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Jim Henson's Labyrinth [Hardcover]

Ted Naifeh , Adrianne Ambrose , Cory Godbey
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April 9 2013 Jim Henson's Labyrinth
Years before Sarah entered the Labyrinth, a young boy named Jareth faced his own incredible journey in a desperate attempt to rescue his true love from the clutches of the wicked and beautiful Goblin Queen. Archaia and the Jim Henson Company and proud to present an original prequel to Jim Henson's classic fantasy film.


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<B>Ted Naifeh</B> is responsible for many dark, delicious worlds. These include<I>Courtney Crumrin</I> and the all-ages<I>Polly and the Pirates</I>. He recently finished illustrating a graphic novel trilogy by the best-selling author Holly Black.<B>Adrianne Ambrose</B> has written about cheerleaders, barbarians, gangsters, and dangerous high school girls. She was nominated for a 2008 Writers Guild of America award for video game writing. Her humorous tween diary,<I>What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader</I>, is available through Belle Bridge Books.<B>Cory Godbey</B> seeks to tell stories with his work. He also likes to draw monsters. His short graphic novel stories can be found in the Eisner Award-nominated<I>Flight</I> anthologies. Godbey&#160;has also created animations&#160;for Prudential, Microsoft, and a documentary film, "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz."<BR>

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-release! A Must to Own! July 6 2014
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This is a great re-release of the novelization for the 1986 film Labyrinth. (I was sad that this took the place of the prequel I was so looking forward to though.)

The Story: At times the story seemed very Alice in Wonderland which I know was one inspiration for the film, but it really shows through when describing Sarah's thought process. Compared to the film Sarah seems more childish and even more self-centred which is slightly annoying. On the other hand I suppose it's more realistic how frighted and panicked she becomes when faced with the strange creatures and settings of the Labyrinth. I do like how the book shows us what was behind the left door with the knockers (and I found it to be a very disturbing place). This gives us a more valid reason for her determination to get the ring back in the right door knocker's mouth to go through that door instead. All in all the book follows the film very closely.

The Packaging: The cover has a classic look with a Brian Froud sketch on the front and back. Inside the cover is a maroon background with a black maze pattern. There is a small maze in a square beside the book title and chapter title at the top of each page. Even though it's a small detail, the fact that the maze is different for each chapter gives it a caring touch.

The Extras: At the back of the book are first, 20 unpublished Illustrations by Brian Froud and then second,
50 never-before-seen pages from Jim Henson's personal journal, detailing initial conception of his ideas for Labyrinth. Both of which are proceeded with a Forward.

With Froud's illistrations you will find some recognizable characters including the wiseman and Ludo. Some are creatures are sketches and others are finished drawings with colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars get this while you can May 10 2014
By Patty
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Finally in print again, the novelization of Labyrinth presents a different side of Sarah and Jareth. If you are a rabid fan you should buy this before it goes out of print like the first edition.

The hardcover binding and inside cover are lovely. I was disappointed that none of the sketches by Brian Froud were of our goblin king, alas. This book includes 50 pages from Jim Henson's private journal about the concept of the Labyrinth movie which any diehard fan will love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Archaia April 22 2014
By Wickedshyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you thank you thank you for reprinting this novel. Ive always wanted to read it and didn't feel like spending 100+ on the old copy. The book is very well made and has never before seen sketches from Brian Froud and Jim Hensons personal journal about the labyrinth. Highly recommended if you love the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Treat for movie lovers who enjoyed and grew up with an exciting tale of a Labyrinth May 1 2014
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
‘Jim Henson's Labyrinth’ written by A.C.H. Smith, illustrated by Brian Froud and overseen by Jim Henson himself will be a real treat for movie lovers who had for the past 30 years enjoyed and grew up with an exciting tale of a Labyrinth through which young Jennifer Connelly must pass due to the challenge set before her by Goblin King acted by David Bowie.

Young girl named Sarah will be left at home to babysit her little brother Toby, but because he keeps crying Sarah, while telling him her favorite story, will carelessly wish the child to the goblins that will bring to the real world fantasy character named Goblin King.

Goblin King will steal her brother bringing him to his castle that is somewhere in inside the big labyrinth full of challenges. Sarah will need to find and rescue Toby before midnight, solving the Goblin King's Labyrinth in 13 hours or her baby brother will also become a goblin…

The decision to make a reprint of this book on 300 pages is one of the news that lately pleased me the most. The movie from the 80s in whose company I spent numerous hours when I was kid, countless times enjoying the courage of young Sarah now continues to live in the pages of this beautifully designed book in which both young and older readers will enjoy while fans will surely decorate with it their bookshelves.

The book comes in a beautiful hardcover with illustrations that depict known images from the movie in a slightly different way so I may even suggest if you by some chance have not seen the movie, first read this book, which gives a new dimension to Hanson's movie - one of those that has marked our childhood, kind of movie that today there is no longer any.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the movie you'll love this book June 3 2014
By Rachael Westphal - Published on Amazon.com
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a great book. If you enjoyed the movie get this book. I couldn't put it down. It offers little bits of info here and there that the movie didn't have, but still has references to. Mostly about her mom.
The notes at the end by Jim himself are also really good, it lets you see into his brain during the planing process for the movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Labyrinth Fans ! June 16 2014
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I grew up watching the movie 'Labyrinth' and loved the movie so much. As an adult seeking out a book version, I was saddened to find that most copies were upwards of $100. While I loved the movie, that was a bit steep for me. So I was thrilled when I learned that this book was being released.

It was delivered quickly and in great shape - no crushed corners, nothing of that sort. Line for line it is almost dead-on with the movie's dialogue, with some unexpected additions and fun background info that I won't give away here. The text is easy to read, and the illustrations are beautiful - exactly as I'd expect from the artist. Perfect.

The addition of Jim Henson's notes in the book was a fun little extra feature, it's interesting to read and gives the book a more 'behind the scenes' sort of feel.

I like this book so much that I plan on purchasing a permanent clear cover to preserve it, as if I haven't tired of the movie for almost 30 years then I doubt I'd tire of this book. It is surely a keeper!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will want this book to read to your children and grandchildren! April 22 2014
By Synn - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always loved the Laybrinth movie but the book brings a whole appreciation of it. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! ITS A MUST HAVE!
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