Earlier this year, we shared news that 2016 would be a good year for fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion as Disney is preparing to launch a brand new novelized series based on the attraction as well as a new theme park exclusive series of book/cd inspired by classic attractions. In addition, Marvel today announced it too will be representing the Haunted Mansion as the next chapter in its Disney Kingdoms saga.
Disney Hyperion has released the cover art for the anticipated follow-up series best-selling author Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers.’ Titled ‘The Return,’ the new series follows the further adventures of the Kingdom Keepers. Expected March 31, 2015, the official current publisher’s description of the first book, ‘Disney Lands,’ is as follows:
With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.
Although ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time,’ has already enjoyed a previous book release, Reawakened, which is essentially a retelling of the popular fairy tale series’ first season, it’s Ruby/Red who will receive the spotlight for the new original novel inspired by the series. Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale will provide some backstory to the character based on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood. The official publisher’s description is as follows:
One of the must-haves for any Disney fan in 2015 is an upcoming gallery of art by legendary Disney animator, Eric Goldberg. Recently announced by Disney Publishing Worldwide, An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters is a 192 page collection of nearly 180 portraits of Disney characters from animated films, shorts and live action movies. Goldberg initially created the portraits — which were done in the style of celebrity portraits hung at restaurants like Sardi’s and The Brown Derby — for set dressing for The Brown Derby restaurant at the Shanghai Disney Resort. The book also features text by fellow Disney animator David Bossert and a foreword by John Lasseter.
One of the titles I was looking forward to the most this summer was The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino (July 22, 2014). A follow-up to her acclaimed Fairest of All which chronicled the Evil Queen’s (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) descent into madness, Beast tackles what I have long considered my favorite Disney animated film of all time, Beauty and the Beast.
Earlier 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:
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.
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today its release of one of the first apps for early readers in the Windows Store, ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book.’ From Cinderella and Ariel to Snow White and Jasmine, the app features Disney Princess favorites in an interactive story and dress-up sticker book complete with colorful illustrations, expert narration, and enchanting music.
‘The new touch interface of Windows 8 is highly conducive to creating deeply engaging storytelling experiences for children and their families,’ said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. ‘We’re thrilled to bring the “Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book” app to life on Windows 8 and look forward to creating more content for our readers to enjoy on this platform in the future.’
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) kicks off New York Comic-Con 2012 with several exciting author/illustrator panels, in-booth signings, and exclusive giveaways at the DPW booth, #1132.
From Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus to Disney “It’s a Small World,” there is something for everyone. Giveaways include:
- Marvel preview booklet
- Heroes of Olympus water bottles
- Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel posters
- Disney “it’s a small world” tote bags
Disney Publishing Worldwide has launched ‘Disney Reads,’ a new social media hub that will be your go-to place for the latest news in the world of books, magazine, comics, digital app and much, much more.
Through its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels, fans will get first access to news, contests, quizzes, polls, giveaways and fan-generated content. ‘Disney Reads’ will also showcase backstage segments from author events, feature exclusive downloadable goodies and other fun Disney fan content.
Fans of the Facebook page can also enter to win two ‘Disney Reads’ Gift Pack assortments — one to keep and one to give (approximate retail value of $700).