Sometime in the next week or two, I’ll definitely be taking my four year old daughter to see the new movie version of The Lorax. By that time, I am sure the critics will have already weighed in with their thumbs up or down reviews of this latest Seuss adaptation, but I will hold off on reading the reviews until I see the movie for myself.
I want to make my own determination as to whether the new Lorax movie lives up to the fanfare around its release, and I’m really hoping that it does because in years past, some of my very favorite movies have sprung directly out of the pages of books originally written for children or teens.
From the earliest days of the movie industry, children’s and YA literature has been a fertile garden from which filmmakers can pluck story ideas, plots and characters, and that remains the case today. With so much material from which to choose, it’s inevitable that some of the movies adaptations that make it to the screen will be terrific, while others, well, not so much.
For the moment, however, I want to focus on the movies in this genre that really work well – sometimes even better than the books on which they were based, So without further ado – and in no particular order - here are my personal picks for the best of the best among movie adaptations of books written for children and teens.
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Which of my picks do you love? Which do you hate? Which great adaptations of books for kids and teens did I leave off my list but that should be there? Talk about great movie adaptations from books for kids and teens in the comments below.
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PART II: In which I weigh in with the very WORST film adaptations of books for kids and teens.
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