If your kindergartner has a big exam coming up on the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s but didn’t bother to finish the reading (no doubt because he was out joyriding in his Tesla), KinderGuides are essentially Cliff Notes to classic literature for 6-year-olds.
More specifically, they’re illustrated learning guides designed to teach your kids about iconic novels (so no, not Goodnight Moon) you “read” in high school while making them nearly insufferable to their own classmates. Based on the totally serious premise that “reading literary fiction uniquely increases our capacity for empathy,” each book is illustrated by a different artist and contains kid-friendly sections about the author, plot, and main characters. They also include definitions of key terms, a “fun” quiz (if that’s possible), and even an analysis of some important takeaways from each work. Whether or not they discuss the significance of animal motifs related to Holly’s untamed freedom, however, remains unclear.
While the series currently includes 4 titles (Old Man and the Sea, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and On The Road), there’s a whole library shelf in the hopper, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, and One Hundred Years of Solitude — which is also what kindergarten will feel like for Junior when he starts talking about his collection of classic novels.