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This review is of a book called 'Disney Storybook Collection'. There are a lot of books with a similar name, but just to clarify this is a Christmas themed book and the front cover features Winnie The Pooh (in the snow), Dumbo (flying over a Christmas tree) and Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc (Sulley is wearing a Santa outfit). I attempted to make the title clearer but sadly Dooyoo rejected my suggestion!
I recently ordered this book through Amazon for my 5 year old. When it arrived I was surprised at how big the book was. It's a large size, is quite thick and is excellent quality. I would have expected the RRP to be around the £10.00 mark but it's stated on the back of the book that the RRP is just £6.99. It's currently selling on Amazon for £5.24 (with free delivery) - even better!
The book contains 8 festive stories from Disney favourites (old and new), including Pinocchio, Lady and The Tramp, Bambi, Dumbo, Wall-e, Monsters Inc, Winnie The Pooh and 101 Dalmations. All of the stories are a good length and averagely run over about 10 pages. The text is quite large (which is easy to read for adults and also very useful for reading beginners such as my daughter) and is laid out well.
The pictures are excellent - bright, bold and just as they appear in the films. The book is crammed full of illustrations of Disney characters as never seen before. My daughter particularly likes Sulley and Mike (Monsters Inc) dressed up as Santa and an elf!
All of the stories are very Christmas based (rather than just being about the characters AT Christmas time) and each story has a heartfelt message (which Disney manage to do so well). There's no religiousness to it, it's all about friendship and such. I imagine that many young children would enjoy and feel excited by reading this book leading up to Christmas. It would even make a nice Christmas present. My daughter insisted that we started reading this book in August/September until Christmas! She really enjoys listening to the stories and looking at the pictures.
The only real downside to this book is that there is no mention of Santa, but there is mention of people putting presents under the tree (particularly in the 101 Dalmatians story, Pinocchio story and a little bit in the Dumbo story). I shuddered after I read the line "On Christmas Eve, after everyone's in bed, people sneak presents under the tree" to my daughter. I tend to skip the 101 Dalmatians story now because of that reason.
The book is slightly 'Americanised' in places too... Popcorn on string, what!?
Overall this is a good quality book, with nice stories and excellent pictures. It's also good value for money. However I can't give it 5 stars due to the fact that it tried to kill Santa off!