From Page to Screen: New TV & Movie Adaptations

April 3rd, 2022 by

If you’re like me, then as soon as you finish an outstanding book, you want to do three things:

  1. Magically relive the experience of reading it again for the first time
  2. Tell everyone about it
  3. Watch a TV or movie adaptation that perfectly captures everything about it

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to achieve #1.

Fortunately, I have Kidsmomo in order to accomplish #2.

As for #3, well, it’s probably an impossible wish for an adaptation to perfectly capture everything about a book — so I’m happy to give any adaptation a try, just so long as it extends my experience with the characters and world of a favorite story. And if it’s not great? Luckily, I can always go back and reread the original book!

In that spirit, I’m excited to spread the word about three new TV/film adaptations of beloved books:

Theodosia series on HBO Max, based on the book series by R.L. LaFevers

When I first heard about this new streaming show, I was positively shocked — not because the books would make for a bad adaptation, but because it took soooooooooo long for this to happen! Did you know that the first Theodosia book came out in 2007? And I was kind of a latecomer because I didn’t even read it until 2010 (check out my Kidsmomo review from back then). But I guess that kind of timing doesn’t really matter when you’re talking about a story that takes place in the early 1900s and deals with ancient Egyptian curses! Watch the magic come to life in the trailer below!

Better Nate Than Ever movie on Disney+, based on the novel by Tim Federle

Here are a few things I love: Broadway musicals, New York City, funny books. Put them all together, and you’ve got Better Nate Than Ever! In both the book and the movie, Nate is a complete Broadway fanatic who is often bullied because no one else in his Pennsylvania hometown really understands him. The only person who truly gets him is his best friend, Libby, who convinces him to sneak away to NYC to audition for a new Broadway show. As you can imagine, Nate is not necessarily prepared for what he encounters in the big city, but there’s no stopping him now! Read my Kidsmomo review of the book for more info, and then check out the movie trailer below!

Coming Soon – The Bad Guys movie, based on the book series by Aaron Blabey

Starting April 22, movie theaters across the country will be overtaken by evil animals who only care about themselves and can never be trusted… or is that just an unfair reputation that they don’t deserve? In the book series, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, and Mr. Shark are determined to prove that they’re not the villains everyone believes they are, but their attempts at good deeds don’t always go as planned. From the movie trailer below, it seems like the film may not follow the books exactly, but it does seem to capture the same humor. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see — and in the meantime, you can read the books!

Have YOU watched any of these TV/movie adaptations yet or read the original books? Leave a comment with your thoughts! In your view, how do the adaptations compare to the books?

— Karen

Karen also recently discovered that Apple TV+ has a show based on the book Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh — but Karen doesn’t have access to Apple TV+. Harriet would probably have a solution to this, but as we know from the book, Harriet’s spying did not always end well for her. So Karen is probably going to stick to reading about Harriet’s adventures for now.

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Book to Movie: Concrete Cowboy

April 2nd, 2021 by

You know how every time you go on Netflix, a video immediately starts playing and you have to scramble to turn off the sound or scroll down the page to get it to stop and you’re super aggravated and annoyed? Well, maybe that’s just me… But today I was actually incredibly excited by the video that greeted me: a trailer for the new movie Concrete Cowboy!

The film is based on the book Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, which I previously reviewed for Kidsmomo. I recommended the book back then, and I still recommend it now! Here’s part of my review:


“With each turn of the page, I was drawn even more into the action and wanted to know what would happen next. And I also really enjoyed learning about this community I’d never heard of before — even without the illustrations, all the vivid descriptions brought it to life in my imagination, but the pictures by Jesse Joshua Watson are also awesome.”

To learn more, watch the movie trailer below and read my full book review!

And if you’ve already read the book or seen the movie, please leave a comment below with your thoughts!

— Karen

Karen also recently learned about cowboy poetry, which originated in the late 1800s when cowboy crews spent months on long-distance cattle drives across the West. These crews (including Black cowboys) would entertain themselves on the road by singing and playing music, telling stories, and composing their own songs and poems. Now Karen has spent literal hours reading cowboy poetry and watching their performances online!

