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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Cover: 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial'

Staff Review: "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" by Jim Thomas


For fans of the classic 80’s movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, this timeless story is now in the form of a uniquely-illustrated children’s book!

This book is a direct adaptation of the film and is aimed at young readers, with a few minor changes from the movie. The story tells the tale of young Elliot, who discovers what he thinks to be a goblin living in his backyard. He lures the creature into his house with candy and quickly develops a friendship with E.T., who is stranded on Earth and wants to get back home. Elliot, his sister, Gertie and their brother, Michael band together to help E.T. get back to his planet and to hide E.T. from the government, who wants to capture and study him.

The most appealing draw of the book is to see how the author and illustrator depict certain iconic scenes from the movie, including E.T. and Gertie playing dress-up and Elliot riding his bike across the night sky with E.T. perched on the handlebars. I think adult fans of the movie will get a kick out of reading this to their kids, and that the kids will enjoy this fantastical story as well.

Audience: children | Genre: fiction, movies

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