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!

The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli

March 16th, 2018 by

the-wardens-daughterSubmitted by Kamryn, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

My book is about a girls named Cammie and how she goes through difficult times with no mother. Cammies mother died when she was a baby. They were walking in town when a milk truck hit Cammies mom but sitt enough time to push her baby out of the street. This is a good book for 4th through 8th grade.

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

May 8th, 2017 by

Submitted by Grace, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Milkweed is a historical fiction book about a boy named Misha. He lived during the time of the Holocaust and he was a Gypsy. He was friends with a girl named Janina who was a Jew. He didn’t go to a ghetto but she did so he found a way to get in the ghetto. There was a hole in the wall and Misha would go in it so he could visit her. Janina’s mom sewed him a Jewish armband so he could live with Janina’s family. Misha and Janina’s went threw the hole to “Heaven” (the other side of the wall) to steal food. Will they survive? Read the book to find out.

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

October 25th, 2015 by

Jake-and-Lily_Jerry-SpinelliSubmitted by Kayla, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Jake and lily are twins the book starts off by being them sharing a life then when they have there own rooms everything changes read the book to find out more.

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

October 16th, 2015 by

Jake-and-Lily_Jerry-SpinelliSubmitted by shay, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This is a great book.Jake and Lily are twins and were really close but there growing apart as the get older.I liked when Jake and Lily come close.I recommend this book for fourth and up.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

February 19th, 2015 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.Submitted by Dan, Age 17 from Wisconsin

Rating: ★★★★½

This great book is about a kid that lost his parents, he is a runaway always trying to find better family. After what his aunt and uncle did to him there is no way he is going back there.
Most people have even cried after reading this great book.
Jerry Spinelli is such a great author. I recommend every single book he wrote to YOU!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

March 14th, 2013 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.Submitted by amiah, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The title of this book is Maniac Magee. It is by Jerry Spinelli .It is a sad but good book .

The main character Maniac Magee’s parents die in a car accident. Then he is a hobo who lives in a zoo.No one in his town accepts him because he is white living with a black family .

My favorite favorite part is at the end so I cant say what it is but it’s nice.

i think people who are interested in black and white segragetion would like this book. Also people who like adventure.

Third Grade Angels: Book Review

February 27th, 2013 by

third-grade-angelsIf you’re a fan of Lisa Yee’s Bobby books, then I think you should meet Suds; I think he and Bobby would be friends!

In Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli, Suds is starting the new school year with a mission: All the third graders at his school are competing to be as “angelic” as possible, and they’ll each earn a halo from the teacher as they prove themselves. And who will be the first person to win a halo? Well, Suds is determined that it will be him!

But it’s hard work being so good. Being kind to his annoying little sister, controlling his outbursts at school, showing his teacher how much he cares… It’s enough to make anyone a little bit crazy. Not to mention the other kids who are also clearly out for the first halo — no matter the cost!

Will Suds get the first halo? I certainly rooted for him. And I think you will too, because Suds isn’t perfect and he’s not a natural hero, but he tries his best — in other words, he’s just like you and me!

Have you read Third Grade Angels, or the other book about Suds and his classmates, Fourth Grade Rats? Leave a comment with your thoughts or submit a review!

— Karen

Karen’s memory is a little foggy, but she’s pretty sure her class in elementary school was not often the winner of competitions between all the grades. Sadly, not too many pizza parties were earned…

More about Karen »

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

January 23rd, 2013 by

Jake-and-Lily_Jerry-SpinelliSubmitted by Anna, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Oh my this book is so good! This is one of my favorite book list!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

January 15th, 2013 by

Submitted by collin, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

If you like any book funny yet sad then no dout you will like this book.

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