Children’s books and movies have always shared a sibling-rivalry relationship. On the one hand, they compete for our attention with us often favoring one over the other as the better medium. And yet more often then we are at times aware, the two are closely connected and even inspire and compliment one another. With this in mind, we here at OutlooK-12 have decided for this month’s book reviews to focus on children’s books that were the inspiration for movies. Please note, we are not including movie sequels or any other types of adaptations (i.e. television series, stage productions, etc.) in the reviews below.
"Mr. Poppers Penguins" by Richard and Florence Atwater
Illustrated by: Robert Lawson
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Film Adaptation: “Mr. Poppers Penguins”
It was hard enough for Mr. Popper to support himself, Mrs. Popper and Bill and Janie Popper. The addition of twelve penguins to the family made it impossible to make both ends meet. Then in the middle of this overwhelming situation, Mr. Popper had a splendid idea. These dozen little penguins that he thought were just more mouths to feed might be able to support the Popper family. And so they did.