My Little Pony chapter books (licensed by Hasbro) are a series of novellas based on the show published by Little, Brown and Company. Each chapter book in the series features a different pony character, has an original story that ties in with events in the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic show, and includes bonus activity pages. The series is to include one book by G. M. Berrow for each of the six pony main characters. Books are being released every three months, both in print and as e-books for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, or iBooks. At least one of the MLP books that Berrow wrote has relationship to the fourth season of the show.
Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart SpellMy Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell by G. M. Berrow, aka Gillian Berrow, is the first book in the series. Its bonus activity pages are purple.
It was first published in February 2013, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-24755-9, as a Scholastic edition released through Scholastic Book Fairs, was widely published on April 2, 2013, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-22819-0, and was republished on January 2, 2014, bearing ISBN 978-1-408-33123-1.
"A royal event has turned Twilight Sparkle's life upside down. To learn how to handle her new status, Twilight goes to Princess Cadance for some guidance. The princess shares her own story about how she came to rule the Crystal Empire and a magic spell that helped her follow her heart. Inspired by Princess Cadance, Twilight Sparkle sets off on a quest for the Crystal Heart Spell!"
Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! by G. M. Berrow is the second book in the series. Its story is set after the third season of the show, and its bonus activity pages are pink. It was published on July 2, 2013, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-22818-3.
"When the family rock farm is in trouble, Pinkie Pie tries to help in the best way she knows how—by planning a Ponyville 'rock' concert: Ponypalooza! The party will be super-duper cool and is sure to save the farm. But...Pinkie's family doesn't like the idea and wants her to be serious for once in her life. What's a pony to do?"
Equestria Girls: Through the MirrorMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror by G. M. Berrow is the first Super Special book. Steve Scott is credited for its cover design. Its story is an adaptation of My Little Pony Equestria Girls based on the screenplay by Meghan McCarthy. It was published on on October 1, 2013, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-24762-7.
"When her new crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Princess Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief, Sunset Shimmer, in an alternate world, where she finds herself turned into...a girl!
"To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight must learn to fit in in this strange new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to be crowned princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High. Luckily, she has the assistance of Spike and five girls who remind her of a certain group of ponies back home."
|Table of contents|
|Chapter 1: The Princess Summit||1-14|
|Chapter 2: Sunset Shimmer Strikes at Night||17-25|
|Chapter 3: A Royal Predicament||27-39|
|Chapter 4: Through the Portal||41-48|
|Chapter 5: Storming the Castle||51-63|
|Chapter 6: Searching for Celestia||65-73|
|Chapter 7: A Lunchroom Divided||75-88|
|Chapter 8: Sunset Comes After Twilight||91-104|
|Chapter 9: The Wrong Kind of Attention||107-119|
|Chapter 10: The Definition of a Winner||121-132|
|Chapter 11: The Tails of Twilight Sparkle||135-142|
|Chapter 12: A Frame and a Flash||145-155|
|Chapter 13: The Truth About Equestria||157-163|
|Chapter 14: A Chance for the Dance||165-170|
|Chapter 15: The Canterlot High School Coronation||173-192|
|Chapter 16: The True Colors of Sunset||195-201|
|Chapter 17: After the Sun Sets||203-207|
|Chapter 18: Back to Equestria||209-216|
|A Special Surprise
Differences between the book and the film
- Sunset Shimmer trips over Spike's arm instead of his tail
- Twilight does not encounter a male student and his dog in front of Canterlot High School.
- Twilight meets Rainbow Dash before ever bumping into Flash Sentry.
- Pinkie Pie doesn't mention the human world's Twilight Sparkle and Spike.
- Trixie is absent.
- Sunset Shimmer is present during Twilight's scene in Vice Principal Luna's office.
- Principal Celestina and Vice Principal Luna wear gowns to the Fall Formal. In the movie, they wear their regular outfits.
- Sunset threatens to destroy the portal to Equestria with a golf club instead of a sledgehammer.
- Rainbow Dash is the only one who helps Spike try to keep the crown away from Sunset Shimmer, Snips, and Snails.
- Sunset transforms while inside the school gym instead of on the front courtyard.
- Sunset's transformed form includes a gnarled horn.
- Sunset Shimmer's transformed form shoots fireballs to turn Snips and Snails into creatures like her and to turn the students into zombies. In the movie, Sunset used magic beams to transform Snips and Snails and she used hypnosis to turn the students into zombies.
- When the students are zombies, they have red eyes. In the movie, they have green eyes.
- Various lines are altered.
- In their altered forms, Twilight and Rarity's human counterpart have unicorn horns.
- When the event is over, Sunset apologizes to the students instead of repairing the school with Snips and Snails.
- When Twilight and Spike return to Equestria, her human friends are not shown reverting to ordinary humans and Pinkie Pie is not shown trying to follow them.
Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare
My Little Pony: Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare by G. M. Berrow is the third book in the series. Its story is set after the third season of the show. In some copies, its bonus activity pages are green, but in others, they're blue. It was published on January 7, 2014, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-24798-6.
