Monday, June 7, 2010

You've Seen the Movie, Now Get the Book!

These little picture books made it BIG on the silver screen.

Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Curious George by H. A. Rey
The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.

A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce (aka Meet the Robinsons)
While spending the day in the Robinson household, Wilbur's best friend joins in the search for Grandfather Robinson's missing false teeth and meets one wacky relative after another.

Shrek! by William Steig
Horribly hideous Shrek leaves home and terrifies everyone he encounters in his search for his equally ugly bride.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Dr. Seuss has been a film favorite with adaptations of the following;

The Cat in the Hat
Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the cat in the hat who shows them some tricks and games.

A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallese Who of all helps convince Horton's friends that Whos really exist.

The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway. Could Christmas be more than presents?

Chris Van Allsburg's works make for great movies. Adaptations include:

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.

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