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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Publishing will debut a SOFIA THE FIRST storybook today, prior to the premiere of its upcoming animated movie of the same title. Among the film's all-star cast are actors Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn.
The book by author Catherine Hapka, features illustrations by Grace Lee. Disney Press will launch the project as both a book and e-book at retailers nationwide. A micro-site will also premiere on November 2 at DisneyJunior.com/Sofia. The site will include a downloadable premiere party kit for Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess including invitations, recipe ideas and activity booklets.
Adigital EP album from Walt Disney Records will be made available on iTunes and other retailers beginning November 13.
The film takes place in the world of Enchancia, and centers on Sofia, described as "an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king and she becomes a princess, Sofia the First." Disney's original princess Cinderella will make a cameo in the film to offer Sofia "some words of wisdom as she learns to navigate the life of royalty."
The movie targets children ages 2-7. It is set to premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 18, on Disney Channel and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, on sister channel Disney Junior. A Sofia the First television series will premiere in early 2013.