It's great to see several children's movies coming out based on classic children's stories. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs opened recently at the theaters, Where the Wild Things Are opens on October 16th, and Fantastic Mr. Fox opens on November 13th. Alice in Wonderland will hit theaters on March 5, 2010.
Today in my primary school library, I read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to several classes. It was surprising (or not) to see that many of the young students did not realize that this story was actually a book before it became a movie! It was a great "teachable moment" where I could show the students several of the library books that have been made into movies that they all know. Some of the examples I used were The Polar Express, Jumanji, Curious George, Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat, and Harry Potter. I also explained that the movies adapt material from the book and that the movie and the book will have some differences.