the little book of mary

Mary and The Witch’s Flower Premieres in American Theaters on January 18th 2018 (Nationwide January 19th)

GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Wednesday that they will premiere Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) film in U.S. theaters on Thursday, January 18. Regular screenings will start nationwide on January 19.

The premiere event will have two screenings: the English dub will screen at 7:00 p.m. local time and the English-subtitled version will screen at 8:00 p.m. local time. The screenings will include an exclusive interview with filmmakers and a commemorative item. Fathom Events will post a list of theaters when it opens ticket sales on Friday.

The film opened in Japan on July 8 and has earned 3 billion yen (US$28 million).

Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who directed Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty and When Marnie Was There, directed Mary and The Witch’s Flower, and also penned the script for the film alongside Riko Sakaguchi, who wrote the screenplay for Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Takatsugu Muramatsu (When Marnie Was There) composed the music. Yoshiaki Nishimura is credited as producer. The staff page on the film’s website further noted that many former staff from Studio Ghibli joined Ponoc in the film’s production.

The BFG’s Ruby Barnhill stars in the dub as the titular character Mary, and Kate Winslet (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Mountain Between Us) plays school chairwoman Madam Mumblechook. Jim Broadbent, who co-starred with Winslet in Iris, plays Mumblechook’s colleague Doctor Dee. Other cast members include Ewen Bremner, Lynda Baron, Rasmus Hardiker, Teresa Gallagher, Morwenna Banks, and Louis Ashbourne Serkis.

The film is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick. Studio Ponoc scouted locations in Shropshire, U.K., the setting of the original novel. The Japanese version stars Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Blade of the Immortal) as Mary and Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Secret World of Arrietty’s Sho, your name.’s Taki) as Peter.

if I watch any Disney movies with you then don’t expect that we’re just gonna “watch it”. no. we’re gonna sing the songs, know the choreography, memorize the lines, and I expect you to understand the references. Because once you agree to watch with me, there is no turning back.


From Mexico to the world.

Disney mariachi style, childhood in a single video.

courtesy: Memo aponte.

What Orsay really saw in Gone characters dreams...
  • Drake: Death, violence, darkness, murder etc.
  • Little Pete: Amazing vivid shapes and creations beyond human understanding
  • Caine: Taking over, killing Sam, Diana...
  • Diana: Surviving, food, evil plots but mostly Caine
  • Quinn: Fishing, food, family, probably Lana
  • Lana: Food, Patrick, The Darkness and maybe Sanjit
  • Edilio: ROGER, GAY, ROGER, GAY SEX and probably something to do with surviving
  • Astrid: Survival, family, Little Pete, Sam, food and other really considerate things
  • Orc: Killing Drake and beer - mostly beer
  • Brianna: Running, food and killing Drake
  • Computer Jack: Apple Macs and Brianna
  • Dekka: Literally just Brianna
  • Mary: Protecting the littles, food, death, weight, anxiety
  • Sam: Astrid tiddies.

GKIDS Acquires ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’

Indie distributor GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the inaugural feature from Japan-based Studio Ponoc.

The film is directed by Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There) and is produced by Studio Ponoc founder and two-time Academy Award-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There).

GKIDS distributed Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, both of which were nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower was written by Riko Sakaguchi, based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick. It tells the story of a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.

A winter release is planned. The deal was negotiated by Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Sales and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.

Source: Carolyn Giardina hollywoodreporter

Classic literature ladies that were definitely not straight

Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

Jo March (Little Women)

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins series)

Natasha Rostova (War and Peace)


Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Goodreads rating: 4.12

Oh. My. Gosh. It took me a while to process life again after finishing this book, because everything is a lie, I cannot trust any person ever again and nothing has meaning anymore. Yes, it was that good. If there’s something that I love, it’s books that completely screw up my perception of reality and keep me literally at the edge of my seat. Little Monsters did just that. I already kind of knew I would love it, because I read Kara’s The Darkest Corners last year and absolutely adored it. Little Monsters delivers another well written, page turning tale and I was hooked from page one.

From Goodreads:

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.”

I’m smitten with books that keep me guessing. The more complicated the mystery, the more invested I am in the plot, the characters and especially the ending. I always try to guess the twist. It’s part of why I love murder-mystery books so much. It’s like I’m transported into the story, alongside the main character, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Bonus points if the story has an unreliable narrator. Taking this into account, it was a given that I would have so much fun reading this book. There was a constant air of mystery surrounding everything, which helped me immerse in the book world.  

I loved LOVED the writing! Kara has this ability to make everything sound so poetic, despite the subject matter. I mean, she could probably make a grocery list sound like the next modern mystery. And the way she crafted the whole story is impressive, because she managed to hide everything in plain sight. I had NO clue what the hell was going on! I had to stop several times, with a big “WHAT EVEN” on my face. And everything is unraveled so artfully and, most of all, it makes sense. Once I got to the end, I wanted to slap myself, because “oh my gOD IT WAS THERE WHY DIDN’T I SEE IT”.

