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Inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' latest film, Coco, this middle grade novel will retell the story of the film, as well as feature original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. Disney*Pixar's Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Direct Inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' latest film, Coco, this middle grade novel will retell the story of the film, as well as feature original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. Disney*Pixar's Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar's Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.


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Inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' latest film, Coco, this middle grade novel will retell the story of the film, as well as feature original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. Disney*Pixar's Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Direct Inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' latest film, Coco, this middle grade novel will retell the story of the film, as well as feature original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. Disney*Pixar's Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar's Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.

30 review for Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    A great novelization of the movie, Coco. This book is a richly detailed retelling of the movie (though the book was out before the movie was). I absolutely loved the movie, and what I liked about this book is that it's a great story that gives readers more insights about Miguel and his family, as well as more details into the celebration of The Day of the Dead. Which I loved getting to know more about both from this book and the movie. Like the movie, this book centers on family; what it means t A great novelization of the movie, Coco. This book is a richly detailed retelling of the movie (though the book was out before the movie was). I absolutely loved the movie, and what I liked about this book is that it's a great story that gives readers more insights about Miguel and his family, as well as more details into the celebration of The Day of the Dead. Which I loved getting to know more about both from this book and the movie. Like the movie, this book centers on family; what it means to be a family, the love and strength and support that comes from being a family, and more. It's a great read whether or not you've seen the movie, though I highly recommend seeing the movie! FULL REVIEW https://mundiekids.blogspot.com/2017/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Listened to this with my kids. They all loved it (ages 16 to 6). I would have given it 5 stars if there had been music.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Storm Arashi

    Honestly, best novelization Disney/Pixar has released so far for one of their films. This one was on a more advanced level (being middle grade) and provided some extra scenes and characterization for other members of the cast that we did not get. Some scenes were altered to lengthen them and provide new gags, others were added. Honestly it was very enjoyable to see the author take such liberties such as doing some chapters in the past showing how the family was in the past and showing how certai Honestly, best novelization Disney/Pixar has released so far for one of their films. This one was on a more advanced level (being middle grade) and provided some extra scenes and characterization for other members of the cast that we did not get. Some scenes were altered to lengthen them and provide new gags, others were added. Honestly it was very enjoyable to see the author take such liberties such as doing some chapters in the past showing how the family was in the past and showing how certain characters got to be the way they were. Well done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Inspired by the movie Coco, López has written a heartfelt adaptation that adds much to the story's bittersweet mystery and romance. The hardback book is physically beautiful with papel picado illustrations at the beginning of each chapter and marigold and navy borders to separate the lands of the living and the dead. This can be enjoyed independently from the movie. Readers will appreciate the family tree, but don't look at the chart at the back unless you know how the book ends! A lively middle Inspired by the movie Coco, López has written a heartfelt adaptation that adds much to the story's bittersweet mystery and romance. The hardback book is physically beautiful with papel picado illustrations at the beginning of each chapter and marigold and navy borders to separate the lands of the living and the dead. This can be enjoyed independently from the movie. Readers will appreciate the family tree, but don't look at the chart at the back unless you know how the book ends! A lively middle grade novel with a great message about family.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mohamad Issa

    8/10 Writing 3.5/5, Story 4.5/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    E. G. Arboleda

    “No amount of stuff can equal a loved one’s memory”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Can't wait to see the movie. The premise is so creative, the characters are so alive, and the visual will surely be stunning- this is one title where I feel the movie will be just as good as this awesome book. The Day of the Dead is such a special and beautiful celebration of those who have lived before us, and this story does a great job of explaining it to children and adults alike. Can't wait to see the movie. The premise is so creative, the characters are so alive, and the visual will surely be stunning- this is one title where I feel the movie will be just as good as this awesome book. The Day of the Dead is such a special and beautiful celebration of those who have lived before us, and this story does a great job of explaining it to children and adults alike.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Ngoc

