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5 Children's Books That Would Make Great Action Films

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An action movie doesn’t need superheroes, terrorists, or catastrophes. It can be about a purple crayon, or a big red dog, or a man in a yellow hat. And then you launch the missiles. Here are five children’s books that could be pretty sweet if they were made into action movies.

Curious George

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Curious George rides a bike. Curious George gets a job. Curious George goes to the hospital. But when these silly little adventures suddenly involve George accessing launch codes and hijacking dignitaries, authorities realize this isn’t the work of George at all, but several thousand different monkeys. They’ve come to free their leader, who’s been kidnapped by The Man in the Yellow Hat.

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Everything Harold draws with his purple crayon comes to life… but the demonically-possessed crayon has ideas of its own. Soon Harold is sleep-sketching monsters, explosions, earthquakes, and plagues, only to wake up to a world on the verge of destruction. But will drawing wave after wave of purple acid-spraying robots be enough to stop the apocalypse?

 

Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Clifford was a normal, butt-sniffing puppy until a radiation blast caused him to grow to monstrous size. Can a team of super-enhanced pets convince Clifford to join their legion of heroes and combat an evil A.I. kitty or will the big red dog run amok and slam his humongous nose into the very crotch of society?

 

Goodnight, Moon

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When a small bunny puts off going to sleep by saying goodnight to every goddamn thing in his line of vision, he notices through his window a strange glow emanating from the moon. Soon the bunny discovers the famous cow from the nursery rhyme never jumped over the moon at all. Instead, it crashed near the Sea of Tranquility and has been nursing a grudge (and stockpiling thermonuclear explosives) ever since. Can our little bunny hero and his near comatose grandma save the day before there are no more tides?

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

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A pigeon demands control of a bus by threatening to set off all the explosives he shoved down his unusually long neck. Then it’s a chase across state lines as SWAT teams, armed helicopters, and the passengers themselves try to overpower the pigeon before he can drive the bus… straight into the White House. Little do any of them know that every single pigeon in the world is now armed and ready to attack our parks, city streets, and windowsills

 

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