The characters were very well fleshed out, and it was fascinating to see how they evolved and to slowly see their motivations take shape. And as a reader, you tended to get sucked into their mind and share their suspicions of other characters. Which made the whole reading experience all the more confusing, yet exciting! I also like books that are centered on friendships and that explore the mindset and relationships of people in close knit groups, and Kacey, Bailey and Jade’s friendship gave me just that. It was fascinating to read about their relationship, but also quite unsettling, because Kara’s characters aren’t morally black or white, they’re shades of grey. You can agree with some of their decisions, and condemn others. Ultimately, they’re people. A little effed up (okay, a little more), but people nonetheless.

Little Monsters will surprise you. It’s a fairly short book, but with a lot of punch-you-in-your-guts action. It honestly left me so conflicted and dumbfounded, which is 100% a good thing. It’s a lesson that people can surprise you, in both a good way and a very, very bad one. That you might never truly know the person next to you. And that appearances can be incredibly deceiving. If you love books that keep you on your edge, this is a must read for you.

Favourite quotes:

“Maybe we were meant to find each other today. Maybe we’re the Not Okay Girls, and we’re supposed to save each other.”

“[…] all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit or a monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.”

“[…] that’s the truly incon­venient thing about having a family: even when you don’t owe them anything, you feel like you owe them fucking everything.”


To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)


Check out the 1949 edition of the Disney Giant Golden Book, Uncle Remus Stories. It not only has a beautiful cover by the amazing Mary Blair, damned near every illustration by Al Dempster (background artist on Fantasia, Dumbo, Song of the South and The Jungle Book) and Bill Justice (animator on Fantasia, The Three Caballeros, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan) are frame-worthy, as well!

First editions of Walt Disney’s Uncle Remus Stories can be purchased here.

order / chaos - showtunes about sticking to the rules and descending into discord

around here - 9 to 5 // the speed test - thoroughly modern millie // practically perfect - mary poppins // could you? - little women // the hammer - matilda // like other girls - daddy long legs // don’t break the rules - catch me if you can // learn your lessons well - godspell // spooky mormon hell dream - the book of mormon // pandemonium - the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee // dead girl walking (reprise) - heathers: the musical // why are all these heads off? - lizzie // the destruction - carrie // the world was wide enough - hamilton // totally fucked - spring awakening //


We know from the Season 7 summer finale that Mary Drake is in fact Spencer Hastings mother, which has left us with many, many questions. One thing we believe is that Spencer is still Veronica’s child.

Marlene King confirmed the story originated from Sara Shepard’s books in which Spencer is “adopted”. For anyone not familiar, Veronica was not actually Spencer’s birth mother; Olivia Caldwell is. Olivia was a surrogate to the Hastings, as Veronica had health issues and was warned that another pregnancy would be dangerous to her health.

Veronica Hastings was Spencer’s true mother, however, as Olivia was carrying Veronica’s egg. Now we think this storyline from the books will play out fully in the show, with Mary Drake being the Olivia Caldwell of the books. This still makes Veronica Hastings the mother of Spencer.


Wish that you were here; a playlist for the Winner’s trilogy. (listen)

And now I’m reaching out with every note I sing
And I hope it gets to you on some pacific wind
Wraps itself around you and whispers in your ear
Tells you that I miss you and I wish that you were here

Out of the 80 Penguin Little Black Classics, these are the ten that are written by women. 

32. Mary Kingsley: A Hippo Banquet
33. Jane Austen: The Beautifull Cassanda
39. Elizabeth Gaskell: The Old Nurse’s Story
42. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wall-Paper
48. Edith Wharton: The Reckoning
53. Christina Rossetti: Goblin Market
63. Emily Brontë: The Night Is Darkening Round Me
66. Kate Chopin: A Pair of Silk Stockings
72. Katherine Mansfield: Miss Brill
74. Sappho: Come Close


Trailer: Arrietty & Marnie Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi Launches New Studio and New Feature Film: Mary And The Witch Flower (2017)

Studio Ponoc, the anime studio founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, announced its first feature length anime film Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) on Thursday. The anime will debut in summer 2017. The film is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick.

Studio Ponoc posted both a Japanese and an English trailer. While the Japanese trailer reveals a summer 2017 debut, the English trailer just lists a 2017 debut.

Yonebayashi previously stated that he wanted his next film to be the “opposite” of When Marnie Was There.

Mary’s Teacher

Felicity Smoak teaches grade two and welcomes new student Mary Queen to her class.

This is a birthday present for @memcjo, I hope you like it!

Thanks to @almondblossomme for proofing. Also available on AO3.

“Class we have a new student today. This is Mary Queen, please be sure to make her feel welcome.” Felicity directed Mary to an empty desk near her own. She wanted to keep an eye on the little girl, it was hard being the new kid.

Felicity watched the pale girl, in the pretty dress make her way to her desk. She could see someone had tried hard to put her hair in a nice braid but the pieces of hair were already trying to break free. Mary took her seat and placed her face on her hands looking up. She really did have big beautiful blue eyes and right now they were filled with fear but she was trying to put on a brave face.

Felicity had been teaching the second grade for five years but she felt like she’d gotten pretty good at reading her kids and Mary was nervous. Felicity knew that Mary moved to Starling City with her Dad, no Mom in the picture. Felicity didn’t know her story yet but she was now in her class so she would do her best to help her adjust.


Just before the end of the day, Felicity got an email saying that Mary’s father had contacted the school saying he would be a couple of minutes late. She waited until the bell signaling the end of the day rang and stopped Mary on her way out the door.

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