BenjaminK

Kid Books That Should Be Board Games

I'm still not sure how we got on the topic in another thread, but Marsh and I have been talking kid books. Well, mostly Little Blue Truck. And it got me thinking...What are some kid books that would make great games?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a game; my 3-year-old got it from his Nana for his birthday a few months back.

I could see Little Blue Truck being a lot of fun as a game.

Goodnight Moon, perhaps?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

4 points by BenjaminK - updated 9 days ago | 33 comments | report | subscribe

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ooh! I thought of another setting - Brian Jacques’ Redwall books! I’m surprised I didn’t immediately think of this one! So many cool things you could do in this setting!

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't played it... But it seems like something like Mice and Mystics wouldn't take too many changes to be turned into Redwall the board game. 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

This would be an excellent choice!!!

sdirrane 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Like a game of Woodland Might and Right? Haha

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Now where have I heard that before...? hahaha

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

C.S. Lewis’ Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe would be interesting. 

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've thought and thought about the Chronicles of Narnia. And, as my username bears evidence, I do enjoy them quite a bit. But I can't really figure out how to make a game around it. C. S. Lewis' message is such a integral part of his books that a game could really 'run on rails' or feel extremely scripted. Do you have any good ideas on how to implement a game around The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe? 

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great point about the message of the game. 

Perhaps it could be a legacy type deck building game in the vein of Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle- you would be able to follow a story line but still have chances to interact with the game. 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

That'd be fun as a Legacy-style game. I'd love to see someone implement it while keeping the message.

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I guess that could work. 

sdirrane 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

“Where The Wild Things Are”

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Other suggestions would be:

Nibbles The Book Monster

Cat In the Hat

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

Little Fox's Tail

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs would be fun! Set collection...or something haha 

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

My kids would love the little blue truck!

trentellingsen 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’ve got little blue truck memorized at this point haha. I’d like to see Where the wild things are as a game

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Little Blue Truck is such a fun book. It’s hard to not have it memorized!

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

All 3 of my kiddos loved this one too. 

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Where the wild things are would be a good game... could be a bit trippy though depending on how it was done

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think trippy is have the point of that story haha

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

A criminally underappreciated work for older kids, maybe 10-14 is Carroll Kendall's "The Gammage Cup." I would love to see a game based on that. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I am not familiar with that. I’ll have to check it out!

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm going to have to check that book out!

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

These are for slightly older kids but....

A resource management game based on Dr. Suess' Lorax. 

And something based on a Bill Peet story. Preferably something like Cowardly Clyde but they are all good. 

I just thought of it. We could have a storytelling game based on "And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street." You could compete to see who could tell the most outrageous tales, and whether or not you can tell them under the questioning gaze of your father. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think anything Dr. Suess would be a lot of fun. Lots of fun possibilities there. 

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I like these as well. The Lorax is a personal favorite of mine. 
Mulberry Street would be perfect for this as well!

philryuh 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oooooooh I like the possibilities with Lorax as a theme

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

If we could only bring Seuss back to illustrate it.... 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I hear there’s some dark magic for that...

philryuh 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Not sure how young you were thinking for the "kid" range, but I immediately thought of Roald Dahl's books. For example, Matilda or The BFG

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Those work! I had super young kids in mind, but hey! That’s still children’s lit, so I’ll accept it. I think BFG would be lots of fun! It could be a hidden movement game with the BFG trying to spread good dreams and save kids from the big bad giants. Haha I dunno, but there’s a lot that could be done there. 

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Or the Phantom Tollbooth! 

sdirrane 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Phantom Tollbooth was one of my favorites as a kid

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I love the phantom tollbooth. Although, you weren't suggesting that Roald Dahl wrote it were you?