Ten books made into films
It’s notoriously difficult to get it right when adapting books onto the screen. Here are some of our favourites.
Including both a range of ages and genres, if you child loved any of these films why not try get them to read the book?
Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Through a series of peculiar and magical happenings, James finds himself on an adventure inside a giant peach with a bunch of friendly giant insects for travelling companions.
Author: P L Travers
Publisher: Harper Collins
Mary Poppins arrives with the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane to respond to the needs of Jane and Michael, whose parents are too busy to give them the attention they crave.
Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
One night, a bag containing £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens the hermitage. Damian is convinced it is a gift from God.
Author: L Frank Baum Illustrator: Robert R. Ingpen
First published in 1900, this children's classic is still popular. Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves in the strange land of Oz after a cyclone hits her Aunt and Uncle's house in Kansas.
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake.
Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
A version of this unique book was the winner of Best Animated Short Film at the 2011 Oscars. A boy is out walking on the beach, when he spots a weird looking thing - it looks lost. The boy asks around, but nobody seems to know where it came from, so the boy begins a quest to find the thing somewhere to call home. This memorable picture book can be enjoyed on…
Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books
This lovely edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1999.
Author: Carlo Collodi Translator: Anne Lawson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in English for over a century.
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Harper Collins
Sophie Hatter is cursed with an old body by the Witch of the Waste and the spell can only be broken by the dreaded Wizard Howl who lives in his moving castle and likes to eat the souls of young girls.
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Red Fox
First published in 1963, this classic picture book will fascinate both children and adults, evoking the fierce intensity of childhood