Books vs Films Books vs Films

In this special category we have a selection of books that have been made into feature films - and very occasionally films like Big Game that have been made into books! There are old favourites - classics which have stood the test of time and remain family favourites for each new generation, as well as newly and shortly to be released movies. The films are often good....but there's nothing like reading the book first!

A Dog's Purpose - Ellie's Story
W. Bruce Cameron
In a nutshell: satisfying and exciting story of a rescue dog's life | In this short novel, children get a dog's eye view of the world as the story is narrated by rescue dog Ellie, from first days as a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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A Dog's Purpose - Bailey's Story
W. Bruce Cameron
In a nutshell: satisfying and exciting story of a dog's life | This short novel tells the story of golden retriever Bailey, from his days as a puppy up to maturity. When he runs away from his first home he's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Seeing Stone
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a nutshell: Immerse yourself in brilliantly described medieval adventure | In 100 short, beautifully written chapters Kevin Crossley-Holland tells the story of young page Arthur de Caldicott, interspersing descriptions of Arthur's life in his father's manor house, its domestic... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2001
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson
Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative kid that you won't forget. Now released on Netflix you can find out more about the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life at... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in)
Patrick Ness
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother's death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, denied much information by... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2015
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll, Tony Ross
With a suitable companion to the celebratory 150th anniversary edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this title captures the humour and nonsense of the original story. It is suitable for younger readers. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Mowgli, the little boy brought up in the jungle with the wolves, is one of the best-loved characters of fiction. His friends - and enemies – among the jungle animals include Baloo the sloth bear, Bagheera the panther, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Allegiant
Veronica Roth
This distinctive edition of the third book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series features cover artwork from the major motion picture The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Ansel Elgort. This special edition also contains never-before-seen bonus content!... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/02/2016
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Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie Novelization
Charles Schulz, Tracey West
Hooray for Charlie Brown! The original wimpy kid is back and on the big screen this Christmas in a brand new film that should open up the world of Snoopy and co to a new generation. All your favourite characters... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Matt Dickinson, our Guest Editor for January 2013 - 'As far as I can remember this was the book that turned me into a reading addict! I absolutely loved it, and to this day can remember the excitement of going... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 05/04/2001
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them The Original Screenplay
J. K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/11/2016
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A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond
One of our Books of the Year 2014 The classic story of Paddington Bear, so called because the Brown family first meet him on Paddington Station and decide to take him home. Paddington Bear has travelled all the way from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 10/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
A film tie-in version of The 5th Wave, a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair in equal measure alongside life and death. It will leave you gasping for breath and keep you hooked to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2015
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The BFG
Roald Dahl
Special Film Tie-in Edition This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Georgia Byng
In a nutshell: look into the pages for hypnotising adventure! Georgia Byng's story of the young girl who manages to swap a miserable life in an orphanage for the bright lights, fame and fortune of Broadway through her incredible talent... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Insurgent
Veronica Roth
This is heart-pounding dystopian fiction at its very best. Insurgent is the thrillingly dark sequel to the New York Times bestselling debut, Divergent. No teenager should miss these great reads. Will have fans of The Hunger Games, Matched and Blood... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/02/2015
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook
Warner Bros.
One of a number of books to tie-in with the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this magical scrapbook is filled with removable artefacts such as wizarding newspapers, posters and fascinating finds that will take readers on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/11/2016
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Feed your kids' imagination by giving them the books behind the films.

Films are a wonderful way of piquing children's interest in stories, but sometimes it's good for them to read the book before they see the movie.

When you read you can imagine how landscapes, characters and adventures look - it's brilliant creative brain training.

In this category you'll find information about exciting upcoming films and the original books they're based on, which are often even better!


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