Reviews of E.T. the Book of the Green Planet (1985)
Review by spiphany (2005-02-08)
Kotzwinkle's novelization of the movie "E.T." (to which this book is a sequel) is decent but didn't particularly impress me; this, however, I found rather sweet. Back on his homeworld, a quiet, peaceful world of scholars and botanists, E.T. still misses Earth, and against all the rules he carries out a wild scheme to build a spaceship and return to his friend Elliot and the strange customs of Earth. The book is filled with all sorts of whimsical plants such as Jumpums (trees which uproot themselves and jump around periodically) and Tickli Moot-Moots (which make a continuous gentle laughing sound), and the ill-tempered agi Jabi which guards the fields, delighting in scaring intruders. I have a great fondness for plants, which is undoubtably part of the appeal, but I think a lot of what I liked about this book is the gentle atmosphere of loneliness and longing, and I felt for a character who found himself in disgrace because he was homesick for a world that was never his own.