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Back to the Future, a Children's Picture Book by Kim Smith

Great Scott! Someone actually created a children’s book based on the Back To The Future Movie written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale. I’m in heaven and so will anyone else who is proud to have been raised in the 80’s.

I admit it! I am totally biased when it comes to this book. I am a huge, huge Back To The Future fan. When this book came into our office I practically became giddy.

The book is about 40 pages long and goes through essentially the entire Back To The Future Story line. It starts out by introducing us to Marty McFly who is appropriately gliding around Hill Valley on his skateboard. We meet Doc Brown and Marty’s family. Of course we also meet Biff.

The book, however, does leave out one key person. Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer Parker, is suspiciously absent. This is probably good since if they made a sequel to the book they would need to draw a different Jennifer character, but someone pretend that she was still exactly the same. Don’t tell me you don’t remember the old Jennifer switcheroo. It was practically scandalous when they recast Elisabeth Shue in the sequel instead of having Claudia Wells.

Parents of younger kids need not worry too much. The book has been altered quite a bit. Erased is the part about how Doc Brown got the plutonium. There is also no mention of what happened to Doc and Marty in the parking lot. Phew! That violent and exciting scene will have to wait till your kiddos see the movie. The book also glosses over is why George had to protect Lorraine from Biff on the night of the dance.

The book is a lovely trip down memory lane that you can share with your little ones. My biggest complaint about this book is that the illustrator Kim Smith didn’t make Marty McFly look enough like that dreamboat Michael J. Fox. That being said she actually did a beautiful job illustrating the book. The pictures are colorful and vibrant. You really do feel like you are transported into a cartoon version of the film.

What would make this book better? If you opened it up and it started playing Huey Lewis and the News Back in Time. That would truly be bitchin’. Now if will excuse me, I need to go scour the internet for places that sell puffer vests and Tab soda.

For more about this awesome book, visit the official Quirk Books' Back to the Future page, Kim Smith's official webpage or get it from Amazon - Thanks Ivy!

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