Review: Toy Story Storybook with 3-D Viewer

Posted on November 4, 2009


Toy Story Storybook with 3-D Viewer
By Disney/Pixar
Reader’s Digest Children’s Books
September 2009
24 pages

The two stories in this book are based on the films, Toy Story and Toy Story 2. In the first story Woody the cowboy is worried that the new toy Buzz Lightyear will become Andy’s favorite. But when Sid the evil neighbor kid steals Buzz, Woody comes to the rescue. In the second story Andy rips Woody’s arm by accident and winds up at the yard sale. Al the toy collector steals him but Buzz sees the whole thing and pulls off a daring rescue. While Toy Story is a huge favorite with kids these stories contain too much exposition and not enough dialogue. They seem more like plot synopses than stories. Older readers (ages 8-10) will appreciate the action sequences more than younger children.

The book comes with a 3-D viewer and 3-D image cards. The viewer is difficult to remove from the book and can easily be damaged in the process. There is no pocket in front of the book to keep the cards. The 3-D images are fun to look at and add much detail to the stories. However they are small and must be viewed in bright light.

This is an attractive book with popular characters children love. Its most redeeming quality is that it’s designed to be read to a child while he watches the images in the viewer, which sets it apart from other novelty books and makes it a suitable gift.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Peggy Tibbetts

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