"Rainbow Dash has always been a huge fan of the Daring Do series, but when the newest book comes out, it's Daring Do madness! The pony wants to prove she can be just a brave and 'daring' as her hero. Before she knows it, she becomes 'Daring Dash.[sic]' and is doing all sorts of crazy things—tightrope walking (no wings!), hot chili pepper eating, and even sneaking inside a spooky old barn. But when Rainbow Dash offers to help Zecora by entering a scary, haunted forest alone, her friends worry she's jumping into too much danger. Just how daring should one pony be?"
Rarity and the Curious Case of CharityMy Little Pony: Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity by G. M. Berrow is the fourth book in the series, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-24808-2, released on April 8, 2014. It contains an exclusive giant trading card. Its activity pages are violet.
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks by Perdita Finn is a book published on April 8, 2014, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-28486-8. It serves as a prequel to the film of the same name and is adapted from the first eight animated shorts, which coincide with the film.
|Table of contents|
|The Ponies in the Band|
|The Case of the Missing Bass|
|Rock-and-Roll Hall of Shame!|
|A Walk on the Wild Side|
|The Pied Piper of Hamsters|
|Pinkie on the One|
|School of Rock|
|Music to Our Ears!|
|Dancing Room Only!|
Differences between the book and the shorts
- Mrs. Cake has an additional line, "Lovely day isn't it."
- After the girls play their instruments, their tails and ears disappear, unlike the shorts where they remain in their half-pony form near the end.
- Twilight is not involved in getting the gym ready, but is mentioned; nor does she join the rest of her friends at the carnival.
- There is additional dialogue in the music store.
- Rarity also names another hamster "Mayfield Bumblepuss".
- The ending of the hamster fiasco is different. Instead of making a snide comment, Rarity recognizes Fluttershy's musical talent and asks her to be the band's tambourinist.
- The scene where Principal Celestia confiscates DJ Pon-3's headphones is replaced by a fire drill announced by Vice Principal Luna.
- The guitar that Trixie "wins" after the shred-off is $1,200 instead of $12,000. It is also not a double-necked guitar.
- The scene in the kitchen has more dialogue such as Pinkie asking Granny Smith what it means to fold.
- Pinkie helps out Rarity with the banner instead of Rainbow Dash. There is also an additional scene that shows the unfortunate results of having too much glitter on the banner.
- There are additional scenes with Trixie throughout.
- There are also additional appearances of DJ Pon-3 throughout.
- It is explained that Trixie gave Rarity the grand piano.
- Instead of hearing the ringing of a kitchen timer, Rainbow Dash looks at her watch.
- There is additional dialogue throughout the piano episode.
- Granny Smith has a harder time remembering whom she sold Applejack's bass to.
- The human versions of Flim and Flam wear boater hats just like their pony counterparts.
- Instead of Granny Smith passing by Applejack saying "Since when do you play the bass?" and Applejack face-palming, Trixie passes by Applejack saying "Are those costumes for your band?", and Applejack replies "Just for practicin'."
- The scenes taking place in Equestria were created for the book to bridge the beginning and the end.
- The verses of "Perfect Day for Fun" are extremely different. Only the choruses remain the same.
- The carnival takes place before the band is formed. In the shorts, the band plays at the carnival.
Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo
My Little Pony: Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo by G. M. Berrow is the fifth book in the series, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-24825-9, published on July 15, 2014. It contains an exclusive giant Enterplay trading card, a standee of Applejack.
"Applejack starts a diary to record all her hard work bucking fields at Sweet Apple Acres. Whenever her pony friends annoy her in the slightest, she writes about it. It feels good to vent! As the days pass, Applejack's journal entries start to read like lists of complaints when she writes honestly about whatever is bothering her. But when the book falls into the wrong hooves, Applejack finds herself in a real pickle!"
The Daring Do Adventure Collection
A collection of three books starring Daring Do was released on October 7, 2014. The books are credited to A.K. Yearling, but in reality were written by regular author G. M. Berrow. Books confirmed in the collection include Daring Do and the Marked Thief of Marapore, Daring Do and the Eternal Flower, and Daring Do and the Forbidden City of Clouds. The books come in a cardboard treasure chest and include a cardboard replica of the book that hid the Ring of Destiny in Daring Don't and a collectible golden mini Daring Do figure.
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - The Mane Event
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - The Mane Event by Perdita Finn is the junior novelization of the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. It was published on October 7, 2014.
|Table of contents|
|All the Wrong Notes||1-6|
|Sunset Shimmer's Blues||13-22|
|Music to Their Ears (and Tails!)||23-36|
|Out of Sync||37-44|
|Facing the Music||55-66|
|In the Key of Princess||67-78|
|Rainbow Road Trip||79-86|
|The Band to Beat||101-108|
|Princess in Peril||121-128|
|Off the Charts (and under the Stage)||175-186|
|A Rainbow Reunion||187-196|
|Battle of the Bands||197-204|
|Rave Reviews for the Rainbooms!||211-216|
|A Special Surprise||217-end|
Differences between the book and the film
- Some of Sonata and Aria's arguments are slightly longer.
