Books I NEED!

I haven’t written a post in a while because I’ve been quite busy with work and life, but I’m going to try to write a bit more now.

So, I don’t know about anyone else but I have a list of books I want to buy; it helps me remember to buy them which is handy! There are so many books I need, but here are a few books I really really realllyyyyy NEED to buy;

A Poem for Every Day of the Year – Allie Esiri.

I heard about this book on GoodReads – ironically, the person read it in a couple of days instead. Which, I guess, is actually a good thing, since it means it was too good to put down! This seems like such a cute thing to have and a great way to get into poetry more.

Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur.

About a year ago, I read Milk and Honey (twice) and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it already, you can find my posts on it here and here. Kaur is very talented, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

The rest of A Court of Thorns and Roses series – Sarah J. Maas.

A couple of months ago, I read the first novel of the series (you can find that review here), and loved it. I’ve heard so much about the rest of the series – I have to read the rest! Plus, apparently it’s being made into a movie (or a TV show?), so I have to read it before it’s released.

Disney’s ‘Twisted Tales’ series – Reflection and Tale as Old as Time.

These series sound amazing. I’ve bought ‘Once Upon a Dream’ and ‘A Whole New World’ already, but haven’t had a chance to read them yet. Nevertheless, I need to complete my collection.

Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan.

As a big fan of the movies, it was a dream come true when I found out that they were based off of books. I’m ashamed that I still haven’t bought or read the books – the movies came out years ago! What have I been doing?! I will eventually get the books, though!

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han.

If I’m honest, I don’t know an awful lot about this book, but there’s so much hype about it that I want to read and buy it anyway. It must be good if it has so much hype!

True Blood series – Charlaine Harris.

I’m a big fan of the TV show and my sister read the books and recommended them. I will most likely borrow hers, but if I enjoy them, then I’ll be buying them myself.

There’s so many more books I want to buy, but it’ll take too much time to list all of them.

 

Have a magical day!

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5 Reasons to Watch The Incredibles 2!

FINALLY the long awaited sequel for The Incredibles 2 is here (not for the UK yet, though 😦 ). I have seen so many amazing reviews and reactions to this movie that I cannot wait to see it for myself. I will sit in the cinema by myself, as long as I watch it!! However, some may not want to see it simply because they may not want to feel ‘let down’ or underwhelmed in any way. But I highly doubt anyone will be disappointed. Here are some reasons to watch The Incredibles 2...

You can see what happens with The Underminer.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to know what happened with him! Did they fight in the street? If so, did they give away their identities? Or did we just completely misunderstand him? We’ll know soon!

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You can see more of Jack-Jack’s powers.

From the trailer alone, it’s pretty obvious that his newfound powers will be one of the main plot lines for the movie. We can be sure that Bob will go through a lot of trouble to keep Jack-Jack still! It’ll be humorous but also interesting to see. Maybe he’ll burn the house down or impress the kid who was waiting for ‘something amazing [I guess],’ in the first movie.

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Mr Incredible and Frozone taking care of Jack-Jack.

Relating to the previous point, it’ll be so funny to watch these two guys – who went ‘bowling’ together in the first movie – try to take care of a mad, crazy baby. It must have been hard enough taking care of an invisible and super fast babies, so imagine how hard it would be to take care of one that shoots lazers, and can basically shape-shift!

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Meeting Frozone’s wife.

I really really reaaalllyyyyyyy hope we can see Frozone’s ‘greater good’ – what will she look like? Will she have any more sassy remarks? Will she help take care of Jack-Jack, or be like ‘nah fam’? Ahhh the suspense is killing me!!

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Mrs Incredible in action again.

Similarly, we’ll get to see Mrs. Incredile – AKA Elastigirl – kick some butt. She won’t be going to rescue Bob from Jack-Jack; she’ll be saving the world! Yas, queen!

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Are you excited for The Incredibles 2? Or have you already seen it? Let me know.

 

Have a magical day!

‘I Hate Myselfie’ by Shane Dawson review

I submitted this as part of my university course work. I’m quite pleased with it and received a great mark, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it too!

