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Books on Screen

Each month, our Books on Screen feature spotlights movies, television shows, miniseries and specials that are based on books of various genres --- including novels, memoirs, comics, children's books, short stories and poetry --- along with the latest DVD releases.

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

After a long day at the beach or the swimming pool, what's better than putting on your pajamas, making some popcorn and popping in a DVD? Not much! See below for the latest children's book -to-movie adaptation.

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Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon

Who's ready for the return of Hiccup, Toothless and the gang? How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters this month on June 13th, and it looks like it's going to be as funny and charming as the first film. Based on the series by Cressica Cowell, this sequel follows Hiccup and his loyal dragon, Toothless, as they once again find themselves fighting to keep the peace between dragons and humans.

Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game

We're so excited that Ender's Game is out on DVD this month! Click here to learn more.

January 2014

Happy New Year, books on screen lovers! If The Desolation of Smaug whet your appetite for epic creatures, then check out Dr. Frankenstein's creation, Adam, as he finds himself in the middle of a world-destroying battle in I, Frankenstein. If you’re in the mood for lighter fare (or want to stay inside your home instead of venturing into January’s frigid temperature) pick up Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on DVD. However, make sure you have plenty of snacks by your side, or you're sure to get hungry!

 

December 2013

It has been far too long since we've had any hobbits, wizards or dwarves in our lives! Starting December 13, you can travel back to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy. This time, Bilbo, Gandalf and a host of other creatures journey across the continent to restore surly leader Thorin Oakenshield to his throne, and Legolas joins the group to help fight an epic battle.

December 2013

It has been far too long since we've had any hobbits, wizards or dwarfs in our lives! Starting December 13, you can travel back to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy. This time, Bilbo, Gandalf and a host of other creatures journey across the continent to restore surly leader Thorin Oakenshield to his throne, and Legolas joins the group to help fight an epic battle.

November 2013

With the temperature beginning to drop as winter approaches, you may be feeling cold...but are you frozen? Coming at the end of the month is Frozen, Disney's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's THE SNOW QUEEN.

September 2013

Need an escape from this recent phenomenon called schoolwork you may find yourself buried under? Head to the theater to see great movie adaptations of some of your favorite books. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2  picks up just where the first animated adventure left off. And if you haven't seen Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters yet, it's still in theaters for you to enjoy!

August 2013

You've been waiting and now it's finally here! Hitting theaters this August, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, the movie adaptation of Rick Riordan's THE SEA OF MONSTERS, follows Percy Jackson and his friends as they go on a journey to the Seas of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood.

July 2013

Beat the heat, and head over to an air-conditioned movie theater this July to see The Smurfs 2! This movie sequel features the voice of Neil Patrick Harris (yay!) and of course, those little blue creatures that you absolutely adore. Will the evil wizard Gargamel succeed in harnessing the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence?