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JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

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JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WAGNER PRODUCTIONS
Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Original music and charismatic characters make it easy for kids to learn fun facts about animals from inside their magic world. Jungle Jim is a young boy whose vivid imagination takes him and his animal friends on magical interactive adventures throughout the animal world.

Amazing facts about wildlife are entertainingly communicated through musical skits performed by the animals themselves. Catchy singable tunes make it easy for kids to learn about lots of different animals. http://junglejimmusic.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very cute animated short, geared for a preschool audience. Content is very suitable and straightforward. This is a pilot episode and, as such, offers a great example of what the finished series will show.

The background music is quite charming, sung by a choir of kids. The show features an animated character and his friends as they explore life action things. The voice over talent is quite good with voices that representing the characters in engaging ways. The storyline teaches kids facts about animals that reside in the jungle accompanied with fun music. This makes learning fun.

The graphics and visuals are clear, colorful and charming without going over the top. The pace of the production is quite appropriate for its target audience. Not too fast or too slow. The words are repetitive but that is suitable for preschoolers. The storyline is presented as a bit of an adventure which makes it fun and engaging.

This is a very watchable piece and I highly recommend it to parents and educators working with toddlers. It allows them to explore wildlife in a fun and informative way.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This show is designed for a preschool audience and it's quite suitable for them. The episodes are colorful and the characters look adorable. The songs are a pretty simple but work for its audience. The content is information but not very detailed. Again, remember that it's geared for a preschool audience so, the content is pretty basic and repetitive.

The voice acting is really great! I enjoyed listening to the different characters and give credit to the voice actors for their outstanding work. I found the animation a bit choppy and most of the backgrounds are pretty plain without much detail. There are occasional gaps between lines in a song or in between dialogue lines, but this is a pilot so, I'm sure that will smooth out in the final show.

The message that the film's creators are focused on is that learning can be fun! You should learn more about the things around you, specifically wild life and what all the different types are like. These episodes are short and cute. I give them 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. It is available on YouTube now so, check it out. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE

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COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE
RUSLANA BERNDL
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-6
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The adventures of the Cosmospenguin (which is just on diet) lead him from his home planet Jupiter up to the light years distant, praised Sushiland. In search of a treasure he meets the frog (which suffers at iron deficiency). His trip to San Francisco ends in the chaos. In his visit in Vienna he saves together with the frog the squirrel (which can shout very loudly). On his odyssey in the desert he hits on the camel Simon (who needs no gasoline). For what is looking the Cosmospinguin on the Sushiland, seems at first unclear. Only after he has travelled around half a planet, finally, the sense of his trip becomes by him conscious ...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BIBI FUN PARK

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BIBI FUN PARK
JOEL STUTZ
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Children see the world as a big fun park. Everything is exciting and adventurous. The loss of a soother is a big tragedy for our small Bibi friends. In this big world, characterized by the unreachable tall tower, Bibi's mother becomes the most precious support children have to grow with happiness.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This well executed piece of animation has a fast pace, a clear storyline and fun and colorful characters. The story about an anthropomorphic animal losing his soother (pacifier in US) is something young kids can relate to. The ending is quite satisfying. I'm recommending this to ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DAY HENRY MET, THE: SEASON 1

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DAY HENRY MET, THE: SEASON 1       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Henry is a 4-year-old boy who always wants to learn and find out more. In each episode, Henry has a friendly chat with whatever he meets and discovers something new! No matter what Henry meets, they're always delighted to talk, laugh and share their amazing world with him. After finding out so many amazing things about his new friends, Henry lets his imagination run wild and imagines himself...As a knight rescuing the missing sword...As a singer performing in a band...As a deep sea diver swimming along sea creatures...As a fireman rescuing others... As an astronaut flying to the moon...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a neat little program. This show is exactly as it sounds. It's all about Henry meeting all kinds of people and things. He goes on tons of wacky adventures and I loved every minute of it. The art is goofy and feels as if it came from a child. I believe that is appealing to children who think that they too could create such a little journey. My favorite episode is "The Day Henry Met... A Panda." It may because I love pandas, ha-ha. In this episode, Henry helps a panda at the zoo search for its cousin and, in turn, becomes a zookeeper for the day. it's very fun seeing him meet all the zoo animals and create a friendship with the panda as they search together. I think this show really inspires adventure and curiosity. I love how it makes every small event seem so fun and worthwhile. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This creative animated series left me feeling intrigued the entire time. I enjoyed watching Henry act as an inquisitive 4-year-old. I am a little jealous because he is so intelligent and I wish I was that intelligent when I was 4! Throughout the series, I couldn't wait to see what Henry would encounter next.

Henry is a young boy who desires to learn something new in his everyday life. In each episode, Henry meets a new object and his imagination comes to life when he puts the object to use. He finds a soccer ball and acts as a referee, finds a shield and acts as a knight and even acts as a deep sea diver, swimming alongside marine life. The best part is, Henry builds so many friendships and everyone he meets is eager to help him find the answers to his questions.

Steve Austin, the series animator, makes the setting and characters look incredibly realistic, since they aren't picture-perfect. The animation looks pencil sketched, which makes the series more relatable, since nothing in life is perfect. Susan Broe, the series producer, incorporates a multitude of family-friendly themes to make this series fun for everyone to watch.

The music in the series is centralized with an orchestra, which is very calming for young kids and was for me also. It's very unique, which I greatly admire, because most TV shows today have similar types of music. My favorite episode is called, "A Parrot." Henry meets a parrot, begins talking to him and finds out it's his 101st birthday. He tells Henry about his famous grandfather parrot, which is hilarious because parrots aren't usually famous. It reminded me of going into pet stores and seeing talking parrots.

The message of the series is to explore everything life has to offer and to be nice to everyone you meet. Henry is grateful for his life and treats everyone with compassion and respect, which is what everyone should do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 6 to18 and adults would enjoy it too. I love how every object comes to life in Henry's imagination and the unique plot had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This comes out on DVD August 15, 2017. I can't wait to watch Season 2.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

This DVD is very educational and cute. It is simply amazing that a child can enjoy watching a film while learning so much at the same time. A child can acquire so many positive traits and behaviors from watching this show. The animation is so cute. I have never seen this style of animation before. In this show, Henry meets a new object every day and goes on adventures learning more about them. He helps his object friends with their problems and learns the correct way to act in different situations. He learns to be fair, honest and kind. The show is somewhat predictable and not as original as some educational kids' shows. I love the plot of Henry meeting a new object. That is very original. One interesting thing is that all of the objects (trees, clouds, pillars) have eyes on them. The eyes are huge and wide, even on Henry. Another thing is that everything is always moving. For example, all the trees in the background sway in the wind. There are tiny details like that which make everything seem a bit more life like.

My favorite episode is "The Day Henry Met a Football." In this episode, there is Henry, two boots and a football. The two boots argue with each other about who is the best. The two boots play a game together with the football and eventually get super tired. Then they start arguing that they aren't the best. This reminds me of when me and my brother argue and it made me laugh. I wonder if the boots are siblings as well

There are multiple message in the stories. The most common ones are about being honest, kind to others, playing fair and facing your fears. These are all very important and good to teach to children at an early age.

This DVD is great for young children who are ready to learn. I recommend it ages 3 to 7 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. The animation is super cute and unique, but the stories are not all that original. Still this is a wonderful DVD and is available now, so check it out!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 135 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


MOLANG, SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Join Molang, a round, fluffy, and happy rabbit, and his friend, Piu Piu, a poised, timid, and reserved yellow chick, as they explore everyday life. Molang savors every moment of his life, imbuing it with joy and wonder. He pays attention to the smallest details, giving meaning to even the tiniest things. Molang puts his heart into his actions, and he has a huge heart. Even when he does absolutely nothing, he does it well! Piu Piu, on the other hand, doesn't t like calling attention to himself. He likes to do things carefully and well. When unexpected situations arise (and Molang s unpredictable behavior often causes such situations to occur!), Piu Piu can become quickly unsettled, even panicked. Despite their many differences, Molang and Piu Piu enjoy a unique friendship. They have amazing times together ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. From finding themselves in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean to riding camels in the desert, Molang and Piu Piu experience unexpected situations. Throughout it all though, every single moment with these two is filled with happiness. Embark on 52 unforgettable adventures with Molang and Piu Piu!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Molang is about a very cute relationship between Molang, a joyful rabbit and Piu Piu, a reluctant chick. Their dynamic is adorable and, together they go on many adventures and have great fun. The animation in this program is amazing and fun. The fluffy thick lines make it very kid-friendly and hold the attention of the viewer. There are many episodes on this DVD and my favorite is called "The Underground Walk." In this episode, the duo goes on an underground tour and, due to their mischievous behavior and lack of discipline, they get lost from the tour group and must work together to find their way out of the tunnels. I like this episode because you really get a good taste of why they work so well together and you get the feeling that maybe without each other they could not accomplish as much. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Molang: Season 1 is full of fun and laughter! Molang and Piu Piu's innocent demeanor makes them lovable characters that I rooted for every step of the way. Their love for each other and their society made me fall in love with both of them. Each episode is overrun with happiness which made me smile nonstop.

The story follows the everyday life of a fluffy rabbit named Molang and its best friend Piu Piu the chicken. On their journeys together, Molang and Piu Piu face different situations and find creative ways to help others and fix their unique problems. Together, they happily enjoy the surprises their lives bring.

There is no dialogue in this show, but the animation and music easily make it understandable. The animation is bright and rounded giving it a soft and calming feeling. During the daytime, the trees, hills and grass are radiant shades of yellows, greens, pinks and oranges. It adds to the brightness of the mood when Molang and Piu Piu are adventuring through their world. During the night, the aura changes as the colors turn soft shades of purples and blues. The hills, trees, snow, sand and nature are drawn with different colorful patterns as are the walls, floors and ceilings which adds a playful and cheerful feeling. The character's expressions easily convey their thoughts and increase the visual appeal.

The music spoke to me as the dialogue would. Throughout the different episodes, the music changes whenever the situations change. For example, when Molang and Piu Piu are going to the beach or on vacation, the music becomes lively and venturesome. When they run into a problem, the music transforms to a slow rhythm. The music imbued the feelings of Molang and Piu Piu into me. It made me feel a part of their journey.

My favorite part of this show is the character, Molang the bunny. Molang never gets worried and always remains calm when everything seems to be going wrong for Piu Piu. Molang is quick to think of ideas and does anything to help others. Therefore, Molang took a spot in my heart.

The messages of the show address the importance of friendship, teamwork, kindness, loving everybody and helping those in need. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD when it is released on August 15, 2017.

By Sahiba Kaur, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

This delightful series had me laughing the entire time. I enjoyed it tremendously, because there is no dialogue. Each episode is filled with multiple adventures, so you will never be bored!

You are invited to join Molang and Piu Piu as they explore what life has to offer. Molang is a big, ecstatic rabbit, who finds ways to enjoy his life in every circumstance. Piu Piu is his best friend, a small, shy little chick who is dragged along on every adventure and is often frightened by the unexpected situations they both face. These best friends are completely opposite, but both manage to experience happiness in every situation.

Bruno Gueracague, the sound coordinator, composed an extremely catchy, opening song. While there are 52 episodes, it only takes two to get it stuck in your head, which is a great way for kids to remember the series. Marie-Caroline Villand, one of the series' directors, successfully communicates themes of happiness and friendship to kids, no matter their culture or dialect. The absence of dialogue leaves the interpretation up to the audience, which gives something for everyone to relate to.

The animation is adorable and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The characters are incredibly cute, which makes them very relatable. I could not stop watching the series, because I love the unique friendship that Molang and Piu Piu share. My favorite episode is, "The Goldfish." Molang and Piu Piu try to get the goldfish's attention and have a disco party, which is hilarious. The fish loves the party, so next time you want your fish's attention, make sure to involve a disco ball!

The themes of the series are happiness, friendship, respect and unity. It is important to maintain great friendships, live your life to the fullest, care for one another and stick together.

I give this series a 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 3 to 18 and believe that adults will enjoy it too. I could not stop laughing, because it is funny seeing animals act as people in everyday situations. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD now, because it will undoubtedly make you laugh.

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
Runtime: 185 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD
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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT

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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Pteranodon family on high-flying adventures! In four of the eight dino-mite stories on this DVD, take to the sky with Buddy and his family as they ride in Dinosaur Train Industry's newest creation the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin. As they soar above the clouds, the Pteranodon family visits a waterfall, explores a crater made by an asteroid, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a good balance of entertainment and educational elements for kids ages 4 to 6. Because the characters sound like kids and, for the most part, behave like kids too, I feel that the characters are engaging, and relatable. The wow factor for a kid, especially boys, is that the dinosaur characters ride a train and zeppelin. The conductor character is silly and engaging and I'm sure kids watching look forward to seeing the conductor. The storylines clearly aim to educate its audience about dinosaur, paleontology, natural science, natural history and positive social behaviors. I think it is great that one of the brothers from the pack looks different, as it gives the audience a good introduction to inclusion and diversity. The character designs are adorable and the use of bright colors appeals to its intended audience. I also enjoyed the songs and the relationship between the kids and their parents. Overall a great show!
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Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.71
Media: DVD
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KIWI: SEASON 1

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KIWI: SEASON 1       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - It's time to learn phonics skills with Twiki and Twini! In this collection of twenty six episodes, Twiki and Twini will take us on fun and educational adventures to discover new words and new sounds. In this Season 1 collection, your little one will learn how to spell colors like "red" and "blue" to food words like "fruit" to animal words like "snake". The fun and learning never end with Twiki and Twini! Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kiwi is a stop-motion, animated educational children's series with two very funny and lovable kiwi birds, Twiki & Twini, as the lead characters. In each episode, the kiwis go on adventures discovering new worlds of words and sounds. For example, some of the focus words include "cow," "fruit," "map," "house" and "blue." Words are spelled out phonetically and are used in clear and cohesive imagery and storyline. Twiki & Twini are curious little birds that lead us to lots of discoveries! There are plenty of relevant and silly sounds along the way. The stories are led by the narration and interaction with the kiwis via a child and an adult. This gives a sense of inquiry and offers soft guidance simultaneously. I really enjoyed this DVD and recommend it for children ages 2 to 6. The menu offers "Play All" or "Stories, individually" (26 of them at 11 minutes each). I give this 5 Star out of 5 stars. Review by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Kiwi: Season 1 is a series directed at children between the ages of 2 through 7. Two characters, Twiki and Twini interact with each other and teach the audience how to spell words. There are 26 short episodes, approximately 5 to10 minutes in length. Each episode teaches the audience a few different words, grouping the words together. For example, the chicken episode has the words "cow, duck, chicken and egg." The episodes' animation is made from colorful clay objects that draw the kids in. It's not too busy, which I like. The background is white and the characters are the only thing on the screen. The characters start each episode by grouping similar items together, such as animals. Then, they spell out each word and link it to the next word. At the end of the episode, they respell each word. The characters are happy and kind. There isn't much problem solving involved as there is not much of a story line. The purpose is to teach kids how to spell and sound out words using phonics. This characters are made of clay animation (claymation), which is fun to watch. The structure of each episode flows very well and draws the viewer in. The DVD case shows examples of the words and pictures featured in each collection. It's fun to look at. The menu is simple with two choices, either watch by selected episode or watch all episodes. There are quite a few previews before it gets to the main menu, but they are all kid appropriate and entertaining. There is no option to change the language or any other bonus features. The message is that learning can be fun and entertaining. I recommend this DVD to any parent or teacher that is looking for an educational video for their child. It is appropriate for ages 2 through 7 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Very well produced. The show is well thought for preschoolers. I really enjoyed the design and the animation of the show. I love that the letter design is in line with the word being spelled out. The characters are appealing for the intended audience. I thought it is a smart choice to have a child voice one of the narrators. I do not feel strongly about the stories. To me, the stories feel a bit random. Overall the show is fun to watch, has good intentions and is beautiful to look at. The goal of the show is to get kids to learn about phonics and develop their world building skills. As far as positive social models, it scores well here for the most part. There is an episode where the two main characters are in a restaurant setting and their server keeps eating their food before serving it. In that particular episode I think they missed the mark because the characters didn't deal with the situation in a realistic or constructive way. For the most part, the show uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for its intended audience. The show is well paced, doesn't overload kids with information and the subject matter is suitable for young minds. However, I did find that some of the words they break down or spelled are a bit too long. I think it would be better if there was a build up in learning. By that, I mean start with small words and gradually go bigger in a slow succession. I would certainly show this to my young children. Reviewed by Martha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like that this DVD teaches vocabulary and spelling to little kids. They learn how to spell words correctly and expands their vocabulary. This show is great for learning words that used in daily life.

