Nogales native writes 'Coco' companion book More info about Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes
When Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford received an email asking if she would be interested in writing a companion book for the Disney/Pixar animated film “Coco” last year, she thought it must be a scam.
Roni and Aaron Rivera-Ashford’s book stars “Coco” main character Miguel, a 12-year-old boy in a small, fictional Oaxacan town who dreams of becoming a musician. The film, which is based on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, details his journey to discover his family history and the reason he has been warned to stay away from music.
I like to use the word ‘amazing’. Aaron also included butterflies, which have always been important to me.
Disney asked a Tucson mom and son team to write a 'Coco' children's bookClick for more info about the film released in Mexico in late October for Día de los Muertos.
Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford journeyed into a magical world when Disney asked her to write a related children's adventure book for Disney-Pixar's highly anticipated animated film 'Coco,' which opens Wednesday.
After reading portions of the unfinished “Coco” scripts last year, Roni and Aarón teamed up to write the related adventure book “Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes.”
Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford: A Jewish children’s author with a Mexican heartRoni’s current book project is working with Disney-Pixar
When Roni became a published author, she asked her mother-in-law if she could incorporate Rivera into her pen name, giving more credence to her Mexican heritage. (Hence, Rivera-Ashford.)
My Tata’s Remedies has won many awards, including First Place for the International Latino Book Awards as Best Children’s Non-Fiction Picture Book and Best Educational Children’s Picture Book and as a Notable Children’s Book of 2016 by the Association for Library Services to Children.
Written by Sheila Wilensky a writer, editor and educator living in Tucson.
Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes (Disney/Pixar Coco)
More info about Miguel’s family history
A full-color storybook with a shiny cover, game cards, and over 50 stickers based on the hit film coming to theaters in fall 2017
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University), and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3)