Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai started streaming today on Max. I didn’t work on that show. But if you’re looking for a Gremlins-related project I did work on, you’ll be happy to know that I wrote The Gremlins Little Golden Book, which comes out on September 5, 2023 from Penguin Random House.
The Gremlins LGB is a retelling of the classic 1984 movie Gremlins, written as a Little Golden Book for very young readers.
When I was a kid, Gremlins was one of my favorite movies. So it was a real thrill to write The Gremlins Little Golden Book. (Also, working on this book was a good excuse to re-watch Gremlins several times in a row.)
Here’s the official publisher description of the book:
Whatever you do, don’t get this Little Golden Book wet! The first ever Gremlins Little Golden Book based on the classic film features those mischievous Gremlins as lovable Funko Pop figures! Follow the wild misadventures of those trouble-causing Gremlins in this delightful retelling of the classic movie. Illustrated in the quirky and loveable Funko POP! art style, kids 2 to 5—and their parents—will love this love this light-hearted reimagining of one of the funniest films of all time as a collectable Little Golden Book! Little Golden Books enjoy nearly 100% consumer recognition. They feature beloved classics, hot licenses, and new original stories. . .the classics of tomorrow.
As you may recall from an earlier blog post, I also wrote The Goonies Little Golden Book. But what you might not know is that I wrote the Goonies and Gremlins LGBs back-to-back. Which was SO much fun. It also made me compare and contrast the two films, especially since they’re both written by the same screenwriter (Chris Columbus). And both films feature Corey Feldman, and are Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg. Also, both films involve a character who’s an inventor (Data in Goonies and Rand Peltzer in Gremlins). There’s even a line of dialogue in Goonies that references the plot of Gremlins! Do the two films take place in a shared universe? I wouldn’t go that far. But they’ve got quite a lot in common.
Anyway, that’s the sort of thing you think about when you’re working on a project like The Gremlins Little Golden Book.