    1.5 stars Okay hear me out, I absolutely love Coco the movie; in fact, it's my all-time favorite movie. However, that is also largely the reason I think the novel version only deserves 1.5 stars. This is also the very first time I ever found the book less compelling compared to the film (although to be fair, the book was based on the film, not the other way round). The book was the exact description of the film. Yes, the exact description. I couldn't help but feel like Diana Lopez wrote the book 1.5 stars Okay hear me out, I absolutely love Coco the movie; in fact, it's my all-time favorite movie. However, that is also largely the reason I think the novel version only deserves 1.5 stars. This is also the very first time I ever found the book less compelling compared to the film (although to be fair, the book was based on the film, not the other way round). The book was the exact description of the film. Yes, the exact description. I couldn't help but feel like Diana Lopez wrote the book by watching the movie and jotting down what happened. No interpretation, no flashbacks, no glimpses into characters' minds. Everything was exactly the same. It was like watching the movie all over again but without the color, the narration, the music. Even the Spanish phrases were used without any footnotes or explanation. If this was not a big problem in the movie because viewers can guess the meaning from the context of the situation and facial expressions and body language of the characters, the mix of English and Spanish in the book was very awkward and even non-understandable in some cases. I don't know but it might also has something to do with having the words pronounced and guessing the meaning? If you want to get the book for collection purpose, by all means go ahead. But if you read this as a substitute for the movie, please don't. Go watch the movie. You won't regret it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Overall the book was a very faithful adaptation of my favorite Pixar movie. It wasn’t quite the same without the music and beautiful animation, but I still enjoyed reading it. There were minor differences in dialogue, actions, and visual details that threw me off at times since I’ve watched the movie so much and I think that kept me from fully enjoying the book as much as I could have. I did love the extra chapters dealing with Coco’s backstory and the deceased members of the Rivera family’s sear Overall the book was a very faithful adaptation of my favorite Pixar movie. It wasn’t quite the same without the music and beautiful animation, but I still enjoyed reading it. There were minor differences in dialogue, actions, and visual details that threw me off at times since I’ve watched the movie so much and I think that kept me from fully enjoying the book as much as I could have. I did love the extra chapters dealing with Coco’s backstory and the deceased members of the Rivera family’s search for Miguel, but the placement of the “flashback” chapters kind of interrupted the flow of the main story for me. I do wish that there had been a little more background on Héctor when he was alive since he’s my favorite character. For some reason I didn’t seem to love him as much while reading the book. I think I missed Gael García Bernal’s performance too much. The book itself is very beautiful and I loved the little detail of the papel picado border changing color depending on whether the chapter takes place in the Land of the Living (orange) or the Land of the Dead (blue).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robynne Lozier

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I dont know if this came out before or after the movie did (2017) but it pretty much follows the movie story. I think it probably came out after the movie. The chapter headings have illustrations that came directly from the Movie opening credits. I remember watching the movie on netflix and being in tears at the end. It was such a lovely story. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because of all the spanish words being used, many of which did not have a translation. There is also no glossary i I dont know if this came out before or after the movie did (2017) but it pretty much follows the movie story. I think it probably came out after the movie. The chapter headings have illustrations that came directly from the Movie opening credits. I remember watching the movie on netflix and being in tears at the end. It was such a lovely story. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because of all the spanish words being used, many of which did not have a translation. There is also no glossary in this book either. This is a story about a boy whose family banned music after his great grandfather left home to become a famous musician. He never returned. The boy (Miguel) goes to the Land of the Dead and discovers that the reason his great grandfather never returned home is because he was poisoned. And that someone else stole his songs. After a few trips to the land of the dead, during the day of the dead celebrations, Miguel brings the truth and music back to the family.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nidia

