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posted: 7/13/2011 1:00 AM

Books-turned-into-movies for family fun

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The Washington Post

Here's a list of books turned into movies that will give parents and children a chance to have some good summer reading, film watching and discussion.

We hope you'll read the books, watch the movies and talk with your family about that age-old question: What's better, the book or the movie?

All the books are available in public libraries, online and at most bookstores. The movies are available in libraries, on Netflix and from other sources.

"The Indian in the Cupboard" by Lynne Reid Banks. When Omri receives a 3-inch-high plastic Indian from his best friend as a birthday present, he isn't too impressed. After all, what can you do with a plastic Indian? Omri's opinion changes when the Indian comes to life!

"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo. What can a lonely 10-year-old named India Opal Buloni and a dog named after a grocery store have in common? Find out in this beautiful book by the author of "The Tale of Desperaux."

"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl. Can three mean-spirited farmers outwit the daring animal thief who has been robbing them blind?

"Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary. What will 4-year-old Ramona get into next? Ride her tricycle in the house? Parade around town like the Easter Bunny? Pretend she is walking her pet lizard? Whatever she's up to, her big sister, Beezus, is there!

"Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen. Roy Eberhardt is the new kid in school -- again. And he's not liking Florida much compared with his last home in Montana. That is, until he discovers that the Sunshine State is home to potty-trained alligators, burrowing owls, poisonous snakes and mystery.

"Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine. While parents may think having a perfectly obedient child would be a blessing, Ella of Frell understands that it's really a curse in a fairy tale filled with ogres, giants and princesses -- and just a little bit of disobedience.

"Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke. Reading aloud is one of the most magical experiences in the world. That's especially true in this story of the father-and-daughter team of Mo and Meggie, who bring characters to life when they read. Dare to read this one out loud!