- 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up by Suzette Valle
ISBN 978-1-63322-043-0 $12.95 R Gr. 3-8
A bucket list for young cinema fans; a canon for family viewing; a viewers’ advisory or programming tool for youth librarians; a gauntlet thrown down to incite debate—this volume should serve movie enthusiasts in multiple ways. Valle organizes her suggestions into six categories: Family, Action/Adventure/Drama, Sports, Musicals, School, and Documentary/History; each movie features a substantial plot description, with sidebar consistent information on director, release date, rating, runtime, lead actors, box office gross, and music. The number of Academy Awards an entry received are noted but not specified by award category. Did You Know insets are varied and intriguing, from Robin Williams’ daily four-hour makeup ordeal for Mrs. Doubtfire, to the twenty-one hours and forty-nine minutes required to binge watch all the Harry Potter movies. Some truly uninspiring cartoon art provides a visual break for each entry, doubtless occasioned by the prohibitive cost [End Page 227] of securing movie stills; perhaps reflective of Hollywood’s milquetoast demographic bias, only a score or so of the selections represent non-Anglo cultures or persons of color. Nonetheless, there’s bound to be lively discussion over Valle’s choices (Star Wars, in, but Star Trek, out? Spellbound, yes, but Mad Hot Ballroom, no?), and the ratings from G to PG-13 should provide viewers of all ages with a broad selection of parent-approved films.