Pop culture icon Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been reinvented as a children's book character! Quirk Books has released a series of books called Pop Classics. The Pop Classics are illustrated storybook editions of cult TV and movie classics like The X files, Back to the Future, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial and The Karate Kid. The books are written by a variety of different authors and are all illustrated by Kim Smith. Smith is an illustrator from Calgary, Alberta and has illustrated a number of different children's books. She has a website which you can view by clicking here.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an American television series that premiered in 1997 and concluded in 2003. It was created by Joss Whedon and based off a 1992 movie of the same name. The show was about a young woman named Buffy, who finds out that she is the 'Slayer', one woman in all the world, a chosen one, the latest in a long line of women gifted with supernatural powers and tasked with defending the Earth against vampires, demons and the forces of darkness. Buffy was created to flip the Hollywood cliché of "the blonde girl who runs screaming into a dark alleyway and gets killed" who appears in every horror movie. Buffy was created to show a generation of girls that you could be the blonde cheerleader and still kick butt.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer the Pop Classic was written by Jason Rekulak and illustrated by Kim Smith and based off the TV series created by Joss Whedon. The book gets a little creative with the Buffy-verse and rewrites things a little bit. In the show, Buffy discovers her destiny when she is in junior high and around 13-14 years old and she doesn't move to Sunnydale and meet her watcher, Giles, and her friends, Willow and Xander, until she is 16 years old. In the book, all of this is re-written. We are introduced to Buffy when she is eight-years-old and already living in Sunnydale and has been friends with Xander and Willow for some time.
One night during a sleepover at Buffy's house, Buffy, Xander and Willow hear some strange noises coming from inside her closet. The kids wonder if it could be a monster. Frightened, the next day the kids go to their local school librarian for help and meet... Giles!
Giles tells Buffy it is her destiny to be the Slayer and that only she can save them from the monster hiding in her closet. He encourages her to go back home and to try and be brave and open the closet. Buffy's friends promise to help her.
This was a great children's book. I loved seeing Buffy and her friends re-imagined as curious eight-year-olds and the illustrations were adorable. A lot of effort went into making this book which fans of the cult classic TV show will appreciate. The book had a really positive message for kids as well, which was even the toughest kid can get scared of the dark sometimes.
If you grew up watching Buffy and have been wanting to introduce your kids to the Buffy-verse, I recommend this book.
Why? In this picture book for young readers we are introduced to Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she is just a little girl and still afraid of the dark. Will she be able to find enough courage to face the monster hiding in her closet?
When: Read this book to your kids at bedtime to encourage them to be brave like Buffy and not afraid of the dark.