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I stumbled across this at half.com; apparently it's part of a string of kiddie books about The Big Green One. I never heard of 'em but people had copies for sale for $135 and stuff, suggesting they're a bit collectible. Can anyone fill me in?

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Weren't those the books that were released around 1998 to capitalize on the GINO film? I believe they were released together with the Cerasini Godzilla novels and the Ciencin Godzilla young adult books. I think there's one called "Who's Afraid of Godzilla?" I saw one that had some nice artwork of Godzilla and Anguirus napping together or something.

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You can read a bunch of reviews on Toho Kingdom if you want to know more, but here's about what there is:

There were two picture books--Who's Afraid of Godzilla? and Godzilla Likes to Roar!, both illustrated by Bob Eggleton with cutesy covers and more traditional-monster style paintings inside. Apparently Random House originally planned to do the entire books cutesy style, but Toho didn't like that and forced them to make the books use more "serious" art. Anyway, these are for the youngest of the young--read to your toddler type. They're cute. Godzilla Saves America in 3D is similar, with very little text, but its hard cover, with garbage art, and is based off of Cerasini's Godzilla 2000. Ciencin had four books he wrote--YA chapterbooks for younger readers than Cerasini. They were Godzilla King of the Monsters, Godzilla Invades America, Godzilla Journey to Monster Island, and Godzilla vs. the Space Monster. These are not particularly good, with plenty of plot holes, a big dopey Godzilla who wants to make friends with everyone, and a parade of orphaned psychic Kennys. Godzilla vs. the Space Monster is pretty decent, though, since it has an actual villain.


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Whoops, forgot about two of them. There were actually four picture books--the other two were Godzilla vs. Gigan and the Smog Monster, and Godzilla on Monster Island. They are more forgettable (yeah, I have read every single one of them) mostly because their art isn't as good as the Eggleton ones.


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Cerisini's books were a LOT better.
His GODZILLA 2000 is the American G film that should have been!
A-10s fighing Kamakiras, Gidorah trashing Paris and NY, Godzilla stomping across the U.S. and doing what he does best...I could even forgive the psychic kids plot line...well, kinda...

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I love Cerasini's books. It's a bloody shame that he didn't get his "Godzilla and the Lost Continent" (or whatever) published.

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Yeah... I have my issues with Cerasini's Godzilla books, but I enjoyed them. He got shafted with Lost Continent, which appears to have been completed. From an interview with Bob Eggleton on Toho Kingdom:

Eggleton: Basically, a new continent arises out of the ocean thanks to a huge earthquake. Of course, it disrupts everything. Manda and several Varans(!) come out of hibernation and Godzilla winds up there as does a submarine that is sent to explore it. That's all I ever was told. What happened was that the books came out and sold very well, and then, the '98 GODZILLA (GINO) came out and merchandising tanked badly. A lot of bookstores felt very burned (same with toy stores) and everything just plummeted. The book was due to come out, as I recall, in the Fall of 98, and then the marketing people wanted to have the book as an online thing, which if it proved popular, they'd release it as an actual book. I can tell you the cover got printed, as far as I know. However, what happened was that Toho--a company that crosses every "t" and dots every "i"--didn't want it online for some reason. It's proven that free reads of a book online result in sales. They wanted a separate deal for the online rights, and thus the appearance of the book collapsed. That's how I got it anyway. It's just business. Toho is like any company in that they have a property and especially with Japanese, they like a very specific plan. So, without the online feedback, the actual book couldn't be published.


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theflyingorange wrote:
Yeah... I have my issues with Cerasini's Godzilla books, but I enjoyed them.

A lot of people have their issues with the Cerasini books, mainly that in the second two books (2000 and At World's End), Cerasini had difficulties in following and merging (or simply didn't merge at all) all of the numerous plot threads and monsters. Nonetheless, they were very fun books to read.

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They are fun. Cerasini is very talented and knowledgeable at depicting military warfare, and so the action sequences are extremely well done. I recently reread the first three books--I still like G2000 quite a bit. At World's End, which was actually my first Cerasini book that I read way back when, holds nostalgic charm, but man I still think the ending sucks. The climax just doesn't make much sense. I need to reread the fourth one at some point. Baragon!!!


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Oh yeah. For some reason, I picture the first guy Baragon eats as Joe Bob Briggs.

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*glances over at his bookshelf* When I get through my new books, I need to reread those. It's been quite a while.

I recall G 2000 and G vs. the Robot Monsters being the best two, although they were all quite fun reads.



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Hman wrote:
...they were very fun books to read.

And that, for me, would be the whole point.

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Interesting information and thoughts shared here about the Godzilla the huge monster. i am a big fan of it and I like watching Godzilla movies.

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Godzilla likes to roar? Never heard of it.

I read about half of G2000 and it was good, but I had too much on my plate at the time.

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