Before I get to the meat of this post, can we all just say "GRK!" a few times? Thank you.

For those of you who, like me, had never seen that glorious word until this morning, it's actually the name of the dog in a British series of children's books (yes, another one of those). The series so far consists of three books -- A Dog Called Grk, Grk and the Pelotti Gang and Grk and the Hot Dog Trail -- that follow the adventures of a 12-year-old boy and his dog (Grk!) as they "fight an evil dictator in Eastern Europe, chase dangerous criminals in South America and pursue other adventures in exotic locations around the world." Film rights to all three of the books were recently picked up by Xingu Films, the production company run by Trudie Styler (who, in addition to being Mrs. Sting, is also a sometime-actress and a very successful producer in her own right).

According to Styler, the series is ripe for the jump to cinema because it's about a normal kid (read: Not Harry Potter or Alex Ryder) who is simply "a citizen who does the right thing and becomes a young activist." Furthermore, "The stories are wildly entertaining and set in exotic places. It's done with the broad stroke of high adventure." So there, haters. Grk! The Hollywood Reporter compares the books to Hergé's Tintin series, which annoys me because nothing can ever be as wonderful as Tintin (and even if Grk does have a better name, there's no way he's as cool as Snowy), but they do sound pretty appealing -- anyone actually read the things?
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