Category Archives: Book to Big Screen

December 21, 2011


Posted by at 3:11 pm in Book to Big Screen, SPONSORED | Permalink

WarhorseThis post is sponsored by War Horse.

Big holiday parties at my house are always about sharing stories. The one about the time my brother knocked himself out by running into the gym wall has been told about a thousand times, and I never get tired of hearing about the restaurant my grandparents ran when they were first married.

This holiday break, write down your favorite family stories, and see if you can uncover some amazing new ones! Use this War Horse-themed activity sheet to discover how these great stories have helped shape you and your family!

Don’t forget that Steven Spielberg’s new movie, War Horse (rated PG-13), based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, hits theaters on Christmas Day. Check it out and start creating some new holiday memories!

Image courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures

November 30, 2011

Chloe Moretz and the Hugo Movie

Posted by at 11:51 pm in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Hugo movieHave you read the amazing book by Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret? If not, you totally should especially since the movie version (Hugo, rated PG) is out now. It is the story of a wily and resourceful boy named Hugo whose quest to unlock a secret automaton leads him on a wild adventure. For more about the movie, also check out the Hugo Movie Companion book also by Brian Selznick.

Chloe Moretz plays Isabelle, Hugo’s partner in crime in his adventure. You may recognize her from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. Here she is to answer some of our questions. . . .

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October 21, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon Continues

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Dragon_130Last year, when the How to Train Your Dragon DVD came out, we had a Q & A with Hiccup where he answered questions submitted by you, loyal readers! Well, some of you asked if there was going to be another movie, and guess what? There is! DreamWorks Dragons, a double DVD and Online Video Game Pack, will be released on November 15.

On Disc 1, the epic story of Hiccup and Toothless continues as they take flight in a thrilling, all-new adventure to discover an island of never-before-seen dragons. You'll discover new mythology and training secrets from Hiccup, Astrid and Gobber. Then on Disc 2, test your skills in the Dragons Online Video Game where you create your own avatar then battle and train new dragons, win badges and become the ultimate dragon trainer.

We know you have all kinds of questions, and since we had Hiccup here last time, for this DVD, Astrid and Gobber will visit for a Q & A! Now is your chance to ask Astrid and Gobber everything you want to know about dragons, what it's like to be a Viking movie star, and what they really think about Hiccup!

Leave your questions for Astrid and Gobber in the Comments and come back on November 11 for the answers.

UPDATE 11/10/11: Thanks so much for all your wonderful questions, but we have bad news. We just found out that Astrid and Gobber will not be able to visit the STACKS to answer them. We are so sorry!

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September 15, 2011



This blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale.

The Dolphin Tale movie (rated PG) about the dolphin named Winter with a prosthetic tail, comes out in theaters on September 23. To prepare you for the movie, Abby Stone, Winter’s actual trainer from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), has answered some of YOUR questions. Read on to find out more about Winter, the amazing dolphin with a fake tail, and what the life of a dolphin trainer is like.

Q: How did Winter feel about the tail and what was her reaction?

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September 1, 2011

Hunger Games Movie Preview

Hungergames_130 You’ve read about The Hunger Games cast, but now we have the coolest Hunger Games movie preview yet, a sneak peek video! I’m not going to say anything about this video except to tell you I screamed out loud when I saw it. Enjoy The Hunger Games video trailer!

What do you think? Is Katniss how you pictured her? Does Gale sound how you expected he would? Leave a Comment!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 8, 2011

SPONSORED POST Interview a Dolphin Trainer!

Posted by at 5:17 pm in Book to Big Screen, SPONSORED | Permalink

Dolphin_130x130_sponsoredThis blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale.

True story: a dolphin named Winter got its tail caught in a crab trap. It survived but had to have its tail amputated. How can a dolphin swim without a tail? It can’t. . . BUT it got a prosthetic tail and now Winter can swim fine! You can read about the story in a book called Winter’s Tail, and coming in September, you can see the movie based on the story called Dolphin Tale.

If you love dolphins, we have a special surprise for you at the end of this blog post but first, here is Nathan Gamble, the 13-year-old star of the movie to talk about what it was like to make the movie.

Q: Tell me about your character in Dolphin Tale.

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July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Then and Now

HarryPotterMovie As you know, the final Harry Potter movie comes out on Friday, July 15. Of course, I am going to see it, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (rated PG-13) will be a bittersweet experience. As the day gets closer, I am thinking more and more over the last ten years of watching these movies, watching my favorite characters grow up and change.

Remember Daniel Radcliffe when he was so tiny?! Isn’t it so strange to see Hogwarts all demolished like that in the final movie?

How do you feel about the Harry Potter movies ending? Leave a Comment.

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July 8, 2011

Soul Surfer DVD Giveaway!

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SoulSurfer_blog Have you entered the STACKS Blast Sweepstakes? Every month is a chance to win a different prize. For July, we are offering you a chance to win a free Soul Surfer DVD (rated PG)! But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, message board happenings, and a sweepstakes you can enter. First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you wait until July 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter to win the Soul Surfer DVD.

While you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive, you can check out this trailer for the Soul Surfer movie.

Sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter now so you can enter the sweepstakes when it comes. Good luck!

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June 17, 2011

Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Posted by at 1:52 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Penguins03 Have you read the book Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater? It’s about a man who dreams of going to Antarctica, but never expects that Antarctica will come to him when he inherits a brood of penguins! The movie version starring Jim Carrey is coming out on Friday, June 17 and it looks really cute.

Scholastic News Kid Reporter, Damien Murphy, interviewed Jim Carrey to get the scoop on the movie and what it was like to work with the penguins.

Q: What are some of the things you learned about penguins making this movie?

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June 2, 2011

The Hunger Games Cast Announcement

Posted by at 1:56 pm in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Hg Wow! How time flies! It feels like just yesterday I was reading My Perfect Hunger Games Movie Cast post by Jack L. and was thinking how perfect Ellen Page would be as Katniss in The Hunger Games film. Man, how far off I was.

Three years have gone by since the release of The Hunger Games book (for ages 12 and up) by Suzanne Collins, and Lionsgate is now officially casting the film! Here’s an overview of the cast so far.

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