I needed a quick, easy read recently. Looking through future publications in reader copy form, I landed on a Minnie Mouse book. And what could be easier than an aged (strong) 5 to 8 aimed graphic novel? After all, pop culture books tend not to get too deep.
It took me two days to actual read it as Minnie Mouse: Big, Dreams (Disney Original Graphic Novel) by Brooke Vitale and the Walt Disney Company put me to sleep. (Yes, I was not the audience for this book). However, the aimed audience will enjoy immensely. If you have any questions about what the book is about, just now it is exactly what was advertised. It is a basic Minnie Mouse and gang going to school, having an adventure or two, and making friends. The end.
There are two “chapters” or stories and both feature Miss Minnie herself. We also see Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Mickey and Pete the bully. The first story is Minnie on her first day of school with all the worries a child has (are there monsters, not making friends). There is also an adventure the kids get into as they get lost. They then have to problem solve with trial and error. That theme of keep trying goes into the second story where Daisy wants to kick the ball like Minnie does. There are also fears a child can face (Minnie is afraid if she does not win the kickball game her friends will hate her, but of course, learns real friends are proud you tried). And they get to “get” the bully for teasing them.
The illustrations are cute and Disney like. They are simple, not overly simplistic, but nothing “too big” happens. They just compliment the story and are good. Everything is colorful, sweet, happy. And in the end you will be singing: M-I-N (nice book) N-I-E (everyone is welcome) M-O-U-S-E!