Kiwi: Season One teaches little kids vocabulary and spelling. This DVD has 26 episodes that teach new words and sounds so kids can learn how to spell words correctly and expand their vocabulary.

The series features two kiwi birds named Twiki and Twini who go on adventures and teach kids how to spell out words in a fun way. They encounter new animals, objects and other items as they teach kids how to spell out each word. The objects or animals are all related to a particular theme. There is barely any speaking by the characters in the show, but there is great narration that gets the kids intrigued with the story.

The animation is a stop motion clay animation (claymation) technique similar to other popular kid's shows such as Pingu. Claymation is not used a lot today since currently computer generated imagery (CGI) is used more frequently. However, the show does features some computer animation like the graphics when word are spelled out on the screen.

There are not too many other characters, but my favorite character is the recurring rabbit in the first few episodes. The rabbit eats a lot and even tries to eat a whole cake! The rabbit is very funny and had me chuckling the whole time. The premise of this show is to teach little kids phonics, vocabulary and spelling. It's great for preschool learning and for introducing kids to spelling words that are used in everyday conversations. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Carla P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This DVD is about friendship, education and fun. This series is about two kiwis named Twiki and Twini, who go on different adventures throughout different episodes. All of the adventures have a different storyline and include lots of word building exercises and other educational things to help learn different things such as spelling and grammar.

This show is directed towards little kids, ages 2 to 5. I watched this DVD as if I was younger and I would definitely like it as a younger kid. I would enjoy watching it, but I would probably get out of my seat and start playing around and doing the things that they tell me to do and try to spell the words. This show is best to watch before bedtime because you might stay seated and repeat what they tell you to say. I watched it with a 5-year-old and a two-year-old and got to observe them watching it. The 5-year-old said she loved every part of it and she started dancing to the music. The 2-year-old was a little more descriptive and loved the way the characters interacted with each other.

The graphics are really good for a animated show. It does remind me of music video style graphics because they often stand in front of a white background and there isn't much going on in the different places they explore.

I give this show 3 out of 5 stars because of the graphics and because I felt the episodes were too short at 5 minutes. Because the episodes so short, they don't pack a lot of things in which makes it kind of boring. I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5. It is available now on DVD, so go check it out.

By Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 135 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS

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OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they embark on not one, not two, but 12 rescue missions! From attempting to dive deep into the abyssal zone to encountering a school of toothy barracudas to Barnacles seeking guidance from a mysterious sea turtle. It's time to sound the Octo-alert!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great DVD! The collection not only features a new sea creature every episode, but includes facts about the ocean in general. This show helps children look at the world around them and realize that there are other forms of life that may need our help. The songs are fun and catchy. The characters present many facts about interesting sea life, problems facing our environment and marine life and offer ways in which we can do our part to spread the word and be proactive about positive change. Show this to children to boost their interest in marine life, sea creatures, pollution, global warming, endangered underwater species and much more. The option to choose individual episodes gives you the control to present as much or as little info as you like. Hopefully, kids will use fun and informative media to learn about important issues that we face today and use it to be the change our future depends on. This DVD includes a collection of twelve episodes that teaches lessons about teamwork, diversity, rules, seal life and protecting the planet. It has a main menu that includes Play All Episodes, Play episodes individually and Creature Reports which is an in depth look at the creatures and main songs from individual episodes. The DVD has great visual appeal! The cover is colorful and has a shiny, raised surface. The characters are fun and cute with unique personalities. The production quality is clear, concise and really fun to watch. There are catchy and informative songs that help you retain the information from the episode and will surely stick in your head for the day! The characters' voices are calm and your child is never prompted to yell, scream or shout out answers. In fact, the characters don't talk directly to you. They speak to each other about teamwork, determination, learning and helping other creatures and the environment. The characters are great social models for children. They show diversity in behaviors and personalities and also use teamwork to solve problems together. The interactions are done respectfully and characters with certain stronger skills step in and help out those who could use guidance and support. There are important issues approached in each episode, such as pollution, but they're presented in a way that children are comfortable moving forward with questions and exploring. This show debuted in 2010, so it has perfected its structure and style. It has a clear beginning and end that is easy for children to understand. Each episode averages between 10 to 14 minutes, so it is perfect for short viewings and discussion afterwards. The only unappealing factor in this collection is that there is no female character that actually lead adventures. All the proactive protagonists are male. The two female characters, Tweak and Dashi are generally left behind on the base while the three main male characters take an active role. Unfortunately, it's missed opportunities via media such as this that could encourage girls to pursue an interest in science. Children will enjoy this because of the relatable characters, fun songs, information about sea creatures and grand adventures! I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. Reviewed by Eli Byerly, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions is an entertaining educational film for young kids. The writing is intelligent and the amount of information supplied to the audience is plentiful. The show makes learning a fun, yet understandable experience for young kids. For the most part, this film succeeds in doing exactly that! However, I have some issues with the pace of the show.

Octonauts: 12 Rescue Mission is about a group of aquatic animal explorers named Kwazii, Captain Barnacles, Peso, Professor Inklings, Dr. Shellington, Tweak, Dashi and Turnip the Vegimal. Throughout the film, the Octonauts excavate the ocean, visit locations such as the Mariana Trench and see animals such as barracudas and harbor seals. This DVD is a collection of episodes from their TV show Octonauts.

One thing I really admire about this show is its colorful animation. The quality of the art really draws you in. I was also impressed with the humor that is written into the script. They make certain jokes that kids will find funny and the voice actors execute these quite well.

The DVD educates its viewers on topics such as urchins, yeti crabs, kelp forests and lion's mane jellyfish. It tells us where these animals live, what they prey on and who their predators are. It also touches on survival mechanisms such as camouflage. All of these are important for kids to know, even at such a young age. I have an issue with the pace of the show. It feels too fast for me and I had a difficult time keeping up with the information presented.

Overall, this is an entertaining DVD for kids. The animation is aesthetically pleasing and the voice acting is very well done. I rate this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. This DVD is cinematically stimulating and chocked full of educational information. It comes out on DVD May 9, 2017 so, be sure to check it out.

By Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, age 13
Runtime: 160 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


LET'S GO POCOYO: PLAYTIME!

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Pocoyo, the unforgettable little boy with a very big personality, returns with all of his friends, Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird, and more, in this new series! Let's Go Pocoyo offers children a unique approach to learning about language through simple, basic vocabulary. This new series of Pocoyo continues to embody the core philosophy of "learning through laughter". By utilizing a blend of humor and learning, Pocoyo inspires and informs children about the world around them. Embark on eleven playtime adventures with Pocoyo and friends as they learn the importance of playtime is enjoying it with others. Enjoy playing hide and seek to playing dress up as pirates! Ahoy there, Pocoyo! Learning through laughter has never been this fun! Plus, each episode includes a refresher section in which children are reminded of key words that have been covered during Pocoyo's adventures such as color, animals, and shapes. Then, at the end of each episode, a catchy music clip will revisit one last time those important new words. Every day is an adventure with Pocoyo and friends!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed the DVD, Let's Go Pocoyo with its kid-friendly scenes, colors and characters. This exciting DVD is filled with fun, educational activities that kids can remember and use during their everyday lives at school or when hanging out with family and friends.

Pocoyo (Alex Marty) is accompanied by his lovely friends Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird and many more for a fun and exciting time of playing. The DVD helps preschool children learn languages in a simple and eye grabbing way. This compilation of the series elaborates on learning new vocabulary while laughing along in the adventures. The viewer can join Pocoyo and his friends on 11 playtime adventures as they learn the importance of playing with others!

I really like how the narrator (Stephen Fry) describes what goes on during the playtime sessions. This helps the kids pay attention and interact with the activities that are going on, which is a very positive aspect of this series. I also like how, at the end of each episode, there is a recap of all the words the kids and characters learned in each lesson. What is also good about the recaps is that it addresses the lesson in song, which is another fun way for kids to remember the information they obtained.

The theme of Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! is about learning new vocabulary in a fun and entertaining way that helps kids easily remember them. A message that comes through is to remember to have fun, with or without friends. For example, during the first episode, Pocoyo wants to play by himself, but later, he realizes that playing with his friends is more fun because it makes him happier.

I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for its vibrant colors, wonderful cast, educational content, exciting storyline and much more. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6. I encourage parents to sit and watch this lively series with their children to learn how laughter can be incorporated while learning new languages and more. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Imani Baptiste-Green, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

To begin, I want to say that I think Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! affects kids in a positive way because it teaches them vocabulary and important life values while still making them laugh and have fun. It is very well produced in such a way as to draw the kids attention and entertain them with all the bright colors and very friendly, fun animals and shapes. I relate to this because, when I was little I watched it and I remember being drawn into the series because of all the entertaining shapes and the great stories with important messages.

The 11 episodes of Let's go Pocoyo: Playtime! all have different stories which have things in common. In each episode, Pocoyo, Pato, Elly and Sleepy Bird go through an adventure that teaches kids basic English vocabulary and life lessons for them to grow up. For example, in one episode, Pocoyo shows up with a box full of toys including building blocks and a puzzle. He decides that he is going to keep all the toys for himself and not share with anyone, not even his friends. He notices that he is doing something wrong by doing this. So later he goes up to his friends, shares the toys with them, and has an even better time in doing so. While teaching vocabulary words, it teaches kids a lesson that they may apply even at their young age.

My favorite part of all the episodes is the ending in each one when they sing a song to recap everything they learned in it. All the vocabulary words and the life lessons are easily presented so a child can remember them. I love this part because it allows the kids a recap of what they just saw and helps them remember everything they just learned.

The most important message that I got from watching this DVD is its emphasis on diversity. It teaches them that no matter how different anyone is, it doesn't make them less of a person or a weird person. If you look closely, all of Pocoyo's friends are different. All of them have different characteristics, traits or something unique that makes them who they are. It makes them special and one of a kind. It's beautiful how this series teaches kids to accept diversity since this is very essential message they will stay with them as they grow up help them be accepting of all different types of people. I rate Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. This is available on DVD now, so be sure to go check it out!

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DINO DAN: DINO GO SEEK

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join junior dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! During an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and Grandma, Trek discovers that Microraptors use their natural abilities to hide with the best of them! Enjoy playing dino go seek and more dino game-filled adventures with Trek and friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Although it is animated, the dinosaurs look quite realistic most of the time. I know that when my son was younger, he loved dinosaurs and he would have enjoyed this one because it has interesting facts about them. The acting and script are quite wonderful which makes it interesting and fun to watch. Also, it has great educational value since it teaches kids many things about dinosaurs. It is a perfect length at 60 minutes. I recommend it for ages 3 to 9 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Dino Dan: Dino go Seek is a very educational DVD for young kids. It contains lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs. Unfortunately, there are lots of plot holes that left me wondering what was going on. I enjoyed the concepts of each episode, but found myself getting somewhat bored. Also, in the five episodes, the same dinosaurs are featured in four of them which I found very repetitive. They don't really change the facts up, so basically three episodes tell the same thing in different ways.

This DVD is a compilation of five episodes that aired on Nick Jr. including Dino Go Seek, Train of Dino's, Robots & Dino's, Dino Clash and Dino Racing. In Dino Go Seek, Trek learns about dinosaurs during a game of hide and seek. In Train of Dino's, Trek incorporates dinosaurs into his friend Penelope's train set. In Robots & Dino's, Trek helps protect a Dromaeosaurs egg using his friend Bobby's robots. Dino Racing is about Trek and his friends having imaginary races between humans and dinosaurs. Finally, Dino Clash Is about Trek and Bobby playing a game and learning about dinosaurs and teamwork.

I really enjoyed how they used CGI dinosaurs over video footage. I couldn't tell if his friends knew he could see dinosaurs or not because in some episodes they talk about it to him and in others they are wishing there were dinosaurs. My favorite episode is Train of Dino's because, it not only uses the usual CGI over video, it also uses stop motion animation in the form of the train set people moving. This is very creative and I love the variety.

The main character Trek is played by Trek Buccino. Jordyn Nergri plays Hannah. Katherine Forrester plays Penelope. Bobby is played by Colin Petierre. His brilliant facial expressions are one of my favorite things. Each episode has its own moral. The clearest message ii in Dino Clash. It is about teamwork because, in the end they have to work together to get to the finish line.

I loved the variety of styles in this DVD so I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I also find it quite informational, so I recommend It for kids who love dinosaurs from ages 3 to 10. I also think parents will probably enjoy watching this with their younger children. It's available on DVD now, so go check it out.

