude or are too vain towards other people and they get their just desserts was brilliantly told as I found myself realizing the consequences of being too vain or too rude. Jack Nicholson’s narrating is pretty much butter on this tale as his voice is so smooth and it brings so much serenity to these tales! Tim Raglin’s artwork is colorful and they really depict the animals so well, especially with the Camel having purple bags under his eyes, which shows his vain nature.

John Henry

3. John Henry: The story of a strong and confident steel driver going up against a steam drill towards the end of the story has always resonated with me as I loved John Henry’s eternal optimism throughout this story! Denzel Washington has done a brilliant job at narrating this story as his voice is full of wonder and excitement, which really got me invested into the characters. Barry Jackson’s artwork is truly amazing as the characters look somewhat humorous whenever they look in awe at John Henry’s astonishing feats.

Pecos Bill

2. Pecos Bill: The adventures of the world’s greatest Cowboy, Pecos Bill, is told hilariously and brilliantly by none other than Robin Williams! The story itself was both funny and dramatic at the same time as we see Pecos Bill go on various adventures such as fighting a cougar single handedly and then lassoing a tornado! Robin Williams’ narration was hilarious as he truly gets into his role as the narrator of this story by having a boisterous Western accent that really brought this story to life. Tim Raglin’s artwork really brought this story to life as the characters are colorful to look at!

The Fool and the Flying Ship

1. The Fool and the Flying Ship: This is absolutely my most favorite title out of the entire Rabbit Ears series as it was filled with great humor and creative moments! Robin Williams was awesome in this story as he gives each character a distinctive voice and the artwork by Henrik Drescher was a true treat as the characters may look a bit odd, but they are fun and creative to look at! The Russian folktale about a simple peasant who ends up getting help from several men who have strange super human abilities to earn the Tsar’s daughter’s hand in marriage has been brought to life in a brilliant and hilarious light in this memorable version of the ancient folktale!

So, what are your favorite Rabbit Ears Stories? Please feel free to comment!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #1: Top 10 Rabbit Ears Male Characters


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 Male Characters from various Rabbit Ears Productions stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Male Characters from Rabbit Ears Productions!

Top Ten Tuesday Rabbit Ears Males

10.  The Tin Soldier from “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of a toy steadfast tin soldier going through an adventurous journey after he is knocked out of the window has always rang on in my heart for years!  Honestly, everything about this character was fantastic, especially when the toy soldier remained calm through all the troublesome situations it gets itself into!

9. Joseph from “Joseph and his Brothers”

The classic Bible story about Joseph being sold into slavery by his merciless brothers has always affected me in more ways than one.  But, I had always loved the fact that Joseph had managed to survive through this ordeal through his faith in God and his determination to free himself.

8. Finn McCoul from “Finn McCoul”

The tale of an Irish giant who tries to find a way to outsmart a larger and meaner giant (with  help from  his wife) has always made me roll on the ground with laughter and I just loved the way that Finn and his Wife managed to outwit the giant Cucullin through a less violent method!

7. Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk”

“Jack and the Beanstalk” has always been one of my favorite fairy tales and Jack’s character in this version of the famous fairy tale has always had me laughing with glee with his smart remarks and his clever ways of tricking the ogre!

6. Koi from “Koi and the Kola Nuts”

Koi from “Koi and the Kola Nuts” is a fantastic character who is full of determination to prove to everyone that he is the son of a Chief and I just loved the way that he helps out various animal friends throughout the story, which would soon prove that his kindness would not go unrewarded!

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5. Stormalong from “Stormalong”

Stormalong was quite an unusual character as he goes on wild adventures and shows the true meaning of being dedicated to  life as a sailor!

4. Paul Bunyan from “Paul Bunyan”

Paul Bunyan is a truly fantastic character who shows much determination and perseverance in his role in the logging industry and it was fantastic seeing his smiling face as he works hard to complete the requirements requested of him!

3. The Fool from “The Fool and the Flying Ship”

The Fool was such an interesting and hilarious character as he would prove how determined he was in pursuing the Tsar’s daughter for his wife.  I also loved his relationship with the other characters who accompanied him on his journey as they were hilarious to look at and it really showed how kindhearted the Fool really is!

2. John Henry from “John Henry”

John Henry was such an amazing character as he  beats the steam drill using his confidence and determination to win the race! That is one of the main reasons why this character has become a favorite of mine in the Rabbit Ears stories!

1. Pecos Bill from “Pecos Bill”

Pecos Bill is easily my most favorite male character in the entire Rabbit Ears franchise as he practically has everything!  He is funny, charming and adventurous and it was those personalities that really made me love him!  And he also fought a cyclone!  How awesome is that?

 

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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