Megan McDonald’s book “Judy Moody and the NOT so Bummer Summer” comes to life when it hits theaters June 10. Audiences will enjoy the book’s action. The action does not stop at the end of the movie. Parents and children can return home to watch other movies based on books. Of course, don’t forget to discuss which book and movie pair gets the most stars. “Judy Moody” is rated PG.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Originally published in 1938, “Mr. Poppers Penguins” hits theaters on Jun 17. The movie should be entertaining with Jim Carrey taking the title role. Since the book is older, children today could discuss the book and movie with their grandparents. This book may not be as popular with children today, but it does open a new road. The movie is rated PG.
Nanny McPhee and Nanny McPhee Returns
The two movies came out in 2005 and 2010. Christiana Brand’s book was out of print until the movies had success. With the collection of books and two movies, parents and children can discuss several ways the books and movies were the same or different. Of course, “Nanny McPhee” will lead children to read and watch P.L. Traver’s “Mary Poppins.” Both “Nanny McPhee” movies are rated PG. “Mary Poppins” is unrated.
Louis Sachar’s book is geared mostly for boys since most of the action takes place at Camp Green Lake, a work camp for boys. “Holes” is a quick read with some chapters being only a few sentences long. As a result, if you have not read the book, the movie may seem jumpy with holes in the plot. However, the story’s strong theme comes out when all the holes are filled. The movie came out in 2003 and is rated PG.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney’s journal about the life of a typical middle school boy is a reading success among children. With the success of the book, 20th Century Fox has released two movies, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” (2010) and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid:Rodrick Rules,” which was released in March, 2011. As of Jun 8, “Rodrick Rules” is still playing in a few theaters, so check your local market. The “Rodrick Rules” DVD is scheduled to be released on Jun 21. Both movies are rated PG
With seven books to read and eight movie to watch-“Deathly Hallows Part 2” comes out Jul, 15, parents can make a Harry Potter week this summer. Starting with “The Sorcerer’s Stone,” children can identify with innocence. As Harry and friends grow older, children can discuss how life changes from year to year. The first two movies are innocent and quite magical. The later ones grow much darker and have a PG-13 rating.
All books and movies can be found in libraries, book stores, or web-sites.
Internet Movie Database @ imdb.com for each movie
Various book store website (BN.com, Amazon.com)