By Rohan Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


ONLY ONE YOU

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ONLY ONE YOU
MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf delivers a great, and rather catchy, message about being yourself. Video created by 15 year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Delightful, charming, makes a perfect short music video break for any children's or family film festival. Adorable and colorful 2D animation. Music is well timed to the images. Great message. What is not to like! I love it. Recommend for pre-K to school-aged kids. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In this fun and adorable music video we get to see kids of all ages and ethnicity. The message that everyone is different and special is a great lesson to teach kids. The quality of the sound, especially when the singer sings is beautiful and very clear. The camerawork sets and special effects were very simple but good for the audience they are intended for. The animation is adorable and clever, showing children doing all kinds of fun and cool things. It shows that there are tons of fun to be had if you copy these onscreen kids doing things like ballet, balancing books on your head, wearing red jeans and even more fun and silly things that make them all different and unique. I love the fact that they use a fun, simple kind of 2D animation to show this important and amazing rule that everyone needs to know. The singer in this music video sings in a very happy, bubbly voice that brings this song to life for everyone, young and old, small and big. I recommend this to kids ages 2 to 8. Kids will love singing along to this catchy and quirky beat that will stick in their heads for days. It's time to get up dance and run around the house singing to this terrific and educational song. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES

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LORETTE BAYLE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - Dana Cohenour, a pioneering independent singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids. Dana's sixth highly interactive album includes 12 mostly original songs designed to get kids ages one to seven up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies and top-notch musicianship.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana is a seasoned, veteran performer and her work shows it. Her vocals are crystal clear and engaging, the production values are terrific featuring some smoking good musicians. The songs are high-energy and demand participation unless you are Velcroed or hot-melt glued to your seat. Great for classrooms, home schools and for kids you just need to tire out with good positive, down-home, funky fun music! Pick up this CD and you might not be able to put it down. Love the energy, the participation and production quality. Songs are terrific for activity and downright fun! The album flows nicely. The artist knows her audience well and her songs follow suit. Listeners will probably seek out more Dana music! It's just that good. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed listening to Dana's Best Jump & Jam Tunes CD! I found myself tapping to the beat of many songs. One of the things I like about this CD is that so many of the songs are nursery rhymes. They have simple melodies, fun rhythms and positive, upbeat messages. Many of them are about animals and the importance of doing the right thing in life. The "I Love Mommy" song is very simple yet it is a reminder of the most important people in our lives - our family.

There are twelve songs on the CD. It's too difficult to pick a favorite, I love "Barnyard Hoedown," "Jumping Beans," "Five Green and Speckled Frogs and "I Love Mommy. The reason why I like "Barnyard Hoedown" so much is because it is a country song with animal voices, a kid's choir and ends with a cow mooing. The "Jumping Beans" is really cool because of its Spanish flavor and the inclusion of a xylophone. I also think "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" is funny because of the frogs croaking in it. Finally, the "I Love Mommy" is particularly touching lullaby with having a heartfelt simple message about loving your family.

Dana Cohenour sings all the songs on the CD is really great. Her voice is very pretty and she can make funny sounds with her voice like singing with different accents. She also does the fun musical arrangements.

The message of this CD is about the importance of respecting animals, doing the right thing and loving your family. What sticks out in mind the most is the kids' choir singing, the animal voices and Dana singing in different styles. I also like all the nursery rhymes.

While I think kids of various ages will enjoy this, I recommend it to ages 3 to 7 because the songs are nursery rhymes with animal sounds. I give this 4 out of 5 musical stars for its positive upbeat songs and inclusion of animal and kid voices.

By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13
Media: AUDIO


BEST OF RAFFI

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BEST OF RAFFI
ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - A career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children's troubadour Raffi. The album includes 16 classics including "Down By The Bay" (1976), "Bananaphone" (1994) and, perhaps his most iconic hit, "Baby Beluga" (1980). Beginning with 1976's Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as "Raffi") is one of the world's best-selling and most influential children's entertainers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I need not remind you that Raffi came to prominence in the Plasticine Period when most children's music was seeking its way in the woolly wilderness - most things were molded in brightly colored clay and deemed most precious. And then, this clarion voice came shining through the stark wilderness, broke the mold and boldly mixed traditional songs in clever ways and wrote original insightful songs of social relevance with love and gentle understanding of his young adoring audience. Somewhere in a faraway distant galaxy little Xnobian children are pointing their antennas toward the Milky Way and receiving the first faint notes of "Baby Beluga". What a treat. Listen and smile and applaud 40 years of this true artist for the ages! This CD has terrific performances, songwriting and production qualities. Raffi's songs are extremely well crafted and provide a relevant message for kids today just as they did when he started out. They are aimed directly with love at their core audience of children from toddlers to 8-year-olds. They model behaviors of love, acceptance, protection and fun! This artist is totally in touch with his audience and the importance of the world in which they live. With its beautiful arrangements and vocal prowess, it provides an absolute learning adventure odyssey. Let's all get involved in saving the Earth for future kids and protecting the innocent. This is a must get for parents of young ones. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love to sing dance and just be a child at heart so I love this CD. It is simply wonderful because it has songs for kids of all ages. It has songs that had me wanting to get up, dance, sing and have fun and I found myself doing just that. I love that Raffi sings songs that are fun and memorable and just plain silly!

Included are 16 unique songs kids can dance, sing, learn and just have a good time along with Raffi. This would be great for parties or sleepovers and will pick you up if you are feeling blue. They are very kid-friendly and teach lessons such as everyone grows up, what the sun is and what it does best. On the flip side, there are songs that are funny and silly and will have you up out of your seat and whirling around your house.

The Wheels on the Bus and If You're Happy and You Know It are classics that have a few twists added which make them even cuter. My favorites are Baby Beluga and Love Bug. I love these two because they are very sweet and very clever and had me laughing and dancing. The Baby Beluga is about a baby beluga's day and what it did. Love Bug is about the love bug and how everyone has one and how it shares love and happiness throughout the world.

This CD really made me feel like I was 5 or 6 again and I loved it. It really lets you be carefree and silly and not have to worry about things that older kids have to worry about. For example, things that really bothers me is that I have to do school, worry about money, boys and report cards and what my parents think of me. When I listen to this music I let all that stress go and kicked back to relax and just have fun and go back to that time of my life when I had no worries, bills or strife. I think that it could really help kids deal with all kinds of things and bring them a bit of joy to their day.

I recommend this for kids ages 2 to 12. Kids will love how Raffi sings songs that are fun and educational. They are easy to follow and invite the listeners to sing and dance along. I give this CD 5 out of 5 singing and dancing stars shooting across the sky.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This CD is a mixture of new and old children's songs. Many of the old songs are favorites and the children got up and danced and sang along to them. Some of the newer or, not so familiar songs, are upbeat and exciting. The first half of the CD are fun, fast paced and kids loved them and danced along. Some of the slower paced ones did not hold my grandchildren's interest as much. An old favorite, "The Wheels on the Bus" was their favorite. Also a new version of De O, Daylight Come and Me Wanna Go Home is delightful. They know the words to this song and clapped their hands and danced along. They also were quite partial to "Down By the Bay," "Apples & Bananas," "Ring, Ring Banana Phone," "Let's Play" and "Shake the Sillies Out." My kids loved the faster paced songs.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10
Media: AUDIO


MACK & MOXY: ADVENTURES IN HELPEELAND!

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MACK & MOXY: ADVENTURES IN HELPEELAND!       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm except for one problem Shelfish Sheldon (played by Hank Azaria) is about to snatch the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. Guest celebrity, Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medal winner), helps the Heroes on their mission. Three more adventures introduce kids to subjects like autism, buckling-up for safety and eating healthy foods. Other guest celebrities featured include Keegan Michael-Key (The Angry Birds Movie, Key & Peele), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn 99) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice Through the Looking Glass). In the episode, A Spectrum of Possibilities, Trooper Charlie is a wonderfully talented boy who lives with autism. Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life's complicated issues. Friendship, honesty, tolerance, patience, healthy eating habits, dancing, singing, playing together, solving conflicts and working together are not always easy for children to understand and the Mack & Moxy series really helps parents instill good values in their children and helps parents find ways to teach these qualities to their children in a playful, colorful yet firm way. A must for all parents! The topics discussed, the music, the lyrics, the funny and unusual characters, and the vibrant colors are all spot on and will all appeal to children. Each story has a great topic and the characters are lively, honest, funny, believable and colorful. Each segment concentrates on a powerful message to help young children understand. The songs emphasize the message and make a great addition at the end of each segment. Having the words written on the screen also helps parents relay the words. The material in each segment is very relevant and is very easy for children to follow. Subjects such as honesty, proper car seats for children of different ages, healthy eating, friendship, cooperation, team work, understanding children with autism, respect and organized games at recess time, are all introduced. At the end of each segment a mention of where to find more information is listed. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and the subject matter is very relevant. The songs are so lively and sing-able.

The theme song throughout the DVD when the team is ready to go out on their mission, 'Here We Go, Na Na Na, Off to Healthyland' is great. I found myself singing to it too! The animation is fantastic. The colors are so bright and rich for each of the characters and each of the Great Helpees hatched is a different color! The songs are upbeat and uplifting! Having the words written on the screen helps adults learn the songs. The settings for each of the segments has lots of imagination built in and also has awesome colors. Each of the characters has their own unique costume and name. Shellfish Sheldon is a red lobster, Clicks the robot, Patches the tiger, Little Bird is Autistic as well as Trooper Charlie, who dances very well, and so many others. These segments are all very interesting and colorful and playful and educational as well. Some of the segments dealt with normalizing Autism and one explains about the devices that help Autistic children communicate with others. It stresses that 'even though we are all different, we are all the same'. The song, 'Each One of Us Is Different' helps us to understand more. The theme of this segment is that children with Autism can be a great friend, and our differences are Okay. Yes, I love this! Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school. This colorful DVD contains four episodes that combine animation, live-action, puppets and songs. The first episode teaches how to solve and arguments using "Rock, Paper, Scissors." The second teaches you about buckling your car seat belt. The third talks about healthy eating and the fourth is about autism. In each episode, Mack (a moose-like giant) and Moxy (a perky pink raccoon) and their friends go to Helpee Island to save the great Helpee egg? One day they meet a new friend who helps them get the Helpee Egg. Meanwhile, the show's enemy, Shellfish Sheldon is trying to steal the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. My favorite part of each episode is when Shellfish Sheldon is about to achieve his goal but fails, usually helping Mack and Moxy get the Helpee Egg. This show contains lots of repetition. At the end of each episode, they use exactly the same script as they did at the beginning. Repetition is good for younger children but can get tedious for older kids and adults so, I recommend this film for ages 1 to 4 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

Mack and Moxy is a very enjoyable children's TV show series with multiple scenarios portraying life's messages in a fun and laughable tone. With its bright colors and relatable characters, this series is great for young children to enjoy.

In this four episode DVD, Mack, a tall blue moose who's a bit of an airhead, and Moxy, a pink and purple raccoon who's quick on her feet, take part in numerous adventures to help rescue the "Helpee Orbs" which play pivotal roles in helping others. In each episode, a human scout helps Mack and Moxy on their missions. Missions are assigned by multiple guest stars, such as Simone Biles or Keegan Michael-Key. Each episode is unique in its own way. The first has Mack and Moxy's team hunting for the Helpee in a playground. They play 4 square and even take a swing on the monkey bars. The second episode takes place in a desert. The third episode is underwater, with a family of octopi. These octopi grow a garden of fruits and veggies. The final episode takes place in a forest, where communication is controlled by music and technology.

My favorite character is Shellfish Sheldon (Hank Azaria) who has a lovable lisp and a persistency like none other. Even though Sheldon is supposed to be the bad guy, his personality makes his attempts to ruin the day a complete joke. Each time Sheldon makes his one time per episode appearance, he made me laugh. Additionally, the songs are very catchy and easy to remember. I played the songs in my head over and over again. I still remember lyrics from the song "Buckle Buckle, Seatbelts & Chuckle."

Each episode has a different message. One talks about how fairness is distributed on the playground. Another captures the importance of buckling your seat belt. One explains how eating the right food can greatly improve daily life. And one teaches how everyone is different, yet should be treated equally.

The catchy songs are the highlight of each episode and serve a purpose to help kids remember the important teachings. I recommend this DVD to ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Lara M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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FLOOGALS: DESTINATION PLANET EARTH!       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny "hoomans" who live there! Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer are pocket sized alien adventurers on a mission to observe and experience a new and exciting world Planet Earth! Arriving in their spaceship from the distant planet of Floog, the Floogals are on a mission to document everything around them in the peculiar world of the "hoomans". Each day, Fleeker, Flo, and Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day's research "project" and triggering an exciting adventure! First, Boomer becomes very fond of the three stripy caterpillars the kids are keeping in the shed. Then, one day one of the caterpillars disappears and then another and another. It's up to the Floogals to learn the mystery of the disappearing caterpillars! Then, when the Floogals encounter a balloon that's intended for the Girl Hooman's birthday party they think it's a monster it's ten times bigger than them with a giant face! Can Fleeker conquer his fear to return the balloon to the little girl in time for her birthday? Find out! Adventure is everywhere they go. They're the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let's go!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This show follows three little explorers observing the hooman (human) world in a way that we can only observe by watching a show like this. All the stories are fantastic, but the one I like the most is Project Garden Hose. Due to the size of The Floogals, something like a garden hose is a behemoth to them (which becomes adorably obvious in Project Hamster). They are skating down the hose and it looks like this neat little jungle. It's very fun. Something about this program that had me worried at first is that it mixes animation with live action. The Floogals and their belongings are shown in CGI, but the world in which they explore is all shown in live action. I've seen this before and didn't care for it. I was not looking forward to watching it because of that. But The Floogals really pull it off! I can honestly say that the exploration would not be nearly as entertaining without the brilliant visual media mix along with the fun writing. I look forward to showing this to my son when he gets a bit bigger. I recommend this for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

This DVD is a fun story about aliens from outer space coming to Earth and discovering "hoomans". The aliens don't know anything about life on Earth and they learn and discover how things work on Earth. They have to use problem solving skills to find out where all the caterpillars disappear to when they turn into butterflies. It teaches them about the lifespan of a butterfly. It teaches them how to work together as a team, build friendships and how things work. It emphasizes trust, respect, team work and problem solving. The menu is easy to understand and use. You can move backwards and forwards easily through chapters. Visually, it is stunning. Kids will certainly enjoy it. The story makes sense. It starts with aliens landing on Earth, goes into finding their way around and ends with them understanding how things work on this planet. It is definitely fun to watch. I recommend it to children ages 2 to 7. Reviewed by Amanda M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Demonstrating the power of exploration and critical thinking, Floogals is a children's TV show with a mix of cartoon and real life images, exciting characters and unique episodes. Young children will enjoy the adventures the Floogals embark on.

This special Floogals DVD has eight episodes, stars Captain Fleeker, Officer Flo and Junior Boomer - aliens who have come to earth to explore the human's objects. Episode #1, Project Caterpillar, explains the process of metamorphosis to the Floogals as they watch and wait for the Hooman's caterpillars to change into butterflies. Episode #2 is Project Balloon, where the Floogals discover what a balloon is, how it works and why they are needed. The next Episode, #3 is Project Baby. The Floogals discover what a baby is exactly. Episode #4 is Project Bubbles. Along with discovering what a bubble is made of, the Floogals learn to work together to blow bubbles. In Project Hamster, the Floogals have to catch the Hooman's hamster that escapes the cage. In Project Robot, they take Hooman's son's robot to rescue officer Flo. The episode Project Garden Hose has them finding out that the hose is turned on by a lever and learning that hoses are used to water plants. The final episode is Project Magnet where the Floogals' learn what a magnet is and how it works. In each episode, kids learn the use of objects in our world.

