Frozen has with great ease become my favourite Disney movie, and I've been watching these films for over 20 years. Constructed almost entirely like a stage-play, it follows a fantastically lovely story about the redemptive, healing nature of true love.
One of the questions people often ask about the film is "What did Anna and Elsa do for thirteen years?" Did Elsa really stay locked up in her room for more than a decade just causing ice-damage her to her wallpaper? Why didn't Anna do anything else with her time?
A Sister More Like Me gives some answers to those questions with its decent rhyming narrative and its utterly gorgeous artwork.
To start, what I love about this book is that it avoids a simple retelling of the film. Children's books based on movies tend to be bare-bone summaries of the storyline and they offer very little, giving no new experience or adding nothing to an existing pool of information. A Sister More Like Me touches on the story of Frozen -- in fact, it's recommended that you see the film before reading this book, either to yourself or to an audience -- but it tells its own story as well.
It follows Anna and Elsa through thirteen years of their life and what they did in their time together, apart and together again. Anna went horseback riding for fun. Elsa stayed in and read books and gained knowledge. The book looks at aspects of both their hobbies, interests and personalities. Anna is the sort to wake up with her room looking like her cupboard exploded. Elsa would meticulously make sure everything was in its right place. The poetry follows their musings about what each sister likes and what they wish the other would be like. They recognise one another's differences and think that perhaps, it may be better to have a sister who was more like them. Fun and outgoing for Anna, quiet and reserved for Elsa. But of course, they learn that that's not exactly what makes a sister who she is. This is a lovely story for anyone learning to accept that someone you love is different from you, but that's the thing that makes them wonderful!
The thing that makes this book what it is, though, is the beautiful artwork by Brittney Lee. Her drawings say more than words can. She can communicate dozens of ideas in a single image. Some of the shots you will see differ from what is seen in the movie, but that's not a detriment. In fact, it feels like a perfect telling of the story from another perspective.
If you had a lot of feelings about how amazing the sisterly relationship was in Frozen, A Sister More Like Me is the best companion material out there. Actually, if you enjoyed Frozen on the whole, it's practically the best and only book I'd recommend other than The Art of Frozen. The other Frozen storybooks I've read or bought pale in comparison to this beauty.
The product itself is very well made. The book is big which is great as the pictures are gorgeous (Wait, what?), the pages are full colour on stiff paper, and the cover has this nice sparkly effect which just adds some charm to it as opposed to cheapening its presentation. Perhaps the only complaints that I could have is that the fonts could've been more expressive to suit the tone of the characters' voices and that it was too short.
All in all, a high recommendation to die-hard Frozen fans, collectors or anybody who wants a nice book to give to a child.