Bridge to Terabithia poster

Hi, guest blogger Patricia here -- nice to see you all again. It's definitely Poster Week here on the summer movie blog. And you thought we'd outdone ourselves with five posters in five days, didn't you? But nooooo ... we're squeezing in one more hot exclusive, this time of the long-awaited children's book adaptation 'Bridge to Terabithia.'

'Bridge to Terabithia' is one of those books whose very mention is making several readers clutch at their chests right now and go, "Awwww, I LOVED that book!" (Don't worry. We won't tell.) For the uninitiated, it's about a fifth-grade boy named Jess, a farm kid who's an outcast until a tomboyish girl named Leslie moves in next door. They become fast friends, inventing a secret kingdom that they call Terabithia in the woods across the river. It's a sweet, heartbreaking read (question: Why are the best children's books always so darn sad?) that won the Newbery Medal in 1978. And it's finally being made into a major motion picture, which will be released on February 16 of next year. Jess will be played by Josh Hutcherson, who's appeared in 'Zathura' and 'RV'; Leslie will be played by AnnaSophia Robb, who earned kudos as the mutt-adopting Opal in 'Because of Winn-Dixie' and was Violet in last year's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'

Thanks to our friends at Disney, we've got the exclusive poster, above. Now, how the film will compare to the versions of Jess and Leslie that people have been carrying around in their heads for the past three decades is anyone's guess. But that begs the question -- what other favorite children's books ought to be made into movies? 'Where the Red Fern Grows' (my personal favorite) and 'The Phantom Tollbooth' come to mind ... what do you think?

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Tags: Bridge to Terabithia, children's books, Summer Movies
categories Features, Cinematical