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Posted on August 21, 2020 at 3:09 PM by Genesis Gaule
Bring out the blankets and popcorn! Here’s three book-to-screen picks for your next Family Movie (and Book) Night. Check out both formats with our Front Door Pick Up Service and let your family decide who did it better--the movie or the book.
by Roald Dahl
Formats: Book, CD, e-aduio
Ages: 7 and up
PG | 2016
Ages: 8 and up
Sneaking about during the Witching Hour, Sophie spies a giant blowing what looks like a trumpet into the window across the street. Being found out, the giant whisks her away regaling her about the many ways giants like to eat humans. But if this Big Friendly Giant isn’t looking for a midnight snack, why did he kidnap her?
Roald Dahl’s unique humor and wordplay bring this tale about discovering friendship and family in the unlikeliest places to life. With an imaginative world and a bit of gross-out humor, The BFG has loads of appeal for young readers and makes it a delightful book to read out loud. Parents should be aware of minor racial insensitivity typical of the 1980s, which can work as a good talking point for families.
The movie's dark tone may be intense for younger viewers, but its moments of sweetness mirror the book’s themes of empathy and courage.
Talk about it together! ReadBrightly Discussion Guide
Love Roald Dahl? Also check out James and the Giant Peach in book, CD, and DVD
by Gail Carson Levine
Ages: 11 and up
PG | 2012
Ages: 9 and up
When Ella was born, Lucinda the Fairy bestowed upon her a "gift": that she shall always be obedient. Now, anyone can order Ella to do anything--regardless of whether it's dangerous or in her best interests. Can Ella break the spell and choose her own path?
This book is a great pick for lovers of fairy-tale fantasy for older kids (and adults, too). With a bit of romance and a handful of adventure, this engaging and story is bound to charm with its clever, empowering twist on the classic Cinderella trope.
And although it takes on a sillier tone and departs significantly from the book, the movie is still a fun, high-spirited romp for fans of movies like Shrek and The Princess Bride.
Talk about it together! Scholastic Discussion Guide [PDF]
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
Formats: Book, e-book
Ages: 10 and up
PG | 2007
Ages: 10 and up
Escaping their reality of overbearing parents and bullies at school, two preteen outsiders--Jess and Leslie--form a fast bond creating their own magical kingdom of Terabithia. It not only becomes their safe haven from their real-world problems, but also a source of strength to solve them. But when a tragic accident shatters their idyllic world, one is left to cope with their grief without the other.
The Bridge to Terabithia is a thoughtful drama laced with light fantasy adventure. Both the book and the movie tackle mature themes of loneliness, parental affection, bullying, and death through its captivating, tender story of an unforgettable friendship. An excellent choice for tween readers, it offers a lot of topics for families to talk about together. Reading or watching, prepare to have tissues ready; this one may get your tears flowing.
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Tag(s): recommendations, movies, junior fiction, grief and loss, Genesis Gaule, fantasy, family movies, discussion guides, bullying
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