Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films adapted from books

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie, or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library is here to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit screens big and small and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This October

Book cover for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Waber, Bernard

Lyle the crocodile is the beloved friend of all his neighbors in New York City. Except, that is, one grumpy neighbor and his cat. When all of Lyle’s attempts to befriend the neighbor go awry, he finds himself locked up in the zoo! How can Lyle convince his neighbor he means him no harm? Starring Shawn Mendes, Javier Bardem, and Constance Wu, the film adaptation of Bernard Waber’s beloved children’s novel Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile will be released in theaters on October 7, 2022.

Book cover for My Policeman
My Policeman
Roberts, Bethan

In Bethan Roberts’ tragic love triangle set in 1950’s England, a man and a woman recount their lives and their love for the same man. My Policeman is the story of two loves that could not be: Marion’s love for Tom, a man who could not reciprocate her love, and Tom and Patrick’s love for each other, a love illegal and dangerous in their time. For a while, they attempt to share the object of their desire. But when one pulls away, it will all come crashing down around them. Starring Harry Styles and Rupert Everett, the cinematic adaptation of Roberts’ doomed love story will be released on Amazon Prime on October 21, 2022.

Book cover for Wonder Story: White Bird
Wonder Story: White Bird
Palacio, R. J.

When Julian, the boy who bullied Auggie in R.J. Palacio’s beloved novel Wonder, struggles to fit into his new school, his grandmother decides to tell him the tragic story of her childhood. As a young Jewish girl in France, Grandmère was hidden from the Nazi forces by a kind family, and discovered true friendship with the boy her classmates had always shunned. Based on a short story from Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories that was later turned into the graphic novel White Bird, the film adaptation will be released on October 14, 2022.