REVIEW: ‘The Beast Within’ by Serena Valentino

'The Beast Within' by Serena ValentinoOne 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.

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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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Disney to Donate up to One Million Books to First Book via Groupon Grassroots

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.

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Disney Publishing Announces ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book’ for Windows 8 Devices

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.’

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NYCC: Disney Publishing Announces Booth Giveaways, Signings and Panels

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.

BOOTH GIVEAWAYS:
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

PANELS

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Disney Publishing Launches ‘Disney Reads’ Social Media Hub

Disney Reads 'Season of Giving' ContestDisney 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).

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‘FamilyFun Kids’ Magazine Launched by Disney Publishing Worldwide

'FamilyFun Kids' from Disney Publishing WorldwideDisney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, today announces the launch of FamilyFun Kids, a new, bi-monthly magazine that encourages kids’ creativity with hands-on crafts, skill-building recipes, imaginative games, brainteasers, and puzzles. The magazine, geared to 6- to 12-year-olds, is created by the staff of Disney FamilyFun magazine, which millions of moms turn to each month for creative family ideas. Like its parent magazine, FamilyFun Kids is packed with fun things to read, but is also specifically designed to be a tactile, interactive experience for children with pages they can cut, fold, tear out, and decorate.

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Website Details ‘Olympian Week’ Events for ‘The Son of Neptune,’ Offers Excerpt

'Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune' by Rick RiordanA new website launched by Disney Publishing Worldwide offers new details on the week-long celebration for celebrated author Rick Riordan’s second entry into the Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune, available October 4 and now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

In addition to listing the events to take place during the book’s first week, OlympianWeek.com also details two pre-week events, taking place October 1 and October 2 in New York City and Los Angeles respectively.

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D23 Expo: Disney Donates $500,000 and 8 Million Books to First Book; Audience to Receive Free Book

A special event this Friday at 1 p.m. at the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center celebrates the power of imagination and the magic of Disney storytelling. Disney will donate $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need. Disney’s enduring commitment to kids, families and communities will be front and center at the event, as Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney Junior highlight the emotional connection that generations of kids and families have to Disney’s iconic stories and beloved characters.

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D23 Expo: Disney Publishing Worldwide Details Appearances, Giveaways and More

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) invites families and fans to experience The Wonderful Words of Disney. Guests have the opportunity to attend exclusive sessions with renowned children’s authors, listen to timeless stories read live, and explore the ultimate Disney fan’s dream library at the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo, taking place at Anaheim Convention Center from August 19–21, 2011.

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