Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Secret of Kells (2009)

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secret of the kells coverSurrounded by an imposing wall, a young monk named Brendan lives in safety with his uncle, Abbot Cellach. The Abbot expects Brendan will want to succeed him as the leader of the Abbey of Kells, but one day Aiden of Iona arrives and teaches Brendan the art of writing illuminated manuscripts. Soon Brendan begins to think his calling lies as a writer. During an errand to collect nuts to make Aiden’s ink, Brendan meets a forest spirit named Aisling. This new friendship will introduce Brendan to a new world full of pagan gods and mystical spirits.

This movie was inspired by the very real Book of Kells, an illuminated gospel housed in the Abbey at Kells in Ireland. The animation of the film was based on the actual Book of Kells, which will make the film incredibly delightful for those who are fans of both children’s movies and illuminated manuscripts. Not only is the film visually beautiful, but the story is thrilling with equal parts action, drama, and wonder. Although the film took inspiration from a Christian gospel book, it is only fleetingly religious. The content of the Book of Kells primarily takes a back seat to the stunning artwork it contains. The film will most likely captivate art lovers of all ages.

Check the PPLC Catalog for The Secret of the Kells.

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