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The cult classic ’90s TV show is now a charming book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse! In this new picture book story brought to life with enchanting, colorful illustrations, kid readers can learn about what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like when she was a kid! What’s that strange sound coming from inside the closet? Join little Buffy, Xander, and Willow The cult classic ’90s TV show is now a charming book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse! In this new picture book story brought to life with enchanting, colorful illustrations, kid readers can learn about what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like when she was a kid! What’s that strange sound coming from inside the closet? Join little Buffy, Xander, and Willow as they investigate bumps in the night, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter all your favorite Buffyverse monsters. Complete with gorgeous illustrations by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book makes a perfect bedtime story. 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!


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The cult classic ’90s TV show is now a charming book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse! In this new picture book story brought to life with enchanting, colorful illustrations, kid readers can learn about what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like when she was a kid! What’s that strange sound coming from inside the closet? Join little Buffy, Xander, and Willow The cult classic ’90s TV show is now a charming book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse! In this new picture book story brought to life with enchanting, colorful illustrations, kid readers can learn about what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like when she was a kid! What’s that strange sound coming from inside the closet? Join little Buffy, Xander, and Willow as they investigate bumps in the night, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter all your favorite Buffyverse monsters. Complete with gorgeous illustrations by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book makes a perfect bedtime story. 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!

30 review for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm a huge Buffy fan and have watched the series several times over the years so of course when I was offered a copy of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Picture Book I couldn't resist. This really is the cutest little picture book and it's a great way to introduce another new generation to a series so many adults already love. The story doesn't stick strictly to cannon which is absolutely fine in my opinion, it wouldn't exactly be child friendly if it did now would it! What it does is take us back in t I'm a huge Buffy fan and have watched the series several times over the years so of course when I was offered a copy of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Picture Book I couldn't resist. This really is the cutest little picture book and it's a great way to introduce another new generation to a series so many adults already love. The story doesn't stick strictly to cannon which is absolutely fine in my opinion, it wouldn't exactly be child friendly if it did now would it! What it does is take us back in time to meet a young eight year old Buffy who is afraid of the dark, we get to see younger versions of Willow and Xander too and even Giles puts in an appearance which should thrill fans of the series. I'm not going to say much more so I'll just end this review with a couple of pictures but I'm sure Buffy fans will love this and I can't wait to read it to my nephew when he's just a tiny bit older!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey

    This book had the potential, considering its source material, to provide a really powerful story for a young girl (or boy) to read. While picture books are often simplified for younger readers to absorb, they should still tell a good story and this one really lacked for me. I'll admit, it did get my geek at the end, as I raced to identify every villain from Buffy drawn into the scene. For that reason, this book is more for the crazy nut job fan like myself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    The cutest picture book I've read in a while!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Flanagin

    UMMMMMM, So can we get this cartoon on Nick now!?!?!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Law

    Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series premiered in 1997 and has remained popular ever since. I came to it late and am still working my way through the DVD box set. It is my go to show when I need some light entertainment because watching a group of young people fighting the vampires, demons and forces of darkness that roam their neighbourhood gives me hope, even when it does get a bit silly. Our real world is full of forces of darkness in human form and maybe they too can be defeated Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series premiered in 1997 and has remained popular ever since. I came to it late and am still working my way through the DVD box set. It is my go to show when I need some light entertainment because watching a group of young people fighting the vampires, demons and forces of darkness that roam their neighbourhood gives me hope, even when it does get a bit silly. Our real world is full of forces of darkness in human form and maybe they too can be defeated by those brave enough to stand up to them. While Buffy may remain popular with adults and young adults, the themes and depictions in the TV series may prove too scary and at times risqué for younger viewers. This picture book, then, provides an introduction to characters children may have heard of but not yet got to know. In the story Buffy is eight years old and attending Sunnydale Elementary School, something purists may object to but let’s go with it anyway – continuity hasn’t always been adhered to within the wider Buffyverse. Giles is the school librarian. Willow and Xander are Buffy’s best friends. Readers are introduced to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and told that before she knew she was the Chosen One of her generation, a slayer, Buffy was afraid of the dark. At bedtime, after her mom turns out the light, young Buffy hears scratches and thumps coming from her closet. She decides to invite Willow and Xander over for a sleepover, but none of them are brave enough to open the closet door. The next day they go to Giles for advice. He tells Buffy that she must appear brave even when she doesn’t feel it. She must face her fears. The three friends, acting in character with the young adults developed in the TV series, enter the closet after dark. What they learn is that kindness can lead to extraordinary alliances that benefit all. The pictures are clear and bright with just the necessary words to move the story along. The monsters introduced are recognisable so enjoyable for existing fans. I particularly liked the way pronunciation of certain names were explained. This is a sweet and gently spooky story that was fun to read. It offers a fine introduction to Buffy for the next generation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    Als jahrelanger und riesengroßer Buffy Fan könnt ihr auch sicherlich vorstellen, welche Freudensprünge ich gemacht habe, als ich dieses Schmuckstück hier in einer Buchhandlung in New York entdeckt habe. Ich wusste tatsächlich nicht, dass es existiert, doch das tut es: ein Buffy Bilderbuch für Kinder. Natürlich habe ich das Buch gleich verschlungen und in einem Rutsch durchgelesen, was keine große Leistung war, da nur sehr wenig Text, dafür aber unfassbar schöne Illustrationen vorhanden sind. Diese Als jahrelanger und riesengroßer Buffy Fan könnt ihr auch sicherlich vorstellen, welche Freudensprünge ich gemacht habe, als ich dieses Schmuckstück hier in einer Buchhandlung in New York entdeckt habe. Ich wusste tatsächlich nicht, dass es existiert, doch das tut es: ein Buffy Bilderbuch für Kinder. Natürlich habe ich das Buch gleich verschlungen und in einem Rutsch durchgelesen, was keine große Leistung war, da nur sehr wenig Text, dafür aber unfassbar schöne Illustrationen vorhanden sind. Dieses Buch erzählt die Geschichte der jungen Buffy; eines achtjährigen Mädchens, das sich, ebenso wie wir alle, irgendwann mal vor dem Monster in ihrem Schrank gefürchtet hat. In diesem wunderschön gestalteten Bilderbuch geht es um die Kinderversionen von Buffy, Willow und Xander, wie sie sich zum ersten Mal ihren Ängsten stellen und das vermeintlich Böse bekämpfen - natürlich mit Hilfe ihres Schulbibliothekars Giles. Ob dieses Buch nicht gruselig und somit überhaupt für Kinder geeignet ist? Absolut. Dieses Buch ist eben nicht gruselig, sondern macht Mut. Nicht nur ist unsere Protagonistin ein junges Mädchen, sondern vermittelt das Buch die Botschaft, dass etwas, was im ersten Moment vielleicht unheimlich oder gruselig erscheint, gar nicht so angsteinflößend sein muss, wie man anfangs dachte. Und ebenfalls zeigt es auf, dass man, auch wenn man klein ist, ganz großen Mut haben kann. Jetzt dient Buffy nicht nur uns Erwachsenen und Jugendlichen als Vorbild, sondern auch den Kleinsten unter uns und das ganz ohne Gruselfaktor. Für mich als großer Buffy Fan war dieses Buch ein absolutes Muss, trotz dessen dass es "nur" ein Bilderbuch ist, doch alleine wegen der Illustrationen lohnt es sich schon, dieses wunderschöne Büchlein zu kaufen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leigha's Life

