The Best Kid Adventure Movies Based on Books

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The Best Kid Adventure Movies Based on Books
Tue, 08-06-2013 - 12:28pm

Even though I'm well out of the "kid" age group, lol, I do love me some good kid adventure movies — and of course books!

How do you feel about this list that Fandango put together?

I love the Percy Jackson series and the first movie. It's one of those movies that I'll put on if I see it while scrolling through the channels, even though I've seen it a million times. The second book, Sea of Monsters, is my favorite. I can't wait to see the movie!

Holes is another one that I loved. You know, before Shia was big (but I loved him from Even Stevens). Most of them I've seen the movie but not read the book. And then there is, of course, Harry Potter. :) And The Secret Garden was one of my all-time favorite movies and made me read the book.

Do you think they did the books justice? If you have kids, would you let them read the book but not see the movie (or vice versa)? My son is not a reader, but my little girl is and I think that when the time comes, Johnny Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may be off her list until she's older. It's just too weird. I much prefer Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder is less creepy-weird, IMO. :) (And again, Harry Potter — the last movies are a bit much for some smaller kids.)

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Tue, 08-06-2013 - 12:49pm

Wow!  That's really a great list.  So many of those are family favorites that we all adore.  Here's what we've seen and loved: The Lorax, Night at the Museum, The Chronicles of Narnia, Hook, Jumanji, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Zathura, Bridge to Terabithia, and Harry Potter.

Of those, we've only read a few.  We've read The Lorax, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (one of my boys LOVES these books), and my husband and I have read the Harry Potter series.  My boys are old enough now that I'd be okay with them seeing/reading everything on the list, but there certainly are a few that I'd recommend other parents wait on until their children are a bit older (Harry Potter especially).  

Thanks for sharing the list- there are a few books I need to add to my must-read list! 



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