It’s List Wednesday again, and with the release of the hotly anticipated Where The Wild Things Are happening in just two short days, I thought it might be fun to count down my Top 5 children’s books that I’d like get their own film adaptations. But don’t just sit there and let me tell you my opinion; I want to hear what books from your childhood you want to see on the silver screen in the comments! Let’s get started.
This is definitely my weakest choice of the whole bunch because I think the plot is probably too narrow for an entire film. Basically, the story revolves around a hotel that rolls out the red carpet for an important guest. However, the red carpet never stops unrolling, and it never stops either, so before long, every sidewalk and road in the entire city is covered in red carpet. The bulk of the story revolves around the chase to stop the carpet, but the book ends by showing how everyone gets to feel like royalty for one day. I think that mentality could make for an interesting film.
I’m not going to lie: this book is creepy and weird and kind of disturbing, but I loved it when I was a kid. After a poor widowed mother goes to the market to buy each of her seven children one special treat, an old witch named Heckedy Peg tricks the unattended children into letting her into the house, where she then turns them each into one of her favorite foods. Upon returning, the mother must figure out where her children have been taken, and how to get them back before Heckedy Peg literally feasts upon them. This is a children’s book that I do not want to see made into a children’s movie, but perhaps a stylish horror film, instead. Has anyone else ever read this?
This absolutely delightful story about a painfully boring man named Mr. Hatch is one that I remember fondly from my childhood. Mr. Hatch works in a shoelace factory, where he eats a single prune and a sandwich for lunch each day. He lives alone and has no friends and no excitement in his drab life. All this changes when he finds a small box of chocolates at his front door that says, “Somebody Loves You.” Suddenly, Mr. Hatch has a little pep in his step, and soon he receives a bigger box of chocolates, then another, and then another! Each time, Mr. Hatch begins to come out of his shell more and more, and in the end his entire town decides to show him how much they love him with a surprise party in his backyard. It gets me happy just thinking about it!
Without a doubt, this was my favorite book when I was little. I loved trains, and I loved getting to make the train noises (Clickety-Clack, Clickety-Clack) that were written in this book. The story is completely endearing, though. Wherever the train goes, children cheer for the tank engine, the boxcars, the flatcars, and the coalcars, but everyone just walks away when the little red caboose passes by. Caboose is lonely and tired of being forgotten, so he does something heroic to get everyone’s attention. I think an animated movie that explored life at the train station, maybe in the same vein as Cars, could be really fun to see. And a landscape of train tracks on rolling, forested hills could be visually stunning as well.
This book is a classic. I think pretty much every person I know (with the notable exception of my roommate) read this when they were little. The story is pretty simple: a caterpillar eats and eats and eats until he is so huge that he just builds a cocoon and turns into a butterfly. That’s pretty much it. Still, the story has such huge audience recognition, that I think it would be a pretty much guaranteed hit if a studio wrote a good script and released it to a very wide family audience.
What do you all think? Would you see any of my proposed adaptations? What books would you like to see made into movies? Let me know in the comments!