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Toy Story 3 Best Friends Book and Magnetic Buddy (Disney Toy Story Buddy) Hardcover – May 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Disney Toy Story Buddy
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; Nov Har/to edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794420184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794420185
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,004,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book almost seems like far more trouble than it's worth.
Andrew Ellington
Ultimately, the gimmick was too awkward to really work, making this book a bit too pricey for a simple movie adaptation.
Justin G.
They also put VERY small magnets into each of Woody's two hands.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2010
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If this review was based solely on my opinion, I would have given the book 3 stars, but if my 4yr old had his way, he would give it 5 stars...hence, the 4-star split.

We loved Toy Story and Toy Story 2, so I thought my son would enjoy the book with Woody. The story is great (Andy goes to college & the toys want to stay together, even if it's in the attic), and my son loved the pictures so much that he actually told me exactly that. Also, he has been playing non-stop with the magnetic Woody.

The problem is that Woody isn't really magnetic. He only has two tiny magnets in his hands, and he didn't work at all with the book. There is a flap attached to the back of the book that you are expected to tuck behind each picture page, so Woody looks like he is part of the picture. The flap didn't fit well behind any page, and even when I tried to "stick" Woody directly on the flap, the magnets weren't strong enough, so Woody didn't work at all with the book. Also, I would put this book at the reading level of at least 7 yrs old, which I thought was a bit odd considering that it came with a toy.

However, I chose this product to review for my son, and he's been carrying the book & Woody everywhere. Woody even takes naps with him, and plays with the other toys too. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I can't compare the two, but I am really looking forward to the movie after reading this book.

The CD Toy Story Favorites will soon be available, but I recommend getting the compilation Disney Pixar Greatest instead.
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It's great concept: A combo book and a toy and that abstracts a movie you may have just seen! Brilliant--we'll sell millions of units!

Too bad that Pixar, famous for making playfully realistic animations (remember the initial wonder we had at SHADOWS in the films...) did not produce the book, because it's the production values that knock it down a notch. As noted by nearly everyone--so I won't belabor the point--the Woody doll is a bit on the cheap side, placing the stiff board (o which the magnetic doll sticks) behind every page is cumbersome, and even Woody would object to the insufficient magnets on his hands. You gotta wonder if the toy soldiers would have received the same treatment!

Other than that, the story recreates the film well, so if your child disliked the film or feels overly familiar with its content, you have another problem. I think the appeal will depend a lot on age and expectations. A toddler who sees these as two somewhat distinct objects and who is not yet a reader may enjoy parallel playing with the doll as you read him or her the story. A slightly older child whose expectations more closely match an adult's--that the doll and book will synergistically complement each other--may be somewhat disappointed by the flaws mentioned above, as well as a reading level that could be a bit too advanced.

Overall, I couldn't get too animated over this "Toy Story" book. However, my toy consultant friend James is surprised that no one has thought to make a sure spin-off hit: A doll based on Mr. Potato Head! After I broke the news, James is still holding out for a doll WITH a book. I'm not sure that will happen, but let's hope that future spin-offs will adhere to the standards that made the movies so popular in the first place.
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Millions have flocked to enjoy Disney/Pixar's latest film, "Toy Story 3". Many may be looking to buy a "Toy Story 3"-themed book for their children. This is a great way to relive the moments of the movie, spend time reading with your child, and instill in them a love for books.

Reader's Digest Children's Books now presents their "Toy Story 3: Best Friends Magnetic Storybook". This hardback book could be enjoyed by children of many ages, from preschool up to elementary-aged children.

Within the front cover is a windowed compartment. Inside is a small pillow-like doll of the main character, Woody. He is to be enjoyed along with the book itself. To get Woody out of his compartment, a perforated cardboard door must be opened on the back side of the cover. While it is perforated, it is not easy to open without doing serious damage to the door, which really needs to stay intact. I would recommend getting an exacto-knife and use it to gently cut through the perforations to release the door. Once the door is opened, your child now has their Woody doll to enjoy.

Before reading the book, turn to the very last page. It folds out of the book and is very stiff. This page is magnetized for use with the Woody toy as you read. Keep that last page opened out, and then close the regular pages until you see the pages with the garbage bags and the minivan. Now fold the magnetized page down, so it's lying on top of the minivan page. Next turn the garbage bag page to be on top of the magnetized page. You should now see the first two pages of the story and you're ready to begin.

As you read the first page of text to your child, have your child place their Woody doll on the page featuring Jessie the cowgirl and Buzz Lightyear.
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