On Tuesday, May 8, Maurice Sendak, beloved children’s author and illustrator passed away at the age of 83. Although Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s most beloved book, was never a favorite of mine as a child (I preferred the rhyming stylings of Dr. Seuss and the collage art of Eric Carle), I do have fond memories of Max and the wild things. I’m sure most of us can probably recall a favorite book or character from either our own childhood or from reading out loud to a child.
Picture books are an integral part of childhood. They introduce concepts and themes, visually stimulate the eye, and invite interaction between adult and child. It is not surprising that many of them have been the inspiration for films. A number of these picture books, like Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny and Don Freeman’s Corduroy, have been made into short films released through Scholastic Storybook Treasures and similar companies. Some, however, have been given the red carpet treatment and released in theaters. Either way, there is something magical about seeing a beloved picture book re-imagined on screen.
Whether you want to introduce your children to a classic or simply want to revisit your own childhood, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie and the book it is based on today!
Kimberly’s Picture Books to Movies Picks:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - based on the book by Judi Barrett
Curious George – based on the books by H.A. Rey
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! – based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Jumanji - based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg
Madeline - based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans
Meet the Robinsons - based on William Joyce’s A Day with Wilbur Robinson
The Polar Express - based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg
The Velveteen Rabbit – based on the book by Margery Williams
Where the Wild Things Are - based on the book by Maurice Sendak
Zathura - based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg