get ready for new movies

A few of the new movies coming out this spring are based on children's books. There's always the debate over whether to read the book first or see the movie first. Usually the book is better than the movie, so I like to see the movie first so that I won't be disappointed. My daughter, however, refuses to see the movie before she's read the book.

So here's a few books you better check out or put on hold, as the case may be, soon.

Due out in February:   

The request line is not too long for the hardback edition of The Lightning Thief  if you haven't read it yet. Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea,  then goes to a summer camp for other kids who are half Greek god, has adventures, fights evil, blah blah...


Due out in March:    How to train your dragon is the first in a series of adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. This is an animated movie from Dreamworks (who also made Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar). I'll just let you guess from the title what this movie's about.

Due out in April:  Umm, surely you've heard of this book. I think every copy of every book in the series is checked out and has lots requests, so if you haven't read this yet and want to read it before you see the movie, you'd better get in line now. 

So that's it for the next few months. More books are being made into movies; you'll just have to wait longer for these:

Due out in September: Guardians of Ga'Hoole   owls

Due out in 2011 The Boggart by Susan Cooper. It's about a spirit (a boggart) who invades some kids' computer. Now this book was written in 1993, before Internet, so we'll have to see what the screenwriters and director do with the story.

The Alchemyst: secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel, Septimus Heap: Magyk,  and Peter Pan in Scarlet aren't due out til 2012.