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Disney Pixar Cars: Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – July 16, 2012

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  • Age Range: 7 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 12
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; Csm Nov Ha edition (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756688701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756688707
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Pernikoff on February 9, 2013
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This would better have been titled a "Diecast Catalog" rather than a "Character Encyclopedia", since the characters included are only those for which a diecast model has been issued. For "Cars" that seems to be a fairly complete selection, and all of the many variations issued for each seem to be included. For "Cars 2", though, there are a number of obvious omissions. (Where, for instance, is Siddeley, the jet?)

I also object to the fact that for some characters, the listed "Vehicle" on which it is based is fictitious, even when the character was obviously based on a real vehicle. For instance, it is fairly well known that Professor Z was a Zundapp Janus, that Max Schnell was a Mercedes, that Victor H. was a Yugo and that the Queen was a Rolls Royce.

Nevertheless, I appreciate the details provided for each car, and seeing all of the variations on Mater (as seen in his dreams!) in the back of the book is worth the price of admission. The comprehensive index, which lists the location of every variation, is welcome. This book is for everyone who likes the "Cars" movies, and not just the kids!

I hope that Pixar and DK eventually do an updated edition which includes EVERY identifiable character seen in either movie and the short subjects (whether issued as a diecast or not), and that they do it as a much slimmer book that omits the free diecast and poster. (The actual printed material is only about 1/3 the total thickness of this book, and I'm not sure I have room on my bookshelf!)

(P.S. The book "Meet the Cars" is actually much more complete, though it doesn't show all of the variations found in the diecasts.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KarenTR on January 18, 2013
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I thought it would have ALL of the characters since it is called an encyclopedia but it didn't. It showed various kinds of the same character but didn't show all the cars that my son has but doesn't know the names of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.Green on November 16, 2013
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My 3 year old grandson loves this book of all the "Cars" characters. He is collecting the diecast Disney cars and I can read about each one to him as he acquires it. I love this book because through it I have learned the names of the "Cars" characters and can talk about them with my grandson. We use the book to play our own games...turning to a random page and matching the car we find with one in his collection. He can point out the cars he would like to have so I can order one every now and then as a surprise!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By awatts2911 on January 8, 2014
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My grandson loved this book but purchased it as a reference from a collectors standpoint and were extremely disappointed that there are many more cars out there not included in the book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy SLP on November 11, 2012
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I work with pre-schoolers who love the Cars movies. We have been playing with all the various cars. Sometimes we don't know the name of the the specific car. We look in this book. It's a great souce of information for the pre-schooler or older child or adult who collects these toys.

Its for a child to learn the names of the various cars. They will never get tired of looking through thius book. It was well worth the price. The pictures and information are a great source of information and delight.

I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Pinchon on January 18, 2013
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I got this a before my son's 3rd birthday and oh boy it quickly became his favorite book for the next few months! He constantly wanted to look at the pictures! It has ALL the diecast models of ALL of the characters of the various Cars movies, Cars 2 and Mater Tall Tales, Air Mater, etc. Kids will love looking at all the colorful images and "read" about them. The descriptions are about the die casts and a bit about the character, but its not really a "story" to read for kids, more of a visual and learning the character's names.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Fischer on December 6, 2012
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My son has had this book for a few months now and it NEVER gets old. He is 2 and loves to look through the pages and find the cars that he has, and then let me know the ones he wants (which can be kind of expensive LOL)....

The book has a lot of information about each car, and tells you if they are rare or not. It gives you a background for all the characters, and can really keep your kids busy....

This is the 2nd one we purchased, this time it's a gift :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on September 9, 2013
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If you have a die hard Disney Cars fan at home, this book is a must! Your no. 1 fan will feel as though you bought him/her all the cars they have always wanted. And at the same time, they will read and learn all these names and keep educating you on the World of Disney Cars. Just remember to check the book for any razor blade cuts before you pass it to your die hard fan. Once the compartment with the car is opened, it's unreturnable...we learned the hard way.
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