Merry Christmas to all with a quick review look at Kim Smith’s illustrated storybooks to relive the two classic Home Alone movies!
Both Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (published in 2017) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (published in 2019) are part of the Quirk Books POP Classics series. With only 44 pages and not a lot of text, one shouldn’t expect the true cinematic experience of the two Christmas comedies I already reviewed, but the most memorable set-pieces are intact and correct, even if there are a few slight changes in storytelling. Nothing to be too critical about, as the target audience are mostly children.
So despite the violence in the movies, everything is presented in a more comical style and without scaring younger readers. The drawings are cute and the writing certainly evokes a smile or two in those who are a little bit older and know the movies by heart. If one expects something truly original or something that adds to the source material, one will be disappointed, as the storybooks simply focus on the overall storylinen and make them easier to digest in a reading session of around 10 minutes, which might just be better to spend on Christmas Eve or the day after than watching the movies for over 3 hours. All in all, these books are nice Christmas presents and a lighthearted introduction to two classics that should be on anyone’s Christmas watchlist anyway.
Score (for both): 7/10
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