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POP Classics

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. All-new illustrations done in classic picture book style 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 adaptions of these books, instead of the other way around!


The Karate Kid

The classic movie about a boy and his karate teacher is now an adorable picture book for the whole family!

When The Karate Kid appeared in theaters in 1984, its heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a bullied boy and the Japanese maintenance man in his new apartment building became an instant classic. Now the beloved film is reimagined as a cute and colorful picture book, with charming illustrations by Kim Smith. When young Daniel is targeted by students from the Cobra Kai dojo, his neighbor Mr. Miyagi agrees to train him for the upcoming karate tournament. But why is Mr. Miyagi making Daniel wax his cars, sand his deck, and paint his house? Will Daniel ever master the art of karate? This timeless story of overcoming the odds will delight kids, their parents, and anyone who has ever had that one special teacher.

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  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68369-092-4
  • e-Book ISBN: 978-1-68369-093-1
  • Release Date: May 7, 2019

 

 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The cult classic TV show is now a charming picture book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse!

In this new picture-book story brought to life with cute and colorful illustrations, young readers see what the world's strongest vampire slayer was like back when she was a kid! Join not-so-brave little Buffy, Willow, and Xander as they investigate strange sounds coming from the closet, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter everyone's favorite Buffyverse monsters. Charmingly illustrated by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book borrows Joss Whedon's beloved characters to tell an endearing bedtime story.

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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68369-069-6
e-Book ISBN: 9781683690702
Release Date: September 4, 2018

 

 

 

 

Back to the Future

The biggest movie of 1985 is now the wildest and wackiest picture book of 2018! Even 30 years after its theatrical debut, Back to the Future is a perennial favorite in classrooms and family movie nights across the country. This picture book by Kim Smith captures all the classic moments of the film. We'll follow teenage Marty McFly as he travels from 1985 to 1955, meets his parents (as teenagers), and teaches his father how to stand up to bullies. Complete with a time-traveling DeLorean, a crazy mad scientist companion, and a lightning-fueled finale!

You can purchase Back to the Future from your retailer of choice, including the Back to the Future store.

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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68369-023-8
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-68369-024-5
Release Date: April 24, 2018

 

 

The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird

One the most beloved TV shows of all time is now a sweet, silly, sci-fi bedtime story! In The X Files: Earth Children Are Weird, best pals Dana (Scully) and Fox (Mulder) have pitched a tent in the backyard for a sleepover. But the night is full of strange sounds, lights, and shadows. Surely there’s a rational, scientific explanation for everything . . . or is there? With beautiful illustrations of pint-sized Dana and Fox, this humorous and not-scary-at-all story will introduce the cult TV show to an entire new generation of fans.

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Downloadables: Gift Tags | Wrapping Paper | Coloring Sheet

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59474-979-7
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-59474-980-3
Release Date: August 15, 2017

 

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in theaters thirty-five years ago, the film enchanted millions of kids and surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. Now the blockbuster movie is an illustrated storybook, with colorful retro-style illustrations courtesy of Kim Smith. It’s a story you can’t help but love: After E.T. is stranded on Earth, he takes refuge with Elliott, a lonely boy in need of a friend . . . and together they find a way to send E.T. back home. Along the way, they learn important lessons about courage, friendship, and the power of the imagination. It’s the perfect read-along story for children, their parents, and millions of E.T. fans everywhere!

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Downloadables: Gift Tags | Wrapping Paper

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68369-010-8
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-68369-011-5
Release Date: October 31, 2017

 

 

Home Alone

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister wished his family would disappear. He never thought his wish would come true! The classic movie you know and love is now an illustrated storybook for the whole family—complete with bumbling burglars, brilliant booby traps, and a little boy named Kevin who’s forced to fend for himself. Can he keep the crooks from entering his house? And will his family return in time for Christmas?

With an amusing read-aloud story and enchanting, immersive illustrations, this charming adaptation can be enjoyed year after year alongside The Polar ExpressHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, and other Christmas storybook classics.

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Downloadables: Activity Kit | Gift Tags | Wrapping Paper | Coloring Sheet

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59474-858-5
e-Book ISBN: 9781594748585
Release Date: October 6, 2015

     

 

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About the illustrator: Kim Smith is an illustrator based in Calgary, Alberta. Kim illustrates children’s books but has also worked in games, editorial, and animation. When she’s not illustrating, she can either be found digging through antique stores, snowshoeing around the Canadian rockies, or going on adventures with her border terrier, Whisky.