    If you haven’t seen or read it, Coco follows Miguel, a music loving in a family where music is forbidden. On Día de Los Muertos, he decides to prove his worth as a musician and sneaks into the tomb of famous musician Ernesto de la Cruz to borrow his guitar. This act propels him into the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors who he must convince to send him back without giving up his musical dreams. After reading this novelization, while I do miss the songs, I have to say I love even mor If you haven’t seen or read it, Coco follows Miguel, a music loving in a family where music is forbidden. On Día de Los Muertos, he decides to prove his worth as a musician and sneaks into the tomb of famous musician Ernesto de la Cruz to borrow his guitar. This act propels him into the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors who he must convince to send him back without giving up his musical dreams. After reading this novelization, while I do miss the songs, I have to say I love even more than the movie. Lopez gives depth and dimension to the characters that due to medium the film could not. I especially loved the chapters that centered Mamá Coco. To say I was utterly WRECKED is an understatement 😭❤️. Thinking about it now, I could have just had the soundtrack playing while I read it but I probably would’ve been an even bigger mess by the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I LOVE this story. I watched the movie a dozen times at least, before I heard about the book. I wanted to read the book because it has a bit of backstory of Coco's life as a young woman. The backstory was great. I think this would have been better if I had not seen the movie quite so many times. Most of it is word-for-word like the movie, and as I read I was playing the movie back in my head, complete with score. But then every time something in part of Miguel's story arc was different, with an I LOVE this story. I watched the movie a dozen times at least, before I heard about the book. I wanted to read the book because it has a bit of backstory of Coco's life as a young woman. The backstory was great. I think this would have been better if I had not seen the movie quite so many times. Most of it is word-for-word like the movie, and as I read I was playing the movie back in my head, complete with score. But then every time something in part of Miguel's story arc was different, with an action being described or a character's speech slightly different, it brought me out of the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Brandi

    I adored this movie so much, I wanted more information about this world and this family. I was very pleased that we got to see more of Mama Coco’s backstory, and her relationship with her husband, Papa Julio. I also loved the little ‘in-between’ scenes; the scenes that happened in between the scenes in the movie. The only thing keeping this sweet story from 5 stars is that we never find out more about Tia Victoria. She was Mama Coco’s daughter, so I expected at least a line about how much Mama C I adored this movie so much, I wanted more information about this world and this family. I was very pleased that we got to see more of Mama Coco’s backstory, and her relationship with her husband, Papa Julio. I also loved the little ‘in-between’ scenes; the scenes that happened in between the scenes in the movie. The only thing keeping this sweet story from 5 stars is that we never find out more about Tia Victoria. She was Mama Coco’s daughter, so I expected at least a line about how much Mama Coco missed and mourned her own child. But overall, if you (or your child) liked the movie Coco, then this book is a very sweet tie-in.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Oetzel

    This book was incredible! I was thrilled to see a Coco back story with multiple point of views! I finished this book in two nights because of how the fantasy of the story came to connect with my own life. I highly reccomend this title to anyone that likes upsetting stories. Thank you!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I watched the movie Coco recently so when I saw that there was a book about Coco I decided to pick it up. I enjoyed the book and the movie a lot. This would be a great book to read for a bedtime story for little kids especially those who enjoyed the movie Coco. There are a few scenes in the book that weren't in the movie that added more of a back story to the story that I enjoyed. I watched the movie Coco recently so when I saw that there was a book about Coco I decided to pick it up. I enjoyed the book and the movie a lot. This would be a great book to read for a bedtime story for little kids especially those who enjoyed the movie Coco. There are a few scenes in the book that weren't in the movie that added more of a back story to the story that I enjoyed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jhan Canarias

