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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned some things I never knew about Walt Disney. I grew up with all things Disney and was I intrigued to read a small more about the man and the growth of the Disney empire. The book could have been a small longer and gone into a small more detail at times, but it was a amazing primer. If you have an interest in learning the history of Disney, up until the man's death, but don't wish to be bogged down in too much minutia then this is the book for you.
A man of limitless talent obsessed with success. He brought so much joy to kids and the globe in general but not much to his own . He had to strive so fiercely to achieve this success that it probably shortened his life. I enjoyed the book but was saddened by his compulsion. A lesson in dedication but not necessarily living.
I started and finished this book in one evening. It was an simple read and I was shocked when I realized I had finished it so quickly. It never got bogged down with tedious info that don't matter anyway. It got right to the necessary parts of Disney's life and brought back fond memories of everything Disney I enjoyed so much growing up in the fifties and sixties.
I thought this was a succinct review of Disney's life. It gave more insight into his personality and internal workings of the company than I had read anywhere else. He still emerges as a creative genius. It was like a ride at Disneyland: you obtain a glimpse of everything and when you are finished, you're glad you went!
While this may appear to be a young adult novel, I believe the popularity of it and how long the series has lasted have shown it to be anything but that. I had never read the series until now, and this first novel will almost immediately suck you in to the globe and the someone who lives no more than 10 mins form Disney Globe property, it was wonderful to not only read about the parks themselves and the accurate portrayal, but reading about the areas outside of the park was just as exciting. For example, the town of Maitland to a lot of will be nothing more than a town in a novel, but for me, it's a true put that I drive through often and the areas descripted outside of the parks are just as accurate as those within (true, there are some artistic liberties taken, but that is to be expected).If you are a fan of Disney, then buy this immediately and jump right in. If you may not be a Disney fan (I couldn't imagine!) but you have fun adventure stories, then this, too, is right for you and in the end it may very well turn you into a Disney fan.I do wish to talk about why I gave it four stars vs five, but that means I have to spoil the ending just a little. If you intend to read it, you may wish to skip the next paragraph, but even if you do continue reading, I will do my best to not outright give it away.While I know this is a series of novels, even then each particular book should have an appropriate ending, and this did not have it. The stuff that the children were seeking throughout the novel they, of course, finally do search and recover, but then we, the reader, are not in the least bit told an explanation as to what they are or what they do. Yes, something 'magical' happens but it's more of a "Okay, that's kinda neat, but so what?" instead of, "Oh, yes! THAT is why they required those things!" I'm going to assume, and hope, that this is better explained in the next one, but it's still kind of unacceptable that this entire adventure focuses on these stuff and we obtain no true vertheless, obtain this book! I cannot stress enough that if you are a kid, or have a child or kids, then it's a must read, but as someone in his 30s, after countless mates and co-workers (all between 20-45 years old) insisted that I read it, I finally did, and I do not regret it in the least. I cannot recommend it enough, and I intend to begin the second one soon!
2 1/2 Stars. I am giving this one an okay rating. The good: There are dozens of fun references to the parks and the rides and other attractions in the park. I loved all those fun details. For instance the characters had a laser war with the animatronic pirates from the Pirates or the Caribbean ride. That is beautiful awesome...and then there is what happens on the Its a Little Globe ride. Really amazing stuff. Now I am an adult and well over the age range for this books. If you are looking for books for 5-8th graders, these would be a amazing bet. However there is no characterization whatsoever at all. The five main characters are described so briefly I couldn't picture them. Also we know of no motivations for these characters. Also the action wasn't described particularly well. One min water was rushing up to them, the next min they are in a boat and clear from trouble. How did they obtain out of the rushing water and into the boat? That items me up the wall and unfortunately I don't plan to read further tales of the Kingdom Keepers.
As a long time fan of Ridley Pearson's novels geared to adults, I thought this series would be written with the same attention to detail. We are a family of Disney junkies, and I am always on the lookout for amazing books to share with my ten year old son.I thought this series would be perfect. He had a very hard time reading the first 50 pages or so because they are filled with such awkward disjointed dialog, that is almost impossible to figure out what is going on. I started to read it out loud to him and had to hold stopping and rereading sentences to obtain them to create sense. It seems like this book went from author, to printing without a stop in editing. The characters are poorly developed, and the writing is excruciating to read at at being said, we did stick with it until the end because we are such Disneyphiles. We liked the story, but not necessarily the book. We just started the second one, and it doesn't seem any better from a technical standpoint. I had purchased the whole series because of recommendations, and because I have always enjoyed Ridley Pearson in the past. I guess we will stick with it, and hope it improves. These books could have been SO much better.
I got this book for free after seeing it on the Kindle Buffett list. I did not know the author or the series but chose it because the description created me feel like it could be like the Harry Potter series. The book does have some resemblance to Harry Potter. Similarities to Potter: (1) The book involves magic (good and bad); (2) the book involves children befriending one another for a greater cause (instead of Harry, Ron and Hermione et al -- there is Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Phillby) ; (3) This book involves one main boy being the leader (Instead of Harry it's Finn); (4) the book has a wise old man hero who speaks in riddles of sorts and is never as direct as he should be who tutorials the children ( Instead of Dumbledore it's Wayne).Summary:13 year old Lawrence Finnegan Whitman (Finn) was chosen to become a Disney Interactive Host (DHI) along with 4 other kids. They all begin having the same "dream" and then are pulled into a quest to solve a riddle and stop evil from taking over the Park and the Globe outside the park.I am a Florida native and have visited Disney Globe more times than I care to remember but this book created me see it with fresh eyes and I appreciated that. The book also created me wish to learn more about Disney - the park and the man. I am likely to read the rest of the books in the series and believe that if you are an adult who enjoyed the Harry Potter series then you will probably have fun this book as well.
