Archive for May, 2015

Jurassic Park book vs movie: what’s different in the film?

Jurassic Park | The Book People

With the cinema release of Jurassic World just around the corner, we thought that this would be a great time to revisit the book that inspired it all, Michael Crichton’s worldwide bestseller Jurassic Park.

As wonderful as Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Jurassic Park novel was, there were a number of things that the film missed out and/or dramatically changed, things that people who have only ever seen the Jurassic Park films will have no idea about. So, grab your raptor claw and come with us on a journey through the differences between the book and movie versions of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton…

The Compys from The Lost World are more important than you think…
Do you remember those chicken-like fellows from the Jurassic Park film’s sequel, The Lost World? Remember? They had more than a playful nibble on a little girl at the beginning of the film and make a real mess of the guy from Prison Break when he decides to tase one in the face… Well, the Compys (or Compsognathus if you’re that way inclined) play a huge part in the Jurassic Park book but aren’t seen in the film at all. They do, however, have quite an impact in the Jurassic Park on-screen sequel…

Jurassic Park: The Lost World | Compys

John Hammond isn’t the nice guy, he’s actually a real piece of work
You can see him in your mind’s eye right now can’t you: his Santa-esque beard; his soft, white shirt and trousers combo; his amber-topped walking stick; his playful, ageless smile. Well, John Hammond is not quite the big softy he is in the film in Crichton’s Jurassic Park book. In the film he comes across as a billionaire CEO turned philanthropist, but in the book he is more like a cold, heartless, ruthless Walt Disney. Despite all this, though, Richard Attenborough’s poor attempt at a Scottish accent is much more hate-worthy than the actions of his literary counterpart.

Jurassic Park | John Hammond | The Book People

Tim and Lex are different ages – and different characters
If you haven’t read Michael Crichton’s bestseller, you probably won’t know that Tim and Lex are completely different to what actors Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards portrayed in the film. Lex is a bit more of an outgoing, sporty type and is aged just seven or eight in the Jurassic Park book; and Tim is about 11 years old, wears glasses and is more of hacker-type intellectual than a bookworm. While we’re all for sticking to the original material of the book, we can’t help but love a bookworm!

Lex, Tim | Jurassic Park | The Book People

Remember Donald Gennaro? He isn’t nearly as cowardly
In the Jurassic Park movie, Donald Gennaro meets a very unfortunate and cowardly end: chomped by a T. rex as he hides in the beach shack-themed outdoor lavatory (we can’t be the only ones who think he deserved it a little?). Well, in the book Gennaro is a very different character indeed. Actually, he’s a bit of a hero in the book: he takes on Raptors using nerve gas!!! Such actions can only be admired.

Donald Gennaro | Jurassic Park | The Book People

Dennis Nedry isn’t fully to blame for what happened at Jurassic Park
One thing you should probably know about the Jurassic Park book is that there is a bit more to the corporate espionage than in the 1993 film. In the book, Dennis Nedry is blackmailed by Jurassic Park owner John Hammond into making changes to the security system without payment. This then causes Nedry to make a deal with Biosyn (Jurassic Park’s parent company InGen’s main rival) employee Dodgson to steal the dinosaur embryos. The rest, as they say, is history…

Dennis Nedry | Jurassic Park | The Book People

The T. rex river escape
By far the most impressive scene in Jurassic Park is that which sees Lex and Tim battle for their lives as the T. rex destroys their car, eats Gennaro and gives Ian Malcolm a good going over. However, the book has more than just that: how does escaping on a raft down a jungle river with the Tyrannosaurus in chase sound?! Completely omitted from both Jurassic Park and The Lost World, we can only imagine how awesome this scene would have looked.

T. rex | Jurassic Park | The Book People

Alan Grant doesn’t hate kids
Though it would be hard to believe if you’ve only ever seen Jurassic Park and never read the book, Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III) doesn’t actually hate kids at all. In fact, he actually has a strong affinity to children and especially those who show an interest in dinosaurs. This is a stark contrast to how the character was portrayed in the film; remember the Raptor claw scene at the start of Jurassic Park, and the scene where he was trying to escape Tim’s relentless questions as they were getting into the Explorers (they are the vehicles in the image above for those who aren’t clued up on their Jurassic Park vehicle terminology)?

