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Disney's Dream (Blast to the Past)

General Information:

Media Type: Book
Type: Childrens Book
Release Date: 2005-05-31

Geek's Thoughts: This is the first book we have looked at that is geared toward a younger demographic and toward "learning".

The premise of this book is what would happen if Walt Disney had given up on his dreams and quit? It is the task of the characters in the book to travel back in time 1928 when Walt Disney was working on Steamboat Willie and convince him to continue on with his work. I found this book well written, a lot of details, and engaging storyline. I would be curious what someone in the age group thinks (if any of you are 7-10 or have children who are 7-10 and would like to share your thoughts, please do). I think this book could be used to start some really good discussions among groups of students.


This book is second in a a series called Blast to the Past that is cowritten by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon. The book is targeted at students ages 7-10 and is tied to the school curriculum for second to fourth grade.

Its 108 pages long with several illustrations by David Wenzel throughout the book. I found it to be a quick read.

I really found the premise of the book interesting. It is based on a common fantasy amoung children and adults alike, time travel and influencing events. Back to the Future kept popping to mind as I read this.

I found the story to be well written and the context well set up from the beginning. You are immediately brought into the world of the main characters from the front page onward. The book deals with several themes, ranging from sibling relationships to never giving up on ones dreams. There were several points that could each lead into their own discussions.

The book closes with a few thoughts and pages on what parts of the book are historical and which are fiction for the purpose of the story. I think this is a great addition, to really set the book in its proper context.

So any teachers or students out there who have read or thought about this bookk and would like to share your comments, if so please write us jason@disneygeek.com

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