Talk Like a Pirate Day Giveaway!


  It is one of our favorite times of the year - yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Saturday the 19th and we are hoisting a pirate booty giveaway!  We appreciate all of you and the support you have shown over the years!  We couldn't have done it without you!   Hope your weekend is filled with pirate talk with ye mate's!     This pirate treasure includes for one lucky mate: Penelope the Purple Pirate signed copy PBS Kids Pirates Ahoy! DVD Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate Music DVD's (2) and music videos disc Penelope Poster Pirate Treasure from Disneyland Disney Parks Authentic Pirate Pin $25 Disney Gift Card Code for The Day I Became a Pirate       Code for Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Treasure Island           Yo ho yo ho it's a … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Nighty Night Construction Trucks


  Nighty Night Construction Trucks is an interactive book app for children five and younger.  You have options to "read to me" or "read by myself". There is a soft lullaby playing when the storybook first opens that will stop while most of the story is being told until it is time for the day to end. You are able to choose a particular page by tapping the open book icon [top left corner] on main page. It's easy to turn the pages by tapping on an arrow at the bottom right corner of each page. The storybook app is interactive and children are able to recognize by stars and sparkles with a [very light] intensity of which item(s) on the pages. Each word is highlighted in the "read to me" option which makes it easy to follow along.     Nighty Night Construction Trucks is the second installment in the Nighty Night bedtime book series. Overall, it is the fourth … [Read more...]

Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighbhorhood


This week PBS KIDS announced the launch of Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a new app based on the hit series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD.  Come see and explore Daniel Tiger's neighborhood in this fun new app.   We just love Daniel Tiger for many reasons!  I love how he and his friends help kids learn about the world around them in such a playful way! The new Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood app is designed for kids ages 2-5, and extends the series’ social-emotional curriculum by encouraging open-ended, imaginative play. Bringing the neighborhood directly to your fingertips, the app allows kids to visit familiar places and create stories about their friend Daniel Tiger. If your children like Daniel Tiger, they will get a kick out of visiting the neighborhood and playing in the music store, at the doctors, and even decorate a cake at the bakery.  Warning: this … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight :: Author Chris Pedersen


Today I am writing about one of my favorite authors!  We met through the app world  a few years back and Chris is one of those people who really works hard at providing quality storybook apps and books.  She is also a big supporter of other authors and is always willing to help out a fellow author!  She is the author of the popular The Prisoner of Carrot Castle and recently released a new Middle Grade chapter book Ethan Blecher Braves a Bully for children who can read on their own but not quite ready for the larger Middle Grade chapter books.  It is the perfect book for this in-between stage.  She says it is geared for children ages 5-8 years of age and is about a boy, Ethan, who stands up to the local bully.  Bullying is a something that most of us had experienced in some form in grade school and I think it is such an important life lesson to teach our kids how to handle this … [Read more...]

Adventure Time :: Season 5 Now on DVD

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Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and we we have some bonus clips that take a nostalgic look at the early stages from this beloved franchise. My daughter absolutely loves Adventure Time and has spent many a day coloring in the different characters and even made a short comic book featuring the main characters that she carried around with her to our local comic books shop. I was surprised that this show crosses all age boundaries as she had several college students mention to her that they liked her pictures of "Adventure Time."   To celebrate Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season out on Blu-ray and DVD this past week (7/14) we have these flopping amazing coloring sheets featuring your favorite characters from the show!  Who is your child's favorite character?  My daughter love Finn best!     Here's a short … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Achoo Gaboo

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      Achoo Gaboo is a wonderful interactive children's story that was "crafted by a small team of dreamers at Pixure Book Publishing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," says their intro on the Grown Ups section.  I love seeing authors and developers put their heart and soul into a children's storybook app!  And in Achoo Gaboo storybook app geared towards children 2-5 years of age, the star of this sweet tale is a blue elephant named Gaboo who will engage and entertain your kids! Created by Josie Cellone, illustrated by Timothy Banks (Wilkinson Studios) and built in Unity, Achoo Gaboo features an original soundtrack and humorous sound effects to entertain and engage early readers who are learning word association. Every time Gaboo achoos, kids can pop the rainbow bubbles that trumpet from his trunk and tickle his monkey friends who giggle "bless you." Readers … [Read more...]

Movie Review :: Disney’s Teen Beach Movie 2 is loads of fun!


The waves have finally settled in and Teen Beach 2 is riding its way onto DVD! Ready, Daddy-O? Cowabunga! It’s time to go back to the beach! Combine Grease, the Beach Boys, and Disney magic and you have Teen Beach Movie 2. This movie takes place 3 months after Mack (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch), first meet.  It’s the end of Summer and time for school to start. While Brady is a laid back surfer, Mack is really into school.  How will heading back to school affect their friendship?   The original Teen Beach Movie found them travelling back in time into the set of Brady’s favorite movie – “Wet Side Story” which was set in 1962. It was there they met Lela (Grace Phipps), Tanner (Garrett Clayton) and the rest of the gang in a surfers meets bikers adventure on the beach. In this sequel, Lela and Tanner find their way into our world where Mack and Brady live. … [Read more...]



  THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”   “WILD KRATTS: SUPER SPRINTERS” Available from PBS Distribution June 23   PBS KIDS Series WILD KRATTS Helps Kids Learn Science  by Exploring Animals and Their “Creature Powers”    In "Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters", the Kratt brothers are on the move as they learn about two of the fastest creatures in the world: the cheetah and the Peregrine falcon. In each episode, Chris and Martin Kratt take kids and their families on extraordinary animal-themed adventures!  The Kratt Brothers are always on the move, and in this DVD, that is never truer! In “Cheetah Racer,” Chris and Martin think that cheetahs can travel faster than any other creature or vehicle over the rough African savannah, but Aviva and archenemy Zach Varmitech challenge this and compete to build a ground racer that can travel … [Read more...]

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle


  EVERYONE’S FAVORITE CURIOUS MONKEY IS BACK  EXPLORING SPACE AND THE JUNGLES OF AFRICA! CURIOUS GEORGE 3:  BACK TO THE JUNGLE THE ALL-NEW FULL LENGTH MOVIE DEBUTS ON DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT ON JUNE 23, 2015 SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS FROM THE FILM WITH THE  EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON THE DVD There is something so timeless about Curious George.  He was my husband's favorite as a child and I love that we enjoy him with our daughter as well! So if you are Curious George fans like we are - you are going to love his new movie featuring Angela Bassett and John Goodman (two of my favorite actors!). Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around … [Read more...]

Robot Turtles: The Computer Coding Board Game for Kids

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My kids and I are wiggling turtles and beeping a lot around here lately. Nothing you should be worried about though; it’s all part of the board game Robot Turtles. This super-cute game was the most backed board game in Kickstarter history and teaches kids computer coding skills without a computer. How is that possible? Well, it’s easy – the goal is for Turtle Masters (the kids) to move their turtles from their starting position to their jewel. In order to do that they have to write code or, play cards showing directional movement, to get their turtle from Point A to Point B. Start With the Basics The game teaches the foundational skills of movement and code writing, using forward movement and left and right turns. Turtle Masters must pick a card showing the movement they want to make to move their turtle closer to the jewel, then lie their cards in a line as they move through the … [Read more...]