Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World
Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World, is an electronic children's book produced by Meredith Books based on the 2005 Universal King Kong film. It was released in November of 2005, and was adapted by David Seidman and illustrated by Peter Bollinger and Robert Papp. It boasts an electric sound panel with 16 buttons producing a unique sound.
Kong, the last of the great gorillas, defends his territory on Skull Island from humans, V-Rexes, and Terapusmordaxes. Read how Kong takes Ann on a wild adventure on Skull Island. See Kong battle dinosaurs, mutant bats, and Terapusmordaxes. Hear Kong roar, Brontosauruses stampede, and the Piranhadon attack!
Upon spotting humans in his jungle, Kong became angry and roared at the intruders. As a frightened Ann Darrow screamed back, Kong picked her up and ran off in an attempt to quiet her. The remaining humans, including Jack Driscoll, then tried to follow her but stumbled into a valley which was home to a herd of Brontosaurus. Luckily, several giant venatosaurs then came out of the forest and attacked them. Some of the men fled, but Jack and some others escaped the valley and made their way into a swamp. There, they were attacked by a Piranhadon, causing Jack to fall into the water. With the Piranhadon in hot pursuit, Jack was able to get onto land and away from the swamp monster. However, on the other side of the swamp, the small crew were faced with a deep chasm, which they began to cross by using a fallen log as a bridge.
Kong then appeared and shook the log, causing several sailors to fall in, but one of the surviving crewmembers lowered a rope which allowed the men to climb out. After being placed down elsewhere in a seemingly safe clearing, three Vastatosaurus rex emerged from the surrounding jungle. Ann sheltered beneath some tree roots, and Kong arrived to rescue her. As Kong beat his chest in triumph, an Arachno-claw sneaked up behind Ann, who crawled out of the roots to escape it. Just after she began to run away, Kong grabbed her, deciding to return to his lair. As he neared his mountain, Kong reflected on his loneliness and his place as the last of the "great gorillas," but quickly roared and returned home. There, he was met with a swarm of Terapusmordax, which he swatted at before beginning to fight. With Kong distracted, Ann sneaked to the cliffside and resolved to climb down the vines, only to be met with Jack, who had been climbing up them. They started down the foliage, but were stopped by Kong, who began to reel them back in. Apparently having escaped, Ann listened to Kong roar, knowing that this would not be the end of her time with the last of the great gorillas.
Differences from the film
- The book seems to completely erase the scene with the village and the island natives, as it has Ann in a group with the film crew on the island when they first meet Kong.
- In an odd change, the Venatosaurus are replaced with nondescript "giant venatosaurs" accompanied by off-scale artwork.
- All instances of death are erased from this adaptation, including the infamous spider pit sequence, which is glossed over completely, and ends with a crewmember rescuing them all with a rope.
- Due to the film's less-than-child-friendly nature, there are several warnings from the Federal Communications Committee in and on the book, urging parents to check the film ratings board before seeing the film on which it was based.
- At the end of the book, Jack and Ann are reeled back up to Kong on a vine like in the film, but the next sentence implies that they have escaped without any explanation given.
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