The Camden Public Library will host another series of Monday Movies in the Amphitheatre, beginning with “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (2008, 1 hr 36 min, PG) on July 11 at dusk (8:30 pm). The theme of the movie series this summer is “Books to Movies.” July 11 is a “double feature” evening. At 6;30 pm, the evening begins with a free concert by the MOJO Jazz orchestra, and at sundown, the movie screen comes out and the library will show the first movie in the Monday Movie series. “The Spiderwick Chronicle”s is a series of children’s books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. They chronicle the adventures of the Grace children, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory, after they move into the Spiderwick Estate and discover a world of fairies that they never knew existed.
The first book, The Field Guide, was published in 2003 and then followed by The Seeing Stone (2003), Lucinda’s Secret (2003), The Ironwood Tree (2004), and The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004). Several companion books have been published including Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (2005), Notebook for Fantastical Observations (2005), and Care and Feeding of Sprites (2006). A second series, entitled Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles includes The Nixie’s Song (2007), A Giant Problem (2008), and The Wyrm King (2009). (From Wikipedia)
The feature film adaptation, also titled The Spiderwick Chronicles, was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and premiered on February 14, 2008. The Field Guide, the first book in the series, was published in May 2003. It opens in Maine, where nine-year-old identical twins Jared and Simon and their thirteen-year-old sister Mallory move into the decrepit Spiderwick Estate with their mother, Helen. On the first night, they discover a secret library on the second floor using a dumbwaiter. They later discover that the library connects to the rest of the house via a hidden door in a hall closet. A brownie named Thimbletack, who has lived in the house for years, becomes angry with the Grace children when they destroy his nest inside the walls, and Jared is blamed for the ensuing havoc wrought by the brownie in retaliation including assaults on Mallory, Simon, and the trashing of the kitchen. Following a clue in the form of a riddle-poem, Jared finds Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You in a secret compartment in a trunk in the attic. The Field Guide is an old hand-written and illustrated book with information on different types of faeries. The novel ends as the Grace children make amends with Thimbletack by building him a new home out of an old birdhouse. Thimbletack then warns them that the book which they found is dangerous and was not meant to be in the hands of mortals.
OTHER MOVIES in the MONDAY MOVIE SERIES
July 18, Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988, 1 hr 44 min, PG
July 25, Monday, 8:15 pm – MOVIE: Mary Poppins, 1964, 2 hrs 19 min
August 1, Monday, 8:15 pm – MOVIE: The Big Sleep, 1946, 1 hr 54 min, for Camden Classics Weekend
August 9, Monday, 8:00 pm – MOVIE: Stardust, 2007, 2 hrs 7 min, PG-13
August 15, Monday, 8:15 pm – MOVIE: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain,1995, PG, 1 hr 39 min
August 22, Monday, 7:45 pm – MOVIE makeup date
Click here for the calendar of Amphitheatre events this summer, Music, Movies, Shakespeare, and More!