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Children's books to read before they hit the big screen in 2019

1st February 2019


There has been a long tradition of films based on books (and an even longer argument of which is better, the book or the film...) and 2019 has some corker films to look forward to. If you want to get ahead of the game, check out these brilliant children's books before you catch the film!

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is based on the third installment in the How to Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell. Already released in the UK, it is an animated film starring Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler.

This brilliant book from Carlton, to accompany the film, lets you put your beast-riding skills to the test as you fly your favourite DreamWorks Dragons off the page and into your world! It includes five incredible 3D augmented reality dragons and their riders that you can interact with on your smartphone and tablet.

We have copies of this book for you to win and review, you can enter the giveaway here.

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The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Awesomest, Most Amazing, Most Epic Movie Guide in the Universe!

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will be released on the 8th February 2019.

Discover everything there is to know about the movie with this totally awesome guide to all the characters, vehicles and locations from DK.

The ultimate companion, this book explores the heroes and the villains you'll meet in the movie. Packed full of exciting and informative text, plus illustrations of sets and minifigures, this book provides everything you need to know about the film. You can enter our giveaway to win a copy here.

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Dumbo (Disney Animated Classics)

The long awaited film by Tim Burton, starring Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton will be released on 29th March 2019.

A family favourite for almost eighty years, the original Disney's Dumbo is one of the best-loved films of all time. Relive the magic through this retelling of the classic animated film, accompanied by paintings, sketches and concept art from the original Disney Studio artists. 

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Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Judi Dench will be released on 9th August 2019.

A series of seven science fiction fantasy novels featuring Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old child genius and most powerful criminal mastermind in history! The books are wickedly fast-paced and guaranteed to delight readers from 9+.

Just twelve years old and already Artemis Fowl is a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping a fairy. He has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war?

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The Sun is also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon will be released in the UK on 9th August 2019.

Telling the story of two teenagers who fall in love, this became a New York Times and global bestselling love story.

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Oxford Children's Classics: The Call of the Wild

Perfectly timed for the Christmas period, The Call of the Wild, the bestselling tale by Jack London, is being made into a film starring Harrison Ford and will be released on 26th December 2019.

Stolen from a life of luxury and taken to work in the frozen north as a sledge dog, Buck faces a harsh fight for survival. But as his primal instincts reawaken, how long can he resist the call of the wild?

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Noughts & Crosses

Ok, so not quite hitting the big screen but this ground-breaking series by Malorie Blackman is being made into a major new BBC tv series. No release date as yet but watch this space!

Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she's lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.

Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he's considered to be less than nothing - a blanker, there to serve Crosses - but he dreams of a better life.

They've been friends since they were children, and they both know that's as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies - love is out of the question.

Then - in spite of a world that is fiercely against them - these star-crossed lovers choose each other.

But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Originally scheduled to be released as a film in 2019, this has now been pushed back to 2020 :-(

Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run... The new edition of this unflinching novel about fear, flight and the terrifying path of self-discovery features the short story, The New World. Set before the events of The Knife of Never Letting Go, it is the story of Viola's dramatic journey to the New World.


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