    Sentimental. The book, with its overly descriptive and children-book'ish', writing style captured the sweet heartfelt feeling that lies within Coco. Made me wanna tear up. With extra scenes included, the book just felt right, seemed right, felt right— like family. Listened with its soundtrack and guitar / piano covers, couldn't be more perfect! Sentimental. The book, with its overly descriptive and children-book'ish', writing style captured the sweet heartfelt feeling that lies within Coco. Made me wanna tear up. With extra scenes included, the book just felt right, seemed right, felt right— like family. Listened with its soundtrack and guitar / piano covers, couldn't be more perfect!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This novelization of Pixar's Coco is meant for a middle grade reading level, so it goes a little more in depth into the backstory than the movie does, and is well worth picking up for that reason alone! (I still cried at the end.) This novelization of Pixar's Coco is meant for a middle grade reading level, so it goes a little more in depth into the backstory than the movie does, and is well worth picking up for that reason alone! (I still cried at the end.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    An easy read for an older demographic, but still enjoyable. It adds more to the story with Coco’s past and a few new scenes. A little put off by the present tense narration, but it was easy to overlook and I’m still glad I read it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin Witt

    Really loved seeing the movie but loved reading the boom even more. It provided more details than what the movie discussed, including some of Coco's story and what life was like growing up without her Pàpa in the picture. Definitely will read again and recommend to others who enjoyed the movie! Really loved seeing the movie but loved reading the boom even more. It provided more details than what the movie discussed, including some of Coco's story and what life was like growing up without her Pàpa in the picture. Definitely will read again and recommend to others who enjoyed the movie!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva-Joy

    Actual rating: 3.5 On the one hand, the writing style annoyed me about ninety percent of the time. But on the other hand, the remaining ten percent was great and I looooved all the added details and the way that Héctor's character was handled made me very happy. (He's my favorite character!) Actual rating: 3.5 On the one hand, the writing style annoyed me about ninety percent of the time. But on the other hand, the remaining ten percent was great and I looooved all the added details and the way that Héctor's character was handled made me very happy. (He's my favorite character!)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I mean granted it's not written for me but I loved the movie and wanted to check out the book. The past scenes were super interesting as I am one always greedy for context and back story but the present ones not so much. But again, well out of my age range. I mean granted it's not written for me but I loved the movie and wanted to check out the book. The past scenes were super interesting as I am one always greedy for context and back story but the present ones not so much. But again, well out of my age range.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaylyn Gabbert

    I thought the book was simply going to be a novelization of the movie, but there were chapters that expanded on Coco's side of the story. It was very well-written. I felt myself getting just as emotional reading it as I was watching the movie. I thought the book was simply going to be a novelization of the movie, but there were chapters that expanded on Coco's side of the story. It was very well-written. I felt myself getting just as emotional reading it as I was watching the movie.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Pasaran

    I totally loved this, my family did too. It involves our culture and our traditions. It also explains to us what our ancestors have to go through when they pass away. I believe this a great way for children to know the beauty of life. BTW......I have this book at home 😏

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I absolutely loved this book! It went beyond the normal realm of young adult writing depth. It had a wonderful amount of Spanish words to learn through context and presented a wonderful way to look the cultural aspect of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. I highly recommend to anyone! :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    i loved how coco is able to reunite with her father and Miguel finally get his blessing from his grandma Imelda who will allow him to live his dream and play music. the cool thing is he got to see what the land of the dead was like and see all his dead ancestors.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I bought this book before the movie premiered but hadn’t read it until now. I wish I had read it pre-movie (which is my usual preference) but I still really enjoyed the story and colors. The book included Mama Coco’s story as a young girl but I wish it had gone deeper (maybe the next movie?)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Such tremendous heart in this book and film.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Louise

    4.5 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Worked better as a movie, but the book is still adorable and also includes some fun extra Rivera family tidbits. Would recommend to anyone who had trouble understanding the spanish. Unfortunately, like with lots of movie-to-book adaptations, the writing was a teensy bit flat, but it was a LOT better than, like, 99% of novelizations out there.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Hardy

    Great!! Loved this junior novelization of the movie. It adds depth to the movie so well (not that it’s needed), it’s the icing on the delicious, delicious cake!

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