Monday, March 7, 2011

Holes (movie)

Author: Louis Sacher
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2003.

Plot Description:
            Just like in the book, Stanley Yelnats IV has just been sent to Camp Green Lake after being caught with a pair of stolen sneakers.  At the Camp he and all the other trouble making boys are forced to dig a 5x5 foot hole every single day.  They don’t know what they are looking for, but the Warden definitely thinks something is out there.  What Stanley doesn’t know is he isn’t the first Yelnats that has been to Green Lake.  What he finds in his hole will end up changing not only his life, but also those of all the boys at the camp.  But will he survive the warden’s plot to take what is rightfully his?

            The film adaption of Sacher’s Holes follows the book very accurately.  It tells the story both of Kissin Kate as well as Stanley Yelnats in a seamless fashion, in some ways giving a viewer a better chance of guessing the connection between the two faster than the book itself does.  The characters are all well developed and chosen accurately to their book counterparts.  I thought that the movie was a great adaption of the book.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading level: 5th-6th Grade

Similar Movies: Hoot, How to eat fried worms, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Reader’s Advisory:
Personal thoughts- An excellent movie for tweens who like adventures
Subjects/themes- Adventure, Treasure, Wild West,
Character names/descriptions-
            Stanley Yelnats IV- Nice kid who was caught up in a bad situation
            Zero- Stanley’s friend at the Camp who Stanley teaches to read
            Kissin’ Kate- Woman in the wild west who kissed the men she killed
            Stanley Yelnats I- Stanley IV’s great grandfather who Kissin Kate robbed
            Warden- The great granddaughter of Kissin Kate’s former beau, who wants
Kate’s treasure
Annotation: Sometimes it takes digging a hole to turn your bad luck around.

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