While I was at the Airport in Narita waiting for my flight home I stopped by the book store, which had a nice section of books in English. I was looking for The Subtle Knife, having just finished The Golden Compass, but they only had The Amber Spyglass. A brightly tie-dyed looking book caught my eye, and it turns out it was Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Kid loves Miyazaki films, so I thought I would pick it up for her (as she is an avid “chapter book” reader now). I almost picked up the one next to it, thinking that Castle in the Air was the same as Castle in the Sky (another Miyazaki movie kid loves), but it’s not. It is in fact a sequel to Howl. I have fallen a little bit in love w/ this book, and can’t wait to get the movie again (the copy we had was our former roommate’s).
Kid has really taken to reading chapter books that have been made into movies she loves, which I think is a great way to get kids going. Her teacher was surprised that she could already read The Sorcerer’s Stone.
What is your favorite book/movie combo? Adaptations you love or hate? Anyone paying attention knows that I am a big fan of Harry Potter. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman was a win, as was Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Kid was the Fallen Star for Halloween two years ago). As much as I hate Twilight, the movie makes the book look like Tolkein.