Star Wars, The Last Jedi-great parts, good whole

by Daddy Mojo on December 15, 2017

This is a spoiler free review of Star Wars, The Last Jedi. First off, Star Wars, The Last Jedi is a very good film that doesn’t need to be graded on a curve. This is the superhero or James Bond movie caveat that fans add to the end of its description. “It’s a good James Bond film”, is often a way of saying that fans of 007 will enjoy it, but, as a film it doesn’t set that high of a bar. Even without a curve, Star Wars, The Last Jedi is good, but fans of the franchise; if they look deep within themselves, will acknowledge that there are flaws that place it squarely in the upper third of the pack.

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The planet Crait
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Star Wars The Last Jedi, the Force is with them….kind of and for the most part.


Cucumber Quest  The Doughnut Kingdom is as sweet and pleasant as its name implies. Think of Candy Land come to life, except even more all age friendly, now add in some fable elements like monsters, princesses drawn in soft, muted colors and you have an idea of Cucumber Quest. The world is inhabited by anthropomorphic bunny rabbits. Cucumber is the main character, a shy kid who just wants to go to school and his younger sister who is much more intent on battling demons, swordplay and epic quests.

Cucumber quest, graphic novel, graphic novels, the doughnut kingdom. Cucumber Quest fills the void of young, all age graphic novels that are OK for 5 and up. It’s sweet tales, with a fable vibe.


Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas is family, culture, picture fun for 3 and up

December 12, 2017

The dosas are cooking in the kitchen and grandmother is sleeping on the sofa, but thankfully there is a window open that’s just big enough for someone small to climb through. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas has vocabulary that most second graders will be able to fully read. The story is just long enough to be a good-night book, but could also spend time in the kitchen because there’s a recipe for dosas and sambar on the back page.

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All ages comics for December 13

December 10, 2017

If you have a kid aged 3-7 who is craving good-night books this your jam. Storytime with Batman is a box collection of six books that are the perfect length for the end of the day. Each book is loaded with baddies from Gotham City, action, lessons and plenty of sight words too. Green Arrow, The Flash, Nightwing and other superheroes also lend a hand to save the day.

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Moko-Maki is a graphic design/kawaii, find-it book for pre-k and up

December 7, 2017

It’s a simple book on the surface, but is incredibly detailed and takes detailed attention to find the animals that Moko-Maki is trying to help. Much like little fox who we see on the cover, guiding us through the book; there are some animals who are seeking help that don’t receive that help on the same page. Through all of this, the multiple MokoMakis are happily flittering across the page like Billy from The Family Circus on his way back home.

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The World is Not a Rectangle, builds on a great life by Zaha hadid

December 6, 2017

Even if you don’t study architecture you’ll recognize some of the buildings that she designed. The buildings are presented in a more abstract fashion in the middle of the book, with the inspiration showing the building-without mentioning what it is. You’ll think to yourself that it looks familiar, but might not know what it is. Thankfully at the end of the book we’re shown those images again with the building’s name and location beside it.

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Win a copy of The LEGO Ninjago Movie on Blu-ray DVD, plus figures

December 5, 2017

Did you see the film when it was in theaters? We loved it and called it the most human and creative brick flick yet. Having watched the trailers again we stand by that description as the film delivers laughs, great brick builds and action for ages 6 and up. Our 6 and 8 year old kids saw the film and both loved it. True to previous LEGO films, there were some jokes that they didn’t laugh as hard at as me. That’s the beauty of well crafted family programming, it works with older audiences (see: me), as well as the ones in elementary school.

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Win a copy of Despicable Me 3 on Blu-ray DVD, #Giveaway

December 4, 2017

We took the kids to see Despicable Me 3 when it was in theaters and they absolutely loved it. They didn’t get some of the 80’s jokes as deeply as I did, but even then there were ample physical gags to go along with those periods. Of course they were familiar with the characters from the previous films and they eagerly followed along to every Minion bit, Gru double take, as well as the addition of his brother.

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