REVIEW: Die Hard Christmas by Doggie Horner and Illustrated by JJ Harrison

Published: 24th October2017

Publisher: Insights Editions

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book (Purchased)

RRP: $24.99

5/5 Stars

A delightful Christmas storybook for adults based on the action-packed Die Hard movie

All John McClane wants for Christmas is to reunite with his estranged family. But when his wife’s office holiday party turns into a deadly hostage situation, he has to save her life before he can get home in time for Christmas!

The unconventional fan-favorite movie Die Hard is now an illustrated storybook—complete with machine guns, European terrorists, and a cop who’s forced to rely on all his cunning and skills (and the help of a fellow officer) to save the day. Based on the classic “Night Before Christmas” poem and filled with whimsical illustrations, this cleverly reimagined homage is destined to become a holiday classic.

Contains adult material including violence and strong language. Reader discretion is advised. Ho-ho-ho.



Die Hard is the Christmas movie in my house (followed closely by the 1994 version of Miracle of 34th Street). So much so that it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we’ve watched at least the first movie. Thus, it comes as no surprise about how excited I was to learn about, and then pre-order, this brilliantly quirky and amazing Christmas book for adults.

Die Hard Christmas by Doogie Horner and illustrated by JJ Harrison is exactly what you expect it to be. An illustrated copy of the 1988 Die Hard movie, presented as a picture book for adults. Written in rhyming verse, in a style that mimics The Night Before Christmas poem, Horner’s adaption of the movie is pretty much spot on, minus a few scences and the odd character. The book reads as a complete story that is neither rushed or incomplete and the echoing of the christmas poetry creates a beautiful and somewhat hilarious contrast between what is happening in the story and on the page at times.

Don’t be fooled by the picture book format, rhyming verse or the concept however,Die Hard Christmas is the ultimate picture book for adults this year; with it’s blood, bombs, machine guns and “yipee-ki-yay ….” slogan it is most certainly not for kids, and remains as close as it possibly can be to the movie we all love and adore.

JJ Harrison’s illustrations are bold and cartoon like as they take on the iconic 1988 movie and bring it on to the page. What I love most about this book is perhaps the way in which Horner and Harrison have created the ultimate Die Hard fan book that is both true to the original, but also with a tiny spark of creativity and their own take on the story without compromising or dishonouring the original story. All the known characters feature heavily in the book, and Harrison has done an outstanding job at making them both easy to recognise and somehow, sutbly different as well.

All in all, Die Hard Christmas is the book that fans of the franchise have been waiting almost thirty years for without even knowing it. It’s the ultimate book that answers the age old questions as to whether Die Hard is a suitable Christmas movie (a big resounding fat YES from my family!) and it’s honesty and originally are sure to make this book a much love Christmas classic in it’s own right.

If you are looking to buy Die Hard Christmas for a loved one this Christmas, I wouldn’t delay. Online book retailers appear to be selling out of this gem quickly, and with Christmas just around the corner, I wouldn’t leave it too long!




To purchase a copy of Die Hard Christmas, visit the following online retailers:

Print = Amazon USAngus & Robertson’s Bookworld | Barnes & Noble  | Boffins Books Aus   Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks  Ebay (Aus)  |   Indigo (CA) |


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