A couple of weeks ago, kafryn asked me what I thought were the must-haves of Disney coffee table books. I’m not an expert, and the following post is based off of the books I own, and what I would have sitting out on my coffee table at home (if I had one).
- First up is a Walt Disney biography, which would be, in my opinion, a staple of a coffee table set. I have two recommendations. The first is Bob Thomas’ Walt Disney: An American Original. Bob Thomas is a wonderful author, and he lays out a fantastic story, that starts with Walt’s birth, and end with the opening of Walt Disney World. Another good biography is The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by J. Michael Barrier. His writing is nice and easy, and the covers of both books are easy on the eyes, and would look good as part of a “set.”
- I think another of the more necessary books is a book of Walt’s quotes, compiled by Dave Smith, The Quotable Walt Disney. It’s a book that isn’t very long, and the reading doesn’t require a great deal of concentration. They’re quotes. It’s fun, easy reading to pass the time as a guest while you’re off getting tea or coffee, or something.
- Next up is going to be a category, rather than one specific book. I have my favorites, and I’ll share them, but I think it’s more important that you get the feel down, y’know? The third (and/or fourth) book(s) in your collection should be some sort of “art of” book. If your favorite movie has an “Art of” book, go with that. The two that I own are Treasures of Disney Animation Art and Poster Art of the Disney Parks. There are many different choices, especially sold in the Art of Disney stores in the parks and Downtown Disney shops. Take your pick.
- And I think a good way to round out your collection would be to have some sort of fun book that seems to be more about trivia and fun, random knowledge. One choice might be the Windows on Main Street book by Chuck Snyder, which is great for finding out who has a window on Main Street, and where it is (though it’s a bit outdated now), or my personal favorite, Disney Trivia from the Vault by Dave Smith. It’s jam-packed with tid-bits of information, all readily available in one book.
- Now, I have in my possession another book, one of which I would recommend having around for when you need to lighten the mood. Find a Mickey Mouse comic book. I own Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse “Trapped on Treasure Island” by Floyd Gottfredson, and it’s beautiful. Over 250 pages of Mickey Mouse cartoon strips and background. It is by far one of my more prized items, and I picked mine up at a Barnes & Noble!
Basically, that’s my standard “coffee table” book list. I’m not sure if it’s that interesting, or helpful or anything, but it did feel good to finally get around to compiling and posting.
There’s a Disney Midget Autopia car on eBay. You have to go to Marceline to get it!! Someone give me $800!!!!! ;_;
Is the museum selling theirs? I have $800. And Marceline is only 4 hours away. CRAP.