Tuesday, April 15

Seven Stories: Moving Stories Exhibition

Seven Stories Exhibition:
Moving Pictures

Seven Stories, National Center of Children's Books is the beautiful, fairytale-eske building in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England. It's the perfect place to visit for authors, bloggers, parents and children and generally just lovers of Children's and YA books. 

Moving Pictures.

Moving Pictures is Seven Stories beauiful exhibition that spreads across two of their seven floors.

It features a number of children's books that have been adapted into movies.

Are you ready to go on an adventure?
Get ready to journey through our favourite children's stories.

Once Upon A Time...


Snow White:

Snow White is one of the best known well loved fairytales. It originated in Germany and was wrote by The Brothers Grimm. It was first published in 1821 as tale 53 in the bindup of fairytales.

The Grimm brothers completed a revision of the story in 1844.

It was first adapted as a stage show named "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1920.

It was then adapted into the most well know animated feature by Walt Disney using the same name as the stage show. It was Walt Disney's first full length feature animation and it was first releases in 1937.

< = A snow white inspired table with stools around. Each stool had a dwarfs name on it.

Some original illustrations from the Grimm = > Brothers tale "Snow White"

The "Snow White" story was used as inspiration for 2012's Mirror Mirror, a comedy starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts.

It was also inspiration for a film, released the same year (2012) entitles Snow White and the Huntman. A more action-packed retelling starring Kristen Stewert, Charlise Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

Snow White was also influence for the main character and storyline of ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time.

Book Adaptations of Snow White

(from EpicReads.com)


Cinderella, originally known as The Little Glass Slipper is a Eauropean folk tale originally published in 1697 by Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm.

Cinderella has been adapted for Opera, Ballet, Theatre and Film and Television.

It was first adapted for film in the 1830s and there were 9 adaptations before the well known Walt Disney adaptation in 1950.

More recently it was adapted as a musical. "Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" was a straight to TV adaptation that starred Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopy Goldberg.

The Cinderella story was inspiration for the newer adaptations Ever After starring Drew Barrymore in 1998, A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray in 2004 and Another Cinderella Story starring Selena Gomez in 2008.

It was also inspiration for a secondary character and storyline in the first season of Once Upon A Time.

Book Adaptations of Cinderella:

(from EpicReads.com)

Shrek! was originally a picture book written and illustrated by William Steig in 1990.

The rights were acquired for the movie in 1991, just one year after the picture book was released. The move was released in 2007.

<= The book depicted a very different Shrek than was in the movies.


Hugo was adpated from 2007 children book 'The Invention of Hugo Caberet which was written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.

With over 284 illustrations the book came to 533 pages.

Selznick described the book as...

"not exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things."

The rights for the movie were brought in 2007 and the movie was released in 3D as well as 2D in 2011.

Lost and Found:

Lost and Found is a children's picture book by Oliver Jeffers which was published in 2005.

A 24-minute film was adapted and was first broadcast at Christmas time in 2008. The movie was narrated by Jim Broadbent.

A stage version has also been adapted for Children aged 3+ which was performed for the first time in London in 2011.

Peter Pan:

Peter Pan was originally published as "The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" and "Peter and Wendy".

It was released in 1904 as a play and 1911 as a novel, both wrote by J.M Barrie.

The novel was later illustrated bu Mabel Lucie Attwel in 1921.

Peter Pan was adapted for stage in 1904 and the original movie in 1921 as a silent movie.

The classical Walt Disney adaptation was released in 1953.

In the last few decades Peter Pan has been used as the inspiration for many adaptations. Including:-

  • Hook (1991) starring Julia Roberts and Robin Williams
  • Disney's Peter Pan in Return to Never Land (2002)
  • Disney's Tinkerbell series (2008 onwards)

It also inspired  the 2004 movie Finding Neverland which followed the story of the author of Peter Pan, his relationships and what led to the creation of Peter Pan.

Book Adaptations of Peter Pan

(from EpicReads.com)


Alice in Wonderland:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a novel written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgen, under the psedonym Lewis Carroll.

In 1865 the manuscript was updates with 37 illustrations completed by Carroll himself which was printed in the new edition in 1887.

There were 42 wood engraved illustrations provided for the published version.

The first print run was destroyed at Carroll's request because he was dissatisfied with the quality. The book was reprinted and published again in 1866.

Alice in Wonderland has been adapted for film and television many times, starting with a silent movie in 1903. 

There were 8 adaptations before the classic Walt Disney adaptation in 1951.

Alice's Adventured in Wonderland was the inspiration for Walt Disney's 2010 Tim Burton adaptation "Alice in Wonderland" that starred Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

The Lewis Carroll story was also the inspiration for ABC show Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, the one season spin-off from other fairytale adaptation show from the same network entitled Once Upon A Time.

The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing was a picture book written and illustrated by Shaun Tan in 2000.

It was adapted into a 15-minute animated short film in 2010. It was narrated by Australian comedian Tim Minchin.

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's moving castle is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones first published in 1986.

In 2004 it was adapted as a Japanese animated fantasy film. It broke box office records in Japan.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox is a children's novel wrote by award winning children's author Roald Dahl. It was published in 1970 with illustrations by Jill Bennett.

Later editions has illustrations by Quentin Blake (1996) who illustrates all of Dahl's other childrens books.

It had been adapted for stage in 2007 and movie in 2009.

The 2009 movie of Fantastic Mr Fox was made using stop-motion animation.

In this display case is one of the actual models used to film the mirror. That is the actual size of the fox used.

 The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is a childrens book by Julia Donaldson and was illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The book has sold over 10.5 million copies and has won numerous prizes for childrens literature.

It has been developed for plays in the West End and Broadway in 2011.

It was adapted into a 30-minute animated film in 2009.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2011 and for a BAFTA in 2010.


Coraline is a horror/fantasy novella by Neil Gaiman, author of other YA book Stardust. It was awarded 3 awards in the years of 2002 and 2003.

It has been compared to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, another book that has been dubbed 'nonsense fiction'

Coraline has been adapted for film, graphic novel, musical and videogame.

The graphic novel, illustrated by P. Craig Russell released in 2008. A theatrical musical was adapted in 2009, the same year in which it was adapted and released in videogame formats.

Coraline was adapted for film, using stop-motion animation in 2009. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Borrowers

The Borrowers is a childrens fantasy novel by English author Mary Norton, published in 1952.

It was first adapted for film in 1973.

It has been adapted 5 times with the most popular adaptation in 1997 which starred Tom Felton, John Goodman and Jim Broadbent.

In 2011, there was a BBC adaptation starring Stephen Fry and Christopher Eccleston.

This is the childrens book-to-movie wall at the very end of the exhibition. It included books like The Witches, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Divergent.

That's all for the exhibition. Amazing isn't it?
I would most definitely suggest going to see it if you can. Walking around and experiencing it all it just amazing. It is actually like falling down the rabbit hole and appearing in a book-filled wonderland.

I hope you have enjoyed revisiting all of the children's books and seeing the pictures from the amazing Seven Stories. It really is a magical place and everyone should go and visit.

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