I have a fantastic children’s book to share with you today. As a fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series when I was younger, I love that this is a way to share the spirit of Buffy with a new generation of fans!
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This book is aimed at young children, it follows an 8 year old Buffy and is beautifully illustrated. My daughter and I have enjoyed reading it together, and it really is a great read for this time of year and would be a great Halloween themed pressie.
Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Author: Based on the series created by Joss Whedon
Illustrator: Kim Smith
Synopsis: In this new picture-book story brought to life with cute and colorful illustrations, young readers see what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like back when she was a kid! Join not-so-brave little Buffy, Willow, and Xander as they investigate strange sounds coming from the closet, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter everyone’s favorite Buffyverse monsters. Charmingly illustrated by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book borrows Joss Whedon’s beloved characters to tell an endearing bedtime story.
Categories: Children’s Fiction, Vampires, Monsters, Halloween, Humour
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publication Date: 4th September 2018
Publisher: Quirk Books
Rating: 5 stars
Content Warnings: n/a
Review: I love this book so much, not only is it a wonderful introduction in to the world of Buffy but it’s a fantastic Halloween read too. It’s aimed at children between the ages of 5-8 and follows 8 year old Buffy as she tries to solve the mystery of what is hiding in her closet. I also love the dedication of the book too!
With her friends to help her, as well as Giles, she shows how brave she is and how things are not always as they seem. I love that the illustrations manage to capture Buffy as a strong and brave girl, but still keep those softer details too – like the stuffed pig and pink-ish room. I love that it shows that girlie-girls can be tough and brave too. It’s an excellent example and one which I am so glad that my daughter enjoys reading about.
The illustration are so wonderful, bold and colourful whilst capturing the essence of Buffy perfectly. My daughter loves reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it has been her bedtime story a fair few times since we received our copy.
I would definitely recommend it to younger children and I think it’s a great way to spark conversations about fear of the dark, how to deal with feeling afraid and friendship. I love books that have a message behind them, books which can be a catalyst for more difficult conversations.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available in both ebook, paperback and hardcover formats over on Amazon*.
We received a copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – A Picture Book – however, all opinions and words are my own.