**Disclosure – I received these books for review purposes from the Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own.
Story time is always a favorite in this Neurotic Disney home. NDK (Neurotic Disney Kid) is old enough to read, but not too old to still be read to! Books are wonderful on so many levels. We keep them everywhere – even in the car! Disney Books are a great way to keep Disney at home. Disney Book Group was kind enough to send these books for NDK approval – be sure to look for the NDK Review after the description of each book!
Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco’ has been a hit in the movies. Before we saw the movie, my Neurotic Disney Kid made sure to read the book “Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family” by Diana Lopez. She loves to read the book before she sees the movie. We really enjoyed “Coco,” so these books are definitely a hit in our home. Be sure to check out our spoiler-free movie review, too! There is so much to learn from this Pixar film – and they would definitely make great gifts this holiday season!
The NDK Review:
“Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family” by Diana Lopez is a book about, well… music, shoes, and family! This book is based on the movie, with a few extra details. This story was better than the movie because of these extra details. They made the story extra special.
My favorite part of this book are the back stories of Miguel’s Momma Coco when she was a little girl. These help you get to know Momma Coco, unlike the movie. One of my favorite stories was about when Momma Coco met her husband. It was a sweet story and really helps you understand the movie. Always put family first is something I learned from this book. It’s an important lesson that everyone should follow.
If you enjoyed the movie, you will love this book. I recommend that you read the book before the movie, but if you have already seen the movie, you will want to read this book!
“Miguel and the Grand Harmony” written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Ana Ramirez is a picture book for small children. The story is about ‘La Musica,’ or music. In the story, ‘La Musica’ is a spirit who’s job is to help people enjoy music. She tries to help Miguel become a great musician, but every time she tries to help, one of his family members gets in the way. This is a problem for ‘La Musica’ because she wants everyone to love music.
I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations in this book. The illustrations are simple, but the colors are bright and amazing. I also liked how ‘La Musica’ narrates the story. The story made me feel happy because ‘La Musica’ highlighted how happy music can make someone.
I would recommend “Miguel and the Grand Harmony” as a perfect story time book for anyone. This would also make a great bedtime story!
from the publisher:
This jacketed picture book pairs Newbery Winner Matt de la Peña and Pixar artist Ana Ramírez with the highly anticipated Pixar Studios film, Coco. Featuring a beautiful original story based on the characters of the film, as well as vibrant stylized artwork, this title is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.
Disney*Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Directed by Lee Unkrich ( Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson ( Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.