Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Pop Classics) by Kim Smith

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has enjoyed an unprecedented longevity in popular culture. Twenty-one years after its premiere, the series is alive and well in fan-created podcasts, as action figures, and at comic cons, and the title character has become a true icon, beloved by fans for being smart, resourceful, and tough. Now Buffy, Xander, and Willow are ready to meet a whole new generation of slayers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a brand-new story in the Pop Classics series illustrated by Kim Smith.

Reintroducing the fan-favourite cast of characters as children in Sunnydale, this adorably illustrated picture book taps into the friendships and adventures of the original series with a not-so-scary story about facing your fears. Buffy Summers might be tough now, but as an eight-year-old she was afraid of the dark and the spooky noises coming from her closet. To distract herself from her fears, she invites her best friends, Willow and Xander, for a sleepover. The three have a great time, until the creepy noises start. They seek advice from their school librarian, Giles, who teaches them that a slayer’s strength comes from their bravery, and armed with this knowledge, the kids decide to
charge into the closet—only to discover that what lurks within is in need of friendship and kindness.

Full of jokes, Easter eggs, and new takes on characters and creatures from the beloved show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a fun and funny read for both longtime fans and young readers meeting the “Scoobies” for the first time.

How did I get the book? Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Picture Book

Review: Apart from being ridiculously cute this Buffy picture book is like a fandom dream. It’s mini Buffy having sleepovers with her besties and confronting the scary monster(s) in her closet. You have Willow, Xan, Giles… lovely illustrations. Hidden treats. Cuteness overload.

I’m not sure how this picture book works for non-Buffy fans. I mean it’s a sweet story and everything, but the sheer thrill is because it’s Buffy!!!

If you’ve ever watched Buffy then yes, this is totally for you. If you haven’t then there is adorable cuteness anyway but you probably won’t get quite as much out of it as those of us that have spent years in Sunnydale.

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