Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book

I can see some of the critics I read in grad school frothing at the mouth. A kids’ picture book retelling a TV show? Degradation of the format! How dare those purveyors of mass media trash infect our precious children and their literary tastes?

I think it’s a clever idea. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book, Kim Smith turns the fan-favorite series into a bedtime story with adorable younger versions of the cast.

I loved it from the dedication, “For all the tough girls who are also afraid of the dark”. Buffy introduces herself before telling us a flashback story to when she was eight years old. Her friends Willow and Xander come for a sleepover to help her deal with her fear about hearing a monster in her closet.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book

The parallelism, where the friends do the same things in two different moods, demonstrates to young readers the importance of reading art as well as text. Smith does a terrific job creating cute, expressive versions of the Scooby Gang, and the pictures are full with plenty to look at. I also loved the way the characters are careful to explain the pronunciation of their weirdly-spelled names.

Since this is Buffy, the possibility of monsters is a real one, which allows for various cameos, but the message is an important one for anyone: facing your fears and accepting differences.

This is only one in a line of Pop Classics storybooks from Quirk Books. It’s the one I most wanted to see because it’s the property I’m most familiar with, and I was curious how Smith would deal with a bigger universe than a specific film. The others are:

(The publisher provided a review copy.)


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