In this 1993 book (reprint 2006), we see the basis for the outline of the movie that would be based on it. However, the stories differ. In the book Larry is one of many night guards at the museum, not the only. It is his first night and the other guards have played a trick on him as he searches for the missing dinosaur skeletons. As in the movie, all the inanimate objects representing former living objects come alive at night and wreck havoc within the museum. In this case, since the movie vastly expands on the children's book, I will admit to liking the movie better. And while the basic premise remains the same, the main change is that the movie only has one guard and that slightly changes the plot.