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Ever since my little girl was born, she has loved being read to. As she has grown that love of reading and books has only intensified! I first spotted the Kim Smith Pop Classics books over on instagram (on the lovely Sarah aka @spotofDisney account!) and knew immediately that my little girl would love them!
What is the Pop Classics series?
The Pop Classics series, by Kim Smith, are published by Quirk Books who are known for only publishing 30 book title per year! Quirk only publish what they love! Some of their other titles include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.
The pop classics series is based on iconic films and tv shows from the 80s and 90s. They have been reimagined for little ones ages 4 – 8 years. They have been illustrated by the talented Kim Smith. Kim is based in Calgary, Alberta and has a history in games and animation as well.
What books are available?
- Back to the Future
- Buffs the vampire slayer
- The karate kid
- Home Alone
- Home Alone 2
- The X Files
My little girl was lucky enough to be gifted 4 of them for her birthday.
Why did we like them?
As soon as my little girl saw them she wanted to read them all immediately! The illustrations were so colourful and inviting. The stories were also really easy for her to follow.
The Back to the future film was a bit confusing for me (as an adult!) so I was interested to see how this was explained in a short book aimed at 4 year olds. We were pleasantly surprised as it made the story very easy to follow without loosing the charm the original film had.
Out of the books above, all of them followed the films story apart from Buffy. I suppose it would be difficult to make a book out of just one episode! Instead it was a story about being afraid but being brave anyway. One thing my daughter really remembered about this book was the message at the front which read “for all the strong girls”. It’s completely stuck with my daughter now and she’s always saying “I’m a strong girl mummy – like Buffy”.
I really enjoyed the books because it let me relive some nostalgia as well as introducing my daughter to come classic films I loved as a child.
I had never come across Kim Smith before but now we have I hope there are more classic films made into kids books in the future (I’m hoping for Jumanji, Batteries not included and Dirty Dancing!).
Where Can I buy them?
You can purchase the Pop Classics by Kim Smith at the following places:
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