Disney PIXAR Cars #1, comic book is for the kids 8 and younger

March 19, 2017

Young readers will like the art, short stories and laugh at the appropriate times. However, readers 9 or older will get bored of the comic. Maybe it’s the length of each short story but they all end like an episode of Three’s Company. Someone says a pun, all the characters laugh and we end it with a shot of the credits.

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Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is coming March 25-26

March 18, 2017

Bring your leashed dog with you as you walk around the festival or have them (the dog, not you….) participate in the Pet Parade on Sunday afternoon or the Pet Costume Contest that happens immediately after that. There will also be some cool stunt dog show to give your pooch something to strive for in case they need a goal.

One aspect that our kids enjoy about the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is the variety of things to do. If they aren’t in the mood to see dancing from the Marist School Dance Academy, high school musicians from School of Rock, classic cars or any number of great musical acts then we can just walk around. That walk might lead them to the food and arts & crafts area. Granted snacks are par for the course when it comes to festivals, kettle corn, hot dogs or other staples to keep them happy.

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Win sneak preview tickets to The Boss Baby in Atlanta

March 17, 2017

This is a giveaway for passes to the sneak preview of The Boss Baby in Atlanta on March 25. The film is about a baby who is unlike any other. This baby is highly intelligent, able to speak and is here on a mission. Hint: to maintain the mission surprise do not view any of the online clips. Simply watch this trailer if you’re unfamiliar with the film and want to see what the kids are talking about.

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The Boxcar Children: Journey on a Runaway Train, 75 years and more

March 17, 2017

Journey on a Runaway Train is contemporary and set in today’s times. About midway through the book a character addresses the whole ‘boxcar’ element when the kids board the train. Prior to this book series I always thought ‘Willie’ when someone said boxcar. Think of The Boxcar Children as an early reader series with Goonies style friendship and adventure with some Indiana Jones for historical and archeological importance. If you’re an existing fan of The Boxcar Children you’ll enjoy reading their new adventures. The first book in the series comes out in February 2017, with the next four books coming out every other month.

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PJ Masks-Here to save the DVD day

March 16, 2017

Let’s Go PJ Masks has six episodes that the kids love. If you haven’t seen it, every episode has action, teamwork and age appropriate villains in each 12 minute show. The animation is sharp and it starts off with a cracking theme song.

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Beauty and the Beast is large family entertainment #BeOurGuest

March 16, 2017

The cute Girl Scout who you bought cookies from last year shows up again. Except this time she’s got a wagon full of cookies, promotional blimp in the sky, regional den mother watching her from the street and presents her cookies in a polished song and dance. Same cookies, same level of enjoyment, but the initial enjoyment on the second occasion feels forced. That is what viewing Beauty and the Beast was like for me.

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Is Kong: Skull Island OK for children?

March 15, 2017

Kong: Skull Island is a film that children in upper elementary and up will want to see. Part of that is the forbidden fruit aspect. This is a cool movie that they want to experience and tell their friends about. Our 7 year old did not want to see it which was not surprising. His 9 year old cousin wants to see it and for the most part he’d be OK with the film.
The human to monster action sequences are shot tighter and have a more manic fell about them. Because of that they would be more overall distressing to young audiences. They’re very well shot and staged, with tension and a sensation at times more akin to Apocalypse Now than a monster film. There is one monster fight scene where Kong rips the tongue out of another monster and attempts to split its face along the jaw bone. That will make 10 year old viewers look away, while at the same time making 14 year old viewers want more.

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New all age comics for March 15, 2017

March 14, 2017

Doctor Who is one of the great all age comics. Doctor Who: T is for Tardis is an alphabet book for Whovians and their parents. A is for Angel and so forth, it’s presented in retro style and is an alphabet book that you’ll read far beyond the learning age of A, B, C. This is one alphabet book that ages 3 and up will read again and again.

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