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review 2019-01-11 14:57
Do You Want To Build A Snowman? (Disney ... Do You Want To Build A Snowman? (Disney Frozen) - Calliope Glass,Olga Mosqueda
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Adorable book that allows the reader to help Anna and Elsa build Olaf. 

This is a good interactive book that asks the reader to do various actions (chop off branches, spin the book to roll a snowball, tap when pieces should go) in order to put Olaf together. Great way to make a simple story very fun and engaging. 

Cute illustrations. Personally, I thought the overly large eyes on Anna and Elsa were a little creepy in some shots, but overall the book is pretty adorable.

The text is a little lengthy on some pages in my opinion, but it was still fun. I liked the variety of phrases and instructions. 

I read this with a little girl I work with (who loves Frozen) and she enjoyed it. Afterwards, she insisted we pretend to be Anna and Elsa and find Olaf. 

Nice, fun read for Frozen fans.
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review 2018-12-30 20:28
Anna & Elsa #2: Memory and Magic (Disney Frozen) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) - Erica David,William E. Robinson
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is such a good follow-up series to the Frozen movie. In the first book, Elsa learns how to balance using her powers and utilizing other methods to help the villagers with their problems. In this one, Anna deals with having had her memories of her sister's magic removed when she was a child.

I think one of the things that really draws me to this series is that when you watch a movie, you usually still have so many questions you want answered after it ends. This series is a great way to find answers to some of those questions.

Well-written, I found this one especially funny. I really liked Brock and Kristoff's hilarious interactions. 

As with the first book, it was a fun and entertaining story. Good easy read. I already picked up the third book in the series and can't wait to read it.
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review 2018-12-22 19:04
Disney Magic: The Launching of a Dream by John Hemingway
Disney Magic: The Launching of a Dream - John Hemingway

The dreammakers of Disney have done it again! Disney Magiccelebrates the creation of a cruise ship different from all others. This keepsake volume reveals how the Disney Cruise Line creative team turned a dream, long held by Walt Disney, into reality. It documents the care, innovation and originality that led to the birth of a remarkable ship. Discover why the Walt Disney Company decided to enter the cruise industry, what prompted the decision to design a fanciful, modern classic, and how the ship's storyline sets it apart from all others in the water today. Richly illustrated with more than 180 never-before-seen images, Disney Magic includes preliminary exterior design sketches, photographs of the ship's bow being towed up the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy for the "Float Together" and a vintage shot of Walt Disney himself aboard the Italian luxury liner The Rex. The images provide a taste of the ship's evolution, examining what went into designing and building not only its body, but the highly distinctive interiors. Be dazzled by insights into little known details of the Disney Magic.





Published in 1998, this keepsake book focuses on the development of the Disney Cruise Line, with special focus on the ship Disney Magic. This ship's build began in 1997 in the port of Marghera, Italy. Disney CEO Michael Eisner was inspired to create a cruise line exclusive to the company after touring various popular cruise lines and noticing too much of what he saw as "glassed over floating hotels".




...most suffered from self-imposed industrial constraints, that they all appeared to be built around a framework that was, at best, utilitarian. There seemed little romance, "little sense of Hollywood in contemporary cruise ship design." Yes, they were stylistically fleet, even elegant at times, but structurally they had been driven by a simple formula of compressing the maximum number of cabins into a hull. Where was the fantasy?


Eisner wanted the Disney ships to have a more classic look, something that harkened back to the halcyon days of luxury sea travel. He also wanted to offer a more magical and cozy experience to families. Following an initial billion dollar investment, the dream gradually became a reality.









"We are excessive," observes Michael Eisner. "I must have attended 5 meetings about every room on the ship. I went to see life-size mock-ups of the ship's staterooms in Italy before we committed to any design detail. We change everything 3 or 4 times at least."


"Creativity is an open process," concludes Judson Green, President of Walt Disney Attractions. "The technique that led to the perfection of the ship design is typical of Disney. I always say I'll never accept the first 'take' on anything --- no matter how brilliant. At Disney we have no shortage of ideas. Just turn on the spigots. We let ideas nurture. In the end, they always turn out better..."


Disney Magic, the flagship, was built with inspiration primarily being pulled from two sources: the Queen Mary and a general incorporation of Scandinavian ship design. This book gives readers not only text detailing the project but also a step-by-step visual of the ship (and thus the Disney Cruise Line itself) slowly coming to fruition. Looking at the pictures of the interior now, many will see the chosen fabrics seem pretty dated now (they read VERY 90s, lol) but still, there's something about the nostalgia it now brings forth. Along with the photos of the project itself, also incorporated around the text are vintage photographs of the days of sailing that inspired the vision for the Disney Cruise Line, sketches of the ship design (preliminary suggestions for styling, cabin set up, etc) as well as some rarely seen photographs of the man Walt Disney himself.



just partly built, already immense!



It's an interesting and easy read if you have interest in Disney history or shipbuilding techniques (or both!). The bonus of the photographs is extra fun! 

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review 2018-12-14 01:00
Reflection - Elizabeth Lim

For the longest time I’ve been debating whether or not to read the Twisted Tales from Disney. Typically, I’ll read any Disney related book, but the first two books in the series got such mixed reviews, that it deterred me from picking one up. Then the Beauty and the Beast one and this one came out and they got better reviews. So I finally decided to try one out. I’m so glad I did because this was really good!


First off, I was really happy that Disney choose a Asian author   to write this book. I think #OwnVoices literature is so important. You can tell that the author knew the culture so well. She did a great job incorporating the Chinese underworld and mythology into the story.



I also have to give the author major props for doing her homework. It was very clear that she watched the direct-to-DVD Mulan 2 movie. There was one part where Shang says, “Perhaps when I marry, I’ll combine the ancestral temples so my bride won’t have to leave her family” (175). That is exactly what ends up happening in Mulan 2. When I read that line, I immediately remembered that part in the movie. 


Since the book starts during the battle against the huns on the mountain, I was happy that it still referenced earlier events in the movie. They were woven into the story nicely. 


Overall, I just think the whole book was so well done. From the writing style to the incorporation of mirrors and reflections, it hit all the checkboxes.  


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review 2018-12-07 03:56
Star Darlings (1-3) - Review
Star Darlings Collection Volume 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld; Libby and the Class Election; Leona's Unlucky Mission - Shana Muldoon Zappa,Ahmet Zappa

Overall this is a pretty good series for girls. It has a overarcing plot going on in the back ground and the world is this sci-fi futuristic world so yay sci-fi for girls.

The bad of it is that we have the mean girl via Vivica who is only there to cause trouble and be mean with no real reason as to why.

That being said Scarlet is snubbed by everyone for being a bit abrasive which ends the book of her knowing what's going on but Leona not giving her time to explain. It's a weak way to set up future conflicts due to misunderstandings.


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