I was in Galaxy's Edge today! And no, that's not Galaxy's Edge in the background. And no, I can't tell you anything about it. And no, I don't even like you; go away!
I guess I can finally reveal that I was fortunate enough to write for Disney's new Galaxy's Edge theme park. I put words in an animatronic's mouth!
A cursed temple? Magical jewels? Hungry hippos? A bumbling captain? Adventure ahoy!
On a family vacation in Brazil, 12-year-old book connoisseur Mike Gonzalez does his best to protect his rambunctious 8-year-old sister, Dani, from the dangers of thrill-seeking. Enter Capt. Kevin Adventureson, an overconfident, pun-loving adventurer seeking fabled treasure deep in the Amazon.
When the siblings inadvertently get swept up in Capt. Kevin’s antics, Mike longs to escape the captain’s orbit at every turn, while Dani can’t get enough of her newfound hero. A detour leads to clashes with villainous thieves, and soon enough the trio is joined by Aruna, a feisty former waitress with a secret.
As the quartet pushes further into the Amazon, the makeshift heroes must narrowly overcome their adversaries, including ghastly caimans, dastardly rogues, and, of course, Capt. Kevin’s bungling whims.
With backgrounds in child-oriented television franchises, Peterson and Pruett deliver a pulpy, screwball novel that emphasizes action, danger, and humor over authentic exploration of Brazil. Chapters vary between Mike’s and Dani’s points of view via third-person narration, providing emotional plateaus as necessary, and sporadic journal entries from Capt. Kevin—a sort of deconstructed Indiana Jones—add some levity at critical points.
Ajhar’s dynamic illustrations introduce each chapter and appropriately set the tone for what follows: a journey spiked with absurdity. A racially diverse, seemingly mostly non-Brazilian cast is implied but not confirmed.
Fans of swashbuckling adventures will find much to enjoy. Just watch out for that inevitable sequel. (Adventure. 8-12)
Holy crap! Another great review for our novel Shipwreckers! "A pulpy, screwball novel...A journey spiked with absurdity... Fans of swashbuckling adventures will find much to enjoy."―Kirkus Reviews
Our director on #LastKidsonEarth, Will Lau, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for directing on his last project. Congrats!
University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television alumnus Scott Peterson was a guest lecturer tonight for a graduate class in the business of animation and regaled the students with tales of his career and seeds of wisdom about the industry. One kid took notes.
Shipwreckers by Scott Peterson and Joshua Pruett races up the charts! It is now Amazon Best Sellers Rank #32348 in Children's Books > Humor... even though you can't even read it yet!
It's on the same list with Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the number one children's humor book: The Wonky Donkey! Wait, the Wonky Donkey? We're competing against the Wonky Donkey?
Season 2 of Emmy-nominated animated series Milo Murphy’s Law will debut with a one-hour Phineas and Ferb crossover special on Saturday, January 5 at 7 a.m. EST/PST, on both Disney Channel and Disney XD. The special episode dubbed “The Phineas and Ferb Effect” will also launch the sam day on DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD.
The Milo Murphy’s Law creative team includes director Bob Bowen (Family Guy) and Phineas and Ferb veterans: producer and director Robert F. Hughes; co-producer and story editor Scott Peterson; composer and song producer Danny Jacob; and writers Jim Bernstein, Martin Olson and Joshua Pruett. Joining the writing team for season two are Valerie Breiman (Friends with Benefits) and Marja Adriance (The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll with Gene Simmons).
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