Okay, it’s pretty easy to rattle off a list of great books that have been made into great films, but seldom does it work in reverse. That is until Canadian based illustrator Kim Smith decided to turn some of the movie world’s biggest blockbusters into kid’s picture books.
Bolstering her already impressive portfolio Kim’s list of books includes: Home Alone, The X-Files and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, all rich with her signature style that oozes nostalgia and faithful to the original material.
By the end of April 2018 Kim will add another beaut to this collection in the form of Back to the Future.
More than 30 years after its theatrical debut, Back to the Future remains a perennial favorite in classrooms and at family movie nights across the country. This story illustrated by Kim Smith captures all the classic moments of the film through fun and kid-friendly illustrations. 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 mad scientist companion, and a lightning-fueled finale, this is the perfect book for kids, parents, and anyone looking to go back in time.
We asked Kim what it was like working on Back to the Future and the other titles
“Quirk approached me about illustrating the first book in the PopClassics series, ‘Home Alone the Classic Illustrated Storybook’. I was so excited to be able to contribute to something that was so cherished from my childhood. Even though I was excited to work on the series, it was definitely intimidating illustrating the characters and scenes from the movie. I spent a lot of time watching parts of the movie over and over again, so I could make sure the illustrations reflected the style and the energy that was in the film. I used this same process when I was working on the other books as well – watching and reading about the source material. I thought if I didn’t get the spirit of the films/series right in the art, fans wouldn’t be able to connect with these stories in a children’s book format.”
Kim’s illustration style has created a continuity (or universe if you will), that introduces a new younger audience to these iconic stories, while ticking a lot of nostalgia boxes at the same time for parents and culture-holics alike.
Meanwhile I am drawing up a wish list of future stories I would love to see Kim take a crack at, such as The Goonies, BIG, Ferris Bueller’s Day off, and Harry and the Henderson’s.