Shane Dawson is a YouTuber, comedian, and is now also an author. His new book, I Hate Myselfie, gives you a detailed insight to his life, and how he became the funny, caring man he is today.
Growing up, we are told the cliché, “your teen years will be the best years of your life.” I never truly bought that, and neither did Shane. His book is a collection of essays that tell us exactly why our teen years are memorable for all of the wrong reasons. The thought of an “essay” may seem daunting, but it is more of an autobiography, in a part script form. It really isn’t written as serious as it sounds.
I have been a fan of Shane Dawson for years because of his YouTube channel, and was so happy when my friend bought me his book for my birthday. I already had a feeling that it would be hilarious and entertaining. I finished reading it within two days which is very impressive for a slow reader, like myself! I laughed, cried and was “shook,” as Shane says.
Like his YouTube channels, filled with conspiracy theories, vlogs and messy food videos, Shane kept his stories empathetic and awkward, with dark humour. “I opened my eyes and what I saw wasn’t a haircut, it was a hair MASSACRE. It was a bed head if I slept on a bed of starving rats.” He has a je ne sais quoi about him. He knows when to add a joke and how to make it funny enough so that it doesn’t drag on and isn’t difficult to understand. When he makes references to shows or celebrities that were popular when he was growing up, he’d let you know that mainly people his age would understand it. You won’t feel stupid for not understanding it the first time you read it.
Each chapter is a different story, and are rather short. They range from his “two first kisses,” being the “original catfish,” to his Grandmother dying and almost going into a coma and dying himself. There is a nice variety between sad and entertaining stories. Reading it, you can really sympathise and understand him. He’s been through a lot and is so much more than just a “loud, outrageous, confident guy who acts like nothing bothers him and [he] has the whole world at his fingertips.” I’m also extremely insecure, so it was nice to read about someone else who is insecure, without them saying “but then I looked in the mirror, told myself I was pretty, and carried on with my day.” It isn’t that easy, come on!
Shane Dawson has recently released another collection of essays entitled, It Gets Worse and I’m so excited to get a copy and read it. If it’s anything like I Hate Myselfie, I will not be disappointed at all.
Whilst this is mainly aimed at his fans, I would also recommend it for anyone simply looking for a light, comedic read. I can guarantee that you’ll love it as much as I did.

 

Thanks for reading. Have a magical day!

Johnny Depp’s Top 5 Disney/Animated Characters

Johnny Depp is one of the greatest actors out there (when will he get his Oscar award?? What the hell?!), and is my favourite. He is handsome, sweet and hilarious. He’s also basically a shape shifter! Yesterday, this great actor turned 55. I know! He still doesn’t look his age. He went from a young hottie to a rock hottie! I’m sure that, for most of us, Johnny Depp was a big part of our childhood; with all of his family friendly films, and films made with Tim Burton, it’s hard to not have seen a movie with him in it. Not that I’m complaining. Anyway, here are my five favourite Disney/Animated/Tim Burton movies that Johnny Depp starred in.

5. Corpse Bride (2005) – Victor Van Dort.

Who hasn’t seen this movie? It’s a Tim Burton – Johnny Depp classic, that’s a particularly good watch during Halloween. The humour, animation style, and narrative is great for that season and for families. Johnny Depp represents Victor as a nervous clutz, who just wants to ‘do the right thing,’ not mess up, and make his parents happy. Though, I assume that making his parents is easier said than done.

 

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4. The Lone Ranger (2013) – Tonto.

Not many people seem to like this movie, though I don’t know why. It’s a great Disney adventure, with the plot focusing on the Native American and Indian culture. Some scenes are obviously a bit far fetched (like jumping on trains) but that’s Disney. It’s not always going to be realistic. Anyway, Tonto is a funny character, whose heart is in the right place.

 

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3. Into The Woods (2014) – The Wolf.

This is a fantastic, underrated movie. It’s a musical based on the Brother’s Grimm  fairy tales. It’s an interesting take and, in my opinion, is quite clever with how they managed to link all of the characters together. Johnny Depp’s character, The Wolf, doesn’t get much screen time, but with the time he does have… He owns it! He sings a funny duet with Red Riding Hood (he has a BEAUTIFUL voice, might I add), and does what a wolf does; attack his prey. I do wish this movie had more recognition. Maybe it will in future.

 

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2. Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass (2010/2016) – Mad Hatter.

Alice in Wonderland is an absolute gem. And these live action movies did so much justice for it. While it is different from the animated version, it certainly is great in its own right. Johnny Depp’s character is one that the audience doesn’t forget easily; he’s probably one of the best things about these movies, since he’s just so fun, bubbly and innocent. Plus, he loves tea, so for us Brits, that’s a bonus!

 

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1.Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – Captain Jack Sparrow.