My favorite character is Junior Boomer. Boomer's adolescent character and curiosity is fun to watch throughout every episode. Of course, the other characters are exciting to watch too. Officer Flo's intelligence and Captain Fleeker's leadership qualities greatly enhance the show. In addition, I enjoyed the live elements incorporated into the show. In Project Hamster, I like how a real hamster is in the show along with the animated Captain Fleeker, who are both in the hamster's cage.

Each episode teaches something different. Project Caterpillar teaches the audience about Metamorphosis. Project Balloon shows how balloons float. Project Baby demonstrates how we grow. Project Bubbles shows us what bubbles are made of. Project Hamster teaches about live animals and how to keep them in a cage. Project Robot shows how electronics work and how they run on batteries. Project Garden Hose demonstrates how a hose is used and how it works. Finally Project Magnet shows us how magnets work. As each episode teaches kids how ordinary objects in our world work, the Floogals' comedic characters and unique adventures make the show enjoyable. I recommend Floogals for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, go check it out. You're missing out if you don't share it with your preschoolers.

Reviewed by Lara M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

I love this fun and adorable DVD with its eight fun episodes that made me want to go on scientific adventures with my friends and family. All the episodes have fun things about science and they use the scientific method to teach kids about pets, magnets, garden hoses, toys and so much more.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an alien or to see an alien up close? Most people think that aliens would be bigger and better than us, but in this fun DVD there are aliens called Floogals that are adorable and fun-loving. The Floogals are aliens who want to find out more about humans, our surroundings and why we do all the different and quirky things that we love or need to do.

I love the animation and the way it is used together with live action to teach about the functions of ordinary household items. The aliens are animated, but the humans and the surrounding objects are live action. It is very different from what you mostly see today in the theater or on TV. I love that it isn't repetitive, but silly enough to have me laughing until I found myself wanting to do an experiment with the Floogals myself.

One of my favorite episodes is "Project Baby." I love this episode because it teaches kids about growing up, what babies are and what they need to grow up to become big and strong. They even think that the baby is the king of the humans and they also think that it was held in captivity because its crib looks like a hamster cage to them. My favorite character is Flo (Jules de Jongh). I love her voice and the way her character is so courteous and always on the lookout for adventure and projects to collaborate on with her fellow aliens. Another thing I enjoyed is the way that the Floogals guess things and then find out what they are. For example, in the episode "Project Garden Hose," they think that the hose is a snake or a straw of some sort, but, by using the work of science, they find out it is a garden hose and is used for watering plants in the garden.

I recommend this for ages 4 to 8. It is very creative and full of great conversations for adults and children. Children will learn in a fun, new, adventurous way. It will help them be great scientists and explorers when they are young and encourage them to do the same when they grow up. I give this fantastic DVD 5 out of 5 flying Floogal saucers. It is available now on DVD so, be sure to check it out.

By Morgan B. Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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DUNES

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DUNES
SARAH BASSIUONI
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE
Topic - Family
Description - Dunes takes the audience on a journey through grief from the perspective of an adventurous, curious and imaginative young girl named Archie. When Archie's mum is unexpectedly called to work Archie decides on her next exploration. Archie and her father used to be explorers together - they'd go on imaginative trips to locations from her favorite children's books, such as Deepest Darkest Peru (aka the Blue Mountains) and the Lost City of Atlantis (aka Sydney Aquarium). With her turtle, Snappy, by her side, she crosses the Great Arabian Desert (aka Cronulla), for her first adventure without her father to become 'Archie of Arabia!'
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This adorable film has fun and adventurous characters that I love. The most appealing thing about it is the story and the unique backgrounds and scenery. Children will enjoy it because it is very cute and they would love seeing this girl adventuring, going into the wild and the open having a good time with her best friend, her stuffed animal turtle. It flows well and makes sense although they don't explain the situation with her dad very well. We don't know if he is dead or always at work or why he's not around. The production values are pretty good. The sound is clear most of the time except it is a bit muffled when she is on the train. The sets and locations are fantastically beautiful. I loved the places they chose because they are quite stunning and fit the scenes. The little girl and her stuffed turtle are very cute and quite different from kids that you see in most movies today. The little girl seems like just a normal kid which makes it feel very real. I really like this short film. It is very child friendly and I can see someone watching it over and over. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 7 to 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FRENCH FOR KIDS: LES SAISONS (THE SEASONS)

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FRENCH FOR KIDS: LES SAISONS (THE SEASONS)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From l'hiver (winter) to l'automne (autumn), it's a year-round language-learning celebration! This lively French immersion video engages children with colorful backgrounds, animation, catchy songs, live-action footage, and lots of fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Young children will love French for Kids: Les Saisons and parents will love that they thought to purchase it for them! French for Kids: Les Saisons by Whistlefritz is one of a series of total immersion French instruction videos for children, aged appropriately for viewers 1 to 7 years of age.

The 35-minute lesson is fast paced, kid-focused instruction, that doesn't feel like instruction at all. The teacher, Marie Laure, is engaging, welcoming and animated in her delivery. Marie uses animated backgrounds, props and body language to demonstrate the meanings of words.

French for Kids: Les Saisons has return animated characters Fritzi, the mouse and Rito the fox planning a birthday celebration for Fritzi. Catchy, yet parent-friendly songs are interspersed throughout the stories to further help explain the concepts and add visual and auditory interest. The curriculum is reinforced with print words of key concepts (French only), bright colors, animation and cute videos of kids from diverse races playing in the different seasons - summer in the pool, autumn at a pumpkin farm and trick or treating.

Total immersion instruction means that there is no other language presented other than the one you are wanting to teach. This approach leaves learners relying on their other senses, besides auditory, to determine the meaning of words. Total immersion typically incorporates different learning strategies including visual, auditory and kinesthetic through a variety of multimedia approaches. The lack of English on this DVD was more distracting to me as an adult, than my daughter, who readily embraced the French only instruction. The literature says that there are English subtitles, which this reviewer was not able to locate. Thankfully, a parent/teacher translation guide is included which lists the English translation of the songs as well as key concepts of the lessons.

The Whistlefritz educator's French collection is highlighted on homeschool.com's Top 100 Educational Websites of 2016 as the perfect companion for parents who are homeschooling their young children. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. French for Kids: Les Saisons is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, go check it out. Reviewed by Ruth A.,KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - French for Kids: Les Saisons (The Seasons) is a fun, colorful DVD language course from Whistlefritz that is perfect for helping your kids learn French.

Les Saisons follows Fritzi, a cute and cheery mouse who attends a birthday party and then wonders when his own birthday is. His friend Marie helps guide him through the year and tells him all the special traits of winter, spring, summer and fall so he can figure it out. I had fun joining Marie and Fritzi in a well-paced lesson and jovial sing-a-long about the seasons - all in French.

The entire program runs 35 minutes and, while it's about the seasons, it also covers vocabulary on saying "hi," saying your name and other basic phrases as well as special vocabulary about holidays. This program really helps children understand by repeating words over and over and singing about the words to make it fun. The teacher Marie pronounces everything very slowly and clearly. A group of kids also repeat key words and contribute to a better understanding of what is going on onscreen. This DVD mixes animation and live action together successfully to make sure kids can follow the pronunciation but also have fun with its cast of animated characters. The lesson also includes footage of kids doing several pastimes related to the season being discussed which keeps things interesting. For instance, when they talk about fall, they shows kids jumping into piles of leaves.

This DVD has a special features video that explains Whistlefritz's inventive philosophy about immersion and what exactly learning by immersion means. I recommend you watch that before showing kids the DVD.

I give French for Kids: Les Saisons an age recommendation of 2 to 8. There is nothing objectionable about this DVD, but I think it is most comprehensible for children at least 2-years-old. I'm not a parent, so that's your call. The DVD's length and cheerful atmosphere should keep your child's attention. I give French for Kids: Les Saisons 4 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent resource for your child to begin to learn some basic French. This DVD is available on Amazon and other places where DVDs are sold. Do check out some of the other titles from its producer, Whistlefritz while you're at it.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I love this fun filled DVD that teaches kids how to read and speak French while learning about the seasons. I like how they mix learning with something that I had a wonderful time watching. I found myself dancing, singing and laughing the whole time.

This DVD is full of colorful animation and adorable videos of children swimming, having snowball fights, jumping into leaf piles and enjoying all the seasons. It is the perfect blend of animation, live action and music that will have any child laughing, dancing and learning. The live action videos show what the weather is like and how to find entertainment that each season offers. While these videos play, they have a song in French describing that season and activities the children are doing.

The unique characters will have you laughing and smiling throughout the entire DVD. The characters are a mouse, cat, dog and Marie. Marie teaches the correct pronunciation of words through her storytelling. The video also includes children who speak French which adds a bit of cuteness to the video and shows kids that it's easy for other kids to learn to speak French too.

I love the way they teach French by immersion. It is very different but kept me interested. I delight in the fact that the entire video is in French. I have never seen this use of immersion in learning a language before and I really appreciate that in this DVD.

I recommend this program for ages 2 to 7. Kids will love the storyline, characters and animation in this DVD. The videos will encourage them to try something new, get up and exercise. Older kids might think it is a bit too childish and might not like it as much as the younger ones do. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 French fantastic stars. If you want to learn French and have fun at the same time, then this is the perfect DVD for you. Bonne chance and au revoir. The DVD is available in stores and online now so, go check it out! You'll be glad you did.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING QRSTU       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town!

In this DVD, embark on adventures with Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry to search high and low for the letters Q, R, S, T, and U. Queen Scribble is organizing a Quick Quiz at Capital Castle. She has been writing�the questions for several days and today is the day they have all been waiting for. King Wordy was asked to be the quizmaster, and he is very excited! However, one of the contestants, Q-Monster, is missing! Will they find him in time so that he can play in the quiz with the other ABC Monsters? Find out!

Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.���
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - There are 26 ABC monsters, one for each letter of the alphabet and this DVD highlights five of them - Q,R,S,T and U. A letter monster is missing corresponding to the letter for each episode and, as the others search for them, they meet alphabet characters Q,R,S,T and U along the way. In the end, each ABC Monster is found. I have to say that I really enjoyed this DVD along with the 4 young children who watched with me. Cherry Berry is great guide throughout the episodes. The kids also enjoyed Una Underhill and her umbrella. The songs are great and very catchy. The characters are colorful and helpful to one another and there is not any violence of any sort. The kids really enjoyed the music and they really liked that the music is included within each episode and not just at the very end. The DVD has a sing along portion as well as dancing and acting out the letter shapes that are very kid friendly. My team clapped and laughed a lot while watching this. They shouted out answers to the word and alphabet questions. One thing I really appreciate is how this DVD really gets kids involved. It is not just something that they sit back and watch. There is a lot of interaction and learning. In addition, each episode is short enough to hold the younger ones' attention. Also, there is repetition of the letters within each episode that helps younger ones learn their letters. After watching this DVD, the kids were still singing the alphabet song and talking about the letters. This DVD is perfect for preschoolers or young ones learning the alphabet. There is lots of interaction, helpful characters and a fun sing-along that will have your kids dancing and entertained. The bright colors and calling out answers to the word puzzles make it even more exciting. My favorite part is the assortment of songs. They are catchy and really help kids to learn the alphabet, even after the episodes has ended. My kids danced, acted out the letter shapes and sang for the rest of the night. This DVD will definitely be watched again as the sing-along and word puzzle sections are awesome. Reviewed by Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I definitely want to recommend this colorful, quirky show that teaches your kids about letters and words. It will definitely have them singing and laughing while they learn. I found myself doing that. I even found myself doing exercises and having a wonderful time with all the fun characters including Cherry Berry who's a magical fairy. I love her because she is very inquisitive and she knows what to do. We also have the funny and adorable Alice who is a princess that lives at Capital Castle with her mother and father, the King and Queen. I love them. She also has her BFF with her named Brian who wants to help all the ABC Monsters, just like Alice and Cherry Berry. And, he wants to help his BFFs Alice and Cherry Berry. I love that about his character. He is very kind and sweet.

This is a perfect show for all little kids because it teaches phonics, writing and reading, how to recognize words and letters and so much more. It's really important for kids to learn how to solve puzzles and how to solve problems. This DVD is great at teaching them how to do those things as well. This is a perfect series. It has a wonderful, fun way of teaching. It's energetic and gets them up, dancing and laughing and, the next thing you know, they're singing the alphabet just like Alice, Cherry Berry and Brian. You'll be smiling and telling them what a great job they're doing.

I definitely encourage you to share this with your preschoolers because it teaches things that most kids don't want to learn, but makes it fun and energetic so they will want to watch this DVD over and over again. My favorites episode is Rain and Raffles. I love that one because there is the adorable R-Monster, who is my favorite monster or alphabet letter. One of my favorites I should say, because there are many. Other than that episode, I really like the way that they have so many fun and new characters such as the adorable rabbit who has a magnificent garden full of radishes, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, any kind of vegetable you can think of. They've probably got it. There is even a gigantic radish that you'll learn more about when you watch the DVD. I love this DVD because it's fun and exciting and I love how it teaches so many different letters and so many different words. I mean, they have one amazing episode about the letter R. That's what I call terrific. All these letters are just magnificent because they all are so different from each other. None of them are the same color and they all have their own perspective and personality which I love.

I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5. Kids will learn and have a great time. They'll have fun as they sing, dance and learn. It's also great teaching kids how to solve problems. Have fun. I give this 4 out of 5 Alphabet Fantastic Stars. This is available on DVD January 24, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

ABC Monsters: Starring QRSTU is very impressive with its colorful animation and learning style. I really like the nature backgrounds when the characters are outside. I also like how, at the end of every episode, a song plays and the characters sing and dance. The color and life put into the animation accentuates the themes of happiness and playfulness that the show exudes.

In this DVD, there are five different stories - Queen Scribble's Quiz, Rain and Raffles, Sandy Shores, Ticket to Ride and Unique Cycle. Each story follows Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry in finding missing the letters Q, R, S, T and U. They follow clues and have to find words starting with the featured letter. For example, in the Q section, one of the clues is "Q Monster was nervous for the Q - - Z." You have to fill in the blank with the clues the show provides the audience with (such as Q Monster saying, "I'm nervous for the quiz"). The show is a great educational experience for young learners.

This DVD targets preschoolers who are learning how to spell and they deliver a great production. This is a wonderful show for teaching young learners alphabet letters and simple words. The producers have been careful to make sure that the spelling and reading comprehension skills are tattooed into the audience's brains by including songs and cute little riddles. I'm impressed with what the team at ABC Monsters has created.

This DVD is a colorful and energetic learning show suitable for ages 2 to 5 and I give it 3 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a great learning show for your wee ones, be sure to check this out. It's available on DVD January 24, 2017 wherever DVDs are sold.

