The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird. A Picture Book Paperback – 29 Aug 2017
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"[The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird is] a fun take on the duo's love for exploring the unknown."--CNET --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Kim Smith is the artist behind HOME ALONE: THE CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED STORYBOOK (Quirk, 2015). She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her clients include Kids Can Press, Simon and Schuster, Owlkids Books, Inhabit Media, and Capstone Publishing. She lives in Alberta, Canada.
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A young Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are having a sleepover in the back garden when they hear some creepy noises and see some strange lights. Surely this is the proof that Fox requires to show that aliens exist, but each discovery shows that the supernatural is all too plain natural, or is it …..
To anyone who knows the truth is out there, ‘‘The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird’’ by Kim Smith is not cannon. We know that Mulder and Scully met for the first time in ‘‘Pilot’’, the episode that started the phenomenon that was the show, but something like ‘‘Earth Children’’ is pure fan service. What would have happened if Mulder and Scully were friends as children? Who really cares; the book is meant to be fun.
As a standalone children’s book Smith has created something that a child who does not know their ‘‘X Files’’ from their ‘‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’’ can still enjoy. The premise stands on its own – a couple of kids looking for aliens, but finding nothing. The illustrations are bold and full of a spooky wonder. The book sets the right tone and is a little scary, without making anyone fearful. In fact, when Mulder and Scully venture into the woods there are loads of strange and wonderful things to spot in the background.
Despite the book holding up on its own, that is not really the point. There are other books that cover similar themes without the baggage that this book has, but it is the baggage that is this book’s USP. There are enough parents out there of an ‘‘X Files’’ age who will get a thrill from reading this book and being able to see the many Easter Eggs hidden all around. The very idea of a children’s book about these characters is absurd, but also exhilarating for a fan. In fact, I can imagine that as many copies of this book will be sold in a comic book store frequented by adults as the children’s section of a bookstore.
On balance, the appeal of this book does depend if you are a fan of the show. The story is adequate and the characters cute, but without the imbued knowledge of why the setting is so fun, the book does fall a little flatter. However, even as a standalone book for someone who does not know Mulder or Scully, they still get a decent, fun book.
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