Friday, June 18, 2021

Disney·Pixar Luca Little Golden Book—Review and a Look Inside!

Happy Luca release day everyone! In case somehow you weren't aware, Pixar's latest (and 24th) feature film—helmed by La Luna director, Enrico Casarosa—debuted today exclusively on Disney+! To celebrate here on the blog, tonight I wanted to share my review (and exclusive peek inside) of the Little Golden Book based on the film. If you've followed by blog for a while, you might know already that I'm a big fan of Pixar inspired Little Golden Books and look forward to/collect every release there is. I was really excited for this one since I felt the story and style of Luca would translate to this format especially well—and I was right! 

The story of Luca is quite simple when it comes down to it, so it was already a natural fit for a Little Golden Book adaptation. The director of the film intentionally wanted to give off a storybook vibe and so I guess you could say things have come full circle here. This book was once again brilliantly adapted here by Courtney Carbone (who did another fabulous job condensing and simplifying the film's main story points for little ones; just as she did with Onward and Soul), designed by Tony Fejeran and illustrated by the talented Francesca Risoldi. The art is honestly the main reason I love collecting and look forward to these books and it doesn't disappoint here. Risoldi's work fits in super well with all the previously released Little Golden Books. I just can't help but love the vintage flair that's always present with these! 

The first Little Golden Books were published back in 1942, so needless to say, this collection has really stood the test of time. Hundreds of titles later and it's still going strong! I love how even the modern Little Golden Books (like this one here) tap into the nostalgia of their old time publications and are still created in a similar, [now considered] "retro", fashion.

Now let's continue your exclusive sneak peek inside... don't worry, no spoilers here! I purposely only included a select few pages from scenes that were already featured in the film's trailers. 

This hardcover book is the standard Little Golden Book size of 8" tall x 6.5" wide, is 24 pages long and retails for $4.99. Original release date was May 4th, 2021. If you and/or your little ones at home enjoyed Luca like I did (SO very much), you'll certainly want to pick this up for your collection. It's perfection—sure to be a hit at story time! I picked mine up on Amazon (direct link below), but you can also find it at Barnes & Noble or where ever Little Golden Books are sold. It's also available digitally, but I'm all about hard copies.

What are your thoughts? Shout it all out down in the comments and hopefully we can get a conversation going. I'd love to hear your review as well.

Final note: You can explore my entire Pixar Little Golden Book collection HERE! There's one for every single Pixar film so far except A Bug's Life (I know, sad but true). Hopefully we'll get that one someday!

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