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Books to Big Screen (Kinda): Stargirl and Timmy Failure

February 26th, 2020 by

Usually when we share trailers for movies based on books, it makes sense to say “Books to Big Screen” because the films are released in theaters. But fortunately, streaming TV now makes it possible to enjoy some book-to-movie adaptations from the comfort of your couch. So put on your favorite PJs, grab some microwave popcorn, and check out this downsized (but still very exciting) edition of Books to Big Screen (Kinda)

In just a few weeks, Disney+ will release its adaptation of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. We really love this book and we’ve both read it multiple times — so to be honest, we’re already a bit concerned that the characters and imagery in the trailer don’t match what’s in our imaginations. (Yes, we are two different people with two different brains. But somehow, what’s in the trailer seems off to both of us.) Let’s just hope that the movie ends up doing justice to the original book. You can bet we’ll be glued to our screens and judging it hard-core — much like the students at Mica High judge poor Stargirl. (So maybe we should be less judgy? Well, we have this website. What’s their excuse?)

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Stargirl movie below. It will be available starting March 13th!

If you simply can’t wait until then to get your book-to-movie fix, then you’re in luck: Disney+ has already released an adaptation of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Take a look at the trailer below — and if you’ve already watched the film, then you’re in luck because there are seven books in the series to keep you entertained!

Are you excited for the new Stargirl movie? Have you already watched the Timmy Failure film? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Books to Big Screen: The Secret Garden & Little Women

September 23rd, 2019 by

Over the last couple months, the world was treated to trailers for two forthcoming movies based on beloved children’s classics: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Funnily enough, both books already have multiple movie and TV adaptations — but the most recent theatrical releases were about 25 years ago, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Hollywood decided it was time for more remakes.

Check out the new trailers, and compare them to the older adaptations:
The Secret Garden: Coming in Spring 2020

The Secret Garden: 1993 version

Little Women: Coming in December 2019

Little Women: 1994 version

I’m pretty excited about the new Little Women movie, but to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about the new version of The Secret Garden. It looks gorgeous, but it seems like the filmmakers may be straying quite a bit from the original story. Then again, this is just the teaser trailer. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a better sense of the film whenever they release a full trailer.

What do YOU think? Are you excited for the new adaptations? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

Karen must admit, she still has a magazine ad for the 1993 adaptation of The Secret Garden hanging on the wall in her old bedroom at her parents’ house. To be honest, she doesn’t really remember the movie, but she must have liked it! Maybe it’s time for a rewatch before the new one comes out…

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Books to Big Screen: The House with a Clock in Its Walls

September 4th, 2018 by

The other day, I was walking down the street when I spotted an ad for the new movie The House with the Clock in its Wallsbased on the book by John Bellairs.

First, I was like: “What the what? I didn’t know about this!” because how is there a book-to-film adaptation that I wasn’t on top of? And it stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, two actors I love!

Then, I was like: “I gotta get a copy of that book pronto!” because I always like to read the original source material before seeing the movie.

So I got myself the book that very same day, and I was super pleased with myself. But then I watched the trailer, and that threw a big wrench into my plans — because you guys, the movie looks really scary! I mean, I knew it was a mystery involving witches and warlocks, but I didn’t know it would be so creepy. And I do not do well with creepy!

Here, check out the trailer for yourself:

Honestly, I’m not sure I can watch this movie. Seems like it was designed to induce nightmares!

Fortunately, this second movie trailer includes some comedy and whimsy, so maybe the film won’t be a complete creep-fest after all. Take a look:

What do you think? Based on these trailers, do you expect the movie to be a terrifying horror film or a magical adventure? Maybe some of both? And are you planning to see it when it hits theaters on September 21st? Me? I’m still trying to decide if I have the nerve!

— Karen

In addition being nervous about the movie, Karen is also now a bit anxious about reading the book! Can anyone out there tell her how scary the original book is on a scale of 1 to 10 — with 1 being “all rainbows and sunshine, nothing creepy here” and 10 being “OMG, you’ll have to sleep with the lights on for the rest of your life”? Thanks, bye!

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New Book-to-Movie Trailers

August 1st, 2017 by

Alert: Your summer vacation may be half over. For those of you in certain school districts, it might be soon over! How have you been spending your time away from the classroom? At the beach, camping, or activity-filled day camps? Are you making new friends at summer school? Or enjoying the air conditioning and the thousands of amazing free books in your local library?

No matter how you’ve been spending your vacation, take a break from your break, ’cause you’re gonna want to see these movie trailers and teasers for upcoming book-to-movie adaptations!