    This was the cutest picture book. It is the perfect way to introduce a child into the world of Buffy and when they are older force them to watch all the episodes. I loved looking for the little details that would make any Buffy fan smile in delight, or in my case grin like a dork and make a giggle sound. You see familiar faces of people Buffy goes up against in the show and her little pig stuffed animal, Mr. Gordo! The illustrations by Kim Smith are so adorable. As this is meant for children the This was the cutest picture book. It is the perfect way to introduce a child into the world of Buffy and when they are older force them to watch all the episodes. I loved looking for the little details that would make any Buffy fan smile in delight, or in my case grin like a dork and make a giggle sound. You see familiar faces of people Buffy goes up against in the show and her little pig stuffed animal, Mr. Gordo! The illustrations by Kim Smith are so adorable. As this is meant for children the canon is changed; it is the cute, innocent version of Buffy. I loved it. I'm an adult who still loves picture books, children books, young adult, and adult books, too. (and that will never change!)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    (Full review to come!)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    What most reviewers don’t remember is that this is a children’s book. They want to criticize the fact that Buffy didn’t know Willow or Xander as a child. Or the fact that all the monsters that try to kill Buffy just end up partying with her as a child. It’s a children’s book people! Your child probably hadn’t even watched Buffy and therefore won’t know the difference. That being said, I love the cute story line with all the little hidden details and items from the show. The illustrations were co What most reviewers don’t remember is that this is a children’s book. They want to criticize the fact that Buffy didn’t know Willow or Xander as a child. Or the fact that all the monsters that try to kill Buffy just end up partying with her as a child. It’s a children’s book people! Your child probably hadn’t even watched Buffy and therefore won’t know the difference. That being said, I love the cute story line with all the little hidden details and items from the show. The illustrations were colorful and charming. I can’t wait to read this to my daughter.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    This takes the Buffy story during the TV series, but forgets there was movie (like many fans do). This time all of Sunnydale is there (Willow, Xander, Giles) but as if Buffy was an 8-year-old girl instead of the teen she was in the series. Actually it starts off as with Buffy "now" and then flashes back to being eight. The illustrations are funny and colorful and very modern. The fan will recognize the monsters in the closet (even the "good" monsters). The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird was m This takes the Buffy story during the TV series, but forgets there was movie (like many fans do). This time all of Sunnydale is there (Willow, Xander, Giles) but as if Buffy was an 8-year-old girl instead of the teen she was in the series. Actually it starts off as with Buffy "now" and then flashes back to being eight. The illustrations are funny and colorful and very modern. The fan will recognize the monsters in the closet (even the "good" monsters). The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird was more fun for me as I had not watched a lot of X-Files so I was able to step back and enjoy them having an adventure as kids. Having watched most of the Buffy series, this diversion from the series is a little off-putting. But in the end, it is just a funny story about a girl who is afraid of the dark and learns to face the Monster (or monsters) in the closet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Gross

    This book is so darn cute! I'm sure only fans of the show will really appreciate all the neat stuff about it, but it's still a nice children's book regardless about facing your fears. I loved the artwork and the fact that Buffy had every demon from the show in her closet.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    As a fan of the show, I put this on my own list of books I wanted to purchase, but my 7 year old beat me to it. She adores this book and I enjoyed it as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    it was cute. i liked it. and there were lots of familiar faces for those of us who love the show

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    This is the cutest thing in the world. If you love Buffy you'll adore this and making squealy sounds as you read it and then want to buy numerous copies for all of the small people you know to share the Buffy joy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Orláith

    Okay, this book is adorable! Buffy was my absolute favourite show growing up and while this book may not be canon, there are enough nostalgic easter eggs to keep the grown-ups happy while reading the cute story to children. Oh, and the illustrations are beautiful too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yiota

