When I first saw the series Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson, I had mixed feelings. I love Pearson’s other books, especially his Peter and the Starcatchers series, but wasn’t so sure I needed any more from theDisney marketing machine.
Then I read the Kingdom Keepers book IV. And do you know what? I really liked it. (Despite my best efforts not to.)
The Kingdom Keepers, for ages 9 – 12, is the story of five teenagers who are selected to be the theme park “guides” using Disney’s Hologram Imaging. Except when the kids are sleeping, they’re transported into Disney as holograms where they discover that the evil Disney characters like Maleficent are trying to destroy the Kingdom. The intense action kept me transfixed throughout the book. Plus the book combined familiar mystery and action elements with amazing technological science-fiction parts, too.
I can imagine so many kids getting hooked into reading because of this series — kids who like technology or kids who love Disney. (Reluctant Reader Alert!!)
Also, speaking of technology, Disney’s Imagineering does use cutting edge innovation like in the Kingdom Keepers books. Here’s a video showing how the engineers and contractors working on the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida use iPads in their work.
What do you think?
Will you give this series a try?
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