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Book Review: Mickey and the Roadster Racers Race for the Rigatoni Ribbon

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Race for the Rigatoni Ribbon came out earlier this year, but we recently received a copy to review. The book was adapted by Sherri Stoner, a writer/producer/actress who is familiar to many.

The book is geared toward young readers, and features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy as they get ready for the Race for the Rigatoni Ribbon in Italy. They take the track in Rome on the second page against Piston Pietro. Goofy ends up stopping for food and Minnie and Daisy make an impromptu visit to a shoe store - and eventually the racers gets chased by a giant meatball.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Race for the Rigatoni Ribbon is a cute Disney Junior book, recommended age range is 2-5 and that is pretty accurate. I wouldn't expect kids much older than that to be as interested. There are 4 trading type cards at the back of the 24 page book.
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Book Review: "Cars 3 Read-Along Storybook and CD" Will Delight Young Disney-Pixar "Cars" Fans

We received the Cars 3 Read-Along Storybook and CD to review. The book released earlier this month, and offers a lot of bang for the very small price. Featuring the original movie voices including Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm, the CD is easy to follow along with and the narration by David Jeremiah is well paced. The sounds of racing and music add to the story. I highly recommend this for kids, but...this is the story of Cars 3. There are major spoilers. The movie comes out on June 16, 2017 - so you might want to set aside the book until then. I read/listened until the last 4 or 5 pages. I already knew some of the story, now I know more - but I didn't want to know how the film ends. I do think most young Disney Cars fans will enjoy the Cars 3 Read-Along Storybook and CD and will want to listen to it again and again - especially until the film comes out for home viewing. The book pairs well with the Cars Read-Along Storybook and CD and the Cars 2 Read-Along Storybook and CD. For more Cars 3 reading fun, check out my review of 5 Minute Racing Stories.

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Book Review: "The Not-So-Evil Stepmother in the Most Magical Place on Earth: Planning Your Walt Disney World Family Vacation"

I was sent the book "The Not-So-Evil Stepmother in the Most Magical Place on Earth: Planning Your Walt Disney World Family Vacation" to review. As someone who is in the Walt Disney World parks several days per week, almost every week and has been visiting for 40 years, I rarely read planning books but our readers and viewers are always looking for helpful tips for the parks. The author, Trisha Daab, is a mom (and stepmom) who has traveled with as many as 11 family members at one time, and the chapters are separated into various trips taken or as she describes it, "...four Disney experiences with multiple chapters within each experience".  In the intro, she sets it up where it won't be like other planning guides - but more like "having coffee and a chat with a clever friend who is telling you about her Disney trips while helping you plan your own'".

Book Review: "5 Minute Racing Stories" Features Disney-Pixar "Cars" Characters in 12 Fun Stories

5-Minute Racing Stories (5-Minute Stories) just released this past week, a nearly 200 page book geared towards kids ages 8-12 (but it can be enjoyed by a much wider age range) that includes 12 different racing stories that are meant to be read in about 5 minutes each. It features not only the cars you know from the first two Pixar Cars films - especially Lightning McQueen, but the last story also introduces new cars Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm, who will figure prominently in Cars 3.

Book Review: "Cars 3: Lead the Way" Offers Inspiration for Kids

Cars 3: Lead the Way by Ace Landers is a book aimed for kids in the 6-8 age bracket, predominately featuring Lightning McQueen in a basic story that is more an inspirational book than anything else. Most pages include one line of dialogue, generally one shared sentence over two pages. There is some depth to the words though, as Lightning McQueen gives advice to new Cars 3 car Cruz Ramirez that he learned from Doc Hudson (who is also shown on many pages in the book). It's a simple story of friendship, and about how winning isn't everything. The illustrations are beautifully done by Garrett Taylor, an artist at Pixar Animation Studios who designed characters and environments for Cars 3. While Cars 3: Lead the Way is aimed at the 6-8 age range, kids younger will enjoy the illustrations of some of their favorite characters. And the message for kids within the words in the book - about working hard, about friendship, about facing fears - those are good messages for kicking off longer conversations.

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