Book Review: Coco Read-Along Storybook and CD

We received the recently released Coco Read-Along Storybook and CD to review, the book is based on the upcoming Disney-Pixar animated film. Coco is inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), which I had only a passing familiarity with until Disney parks ramped up offerings for this holiday this year. The movie came out on November 22nd, and the Coco Read-Along Storybook and CD can help relive the film – I would not suggest reading it until after you’ve seen the movie (I wrote my review originally before the film opened, and am updating on 12/5).

The CD in the book itself is really nicely designed, as is the artwork inside the softcover book. These are not huge books, which is why they are priced so reasonably – for the price of an upscale cup of coffee, you can have a book and CD that in this case runs nearly 15 minutes.
Actress Tammy Trull narrates, and the actors from the animated film are the voices here – that includes Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto de la Cruz and Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel. I won’t talk about the story itself, but I listened to nearly half of the CD while reading the book. I had seen the song “Remember Me” from the movie was included, so I looked for that – it is sung by Miguel and is a tearjerker even without having a lot of context about the song before the film opened. The movie itself is wonderful, about family current and past – funny and touching. And the music from the film is one of my favorite soundtracks, the Coco CD came out November 10th. While the film isn’t in particular a musical, it is very much centered around music.
For kids who love the movie, I recommend Coco Read-Along Storybook and CD. It would make a nice stocking stuffer or gift for anytime.
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