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Disney Pixar Brave Movie Theater: Storybook and Movie Projector Hardcover – May 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Movie Theater
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; Act Nov Ha edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794425526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794425524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CKE TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2012
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Length: 3:49 Mins
The Brave Storybook is a fun way to expand the "Brave" movie going experience. The storybook is both well-written wonderfully illustrated - not that you would expect anything less from a Disney/Pixar inspired storybook.

A few notes

- The story of Brave is maybe be slightly scary for small children - our 2 year old enjoys the book and projector, but she doesn't really *get it*

- The movie projector is a lot of fun - our daughter loves it - maybe a little too much, since she has left it on a couple of nights.

- The projector uses non-standard batteries - instead it uses LR44 (pin type batteries). They are not expensive, but it is a little more difficult to find at your local store.

- Be careful not to rip the plastic "reel" holder off the book - since this will cause the book to rip.

- The projector is reasonably bright - please remember that it looks dim in the video because the batteries were weak.

Final Verdict - The Brave Storybook is a fun addition to any child who enjoyed "Brave". My only complaints are that the packaging is too difficult to open and that it uses non-standard batteries.

4 1/2 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on June 9, 2012
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Projector: The projector could have been improved a little by having some sort of strap or top-loading feature for the projector reels. As is, they're going to fall out every few seconds unless you're holding a finger there. If a small child's meant to operate the thing, it might not work out so hot. That said, the idea of the projector is very cool. I wish it worked with something like a AA or AAA battery.

*** mild spoiler alert ***
Story: Merida's a headstrong Scottish princess who learns a little about love, duty, and family. Typical Disney storyline, and I'm sure Pixar did a lovely job with the animation. The author did a decent job in summarizing the movie down to key elements. The book illustrations are also very well done. I would echo other reviewers in saying that the actual story is probably meant for a target audience of 6-12. Too young and the kids might try to sample the reels as chips. I'm guessing they could be a choking hazard to 3-4 yr olds.
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First, I will say that my daughter hasn't seen the movie and probably won't until she's just a little older (the big bad bear in it looks a little intense for her) but she really enjoys this book. She's just shy of 4 and I'm not sure if it's the book or the sheer novelty of this book/projector combo. She would probably have it at story time every night if we could deal with reading it that much! Either way, the story is excellent and I'm sure looks just as good as it does onscreen.

Now for the good and the not as good points:

Good things:

- The movie to book adaptation for some movies can be really poorly written with odd choppy sentences and little thought put into it. If I didn't know it was a movie, I would believe this could be a standalone book (not even involved with a movie) and it would be great.
- The projector adds more photos to each scene than would be otherwise possible with a picture book.
- My daughter loved the novelty of the projector.

Not as good (but not necessarily "bad" per say, these are the things that are taking away that last star from what could be a 5 star rating):

- The projector is a little dim and so you have to view it in a fairly dark room. And if you're in a dark room, you have a hard time reading the book... you see where this is going. We often read the story with a flashlight.
- My child won't allow us to just read this book without the projector. We've got to get the whole shebang out. It's not a big deal, but it does add extra time to our story time. Plus the reading itself is longer than most of our evening picture books. On the flip side, the length is probably why it's actually a pretty good movie to book adaptation.

All in all, I think this is a great addition to a kid's library, especially if they are a fan of the movie. However, even non-movie goers will enjoy this story with projector.
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The Disney Pixar Brave Movie Theater: Storybook and Movie Projector (Hardcover) is a cute idea. I showed it to my two year old grandson only because I knew he would like the projector part. We watch them in a dark room and make up our own story to it. The book of course is Disney/Pixar so well done. The summary of the movie story seems complete and the illustrations are lovely and bright. I think the strong female lead character, Merida, is nice for a change. I do believe the story is definitely for at least 4 years and up as my little 2 year old grandson would be scared if we dwelled on it too much. He is still into Toy Story and Cars. Even in Finding Nemo, we have to gloss over the scary parts as we don't want him to have nightmares but as he gets older, he will love them as we all do. With this item, it is the projector that is the attraction. Luckily, we did not detach the projector but just slid it out and left the discs attached to the book as it makes for good storage place. Being so small, they are easy to lose. Working the projector is really again for the older child but our grandson is very tech oriented (using Daddy's iPad, etc) so he was able to work it somewhat. The focus is adjustable and goes on and off with a simple switch, both of which he can do. The batteries are not standard so be sure and check that out ahead of time to have them on hand. Each of the 5 discs have 4 pictures each and it would have been nice to have more on each rather than having to change so often but with a tiny projector, what can you expect? In the book, it shows when to use each disc but with the lights off, you can't read the book and still have it dark enough for good projection. I think a 5 year old and up would be able to work the whole thing. A clever idea and we are enjoying it.
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