BOOK REVIEWS

ZOOTOPIA - JR. NOVEL Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-04 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 21 user ratings
ISBN:0736433945
LANGUAGE:English

" The spanish version has a lot of problems with the translation! It changes some words that didn't made much sense to me, but having seen the movie it didn't affect the story for me. It had some scenes that were a bit different from the movie and even new ones. If you're fan of zotopia...its a good way to keep the fandom and the feels. Good adaptation for children!....But fix those translation details, please! " said.

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"Zootopia is the story of Judy Hopps, a bunny rabbit from a small farming community who strived from a young age to become the first Bunny Police Officer. Finally achieving her dreams, she moves to Zootopia, the big city filled with Predator and Prey alike. Unfortunately, it's not all it's cracked up to be when her chief immediately demotes her to Traffic Duty. However, when an opportunity arrives for her to be involved in one of the biggest cases, she takes it immediately. The only catch is, she has 48 hours to solve it or else she'll lose her badge for good.

When I watched the trailer to the movie, I instantly fell in love with the idea of an anthropomorphic Disney buddy cop movie. So, when I seen the novelization I didn't hesitate to pick it up... despite the fact it looks less like a book and more like a leaflet you pick up from a travel agency. At 121 Pages (8 of those being color pages with screenshots of the movie and several pages only being half-pages) and with big print, it's a very small book. Which, means a very short read. Thankfully, it's a very, very enjoyable short read.

The book is a junior novelization, so it's not the most detailed or intricate writing. Thankfully and unlike some other junior novelizations, it's not dumbed down to the point of being insulting. Yes, there are some moments that took me out of the book for a moment by how much it was trying to sound like a kid's book, specifically with the overabundant use of the exclamation point ("She threw the giant donut over his head and around his body, trapping him inside. The weasel was stuck!"). However, these are few and far in between to be too annoying. Just know that readers who have an avid love of old style or new poetic style writing and don't like modern writing, might want to avoid this book. It's watered down modern writing at it's finest.

The plot was extremely predictable, however, that doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable. It was more of an adventure than a mystery, as the actual 'twists' were too obvious to really hold any weight. The characters had some depth to them and some had nice character development. Judy (the bunny) and Nick (the fox) make wonderful leads as their by-the-book cop/sarcastic sidekick dynamic is both amusing and very nostalgic of shows like Castle and The Mentalist. There were some funny references to The Godfather (as anyone who has seen the trailers will know) and even a funny Frozen reference thrown in there that had me chuckling a bit.

The biggest surprise for me was the blatant overlying tones of modern day issues like racism. I'm usually not one to pick out "hidden meanings" or try to figure out if a writer was trying to say something else with their story but as an adult, it was so obvious it could as well have been smacking me in the face. Lines like "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone", "You're not like them./There's a THEM now?" as well as a discussion on how Predators are 'Savages' and prey want them to "get out/go home" riddle the book, more so in the last half. I'm not sure if a child reading/listening would pick up on these messages or just associate them being bullying (which is another theme present in this book) but, an adult or a teenager definitely will pick up on these right away. I'm curious to see how the movie will portray these issues and what the reaction from audiences will be.

Overall, this is a really quick, really fun buddy cop story with an underlying theme. It's also got the cute Disney-like quality to it while still staying true to those crime drama tropes that I personally enjoy. If you don't want the entire movie spoiled, you probably should avoid this. However, if you want to know what the movie is about or just interested in a crime fighting bunny and her wise cracking partner, then definitely pick this up for a quick enjoyable read.
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" This is okay, only the movie is far better than the novelization. " said.

" 2.5 stars

The only reason why I read this was because of the movie lol. I loved the adaptation so much and I've watched it several times, so when that this audiobook was available at my library, I immediately borrowed it, so here I am, with this audiobook... it was fun, but definitely doesn't live up to the movie. The narrator wasn't very lively in the right places so I wasn't engaged. And Nick and Judy kept repeating each other's thoughts like if one of them did something kind to the other, they'd be like "that's so nice of them" in the same exact wording, if you catch my drift. Anyway, what was said and what happened was very similar to the movie so I appreciated that. While I love the story of Zootopia and the characters and it's plot, the book/audiobook was not very good. In this case, I'm totally movie > book! (Which is rare for me, and all other book lovers as well!)
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"Seru adalah kata yang pas untuk menggambarkan cerita di dalam buku ini. Novelisasi dari film Zootopia ini berhasil menceritakan kehidupan para hewan persis seperti di dalam film. Saya sendiri sangat menikmati ceritanya, meskipun saya sudah terlebih dahulu menonton filmnya, tetapi tidak mengurangi ke-seruan ceritanya. Novel yang diangkat dari film produksi Disney ini memberikan banyak sekali pesan-pesan positif di dalamnya, seperti ketika Judi berhasil membuktikan bahwa cita-citanya untuk menjadi polisi bukan hanya angan-angan belaka. Judy juga berhasil menjadi lulusan terbaik di akademi kepolisian walaupun dia hanya seekor kelinci dengan tubuh yang kecil dan mungil.

Karakter Judy juga memotivasi saya untuk menjadi lebih percaya diri karena dengan tubuh yang kecil Judy bisa bersaing dengan para hewan lainnya yang memiliki tubuh lebih besar. Novel Zootopia juga memberikan pesan kepada kita untuk hidup rukun dengan sesama dan menghindari sifat berburuk sangka. Seperti ketika Judy mencurigai Nick hanya karena dia seekor rubah yang awalnya mereka saling membenci tapi pada akhirnya menjadi sahabat dekat.

Dari segi alur cerita Zootopia sangat rapi dan jelas dalam menggambarkan setiap tokoh di dalamnya. Pada bagian depan buku juga terdapat beberapa potongan gambar dari adegan-adegan film Zootopia. Gambar tersebut mungkin dimaksudkan untuk membantu para pembaca dalam memvisualisasikan cerita di dalam buku.

Bagi para pembaca yang belum sempat menonton film Zootopia, membaca novel ini bisa menjadi alternatif lain untuk menikmati cerita dalam sebuah film. Kita akan merasakan sensasi baru dalam membaca sebuah novelisasi sebuah film yang akan memberikan pengalaman yang lebih imajinatif.

Secara keseluruhan novelisasi dari film Zootopia ini sangat layak untuk dibaca karena terdapat pesan-pesan moral yang positif di dalamnya. Buku ini juga cocok untuk dibaca oleh semua umur terutama anak-anak yang menyukai karakter kartun. Suzanne Francis berhasil menceritakan kisah Judy dan Nick dalam bentuk tulisan yang sederhana dan mudah untuk dipahami.
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" The spanish version has a lot of problems with the translation! It changes some words that didn't made much sense to me, but having seen the movie it didn't affect the story for me. It had some scenes that were a bit different from the movie and even new ones. If you're fan of zotopia...its a good way to keep the fandom and the feels. Good adaptation for children!....But fix those translation details, please! " said.

" I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/14417789 " said.

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