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  • Lead the Way by Ace Landers Book Review

    Lead the Way by Ace Landers

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Inspired by Disney/Pixar’s upcoming high-speed installment of the popular Cars franchise, Lead the Way takes young readers along for an inspirational ride with Lightning McQueen as your guide as he makes pitstops on cherished moments gone by.  Sharing wonderful life lessons acquired from mentor Doc Hudson about the true meaning of winning, working hard and appreciation for those who helped you along the way, Lead the Way encourages all to believe in the impossible.  Introducing Cars 3’s Cruz Ramirez as McQueen’s latest protégé, skilled Pixar artist Garrett Taylor provides colorful illustrations of Radiator Springs’ favorite talking cars as they take to the open track of their adventure-filled lives.  Ultimately learning that the friends and memories made along the way in any situation are the greatest rewards, Lead the Way is a charming storybook urging passengers to put their pedal to the metal in following their dreams.

    Available now from Disney Press, Lead the Way can be purchased via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers.  

  • Disney Parks Presents Pirates of the Caribbean by George Bruns & Xavier Atencio Book Review

    Disney Parks Presents Pirates of the Caribbean by George Bruns & Xavier Atencio

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Following the ghoulish storybook interpretation of The Haunted Mansion, Disney Parks Presents Pirates of the Caribbean submerges readers into the boisterous depths of the famed attraction where dead men tell no tales.  Led by lyrics to the beloved song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” by Disney legends George Bruns and Xavier Atencio, Mike Wall’s stunning new illustrations capture the adventure and magical anarchy of those treasure-hunting scoundrels, reformatting the thrills of the ride for a new medium with no line waiting required.  Similar to its previous entry in the Disney Parks Presents series, a bonus CD containing the famed track is also included for young deckhands to play as they read along.  Yet another imaginative way to relive Disney’s one-of-a-kind park experiences with hopes of many more volumes to follow based on other popular attractions, Disney Parks Presents Pirates of the Caribbean marks the spot on bookshelves where riches of enjoyment can be dug up.

    Available April 11th from Disney Press, Disney Parks Presents Pirates of the Caribbean can be purchased via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers. 

  • Mike's Bookshelf Spotlight: Disney's Moana Book Reviews

    With Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th feature continuing to make a splash in cinemas, we set sail on a series of Moana based books well worth exploring ahead of its home video release.

    The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure by Kari Sutherland

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Adapting the animated film with equal heart, The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure provides young readers with a wonderfully constructed version of the film and the Pacific Island folktales that inspired it.  Spanning 300 pages and gorgeous cover art, this hardback edition, accompanied with bonus tattoos familiar to those seen on the brave Maui, will make Moana’s adventures a treasured source of reading for those in love with its feature.

    Available now from Disney Press, The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure can be purchased via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers.

    Art of Coloring Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Perfect for young artists and artists young at heart, Art of Coloring Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity is tailor-made with art of your favorite characters from the film, tribal patterns, tattoo designs and other beautiful imagery based on the Pacific Island setting awaiting their black-and-white pages to be brought to life.  Both for fun and relaxation, countless pages of creativity awaits those hungry to add their personal touch of color to them.

    Available now from Disney Editions, Art of Coloring Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity can be purchased via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers.

    Read-Along Storybook and CD: Moana by Bill Scollon

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Condensing the film version for ages 3-6, this charming storybook interpretation of Moana recalls the spirited teenager who along with demigod Maui dares to trek the ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti.  Joined by a CD counterpart narrated by Rena Owen and featuring thrilling sound effects, this perfect nighttime read and its lovely illustrations will easily capture the imaginations of young dreamers.

    Available now from Disney Press, Read-Along Storybook and CD: Moana can be purchased via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers.

    Moana and the Ocean by Heather Knowles

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Told from the perspective of the sea who has watched over the titular character since birth, Moana and the Ocean is a lovely picture book that celebrates Moana’s enduring spirit and courageousness.  Featuring gorgeous illustrations by Annette Marnat, this simplistic storybook, although brief on text, is an essential addition for its inspiring artwork alone that seamlessly captures the color palettes of the film’s picturesque environment.

    Available now from Disney Press, Moana and the Ocean can be purchased via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers.