Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Novelization

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Novelization

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by A.C.H. Smith, Jim Henson, Brian Froud
     
 

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Return to the Kingdom of Whence in this sprawling prequel to Jim Henson’s classic film Labyrinth.

Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover is the novelization of LABYRINTH written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. This is the first in a series of novels from the Jim Henson Archives. This beautiful hardcover features

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Return to the Kingdom of Whence in this sprawling prequel to Jim Henson’s classic film Labyrinth.

Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover is the novelization of LABYRINTH written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. This is the first in a series of novels from the Jim Henson Archives. This beautiful hardcover features unpublished goblin illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with 50 never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for LABYRINTH.

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School Library Journal
07/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—The movie Labyrinth was released in 1986 to mixed success. It has, however, spawned a cult following and a four-volume manga sequel. This novelization of the film includes copies of handwritten notes from Jim Henson, sketches and conceptual designs from Henson's collaborator, Brian Froud, and a chapter devoted to how the movie was developed. Fifteen-year-old Sarah loves to recite from her favorite book, The Labyrinth. One evening, she returns home to find herself once again stuck with babysitting her baby brother Toby while her father and stepmother go out for the evening. Resentful, Sarah wishes out loud that her brother would be taken away by goblins, and, to her horror, he is. The Goblin King appears and tells Jennifer that her brother will be lost to her forever unless she can "unriddle the Labyrinth" leading to the Goblin King's castle, where Toby is being held. She has 13 hours to accomplish her task or the baby will be turned into a goblin. The book closely follows the script of the movie. Sarah encounters goblins and other creepy characters, befriends a few, and makes it to the castle just in time to save the day. Fans of the movie will enjoy the story and the additional materials.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608864164
Publisher:
Archaia
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
49,876
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Novelization 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful to finally have this back in print, and the extras are perfect for any Labyrinth fan
ReadingBifrost More than 1 year ago
“Everything. I have done everything you wanted…You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me. I was frightening…I have reordered time…I have turned the world upside down…And I have done it all for you. I am exhausted from living up to your expectations.” I usually don’t read novelizations of movies, but it’s The Labyrinth! With Jareth! I’m not going to go into detail about the story, plot, and characters as those are basically the same as the movie. What I am going to point out are the major differences that sets the book apart from the movie. First we have the back story on Sarah’s mother. In the movie we see newspaper clippings and photos in Sarah’s room of “Linda Williams” and the mysterious Jeremy (also played by David Bowie). If you get a chance to look closer at the newspapers it’s apparent that they were in a relationship on and offstage, so Sarah’s mother is an actress- which is where Sarah gets her love of theatre. The book goes into detail and explains the relationship in more detail, such as Sarah and Jeremy get along very well and Jeremy treats Sarah as an adult- taking her to highclass restaurants with her mother. But it also implies that Sarah’s mother left her family for Jeremy, so we can kind of see why Sarah is a bit bratty under the circumstances of being spoiled/hurt. I really do wish they would have found some way to incorporate the songs into the book. No, I don’t want to be reading the lyrics off of the page or have the characters break out into song, but the music of The Labyrinth is so much a part of the movie that reading its novelization without having even pieces of the music lingering made some scenes fall really flat. What fans will really want this book for is the early concept art by Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s personal journal pages! I always love watching the extras on DVDs and thumbing through movie-art books. Seeing the early stages of Henson’s ideas on The Labyrinth and Froud’s critters that didn’t make the movie makes the book worth purchasing on its own. Overall, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization is a great addition to any fans’ collection.
Svilla_ More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of the Labyrinth movie you most definantly need to get this book, I'm barely on the third chapter but I already love it! It's as if you're watching the movie in your mind except with much more detail and explanation. If you haven't seen the movie I still recommend this book!
Yelhsa823 More than 1 year ago
Great read! The extras are amazing and help elaborate on the story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago