Children’s books and movies have always shared a sibling-rivalry relationship. On the one hand, they com-pete 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.
"Nim’s Island" by Wendy Orr
Illustrated by: Kerry Millard
Film Adaptation: “Nim’s Island”
Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea with her father, Jack; a marine iguana called Fred; a sea lion called Selkie; a turtle called Chica and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone. But when Jack disappears in his sailing boat, and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she's ever been before.