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Page to Screen: Children’s Books at the Movies

on March 19, 2013

Brian Selznick. The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

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Chris Van Allsburg. Jumanji.

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.

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Kate DiCamillo. The Tale of Despereaux.

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

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Robert O’Brien. Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of N.I.M.H.

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

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Louis Sachar. Holes.

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

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Natalie Babbitt. Tuck Everlasting.

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

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J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan.

Welcome to Neverland! For three lucky children living in London, nothing could seem better than a faraway world where you were free to play all day. In this magical world, there would be no school. And no parents to tell you to brush your teeth. Or to sit up straight, or to eat your vegetables. Best of all, in this make-believe world no one would ever grow up.. Children would remain children forever.  As Wendy, John, and Michael and are about to discover, this far away land is not so very faraway after all. In fact, it is but a short dream away. On a world within a cloud called Neverland. It truly is a dream come true!  But no dream lasts forever. Every child has to grow up eventually. Unless, of course, that child is named Peter Pan.

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Frank Cotrell Boyce. Millions.

It was a one-in-a-million chance. A bag crammed with cash comes tumbling out of the air and lands right at Damian’s feet. Suddenly the Cunningham brothers are rich. Very rich. They can buy anything they want. There’s just one problem — they have only seventeen days to spend all the money before it becomes worthless. And the crooks who stole the cash in the first place are closing in — fast.

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Christianna Brand. Nurse Matilda. 

Mr. and Mrs. Brown were forever having trouble with their numerous and incredibly naughty children . . . until the day Nurse Matilda entered their lives.  First published nearly fifty years ago, Nurse Matilda and its two companion books-Nurse Matilda Goes to Town and Nurse Matilda Goes to Hospital-have charmed readers ever since. Now the inspiration for the major motion picture Nanny McPhee, all three beloved books are available once again in a deluxe hardcover edition which features the three complete and unabridged books by Christianna Brand, along with Edward Ardizzone’s charming black-and-white illustrations.

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Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Young Charlie Bucket can’t believe his luck when he finds the very last of Mr. Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets inside his chocolate bar. He wins the trip of a lifetime, a magical tour around Mr. Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Once inside, Charlie and the other four winners—Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teavee—witness amazing wonders: rainbow drops, lickable wallpaper, and even a chocolate waterfall. But what happens when the children, one by one, disobey Mr. Wonka?

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Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach.

When a mysterious old man gives James some magical, tiny green things, he certainly never imagines that they will grow into an enormous peach.

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Tony DiTerlizzi.  The Spiderwick Chronicles.

When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

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Alice Hoffman.  Aquamarine.

A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.

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Dick King-Smith. Babe the Sheep Pig. 

A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

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Jeff Kinney.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Greg records his sixth-grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

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Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book.

Presents the adventures of Mowgli, the “man-cub,” abandoned as a baby by his parents and raised by the wolves in the wilds of the jungle.

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Phyllis Naylor. Shiloh.

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

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Mary Norton. The Borrowers.

Beaneath the floorboards of a quiet country house lies the miniature world of the Borrowers. The Clock family lives happily by borrowing things from the “human beans” living above them. Until one of the borrowers is seen, and disaster follows.

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Thomas Rockwell. How to Eat Fried Worms.

Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he is challenged by his friend Alan to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days for fifty dollars.

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Hergé.  The Adventures of Tintin.

Tintin, a young reporter, and his dog Snowy journey around the world, and even to the Moon, seeking adventure and solving mysteries.

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Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express.

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

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Lloyd Alexander. The Black Cauldron.

Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain.

Gail Carson Levine. Ella Enchanted.

At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy’s gift — the “gift’ of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse — once and for all.

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C.S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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Rick Riordan. The Lightning Thief.

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

 

MOVIES

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (PG)

Chronicles of Narnia. (not rated)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (PG)

Black Cauldron. (PG)

Holes. (PG)

How to Eat Fried Worms. (PG)

James and the Giant Peach. (PG)

Jungle Book. (PG)

Ella Enchanted. (PG)

Hugo. (PG)

Jumanji. (PG)

The Lightning Thief. (PG)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. (PG)

Peter Pan. (G)

Secret of N.I.M.H. (G)

Secret World of Arrietty. (G)

Shiloh. (PG)

Spiderwick Chronicles. (PG)

Tale of Despereaux. (G)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. (G)

Polar Express. (G)

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