Book-to-film adaptations are usually a roaring box office success and Hollywood’s penchant for turning children’s titles into movie versions isn’t waning anytime soon. With 2018 bringing huge classics to the silver screen, parents can grab the opportunity to entice children into bringing these books to life in their creative minds before catching it in theatres.
The sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet sees brilliant detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and sidekick, Gnome Watson investigating the mysterious disappearances of garden gnomes and other ornaments in London. A fun play on Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ Sherlock Holmes stories, this animated film is a great way to introduce the children to the adventures of the culturally influential detective. The best part is, there are plenty of book adaptations for younger readers so no one will be left out!
Release date: 1 March
Get the Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (A Stepping Stone Book) by Judith Conaway here
A live-action adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit sees the titular hero wrecking mischief on his arch-nemesis, Mr. McGregor’s (who also happens to be an exterminator) garden as both compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door.
While Peter Rabbit’s (voiced by James Corden) ongoing feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) seems to be one of the only similarities the upcoming film has retained from the classic book series, children will still enjoy spotting familiar characters such as Peter’s sisters, Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cotton-tail (Daisy Ridley)!
Release date: 8 March
Get The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter here
A Wrinkle In Time
Meg Murry, her genius younger brother Charles Wallace and classmate Calvin O’Keefe embark on an interdimensional adventure to save their astrophysicist father who’s imprisoned on a distant planet that has succumbed to evil forces. The trio are assisted by three “time wrinkling” astral travellers who help Meg discover the true way to escape the intergalactic clutches of the ever-growing darkness. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, the 2018 adaptation of this award-wining classic is definitely one to watch.
Release date: March 9
Get A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle here
Mary Poppins Returns
Ready to get supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? The world’s most beloved magical nanny (no, not Nanny Mcphee) has returned to Depression-era London, with a street lamplighter and eccentric cousin in tow, to visit her former charges after a tragedy strikes the Banks family. The sequel to the 1964 Mary Poppins’ film will take storylines from P.L. Travers’ eponymous children series, so be sure to familiarise the family with the book before it hits the cinemas!
Release date: December 25
Get Mary Poppins – The Complete Collection by P.L. Travers here