The Official GODZILLA Movie Fact Book
 Kimberly Weinberger and Dawn Margolis
Language: English Release: 1998
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 64
Genre: Fiction ISBN: 059078627X

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Nicholas Driscoll

Even from the beginning, many of Godzilla's most ravenous fans have been children, and the same can be said of the 1998 American Godzilla as well. Most of the GODZILLA (1998) book releases for children centered around merely retelling the movie, but at least one publication attempted to provide a bit more variety, if perhaps not any more depth. The Official Godzilla Movie Fact Book, strangely identified as Danger Zone: Fact Book on Amazon, would seem from the title to be a light non-fiction look behind the scenes of the famous critical flop. Instead, the book is largely a compilation of humorous trivia about what happens in the movie; details about the characters, monsters, and vehicles; and sundry jokes and miscellaneous goofiness. If you want character profiles of the largely unmemorable protagonists, as well as endless multiple-choice quizzes about the minutiae of the plot filled with tongue-in-cheek answers, this is the book for you.

Some examples of the trivia contained herein:

The number of times Nick Tatopoulos is referred to as “Worm Guy” in the movie.

The number of years since Nick and Audrey broke up.

The number of cans of air freshener required to oust the stench of the fish dumped in Flatiron Square.

The entirety of the text is very high on cheese, which is the book's greatest weakness—or greatest strength, depending on how you look at it. For me, the dippy prose reminded me of when I used to go to the library as a kid and check out piles of children's non-fiction books, or pore over the loopiest monster riddle books I could find. The authors also include several Godzilla Mad Libs based off of events in the film, and while they are poorly thought out and are likely to produce gibberish rather than jokes half the time, I laughed anyway. Some might even argue that the resulting prose is better than the screenplay for the movie itself. (I don't really hate the movie, but I couldn't resist a good-natured jab.)

Perhaps most memorable of all are two pages of impressively stupid rewrites of famous sayings rewritten to include Godzilla references—the best being “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know if you're going to get eaten.”

The Official Godzilla Movie Fact Book is very light entertainment aimed squarely at kids who are probably too young to watch the movie anyway. Nevertheless, for fans of the film (if there are any left), it's harmless amusement. And I learned that the boat destroyed by Godzilla early on is named after a Star Fleet examination that takes place in the Star Trek universe.

Hey, I was impressed.