Reviewed by Ella L, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST

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HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of photographer Harry Benson. He captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous band in history; The Beatles. His extensive portfolio grew to include iconic photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Benson, now 86, is still taking photos and has no intentions of stopping
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you have ever looked through a magazine, then you have seen the photographic work of Harry Benson. I love this film because of its magnificent storyline and photographs. It is one of the best documentaries I have seen this year! I used to think of documentaries as boring, but documentaries now are fun and feel more like movies then just a boring lecture. Harry Benson's photographs take you on a journey of sixty years of history through the pictures he has taken. In every country imaginable he has taken photographs that are recognized around the globe.

It is incredible how he just happens to be at the right place at the right time and manages to capture historical events. The pictures are of everyone imaginable including the Beatles, Martin Luther King Jr., Mohammed Ali, Queen Elisabeth, the Watts riots in LA, Elizabeth Taylor, Hurricane Katrina, Princess Diana, Bobby Fischer, Michael Jackson, Robert Kennedy's assassination, President Barack Obama and many more.

I like the flow of the movie and the many different points of view that are expressed in the film. Harry Benson tells us about his photos, the stories behind them and about his life. There are many guest star appearance including Alec Baldwin, Dan Rather, Sharon Stone, Ralf Lauren and many more who have been photographed by this amazing man.

My favorite photograph in the film is of a lone boy returning from a fishing trip after losing all his friends. Even though it is a simple photo, the story behind it is shocking and heartbreaking. I loved learning about this photograph and was on the edge of my seat listing to its story. If "a picture is worth a thousand words," then Harry Benson is writing an encyclopedia of a billion words.

Directors Justin Bare and Mathew Miele pulled together a fantastic film, filled with interesting stories and a good vibe throughout. You can tell that everything is real and heartfelt. I was lucky enough to meet the director and enjoyed interviewing him. His favorite photo is the one of the Beetles are having a pillow fight. It is fun and shows the joyful energy they had. The music was composed by Ryan Beatty who I had also met. His songs bring the film to life and add just a bit more sincerity to it. I was nervous when I meet him. After all, he is an icon. It was more nerve wracking taking a pictures with him and I wonder what he will think of my photo. I admire him because he captures moments that tell a story and he hates typical pictures where people are posed and say cheese. He would rather photograph you eating cheese.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18. Kids will love learning about Harry Benson and the amazing people he met, the places he traveled to and all the iconic figures he has photographed. Adults will learn more about the man who took the iconic photos that we all recognize. I give this film 5 out of 5 photographic shooting stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: AUTUMN JOURNEY

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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: AUTUMN JOURNEY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Enjoy these adventures based on the classic picture book that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. Keeping love as the major theme, each adventure is set against the backdrop of a season with this collection focusing on the bright colors of autumn. Join Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Field Mouse as they leave a trail of acorns to find their way home, but Little Grey Squirrel unknowingly collects the acorns. Oh no! Now they are all lost in the woods! Will they be able to find their way back home? Enjoy these autumn adventures and more with Little Nutbrown Hare and friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - If you are seeking quiet, calm, old-timey togetherness with your child, then Guess How Much I Love You: Autumn Journey is perfect! Nothing blows up, nothing glitters and, most importantly, nothing is designed to over-stimulate you or your child. These animated episodes are good clean fun that reminds one of sweet, simpler times.

This animated series is based on the iconic books by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, bed time story go-to's for 20 years. Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends, Little Field Mouse and Little Grey Squirrel have adventures and misadventures that young children will enjoy and learn from.

This DVD of individual episodes makes bed time or quiet time even more special. Like the books, each episode has child-friendly dialogue, the joy of friendship and loving companionship between parent and young bunny. The episodes provide the added bonus of animation, stunning autumn-themed water color illustrations and calming music. And who doesn't enjoy hearing the father, Big Nutbrown Hare and son trying to one-up their love for each other?

Guess How Much I Love You: Autumn Journey is timeless entertainment for 3 to 6-year-olds and anyone else who enjoys a good bed time story!

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Guess How Much I Love You: Autumn Journey is a collection of heartwarming episodes full of love and I absolutely loved them! Watching it reminded me of when I was little and my mom would read me bedtime stories!

This movie is based off of the book Guess How Much I Love You, a much loved classic bedtime story written by Sam McBartney and illustrated by Anita Jeram.

Guess How Much I Love You: Autumn Stories is about Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends who go on outings and learn lessons.. They explore and go on adventures such as building a spider web, collecting different things, playing fun games and enjoying themselves. There are many lessons to be learned in these episodes. Kids can learn about team work, the importance of memory, using their imagination, perseverance and more!

I love all the animation! Autumn Journey is colorful, creative, detailed and it looks like it's a water color. The main characters are all drawn with detailed lines and color. The scenery is really pretty. All the trees have bright autumn colored leaves and they even have details in their trunk lines.

My favorite character is Little Nutbrown Hare. He is so adventurous and playful. He loves his friends and helping his dad out. He is kind and a great role model. Little Nutbrown Hare explores the meadow with his friends, Little Grey Squirrel, Little Field Mouse, Little Red Wood Fox and many more.

It is very sweet how every night Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare say how much they love each other. They try to compete with bigger reasons to describe the amount of love they have for each other. Normally stories are about a mom with the child sharing a bond. Here the dad is always there in the adventures telling Little Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him and this is a really nice change. It shows kids that both parents share equal love.

These short episodes are great bedtime stories to watch and enjoy during quiet family time. This movie is relaxing and full of fun plot lines that can help kids calm down and fall asleep. The sweet animation and story lines are perfect for when Mom or Dad are too tired to read a story out loud. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 6 and rate it 5 out of 5 stars because it is based on the classic books and is full of valuable lessons, great animation and heartwarming moments.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD
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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING MNOP

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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING MNOP
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town, so it's very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are always curious and happy creatures so they tend to wander off from Alphabet Gardens and get lost in the process.�

In each adventure Alice and her good friends Brian and Cherry Berry, must search high and low for one of the missing monsters.� In this DVD, embark on adventures to find the letters M,N,O and P!� Will they be able to get all four letter monsters back to Capital Castle before the sun goes down?� Find out! Along the way Alice and her friends laugh, sing, and clap along as they discover just how much fun letters and words can be, while at the same time learning valuable clues that lead Alice and her two friends ever closer to the runaway monster.� Your little one will enjoy everything from karaoke videos to learning how to draw each featured letter to word puzzles and more!

Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kids, ages 3 to 6 will simply love ABC Monsters: Party in Capital Castle! Starring MNOP because the episodes are quick paced, entertaining and fun! Meanwhile, their parents will embrace these episodes as a tool for helping children increase their pre-reading skills such as letter recognition, letter formation, visual tracking and vocabulary recall.

Learning the letters of the alphabet and developing pre-reading skills is always easier when it feels more like play rather than effort! Watch along as friendly talking monsters in the shape of letters make learning fun by using repetition, word games, brightly colored animation and age appropriate songs.

Throughout these four stories, cartoon characters Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry work together to find missing letter monsters and return them to their home in Alphabet Gardens in the Capital Castle. This DVD focuses on the letters M, N, O and P.

This reviewer would have welcomed diversity in the "human" characters, as they were all seemingly Caucasian. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars.

By Ruth Anderson, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What would the world be like without the letters M N O P? Chaos! We use these letters every day and, in this DVD, preschoolers and kindergarteners help solve a mystery to find a different missing letter in every episode. This is a fun filled show containing four episodes, each one about the relationships of letters and how important they all are. Each episode focuses on a specific letter and uses words from that letter throughout the show.

This animated cartoon adventure has the perfect blend of silliness, singing, puzzles, mysteries, exercise and games. I enjoyed the colorful animation and all the different activities that keep your mind entertained. The letters are all adorable. It teaches children how to spell, write, count, directions, phonics and the importance of letting peers know where you are.

My favorite episode to watch is Odd Jobs and Octopuses. I love this episode because it is silly. I like all the fun words that we learn and it is really cute. I love the way that it incorporates many different ways we use the letter O. The letter O is very quirky. The way he solves the problems with all his odd jobs is original. All the letters get together to help O. This episode also teaches teamwork and that is a very important lesson for children to learn.

The voiceovers are quite believable and easy to listen to. The voices vary enough to make it easy to see differentiate between the letters. All the character are adorable and make you want to play along with them, sing the catchy songs, exercise, dance and do the fun games.

My favorite character is Alice because she is so adorable, sweet and helpful. I love the ways she supports her friends Brian and Cherry Berry while they try to find the missing letters. Brian is very funny and just too cute for words. I love how he assists Alice and Cherry Berry by telling them what words mean. Cherry Berry is a magical fairy with a jester stick that is friends with Alice and Brian. She is very helpful and is willing to help Alice and Brian find the missing alphabet letters.

The graphics are bright, silly and colorful. The directors, Au Loong and Cheong Siew Wai have created a fast paced, entertaining show that captures your attention from beginning to end. You are sad to see it end.

I recommend this show for ages 3 to 7. Older kids will likely enjoy watching it too as it reminded me of being younger and reinforced that learning can be fun. Cute, singing Monsters always make people smile. This really is one cute, adorable, quirky and fun learning experience all rolled up into one DVD of four episodes. I give this DVD 4 � out of 5 ABC Stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


KIWI: 20 PHONICS ADVENTURES

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KIWI: 20 PHONICS ADVENTURES
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - In this collection of twenty episodes, Twiki and Twini will take us on adventures to discover new words and new sounds. Each episode features a handful of words spelled out by our friends, Twiki and Twini. Your little one will learn how to spell fun words like "clown" and animal words like "dog". The fun and learning never ends with these two! Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images. Filmed in HD Stop Motion Animation! A cinematic process and technique used to make static objects appear as if they are moving. A technique used in claymation and puppet-based animation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great way to learn new language skills! This series features 20 stories following Twiki and Twini, the colorful, claymation Kiwi bird characters who help young children develop language skills using phonics. Each story is simple and to the point. Twiki and Twini present the concepts, sounds and spelling in entertaining ways. Each story introduces new words and can be viewed independently. Each story has a theme with related sounds and words. The menu allows you to select a particular story or view them all. Children 2 to 6 years old will enjoy watching this series and their parents can easily enjoy watching it with the children. Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kiwi: 20 Phonics Adventures is a fun, educational, colorful and well-animated series on DVD that does a good job of teaching young children about phonics and word building.

Kids can learn phonics along with Kiwi birds, Twiki and Twini, as they go on adventures including making a movie and trying to find a magic compass. My favorite episode in this volume, the latest in the Kiwi series, is The Little Robot. Twiki and Twini meet a blue robot in desperate need of energy and they have to go to the moon to find moon rocks to power him.

Another episode I enjoyed is The Magic Compass. The Kiwis find a magic compass that can change the seasons but a mischievous skunk steals it and Twiki and Twini need to find it so they can change the season back.

Each short episode of Kiwi: 20 Phonics Adventures teaches a few words revolving around a specific topic. For instance, one episode centers on housecleaning and another on art. The narrators spell and sound out the words used in each episode and review all of them at the end. Every episode is very playful and bright and the words stay in your mind because they use shapes and objects from the episode's theme to spell out the words on your screen and make it more memorable.

The claymation is very lush and colorful and stands out in this quirky series. The animation brings the kiwi birds to life and, even though they never talk, you understand their personalities and relationship. I really like watching the two buddies, the short, round and sometimes grumpy Twiki and his tall cheery yellow sidekick, the clumsy, easygoing Twini. Fun side characters throughout the series keep the stories lively.

Kiwi: 20 Phonics Adventures was originally a French series and it's fun to spot clues from European culture in the animation in some of the episodes. For example, when showing you how to spell coin, they use European money to make the letter "o."

Kids will have a great time learning about phonics with Twiki and Twini.

I give Kiwi: 20 Phonics Adventures an age rating of 3 to 6 or for anyone trying to learn to read and rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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CAT IN THE HAT, THE: OH SAY, WHAT'S THE WEATHER TODAY?

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CAT IN THE HAT, THE: OH SAY, WHAT'S THE WEATHER TODAY?       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - It's time to explore and learn further about everybody's favorite topic - the weather! So let's hop on the Thinga-ma-jigger with the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick, and our dear friend, Fish. First, we'll travel to Color-ga-lore to meet King Kaleidoscope, an expert on rainbows! We'll discover how to make our very own rainbow and even learn a musical number to remember the proper color order! Then, we'll travel to Huff-Puff-Maguff where there's just so much wind! We'll fly a kite and cool down with the breeze. Next, we're off to Bluey Blue Sky where we figure out the what and why behind the water cycle. Ever seen water vapor rise high into the sky? The weather adventures have just begun so let's hop on the Thinga-ma-jigger and have some fun in the sun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This Cat in the Hat series is timeless fun for young children and their parents alike. While the age-old characters of Nick, Sally, the goldfish in the bowl and The Cat in the Hat (voiced by Martin Short) are not much different than the Cat in the Hat stories of olden days, the concept of actually being educated while being entertained is new. Children ages 3 to 7 will have fun secretly being taught science facts in the guise of a cartoon. I personally learned some facts about rhinoceroses that I doubt I will be forgetting anytime soon!

The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That! does a brilliant job of repeating facts through kid-friendly vocabulary and catchy songs sure to get kids singing along. Between the repetition, the bright colored animation, Martin Short's characterization of The Cat and the memorable music, these episodes have the potential to make a lasting impression on your children. I suspect this will be one DVD they will want to view again and again! The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That! receives a rating of 5 out of 5 stars from me. Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I think that it is quite funny that the moms let Nick and Sally go everywhere with The Cat in the Hat. I get a little worried about that. That just goes to show how trustworthy the Cat in the Hat is. The moms have to be very trusting to trust a worthy cat like that.

This 90 minute DVD is filled with seven adventures that are all about the weather which effects everyone, every day. I love that it has fun activities for children to do in between the episodes. It easily keeps you focused while teaching you about the weather in a fun and entertaining way.

Dr. Seuss is loved by all children around the world and this DVD is voiced in many different languages. What started out as silly children's book is something that children worldwide now share.

Sometime science can be boring, confusing and seem like a whole different language but now we have The Cat in the Hat making science and weather concepts easy to understand and remember. Learning can be fun and exciting when watching animations that make it easy to remember. I recently interviewed Julie Stall, the producer of this series and she understands what makes children laugh and smile and has done an amazing job bringing Dr. Seuss books to life in over 60 animated episodes.

Martin Short is the cat's meow. He is the voice of The Cat in the Hat and has been in this role for over six years. His ability as a great character actor who can do many voices makes him a perfect fit for this role. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person a short time ago and found him very pleasant, easy to talk to and extremely funny.

I'm so impressed by Alexa Torrington who voices Sally, the cute adorable little girl who goes off on learning adventures with the Cat. She has played the same character for over six years and is now a young adult, yet her voice sounds the same as when she started as a young girl. Sally is kind hearted, curious, clever and loves learning. She is endearing and cute to watch.

Jacob Ewaniuk voices Nick, the little boy who follows the Cat. He has also kept his voice consistent to his character. Nick is inquisitive, humorous and compelling to watch.

