Wax-on, wax-off! This beloved '80s film is now a POP Classic picture book, bringing the heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship to a new generation of fans. When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in 1984, the heartwarming story of the friendship between a bullied boy and his karate teacher won over audiences, inspiring thousands of children across America to take up martial arts. Now, this beloved film is reimagined as a POP Classic picture book. Kim Smith’s bright, kid-friendly illustrations capture all the iconic moments of the film, bringing the story to life for a new generation of fans. When Daniel moves to a new town, he is targeted by bullies from the local karate dojo, Cobra Kai. So Daniel begs his neighbor Mr. Miyagi to help him train for the upcoming karate tournament. Mr. Miyagi becomes Daniel’s sensei, teaching him lessons about patience, balance, and hard work along the way. All your favorite moments from the film are featured--including "Wax-on, wax-off," the tournament, and of course, the crane kick. This timeless story about finding your inner strength will enchant children, their parents, and anyone who’s ever had a very special teacher. The Karate Kid already has a massive fan base, so the picture book is a way for fans to introduce the movie to the next generation in an ageappropriate way. • The Karate Kid’s 30th anniversary was celebrated in 2014, and a new TV series, Cobra Kai, starring original cast members Ralph Macchio and Bill Zabka, premiered May 2018 and has been renewed for a second season. • Over 3 million American children and 18 million adults take at least one martial arts class every year; this book will appeal to child martial artists and martial artist parents alike. 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!


  • 40 pages
  • 9 x 11 inches
  • 4 colors
  • Hardcover

Rights available for...

  • French
  • Dutch