Movie adaptation of children’s books? Talk amongst yourselves.

Margaret says:

Sarah and I watched this great adaptation of The Secret Garden (directed by Albert Grint with a Colin Firth cameo at the end!).  I’m sure there’s lots of other adaptations of children’s books out there that are done in a way that both parents and children enjoy and that would be perfect for when you’re stuck inside or a movie night.

Recent "Hollywood-ish" hits around here: The Chronicles of Narnia and Charlotte’s Web. What are your favorites?


  1. says

    That’s my favorite adaptation of The Secret Garden. Naria (the latest one) was ok. I love the movie version of Ella Enchanted, although it shares very little in common with the book.

  2. Allen Knutson says

    LOS ANGELES—Around the world, children are being turned on to the magic of not reading by the blockbuster film Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone. “My daughter Julia never liked to sit passively and stare at a screen, but this new movie has really locked the power of her imagination,” said Hannah Foss, 38, of Dayton, OH. “She can’t put her books away fast enough.” “Movies are great,” said Tarzana, CA, 10-year-old Emily Hart. “You can see exactly what the characters look like without having to guess.”


    (From the Onion, obviously.)
    Seriously though, I recommend The Iron Giant.

  3. says

    Junior high and up: “The Chocolate War” based on (but not exactly identical to) the Robert Cormier book of the same title.

    For the whole family: “Simple Twist of Fate” directed and adapted from Elliot’s “Silas Mariner” by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin). It’s a good modernization.

    For the grown-ups (put your kids to bed first- there’s quite a bit of violence), I loved the edge-of-your seat quality of the recent adaption of P.D. James’ “The Children of Men.” The story is greatly divergent from the book, but both are quite interesting. The book, which I like much more than the film, offers quite a bit of introspection about infants and children mean and what value they offer to a society.

  4. Suzanne says

    My 9-year-old daughter and I agree that “Because of Winn-Dixie” was a pretty great adaptation of a book we both loved. (The moviemakers added a weird little comic-relief scene involving a sheriff’s car getting rammed by a goat, but that didn’t bother me *too* much.) :-P

    I also thought “Bridge to Terabithia” was good. Just be prepared for the surprise plot twist, you know….

  5. Doug says

    I’ll second “The Iron Giant” (one of the best robot movies ever) and “The Little Princess” (I cry every time I watch this movie…and I don’t know why) and raise you a Maurice Sendak “Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories”. Carole King does the singing, so, I guarantee you’ll be singing “Chicken Soup with Rice” after you watch it.

  6. Andrea says

    I LOVED that version of The Secret Garden when I was little. Every week when we went to the library, I would beg to check out that one. I look forward to sharing the book with my daughter!

    I love the book and movie (most recent one) of Little Women.

  7. says

    i like the WB version of ‘A Little Princess’ and the whole fam is big fans of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ they did a great job of capturing the spirit of the book.

  8. rebel says

    Yesterday we watched “The Railway Children”, the movie adaptation of E. Nesbit’s book. My 10 yo gave it 5 stars, though my 13 year old said 3 stars at best.
    “Ballet Shoes.”
    “My Side of the Mountain”
    I hope “Harriet the Spy” is good because I just put it on hold at the library.

  9. Cheryl says

    I loved the newest Charlotte’s Web. The animals are really well done and the overall feel and storyline is very true to the book.