Alan Grant | Jurassic Park | The Book People

Ian Malcolm isn’t just the comic relief
In Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum’s character Ian Malcolm is a bit or a wise-cracking, rockstar mathematician with a quick quip for each and every deadly situation. In the book, however, Malcolm is a little less of a comedy rockstar and a little more of a insightful, genius mathematician – and he knew what was happening at Jurassic Park before he got there, unlike in the film! Read the book and you’ll also find a lot more detail on Chaos Theory, one of the running themes of the movie.

Ian Malcolm | Jurassic Park | The Book People

The ending of the book isn’t all sunsets!
Don’t worry, we won’t be putting in any spoilers here. All we will say is that when you read the ending of the Jurassic Park novel, don’t expect to hear the perfectly pitched John Williams score in your mind as a helicopter takes the characters to their much-earned safety. While this is the perfect ending to the film, the book’s ending is much less friendly…

Helicopter sunset ending | Jurassic Park | The Book People

There you have it! So, when you’re watching Jurassic World when it’s released on 11 June, remember that there is a lot more to the goings-on on Isla Nublar than the film would have you believe. To read the book for yourself, visit or click on the image below… Clever girl!

Jurassic Park | The Book People

Get green fingers with the Book People this summer

We’ve waited long enough for the summer to arrive, and now it’s very nearly upon us. So that means it’s time to get the garden suitably spruced up – and even the most green-fingered bookworm is sure to find plenty of excellent new ideas in the Book People’s home and garden collection. From handy design tips to top advice on growing your own vegetables, you needn’t look any further for top gardening tips.

With the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show having just been and gone, there’s a host of RHS-approved books currently available in the Book People’s extensive home and garden range. RHS Plants and Pips, by Holly Farrell, is priced at only £3.99 from the Book People – a saving of £6.01 on the recommended retail price. The book’s packed with advice on how to grow a wide range of fruit and veg – including tomatoes, apples and avocados – from pips that might otherwise simply be thrown away.

There’s also RHS Grow for Flavour by James Wong, priced at £6.99. Not only does this book contain smart scientific tips for growing delicious fruit and vegetables, but it also includes 36 useful recipes for getting the most out of them. The comprehensive RHS Vegetable & Fruit Gardening guide, meanwhile, is available for £4.99 – £15.01 cheaper than the RRP! – and is packed with expert advice on how to grow more than 150 herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Naturally, this is just a small taster of what’s currently on offer in our home and garden collection. So take a look and see how we can help you get more out of your garden this summer!

Half-term ideas and activities for children aged 9 and over!

When children get to the age of 9, half-term is always an exciting time but if they’re stuck indoors or can’t get to meet up with their friends for any reason, you may end up hearing the two words every parent dreads: ‘I’m bored’.

Tracy Beaker

The Book People is here to help ensure that you won’t hear that said at any time over the week ahead… We’ve put together some activity sheets – starring Tracy Beaker and My Sister the Vampire – that will keep young minds happily ticking over and engaged before they have to head back to school.

Just download the PDFs below and your children can get started right away…

My Sister the Vampire Activity Sheet

Tracy Beaker Activity Sheet

Tracy Beaker Bookmarks

Tracy Beaker Pencil Top

Half-term ideas and activities for children aged 7 and over!

Although we’re all holding out for good weather this weekend, we’ve come to learn we always need to be prepared for the worst and that some days might be rainy stay-indoors days… This is where the Book People comes in with this terrific set of activity sheets that are sure to keep any child aged 7 or over entertained.


With favourite characters including the Wombles, LEGO Star Wars and Winnie-the-Pooh, all you need to do is print off the following PDFs.

Astrosaurs Recipes

The Wombles – Colouring Sheet

The Wombles – Create a Story

Winnie-the-Pooh Colouring Sheet

LEGO Star Wars Activity Sheet

What Kind of Womble Would You Be?

Winnie-the-Pooh recipe


With thanks to Egmont, Bloomsbury and DK.

Half-term ideas and activities for children aged 5 and over!

Although we all have fond memories of half-term, we know here at the Book People that sometimes children can get bored… Do not worry though, we’ve put together this delightful set of activity sheets that are sure to keep them happily entertained – whether they like colouring in, word searches or even finding Wally!


Just click on the links below, download the PDF and print the sheets out for hours of half-term fun.

Alfie Colouring Sheet

Alfie Fairy Cakes

Elmer Word Search

Zoe and Beans Dominoes Picture Dominoes

Wolf Won’t Bite Dot-to-Dot


With thanks to Random House Children’s Books, Andersen Press and MacMillan Children’s Books.

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