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Want to know what happens when a bit of movie and TV magic is brought to books? We have eight fabulous reads bought to life by the big screen for you to enjoy over and over again


Page-turners can turn into the most captivating of movies and TV series. In celebration of World Book Day, which falls on Monday April 23, here are nine of the biggest book-based kids’ productions to watch, and then read, and overall, love.

1 Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Willie Wonka’s eccentricity comes to life as he opens the doors of his sweet factory to five sweet-mad kids. The confectionary-filled movie, based on British author Roald Dahl’s book, is whimsical, colourful, magical and loads of fun to both watch and read.

2 Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers

How to Train Your Dragon, the movie based on the 2003 book by British author Cressida Cowell, made US$438 million (Dhs1.6 billion) at the US Box Office. The adventure continues with this sequel when a hunt for lost sheep turns competitive.

3 Radio Rebel

Tara is a shy student with a secret identity, charming DJ Radio Rebel who lends her voice to kids. The film is based on the novel Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph.

4 Tarzan and Jane

Based on the Tarzan book series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this film tells the story of teen Tarzan who, saved from a plane crash and given supernatural powers, teams up with city girl Jane to protect his home -- the jungle.

5 The Baby-Sitters Club

Seven girls running a babysitting service want to branch out into day camp, but not all business ideas yield good results. It’s based on the books by Ann M. Martin.

6 The Magic School Bus

Ms. Fizzle’s magic school bus travels everywhere from outer space to the insides of the human body in this 13-episode series. The show is based on the popular kids’ books by Joanna Cole.

7 Llama Llama
Based on the books by Anna Dewdney, this series tells the story of a llama who goes on everyday adventures with mum, grandpa and others. The beloved children’s book character springs onto your screen in a series on family and friendships.

8 The Worst Witch
A young girl stumbles into a school for witches and everything goes wrong. Can she later come to realise that she just might belong here? This series is based on Jill Murphy’s books. We’re grabbing the remote!

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