New all age comic books for July 5, 2017

July 6, 2017

Fans of a certain age will say something spicy when they utter Gumby’s name. In this instance, Gumby is a new all age comic book, with classic appeal-but don’t tell the kids because those as young as 5 will love it. These are new stories from everyone’s favorite green character (don’t tell Kermit) that bring the old school character to today’s new school readers in a format that will make parents enjoy it as much as the kids they might be reading to.
Is this the summer of DC girl super power or have audiences finally caught up with it? DC Super Hero Girls is the latest in a series of graphic novels that feature the DCU girls in high school. These are original stories and art by Lisa Yee and they just keep getting better. Katana at Super Hero High features everyone’s favorite noble warrior as she’s assigned with guarding hundreds of sacred ninja swords. Her friends help out to teach everyone a lesson, have fun, kick butt and get kids interested in reading. This series is great for ages 7 and up to read on their own, but can be read to ages as young as 6.

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Don’t Blink! is an interactive, fun picture book for 6 and younger

July 5, 2017

When the bird doesn’t see anybody the girl says it’s with the kid reading the book. From here all manner of critters join the game.
An alligator, fox, monkey, giraffe, frog, a slow moving turtle and more all make their way across the page to sit beside the girl and play the game with the reader. As the game goes on the girl encourages the animals to stay strong with their eyes open. However, just like the real version of blink, some of the animals get tired, lose concentration and blink.
What makes Don’t Blink! a fun picture book for kids 6 are the details and the way that author Tom Booth does-and doesn’t use them. Throughout the book the active parts of the story happen on the left hand page. The girl sits there and the vast majority of the animals enter and remain there until the end of the game.

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Despicable Me 3 vs. Cars 3-What should the family see?

July 1, 2017

In this corner, Despicable Me 3, a PG rated romp with fart jokes and yellow headed Minions everywhere. Children love these characters, have birthday parties after them and their parents purchase millions of dollars in Minions merchandise. As a film, Despicable Me 3 is less focused, manic and akin to a child who need Ritalin-hasn’t taken it, but is still ridiculously entertaining.
However, our 7 and 5 year old laughed all the way through it, were wanting toys that the Balthazar Bratt (the 80’s kid) had and requested any cereal boxes that had a Minion on it.
By contrast, our 5 year old wanted a Cars lunchbox for the upcoming school year. If merchandising was the sole indicator then Despicable Me 3 would be the clear winner.
As a parent, if you’re concerned about content the Cars 3 is your vehicle. It’s rated G, has no bad humor or rude situations. Despicable Me 3 is a mild PG, with some rude situations and mild action.

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Puss in Boots: Trapped in an Epic Tale on Netflix breaks a wall

June 30, 2017

I’m not a big fan of characters talking directly to the audience. This is a hard and fast rule when it comes to shows or movies that are geared towards adults. When it comes to children’s entertainment I’m flexible on it. Our kids don’t mind at all and that’s convenient because Trapped in an Epic Tale starts out with a quick introduction telling viewers that they’ll have to use their remote to choose the direction of the story.
Maneuvering your way through the episode is simple and kids as young as 5 will immediately figure it out. In our case the 5 and 7 years olds took turns (albeit unwillingly) as the other one determined the fate of Puss. The only common denominator was they both avoided the kissing scene, except for the younger one once-and that was just to make his brother scream.

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Plan ahead for MomoCon next year, May 24-27, 2018

June 30, 2017

Our 7 year old wanted to play the Pokemon version of Monopoly. I don’t know anything about Pokemon and I forgot how to properly play Monopoly. After sitting down for a minute or two this guy sat down next to me and started talking about how to play the game. “He’s mighty friendly”, I thought. After playing with us for about 10 minutes he gave the kids some verbal reminders about the various Pokemon cards and walked away. It was then that I saw his Momocon Game Helper apron. That was important to notice because at a con, cosplay is relative and the staff or volunteers need to be properly identified.
The cosplay at MomoCon is impressive and welcoming to world class costumers or those who are simply fans that want to dress up. For families this is impressive because the more graphic or horror cosplayers are not present. Even in costume the horror players can be friendly or pose for photos, but their appearance would scare most 5 year olds out of their minds. There are some scary or horror elements to MomoCon, but they’re more difficult to find and less likely to freak out small children.

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New all age comic books for June 28, 2017

June 29, 2017

True Believers: Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man reprints the first issue from 1976 and it’s only $1. It’s just in time for the film, which is earning great reviews and is being welcomed as one of the first true Marvel films that embraces youth culture. They were aiming for this since The Fantastic Four and it appears they’ve hit the nail on the head.
Cleopatra in Space, The Golden Lion is a treat. We’re late to the party as this is the fourth book in the Scholatic series by Mike Maihack, but we’ve seen the prior graphic novels and realize what the hubbub was about. This is a fun adventure based series of books, set in space, with lots of Egyptology references and a side of girl power. Kids 8 and up who are looking for an action packed book that will also whet their appetite for historical source material or earlier books should dive into this.

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Time Shifters is an all age graphic novel with humor and action

June 28, 2017

The Demobilizer is something that allows Napoleon’s boss to invade other worlds and now the Earth kid has it. But before Luke can be captured by them Lincoln and the others materialize in the forest, open up a portal and disappear. Of course the others also have a device that will allow them to track them, but a grand all age chase through time and space starts out.
Here readers get the thrust of the title, Time Shifters. The two teams land in an alternate world version of the Wild West, complete with alien miners, arid conditions, small towns and kid friendly monsters. This is a fun graphic novel for ages 7 and up. That age will be able to read it without help, laugh at the jokes, not get scared of dead bad guys and understand the death of Luke’s brother. Again, before you get too down on that fact, keep in mind the title of the book, Time Shifters.

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 What George Forgot is one that pre-K kids will not

June 26, 2017

Young readers will recognize what George has forgotten and laugh to themselves. They’ll hold their breath as they turn the page, just in case George remembers to do this thing before he leaves the house. Side note: I love it when kids can so completely lose themselves in a book that they’ll squirm, laugh and wiggle their bodies in a way to channel the character to not repeat the action that they know they’ll end up doing again.
You’ve read The Monster at The End of this Book, starring furry, lovable Grover, haven’t you? Every child that we’ve read that book to has the same reaction. It’s happy, nervous energy where the kids don’t want to turn the page, but also want to turn the page NOW.

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