John Hughes’ heartwarming holiday family-comedy classic Home Alone celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and now there’s an illustrated adaptation up for purchase just in time for the milestone. Get ready to make room in your library for Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook.
Illustrated by Kim Smith, this children’s lit offering is exactly what you think it is. It’s the tale of Kevin McCallister’s merciless asskicking of a pair of home invaders placed in a format that’s a-okay for kids aged 4-8. Here’s the more formal product description that pops up on Amazon:
Home Alone arrived in theaters 25 years ago, and it remains the #1 highest-grossing live-action comedy film of all time. Now, illustrator Kim Smith has reimagined the story as a classic Christmas fable—complete with bumbling burglars, brilliant booby-traps, and a little boy named Kevin who’s forced to fend for himself … With an amusing read-aloud story and enchanting, immersive illustrations, this charming adaptation can be enjoyed year after year alongside The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and other Christmas storybook classics.
Readers get to see Kevin, his family and (most importantly) the Wet Bandits as cute illustrations with the movie’s big scenes all included. (Yes, you get to see Buzz’s girlfriend.) In an interview with Metro, Smith shared that she aimed to give the illustrations a 1950s-y feel while keeping the characters recognizable.
“I wanted the heart of the film to show through the book to create that magic that the movie had.”
Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook is currently available to feast upon your nostalgia hungry brain in hardcover and Kindle formats. If we all play our cards right, maybe we’ll get Goodnight Mommy: The Classic Illustrated Storybook in the not too distant future.