Maria H. (ndm#130) (5340 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.

**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!

It’s Springtime! Spring days are perfect for grabbing a fun book to read outdoors! These new Disney Hyperion books are just right for outdoor reading. But don’t take my word for it. See what Neurotic Disney Kid(NDK), our resident kid expert, has to say about these.

  • Box Meets CircleBox Meets Circle by Aaron Hartline
  • page count: 48 * ages: 3-5

Box Meets Circle is a great book about two characters trying to play together. They find that they don’t know how to play with each other because they are both different and have different abilities. They have to figure out how to use both of their abilities together. This book is important for little kids because it shows how to play together even though you might have different abilities. Everyone can be friends and play together.

An amazing fact about this book is that the author/illustrator is Aaron Hartline, a Pixar Animator! He has worked on Cars 2, Inside Out, Up and Toy Story 3. This book is included in the Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase collection.

from the publisher:

Circle loves to jump, but Box just falls flat. Oww! Box loves to sit, but Circle just rolls away. Whoa! They want to play together, but how? They figure out that Box can sit on Circle as Circle jumps to her heart’s content. However, Box still experiences an Oww! every once in a while.

  • Company's ComingCompany’s Coming by Arthur Yorinks
  • page count: 40 * ages: 3-5

Company’s Coming is a story about a couple preparing dinner for a get together with their cousins, when out of nowhere a UFO lands in the backyard!  They learn to make friends with the aliens by being kind. Kindness is important because everyone needs it – even if someone is different than you.

Company’s Coming by Arthur Yorinks is a returning book from 1988. This story was a New York Times Book Review’s Notable Book of 1988, a 1988 Redbook Children’s Picture Book Award and an ALA Notable Book.

from the publisher:

On the day Shirley had invited all of her relatives to dinner and Moe, her husband, was pleasantly tinkering in the yard, a flying saucer quietly landed next to their toolshed. Shirley and Moe. Just a regular couple from Bellmore. Today, all they are expecting is a nice, quiet dinner with a few cousins. But what do they get? Spacemen! From outer space! They don’t know it yet, but with a touch of human (and alien) kindness and a heaping bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, the galaxy is about to get a little bit smaller.

  • Company's GoingCompany’s Going by Arthur Yorinks
  • page count: 40 * ages: 3-5

Company’s Going is the sequel to Company’s Coming by Arthur Yorinks. This humorous story picks up right where the other leaves off. After everyone leaves, the spacemen stay behind to help clean up. They ask Shirley to cater a wedding on their planet because her meatballs are the best they have ever had! Shirley agrees, but Moe is not too eager to go. This story teaches that kindness goes a long way.


from the publisher:

So later, after a nice dinner at Shirley and Moe’s, after all the soldiers, pilots, Marines, FBI men, and the cousins had said their goodbyes, the visitors from outer space made a momentous announcement. There’s going to be a wedding on planet Nextoo! And, after having tasted Shirley’s meatballs, the spacemen ask Shirley and Moe a teeny weeny favor: would they be so kind as to cater the simple celestial celebration for four hundred and eighty-seven alien guests (give or take a few)? Shirley is thrilled, but Moe has his doubts-after all, who wants to travel past Uranus in a spaceship the size of a barbecue?

  • When Pigs FlyWhen Pigs Fly by: James Burks
  • page count: 32 * ages: 3-5

When Pigs Fly by James Burks, is a story about two pigs that try to do the impossible. Henry wants to fly. Henrietta knows that pigs can’t fly, but has an idea to help. This story is great for kids because it shows them how to use your imagination  to make the impossible possible!

This is a cute story with fun illustrations. James Burks is an amazing author who worked on many animated projects such as Space Jam, The Iron Giant, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet and Home on the Range. He also worked on tv shows like Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Fan Boy and Chum Chum. I’ve seen a lot of these movies and shows and I really liked them. It’s fun to be able to watch a show and think, “Hey – I know who that illustrator is!”

from the publisher:

Henry is ready to do what no pig has done before. “But pigs can’t fly,” says his sister, Henrietta. Nothing will stop Henry from trying, until it looks as though gravity might finally get the better of him. Fortunately, Henrietta has an idea that gives both of them a lift. Henry’s determination and Henrietta’s imagination combine to make a positive sibling story about creative play and teamwork.

What do you think?

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