So far Joe Books have published 3 paperback books called "Fun Book". Before getting the books I found little to no information about what they really contained, so this blogpost will be a short summary of the contents for anyone interested. Then you can decide if it’s worth buying. Personally I don’t think I’m going to get more of these.
Frozen was the first one out, and I mostly got it out of curiosity when I read that the book contained comics. Of the 240 numbered pages, the content is as follows:
- The comic adaptation of the movie Frozen (48 pages)
- 13 short original comic stories (32 pages)
- Game pages (32 pages)
- "Scenes from the Frozen Cinestory Comic" (71 pages)
- "Frozen Fever Cinestory Comic" (32 pages)
The movie adaptation is also published in its own comic by Joe Books. The other print is a regular sized comic and on much better paper, so I’d recommend getting that one instead if that’s the only part you are interested in.
|Frozen comic adaptation, published by Joe Books|
|The Fun book compared to the regular comic|
The part with the original comic stories is what I personally am most interested in. As I already had the comic adaptation, that part was in fact the only part I found interesting! They are all short gag-based stories, but I thought it was fun to see how the movie characters could be used in new stories.
|Original Frozen comics|
The game pages are just simple puzzle games for kids (but the whole book is probably targeted at kids and not me..)
The "Scenes from the Frozen Cinestory Comic" part is a waste of paper in my opinion. It’s made up of lots of screen caps from the movie with speech balloons inserted. And we just get selected scenes from the movie in this book. They are all taken from the "Frozen Cinestory" book, also published by Joe Books, that contains the entire movie told this way. I’ve never liked this concept, and printed on cheap non-glossy paper it’s even worse. The movie Frozen also has a lot of dark scenes that are not suited for being printed on paper at all! In a lot of the panels in this book you can barely see what’s going on. It’s better to go watch or re-watch the movie instead of wasting time reading this.
|Cinestory in the Fun Book|
|Frozen - The Cinestory, published by Joe Books|
The book end with "Frozen Fever Cinestory Comic" where all the screens are from the Frozen Fever short movie. This part is not included in the "Frozen Cinestory" book pictured above.
|Frozen Fever Cinestory|
This book is built up pretty much the same way as the Frozen book. We have:
- The comic adaptation of the movie Inside Out (48 pages)
- 6 short original comic stories (16 pages)
- Game pages (10 pages)
- "Scenes from Inside Out Cinestory Comic" (121 pages)
- Disney•Pixar Comics Treasury preview (23 pages)
The Inside Out comic adaptation might be available in English digitally somewhere, but I haven’t seen it printed in English anywhere else.
|Inside Out comic adaptation|
Again, the original stories are the parts I’m most interested in. But we got less pages of that in this book compared to the Frozen one.
|Original Inside Out comics|
The cinestory scenes are taken from another cinestory book I guess. But I only got the Frozen one so I can’t compare. At the end of the book we get a preview (ad) for the "Disney•Pixar Comics Treasury".
|Preview for Disney•Pixar Comics Treasury|
The preview is parts of (i.e. no complete stories) the Finding Nemo and the Monsters University comic adaptations. And if the this kind of preview works you’ll end up buying this 800 page monster book:
|Disney•Pixar Comics Treasury|
The Good Dinosaur
- The comic adaptation of the movie The Good Dinosaur (48 pages)
- Scenes from The Good Dinosaur Cinestory (142 pages)
- First part of the Inside Out Cinestory (30 pages)
So no original comic stories or games in this book. Here are the same scene as seen in the comic adaptation and the cinestory:
|The Good Dinosaur comic adaptation|
|The Good Dinosaur cinestory|