Based on the novel by Brian Selznick

The Breadwinner

Based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, of which we have 101 book reviews from You(th)!

A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle

Bonus: Ferdinand

This animated movie adaptation is based on the picture book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, which you may have read when you were younger — it looks fun!

Bad news: We’re going to have to wait months for these movies.

Good news: The videos above for A Wrinkle in Time and Wonderstruck were just teasers, so we’ll be treated to more movie footage soon.

Even better news: You can read all of these books and submit a book review to Kidsmomo while waiting for them to hit the silver screen!

— Nancy

Nancy wants to call out another excellent trailer for A Wrinkle in Time — this one with perhaps just a wee less production budget:

Books to Big Screen: Wonder Movie Trailer

May 30th, 2017 by

wonder-posterHere are my two favorite things in life: children’s books and food. So you probably won’t be surprised that when I attended a friend’s party recently, I spent a good amount of time stuffing my face and talking about the book I had just finished.

That book was Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio, the companion to the critically acclaimed and totally beloved book Wonder.

Based on Wonder‘s popularity, you’ve probably heard of it. In fact, you’ve probably read it yourself! If not, I highly recommend it — and I’m not the only one: Check out these reviews from other young readers.

So, if you’re a fan of Wonder, then you probably already knew that a movie adaptation is in the works. And that’s what we were taking about at the party — which actors are in it, when it’s coming out, and how Auggie might be portrayed.

Well, now the first trailer is finally out! Watch it below:


So, what do you think?

Some people at the party guessed that the movie will start with Auggie wearing his space helmet, so that there is a more dramatic reveal later. If the trailer is any indication, the full movie may indeed take that approach.

Other people guessed that a good portion of the movie might be shot from Auggie’s point of view. The trailer does not support that theory, but who knows what isn’t shown here?

My personal opinion is that Auggie doesn’t look exactly as described in the book. But I tend to be a big stickler for faithfulness to the source material, and I always get annoyed when movie adaptations stray too far. So maybe it doesn’t matter that Auggie is not depicted in the movie precisely as he is described in the book — as long as the film gets the heart of the characters and the story right. And for that, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the final movie is like!

Are you planning to watch the movie? What do you think of the trailer? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

Once a friend remarked to Karen, “I can’t believe how you always find people to talk with you about children’s books at parties.” Guess that’s what happens when you have narrow interests and a persistent demeanor!

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Book to Screen Adaptations We Need!

December 18th, 2016 by

I am SO excited about book to screen adaptations these days! The Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events releases next month, and I’m still bubbling over with joy from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month. But since I might be a book-and-movie-and-TV addict (I just really like stories, okay?), I put together a wish list of amazing books that I, we, the world need* to see acted out:

*additional dramatic flair injected into this blog post for emphasis. 

Adaptations “In Development”

These are books that have already been “picked up” by movie studios — in some cases, with specific directors attached — but we haven’t heard a peep about them in awhile!

graveyard-book-neil-gaiman The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Karen reported on this news in 2012. 2012! Since she and I are way older than Kidsmomo readers, it’s quite possible we will be in our graveyards by the time the movie comes out.

The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
The author announced the movie is in the works, but no other news yet… A World Without Princes? How are we to survive in a world without this movie adaptation?!

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It was announced that Kenneth Branagh, who directed last year’s adaptation of Cinderella, would be directing this movie! But this news is from September 2015, so hopefully he hasn’t called upon his former role of Gilderoy Lockhart and forgotten all about it
false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsen The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
In August, Jennifer Nielsen announced that the script was in progress, so this adaptation seems to be the furthest along. Hopefully we’ll see it soon! Otherwise, I’ll be upset that I was given false hope about seeing The False Prince on screen!

Books & Series Moviemakers Should Take Note Of

The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart 
This series would be better adapted as a television series. With the complicated twists and turns in the plot and deep back stories of interesting characters, how could a 90-minute movie do one book justice, let alone the whole series? If it were a television series, we could watch Reynie, Sticky, and Constance’s adventure unfold over many hours. Days. Weeks. Months. Years. Decades! Okay, not decades. I went too far.
Gregor the Overlander The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
If there’s one thing the comments on our super-funny-but-turns-out-not-funny-hurt-a-lot-of-people’s-feelings-really-sorry-about-that April Fool’s blog post has taught us, it’s that this series NEEDS to be made into a movie!
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley 
As I expressed vehemently in our review of Circus Mirandus, this magical book would be wonderful on the silver screen! But if I had to choose, I’d rather get a book sequel instead. Please don’t make me choose!
time-fetch The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
Time travel is tricky, but with the right script adaptation for this action-packed book, a science fiction fantasy movie could be the TIME of your life. Yuk yuk yuk.

