Title: Home Alone
Author: Kim Smith (original concept by John Hughes)
Release Date: October 6, 2015
The Story: After being sent to bed early for naughtiness, young Kevin McCallister wishes that his family would disappear. Lo and behold, the house is empty when he wakes up the next morning. At first, being home alone is all fun and games, but soon Kevin realizes that he must assume the responsibilities of running the house. Which means grocery shopping, decorating, doing laundry, getting himself to church for the Christmas Eve service….and protecting his home from burglars?
Thoughts: I think most people have at least heard of this famous film, even if they haven’t seen it for themselves. The movie first appeared in theaters 25 years ago, can you believe it? That makes it as old as me! Over the years, it has become a staple of the Christmas season. Decorate a tree, sing carols, buy gifts, watch Home Alone. The very fact that it is synonymous with Christmas attests to its popularity.
Now, for those fans wishing to relive the story all over again or looking for a way to introduce the tale to their children, author Kim Smith brings the magic of the movie to life in an easy-to-read picture book. The book is short and sweet, focusing exclusively on Kevin’s side of the story. The artwork is bright and gorgeous, the imagery sure to suck readers straight into Kevin’s world. And the meat of the story is still there, if toned down a bit for younger readers. What I love about this story is that it is so accessible. I mean, let’s be real. Watching Home Alone for the first time can be straight-up scary (that furnace scene, anyone?)! The picture book is tamer, but I never felt like I was missing out on the story.
All in all, this is a great, faithful adaptation that will be great at introducing younger children to the famous film. I can definitely see it becoming a seasonal staple, along with titles like The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas. Very nicely done.