Which Children's Book Should Become a Movie Next?

Which Children's Book Should Become a Movie Next?

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Carrie McBride
Sep 24, 2009

There's a flurry of children's book adaptations hitting the silver screen this fall: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Where the Wild Things Are. Not that we have the ear of movie executives, but which children's book would you or your kids love to see receive the Hollywood treatment?

In a humorous article by Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly imagines an explosive version of Goodnight Moon directed by action director Michael Bay and Heather Has Two Mommies starring Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

What's notable about the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Where the Wild Things Are is that they're picture books which screenwriters have expanded and added to to make a feature length film. If they're successful, this could signal that even the shortest books are up for consideration for adaptation. The Very, Very, Very, Very Hungry Caterpillar? Charlie and Lola: I, II and III? As long as it didn't star Jim Carey, we'd love to see our favorite children's picture book, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel in theaters. Which children's book would you pay to see on the big screen?

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