Book-to-Big-Screen Winners

February 28th, 2012 by

Monday mornings are always rough, but it was especially hard for me to get out of bed yesterday because I stayed up watching the Oscars on Sunday night. Did you?

My favorite part of the Oscars is always checking out what the celebrities are wearing, but this year I was also paying close attention to all the categories where War Horse and Hugo were nominated, since they’re both based on children’s books. Though neither one picked up the Best Picture award, I was delighted when The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won for Best Animated Short Film. What what! Book love at the Oscars! Raise the roof! Holla!

Anyway…

Since I have book-to-movie adaptations on the brain, I thought maybe you guys would too. So here’s a round-up of our favorite films based on children’s books, to help you get ready for your next DVD night. Out of ALL our movie reviews on Kidsmomo, these are the ones that got two smileys from us!

How to Train Your Dragon, based on the book by Cressida Cowell:

(And apparently there’s a sequel in the works. Yahoo!)

 

Ramona and Beezus, based on the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary:

 

Flipped, based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen:

 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the book by Judi and Ron Barrett:


Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the classic by Roald Dahl:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1:

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2:

Looking for even more kidlit cinema? You can watch all of our movie reviews, check out our booklist, and listen to our “Lights, Camera, Action” podcast! Get your popcorn ready!

— Karen

In addition to the movies listed here, Karen’s other favorite book-to-big-screen films are probably: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Notice any trend?

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