REVIEW: ‘Maleficent’ Novelizations by Elizabeth Rudnick

'The Curse of Maleficent' by Elizabeth Rudnick I have long been a fan of the (junior) novelizations of the Disney family of films, so when I was offered the opportunity to read the novelization of Maleficent by Disney Publishing Worldwide, I jumped at the opportunity. What I expected was a novelization based on the film; what I did not expect were two novelizations: Maleficent and The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty, both available April 29, 2014.

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‘Over There’ to Launch Pixar Animation Studio Artist Showcase Series from Disney Publishing

'Over There' by Steve PilcherEarlier this year, Disney Publishing Worldwide launched its Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase with No Slurping, No Burping!: A Tale of Table Manners which was conceived and illustrated by Lorelay Bove. While a second entry has yet to be announced, a second series, featuring original work by animators at Pixar Animation Studios will debut this fall, starting with Over There by Steve Pilcher. The publisher’s description is as follows:

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Disney During World War II: How Disney Contributed to Victory’

'Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War'

On October 28, 2014, Disney Editions will release Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War by John Baxter, only the second book of its kind to have ever been published on the subject. The publisher’s description is as follows:

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Rennaisance Man’ from Disney Editions

Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Rennaisance Man

On October 7, 2014, Disney Editions will release Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man, a 208 page hardcover volume that details the contributions of one of The Walt Disney Company’s most influential artists as written by some of the company’s most influential artists. The publisher’s description is as follows:

Walt Disney once said of Marc Davis, ‘Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there! He’s my Renaissance man.’ As such, Davis touched nearly every aspect of The Walt Disney Company during his tenure. He began as an animator, whose supporting work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi inspired Walt to promote him to full animator.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Inspires Prelude Comic, Original Novel and More

'Guardians of the Galaxy'Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the next — and perhaps strangest — entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s mostly unknown to those who don’t embed themselves into the Marvel comics universe. While Star-Lord, Groot and Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the motley crew will undoubtedly become household names after the movie releases on August 1, 2014, Marvel is gearing up to indoctrinate us with a series of original books and materials tied to the film.

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‘Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider’ Cover Reveal

'Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider' by Ridley PearsonThe cover for the final entry in the popular Kingdom Keepers series of adventures by Ridley Pearson was revealed today by KingdomKeepersInsider.com, the book’s official website. The cover features the Evil Queen watching over as Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle becomes engulfed in flames.

Available to own April 1, 2014, and currently available for pre-order from Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions, Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider, brings the exciting conclusion to the series which details the battles of good vs evil across the Disney theme parks and cruise line. The publisher’s description is as follows:

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Sneak Peek: Disney Animation Artist Showcase Series: Lorelay Bove

'Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase No Slurping, No Burping!: A Tale of Table Manners' Illustrated by Lorelay Bove

Starting in March, Disney Publishing will be launching a new series of original children’s books that will feature the work of some of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ top artists. The first to arrive is a title conceived and illustrated by Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist who has worked on Wreck-It Ralph and The Princess and the Frog as well as previously published books based on the films.

Titled No Slurping, No Burping!: A Tale of Table Manners, the first book in the Disney Artist Showcase is a humorous look at manners featuring two kids who school their dad on proper mealtime etiquette. The publisher’s description follows:

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Interactive Book Available Free on iTunes

'Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi Touch Book'Walt Disney Studios announces the release of Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film Saving Mr. Banks, in theaters December 20, 2013. Exploring the previously untold story of how Walt Disney worked his magic on author P.L. Travers to secure the rights to her book, Mary Poppins, the book includes a foreword by Academy Award®-winning composer Richard Sherman; never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers; rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives; an interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones; original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs; facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks — all created by Apple’s digital book creation app, iBooks Author.

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Mary Blair Special Exhibition at Walt Disney Family Museum, Companion Book in March

'The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: Updated Edition' by John CanemakerThe Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco’s Presidio, will be featuring the life’s work of artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair in a special exhibition titled ‘Magic. Color. Flair. The World of Mary Blair.‘ The exhibit, which is being curated by author and animation historian John Canemaker, is scheduled to run between March 13 and September 7, 2014.

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‘Mary Poppins’ Behind-the-Scenes Photos, Concept Art and More Released for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Richard Sherman, Julie Andrews, Irwin Kostal, @iammrvandy and Robert Sherman (1964) © DisneyIn honor of Saving Mr. Banks which shares the previously untold story of what it took for Walt Disney to bring Mary Poppins to the movies, Walt Disney Studios has released several behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, sketches by screenwriter Don DaGradi (as seen below) and more. Pictured left is a rarely seen photo of Richard and Robert Sherman singing along with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Irwin Kostal, while pictured below is a sketch by DaGradi featuring P.L. Travers during ‘the trial — I mean conference.’

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