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Notable: Books about making 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Star Wars'

Behind the scenes: Three new books about the making of beloved movies might be welcome gifts.

The Art of Disney Moana (Chronicle) by Jessica Julius and Maggie Malone lavishly illustrates how artists developed settings and characters — including their clothes, hairstyles and tattoos — for the animated film set in the South Pacific.

Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook (Candlewick Press) by Rick Barba explains how many of the special effects in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were created, using photos and pullout trading cards, maps and other goodies.

The Princess Diarist (Blue Rider Press) by Carrie Fisher is about the making of Star Wars in 1976, but it's definitely not for the kids — a wry, witty look back through the diaries she kept at the time, its main event is her steamy affair with co-star Harrison Ford.

Contact Colette Bancroft at or (727) 893-8435. Follow @colettemb.

Notable: Books about making 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Star Wars' 12/08/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:45pm]
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