I love to learn and this DVD taught me lots of lessons such as how clouds are formed, how wind power works, what the water cycle is and much more. One of the most intriguing lessons on this DVD is Chasing Rainbows because you get to learn two lessons in one. I love rainbows and this entire lesson is all about rainbows and has a catchy song that is still stuck in my head. I learned all about the colors of the rainbow and where they come from.

Of course there is also the Fish voiced by Rob Tinkler. I adore Fish. Fish asks great question that make you think. He should hide the answers and make finding them a little trickier, although they are perfect hiding places for younger children. Then we have the cutest thing ever - Thing One and Thing Two. They always seem to be helpful and ready for The Cat in the Hat's whistle to lend a helping hand. All three of these characters add a little something to this series and they are all adorable, quirky, humorous sidekicks for The Cat in the Hat.

I recommend this series to ages 3 to 12. Younger kids will love the animation. Older kids will have science lessons reinforced and fun, cute cartoons to watch. I rate this 5 out of 5 Thinga-ma-jigger red and white top-hat stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


SID THE SCIENCE KID: INVENT & INVESTIGATE

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SID THE SCIENCE KID: INVENT & INVESTIGATE
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Sid the Science KidTM is an inquisitive little boy who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles. Why do things work the way they do? He tries to answer each question and solve problems with the help of Teacher Susie, Sid's family as well as his classmates, May, Gerald and Gabriela. In this third volume, Sid and his friends learn all about simple machines, how animals communicate, the importance of dirt, what makes leaves special, bugs and more! Let's invent and investigate with our favorite scientist, Sid the Science Kid!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated show features a curious young boy named Sid who has many questions about the world around him. It follows a format where Sid encounters a new concept in the morning, goes to school where he meets his friends and they learn about the science surrounding this new concept. In the episodes I watched, these included the wheel, incline plane and levers. While the animation and comedy are corny at best, there is definitely tangible educational and scientific benefits to be gained. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Michael O., KIDS FIRST! Juror

Sid the Science Kid has always been a favorite amongst small children and their parents. Sid has taught my children so much and practical things that help them understand the world around them. This title does exactly that and is very similar to the episodes that are shown on PBS. Sid is very respectful to his parents, baby sister, friends and teachers. Everyone around him encourages asking questions and opening their minds to learning new things. The catchy tune in the beginning is fun too. Overall kids will love this title and parents will love how unique it is compared to other shows for this intended age group.

Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Sid is a hit! Younger kids really enjoyed the first episode of Sid the Science Kid which is about wheels, what they do and how they are useful. These kids immediately became excited to see Sid as they regularly watch his show on PBS. Older children were expecting more and though they were engaged in watching the episode they were not as satisfied with this episode however, when told they didn't have to watch the whole show they did not want to stop watching! Both older and younger children loved the music in the video. The title song is catchy and the wheels song brought older kids to watch who originally didn't want to, along with the Big Idea.

Reviewed by Hanna M's youth jury
Runtime: 220 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


UPTON CHARLES - DOG DETECTIVE, TIP TOP

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UPTON CHARLES - DOG DETECTIVE, TIP TOP
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN
Series: E-BOOK, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is about as exciting as it gets. The carnival is in town and the twins really want to go, although Upton is not too keen on the idea, until the Chief of Police calls and says that there has been a disappearance the snake lady and all her snakes are gone. Upton, who is a Bichon Frise (that's "BEE-shon free-ZEY"), a little white dog, knows his duty and joins the Charles' to sniff out the missing reptiles, although he has no idea what a snake smells like. Actually, Upton doesn't like snakes at all. Come along and enjoy the ride. Watch clues slither by as Upton solves the mystery of Tip Top.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an awesome find! I truly wish I had the Upton Charles Dog Detective books to read with my children as they were growing up! The Charles family, consisting of Mom, Dad, the twins and a talented Bichon Frise named Upton are called upon to help solve mysteries in their community. Readers will enjoy picturing life from a dog's point of view while being entertained with colorful details and intriguing twists to the plot.

Tip Top takes us to the travelling carnival where Amelia the Snake Lady and all of her snakes have disappeared. Clue after clue are discussed and help the readers sort out facts in order to build their own theories on the mysterious disappearance.

As a former school administrator, I applaud Florida State for including Upton Charles books in their Common Core Curriculum. In Tip Top, author D.G. Stern adds to the story's interest by dropping names of famous people such as former President Clinton and former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev helping make the story feel more relevant to real life. If young readers aren't careful, they might increase their knowledge about topics like the Great Depression, the American Revolution and the Second World War. The author brilliantly infuses historically significant facts into the narration in a painless and entertaining manner.

Tip Top is written such that struggling readers can enjoy the storyline and avid readers will be enthralled. I wholeheartedly endorse Tip Top and the other books in the Upton Charles Dog Detective series!

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This series of books follows a dog detective named Upton who, together with his family, helps people. In Tip Top, Upton and his family (mom, dad and twins) try to find out what happened to a snake charmer who has gone missing from the carnival. This story is topsy-turvy and you don't know what will happen next. But Upton is there to sniff out all the clues and help the family solve the case.

This story made me laugh because Upton talks directly to the reader and he is very logical and reasonable. Throughout the book, Upton and the other characters reference a lot of information. Some things I knew about and some I didn't. I think this a great thing for a kid's book because it teaches kids about new things. Or, like with me, makes them ask their parents about things they didn't know about before, like certain events in history.

This book reinforces the fact that animals have thoughts too and they are smart and have lots to say - if only you know how to listen to them. Upton's family knows how smart he is and they have learned to listen to him and understand him. This is good because Upton is definitely helpful in solving this case. Also, the book is good because you learn how not to act or behave by watching the bad guy.

The character of Upton definitely stands out. Even though he is another species, he is the most remarkable character in the book because of his brainpower and curiosities. He is a layered character with lots of different sides. Unfortunately, he sometimes doubts himself by saying things like "I'm only a little white dog." I did not like that part because it is like saying "I'm bald so I can't live my dreams as a hair stylist." But in the end, Upton comes through so I suppose he overcomes his doubts.

This books meets all the guidelines for a great kids' book: no gratuitous violence or profanity; no inappropriate sexual behavior; no bias in terms of race, gender or religion; and no unsafe behavior. The storyline is simple and easy to follow and Upton steals almost every scene.

I recommend this book for children from four to eight years of age (if you live in Madrid like I do and need more books to read in English, then from ten to fourteen). I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars because the idea of a dog detective is fun and I like the fact that Upton talks in the first person. Unfortunately, there are a lot of typos, extra or missing words, and grammar mistakes in the online edition that I read, but I'm sure that will get corrected.

Reviewed by Miles T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Tip Top is a fun mystery book that would be entertaining for kids. I really like how they added facts to the story so you can learn things while you read. Sneaking historical facts into the story is very clever. Kids can learn about a lot of different things about science (snakes) and history (presidents).

Tip Top follows the Charles family and their white Bichon Frise named Upton. They help solve mysteries with the police department. In this book, they are asked to find the Snake Lady from the carnival, Amanda, who is missing. The family works together really hard to find clues to solve the mystery.

The moral of this story is that, if you work together, you can achieve lots. Officer Tree, Upton and the whole family all help each other find out what happened. They all contribute to finding clues.

I also like the pictures. There aren't lots of them, but they add visuals so you know how Upton and the other characters look.

I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars because it helps to teach you facts and it is entertaining for kids.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $ 1.99
Media: Book


ABC MONSTERS: STARRING IJKL

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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING IJKL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet. Now should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town! So it s very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are always curious and happy creatures so they tend to wander off from Alphabet Gardens and get lost in the process. In this DVD, embark on adventures to find the letters I, J, K, and L! On an icy cold day, monster I goes missing. Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry need to find him soon especially since the weather is supposed to get even colder! Will they be able to find him on this icy cold day? Then, Cherry Berry wants to enter the Jester Jamboree but in order to win it she feels like she needs to perform something nobody has ever seen before. However, at this same time, J monster goes missing. So once again, Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry go off to find J monster. Where could she have gone? These fun educational adventures continue with finding K and L. Will Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry be able to get all four letter monsters back to Capital Castle before the sun goes down? Find out!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The concept of the alphabet monsters is a very fun one. The story is engaging and despite that the DVD is for younger kids the older kids enjoy it as well, singing along and watching. Younger kids sing along with the alphabet song. Although this is an educational video, the kids are none the wiser. To them, it's entertainment. Reviewed by Julie A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Even though I am much older than the target audience for this show, I must say that the this DVD excels at introducing letters of the alphabet while making it fun and interesting. Throughout the different episodes and stories, there is letter recognition, spelling and the opportunity to write out each letter. These are just a few of the learning mechanisms contained in this volume.

This particular volume focuses on the letters I, J, K and L. Of course, it is very informative with these letters of the alphabet and, at the same time entertains little ones in this aspect of early language learning. The story revolves around the letters missing. They are nowhere to be found. The family and friends of the people that live in Capital Castle must solve riddles and clues to find these missing letters, one episode at a time.

It has many different bright colors which are visually fun and catch the attention of young viewers. The sing along songs are enjoyable and, at the beginning of every episode, I found myself singing the opening song. I enjoyed the songs and like how they transition from one letter to the next as well. My favorite character is the Princess because she is very optimistic and curious - things I relate to. She just wants to know stuff. My favorite episode is "L" mostly because I enjoyed the word choices. Each episode leaves you with wanting more and more. One facet of this show that I don't particularly like is the length. Each episode is about 30 minutes which, in my opinion, is a bit too long to focus on one letter and just three words associated with it.

Parents, this is a great tool to help you introduce your preschooler to words and phonics. You can even watch it with them and show how excited you are when they are learning. Learning is exciting and fun and this is a great age to do so. I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5 and give it 3� out of 5 stars due to its length and limited word choice. It is a great learning DVD for preschoolers and I'm sure the little ones will truly have fun and enjoy it.

ABC Monsters: Adventures in Alphabet Gardens! Starring IJKL is available now DVD, so please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


JAMMIES, TEETH, PRAYERS & BED

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JAMMIES, TEETH, PRAYERS & BED
T. GREG MERRION
Series: SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This short, animated film is about the trials a dad experiences trying to put his four kids to bed one evening.

Director's statement: This is a fun, rhyming, animated short that young parents and their children will relate to very well. Instead of plopping in the recliner to work his crossword puzzle, relax and visit with his wife, this young father ends up spending the entire evening putting his kids to bed... and he wouldn't change it for anything in the world!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun! This first-time filmmaker delivers a charming animated film about something any parent or kid can relate to - bedtime! The narration in iambic pentameter tells a loving story by a busy parent and rings true of how crazy parenting can be. The 2D animation reminds me of Sunday morning cartoons in its simplicity and straightforwardness. Nice addition to a family film festival. Recommended.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - see adult comments
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


AWESOME BEETLE'S COLORS

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AWESOME BEETLE'S COLORS
JANIS ZARZECKIS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - A short, fun and educative plasticine animation. A nearly impossible story, supported by a catchy melody, guides us through the ABCs. There are many letters in the Alphabet and in the process of learning they are usually linked to nouns. The filmmakers have created a link between all the letters of the Alphabet using nouns, adjectives and verbs. Most importantly, this offers visual, audial and kinesthetic associations that help children in the process of learning. Children's brains will make the necessary connections on their own and complicated things will be learned easily and effortlessly. In Latvia all kids have learned the alphabet by the Latvian counterpart of "Awesome Beetle's Colors", written by the artist Indra Sproge who is the director of this new animation. This project is now available in English so that children all over the world can learn Alphabet with great fun and ease! From Latvia. Film language: English.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The most appealing thing about this short is the claymation which is bright, cute, catchy and fun. The song is also appealing and sticks in your brain. I was a bit confused about what this film was about in the beginning. There is nothing that explains it is an ABC song. But, once I got this, I was on board. There are a couple words that might be a bit out of range for the audience of this film but, overall I think it is very suitable for the intended audience. The song is very catchy. Aside from a fuzzy scene in the beginning everything looks great. It is very entertaining above all other things and educational. I recommend this to kids ages 2 to 7 because of its entertainment value and because I personally enjoyed it. This short film originates from Latvia but it is all done in English. This could make a fun interstitial for a film festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - see adult comments
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY: MEET LILY

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Meet Lily!� Lily is five years old and lives with her dad in a little hut on the beach.� Across the way is Driftwood Bay - the island that Lily can see from her window, and it is here that the characters that she has created in her imagination come to life.� Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay.� Accompanied by her best friend, Gull, the clever seagull, a new adventure begins as they go across the way to Driftwood Bay.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lily's Driftwood Bay is an enjoyable and creative DVD that kids will love to watch. It takes place on a beach where Lily lives with her father. Lily dumps out a bag of shells and rocks in the intro and arranges them to make her own little friends, who then come alive to interact with her in her own imaginary "Driftwood Bay" island. My favorite thing about this show is the animation. It's unique and it took a little bit to get used to, but I love its creativity. The rock and shell characters incorporate the actual textures of the objects they are made of in their designs. It makes the show very interesting visually. Lily has a pretty strong accent and, a few times, she was a little difficult for my kids to understand, but the accent also made the kids listen more intently. The characters are fun and they learn about themes such as teamwork and friendship through their adventures. This is a cute show with good messages and interesting animation. I really enjoyed it and recommend it for kids ages 3 to 9.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lily's Driftwood Bay isbE a cute and adorable show that all children will love! The animated characters are so cute because they look like a child colored them. Lily's character is very dainty and her personality is as bright as the sun. She seems so outgoing and loves an adventure. The opening captures your attention immediately where you see Lily making things out of objects she finds at the beach.

This season contains ten episodes and runs approximately 75 minutes long. Lily's Driftwood Bay is a Northern Irish children's television series that premiered on Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland in 2014. Creator Colin Williams really has made something special that I truly believe children will love as they follow Lily on her fun adventures with her friends Gull, Salty, Hatsie and more. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. The voice talent also excels. Orlagh O'Keefe is the voice of Lily. Peter Mullan voices Salty the dog. Paul Currie is the voice of Gull. Tameka Empson voices Hatsie the Hen. Many of these voice over actors have been in major movies or TV shows. Peter Mullan appeared in Hercules, The Jungle Book, Harry Potter and War Horse. Paul Currie is best known for Big City Park and Big and Small.

The show is very interactive and well suited for its audience. My favorite scenes in the show are when Lily comes back with new things. It's not a show I would watch and I'm a teenager and it's more suited for kids ages 4 to 7. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and think that girls will like it more than boys since it is a bit girly. The DVDis available now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Jasmyn Diaz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


OCTONAUTS, THE, CREATURE ENCOUNTERS

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they encounter strange aquatic creatures of all shapes and sizes! Plunge into a red-hot lava cave as Peso and the team search for a teeny tiny water bear! Race to a colorful coral reef with Shellington as he tries to meet a special jellyfish that can live forever! And escape a scary moray eel with the help of Barnacles, Kwazii and a mysterious master of disguise - the mimic octopus!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Octonauts are sea creatures who swim around and meet other sea animals. They try to help wherever they can and have fun learning as they do so. The kids saw the DVD in the package and became very excited to watch. Their eyes were glued to the screen and they sat quietly. The 10-year-old liked the turtle that tried to eat the jellyfish. Although he said it was "boring", he watched the whole video quietly despite being told he was free to do something else. The 3-year-old liked the character that says "Octonauts to the rescue!" Kids absolutely loved this video!

