Book Reviews

Book Review: "The Art of Moana" is Highly Recommended for "Moana" Film Fans

Every time a new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios comes out, I look forward to picking up the newest "The Art of" book. From The Art of Zootopia to The Art of Tangled or The Art of Frozen and so many more, I'm guaranteed to always purchase the newest book of concept art from the latest film. And so I did with The Art of Moana, as soon as it lowered in price (the list is $40, the book has been changing price every day this past week, but less than list). The Art of Moana is probably my favorite of all "The Art of" books.

Book Review: "Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California To Shanghai"

I received Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California To Shanghai to review, it has been out already for over a month (it was a planned purchase for us). Reviews on it have been decidedly mixed in part because expectations were often different than the reality. I'd have expected park guidemaps if I'd not known otherwise ahead of time. This would be better titled as concept art of Disney maps through the years, from Disneyland to Shanghai Disneyland. There are also stories in this book  - it isn't just photographs - including the well known one about Walt telling Herb Ryman that he was going to put Walt's Disneyland vision to life over a couple of days. There are overview drawings of Disneyland park including Tomorrowland and Frontierland from 1954, a promotional art piece by Peter Ellenshaw from 1954, an Explorer's Map of Tom Sawyer Island from 1956 and more.

Book Review: The Sprinkles Baking Book by Candace Nelson Offers 100 Unique Recipes (and Not Just Cupcakes)

Hi everyone!

I received The Sprinkles Baking Book by Sprinkles founder Candance Nelson, with no obligation at all to write up a review. I actually didn't expect to write one, I like to bake but generally use online websites for all of my recipes. However, I enjoyed looking through this book so much that I wanted to say something about it.

"Hocus Pocus in Focus" Offers 200 Pages of "Hocus Pocus" Trivia & More!

Hi everyone!

Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney's Halloween Classic was released a few weeks ago. The book is by Aaron Wallace and contains an afterword by Hocus Pocus writer and producer Mick Garris and a foreword by actress Thora Birch (Dani). Its two hundred pages contain the "largest collection of Hocus Pocus fun facts and trivia ever assembled" and answers questions about the film. For anyone who is a Hocus Pocus fan, Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney's Halloween Classic should be added to your library!




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