Up

Up

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by Jasmine Jones, RH Disney, Random House Disney Staff
     
 

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The sky’s no longer the limit with Disney•Pixar’s next hit, Up!

The fantastic adventures are only just beginning when Carl, a retired helium-balloon salesman, attaches balloons to his house and takes off for the South American jungle. He soon discovers that an enthusiastic, young Junior Wilderness Explorer has stowed away for the ride.

Overview

The sky’s no longer the limit with Disney•Pixar’s next hit, Up!

The fantastic adventures are only just beginning when Carl, a retired helium-balloon salesman, attaches balloons to his house and takes off for the South American jungle. He soon discovers that an enthusiastic, young Junior Wilderness Explorer has stowed away for the ride. And to make matters worse, Carl has to deal with all manner of trouble, including dangerous dogs, a mad villain, and even a giant, flightless jungle bird. Spirits and imaginations will soar in this complete retelling of Up, Disney•Pixar’s newest hit animated movie. The junior novelization features eight pages of exciting full-color scenes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736425841
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Series:
Junior Novel Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reader975 More than 1 year ago
While this movie is great for kids, the emotional storyline about love, loss and learning to move on will really hit home with adults as well. In particular, the opening montage of a lifelong marriage and the death of a spouse is beautifully done, and really sets the stage for the rest of the movie. I won't spoil the story for you, but I will say that you should not dismiss this movie as a kid's cartoon. It is far more rewarding than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in theaters and liked it and I also liked the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
followed up with the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was never predictable or 'corny'. I would definately read more by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never reread books, but this one was so fast and funny I had to read it again to try to figure out what made such a small, unassuming book so entertaining. I read it a third time because I realized that hidden in the great dialogue were wonderful lessons about life and relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, I really like this book. But of course I do -- I wrote it. I just popped in to check out some of the reader reviews here. Yowch: if a review is posted anonymously or merely insults the book without offering any thoughtful criticism, I take it with a grain of salt, as I trust most people do. (My comments should be taken with a grain of salt, too, since I'm obviously biased.) Up isn't Tolstoy, but it's an entertaining read. And, yes, it has gotten plenty of good reviews from serious reviewers. ;-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Becky Pine graduates from college and smack dab into the realization that she is lesbian. Just to be sure, she goes out on the town, meets a woman named Marta, and sleeps with her. Sure enough, she¿s gay. Becky calmly reports this news to her parents, jumps in the car, and heads out of Colorado toward what she hopes will be a more gay friendly life in L.A. where Marta just happens to live. She moves into a gay-friendly neighborhood and tells us she ¿hoped that a motherly lesbian couple would knock on my door and give me Bundt cake. I imagined a sisterhood of women like woodland nymphs adorning me with flower garlands. There would be singing, dancing, as I was inducted into a lesbian society of mutual support. At the very least I expected a few friendly hellos. This was not to be.¿ ####### Alone and lonely, Becky gets a job at a car dealership and learns a lot about the business of roping people into buying vehicles. Squatty is her boss. Gil is the sleazy lead salesman, ready to betray a coworker in an instant. Reynolds is another salesman who is more ethical. An ¿Up¿ is the sucker the salesperson tries to get to buy something. Becky is only marginally successful with her Ups. She can sell the buyer on the car, but the weaseling and obfuscation of closing the monetary deal is not her best skill. ¿At Southland Auto Acres, selling and screwing are interchangeable concepts.¿ Becky is not very good at screwing. Literally. We find that out in one bizarre scene with Gil. ####### In boredom and loneliness, Becky looks up Marta, the woman from the one night stand in Colorado. This leads to a series of misadventures, including much bad blood from Marta¿s lover, Joy. It also gives Becky the chance to focus her `gaydar¿ on Linnie, a straight woman who is engaged to a man but who has all her meaningful relationships with lesbians. Becky believes Linnie is running from her true sexual orientation, and Becky becomes enamored with her, intent on winning the other woman over. Disaster follows swiftly. ####### Jones¿ writing style is fresh, humorous and entertaining. Her characters are drolly sketched, and seeing things through Becky¿s eyes is often highly amusing. It becomes abundantly clear early on that Becky has no clue what she wants in the car lot of life, and the only way for her to find out is to get into the metaphorical car and experience it. The test drives she takes lead to disaster far more often than not, but she is a fast learner after all. ####### At a mere 121 pages, the book could have been longer, but Jones packs a lot into those pages, and the story is resolved effectively. If you enjoy clever dialogue, funny turns of phrase, and a coming out plot that manages to be both wacky and reflective, then Up: A Novel will entertain you immensely. ~Lori L. Lake, Midwest Book Review
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I appreciated most about this solid debut is the spareness of the prose. There are more than a few poetic flourishes, but the author keeps it in control. First novels often suffer from purple prose, but this one is nicely polished. The car lot characters were especially well-drawn. I went back and read it twice and found it better the second time around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From some reviews I heard I expected more from this book. Honestly I found it pretty boring and average - like something a high school kid would write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Up' is a very good book. Yes it is funny and yes it is a coming-of-age story, but Ms. Jones' ability to describe the world to us is far beyond those limitations. This is perhaps the best book for anyone in the middle of that time of life when finding someone to love is the all consuming thought which you wouldn't stop thinking about even if you could - or anyone who remembers feeling that way. 'Up' should dent the best seller list and win awards - and if you read it and recommend it to a few friends, it will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. It was hilarious, yet wise and poignant. I also enjoyed that, although the protagonist is a lesbian, it wasn't a 'coming out' story; instead, it offered a unique perspective on the 'coming-of-age' genre.