When’s My Birthday is one that kids will want read to them

September 5, 2017

What the book accomplishes is the manic feeling of breathless anticipation that a kid has in the days leading up to their birthday. They flip flop on party themes, list out who they’d like to invite to their party, imagine the presents that they’ll get and much more. From a parent’s perspective, it’s arguably more entertaining to watch a child before their party-than on their big day. Sometimes on their birthday they’re too over the top and end up freaking out over the simplest reason.

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New all ages comics for September 6

September 4, 2017

A comic book about Fruit Ninja-now they’ve just gone too far. If they can make a movie about emojis then they can make a comic book about Fruit Ninja. Juice Jitsu is the art that the Fruit Ninjas practice and slicing fruit protects them from time traveling super-villains. See…and you thought it wouldn’t sound interesting. Fruit Ninja has been downloaded over a billion times, so curiosity alone should make this one fun for ages 6 and up.

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Truckeroo School is rhyming, vehicle oddities via the looking glass

September 2, 2017

The rhyming text will help young readers flow from sentence to sentence. The art, especially if you take a detailed look at some of the images, are trippy, weird, Seussian in nature and entirely OK for children. For us it was surprising that the art, was a surprise because painted illustrations usually make us sleepy. Their dreamy nature and soft edges put us at easy and knock us into sleepy town. Truckeroo School is too psychadelic for that to that happen and instead kept drawing us into its hazy details.

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Today I Feel…is effective and simple children’s feelings with art.

September 1, 2017

Today I Feel…works because the words are intelligent, big words that aren’t normally associated with alphabet books. The art that accompanies the letters is just perfect. Brilliant and Grumpy are two of our favorite examples of how well it works. I have no idea how I’d create a one-panel illustration for brilliant. Moniz manages to perfectly capture it by placing a silhouette of the boy against a sea of stars in the night sky. Grumpy does the same thing except showing the boy in the shower. He’s having a pity party for himself, being grump and readers are simultaneously sorry for the boy being grumpy, wondering why he’s in a bad mood, know they’ve been there before and hope that he’ll get out of it quickly.

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Educational options for elementary school kids on Netflix

August 31, 2017

Think Barney but with more variety and just slightly older. Julie’s Greenroom stars the legendary Julie Andrews, a host of puppets and various other humans to help teach ages 5 and younger. Kids older than that will find the series slow, but pleasant. However, that kindergarten and pre-K set will find that Julie’s Greenroom is just the TV comfort food that they need as they learn about being a nice person.

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Force Friday II starts September 1 and it’s bigger than an Endor moon

August 30, 2017

In order to get the most out of Force Friday II you’ll need to have the latest version of the Star Wars app on your phone. Once you’re secure in the fact that it’s on your phone you can check visit any one of the 20,000 participating retail locations where you can discover one of the 15 different characters. If you plan in advance you’ll even be able to discover all 15 of the Star Wars character that will be appearing via the app from September 1-3. This is an AR treasure hunt where you can get videos and photos with any number of classic characters or new additions to a great franchise.

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Best all ages comics for August 30

August 28, 2017

Big Nate is a classic comic strip. It feels odd to say that it’s ‘classic’ when new comic strips are still being published. However, all you need to do is read a series of them to realize that Big Nate is timeless and ages 7 and up will double over with laughter. The latest collection is Big Nate: A Good Old Fashioned Wedgie.
From Little Robot to Zita the Space Girl author Ben Hatke has created some fabulous worlds that engage and entertain young readers. His space traveling hero is back, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is the second book in this series. If you liked Mighty Jack then you’ll really love The Goblin King. It’s even better than the first one because it’s got a faster pace, has lots of action and still manages to develop Maddy, Jack and Lilly. This is kind of graphic novel that you can read to any age child.

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Caveboy knows its audience and clubs them into fun submission

August 27, 2017

Our Kindergarten aged boy wasn’t keen on having Caveboy read to him. However he has a sight word ability of approximately 20 words, so this is a bit too early for him. Additionally, the chapters are about 22 pages long, they do have large text and lots of illustrations, but those long chapters intimidate him.
If he were a year older he’d be knee deep into The Adventures of Caveboy. It’s jammed with a majority of sight words that a first grade student will be able to read and the illustrations will hook in those younger than they are. All they need to do is look at the cover to The Adventures of Caveboy to realize that fun drawings of a caveboy with his club in the air, plus two age appropriate beasts behind him is enjoyable.

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