Book Review: Disney-Pixar Comics Treasury

I was going to be away from home for a while and wanted something to take with me to read. So I went to my local Chapters and found this book in the discount section:

    

HarperCollins Publishers Inc. 2014

It contains 14 adaptions of the Pixar films with 1 extra bonus story involving Wall-E. I’ve read about half so far and have found a pattern developing, even though different writers are responsible for some of the titles.

         

Being as I know the stories inside-out, I can follow the edited versions presented in the book reasonably well. But for first-time readers, many panels would not make sense, as crucial details are left out. It is obvious that these adaptions were not penned by seasoned comic book writers, individuals with a consummate knowledge of conveying a bigger story into the sometimes limiting space of comic book boxes.

         

Now is as good a time as any to mention the bonus story entitled Wall-E: Recharge. As you would expect, there is no dialogue to help you understand what is happening, and because of the aforementioned inexperience of the writers with this medium the story is all-but incomprehensible!

         

The best part of this treasury is the artwork! Every artist brought a great sense of the original story to each title with some truly breath-taking visuals. As a comic book fan from way back, this was a treat to read based only on the pictures (yup, I’m a picture guy).

         

Not to be too tough on this treasury, it’s still a fun read with good work done by all of the creative talent involved. I would definitely recommend it to any Disney parent who would like a nice book of bedtime stories to share with their little Disney fans-to-be!

    

Prayers for the Week – Power of Answered Prayer

Faith

Last week, my prayer post was about persecuted Christians around the world — and how they are closer than we realize sometimes.  In the post, I wrote about the events that happened in our life, and for this week, I want to give you an update.  First of all, though, I want to thank each and every one of you for lifting my family up in prayer.  It meant a great deal to me, and it still does, and because of your prayers, I have no doubt that things worked out for the best because of them, and because of God’s hand in our lives.  Answered Prayers are wonderful to experience, and I hope you have seen answered prayers in your life often!

So after the events unfolded on Friday, May 15th, my wife and I had decided that Sophie would not go to school on Monday until we went to have a conference with the counseling staff about what happened.  The last thing we wanted was for their to be any hard feelings left over from the previous Friday, so Sophie didn’t go to school until I picked her up around 1 to take her to the meeting.  When we got there, we learned several key things.  The first was that the other girl’s mom realized just how far she had overreacted.  Second, we learned that Sophie and this other student don’t have any classes together, and it was purely coincidental that they happened to be on the track that day together.  Third, we knew that the only time they see one another is rarely at the carpool pickup location, and there is enough adult supervision there to prevent any problem from happening going forward.

Going into the meeting, I was nervous, and so was Sophie a little, but neither of us was actually scared of what might happen.  We knew that God was on our side, and that, while the path for Sophie may not be known right then, it would be shown to us at the appropriate time.  Inwardly, I also knew that if I could do anything about it, I wasn’t going to deny our daughter the opportunity that she earned because of the actions of some child.

So in the end, Sophie missed Monday at school, but no other days.  We have put the episode behind us, and have moved on.  End of Grade testing is this week, and each day is a day closer to the end of the school year.  Thank you for praying for Sophie and all of us, and let’s give God the glory for the great things that He did for us this week — and will continue to do going forward!  Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.