The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure based on Northern Lights in North America and published as The Golden Compass in the U.S. It is the first novel written by English novelist Philip Pullman in his trilogy His Dark Materials published in 1995. The story centers around the adventures of Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living in a parallel universe on a world that looks much like our own. In Lyra’s world, a dogmatic ruling power called the Magisterium is conspiring to end tolerance and free inquiry. Poor, orphan and Gyptian children are disappearing at the hands of a group the kids call the Gobblers. Lyra discovers that Mrs. Coulter is running the Gobblers. Rescued by the Gyptians, Lyra joins them on a trip to the far north in search of the missing children.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Available in HS Call No.P96g 1997
Horton Hears a Who!, also known as Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, is a 2008 animated comedy feature film based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. The film tells the story of Horton the elephant who hears a small speck of dust talking to him. It turns out the speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a city called Whoville, inhabited by microscopic-sized inhabitants known as Whos and led by a character known as the Mayor. He asks Horton to protect them from harm which Horton happily agrees to do eventhough he cannot see them but can hear them quite well because of his large ears. In doing so he is ridiculed and forced into a cage by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear. His chief tormentors are Vlad Vladikoff, the Wickersham Brothers and the Sour Kangaroo. Horton tells the Whos that, lest they end up being boiled in “Beezelnut Oil”, they need to make themselves heard to the other animals. The Whos finally accomplish this by ensuring that all members of their society play their part in creating lots of noise so they are heard by the jungle folks. In the end it is a “very small shirker named JoJo” whose final addition to the volume creates enough lift for the jungle to hear the sound, thus reinforcing the moral of the story: “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Now convinced of the Whos’ existence, Horton’s neighbors vow to help him protect the tiny community.
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Available in GS Call No.+E Se8hh