Size: 9″ x 9″
Publisher: Disney Press
This is quite a nice collection of original stories featuring many of our favorite Disney characters along with a few lesser known or forgotten ones. There are thirteen stories in all. Some are:
I loved reading a story about Sport Goofy! It has been a long time since Goofy has played this character. Other long-lost characters show up in another story:
Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar
My wife and I got to pose with Horace in the Magic Kingdom in 2008. It’s nice to see classic characters making a comeback. Gladstone Gander and Scrooge McDuck also make appearances in separate stories.
Even little Figaro from Pinocchio makes an appearance as the mischievous pet of Minnie Mouse:
And this book also pens a tail (wait for it) of Mickey’s first meeting with Pluto:
It appears that Mickey filled in for a man at a pet store and took Pluto as his payment. It was a fun story!
One of the main things I liked about this book was the diversity of the artwork. Being published in 2004 one would expect the sanitized renderings used for merchandising, but instead we get retro, Golden Books, and comic strip styles of artwork.
Review: I’d give this book a 4.5 out of 5 Stars. A few of the stories took the easy way out with subject matter and some of the artwork was generic. But overall, for children, this would be an excellent reader. The text is large (20-point Cochin) and the sentence structure would make it easy for even younger ones to read for themselves.
This book is still available from on-line stores and is part of a larger series of storybook collections.