Guys! There's a new book that came out on the 5th that I think will make all of us happy.
It's called Ariel: The Birthday Surprise (Yes, that was the title of my first posted fanfic. And yes, I died). It's a story taking place after the movie and before the sequel (gasp) in which Ariel visits Aquata for her birthday and while there, Aquata wishes that Ariel could stay forever. Well, through some magical eclipse (ok...Little Shop much?), the wish comes true! Now Ariel has to find a way to get back to Eric and her life on land!
I am eccstatic! We finally having a story giving credence to Ariel's life as a human and validating the fact that she loves and wants to be with Eric as much or moreso than her desire to be a mermaid! Of course, I know and agree that she still loves her family, but you know what I mean. Pedantic words for a story book for 3rd graders, but I don't care...I'm excited!
I'm adding the link to the book on amazon but it's also on Barnes and Noble's website. I don't know about you guys, but I'm shopping for tomorrow!
You know, I have to do a reading at B&N to little kids on Wednesday. They never said what books...
Okay, so it won't be that one, but I can dream, can't I? I'll see if it's on the shelf afterwards and I'll give it a read (and probably buy it, nerd that I am). But gaaaah! You just gave me another reason to never ever ever ever ever leave the bookstore.
So on Monday, I went to the Barnes and Noble in Union Square in NYC, found the book, and read it amongst all the adults in the reading section (The only reason I didn't feel completely embarassed was because I had my copy of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" in my lap).
Here's what I felt: It's a good little book! It's really cute and again, there's great reparte between the sisters which is always a plus. It does a good job of showing that even though Ariel loves her family, she wants to be with Eric and how conflicted that can make her and everyone else involved. The pictures are wonderful; each one looks like it was painted rather than just drawn, so it really looks great. I highly suggest going and at least reading it, it'll take like 10-15 minutes or just go ahead and buy it, it's only $4.99. Either way, it's really worth it to see Ariel and Eric, Flounder and Sebastian, and the sisters all together in another adventure!
I'm leaving for B&N in about an hour and a half. XD I'll see if I can find it.
ETA: Guys, I went to B&N. I read TLM books to kiddies. I had the time of my life and indulged my inner five-year-old.
...and I brought GIFT CARDS. I found not one, but TWO awesome TLM books for zip money, Birthday Surprise included. But the other one--you've GOT to see these illustrations! "Ariel's Dolphin Adventure"?The Ariel/Eric goodness will inspire fangirling and siggies, I'm sure. I won't have a lot of time tomorrow but I can definitely get some scans on Friday if you'd like.
I know! These new illustrations are beautiful! And "Ariel's Dolphin Adventure"!? So excited that this new line of post-movie books are popping up everywhere! The only question: Where were these books when they were in my age range?
Oh yes, I sure didn't buy ADA for the riveting plot (Actually, I pretty much bought it for siggy!page. ) I can get over the characters being idiots just because of the pretty pictures, though. And I'm sad to say I did cringe when I got to a *certain* verse in ABS. I thought the latter story was very cute, though.
But Gail Herman, author of ABS, should never ever ever write songs.
Yeah, the stories are fine. The end of ABS bothered me more than all of ADA, character wise. But it's definitely the art that's the draw for these books. It's absolutely beautiful! Zavi, thanks for providing the downloads and your signature is wonderful! That's definitely my favorite picture. They way she's just holding his hand wiht both of hers just kills me!
*Spooooiler* (Not that this is Harry Potter or anything, but just in case anyone doesn't want to know)
Basically she gets another invite to party, Andrina's party, and she's already been transformed back into a human. She QUESTIONS whether or not she should go, saying she doesn't want to go because she's afraid the whole eclipse incident will happen again. And we all know Ariel questioning her actions doesn't happen too often, especially when it concerns doing things for her family. But then Sebastian forgets that he had another part of the invitation and then Ariel accepts. She only does so because it's at the lagoon, where all the land and sea creatures can come together without her turning back into a mermaid. Then they have a party, hence the last picture with Eric surrounded by the girlies. Very un-Ariel, and a weird ending to boot.
My problem was with Eric being so whiney and insensitive saying "You're not going to go are you!? Be serious!" when Ariel got the second invitation. That was upsetting; I think he wouldn't necessarily be a fan of the idea after what happened but I don't think he'd be that tactless and selfish either. I kinda liked seeing Ariel be conflicted because it shows that she cares about both sets of family and that she's growing to act on things other than impulse.
But that's not really that important at all. The important thing is that the books have great artwork and that little ones still want to hear stories about Ariel and all the people she loves!...(while also being gorgeously illustrated).
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2010 18:47:47 GMT -5 by Aquisha