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Their lives all center around the mega-church activities and people affiliated with the church in one aspect or another. For being such a larger than life figure, Oprah Winfrey has gravitated as an actress toward playing more modest women of an ordinary stature. Winfrey is so celebrated as a media personality, she doesn't often get the credit for her versatility, strength and naturalism on screen.
That might be in part because, outside of some TV movies for Oxygen and animated voice work, she's limited her projects and only acted in a handful of notable films. Here's how they stack up from worst to best. In this forgettable adaptation of an otherwise powerful novel by Richard Wright, Winfrey plays the mother to Bigger Thomas. She goes from stern and strong-willed as she urges her son to find work to warm and desperate once she's pleading for her son's life. This is an early performance for Winfrey, and she'd find more presence in better projects later. Winfrey never plays herself in the movies.
And yet in Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time," she's literally larger than life, appearing as a giant in the sky dressed in chain mail and a massive blonde pillow of hair spewing Oprah-isms. But Ava DuVernay doesn't cast her to play a charismatic goddess. Instead, she's there to do what Oprah does best.
She brings hope, spirit and positivity to the film, and when she's talking to the film's main character, she has a gift of sounding as though she's talking directly to you.
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Mr Gum is back in this second hilarious book and he's as nasty as ever! In fact, he's absolutely grimsters. But this book's not just about him. Meet a gingerbread man named Alan Taylor who has electric muscles! Plus, all our favourite characters are also back: the little girl called Polly, the evil butcher called Billy William The Third, and the very wise man, Friday O'Leary. And, who could forget loveable Jake the dog, or the angry fairy who lives in Mr Gum's bathtub and whacks him on the head with a frying-pan?
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Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. This book's all about him.
And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl called Polly. Good evening and welcome to a tale of forests! Of legendary beasts! Of misbehaving children! Of caterpillars called Graham! But what dark secrets are hidden in that tree, where the leaves grow thick and green? Polly intends to find out, and she intends to find out by finding out. What will she find out? Read this book and you'll find out!
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Good evening. Talking parrots in the rooftops? A giant cactus on the high street? Mosquitos so nasty that even their own friends don't like them? Something's gone terribly wrong in Lamonic Bibber. Yes, folks, Polly and Friday are facing their biggest challenge yet. And I'm not just saying that, I've actually seen it happen.
Mr Gum's back! But what's he up to this time? Oh, dreadful things my friends, dreadful things indeed. It seems he's found himself a brand new treat - rancid kebabs just dripping with dirty grey sauce. And he just can't get enough of them. He's gotta have more! I mean, More!
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But not everyone's too happy about Mr Gum's new dinnertime arrangements and soon the town of Lamonic Bibber is gearing up for war. Can Polly and her friends save the town from being torn apart? Will Mr Gum's hunger ever be satisfied?
And who on earth is Thora Gruntwinkle? You'll see a gingerbread man driving through London! You'll see an annoying little monkey driving everyone mad!
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You'll see Friday O'Leary falling asleep in a hedge! Yes, it's all there in glorious black and white, my friends. Except for the cover, which is in colour. It's Bonus. What's for Dinner, Mr Gum? Do you like bears called Padlock?
Course you do. Do you like hot-air balloons? Join two intrepid explorers as they take a train-o, jump on a plane-o, ride a Great Dane-o down the lane-o on their way to look at the volcano. Nothing could possibly go wrong - could it?! A hilariously anarchic rhyming story from multi-award-winning author Andy Stanton. This stunning book is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and child as they share the magic, joy and love in the world, both past and present. There is magic in everything. The world is a spinning star, No matter how old you are.
This book brings together two of the most exciting talents in children's books - Andy Stanton and David Litchfield. It's barking bonkers! The sixth sensational Mr Gum story, read by the author and with music and sound effects. Stanton's the Gov'nor, the Boss. As the meat and grease whizz through the air, it's down to Polly and her friends to break up the fight.