Thursday, May 2, 2013

Books to Movies

Spring has finally arrived, but to pass the rainy days ahead check out this list of books that were turned into movies.  See which movies stayed true to the book, and which went in their own direction.  Whether it started as a picture book, a novel, or a comic; all these movies have great family appeal.  Below are the summaries for the movie.  Enjoy!

Adventures of Tintin by Herge
While shopping at an outdoor market, young reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, buy a model of an old ship called the Unicorn.  A strange man named Sakharine tries to buy the model from him, but Tintin refuses. He discovers that the ship contains a clue about a hidden treasure, but before he can locate it, Tintin is kidnapped and given over to the custody of drunken Capt. Haddock with whom he eventually teams up with to find the treasure.

Ant Bully by John Nickle
Lucas has difficulty adjusting to moving to a new neighborhood and begins taking out his aggression on an ant colony in his backyard. The last straw is when he tries to flood the ant hill. The ants strike back; magically shrink Lucas down to their size and forcing him to work in their colony.

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfield
Ballet Shoes is the story of orphans Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil, who are adopted by an eccentric explorer, Gum, and raised as sisters by his selfless niece. The story revolves around each girl's struggle to fulfill her dreams: Pauline longs to be an actress, Petrova yearns to be an aviator, and Posy seems born to be a ballerina.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old Opal, discovers a stray dog at her local grocery store and names him Winn-Dixie.  Opal adventures outside her new home to make friends with the help of her new dog.  She befriends the eccentric town people and finds a way to reconnect with her father, who she has not been close with since her mother left them.

BFG by Roald Dahl
Sophie is snatched from her bed in the orphanage one night by the BFG (big friendly giant) and taken away to Giant Country. Sophie begins to help the BFG with his job of collecting, cataloging, and delivering pleasant dreams to children, but they also must stop the mean giants from following them and eating the children.

Borrowers by Mary Norton
In the Secret World of Arrietty, fourteen-year-old, Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live a peaceful life out of view of human.  They make their home from items that they borrow from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Teenagers, Doon and Lina are citizen of the City of Ember, a community that has flourished for generations without ever being touched by natural light.  But now the city’s power is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to go out.  Now Doon and Lina rush to find a way out of the city, and save the citizens before their world goes dark forever.

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett
Flint Lockwood loves to invent things but none of his inventions work. When the town he lives in is in an economic crisis, Flint invents a machine that turns water into food, but sadly it gets sucked into the atmosphere. Then it starts raining food!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline and her family move to a new home, where Coraline finds a hidden world that parallels her own behind a secret bricked up wall. Feeling neglected by her parents, Coraline thinks this parallel world is better than her own until her “Other Parents” will not let her go home to her true parents.

Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
As a baby Ella is blessed with the gift of obedience, but this becomes a curse when she must do whatever anyone tells her.  Ella has to keep this secret from her new stepmother in order to protect her best friend, who happens to be the prince.  At the same time Ella has to find the fairy who cursed her and break the spell. 

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
In world where dragons used to roam, a young farm boy, Eragon discovers a mysterious dragon egg and learns that he has been chosen to fight the most powerful enemy.  This egg leads his on a journey to become a dragon rider and defend his world against an evil king. 

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Juli Baker thinks its love at first sight when she lays eyes on Bryce Losky in kindergarten; however, Bryce just thinks she’s incredibly weird. At first Juli comes on a little strong, but after a few years, begins to think that Bryce may be a real looser, while Bryce starts to think Juli may be really cool after all.

Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by the owls of St. Aggie's; where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist the islands noble, wise owls, who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's.

Harriet the spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet M. Welsh is an amateur spy.  She keeps track of her friends secret and habits in her secret notebook but when her friends find it, they turn the tables on her. Can she win her friends back but keep going with the spy business?

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
The three teenagers find themselves fighting for the same cause when they realize that a population of endangered burrowing owls is threatened by new construction by taking on crooked politicians and bumbling cops in the hope of saving the owls.

How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell
A young Viking, Hiccup, being trained to fight dragons, secretly befriends a dragon and begins studying them.  Through Hiccup’s friendship he learns to understand the dragons and discovers that it is only with the dragons help that he can save his village from destruction.

