I know there are others out there that firmly believe that you should read the book before seeing the film, TV adaptation, etc. Many is the time I’ve hurried to read a lenghty classic before the TV show started. Recently, when I heard War and Peace was being televised, I breathed a sigh of relief that I’d already read the book and wouldn’t feel torn between hurrying to read it and watching the programme. I guess if anything I’d encourage H to do the same. Certainly, I felt that when it came to Harry Potter, he should read the books before the films. Sometimes though things work out differently.
A while back we got sent a preview code for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm and we sat down to watch it. I knew very little about it except it was aimed at children. As we watched it, apart from laughing a lot, I realised that it wasn’t a new creation. Some research indicated that there were actually thirteen Professor Branestawm books written from 1933 onwards. I was surprised I’d not heard of Professor Branestawm before, as the books are clearly children’s classics.
Following on from enjoying the very well done TV adaptation, which was adapted by Charlie Higson and stars Harry Hill and David Mitchell amongst others, we got some of the books out from the library. The Professor Branestawm books proved just as popular as the film version with H. The name Professor Branestawm is a pun as it’s a homophone (pronounced the same) of the word ‘brainstorm’ , which is handy as pronouncing it could be a bit of guess work otherwise. He’s an eccentric professor who is always inventing things. The books are full of the short stories of adventures, which are outlandish, but very funny. The books are suitable for early chapter book readers onwards as independent reading, but younger children would enjoy them as a bedtime book.
So in this case we have been inspired to read the books by watching the first televised adventure, so I may be a bit more relaxed about reading the book first in future. In any case we enjoyed the second installment that showed on TV over Christmas too.