Cover image for Home alone : the classic illustrated storybook / based on the story written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus ; illustrated by Kim Smith ; text adapted by Jason Rekulak, Rick Chillot, and Blair Thornburgh.
Title:
Home alone : the classic illustrated storybook / based on the story written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus ; illustrated by Kim Smith ; text adapted by Jason Rekulak, Rick Chillot, and Blair Thornburgh.
ISBN:
9781594748585
Publication Information:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Quirk Books, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
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Home alone (Motion picture)
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Summary

Summary

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister wished his family would disappear. He never thought the wish would come true!Home Alone arrived in theaters twenty-five years ago, and 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. Through a series of comic adventures, Kevin learns lessons about responsibility and the importance of family. 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.


Author Notes

This book was adapted from the story/screenplay by the late John Hughes, legendary filmmaker responsible scores of beloved movies including The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Planes Trains and Automobiles. He wrote scores of hit screenplays in the 80s, but Home Alone was his all-time box office champ.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The hit 1990 John Hughes film, which will forever be identified with Macaulay Culkin's cheek-slapping scream, gets the picture book treatment. When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind as his family embarks on a Christmas trip, the boy gleefully embraces solo run of the house; oddly, the book never explains where his family has actually gone, simply allowing Kevin-and readers unfamiliar with the film-to think that he's made them disappear overnight.) Following the film's plot points, Kevin attends Christmas Eve church services, sets elaborate booby traps to thwart would-be burglars, and makes a connection with scary "Old Man Marley" who lives next door. Fans of the movie will enjoy Smith's comic renderings of Kevin's antics, though lines like "Marv and Henry slipped on the toy cars and were knocked over by paint cans" don't live up to the mayhem of the source material. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

AHHHHHHH!!! Did they have to try to shoehorn the classic holiday film into a picture book format? Actually, the result isn't bad. The writing, which describes the indoor adventures of young Kevin, whose family members forget him when they leave town a few days before Christmas, isn't much more imaginative than stage directions, but Smith captures the film's holiday-glossy mischief. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.