Tis A Bit Out Of Season

So, it isn't quite Christmas yet... I haven't even seen anything Christmassy in the shops yet, but I saw this and I knew I had to read it.

Everyone knows the classic Christmas tale... of Home Alone. Kevin wishes his family would disappear after he's banished to bed for causing trouble. It turns out that sometimes wishes do come true. All the things Kevin is never allowed to do, he does, who wouldn't? But being on your own isn't all TV and sundaes. Strangers are scary, especially when he encounters Harry and Marv. As any kid would, he hides under the bed. That is until he realises he's the man of the house and he needs to act like one. Kevin is resourceful, and sensible, so after a day of household chores and a visit to church he sets to his plan. He'll protect his home against any invaders. Bumbling burglars are no match for a tricky kids and his new found friend though.

As soon as I saw the cover of this book I loved it already. The illustrations by Kim Smith are adorable. They're simple and accurate, you can see the actors in these drawings and it brings back warm fuzzy memories of my youth. I had wondered how they were going to get the story line into a picture books, but it's done really well.

This would make a great Christmas present along with the film. Although I find it very inconsiderate that none of my friends have kids the right age to buy this combo for.

Normally my stance is that the book is always better than the film. I don't think it's fair to compare a picture book in this way. The book is wonderful but it does miss some of my favourite things. You miss the true ineptitude of Marv, and Harry getting his hair flamed off. I'd be tempted to make the book into a noisy book. Have a button with Kevin's scream after the aftershave. Marv screaming when he steps on the ornaments... on second thoughts, there aren't many nice sounds to have in it apart from the choir at the church.

In conclusion, buy this for some kids at Christmas and have their parent's worry about what plans they're going to come up with!

Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!


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