Reviewed by Jas G., KIDS FIRST! Juror

This DVD contains eight episodes each focusing on a different creature including water bears, immortal jellyfish, sea sponge, duck-billed platypus, mimic octopus, jawfish, remipedes and oarfish. The Octonauts are an interesting group of little explorers who find unique sea animals that can do amazing things. I really like how the action is integrated with education in this series. Kids can learn a lot about animals, but also about the importance of knowledge and how to work together to solve problems. The DVD includes a section with the "creature reports" which are cute chants teaching the basics of the animals. I believe kids ages 4 to 10 would really like this series.

Reviewed by Karyn A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - While watching this show I noticed the how original it is. It's the only TV I have ever seen about bears that helps creatures and kids seem to really enjoy that. I can say, that even as a teenager this captured my attention. So younger kids would definitely be interested in this show and that's good because then they'll pay attention to all the important messages that it teaches.

Octonauts is a funny and creative show about a group of silly bears that go on adventures and help other creatures underwater. This show teaches important kids important qualities to develop such as generosity, courage and team work. It also teaches how helping is always a great thing to do. Besides teaching important character traits and messages it also teaches educational things too. During the show I noticed how they teach things to each other and take a deeper look at things to make sure the viewer understands. This is good because a kid can have fun learning new and important things without even knowing that they are actually learning.

The scenery in this show is also great. The bright colors and unfamiliar environment of the sea floor really keeps kids in tune with what they are watching. Also, the scenery really adds to the storyline of each episode and adds to the personality of each character. This makes the show more interesting to watch and often lead me to asking myself questions such as "what type of animal was on the screen" or "where were they were in the ocean?" These questions were answered soon afterwards and with lots of thought put into the answer.

I recommend this show for ages 2 to 7 because it is very educational and toddlers who watch it will be very intrigued by the colors, characters and scenery. This show also gets 4 out of 5 stars from me because, though it is educational and fun for little kids, sometimes it got a little too corny for me. I suggest that you show a younger sibling this show as soon as possible because little kids love it.

Reviewed by Samantha A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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ABC MONSTERS: ADVENTURES IN ALPHABET GARDENS! STARRING IJKL

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - In this DVD, embark on adventures to find the letters I, J, K, and L On an icy cold day, monster I goes missing. Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry need to find him soon especially since the weather is supposed to get even colder! Will they be able to find him on this icy cold day? Then, Cherry Berry wants to enter the Jester Jamboree but in order to win she feels like she needs to perform something nobody has ever seen before. However, at this same time, J monster goes missing. So once again, Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry go off to find J monster. Where could she have gone? These fun educational adventures continue with finding K and L. Will Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry be able to get all four letter monsters back to Capital Castle before the sun goes down? Find out!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The younger children saw the DVD sleeve and were excited to watch this video. The concept of the alphabet monsters is a very fun one. The story is engaging and despite that the DVD is for younger kids the older kids were singing along and watching as well. Younger kids were singing the alphabet song in the beginning. This is an educational video but the kids were none the wiser (except for older kids)! Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

My 4-year-old granddaughter liked the Holey Moley song and the ABC song as well as her 18 month old brother. She said she liked the cartoons and the music. She also liked telling the answers about finding the missing letters M and helping solve the mystery of the Alphabet Garden. She also enjoyed Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry. She remembered the words marbles, medal and map and said she knew the word map from Dora. I helped her sound out map and now she can spell it! She's very proud of that. In the clip, Noodlicious, she said she liked finding the letters N too. She liked Holey Moley more and we ended up watching it three times in two days.

Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Even though I am much older than the target audience for this show, I must say that the this DVD excels at introducing letters of the alphabet while making it fun and interesting. Throughout the different episodes and stories, there is letter recognition, spelling and the opportunity to write out each letter. These are just a few of the learning mechanisms contained in this volume.

This particular volume focuses on the letters I, J, K and L. Of course, it is very informative with these letters of the alphabet and, at the same time entertains little ones in this aspect of early language learning. The story revolves around the letters missing. They are nowhere to be found. The family and friends of the people that live in Capital Castle must solve riddles and clues to find these missing letters, one episode at a time.

It has many different bright colors which are visually fun and catch the attention of young viewers. The sing along songs are enjoyable and, at the beginning of every episode, I found myself singing the opening song. I enjoyed the songs and like how they transition from one letter to the next as well. My favorite character is the Princess because she is very optimistic and curious - things I relate to. She just wants to know stuff. My favorite episode is "L" mostly because I enjoyed the word choices. Each episode leaves you with wanting more and more. One facet of this show that I don't particularly like is the length. Each episode is about 30 minutes which, in my opinion, is a bit too long to focus on one letter and just three words associated with it.

Parents, this is a great tool to help you introduce your preschooler to words and phonics. You can even watch it with them and show how excited you are when they are learning. Learning is exciting and fun and this is a great age to do so.

I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5 and give it 3� out of 5 stars due to its length and limited word choice. It is a great learning DVD for preschoolers and I'm sure the little ones will truly have fun and enjoy it.

ABC Monsters: Adventures in Alphabet Gardens! Starring IJKL is available now DVD, so please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD
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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: THE SONG OF SPRING

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, as they romp through more charming adventures! Fun-loving Little Field Mouse, mischievous Little Grey Squirrel and tricky Little Redwood Fox are back, as well as Little White Owl with her tales of mystery. Together the friends explore the meadows, forests and streams and on to Cloudy Mountain...playing, laughing and discovering the wonder that the world holds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring is a wonderfully sweet collection of short animated stories. Based on the classic book, Little Nutbrown Hare goes on adventure after adventure with his friend Little Field Mouse. These stories are light and joyful, and each one teaches some type of lesson, such as keeping promises, acceptance and change. The production is well-done and professional, and the voices are delightful. I recommend this for ages 1 to 8.

Reviewed by Karyn A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

This program is based on the beloved children's book and is beautifully done! The colors are soft muted pastels and are gorgeous! The two main characters, Little Nutbrown Hare and his field mouse friend, are sweet, playful and are cute to watch explore their meadow. They make estimates about discoveries and after a while, they will generally fetch Big Nutbrown Hare for help. The stories end with the rabbits telling each other how much they love each other. Can't say enough good things about this title! I was enraptured!.

Reviewed by Jan B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The animated DVD, Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring is really wonderful. It is super cute and has lots of life lessons to learn. I especially like the main character, Little Nutbrown Hare because he is always so curious. If there is a problem he tries to figure it out.

There are seven different stories on this DVD based on the classic books by Sam McBratney. In each of the stories there is a mystery to solve and important lessons to learn. Every episode is about growing up and learning life lessons by friends helping each other. One of the episodes I especially like is the Busy as a Bee story. In this fun episode Little Nutbrown Hare makes a promise to help his father but really wants to play with his friend, Little Field Mouse. Little Nutbrown Hare learns a valuable life lesson; in this case, even when you may want to do something else like play with your friends, if you have already made a promise it is important to keep that promise. Another episode I really like is Little Green Worm. Here we learn some science facts such as discovering how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. We also learn some cool science vocabulary like chrysalis, which means cocoon.

The message of this film is to feel free to explore, don't be scared and how having a friend at your side helps you get through anything. I love that this message is told through heartwarming stories about friendship, family science and more.

I think the character voices are amazing and fit the characters just perfectly. The animation is simple, but very believable. The animated characters are adorable and all the stories take place in an animated forest and meadow that are beautifully colorful.

I think viewers will love this DVD released by N Circle Entertainment because, overall there is a lot of heart, great messages and lots of educational lessons. It is a fun and an entertaining DVD. N Circle offers a nicely package product and they even include a fun craft activity. The animation and stories are simple enough for little ones to understand and, at the same time, offer good learning lessons for older kids. I give Guess How Much I Love You DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Check it out!

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8

This collection of TV episodes is adorable. The hand drawn features are exquisitely detailed. It looks like just what I pictured it would in my head when I read the stories on my Leapster when I was younger. It has a quaint fairy tale feel to it with huggable characters. It is a fun collection to watch. The DVD comes with seven episodes that flow flawlessly together and it is easy to sit and watch the whole collection although your face might hurt from smiling and giggling too long. It was refreshing to sit back, chill and watch a DVD that was easy to watch and made me smile.

The Little Green Worn is my favorite episode because I laughed out loud while watching the animals investigating their newfound insect.

My favorite character is Little Nutbrown Hare. I like seeing how he interacts with all the different animals. His relationship with his father is adorable. He spends his days playing in the meadow and discovering mysteries and, with the assistance of his father and the other animals, they learn many new things and solve mysteries. They think up different ways to express their love for each other - "as much as all the insects in the meadow," "bigger then the moon," and things like that. I find this to be a cute game that all parents should play with their children. This game applies to any relationship. It is a fun way to express our feelings towards others and is very fun and loveable.

One of my favorite things about this series are the voiceover talent. They are perfect. They matched the characters wonderfully. For example, the tiny characters have small, squeaky and adorable voices. All the animals are cute, huggable and each one has a different personality that makes you love them and smile each time you meet another one. It makes you want to jump through the TV and play in the meadow. This is a perfect way to get into the spirit of the spring season after a long winter. Easter is on its way and these hare-based stories are perfect for the holiday. They offer a good refresher course on basic science and have many learning lessons. The best lesson is that things change.

I recommend these stories for kids age 3 to 9. Older kids might like it as well because, although they already know the lessons this DVD teaches, many kids might enjoy remembering what life was like when they were younger and seeing how much they have learned. I give this movie 5 out of 5 sparkling carrots. It is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B.
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: Video and DVD


KIWI: MEET TWIKI AND TWINI

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KIWI: MEET TWIKI AND TWINI
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Let's learn English with Twiki and Twini! In this DVD, Twiki and Twini will help teach your little one phonic skills! In each episode, Twiki and Twini takes us on an adventure to discover new words and new sounds. Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images. Enjoy eighteen phonic based episodes with Twiki and Twini!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This program has multiple mini-programs and not one main storyline. All mini-programs started out introducing the characters in a situation where they would then learn how to spell new words. After the situation is resolved, they review the words to end. The show is simple and easy to follow for younger viewers. It shows two cute claymation kiwi birds that get into little situations where the opportunity arises to learn how to spell new words and also learn manners. My six and three year olds liked the program but it is too slow to watch with anyone older than six. Overall it has high quality content and is perfect for very young viewers. It is very good in helping teach kids to spell simple words, teaching manners and teaching how to control your emotions. I can see my children trying to spell simple words if they watched this often enough.

The cover is clean and colorful. The stop motion claymation is interesting and appealing. The vocabulary is appropriate for a young group. However, you should be aware that it was made in New Zealand and there are Kiwi words and phrases that U.S. kids don't relate to such as: "Going on holiday" and "Don't be cross." My children didn't know what those phrases and keywords meant so I had to explain them in "American terms".

Another thing I thought was a bit confusing was how it seemed like it was geared towards a very young viewer but they were teaching them how to spell a word. I think that the age they are hoping to capture with this program is too young to remember or understand that part. But, it flows well and is very logical. Both my three year old and six year old enjoyed it. The only unappealing thing to me is that, because it is so simple, it is difficult to watch as an adult. Also, the characters talk in grunts with an adult and child narrating. I would prefer the characters spoke themselves instead of grunting.

Reviewed by Jan B., KIDS FIRST! juror.

This DVD contains 18 short episodes of Twiki and Twini, 2 entertaining, kiwi-looking birds. Each episode uses claymation (stop-motion clay animation) to teach words through Twiki and Twini's adventures. The episodes are funny and educational and my kids enjoyed watching them. The way that the birds interact with the voice-over narrators is unique and the additional characters in each episode are likable and colorful. My only negative critique of the show is that the words are loosely based on the theme of the episode, but they are pretty random, following no particular phonetical pattern. I don't think kids would really learn much about phonics or reading from watching this, aside from basic vocabulary words or the overall general correlation of words to a group of letters. However, my children were captivated by the episodes and I feel they would enjoy watching them for sheer entertainment, with some minimal educational aspect. This DVD is very cute and entertaining, and I would recommend it for ages 2 to 7. By Karyn A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Twiki and Twini are kiwi birds. The show was about the two kiwi birds going places. One of our favorite parts was when the red guy liked the princess, and he tried to save the princess and there was a dragon! We also liked when they went to the beach. It showed us how to spell words. We liked it because it was funny. We liked that the birds did funny things. There wasn't anything we didn't like about it. We loved all the parts. But it was long.

"It's funny. I liked the Kiwis. I liked both of them. I liked them because they are so fun and so funny. I want to watch it again." 6 year old. "They are mad and tease each other. I like it. It is funny. I like when they are driving a car and they are making a train. I would watch it again." 3 year old.

The kids noted that sometimes they are mean to each other but then they say, "sorry". The children talked about how the two kiwi birds had to apologize for teasing the giant. They also were interested to learn what "not get cross" meant.

"There is a giant. They spell words. They are mean to each other but then they said sorry. It was so fun, fun, fun, fun!"
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: Video and DVD
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MIKE THE KNIGHT: MIKE�S BRAVEST MISSION

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - BRAND NEW Christmas Special!! When a special visitor surprises Mike for Christmas, excitement fills the air. The royal family decides to play a game, but Evie's magic causes Christmas chaos. Will everything be back to normal in time for the Christmas feast? Mike's merry missions include giant snowballs, slippery sled rides, a sneezing reindeer, and a visit with Santa Claus! Celebrate the season with Mike the Knight, and unwrap the ho-ho-holiday fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mike the Knight, Mike's Bravest Mission, is an entertaining DVD that my kids have enjoyed watching over and over again. Mike is trying to solve the famous Knight's Puzzle, with the help of his friends. But the evil Edward is trying to steal the puzzle and solve it for himself because the legend says whoever solves it will have a great adventure. The characters are endearing, and there are many lessons about teamwork, friendship, mystery-solving, etc. There are several adorable songs throughout the show to make it even more fun. There are even some cute music video bonus features. I highly recommend this DVD to any Mike the Knight fans or any kids from about ages two through eight.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like that Mike is very brave and confident. This program shows kids how to be confident in themselves and encourages them to believe you can do anything when you put your mind to it. I like how Mike doesn't cheat and always plays fair. That is a great lesson that Mike shows you throughout the film.