    This was cute in a very basic way. I'm not sure kids would appreciate it or understand the background if someone didn't explain to them about the older Buffy. It seems to be more for adults to reminisce about Buffy as a kid. I enjoyed it, but not sure kids will. If you ignore what you know about Buffy, it's a cute book about it being okay to be afraid, but showing you that there's no reason for it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    The pictures are great, but this book is a disaster. It's obviously designed for Buffy fans to purchase for tiny kids that they know, but fans will not find anything familiar except the character and place names (and depictions of the actors). Franchise or not, some stories aren't meant for preschool-aged kids: it's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, not Buffy the Demon Soother. gah.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The pictures are great and the story is kid friendly. But I wouldn't really recommend unless you are a huge Buffy fan, and it's mainly for you. The 'monsters' are sort of friendly looking, but they are all baddies from the show, so some are kind of horrifying. (Guy with no skin, anyone?) Cutesy, but more for adults with nostalgia for the show than kids.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    This adorable children’s book imagines our intrepid TV slayer as if she’d come to Sunnydale as a little girl rather than a troubled teenager. We meet her good friends Xander and Willow as they have sleepovers, complete with popcorn and dancing. Xander pours over comic books while little Willow gleefully handles a book of spells. While I liked the story, the illustrations are brightly colored and simple, in the style of many kid’s books. There’s not much to recommend them or distinguish them from This adorable children’s book imagines our intrepid TV slayer as if she’d come to Sunnydale as a little girl rather than a troubled teenager. We meet her good friends Xander and Willow as they have sleepovers, complete with popcorn and dancing. Xander pours over comic books while little Willow gleefully handles a book of spells. While I liked the story, the illustrations are brightly colored and simple, in the style of many kid’s books. There’s not much to recommend them or distinguish them from other stories of this type. However, the book itself is a charming introduction to this original tv show, perfect for the little children who didn’t get to see Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it first aired. Meant to help little kids deal with nighttime fears, it’s about learning to face them and deal with the spooky sounds coming from the closet at night. In a funny twist, the book gives us many characters we knew from the tv series. Adults will get a kick out of seeing Buffy’s mom Joyce, the Master, the Judge, Gachnar, Werewolf Oz, Mantis Ms. French, the Gentlemen, Olaf, Clem and, of course, the charming Mr. Giles. Clueless children won’t get it but fans of the show will. Read aloud to the kiddies and introduce them to one of television’s most powerful heroines. Vampires of the world, beware!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer illustrated by Kim Smith. Quirk Books, 2018. $19. 9781683690696 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), GIFT - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH When Buffy was only right, she was afraid of the sounds coming from her closet in the dark. With some teaching from Giles, her school librarian, and support from her friends Willow and Xander, she might be able to conquer her fears and make some new friends. Of course you have to ignore the inconsistencies from the series – because Buffy fans will Buffy the Vampire Slayer illustrated by Kim Smith. Quirk Books, 2018. $19. 9781683690696 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), GIFT - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH When Buffy was only right, she was afraid of the sounds coming from her closet in the dark. With some teaching from Giles, her school librarian, and support from her friends Willow and Xander, she might be able to conquer her fears and make some new friends. Of course you have to ignore the inconsistencies from the series – because Buffy fans will definitely want this for their own children or grandchildren – or theirs friends grandchildren! Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    While I thought the book was charming and an adorable way to introduce the characters, I think the only group it is going to appeal to are the fans. I tried to imagine giving this book to my neighbor's son for Halloween and decided I'm going to have to clear it with his parents first. Not that there is anything wrong with the book exactly, but it doesn't have the universal appeal many books for kids around Halloween have. The only other thing I question is the monsters. I would think it would be While I thought the book was charming and an adorable way to introduce the characters, I think the only group it is going to appeal to are the fans. I tried to imagine giving this book to my neighbor's son for Halloween and decided I'm going to have to clear it with his parents first. Not that there is anything wrong with the book exactly, but it doesn't have the universal appeal many books for kids around Halloween have. The only other thing I question is the monsters. I would think it would be difficult for a kid to understand she's going to fight monsters and oh by the way there's a slew of monsters in her closet, but they're nice. Monsters, like people, can be good or bad? If that is the message, that is lost.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Not as cute of a book as I thought it would be, but still a cute book. 8 year old Buffy has a sleepover with her friends Willow and Xander (even thought she didn't know them when she was 8, but whatever, its a kids book). They hear strange noises coming from the closet. At first they are scared to check it out, but Giles (the librarian at their elementary school) tells Buffy that she's a slayer and that she can take on anything. So the friends have another sleepover and this time when they hear n Not as cute of a book as I thought it would be, but still a cute book. 8 year old Buffy has a sleepover with her friends Willow and Xander (even thought she didn't know them when she was 8, but whatever, its a kids book). They hear strange noises coming from the closet. At first they are scared to check it out, but Giles (the librarian at their elementary school) tells Buffy that she's a slayer and that she can take on anything. So the friends have another sleepover and this time when they hear noises they check it out. Was a little disappointed that little Buffy wasn't out slaying vampires. Oh well. Might be to much for an 8 year old to handle.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    At first, I wasn't sure as it went way off canon, but this is a perfect book for kids. I love that it's inscribed to all the tough girls who are afraid of the dark, and when I read that part, I add boys, too, because Buffy isn't just for girls. That aside, I love the story of younger Buffy (and friends) facing their fears and confronting the monsters and realizing that the monsters aren't so scary after all. It's a nice message about anxiety. My son is two, so he says "poof" when Buffy slays a v At first, I wasn't sure as it went way off canon, but this is a perfect book for kids. I love that it's inscribed to all the tough girls who are afraid of the dark, and when I read that part, I add boys, too, because Buffy isn't just for girls. That aside, I love the story of younger Buffy (and friends) facing their fears and confronting the monsters and realizing that the monsters aren't so scary after all. It's a nice message about anxiety. My son is two, so he says "poof" when Buffy slays a vampire - love that it's not with a weapon but the wooden heel of her shoe, and "Rawrrr!" when Buffy shouts the same. It's lots of fun! It's one he requests to read, too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayte

