Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams


A guide to the art of animation. It teaches all of the basics of animation and also some tips on how to improve, or start down the road to becoming an animator. It also includes the various principles and fundamentals of animation that every animator needs to know to start making animations. Written by the famous animator, Richard Williams and describes his techniques to making characters come to life.

Animator's Survival Guide, by Richard Williams, is famous and useful.  It has a plethora of animation tips that can be useful to anyone who wishes to become an animator. I like that this book also has graphics in it, it really helps convey the idea than if he just explained with words. This might be a long read, but the amount of information in this book makes it worth it. I don’t think there’s anything I dislike about this book, it’s a genuinely great guide for any animator.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9

Grandview Library

Monday, June 25, 2018

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline or Maddy Whittier is 18 years old and the only people she can interact with is her mother and her nurse, Carla. She lost her father and brother and she cannot go out. All of her life, she's been home because of her SCID or severe combined immunodeficiency. The only possible way for her to go to another place is if it's been sanitized. However, her life changes when a new family moves out to her next door and when the family's son, Olly, becomes her friend. They always messaged each other, but never met in person until Maddy's nurse, Carla, sneaks Olly into Maddy's house. When Maddy's mother finds out about them, she bans her and make the restrictions harder, but Maddy kept messaging Olly secretly. As she got to know Olly more, she found out that she's not the only one with family problems. Olly's father is abusive, and his sister has smoking problem. Finally, one day Maddy finds out about a very important secret that her mother has been keeping from her for almost her entire life when she and Olly go to Hawaii secretly.

I believe Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, has a lot to teach its audience. Sometimes we keep important things away from those people that we care and keep them as secrets because we think it'd be better for the person not to know, but we don't realize that the lie is far worse and can even destroy the person's life. This is just like what Maddy's mother did to her and I cannot tell what she's been keeping from her because it'd be spoiled. The book made me shocked, especially at the very end. I really didn't expect that ending. Also, it made me think deeply about how I care about others and how I respond to difficult situations. I think it'd be a great book for teenagers and young adults because of its important life lessons.

Reviewed by Orkideh, Grade 12
Glendale Central Library