Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ Gets Picture Book Adaptation

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Hamptonite Steven Spielberg’s seminal classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is turning 35 this year, and to celebrate, Quirk Books has announced a picture book adaptation by illustrator Kim Smith.

Here’s what Quirk Books has to say about the picture book.

When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in theaters thirty-five years ago, the film enchanted millions of kids and surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. Now the blockbuster movie is an illustrated storybook, with colorful retro-style illustrations courtesy of Kim Smith. It’s a story you can’t help but love: After E.T. is stranded on Earth, he takes refuge with Elliott, a lonely boy in need of a friend . . . and together they find a way to send E.T. back home. Along the way, they learn important lessons about courage, friendship, and the power of the imagination. It’s the perfect read-along story for children, their parents, and millions of E.T. fans everywhere!

Entertainment Weekly has debuted the cover and some pages from the delightful, colorful book. Check them out here.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982 and was an immediate box office hit and critical darling. It remains the highest-grossing film of the 1980s and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. E.T. was partially inspired by Spielberg’s childhood, when he created an imaginary alien friend to cope with his parents’ divorce. The film co-starred a young Drew Barrymore, who is no stranger to the Hamptons, as well as Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton and Dee Wallace.

The E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial picture book phones home on October 31.

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