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POP CLASSICS 6
The Karate Kid
The Classic Illustrated Storybook
Illustrated by: Kim Smith
9781683690924 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Martial Arts May 07, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 9.32 x 11.28 x 0.38 in 40 pages Quirk Books
Wax on, wax off! The classic movie about a boy and his karate teacher is now a fun picture book for the whole family!

When The Karate Kid appeared in theaters in 1984, its heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a bullied boy and the Japanese maintenance man in his new apartment building became an instant classic. Now the beloved film is reimagined as a cute and colorful picture book, with charming illustrations by Kim Smith. When young Daniel is targeted by students from the Cobra Kai dojo, his neighbor Mr. Miyagi agrees to train him for the upcoming karate tournament. But why is Mr. Miyagi making Daniel wax his cars, sand his deck, and paint his house? Will Daniel ever master the art of karate? This timeless story of overcoming the odds will delight kids, their parents, and anyone who has ever had that one special teacher.

Series Overview: The films and TV shows that families love are reimagined as lively, colorful picture books featuring the iconic moments and characters of the original. Simple words are paired with a kid-friendly storybook format that’s perfect for bedtime or storytime, plus all-new illustrations done in classic picture book style to make this series a great way for parents to share their pop culture favorites with a new generation. Though the movie and TV versions came first, you’ll wonder if they weren’t adaptations of these books, instead of the other way around!

The Karate Kid already has a massive fan base, so the picture book is a way for fans to introduce the movie to the next generation in an age-appropriate way

The Karate Kid’s 30th anniversary was celebrated in 2014, and a new YouTube series, Cobra Kai, starring original cast members Ralph Macchio and Bill Zabka, premiered May 2018 

Over 3 million American children and 18 million adults take at least one martial arts class every year; this book will appeal to child martial artists and martial artist parents with children alike

Kim Smith is the illustrator behind the Quirk Books Pop Classics series, including Home Alone (Quirk Books, 2015), The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird (Quirk Books, 2017), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Quirk Books, 2017), Back to the Future (Quirk Books, 2018), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Quirk Books, 2018), and The Karate Kid (Quirk Books, 2019). She has illustrated several other children’s books, including The Great Puppy Invasion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) and Builder Brothers: Big Plans (HarperCollins, 2018). Kim lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her dog, Whisky, and husband, Eric. Visit her online at kimillustration.com.

Author Residence: Calgary, Alberta

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Author Website: tuckedaway.com

Author Social Media: @kimillustration (Instagram); @kimdraws (Twitter)

“Smith’s art is excellent, making the characters cute but not too much so. Her illustrations do a terrific job summing up the key moments of the movie, creating a rich picture of what happens in the film in only 40 pages.”—Comics Worth Reading

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