“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” Walt Disney
Walt Disney was certainly a man after my own heart. At my house, there isn’t much that gets us as excited as a new book to read. Recently I had the opportunity to review a new series from Disney Publishing featuring Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. While I love all of the new characters like Merida, Rapunzel, and I especially enjoy a Phineas & Ferb marathon; it thrilled me to see of the classic Disney characters featured in this series. Minnie Mouse holds a special place in my heart and I am always excited to pass that love on to my daughter. Disney said about the series, “Girls can read about the amazing power of friendship, take quizzes, make fun crafts, learn about caring for pets, read about fashion and their favorite music, and play games with their best pals, Minnie and Daisy.” These books and magazine delivered on that and more!
My daughter and I read the “Minnie Mouse and Daisy B.F.F.” magazine together first. It was full of stories, crafts, fun quizzes, posters, and games just to name a few things. It also included condensed, comic-strip style versions of the first two books also available in this series. It was a very colorful, fun, magazine and my daughter absolutely loved it cover to cover! She has read it several times now and told me that she is really hoping that there will be more issues in the future. She told me that her favorite part was, “…the fun quizzes and activities for us to do together.”.
The books, “Much Ado About Juliet” and “The Pesky Pet” , were also huge hits in my house. While the reading level was focused more towards readers a little younger than my daughter, who is 10, she absolutely loved reading them! She told me she thought it was interesting and fun to be able to see what Minnie and Daisy were like before they met their main squeezes, Mickey and Donald. The books and magazine definitely put a modern spin on Minnie and Daisy’s lives, with “Starducks” coffee shop and cell phones in hand but it was still Minnie and Daisy at heart. The books are filled with colorful illustrations and many of the words are printed in fun, bright colors which made it even more fun to read. These books are two of her favorites to take with us on car rides and she has fallen asleep reading them more than once!
The magazine and books were so much fun for us! The books had wonderful stories of friendship, determination, and working together between Minnie and Daisy and I loved completing the fun activities in the magazine with my daughter. Seeing classic Disney characters featured was a special treat and I am very excited about issues in the future. The book, “Much Ado About Juliet” focuses a little more on Minnie and Daisy’s social life and issues such as getting a boy’s attention as opposed to the other book which focuses more on Daisy and Minnie working and reaching a goal. Overall, the stories were wonderful and truly enjoyable.
I would highly recommend these books and magazine to any Disney-loving family with tween readers. The magazine is available today at newsstands and all major retail outlets nationwide for $4.99. The books are available for $6.99 wherever books and eBooks are sold. They would be a perfect start to your tween’s summer reading!