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Link Du Jour: Create Your Own Children’s Book Movie Headline!

I’m no math whiz, but lately it seems children’s books are being adapted for the silver screen at a rate of a bunch every year. The other day, when I saw that Ben Stiller was in talks to star in a Mr. Popper’s Penguins flick, I said (in my mind) “I could probably make up a children’s book movie adaptation headline and eventually it would come true!”.

For this purpose, I created the Children’s Book Film Adaptation Headline Generator (click to try it).

Click the button, get a brand new headline. If the following adaptations come true, you heard it here first.

Jamie Foxx and Emil Jannings to Star in Bawdy Film Adaptation of ‘A Year Down Yonder’

David Strathairn and Tom Cruise to Star in Rainy Film Adaptation of ‘The Higher Power of Lucky’

Russell Crowe and Minnie Driver to Star in Immature Film Adaptation of ‘The Tale of Despereaux’

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Nancy Olson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste to Star in Inconsiderate Film Adaptation of ‘When You Reach Me’

    Wow, sir, wow! Create-your-own movie poster instructions forthcoming?

  2. Mischa Auer and James Stewart to Star in Haughty Film Adaptation of ‘The View from Saturday’

    Ha. Nice work!

  3. Stuart Erwin and Ernest Borgnine to Star in Rural Film Adaptation of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

  4. Elliot Gould and Telly Savalas to star in Spiritual Film Adaptation of ‘Kira Kira.’

  5. Sophie Okonedo and Jeannie Berlin to Star in Emotionally-Absent Film Adaptation of ‘Make Way for Ducklings’

    I usually avoid movie adaptations of books, because they often lose a lot of their charm where they’re altered for the screen. (That might just be because I prefer reading to watching movies in general.) I wonder why books have been so popular in children’s movies these days.

  6. Gene Wilder and Eleanor Parker to Star in Boring Film Adaptation of ‘Kitten’s First Full Moon’