This series of books, illustrated by artist Kim Smith, takes iconic films and TV shows and transforms them into family-friendly kids’ books. The drawings are incredible, the stories are quick and snappy without sacrificing any of the fun of the originals, and they’re an awesome addition to any bookshelf.
Publisher Quirk Books sent us a copy of the latest Pop Classics release, a retelling of Back to the Future, so we could check it out, and we were not disappointed with it.
To get a sense of how charming and whimsical the imagery in these books is, you have to see it for yourself. The trailer below animates some of the best images from the book, but believe us—the still version looks just as good.
You might think it would be tough to distill the plot of an entire movie (especially one including complicated time travel and the possibility of deleting your own existence) into a picture book, but Pop Classics makes it look easy. It’s a succinct retelling of Marty McFly’s story that works for even little kids, but is engaging and compelling enough that adults will fall head over heels for it, too.
It helps that we’re obsessed with Back to the Future. It’s an awesome way to share the story with people who might not have a relationship with the series and get them to finally check it out, too.
And Pop Classics has done way more than just Back to the Future. They’ve also done adaptations of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Home Alone, as well as a retelling of The X-Files starring agents Mulder and Scully as kids. In September, the next Pop Classics book turns Buffy the Vampire Slayer into a sweet bedtime story. We can’t wait to check it out, but in the meantime, we’ll be satisfied to reread Marty’s story again and again.
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