And everyone’s favourite! Who doesn’t love these films? Again, Johnny Depp’s performance adds a little je ne said quoi. He’s drunk, loves rum, is carefree and is totally hot. What a catch!

 

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Whose your favourite Johnny Depp character?

 

Have a magical day!

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Review

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Two of my friends from University have been asking me to read this book for quite a while, and this summer, when one of them lent it to me, I finally read it. All I can say is; I know why they wanted me to read it so much. I can understand the hype now and regret not reading it sooner!

This is a fantasy adventure novel with a close link to Beauty and the Beast. Needless to say; Disney fans will love it especially. When Feyre, a mere mortal human, shoots a fae whose in disguise as a wolf, she must become a prisoner to Tamlin. He shows up at her house. Feyre, obviously, finds this change hard; not only is she in a dangerous place, but she’s also with powerful strangers, and she had to leave her vulnerable family behind, whom have always relied on her since the mother died.

Soon, Feyre uncovers secrets about the fae world which changes everything. And when her heart finds a soft spot for Tamlin, things alter in a way she would never have expected; “‘I love you,’ I said, and stabbed him.”

Although I spent about a month reading this (I was also doing University work, doing long hour shifts and then work experience at a primary school not long after, so didn’t have a lot of spare time), I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. This is a book that is very hard to put down.

As well as the narrative, there are so many things that I love about this novel. Firstly, are the names. I have a weird thing about names; I love quirky, unusual and interesting names. And this book was filled with them. What was also pretty cool, is that at the end of the novel, is a pronunciation guide. I actually pronounced some of their names wrong, so I found it quite funny when I realised it. But it also adds that little ‘something’ to it.

Another thing I loved, was that the narrative moved along realistically. Feyre was still bitter about certain things, but eventually moved on and became more forgiving and soft. We don’t find everything out about the fae world all at once; we learn as Feyre learns, which isn’t too slow or quick, it’s sensibly progressive. Even how Tamlin and Lucien become more likeable. Obviously, we wouldn’t really like them at first because they’re mean to our heroine, although we can sort of understand why – after all, she did kill one of their friends.

However, I did find that Sarah J. Maas could be slightly repetitive at some points. Even so, with the busy schedule I had, I did sometimes forget things, so it proved to be helpful to me.

With these points in mind, it could be seen as a coming-of-age novel as well as a fantasy. Feyre has to leave home, leave her family behind, falls in love, takes risks, learns new things; ‘don’t feel bad for one moment about what brings you joy.” It’s perfect for a young adult, although anyone would enjoy it.

Overall, this book is brilliant and quite underrated. There are strong, realistic characters who can be relatable to a certain extent to people. There are other books to this one – this is a trilogy. A movie is to be released soon, so fingers crossed they won’t butcher it! I highly recommend this book, so, either ask a friend to lend it or buy it. You really won’t regret it!

 

GoodReads Rating: 5/5

 

What did you think of this book?

 

Have a magical day!

Lessons to Learn from Disney Princesses

Yesterday the new trailer for Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet was released. It was fun, exciting and completely different. There’s a bunch of Easter Eggs in it, and a whole scene dedicated to the Disney Princesses. How awesome is that?! They unite over feminism and the voice actresses that are still living, are voicing their princesses. I for one, can not wait. At all!

 

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So, with everyone excited about this exciting movie and completely different turn, let’s see what lessons we have learnt from our beloved princesses.

Your comfort zone was meant to be shattered.

If our princesses didn’t take risks and have an adventure, they wouldn’t have their character change or their happily ever after. Rapunzel left her tower, Moana went beyond the reef, Aurora spoke to her prince, Tiana worked her butt off. These girls are crazy inspiring.

 

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Kindness is power.

None of them were cruel to anyone. They helped everyone and were kind. Karma acted, and they got kindness in return 😉 Treat others as you wish to be treated and you’ll get what you need. Cinderella was kind to the mice, and they helped free her from the tower. Pocahontas was kind to her ‘enemies’ and ended a war.

 

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Simply having a dream isn’t enough.

You need to act on your dream and make it happen. It won’t just fall in to place; you need to be like Tiana and ‘work real hard each and every day!’

 

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Live like there’s no tomorrow.

As if the clock is about to strike midnight. Life’s too short. Don’t wait around for Prince Charming 😉 none of our princesses really waited for them either – they just came across them by chance. Apart from Elsa and Merida!

 

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Don’t dismiss your family and friends.

