Pet Travel Book Club (In which my first entry has no pets, no travel, and no book)

Edie Jarolim is one scary lady.

She’s brainy. She has a wicked sense of humor. She’s thoughtful. And she’s a great writer.

Why is that so scary?

Because she has handed the reins for the Pet Travel Book Club over to me.

The Pet Travel Book Club Reviews a Movie

Wild Parrot - Cherry Headed Conure by Gwen Harlow on FlickrFollowing in Edie’s footsteps, Stepping into Edie’s shoes, Accepting the baton Edie has passed, Following Edie is an intimidating prospect. It has me worried about writing clichés (see above). I’m obsessed with split infinitives (what is a split infinitive, anyway?). And don’t get me started on whether I’ll ever be able to pick books as charming as those Edie has already reviewed.

I decided to break with the past by making my first review of a film. Great idea, huh?

  • A film takes less time to watch so perhaps more people will take part with my first review.
  • And what’s not to like about movies that involve animals?

My initial film choice won all kinds of awards and features a great, great actress. But it’s a bit bleak. And I didn’t want my first review to end with suicide attempts or anyone seeking comfort in a full box of Twinkies.

So I decided to go with beautiful and upbeat.

A Visit to Netflix and 83 Minutes

Entering the Pet Travel Book Club is easy. All it takes is watching a lovely film for 83 minutes. How lovely?

Here’s a taste:

On February 16, I’ll post a review at A Traveler’s Library and here at Something Wagging. Stop by and join the fun by commenting whether you’ve seen the movie or not.

You can find The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill at your local library, Netflix, or you can order a copy from Amazon using the link below. [Disclosure: if you use the link, I will earn a few cents from your purchase. Thank you.]

Start watching. We’ll see you on February 16.

[Photo by Gwen Harlow.]

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  1. I thought I saw a flash of a sulphur-crested cockatoo somewhere in that clip!

    Congratulations on your new designation/project, btw. Your plate is so full! But it sounds like you’re going to enjoy it heaps :)

  2. Thank you for your very kind words. If it’s any consolation, I often have very little confidence in myself or my writing; I believe it comes with the territory of being a thoughtful — read: obsessive/neurotic — person.

    But I do have great confidence in my assessments of other people, and I would never have handed the reins of the book club to you if I didn’t think you could handle it, and that you would handle it in your own inimitable way, not mine. You’ve already proved this with your first selection.

    I love that it is a film, not a book. And it looks delightful.

    But just so you know, I have no problem with split infinitives. Not all infinitives were meant to stay together, and I’m all for divorce in those cases. Prepositions at the end of a sentence? Not a problem! So if you need the grammar police, you’ll have to call another number. 😉

  3. Cool idea, Pamela! I saw a dozed or so parrots in Austin the other day and I imagined they might have escaped from a pet store – but perhaps they’ve also decided to winter here! =)

  4. Great idea although for selfish reasons I hoped for Dog Inc. – I started reading it after your recommendation – but there is no travel so I was afraid it would be out of scope. Think you did the only right thing by extending the definition some-what :)

  5. I love this idea! I’ll admit, tropical birds make me a little nervous, but I think it’s because of just how intelligent they are. I am not sure if I can view this on Netflix Canada, but I am going to look for it. Fears be danged!

  6. Ohhhhhhh, I’ve been trying to convince my other half that we NEED at least a pair of birds. In your opinion, do you think this movie will help get me the birds I want? (Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes!) If so, then count me in.

  7. I’m pulling out the iPad2 and revving up the Netflix tonight. This is easier than going to the library unless they only offer it in DVD :(. Looks verry interesting, esp. with the parrot keeping time with the music – I know naught about birds except I like the ones I’m around. Very good start!

  8. I’m a grammar nerd, but those who are obsessed with split infinitives need to relax. Would they really have preferred “to go boldly where no man has gone before” over “to boldly go where no man has gone before”? There’s something to be said for artistic license.

    Can’t wait to check out the movie – I’m excited that it’s available on Netflix Instant!

  9. This sounds rather intriguing! I may have to see if I can get it in our Netflix queue before then. The other part will be remembering what I need to write about when the time comes…

  10. I’m with Kristine, I’m just a little (okay, a lot) afraid of birds, but watching them in a film should be safe :) I’ll look for it on Netflix – Congrats on your new project!

  11. Good luck with your new venture leading the Pet Travel Book Club. I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t have Netflix and would rather read a book than watch a movie, so I might not be able to join in on this one, but I’ll keep checking in as you go along. I must say, those parrots are beautiful.

  12. Rebecca Boren says:

    And for purists or those without DVD players the story is also available in book form. Same title I think.

  13. Sounds like fun.

  14. woo woo!!! Looking forward to it!

  15. You are so funny. Yes. Edie is wicked smart, but so are you! Have to agree on the intimidating part, although Edie seems to have gotten past my failure to follow the grammar rules often. :)

    Love the idea of choosing a movie. It just so happens that PBS aired this some time ago. I loved it. I migt just have to re-watch it. Looking forward to the discussion. I hope I won’t be late!

  16. Very cool! Can’t wait to check out the movie and read your review. And I think Edie made a fabulous choice when she decided to hand the reins over to you. Congratulations. :)