The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London
Both of these books are excellent in their own right, but I mostly just can’t get enough of animated animals, especially when they have a lot of personality. I mean, c’mon. If Hollywood can make a gold-stealing Niffler believable, they can definitely make silverback gorilla and wild raccoon tribes come to life. Digitally, of course. Because a gorilla would be quite dangerous to work with, and can you imagine the mess raccoons would make? 

Movie Adaptations That Should be Remade

Ella Enchanted and Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
The 2004 Ella Enchanted movie was very sweet, but this book should be remade for today’s audiences. Fairy tales are all the rage these days, so Hollywood could tackle Fairest, too!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I loved actor Brendan Fraser as Mo — especially since author Cornelia Funke says Mo looks just like him — but the movie could be rebooted to be more true to the book (and the remainder of the series should be adapted, too.)
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan 
The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters were fun, and we can all agree that Logan Lerman is dreamy, but like Inkheart, it would be wonderful to see a more true adaptation of the books (and the rest of the series!). A TV series, perhaps?

Do you have anything you want to add to this list that should be made for the big or small screen? Or do any of these picks rile you up and you’d refuse to watch them even if you were dragged kicking and screaming into the theater? Let us know in the comments below!

— Nancy

Nancy enjoys re-watching a movie adaptation of a book, then midway she’ll stop the movie to re-read the book, then go back to the movie, and vice versa. It’s a process.

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Books to Big Screen: Fall 2016 releases

October 2nd, 2016 by

Now that the weather is cooler, I’m so excited about curling up on the couch with a good book, a warm blanket, and a hot cider. And you know another good spot for staying toasty indoors as the days get colder? The movie theater!

Of course, I’m not advocating just any old films. In true Kidsmomo style, I’m talking about movies based on children’s books:

Just released in theater’s yesterday, you can now visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (based on the series by Ransom Riggs). Judging from the trailer, it looks so good that you may wish for a time loop so you can see it again and again!

In less than a week, you can see MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the series by James Patterson. How will the film bring Rafe’s drawings—and crazy antics—to life? Check out the trailer:

And, of course, we here at Kidsmomo are monstrously excited about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming out in November. In the spring, we shared an early trailer for the movie. Now check out the very latest trailer that was just revealed by Warner Bros!

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! That looks so awesome!!!!!

Ahem. Sorry, got a little carried away there… Anyway, are you planning to see any of these movies? Leave a comment about which ones you’re going to watch!

— Karen

Karen is very excited for what J.K. Rowling has called “the dawn of the Age of Hufflepuff,” ushered in by Newt Scamander’s central role in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie. Go, badgers!

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Books to Big Screen: Trailer Time!

April 17th, 2016 by

The universe seems to think it’s my birthday, because the Interwebs just delivered three shiny presents to my doorstep! And luckily for you guys, I’m going to share my good fortune! Well, actually, the three presents I speak of are really three new trailers for movies based on children’s books — so technically I’m not sharing anything you couldn’t just find online yourself. But hey, I’m saving you some Googling, right?

Enough talk, let’s get to the trailers!

Obviously, Nancy and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans, so we’ll be lining up to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on opening night! Check out the latest trailer:

There have been multiple popular film adaptations of several Roald Dahl books, and now it’s time for The BFG to shine. Will the beloved main character be as Big, as Friendly, and as Giant in the movie as we’ve all imagined him based on the book? Watch the trailer and judge for yourself:

To be totally honest, I never guessed Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls would become a movie. The story of a boy struggling with his mother’s terminal illness is super intense, heartbreaking, and dark — and as you read, it’s kind of hard to know how all the pieces fit together. I’m curious to see how this movie makes it work, but based on the trailer, it seems like they’ve got it figured out!

What do you think of the trailers? How do you think they compare to the original books? Which movie are you most excited to see? Leave a comment with your thoughts!


— Karen

To be totally honest again, Karen may not see the movie adaptation of A Monster Calls. It looks scaaaaaaaaary!

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