There are 24 Jack Reacher books in the popular Lee Child series. Fans can rest assured that new titles will be appearing now that Lee Child has decided to have his younger brother, Andrew, take over the series. Lee Child states that his brother has more energy and ideas, at this point, to do the character justice. The new author name will appear as Andrew Child.
A longtime favorite British author of mine recently passed way on December 31st, 2019. M.C. Beaton (Marion Chesney), age 83, was popular for her Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series along with her earlier romance books. Her latest Agatha novel (“Beating about the Bush”) was released this past December and was a television show (as was the Hamish series). Beaton wrote over 150 books and was known for her cozy mysteries and humor. I will miss her reliable 2 titles per year and always wonder if Agatha would have married Sir Charles in the end? We will never know….
Another movie edition of the 1923 Newbery-winning classic opens this month in theaters. The first book in the series published in 1920 is “The Story of…” The most recent movie seems to be mostly based on book #2, “The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle.” A not-to-be-forgotten classic, the Doolittle stories are great read-alouds for kids. The doctor’s amazing ability to speak the languages of animals always amazed me. Take yourself to the movie and don’t forget to read the books, too!
From page to stage. Paddington Bear appears in “Paddington Gets in a Jam” at the DR2 theater on Manhattan’s east side. In this young theater event from the people that presented The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Paddington show is perfect for cubs ages 4-9. While kids may have read the books and seen the movies, there’s nothing like live theater. Paddington live is a comedy about our favorite bear from Peru who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Brown at 32 Windsor Gardens. A new Paddington TV series is set to begin this year on Nickelodeon so be sure to take your little ones to see him in person. Running through March 2020, the theater is close to Union Square and Irving Place.
Things to look forward to in 2020 include a new Hunger Games book with a May release date. Collins new novel is a prequel set before the start of The Hunger Games and will fill in some history of what happened before during The Dark Days. Happy New Year!