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.
The 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:
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:
Simon & Schuster will be re-issuing its biography of Mary Poppins, She Wrote by Valerie Lawson on December 3, 2013, in an effort to capitalize on Disney’s biopic Saving Mr. Banks. The book will be released in both paperback and Kindle formats.
The official publisher’s description is as follows:
The only comprehensive biography of P.L. Travers — the fascinating woman who created Mary Poppins, the events in this book inspired Disney’s movie Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.
On Sunday, October 13, Disney Publishing Worldwide will formally announce its upcoming graphic novel series, Space Mountain, based on the classic, iconic attraction found in Disney theme parks around the world.
Written by ‘Arrow’ and Spider-Man writer Bryan Q Miller and illustrated by Batman artist Kelley Jones and Hi-Fi Design, Space Mountain is described as ‘the story of two kids, a miniature flying saucer and dangerous mission twenty-four hours into a twisted tomorrow.’
ABC’s hit TV series, “Revenge,” introduced Emily Thorne (portrayed by Emily VanCamp) and her complex mission. The show’s storyline has hinted at Emily’s covert training on remote Rebun Island with master Takeda. Now, from a member of the show’s team, comes Schooled in Revenge (Hyperion Trade Paperback and eBook | August 20, 2013 | $14.99), the first full-length original novel that immerses readers into that training, as a new vengeance-thirsty heroine seeks out Takeda’s guidance to learn how to right terrible wrongs.
In Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage (now available)The Kingdom Keepers and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed — and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.
On the day its new Disney Junior series, ‘Sofia the First,’ launches, Disney has also released Sofia the First: Story Theater for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
The app contains two modes: the first is an interactive storybook, a retelling of the Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess movie which is narrated by Sofia (Ariel Winter) and features audio clips from the movie as well as dozens of individual animations.
First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide are once again teaming up to fight illiteracy by delivering new books to children of low-income families and the educational systems that serve students of low-income families. Via a Groupon Grassroots campaign, First Book will be accepting donations of $10 per Groupon which will go directly towards providing four new books to children in need. Disney Publishing Worldwide has committed to matching each donation up to a total of one million books.
At the Disney D23 Expo in 2011, Disney Publishing announced it was donating $500K and eight million books to the cause which was founded in 1992 and is now celebrating distributing over 100 million new books in North America.
They are the ultimate stocking stuffer but sadly they won’t be available to own until January 2013. Nevertheless, Entertainment Earth is now accepting pre-orders for the new lines of Funko POP! 3D Bookmarks featuring Disney and Marvel favorites. Building on the incredible success of the POP! vinyl figure lines, Funko is now expanding its selections to include several of the Disney favorites along with some of Marvel’s greatest heroes, combining the forces of the greatest worlds in entertainment with the wonderful world of reading.