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The Art of the Disney Golden Books

The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Charles Solomon

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  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Format: Hardback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 241mm x 289mm x 33mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 142316380X
  • ISBN 13: 9781423163800
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 50,222

Product description

Walt Disney once wisely said, "There is more treasure in books than in all pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." No doubt Walt was referring to the intangible wealth of opportunities for learning and imagining inherent in the act of reading, but when one considers the vibrant art and gilded spines of the Disney Golden Books, Walt's pronouncement takes on a parallel meaning. For perhaps no other children's books are as cherished and collected-as though they were doubloons and jewels-than the Disney Golden Books. The history of these books began in 1933, when the president of Whitman Publishing wrote a letter to Walt Disney. Whitman had already published compilations of the "Dick Tracy" and "Little Orphan Annie" comic strips, and these Big Little Books had met with great success. The publisher proposed a similar collection of the "Mickey Mouse" comic strips, and offered a royalty of one-half percent per book. Walt agreed, and a new era in Disney publishing commenced. A remarkable lineup of talent, many of whom were Disney Studio artists- including Mary Blair, Alice and Martin Provensen, Gustaf Tenggren, Al Dempster, Retta Scott Worcester, and Bill Peet-created the illustrations for the early Disney Golden Books. The bold and incredibly detailed artwork was painstakingly executed in gouache and watercolor-media that required a steady hand and immense patience and precision. The resulting publications became favorite selections in the libraries of many children, among them, future generations of Disney and Pixar artists who were inspired to draw, dream, and later, create their own films and Golden Books. The Art of the Disney Golden Books celebrates a legacy that has now thrived for more than eighty years and continues to influence new generations of artists and filmmakers. Through interviews with contemporary animators who recall tracing the characters in their childhood Disney Golden Books, paintings by artists who influenced and inspired the Disney Golden Book illustrations, and a generous complement of Golden Book artwork-much of which was thought to have been lost until very recently-the rich tradition of the series is explored in this vibrant volume. From "Peter Pan "and "Cinderella" to "Toy Story "and "Tangled," the Disney Golden Books are displayed in all their glory, evoking a poignant sense of wonder and nostalgia. For as long as parents and children partake in the ritual of reading together at bedtime, the Disney Golden Books will continue to be published, enjoyed, and treasured.

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Author information

Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. He has written on the subject for TheNew York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, and The Hollywood Reporter. His books include Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast; Disney Lost and Found, The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation, The Disney That Never Was, and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award.

Customer reviews

By Lois Romanowicz 05 Oct 2014 5

I had great pleasure in delving into the pages of this beautifully made book. The paper quality and the images are well-reproduced. Like many others, the Golden Books were an integral part of childhood. I would always pick them up before going to bed and felt thrills of exhilaration whenever a new one came along
When this book arrived on my door step the product looked far better than it was in the pictures. Overall it exceeded my expectations. The jacket has a nice shine (not the cheap kind)
The pictures took up entire pages and mingled with the text made browsing the pages a real treat.
It highlights the beginnings of the Golden books, describes some of the particularly prolific artists who used it and their particularly styles, how the Golden books are being created these days and in particular their iconic status as favorites among the young and the young at heart

However it would've been nice to include more work by other artists and more of the Golden Books. I felt that the more popular works had more exposure and space, and that some books had barely a page represented here. But as with all books, if it was a comprehensive tome then it would be perfect