- The Rainbooms are occasionally referred to by their original name, the Sonic Rainbooms.
- Some dialogue is altered. For instance, Rarity's "past...ahem...booboos" is changed to "past misdeeds".
- The scenes of students getting along during Better Than Ever are different.
- Sunset meets the Dazzlings in the main office instead of the foyer.
- Pinkie's "off like this" visual gags are different.
- As is customary with novelizations, most song lyrics are replaced by descriptive text and/or dialogue, with the exception of Under Our Spell, which is mostly written out.
- When Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna become entranced, the say together in unison, "We've never wanted anything more."
- Sunset gets the book from her car instead of her locker.
- The books that belong to Sunset and Celestia are switched. The book that Sunset carries has Celestia's cutie mark on it instead of her own and the book in Equestria has Sunset's cutie mark instead of Celestia's.
- There is additional dialogue for the Mane Six in the scene in Equestria.
- The gag where Applejack and Pinkie play cards is not present and neither is Rainbow's line before Twilight returns to Canterlot High.
- Rainbow Dash shows Twilight videos of all the main five transforming, not just herself.
- Twilight doesn't shout, "Friendship is magic!"
- Rainbow Dash invites Twilight to be the newest member of the Rainbooms instead of Rarity.
- The gag with Spike photobombing Rarity, Fluttershy, and Sunset's selfie is not present.
- During the rehearsal at Sweet Apple Acres, instead of the Rainbooms completely failing to turn into their half-pony forms, they partially transform. For example, Pinkie Pie only gets one pony ear.
- Adagio calls the Rainbooms "the Rainblossoms" instead of Aria. In addition, Trixie does not intentionally call the Rainbooms by the wrong name like "Rainbrooms" or "Raingoons".
- During Shake Your Tail, Twilight is mentioned to be playing tambourine and singing backup harmony, rather than Fluttershy.
- The conversation between the Rainbooms before the semi-finals takes place in the janitor's closet instead of backstage. Additionally, during that conversation, Rarity is given a line of dialogue.
- Whenever Trixie disappears, Pinkie doesn't catch her hiding.
- During Awesome as I Wanna Be, Rainbow Dash's transformation is caused by Trixie holding up a poster of Twilight overshadowing her, rather than Rainbow just getting carried away.
- Octavia's line "I knew she was still trouble" is given to a different girl and Octavia has a different line, "I'm a classically trained musician. It should have been me!"
- Sweetie Belle has a line.
- Trixie pulls the lever instead of "Fuchsia Blush".
- The Dazzlings begin playing guitars when they enter the amphitheater's stage, rather than just singing.
- Instead of Spike simply opening the door under the stage, DJ Pon-3 pries it open with a crowbar.
- DJ Pon-3's car does not transform into a DJ booth. Instead, she grabs some speakers from the trunk.
- Some of the dialogue from when the girls are under the stage is moved to when they are on the hillside.
- Twilight does not fire any projectiles at the Dazzlings; however, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack do, unlike in the movie.
- Sunset has wings in her half-pony form.
- Sunset removes the Dazzlings' pendants instead of the magic alicorn destroying them.
- Sunset only mentions that she plays the guitar, rather than her actually playing it.
- There is an extra scene in Equestria in the end.
- Shine Like Rainbows takes place in the music room, not the amphitheater.
- The post-credits scene is absent.
Fluttershy and the Fine Furry Friends Fair
Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal WavesMy Little Pony: Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal Waves by G. M. Berrow is the first entry in a four-book miniseries called "The Princess Collection". It was published on April 7, 2015, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-41086-1.
Sunset Shimmer's Time to ShineMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine by Perdita Finn is a book. Two editions of it were published on May 5, 2015, a Barnes & Noble Special Edition bearing ISBN 978-0-316-38650-0 and another edition bearing ISBN 978-0-316-41079-3.
Discord and the Ponyville Players Dramarama
Summary"Discord is a fan-favorite character from the animated series that is featured in episodes each season. This former villain has now realized the importance of friendship, thanks to Fluttershy and the other ponies. He's decided to settle in Ponyville and try to live a quiet life with his new friends–but can an agent of chaos ever be a good neighbor?"
Equestria Girls: The Friendship Games
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: The Friendship Games is an upcoming book by Perdita Finn. It is to be published on October 6, 2015. bearing ISBN 978-0-316-41080-9. It is an adaptation of the film of the same name.
Summary"This chapter book picks up where Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine leaves off and ties into the next Equestria Girls movie!"
Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon
My Little Pony: Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon by G. M. Berrow is the second entry in a four-book miniseries called "The Princess Collection". It is to be published on November 3, 2015, bearing ISBN 978-0-316-30169-5.
"Princess Luna used to be the villainous Nightmare Moon. Now reformed, she's still getting used to palace life with her sister Celestia. Read more about fan-favorite character, Luna, in this original story."
The Trouble with Trixie
"A new My Little Pony chapter book featuring your favorite unicorn pony and traveling magician, Trixie! An original story."
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