Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Authors: Kim Smith
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Quirk Books (Penguin Random House Canada)
Date published: September 4, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
The cult classic ’90s TV show is now a charming book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse!
In this new picture book story brought to life with enchanting, colorful illustrations, kid readers can learn about what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like when she was a kid! What’s that strange sound coming from inside the closet? Join little Buffy, Xander, and Willow as they investigate bumps in the night, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter all your favorite Buffyverse monsters. Complete with gorgeous illustrations by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book makes a perfect bedtime story.
Series Overview: The films and TV shows that families love are reimagined as lively, colorful picture books featuring the iconic moments and characters of the original. Simple words are paired with a kid-friendly storybook format that’s perfect for bedtime or storytime, plus all-new illustrations done in classic picture book style to make this series a great way for parents to share their pop culture favorites with a new generation. Though the movie and TV versions came first, you’ll wonder if they weren’t adaptations of these books, instead of the other way around!
– My Review –
This adaptation of one of my favourite cult classics was adorable! I absolutely loved the style and colours used for the illustrations, and it really took me back and made me “awe” when I saw Buffy, Willow, and Xander as little kids! I was also happy to see Giles make an appearance in this picture book. While I may not be a parent yet, I know that I want my children to feel comfortable with vampires and other monsters (especially around Halloween), and I will definitely, 100%, be reading this book to them!
This author has also written a number of similar books about different pop culture phenomenons like The X Files, Home Alone, Back to the Future, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial! Next May, she will also have a book out about The Karate Kid! They all look so cute, and I want to collect and read them all (not only for myself, but also for my future children)! But back to Buffy. I really like the spin that Kim Smith put on the story in this book, and although it was short, I found myself caring for the characters, cheering for girl power, and giggling and smiling at a number of different scenes! I definitely recommend this one to Buffy fans and to those who have seen few or zero episodes!
– About the Author –
Kim Smith is an illustrator from Calgary, Alberta. She has illustrated several children’s books including Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure (Sterling, 2015) Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (Quirk Books, 2015). Her most recent books include The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird (Quirk Books, 2017), The Great Puppy Invasion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (Quirk Books, 2017). Along with illustrating picture books, she has created illustrations for video games, apps, magazines, displays, apparel, animation, and more! Kim currently lives in Calgary with her dog, Whisky, and husband, Eric. You can follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest!
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