The Art of Frozen. By Charles Solomon (Chronicle Books, $40).
As we were compiling this book list, Disney’s latest CGanimated ice princess movie passed the $550 million mark at the box office and became of the studio’s most successful animated pictures. Animation historian Solomon takes us behind the scenes of this phenomenal success story, providing interviews with the directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, paired with a wealth of concept art, storyboards, character designs, environmental work, props and motifs, as well as photos from a research trip to Norway. Overall, readers will come away with a great appreciation of how much work, artistry and technological achievement is involved in the making of a blockbuster animated studio movie these days.