I had identified this book series as being of potential interest to my son a year or so back. He was 8 then and now we're finally diving in. The first book presents the context for the entire series. A group of young teens have agreed to be models for an experimental program that creates 3-D holographic characters based on their likenesses. These characters, Disney Holographic Photos (DHIs) serve as tour tutorials to guests of the park. However, they also serve as keepers of the kingdom, protecting Disney Globe - and presumably the globe at huge - from an evil plot coordinated by Disney e tale begins as the unsuspecting models start waking up in Disney Globe as their DHI counterparts while their physical bodies sleep. The five keepers must solve a riddle from Walt Disney himself to conquer the forces led by Maleficent. With the guidance of Wayne, an original Imagineer, and a shaky alliance with two girls who may or may not have secret information, the squad learns to work together and issue solve under extreme ere are some light leadership lessons in this book, but it's mostly an adventure story with a well-researched setting of the Disney Globe theme park. An enjoyable read, which leads me to book two...-from trudatmusic[dot]com[slash]raw (9/11/12)
I'm going to count this book as a guilty pleasure. I shouldn't like it. The premise is hokey. The villains are cartoons, in more ways than one. The heroes are just nice, considerate, well-behaved kids, who don't change significantly within the story. There is no deep, crucial message.And yet, I had a blast. I plunged into fun the moment Finn woke in the Magic Kingdom. I puzzled over red herrings and mistrusted the wrong people. I enjoyed the whole impossible ybe part of it is that I grew up in Florida and spent a lot of time (including dates with my husband of 37 years now) in the Park as a teenager. At one time I had the whole layout memorized, though they've added a lot of attractions since then. Still it's enough the same that I could run down Main Road or enter the Emporium with the children and really be there again. I've been in some of the tunnels when our school chorus performed there. Satisfied memories. Fun book.
I had been wondering if this series was any good. It totally is ! I have been to Disney globe 6 going on 7 times, so it's fun for me to imagin this event after dark in the parks ! It's writer for a younger group but it's a pleasure to read for a 22 year old (me )! I was going to wait to read it till I was on the plan for Disney globe but I read it 's starts out with 5 children all hosts of Disney. Halagramed for the park as helpers. But there. It normal. At night those halagra a become those kids. They are able to be within the park. They begin to see characters come to life ! Including those who are not always there. The villains are taking over.
I bought this book for my 11 year old son after seeing it for sale on a latest trip to Disney World. We started reading it together every night as part of his homework for school that requires him to read and write out summaries on his reading. After the first couple of chapters we were hooked and had problem putting it down. We finished it in about a week and were really glad that we had decided to purchase the second book before we even started reading the first so that we could continue the adventures of Finn and his mates right away. I am so glad that I came across this treasure of a book and we are both eagerly looking forward to finishing the series. My son is strongly wishing for these books to be turned into films in the not so distant future and I think that would be awesome to see as well. The magic of Disney is not something that you just outgrow and although I'm sure that most children ages 8 and older would be easily able to read this on their own and understand it, I think that it would be a amazing series for almost any age as I enjoyed immensely as an adult as well.
Finn is having strange dreams. They started when the thirteen year old became a "Disney Host Interactive," a fancy term for a hologram that tutorials guests around Disney World's Magic Kingdom. But now, every night, he finds himself wandering around the deserted theme ings only obtain weirder when he finds out the other four DHI's are experiencing the same thing. Then they learn from Imagineer Wayne that this was their true purpose. Seems that the forces of evil are trying to rebel and take over the park. And it is up to Finn and his fresh mates to figure out a method to stop them from succeeding. Can they do it?For a Disney fan like me, this book has an irresistible premise. When I learned about it, I couldn't pass it up. And I mostly enjoyed it. In fact, every time I picked it up, it was a war to set it back down again. The story moved quickly and I especially enjoyed the setting since I just created my first trip to Disney World. Several scenes were very exciting, and I may never look at some of my favorite attractions the same method ever, the book did have some problems. The only hero I felt I really got to know where Finn and Amanda, a fresh student at his school. The other four DHI's were a bit interchangeable to me. Additionally, there is a major plot hole in the story. Finally, the climax was a bit weak.I know these complaints sound rather major, but they weren't. The fantasy and fun of the story created it simple to overlook them and have fun the story. I'm sure anyone in the targeted 10 and up age range, but especially Disney fans, will search this book thrilling.
My daughter and I both LOVE the Kingdom Keepers series. We have fun the audio versions which are not quite dramatic readings, but the reader does various voices and such that really create them come to life. As some other readers have noted about the series, yes, there are some inaccuracies about park details, but it's FICTION. The books are just so fun. We are into the second series now and can't wait for the next book.A must for Disney lovers of all ages. Now, if we could just obtain Disney to create them into films . . .
I love this book what I like about it is the past show and future. And also how he starts to obtain feeling for people and things because he knows what's going to happen to him in the future if he does not change!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!! :-)
This is amazing rewrite of a classic Christmas story that makes it easier for kids of all ages to understand. I found this much easier to read to my daughter and have her understand what was event and also eat for all ages.
This worked for us, as we were sending something across the states to people we had never met, and we required a Christmas theme that was overly expensive but as well enjoyable for the starting teenage group (tweens)!
I could not book my quick passes ahead due to a bug in their software. It turns out people now book the passes months in advance so my entire vacation is impacted by not being able to book ahead. The development squad need to obtain the bugs out and Disney need to do a better job of informing people they now need to plan method in advance.