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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark Paperback – September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, and Blood Tide.
Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of The Kingdom Keepers-Disney After Dark, The Kingdom Keepers-Disney At Dawn, and Steel Trapp. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.
Top Customer Reviews
Finn Whitman, one of the DHIs, falls asleep one night and has a very weird dream. In this dream, he is in the park talking to an elderly park employee named Wayne, who was also one of Disney's first Imagineers. While Finn is having a very odd conversation with Wayne, he begins to observe some unusual activity in the park. He sees Chip and Dale headed toward Toontown and Goofy going to Frontierland. Now this wouldn't normally be odd in Disneyland, but it is after dark and all of the costumed employees went home hours ago. At this point, Finn is sure he is dreaming because he saw the original cartoon characters. Not only that, but he notices that his own body is glowing. Wayne assures him that it is not a dream, tells him that he must locate the other four DHIs for a special mission.
It seems that the Magic Kingdom is in danger from evil forces within its walls. In order to save the park, Finn and the other DHIs must cross over in their sleep into a state where they are not fully human yet not fully light.
Ridley Pearson does a great job of expressing the thoughts and conversations of his young teen characters. Even as their situations metamorphose into the fantastic, the kids remain completely realistic. Although this book is written for a young adult audience, it would appeal to anyone who has ever experienced the magic and wonder that is Disney.
The writing is choppy, fractured sentences annoying and editing poor. I was annoyed by a plural "s" in "Fantasmics" - it's Fantasmic. Yet, he knew the correct name of "Cinderella Castle." (it's NOT possessive as many guests refer to it.) Some one said the author "phoned it in" - I'd have to agree. Another review mentioned he tossed in some Disney "buzz words" - boy was it obvious! (ie: a very awkward and out of place reference to a "Fast Pass".) My belief is that he wrote it praying it would become a movie or Disney Channel series.
The biggest Disney "Fopaux" was that he correctly referred to Maleficent as real, as well as Goofy and Chip & Dale...but later on when the kids were in the Utilidors Tunnels below the MK they saw characters without their heads and princesses in street clothes. ANY Cast Member knows this kind of dialog is UNSPEAKABLE. Even if it was OK...why are some Characters real and others just costumes?
Also, don't be fooled, the Overtakers are just Maleficent and early on some bumbling Pirates. There are no Disney Characters who help out the story, yet the early spotting of Goofy and Chip & Dale make you think more are coming.
The main characters also have no background except for one African American boy...who has a chip on his shoulder for no reason and his dialog is very stereotypical. The girls are seen as weak or sexy.Read more ›
Unfortunately, this story needs a new writer and a new writing style. Many "major" characters were never really fleshed out (though all throughout the book they were regarded to be extremely important). Some characters had several names used when other characters would speak to them (Finn called Maybeck, "Maybeck". Maybeck's aunt called him Terry. And, Wayne called him Terrance). It just gets confusing.
Much of the dialogue is cheesy. I felt like the author poured a bag full of bad, trendy, one-liners into the story in an attempt to make it funny or hip. Many characters have reactions that are "out of character" for them and/or for the situation. Wayne comes across as bipolar several times. Most of the story's main characters are middle schoolers, which I found to be hard to believe considering what they were to do in the book. It also never explains why Disney would chose children to fight against it's dark magic. Finally, the ending seemed rushed. Almost like the author didn't have the ending planned out in advance and simply closed the book up with a fire works display to meet a deadline. It doesn't really feel like a prelude to something to come. It just falls flat off the page.
If you can buy this book for $2 or $3, it could be worth your time. I would be hard pressed to pay much more than that. The sequels are in the $7-$10 range and will probably go unpurchased by this Disney fan. Cheers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my grandson it's a required read in school fir him he likes itPublished 9 days ago by Dee O
I have read all of these books, as a huge Disney fan these books had me hooked from page one. Pearson really knows his Disney knowledge you feel like you are right there in the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jessica Ramirez
Hard to understand. "Cheesy". After this book I never will go on it's a small world at Disney world againPublished 13 days ago by Hannah Aplin
I maybe 23 years old, but reading this book makes you feel like a little kid again. I wish the adventures, in the book, happens in real life.Published 19 days ago by Viv93
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