Friday, 7 June 2019

Disney Pixar Toy Story : Woody's Augmented Reality Adventure book review

If you have a son or a daughter who is a fan of the Toy Story movies, I have some great news for you. Carlton Books have recently released the only Toy Story product using Augmented Reality and it's a great way to bring the whole Toy Story gang to life. They kindly sent us a copy of the book to review and we've been having great fun catching up with all our favourite characters, as well as making some brand new Toy Story 4 friends.

If you're new to the concept of Augmented Reality, it couldn't be simpler to master. You just need to download the free "Toy Story Book with AR" app and open it on your mobile device. Scan each page and you'll find all your Toy Story friends, including Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and the Aliens, in 3D to help really bring the book to life. This is a great addition for young fans or reluctant readers (although, even as a grown up, I admit that I can't help being impressed by Augmented Reality myself !).

The book give us a closer look at all the film's characters, including Woody, the rootin' tootin' cowboy, and his trusty steed from his old TV show, Bullseye. You can check out his clothes and his trusty catchphrases before bringing him to life with the app.

You can also get up close and personal to Rex, the gentle giant, who is more scared than scary, and Hamm, the wise-cracking piggy who always makes me smile. Hamm loves taking the mickey out of Rex for his nervous nature, but I can't hold it against him because he's just too funny ! Whether you love him as bad guy Evil Dr Porkchop in Andy's adventures or as the good guy telling his friends that crime doesn't pay, bringing him to life and filling his belly with money is sure to put a smile on your face !

Mr and Mrs Potato Head always make me smile too and I may have adopted the "did you all take stupid pills this morning ?" line for occasional use at The Madhouse ! The Aliens are very cute too and piling them up then knocking them down on the app is great fun.

I won't give away all the secrets that are hiding within the 32 pages of the book, but there is so much to see and do - have Hamm thanking you when you fill him with coins, control dare devil Duke Caboom to make his death-defying jump, fire Buzz’s laser and, throughout the pages of the book, collect all the parts to create Forky, a brand new star of Toy Story 4.

The interactive element is a great addition for modern kids, who are well used to video games or apps that they can control. It's an Augmented Reality adventure to infinity ... and beyond !

Published May 2019 by Carlton Kids.
ISBN 9781783124688 Hardback £9.99

Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.


  1. Augmented reality books are great fun. We have a How to train your dragon book, with the dragons coming "alive" with the app.

    1. Ooh I think we may have that one too - it certainly makes reading great fun, bringing the action out of the books and into real life !

  2. We were first introduced to augmented reality on a birthday card a few years ago and the children loved it. Good to know about this book.
    I must confess to loving Buzz Lightyear but I am not sure why!

  3. To be honest never heard of this before, so a new idea for me to look into, sounds fab


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