100 Scope Notes
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Children’s Literature: The Movie


 Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel …  Daniel Day Lewis

 Roald Dahl …  John Lithgow

 JK Rowling …  Helen Hunt

(via Heidi F.)

 Jack Gantos …  Chris Cooper

(via Shannon O.)

 Jerry Spinelli …  Sam Waterston

(via Erica)

 Louis Sachar …  Larry David

(via John S.)

 Kate DiCamillo …  Meg Ryan

 John Scieszka …  Tom Colicchio

 Daniel “Lemony Snicket” Handler …   Philip Seymour Hoffman

(via Jennifer S.)

Barry Moser … Norton Juster

Norton Juster … Eric Carle

Eric Carle … Barry Moser

(via Sondy)

 Jamie Lee Curtis …  Herself

(via Lisa Y)

 Loren Long …  John Corbett

 Peter Brown …  Shia LeBeouf

 Jarrett J. Krosoczka …  Alan Cumming

(via Lara S.)

 Jo Knowles …  Jenna Fischer

(via Andrea B.)

 Philip Stead …  Stanley Tucci

(via Sam B.)

 Gordan Korman …  Vin Diesel

(via Shannon O.)

 Mac Barnett …  Joseph Gordon Levitt

(via Matthew W.)

 Kadir Nelson …  Himself (reason: too handsome)

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas – I credited those who did so on the blog and on Facebook, and did not credit those who submitted via email (I figured you were a bit shy).

Photo Credits:
Theodor Geisel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ted_Geisel_NYWTS_2_crop.jpg
Daniel Day Lewis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/casamerica/8387517890/in/photostream/
Roald Dahl: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roald_Dahl.jpg
John Lithgow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/254191447/
J.K. Rowling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:J._K._Rowling_2010.jpg
Helen Hunt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomaspurves/1381227218/
Jack Gantos: http://www.jackgantos.com
Chris Cooper: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chris_Cooper_at_the_2009_Tribeca_Film_Festival.jpg
Jerry Spinelli: http://www.flickr.com/photos/t23e/4097741503/in/photostream/
Sam Waterston: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharongraphics/4255315370/
Louis Sachar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Louis_Sachar.jpg
Larry David: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharongraphics/4581907260/in/photostream/
Kate DiCamillo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theemersons/2930188674/
Meg Ryan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Meg_Ryan_2009_portrait.jpg
Jon Scieszka: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikafamily/3273699753/
Tom Colicchio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tom_Colicchio_-_David_Shankbone.jpg
Daniel Handler: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/13389644/
Philip Seymour Hoffman: http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinhoch/4998133254/
Eric Carle, Barry Moser, Norton Juster: Photo 2012 by Kristin Angel (c) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/12929_10151116925917944_1774563978_n.jpg
Jamie Lee Curtis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Lee_Curtis
Loren Long: http://www.lorenlong.com/bio.html
John Corbett:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/2079207788/
Peter Brown: http://www.flickr.com/photos/electricsky/500031089/
Shia LeBeouf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shia_LaBeouf_Cannes_2012.jpg
Jarrett J. Krosoczka: http://www.flickr.com/photos/litandmore/5691462995/
Alan Cumming: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedi/174957815/in/photostream/
Jo Knowles: http://www.joknowles.com/Home.html
Jenna Fischer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JennaFischerMay08.jpg
Philip Stead: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trustypics/8230567149/
Stanley Tucci: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stanley_Tucci_2010.jpg
Gordon Korman: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennstatelive/4946281216/
Vin Diesel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:VinDieselMarch09.jpg
Mac Barnett: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhcrayon/3877042037/
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/7001172981/
Kadir Nelson: My photo
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. Ho! Love it.

  2. This is SO funny and clever – the images are PERFECT!

  3. Awesome resemblances! Looking forward to the next installment.

  4. Brilliant! :)

  5. Wow, this just made my day. I can’t believe how perfect those all are.

    (p.s. it’s not an exact doppleganger, but I think Kathy Bates would be a kickass Ursula Nordstrom.)

  6. Kadir Nelson will actually play Denzel Washington with an additional glowing light surrounding him.

  7. Brian Selznik could also play himself, as he’s got movie experience (see: last scene in Hugo).

  8. I can’t stop giggling. This is terrific.

  9. You have such FUN posts! I love Gordon Korman and Vin Diesel! Ha!

  10. This is the best thing I’ve seen all day! Love it! (Now, how do we go about making this movie a reality?!)

  11. This is rad, Travis! And I don’t think I’ve said the word “rad” since… well… ever!
    Totally rad.

  12. Nicely done, Travis!

  13. Okay here are a few I’ve thought of:

    Alicia Coppola as Laura Vaccaro Seeger
    Chloe Sevigny as Margaret Wise Brown
    Mandy Patinkin (in character as Saul Berenson on HOMELAND) as Maurice Sendak
    Pamela Reed as Madeleine L’Engle
    Ann Cusack as Pam Munoz Ryan

  14. Ha! This is amazing. Louis Sachar and Larry David are clearly twins separated at birth…

  15. Hilarious. And I’d cast Alan Rickman as Neil Gaiman.

  16. This is great (I met Louis Sachar recently and his resemblance to Larry David is jarring). I think Dan Ackroyd would be a great Daniel Handler!

  17. If there’s a sequel involving YA authors, I vote Anne Hathaway as relative-newcomer Martha Schabas (though if you’d need someone who studied ballet, Summer Glau could probably play her, too).

  18. Jeff Goldblum would make a much better Jack Gantos …. just saying ;)

  19. These are uncanny! What a treat to compare each face. But can any of these actors (except for Jamie Lee & John Lithgow) actually write or draw?

    • Travis Jonker says

      Very true – I think the authors and illustrators would have to do any writing or drawing double work for their actor look alikes.

  20. What fun!
    I had the pleasure of taking the photograph of Eric, Barry & Norton – I was laughing so hard that it was difficult to hold the camera still. What a great bunch of guys.
    Sadly, there is no photo credit above, so I’ll just put it here:
    Photo 2012 by Kristin Angel (c) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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