Your family and friends are important and will always be there for you; don’t take them for granted. In Frozen, we can see that with Elsa and Anna. They had a tough life, made even harder through their lack of communication

 

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Listen to your heart.

Follow your dreams and what you love. All of these girls did, and their lives changed for the better. ‘The voice inside is who you are.’

 

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Don’t let others define you.

Why should someone else be able to tell you what you can and can’t achieve? What you can and can’t dream? They can’t; you’re the only one who knows your limits. But even then, you may shock yourself and be capable of much more than you thought. Ariel knew that she didn’t belong underwater, and where the people are, and she went there. Sure, at first she didn’t exactly do it the right way, with Ursula and the deal. But, she listened to her heart, didn’t let her misunderstanding father hold her back, and got her happily ever after. Even Tiana didn’t let others define her, with raising money for a restaurant. And she got that restaurant!

 

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Never stop learning.

If they didn’t learn about life in general and their situation, their journey would be much more difficult. Knowledge is key. Belle continued to learn about the beast (or, Adam) and the enchanted castle. If she didn’t, she probably would have continued to be afraid of them. And Jasmine learnt about her kingdom and people by disguising herself as one. If she hadn’t had done that, she wouldn’t have met Aladdin or tasted the freedom that she craved.

 

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Be open to new ideas.

Be open to new ideas and change your perspective. Perspective is also key! Don’t be afraid to change your mind. If Belle hadn’t had changed her perspective on Adam (with the help of love, of course), then she wouldn’t have fallen in love with him, broke the curse and changed the villagers view of him. She also read a lot even though the villagers didn’t exactly approve of it. Those books helped her become more adventurous, wanting much more than ‘this provincial life…’ Mulan also changed her appearance to save her father and China. Disney princesses are brave and fierce!

 

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There’s magic in you.

No question about it. Deep down, we’re all a Disney Princess; ‘where there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness there is magic. Have courage and be kind.’ A quote I live by, which I think we should all live by.

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Who’s your favourite Disney princess?

 

Have a magical day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Before I’m 21, I want to…’

We’re already in June, how crazy is that?! Time literally flies by. It’s a scary thought. Especially since it means that I’m 21 in 6 months now. I didn’t think about what things I want to do – or what should be done, in general – before I turn 21 until this year. It only recently dawned on me of how much of a big milestone that is; I’ll be graduating soon, will have to start looking for a house, will have to look for a job after I get my PGCE. It’s terrifying. So, I’ve prepared a list of what should be done before people turn 21.

Go to the movies alone.

Not that you should completely isolate yourself, but taking a trip to the cinema or even a theatre etc. will force you to be independent, while not going to a familiar place. It’s actually quite exciting; you’ll be able to choose whatever film you want to see, even possibly seeing another movie straight afterwards, you can have as many snacks as you want, go around shops while you wait for the film to start as well. It’s a great ‘me’ day. So – next time a movie goes into the cinema that you want to see but no one else wants to, take the opportunity to treat yourself!

Read books about growing up.

As sad as the realization is; you are growing up and will have to be independent. I know! I almost cried too! But reading nostalgic books, and books about becoming independent, being an adult and ‘stepping into the real world,’ will benefit you and put you at ease. I haven’t read it yet, but ”Infinite Jest’ by David Foster Wallace is meant to be a great book to read before you’re 21.

Pull an all nighter just for fun.

Most people may disagree with me on this because it’s not particularly good for you. But one all nighter won’t kill you. It’s a fun way to rebel, have a bit of fun and to read all those books or watching that movie or TV series you’ve been meaning to get into. Why not?

Try eating something crazy.

Just go wild. You’re going to have so many responsibilities soon that you may not have the time to just experiment. Me? Well, I’m getting the courage to try Buddy the Elf’s special spaghetti. You know what one I mean. Where he mixes the sweets with it. Yep, that’s going to be my crazy dish. Wish me lush and pray for me.

Go to a music festival

I’ve always wanted to go to one but either didn’t have time, money, anyone to go with, or I simply didn’t realise that one was happening. It looks like so much fun!!

Skydive

It’s probably highly unlikely that I’ll get to do this before I’m 21, but I’d love to skydive. It looks like it’s such a rush filled with excitement. I’d love to try it.

Go Camping

Wales doesn’t exactly have the weather for camping, so I may pass on this one. Unless caravanning counts? If so, I’ve been camping loads of times. But it’s a great way to connect with nature and feel free.

Have a heart to heart with your parents about what they were like at your age.

