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Watch: 'A Wrinkle in Time' in 90 Seconds


As a coda to last night's post, this was one of my favorites as a kid. A classic.

It's the first entry in the 90-second Newbery contest, in which entrants are asked to make a brief film of a Newbery Award-winning book. The Newbery is the most prestigious award for children's lit. I'm not sure what somebody who has never read A Wrinkle in Time would make of this clip, but for those of you who have (and I think that's plenty of you), this should bring back some amusing memories.


"A Wrinkle In Time" In 90 Seconds from James Kennedy on Vimeo.


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  1. Very nice. And hey, isn't the song playing during the credits "Johnny Are You Queer?"

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 19, 2011 1:37:35 PM

  2. Very cute and very good! One of my all time favorite books. It was one of the very first full-length novels I'd ever read and got me started on a lifetime love affair with books!

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 19, 2011 1:42:14 PM

  3. I see the whole series is available for Kindle. I read it as a child and didn't quite get it, but I was FASCINATED. Hope to reread this year . . . so added to wishlist to remind me to download.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Jan 19, 2011 1:47:24 PM

  4. Oh my gosh, how awesome! Totally brought back memories.

    Now I wanna see a version with a drag trio of Mrs. Who, Whatsit and Which. =)

    Posted by: Austin | Jan 19, 2011 1:48:34 PM

  5. The song is Telstar by the Tornadoes.

    Posted by: Natira | Jan 19, 2011 1:52:51 PM

  6. I played Charles Wallace in a school play version as a child. Now that I think about it, it was a lot like this.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 19, 2011 2:42:34 PM

  7. In the 5th grade, while attending a conservative Christian school where such fare was not encouraged, I discovered this book which was my entry into sci-fi/fantasy. They can tear my autographed copy out of my cold, dead hands!

    Posted by: KJ | Jan 19, 2011 3:10:03 PM

  8. "I am popular but sensitive (AND gay)."

    Posted by: Critifur | Jan 19, 2011 3:34:35 PM

  9. Eh...Not a fan.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jan 19, 2011 3:37:26 PM

  10. This is also one of my all time favorite series from my childhood. I was crushing on Calvin. I have yet to read anything past A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Many Waters, etc.

    Posted by: Critifur | Jan 19, 2011 3:40:57 PM

  11. Not a big fan of the book either. Surprised that a Christian school would discourage reading it as it is very pro-Christian and anti-Marxist. It's pro-female POV might get some conservatives upset, but I think they might not have actually read it.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 19, 2011 3:51:30 PM

  12. No Aunt Beast?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 19, 2011 4:58:24 PM

  13. Hello, this is James Kennedy, the organizer of the "90-Second Newbery" film festival. Thanks for posting and spreading the world!

    @Mike in the Tundra: We actually shot a part with Aunt Beast, but it ended up on the cutting room floor. 90 seconds goes by pretty quick.

    If anyone has kids or nieces or nephews and a video recorder, consider making something for the contest! We'll have a star-studded premiere of the 90-Second Newbery films at the New York Public Library this fall.

    Thanks again!

    Posted by: James Kennedy | Jan 19, 2011 5:32:39 PM

  14. Cute & creative.

    Posted by: GaryJ | Jan 20, 2011 2:29:39 AM

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