Incredible journey by Sheila Burnford
In Homeward Bound, a family moves across the country and have to leave their pets on a friends farm.  The two dogs and cat trek across the country from San Francisco to the east coast to find their owners whom they believe have accidently left them behind, crossing dangerous and wild terrain. 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Meggie’s  father, Mo has the ability to read characters out of storybooks but when something comes out something also has to go into the story.  One night Mo accidentally releases the villains from the book Inkheart and traps his wife inside the story.  Mo, Meggie, and Meggie’s aunt have to stop the freed villain from destroying all the copies of Inkheart and free her mother from the book.

Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Hugo, an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris, learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains.

Judy Moody and the not so bummer summer by Megan McDonald
Judy's plans for a summer-long thrill contest are quickly dashed when she discovers that two of her friends, Rocky and Amy, are going away for the summer, and she'll be left at home with second-best friend Frank Pearl and her brother Stink.  Then  Judy’s parents leave her and Stink with their Aunt Opal while they go on vacation alone.

Lemonade mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
Olivia, Mo, Charlie, Stella, and Wen meet in detention and discover they all have a love for music.  Each from a different social group, they manage to form a garage band and become a symbol for students sidelined by the high school elite.

Mr. Popper's penguins by Richard Atwater
Business man Tom Popper lives for his job and never has time for his children. When he is sent five penguins, he begins to connect to his children and builds a magical winter wonderland for the penguins and his children to play in while his business life begins to unravel.
Night at the museum by Milan Trenc
Divorced and unemployed Larry Daley is struggling to be successful and not disappoint his sun.  Larry takes a job as a night watchman at the Museum of Natural History.  During his first night on the job, he discovers that all the artifacts in the museum come to life as the sun goes down every night. 
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson has just discovered that he is a demi-god; the son of Greek god Poseidon.  When Zeus’s lightning bolt is stolen it is up to Percy and his new found friends to retrieve the bolt and avoid the start of a war between the gods.  This is the beginning of Percy’s adventure.
Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
After Ramona’s dad loses his job, Ramona and her families have to make major changes to their lives and get used to her father running the household.  Ramona comes up with several imaginative ways of making money so she can save her home.  But with her family distracted by other matters, things go awry. 

Rescuers by Margery Sharp
When a bottle containing a plea for help from a little girl named Penny makes its way to the Rescue Aid Society, a mouse organization in the basement of the United Nations building dedicated to the rescue and well-being of anyone in need, Miss Bianca Bernard, to rescue the girl.  They find out from clues left at the Penny’s home, the Morning Side Orphanage that Penny was kidnapped and taken to a dangerous and remote place by two thieves and Miss Bianca and Bernard must rescue her before it is too late.
Rise of the guardians by William Joyce
Jack Frost has been selected as the new guardian by the moon to join Nicholas St. North, E. Aster Bunnymund, and Sanderson.  Together they must put aside their drastic difference to protect the children of the world against, Pitch.  Pitch wants to replace children’s joy with fear and darkness.

Shrek! by William Steig
Shrek is a very cranky ogre who loves living in his own secluded swamp and finds himself suddenly overrun by all the fairytale characters who have been exiled to the swamp by the evil Lord Farquaad. Farquaad says he’ll grant Shrek his solitude if he retrieves the Princess Fiona from a Dragon guarded tower. Shrek and his friend Donkey find and rescue the fair Princess, but on the way to Lord Farquaad Shrek and Fiona realize their feelings for each other are more than just skin deep.

Spiderwick chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi
After Jared’s family moves to a dilapidated estate owned by his great aunt, strange things begin happening and everyone begins to blame Jared.  Jared has a history of being a troublemaker.  However, magical creatures begin to roam the property.  They are all after a special book that Jared has uncovered: a field guide written by Arthur Spiderwick.

Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Despereaux is a mouse that loves to read rather than eat books.  Despereaux, along with a rat the prefers the sun to darkness, and a servant girl’s lives all become intertwined with Princess Pea’s when she tries to fix her kingdom, including her father who still greaves the death of the Queen.

 A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle
Brother and sister, Meg and Charles Wallace along with their friend Calvin are aided by the strange trio of Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who in finding their father who disappeared during an experiment he was working on for the government. Their travels take them around the universe and through several misadventures before they are finally reunited with their family.

What is your favorite movie that started out as a book?  Did it make our list?  If not let us know.  If you are looking for a more complete list of books turned into movies for kids stop by the North Castle Children's Room or send us a request via email.

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