Fall Movie Read-Alikes

Hand these books to kids who are excited about upcoming films including Abominable, The Addams FamilySonic the Hedgehog, and Maleficent 2.

Here are a few of the hottest upcoming family and teen movies hitting the big screens this fall—and some read-alike suggestions.

Abominable (September)
When Yi finds a baby yeti on the roof of her Shanghai apartment building, she and two friends set off on a quest to return him to his home in this DreamWorks animated feature.

The Abominables
by Eva Ibbotson. Amulet. 2013.
In a plot reversal from the movie, this lively adventure story stars children who must journey from Tibet to England to save their yeti friends from intrusive reporters who have stumbled on their home. Witty and adventurous, this story is sure to captivate readers who enjoy the humor and danger in the film.

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang. Aladdin. 2017.
Armchair travelers interested in going to China will enjoy this mystery story about Mia Chen, who tries to solve a centuries-old riddle during a summer trip to visit family in China. The sense of setting is so strong, readers will feel like they’ve been there, too.


The Addams Family (October)
This animated adaptation of the classic 1960s TV show brings back the kookiest family on the block. A mixture of spooky and scary, it’s sure to be a Halloween hit.

Frankenstein Eats a Sandwich by Adam Rex. HMH. 2006.
These humorous poems depict the everyday lives of the ghouls we know and love—Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Count Dracula, and more. This pitch-perfect comedic poetry collection is spot-on for viewers and readers who dig the puns and dark ­humor of The Addams Family.

Monster Mayhem by Chris Eliopulos. Dial. 2018.
When kaiju-obsessed young engineer Zoe accidentally summons a giant monster, she thinks she can handle it, but as the situation worsens, she learns she must ask for help. The graphic novel format is a solid choice for lovers of animated films, and the combination of slapstick humor and monsters makes this a good choice for fans of the movie.


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October)
Picking up where the first Maleficent film left off in 2014, this movie takes a second look at a classic Disney baddie.

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino. Disney. 2009.
This teen novel and others by Valentino explore the stories of Disney bad guys, from Snow White’s evil queen to Ursula the Sea Witch. Viewers looking for magical fantasy tales that dig deeper into the psyches of famous villains will be enthralled.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. Philomel. 2017.
An Asian-inspired fantasy that is a compelling retelling of Snow White. Xifeng is a girl with a goal—to become the empress of all—but a prophecy says that to do so, she must embrace the evil magic within her. This rich, dark fairy tale will appeal to those who enjoy the world-building and strong female characters in Maleficent.

Sonic the Hedgehog (November)
Parents reminiscing about their Sega ­Genesis will flock to the theaters, kids in tow, to see this adventure comedy about an extraterrestrial hedgehog who’s here to save the Earth…quickly.

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winnick. Random. 2015.
The blend of sci-fi adventure and humor in Hilo is perfect for fans of the film. When Hilo literally crashes to Earth, DJ finds him and helps him, which is much needed since Hilo has absolutely no idea who or where he is. And he’d better ­figure it out fast, because it turns out he was sent to save the planet from a major bad guy.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series by Dav Pilkey. Scholastic. 2000.
Of course Dav Pilkey is a sure bet, but this series about a small but mighty duo may especially appeal to Sonic’s viewers. Can one little creature save a whole city or planet (with huge doses of adventure and humor in between)? You betcha.

Abby Johnson is the collection development leader at the New Albany-Floyd Public Library, IN, and she served on the 2015 Newbery Committee. Find her on the web at abbythelibrarian.com.

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