Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Storybook Based on the Movie is an adaptation of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark to a storybook intended for younger readers. Written by Les Martin and published by Random House in 1981, it includes many color photographs from the film.
The first page is a quick photographic "Who's Who" of the cast. The story adaptation provides some alternative dialog to various scenes and cuts over or combines minor scenes, including the introduction of Reggie, and the dinner between René Emile Belloq and Marion Ravenwood, and the fight at the Flying Wing.
An ancient treasure with supernatural powers is about to be claimed by the Nazis -- unless Indiana Jones can find it first
Differences from the film
- During the Truck Chase, the Tough Sergeant is about to shoot Jones, who has control of the truck containing the Ark of the Covenant. To prevent the destruction of the Ark, Herman Dietrich shoots the sergeant.
- Arnold Ernst Toht is killed in Gobler's jeep that falls off the cliff.
- Jones lashes himself to the Wurrfler's periscope in the hopes that it doesn't submerge below periscope height.
- Marion Ravenwood is present during the meeting with Eaton and Musgrove in Washington DC.