Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Pop-Up Book by Tor Lokvig & Chuck Murphy
There is a traditional novelization of this movie and a comic book adaption too. Pop-up books aren’t necessarily that usual, but this one is based on arguably the slowest paced Star Trek movie. So, the least child-friendly Trek film got a pop-up book aimed at children. There is a page that if a tab is pulled Spock’s eyebrows raise and lower. ‘Nuff said.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by Henry Edwards
A movie musical featuring some of the biggest names in music at the time of its release got a novelization. Who wouldn’t want to read all of their favorite songs?
Gremlins – Book and Record
Read-along book and record combos were pretty standard back in the day. They primarily covered kid related movies. Gremlins was released as a PG movie in the United States. There was no PG-13 rating at the time of its release, and it is widely responsible for the creation of it. Many kids and parents were shocked at the death and violence in the film and called out for tougher ratings. Which is why I think this is a weird choice for a children’s Book and Record.
Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D by Michael Avallone
The third Friday the 13th movie’s big gimmick was it had scenes shot specifically for 3-D. Of course, that wasn’t translated into the novelization, but that didn’t stop the title of the book from still stating “3-D”.
King Kong by Delos W. Lovelace
The novelization of the film of the original King Kong was published in the winter of 1932. The interesting part is that the motion picture wasn’t released until spring of 1933. The novel was written based on the screenplay for the film, and it was meant to act as advertising for the movie. Today, many novelizations would not be released so far from the release of the actual film. Of course, spoilers weren’t an issue back in the 1930’s.
Alien: The Coloring Book
This coloring book doesn’t translate one particular movie, but it features a collection of some of the most memorable scenes from all the movies in the Alien franchise. I hear coloring books can be relaxing for adults. There’s nothing like coloring a picture of an alien bursting out of someone’s chest to calm the nerves.