I’m going to come right out and say it, “I am not a reader!” In the 27 years my wife and I have been together (just celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary at Disney) she has seen me read a total of 3 books. I heard my wife and sister talking about the “Kingdom Keepers” series written by Ridley Pearson and it caught my attention. I started with the first book “Kingdom Keepers” and couldn’t stop until I recently finished the 5th book.
Hey, I’m not afraid to admit these books are geared for a much younger audience, however being a fan of Disney I enjoyed them greatly! This series of books is great for anyone who loves Disney, or perhaps for children who love to read that may have their first trip to Disney World planned.
Without giving the plot away, the “Kingdom Keepers” books follow a group of teenagers ironically called the Kingdom Keepers through all the various parks battling the evil Disney Villains. Charlene Turner, Finn Whitman, Isabella Angelo, Amanda Lockhart and Terrence Maybeck were chosen to be DHIs (Disney Host Interactives). This was a new technology created by Disney to create a digital version of each of the characters to take guests around the park. What the kids didn’t know was there was a bug in the system that allowed them to “crossover” to their DHIs after the park was closed and they fell asleep which takes them on all sorts of adventures. In the original book, the DHIs battle Maleficent among other Disney Villains throughout the Magic Kingdom. As the books progress, the Kingdom Keepers find themselves on adventures throughout Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and even the Disney Magic Cruise Ship.
What I really liked about this series, is when they are going through the park and certain rides, being such a big fan of Disney, I know exactly where they are in the parks. For readers who have never been to Disney when they arrive they will see different landmarks and rides that are mentioned throughout their adventure. During my last trip to Disney, I found myself looking for items in the parks and on rides I had never noticed before.
For me to read five books, I can tell you first hand these are a very easy read. They are perfect for children in 3rd or 4th grade if they need to do a book report. I’m not ashamed to say I now read at a 4th grade level, but I can honestly say this series has peaked an interest in this thing called reading! I recently went to my local library and signed up for a library card and cannot wait for the 6th book in this series due out in 2013. I can tell you now I will probably have to buy two copies of the book as my wife and I will be battling to see who finishes first.