Reading the Screen: Amazon Edition!

Screencap from The Stinky and Dirty Show, featuring a garbage truck and a backhoe.For those not in the know, Amazon’s video division is accepting pitches for new series and movie concepts. Families will be glad to note that several kids’ properties have been adapted to the small(er) screen! These new Amazon Studios pilots feature storylines based on favorite children’s picture and chapter books:

The Stinky and Dirty Show, based on the Kate and Jim McMullan books that started with I Stink! (2002)

Just Add Magic, based on the book of the same name by Cindy Callaghan

Additional pilots have been ordered for the following:

Lost in Oz, based on the novels of L. Frank Baum: “[A]n animated, action-adventure comedy set in a modern, metropolitan Emerald City. Stranded in this spectacular world, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin.”Lily the Unicorn, by Dallas Clayton

Lily the Unicorn, based on the book of the same name by Dallas Clayton: “Lily the Unicorn puts a hilarious spin on everyday situations as [she] transforms even the most typical day into something extraordinary.” This one will be produced by The Jim Henson Company.

Bear in Underwear, based on Todd Goldman’s book with the same title: “Delightful hijinks ensue in a world full of forest animals who look at everything from a slightly skewed point of view.”



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Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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