    This book has two distinct audiences: young readers and Buffy fans. It has plenty to offer both! Buffy fans will see familiar characters and monsters. For the young readers, it introduces a tough young girl who, in spite of that, has an all too common fear: fear of the dark. It also sneaks in little asides to help them pronounce names like "Giles" and "Xander" on their own! Definitely recommend to Buffy fans with or without children (I personally fall into the latter category!), or parents whose c This book has two distinct audiences: young readers and Buffy fans. It has plenty to offer both! Buffy fans will see familiar characters and monsters. For the young readers, it introduces a tough young girl who, in spite of that, has an all too common fear: fear of the dark. It also sneaks in little asides to help them pronounce names like "Giles" and "Xander" on their own! Definitely recommend to Buffy fans with or without children (I personally fall into the latter category!), or parents whose child might be a little afraid of the dark :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I didn't know what to expect from a Buffy picture book but I requested it from my library anyway. The references to the show and seeing The Scooby Gang as younger versions of themselves made my geeky heart pitter-patter. But I'm not sure my kids appreciated it much and it didn't suddenly make them fall in love with these characters. And while I get that it's a picture book, I saw no reason to include pronunciations for Giles and Xander's name. Nobody's childhood trauma ever included mispronounci I didn't know what to expect from a Buffy picture book but I requested it from my library anyway. The references to the show and seeing The Scooby Gang as younger versions of themselves made my geeky heart pitter-patter. But I'm not sure my kids appreciated it much and it didn't suddenly make them fall in love with these characters. And while I get that it's a picture book, I saw no reason to include pronunciations for Giles and Xander's name. Nobody's childhood trauma ever included mispronouncing a fictional name.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was a really cute book! The only reason it's not a 5 star is because it's not consistent with the Buffy-verse. Buffy did not move to Sunnydale till high school, so of course she wasn't there in elementary school, nor did she know Willow and Xander. I did really love the illustrations and the callbacks from things in the tv series. I would definitely purchase any other Buffy childrens books that come out in this vein.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Age: Preschool-Kindergarten Emotions: Being brave Clearly suitable for moms and dads wanting to spread the Buffy love to their kids but also for the uninitiated. Told by her school librarian (who apparently worked at her elementary school, too), Buffy is informed to just "be brave." Although in disbelief, this is just what she does, in true Buffy fashion (as unbelievable of a storyline as it is).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Sheehan

    Of course it’s getting 5 stars!! This is the first kids book I’ve been genuinely excited about. Buffy is a show that has meant so much to me, so much so that it will forever be my all-time favourite tv show. When I first saw this book this morning at work, I teared up a bit (yes I’m an emotional mess!). It was so adorable as well!! I’m all for introducing kids and people of all ages to my favourite superhero; Buffy Summers!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    As a cohost of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast (Get Slayed, go listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, and Googleplay!) I am often forced to explain Buffy to people who don't really know what it is. Sometimes those people are my little nieces. While this book doesn't follow the logic or rules of the show (which is a complaint I saw a lot of), it is true to the essence of Buffy. Brave kids take on monsters even when it is scary. It doesn't really matter when she met Willow and Xander and the age com As a cohost of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast (Get Slayed, go listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, and Googleplay!) I am often forced to explain Buffy to people who don't really know what it is. Sometimes those people are my little nieces. While this book doesn't follow the logic or rules of the show (which is a complaint I saw a lot of), it is true to the essence of Buffy. Brave kids take on monsters even when it is scary. It doesn't really matter when she met Willow and Xander and the age complaint seems a little obnoxious. What we get here is a delightful take on a young Buffy and how fighting your demons actually starts--kids hearing spooky noises in the dark. Perfect for all the little slayers in your life. <3

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben Ostrowsky

    Totally sweet, with lots of cameos (speaking of Sweet) and some subtle fourth-wall hijinx (uhh... why is Willow telling the reader how to pronounce Xander if he just introduced himself?) — long-time fans will delightedly recognize props and locales, and first-time fans will discover the power of courage and friendship.

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