Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia – Dave Smith

51henzfxmql-_sx356_bo1204203200_      Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia – Dave Smith, Disney Editions, (9781484737835), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  3

Genre:  Reference, Entertainment

What did you like about the book? This fifth edition of the encyclopedia of all things related to Disney has been updated from the previous one with ten additional years of history resulting in a total now of 7,600 entries. As with the previous editions, it is produced by Dave Smith, the Chief Archivist of the Walt Disney Archives. Even though many of the entries are short, the volume still exceeds eight hundred pages! Entries vary from short ones like this: “Shere Khan Sneering tiger in The Jungle Book; voiced by George Sanders”  to one about Emmy Awards that goes on for nine pages listing in chronological order the awards won by Disney individuals and programs. An impressive effort, but with potentially a limited audience.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The black-and-white images, while plentiful, are a bit of a letdown for readers expecting full color.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to anyone obsessed with Disney trivia.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and maybe libraries in universities that offer cinema-related majors.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in Reference in 791.43.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  11/16/16

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