In Love With the New Hunger Games Tie-In Books

I received an email yesterday from Amazon.com letting me know my Hunger Games movie tie-in books (and The Hunger Pains parody book) would be delivered today. Needless to say, I was in heaven when I got home to see the slender brown packages waiting for me.
What can be better than coming home to find these waiting for you!?
(OK, don't answer that. LOL) 

I immediately started flipping through The Hunger Games The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and turned to a picture of a roast pig. Yes, it had an apple in its mouth. For people who haven't read the novel that picture may make no sense, but those of us who have know that is one of the essential parts of the novel. Who would have thought I'd be so happy to see a picture of a pig?

The other thing that stood out was all the crazy Capitol fashions. Wow...this movie is going to be amazing!

So then I had to turn to The Hunger Games Tribute Guide. This offered some interesting tidbits about each tribute, their "weapons" (Peeta's first weapon of choice is listed as a spear...??), and detailed descriptions about their outfits for the Opening Ceremony (or, referred to in the movie apparently, the "Tribute Parade"). It also confirmed what a teacher from North Carolina shared with me in this post last August: the 12-18 year-olds in each district must give a blood/DNA sample as a "check-in" before the reaping begins. And we'll all be looking for Suzanne Collins to be collecting that DNA from Katniss and Prim.

My son is going to read The Hunger Pains parody first, so I'll let you know later what he thinks. 
These books were well worth the price and I noticed that in my March TAB flyer from Scholastic.com, the Tribute Guide is listed for $6. Looks like I will be ordering more for my classroom!

The Hunger Games The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan is published by Scholastic Inc., Feb. 7, 2012, ISBN-10: 0545422906 ISBN-13: 978-0545422901

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife is published by Scholastic Inc., Feb. 7, 2012, ISBN-10: 0545457823 ISBN-13: 978-0545457828

The Hunger Pains: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon is published by Touchstone, Feb. 7, 2012, ISBN-10: 1451668201 ISBN-13: 978-1451668209

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