King Kong: The Junior Novel

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King Kong: The Junior Novel
King Kong: The Junior Novel
Author(s) Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz
Publisher HarperCollins
Publish date December 13, 2005
ISBN 978-0060773045

King Kong: The Junior Novel, also known as Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World - The Junior Novel is a junior novelization of the 2005 Universal King Kong film. It was released in December of 2005, and was written Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz.

Official Synopsis

"Carl Denham could not have imagined a better place to shoot his movie. Skull Island was perfect - its lush jungle, massice ruins, and exotic creatures looked incredible through his camera lens. But when his lead actress, the stunning Ann Darrow, is taken by the islanders and captured by a giant gorilla called Kong, the movie takes on a life of its own. Follow Carl Denham and his crew across Skull Island as they battle ferocious dinosaurs and deadly giant insects, and pursue Kong, the eighth wonder of the world!"


In a bid to make the greatest movie ever made, Carl Denham takes off for Skull Island aboard the Venture. Ann Darrow, who was taken aboard as his lead actress, makes fast friends with the crew, but embarrasses herself in front of her favorite playwright Jack Driscoll by mistaking the sound editor for him. However, before they reach their destination, Carl feels the ship turning around because Englehorn had been given orders to divert to Rangoon for Carl's arrest. However, before they are able to, they arrive at Skull Island. They quickly struck rocks and began taking on water. Not waiting to help, Denham gathered his crew and set out for the island's shores. They filmed Ann screaming in front of a statue, but her scream garnered a response from beyond the island's towering wall. Carl ran toward it, bidding them to follow, and they came upon a village where they were quickly found by a little girl. Denham attempted to give her some chocolate, but this prompted her to bite him, and for the sound director Mike to be run through with a spear by natives.

Differences from the film

  • Following Ann's mistaking the recordist Mike for Jack, this version sees Preston follow her out to comfort her.
  • Carl sets off to the island immediately upon arriving at Skull Island, as opposed to waiting until morning.
  • The entirety of the scenes set in New York after Kong's capture are drastically shortened, and relegated entirely to four pages of epilogue.






  • This novelization misspells Captain Englehorn's name as "Engelhorn".


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