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E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet: A Novel Paperback – January 29, 2002

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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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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
It's almost hard to believe that 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" which is the first movie I'd ever see in the theater at the age of 5. Over the years this movie by Stephen Spielberg has been a classic for the ages, that's why I was thrilled to find this storybook based upon that movie from so very long ago. Kotzwinkle does a nice job retelling the story of Elliott & E.T. who was left behind by his space ship in the face of danger. The photos from the movie are crisp & the summary of the plots of the film are things that capture the magic & our emotions from the first time we ever saw this particular film. An easy summary for kids of any age of a movie that is truly unforgettable.
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