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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (January 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743216407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743216401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chicago Sun Times Extremely charming...as inviting as a gossipy letter from a long-lost friend. -- Review

About the Author

William Kotzwinkle is the author of many books, including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, and Doctor Rat, for which he won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

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American novelist William Kotzwinkle is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Book Critics Circle award nominee, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Prix Litteraire des Bouquinistes des Quais de Paris, the PETA Award for Children's Fiction, and he wrote the narration for Michael Jackson's E.T. record which won a special children's Grammy.

Customer Reviews

This book was written from the movie, but I read it in Junior-High well before I saw the movie.
L. Shelton
Memory seems to be faulty as i remember more artwork and a larger format, but this will be great to introduce the grandchildren into a world a magic.
Philip Crocker
It's an astounding story, many clues are given while you read the book on how E.T. can solve his problems.
Paolo C.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paolo C. on May 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought the paperback edition in late July 1985 and,believe it or not,I have read it more than a hundred times over and over again.It's an astounding story, many clues are given while you read the book on how E.T. can solve his problems. The keen reader can easily predict the outcome of the plot.The way the author connects the two realities, one on the Green planet , the other on Earth is nicely blended through the introduction of the telepathic beam, naturally off course, 'cause ET's a little mixed up.This gives way to many funny situations.Let's not forget that events narrated belong to the mid 80's so it might seem a little old fashioned when Julie, Elliot's school friend asks him for some help with her "BASIC" with black screens flashing green text! The book can be read at many levels; Et's worried about Elliot becoming grown up.According to ET's point of view, people on earth grew up to become violent so his mission now is to save his friend.This is a great message of peace.Younger children should also read the illustrated storybook.To conclude I always ask myself why in these years Kotzwinkle didn't write a sequel to this book due to its open ending.I think a new adventure for ET would be great: what happens to the turnip ship after they enter the wormhole? I hope Kotzwinkle will soon let us know. In an interview, Spielberg said that his movie ET is a "wonderful gem" so a sequel was not necessary because a sequel would currupt its magic.A new movie about ET would be great considering the power of computer graphic animated charaters we have today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Shelton on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was written from the movie, but I read it in Junior-High well before I saw the movie. What is awesome in this book is that it gives E.T.'s POINT OF VIEW on the whole story. We learn who he really is, why he is here, what he thinks, what he feels, why he does what he does... and to me that was just extremely interesting, to be inside the head of an extra-terrestrial!

Afterwards, seeing the movie was a big disappointment, because it contains none of these deep character developments... I think reading this book truly adds another dimension to the E.T. story, so I recommend it. (But beware: some of the concepts strayed from the movie, so be open to new ideas! For example, in the book, E.T. is not an ignorant baby, but is million-years-old wise).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the book E.T., there is a view you don't get out of the movie. You get to see what E.T. actually thinks and feels about the world around him. In the very begining of this book, E.T. is with his crew on Earth. You actually find out why, and what the extra terrestrials are doing on Earth. E.T. got lost on Earth in the first place because he was attracted to the lights in the windows, he ended up in Elliots yard because the plants told him to go look in the window. E.T. was a botonist from another planet, and he understands what plants are saying. E.T. is very intelligent and sends dreams and thoughts to Elliot, Mary(Elliot's Mother) Gertie, and Micheal. You also get family history of the characters, and you understand why Elliot connects so easily with E.T. I felt this book was very well written, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Overall, E.T. is a very good book, and is worth reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on February 2, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The outlines of this plot are familiar to anyone living in the free world. Boy befriends stranded alien. Alien phones home. End of story. The plot is familiar, but the movie captured the imaginations of millions because of the flourishes that Spielberg brought to it as a director. The children in the movie seemed so very real compared to the children in so many other movies. And the tear-jerking moments, especially when a body bag is zipped up over ET's ash-grey face, are emotionally gripping.

I'm happy to say that Kotzwinkle is two and a half steps above the type of hack that usually writes this kind of adaptation. He successfully captures the flavor of the movie, and adds a whole other dimension to the story by mining the strengths of a book format. Unhindered by special effects limitations or the need for dialogue, Kotzwinkle brings us into the minds of the characters, most notably E.T. himself. He adds scenes that would have been too slow for the movie, and fleshes out existing scenes that could only be spared a moment of screen time.

If all movie adaptations were done like this, the genre would have a better name. As it is, Kotzwinkle has done it right, and it's no surprise to me that he has a successful writing career outside of this adaptation. If you're a fan of the movie and the characters, this book is definitely a way to extend and deepen your pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaori Libba Sparrow on December 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Since we were kids, my sister and I have been huge fans of E.T. (we still have the old VHS tape!). While helping our grandmother deliver her trash and recycle her plastics, we wandered into the "Still Good" area (where things like books that were in good condition were left to be taken if interested) and I came across this novelization. I love to read, and the peek at the first few pages I had looked at sounded pretty good.

So, we bought it.

It was worth it, a very suprising book. Letting us into the mind of the alien, revealing a few deleted scenes (that, if I recall, were put back into the movie a few years after I read the book when it was re-released), and giving more detail into the hows and whys of the film.

If you're curious, then I would suggest checking this book out!
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