Been there, done that. It was interesting, but also depressing that they had already gone abroad at my age with their friends and I haven’t. But this chat is underrated, so I suggest you go have this heart to heart now!

Change your hairstyle.

Unless you’re happy with it. I’m happy with my hair, but changing your hair is such a big risk that one eventually has to take.

Get a professional bra fitting.

Granted that most girls would have done this by now, but you’d be surprised. Yes, it can be scary and daunting. But it’s really not that bad and it’s so beneficial for you.

Vote.

Don’t underestimate how powerful your vote is.

Learn to cook a signature dish.

You’re going to have to cook for yourself the majority of the time one day. Why not cook something Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver can?

Ask someone out.

This can be really scary, but life’s too short to not take risks! If you like someone, tell them and ask them out. The worst they can do is say no. I’m sure they won’t, but oh well! Shake it off and start a new!

Open a savings account.

I have one of these and they can help get rid of stress so much. You’ll be able to save a lot without realising, so it’s definitely worth it.

 

Sorry to depress you with all of this adult stuff. Have a magical day!

2018; 6 Month Reading Progress

2018, for me, has been a super stressful, exhausting year so far. Through university and some personal things that have gone on, it’s been hard to keep up for the most part. It’s surreal that it’s already June!! Nevertheless; there have been good times and bad. I wish I had read more books, but like I said, there have been some things preventing me at times. Hopefully the next 6 months will be double the amount!

  1. A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen. Rating: 5/5
  2. I Hate Myselfie – Shane Dawson. Rating: 5/5
  3. The Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare. Rating: 5/5
  4. The Life and Death of Harriett Frean –  Mary Sinclair. Rating: 4/5
  5. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig. Rating: 5/5
  6. The Lost Art of Being a Lady – Susie Foster. Rating; 4/5
  7. Revolting Rymes – Roald Dahl. Rating: 4/5
  8. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe. Rating: 4/5
  9. Women in Love – D. H. Lawrence. Rating: 3/5
  10. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. Rating: 5/5
  11. Pet Tales: Extraordinary Pets from Ordinary Homes – The Telegraph/Anne Cuthbertson. Rating: 4/5
  12. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon. Rating: 5/5

What book has been your favourite so far this year? I think mine would be either A Street Cat Named Bob or I Hate Myselfie!

You can find me on Goodreads to keep track of what books I read here.

 

Have a magical day!

Lessons to Learn from Moana

Isn’t it hard to believe that Moana was released almost two years ago now? Time certainly does fly by, even quicker as you get older. That’s what I find, anyway. Nevertheless, Moana gave us a lot of lessons to take away with us after watching it, and these lessons are more noticeable the more you watch it. I’m on my twentieth… Or two hundredth time now. More or less. Here are just a few lessons we can learn from our tough princess.

Listen to your heart and follow it.

 

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“Moana, that voice inside is who you are…” We must listen to our heart and our instinct. Who are we to deny our true selves?

Face your fears.

 

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There is nothing to fear but fear itself. We must face our fears in order to become a better person, have a better life, to go after our dreams. If Moana hadn’t had faced her fear and encouraged the rest of the village to sail the seas, then they all would have suffered and not carried on their tradition; to voyage.

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

 

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The first time Moana tried to go beyond the reef wasn’t pleasant at all for Moana. But did she let that stop her? Did she immediately pass the responsibility the Ocean gave her to someone else? No. She did her best and in the end, succeeded and saved her village and returned Maui’s hook.

When you make a mistake, fix it. Don’t leave it.

 

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Relating to the previous point, Moana did try to tell the Ocean to leave her alone and to give the heart to someone else as soon as it got too much. But, with the help of her Grandmother and her ancestors, she regained the courage to pursue her destiny and help her village. You’re stronger than you think.

The ones we love never leave us.

 

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Moana’s Grandmother never left her side. She was always in her heart and in the lessons she taught Moana. This lesson especially helps me.

Never be afraid of being different.

 

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This lesson is evident in pretty much most Disney movies, but that doesn’t make its meaning any less important. Stand out. It’s boring being the same as everyone else!

Kindness is key.

 

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With Moana’s kindness, Hei Hei got a chance to live. The villagers wanted to cook him because he wasn’t very ‘smart,’ but she tells them that, “sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface.” Yes, Moana! You stand up for animals! After all, Hei Hei helped deliver the heart of the ocean, so he obviously is a very good chicken. Plus, he’s adorable.

 

Have a magical day!