Meet Mike, voiced by Trek Buccino, a knight in training who dreams of being a brave knight like his father when he grows up. His father, the King, is a knight who is away exploring other lands. Looking up to his father, Mike wants to learn to become a knight too. However, he is still in training. With his two dragon friends, Sparkie and Squirt, his sister, Evie, who is a witch-in-training and his horse, Galahad, Mike tries to be the bravest knight of all.

When his mom and dad think he's prepared, they put him on a quest to solve the "Knight's Puzzle" to see if he is ready to be a knight. Mike goes along on this journey with his friend, Richard to complete his mission. Can Mike complete the quest?

My favorite characters are Mike and Evie. Evie is one of my favorites because, unfortunately for her, her magic always goes wrong and it leads to disastrous but hilarious effects. Even though her spells go wrong she keeps persisting and never gives up. Mike is another one of my favorites because he also never gives up on the idea of becoming a knight. You see his persistence throughout the entire film which is a great message for kids to see - If you want to accomplish something, never give up and keep trying.

What I didn't like about this show is that it has very little humor. Also, this show wasn't very entertaining for me as an 11-year-old. But, keep in mind that this movie is perfect for little kids. I recommend it for ages 5 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I also recommend it to people who like action, adventure, family and kids films. The DVD has some trailers of other Mike the Knight DVDs and The Doozers DVD. It also offers bonus features where you can meet the characters or do karaoke to the theme song. That's sort of fun!

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

Knights, wizards, kings, dragons and more will put a smile on your face! The planes make me want to jump in and take a ride. The animation is colorful and has great details. The many action adventure scenes are spot on and flawless. The animation is so detailed that it is just mind-blowing.

At first I thought the film was just for little boys but after watching it, I think that little girls will love it too. The animals and the girl wizard will definitely be some kids' favorites. The wizard is cute and, since she is still learning, this leads to many mistakes and funny moments. The story line includes a treasure hunt and a mystery which will capture your attention. The two story lines flow together into a fun, family-friendly, animation adventure.

The movie has great relationships between father and son. You can see all the similar qualities they share, both good and bad. The voice actors are quite wonderful and the emotions between the characters really come across. The characters show what true friends really do for each other.

The characters are adorable and the voice over work matches well with the individual characters. They are all cute and quirky. My favorites are the dragons which are surprisingly kind, not your usual breed of fire breathing beasts that want to eat or barbeque you.

The villains have a beast of their own which terrifies them. I really wanted to like them because they are funny and made me laugh. However, they are not nice and think that everything is theirs.

Mike the Knight: Mikes Bravest Mission teaches us to never give up. If you try and fail maybe you should look at the problem another way and try something different. No matter what, you should always keep trying and eventually it will all work out.

This new DVD by N Circle Entertainment is perfect for kids ages 4 to 18.The colorful movie will keep little ones entertained and older kids will love the story line.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD
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NURSERY RHYME PARADE!

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NURSERY RHYME PARADE!
LORETTE BAYLE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This new album, exclusive to Amazon, presents 35 familiar nursery rhymes and songs, collected from hundreds of possibilities in the children's canon. These fresh and sparely produced tracks provide the perfect opportunity for parents to remember their own childhoods, and to connect with their kids through melody, rhythm and rhyme. Acclaimed children's book and magazine illustrator Ekaterina Truhan created the sprightly animal parade art for the album, which also features a "selfie" image of Lisa Loeb on the front cover, and noted singer Renee Stahl guests.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nursery rhymes have been around for hundreds of years and many of the characters are based on real historical figures. Babies don't really care about that but they love the repetitive lyrics and easy to sing melodies especially when loved ones are bonding with them. Lisa Loeb has assembled the definitive collection of 36 familiar nursery rhymes with simple yet sturdy production that accents her lovely distinctive voice, delivers a compelling album that will favor many repeated listenings and join the lexicon of evergreen children's music.

These songs will stick and be passed on to future generations just as we learned them. The performances are first rate across the board. Some language is antiquated but it doesn't matter. The fun is the repetition. i.e.. Row, Row Row Your Boat. The songs are intended for the target age group and their parents who share them. The quality is consistently good. There is a simple structure of voices, percussion and guitar. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - We liked this CD. It was fun. We liked the music. Our favorite songs were Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall, Farmer in the Dell, and Hush Little Baby. We acted out the songs while we listened. We played with each other while we were acting out the songs. We knew some of the songs already. We have a giant book of all the rhymes that Mother Goose made. It was fun acting out the rhymes. We liked the singing. We want to listen to it again another time. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! preschool jurors.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10
Media: AUDIO
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SNOWMAN, THE & THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two films are included in this package: The Snowman - Wordless (save for the song "Walking in the Air") animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. And, The Snowman and the Snowdog - The brand new charming sequel to the Christmas classic the Snowman about a young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose backyard the snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snow dog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa, who gives the boy a magical dog collar which will make it the happiest Christmas ever for him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake ("Walking in the Air") stays with me for days after each time I watch this film. And, I mean that in a good way. Based on the best-selling book by Raymond Briggs, this is a piece of animation that is true to the original story and one to share with your family during the holiday season.

N Circle Entertainment has done a brilliant thing in creating this two DVD pack and including the sequel to this classic film, The Snowman and Snowdog which was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original. Another non-narrative film, this one brings in a new character in a short film that is as charming as the original. Dedicated to John Coates and featuring a new song, "Light the Night" by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, this is an extremely thoughtful sequel and was made using traditional hand-drawn animation, not CGI. This collection is really a treasure! Reviewed by Sarah S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

These movies are instant classics that bring out the feeling of Christmas Spirit. The first thing you notice is the beautiful animation. The next is the story which is wholesome and great for the whole family. The Snowman is about a boy whom builds a snowman and when that snowman comes to life they embark on a lovely adventure to the North Pole. Similarly, the sequel is about a boy building a snowman and a Snowdog that both come to life. I highly recommend these two short films and recommend them for ages 2 to 9. I also believe some older children and adults will like it as well. I give these 5 out of 5 stars! Happy Holidays!

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow Dog is a double feature masterpiece that will bring families closer together for the holidays. The two short films are based on the classic UK picture book by Raymond Briggs, which has sold more than 8.5 million copies since it was first published in 1978. This double feature collector's edition is a true keepsake that includes the original film, The Snowman and the sequel, The Snowman and the Snow Dog. It also includes three bonus features: The story of The Snowman, an alternate introduction from David Bowie, and a behind-the-scenes documentary and interview with Raymond Briggs. The total length of the two films is 60 minutes, plus the bonus content.

In The Snowman, a young boy James wakes up one morning and finds snow on the ground. He quickly gets dressed and runs outside. He then builds a huge snowman. He gives it eyes, a nose, a scarf and a hat. He even gives it a big smiley face. After building the entire snowman by himself, it is time for James to go to bed. When he wakes up he notices that the Snowman has moved a little, so he runs downstairs and out the door. He then notices that the Snowman is glowing, moves some more and then, totally comes to life. James is flabbergasted to see a live Snowman. The Snowman and James introduce themselves and become great friends. The rest the film shows the two flying around having so much fun and adventure throughout the day.

In The Snowman and the Snow Dog, a young boy and his mother move to a new house. The boy finds a box with a snowman-making kit under the flooring. He then runs outside and starts to build a snowman. After he is done, he uses all the leftover snow to make a little, adorable snow dog. When he is finished, it is time to go to bed. When he wakes up he sees the dog move a little, he then jumps with joy and races down the stairs to see what is happening. To his surprise, the snowman and the snow dog start to glow and move. Even more to his surprise, they come alive. He then becomes friends with them and they travel and have adventures all around the North Pole and meet a special someone.

The Snowman book was adapted for the screen in 1982. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short film. The animation of the drawings is just amazing, bringing to lire so many memories from the days of movie shorts. The silence in the film, meaning that there is no dialogue, makes it even more beautiful and old fashioned. The music by Howard Blake, Peter Auty and the Sinfonia of London is amazing. It fits perfectly with everything the boy and the snowman are doing at given times. Each song tells a story, with each pluck of a string or push of a piano key. The songs in the movie are also catchy and addicting to sing along with. I am sixteen and I sung along with the songs!

The Snowman is directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. This extravagant film has a little touch of magic which will keep you on your toes with excitement.

The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow Dog are appropriate for ages 1 to 12. I rate this whimsical double-feature 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 8.95
Media: Video and DVD


CAILLOU'S HALLOWEEN

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CAILLOU'S HALLOWEEN
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Fun-filled spooktacular stories await in the new DVD Caillou's Halloween! This DVD features 13 adventures including "Caillou Loves Halloween", "Pumpkin Patch Kid" and "Caillou's Halloween Costume". From picking out a costume to carving a jack-o-lantern, this DVD features Halloween adventures kids will love. In additional to these stories, other tales are included such as "Caillou is Afraid in the Dark", "Shadow Play", "Caillou Rakes the Leaves" and "Caillou Goes Apple Picking!"
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Caillou and his imagination are back in a fun holiday DVD, which includes 13 family-friendly Halloween stories that are entertaining and imaginative. I also like that it continues with the creativity with family fun arts and crafts suggestions on the inside of the DVD package. I like that Caillou also faces real little kid problems such as in being afraid of the dark and monsters as in Caillou is Afraid of the Dark. Younger children and parents can relate to Caillou and I give this one 5 stars for its social, emotional and entertainment value. Caillou does teach real life lessons and is not just fun to watch. Ages recommended are 2-6. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - see adult comments
Runtime: 105 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $ 5.99
Media: Video and DVD
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DOOZERS: SPOOKYPALOOZA

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Welcome to Doozer Creek where the Doozers live! They're green. They're cute. They're three inches tall and they're full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm! It's Spookypalooza! The time of year when all Doozers get together to spook each other. The Pod Squad makes the spookiest pumpkin ever a cool Pumpkin Doozer made by stacking three pumpkins together. But when their new invention starts rolling all around town, the Doozers have to find a way to reign in their spooky creation! Enjoy four STEM-based adventures with the Doozers!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The first thing I noticed during these four episodes is the music. It's very catchy and high energy. This group of friends (Doozers) are always working on solving problems and have quite the adorable way of doing so. I love the fact that their problem solving revolves around creative thinking. The amount of camaraderie you feel in this program is great. I highly recommend this program for ages 2 to 5. The animation is shockingly strong and cute. The stories tend to be a bit repetitive. Based on the problem solving and friendship aspects of Doozers, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. My only issue is that every episode is roughly the same story and I fear that children may grow weary of the same basic story being presented every episode.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this film. In this cute, animated show, we meet four characters who work for The Doozer Pod Squad. They make kids understand how to work together as a team. There are four episodes included in this DVD.

I like this DVD because it talks about the importance of working together. I found the characters to be very cute and I also like that it talks about creativity and how you can make anything when you work together as a team and don't give up.

I like this show so much that the only thing I don't like is how short the episodes are. I wish that the episodes were a little longer.

My favorite character is Daisy Wheel Doozer (voiced by Millie Davis), because she is the nicest and youngest character. I can relate to her since we are both the youngest amongst our peers. I like that she can do most of the stuff on her own and I'm the same way.

The moral lesson of this DVD is "If you collaborate with others, you can accomplish anything." I say that because, when The Doozers have a goal, they work together to accomplish it. This helps kids understand that it is okay to work together and it will help kids learn how to collaborate with others.

In terms of features on the DVD, you can select individual episodes to watch or you can select "play all." You can also fast forward or rewind the movie.

I recommend this to kids who like adventure and educational shows. It's perfect for kids ages 3 to 8. Kids above that age may find it a bit boring. For that age, I give this show 5 out of 5 stars. This is a really great show and it is available now on DVD.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: Video and DVD
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DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN

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DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
COMMUNITY MUSIC, INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-2
Topic - Family
Description - Grammy Award-winning musical duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer celebrate 21st century families with this new album of songs and stories. The 15 tracks reflect the diversity of families in the US today, and highlight the idea that families are bound by love. Guest stars include Riders in the Sky, the Savoy Family Cajun Band, The Canote Twins and Kim & Reggie Harris. At the request of Nora Guthrie, Cathy Fink set Woody Guthrie's poem "Howdy Little Newlycome" to music, enlisting Irish super group Cherish the Ladies to perform. The title song reflects the fact that the kitchen is the center of many homes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dancin' in the Kitchen by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer knocked my socks off so I immediately decided to dance barefoot in the kitchen - great decision. This album is a breath of fresh air that climbs the mountain of rarefied musical integrity and promotes acceptance and tolerance on so many levels. First and foremost, I doff my symbolic cap to a duo that I have admired for so many years for their ultimate musicianship and steadfastness to true North. When you wrangle high-class talent, incorporate brilliant songs and deliver unswerving production values the gestation of your endeavor has value for the ages. Could I break down every song for you? Yes. Could you listen to samples somewhere? Yes. Is my review a teaser? Yes. Are samples a teaser? Yes. Get on up, people! You will not be disappointed or dismayed, this album is special and grabs you from the first downbeat to the last fade-away. XOXO.

This is an exciting and vibrant CD from the first downbeat to the final fade. There is a lot of wonderful music and supporting messages regarding the diversity of families and their makeup.

Cathy and Marcy know how to producer, perform, pace and structure an album. This CD has many guest groups and a wide range of songs that flow seamlessly.

Though topics of divorce, adoption and same gender parents are presented through song, it is never heavy-handed but presented with love and joy. Better learn how to get your dance on! Sit back and enjoy funny word play and stories and a wonderful array of musical sounds. These 15 performances are absolutely top rate. Vocals are spot on and engaging and the musicianship is stellar. The production value is impeccable. Review by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer is sweet and loving. The title song Dancin' in the Kitchen is very upbeat in a zydeco style. My two birds loved this song. They moved their heads to the beat. It was so funny! My favorite song is Everything Possible. It's very calming and has a sweet message that you can be anything. The two songs Dinnertime Orchestra and Who's in Charge of Naming the Colors are both stories. In I'm my own Grampa, I enjoyed the tune but found the words very strange. Also From Scratch is a sweet lullaby. Most of the songs have amazing lessons to learn about accepting our differences, such as if your family is different or your skin color is different than your friends. I belong to a Family is also very sweet. I recommend this for kids age 2 to 8. I can see a lot younger kids dancing to it. I give this CD four out of five stars because it is fun and a good CD for little kids.

Reviewed by Mia Anderson, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This CD is a good form of entertainment to bring children of this age together. The kids in our group had a good time listening and dancing to the music. Though they are young and distracted, the music brought them right back to dance together. The stories told in the music are simple and their responses to all ones of enjoyment, smiles abound. The children loved the music and had a good time. The music is about families and togetherness and they could relate to that.

The dinnertime orchestra was particularly fun and kids responded to it enthusiastically. They listened intently and danced along. They were too young to sit and listen to the entire thing all at once but wandered off and returned frequently. The pace of the music is perfect, fast enough to be engaging but not frenetic.
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: AUDIO
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BIG BLOCK SINGSONG,  VOLUME ONE

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BIG BLOCK SINGSONG, VOLUME ONE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
GODDARD/BROWN
Series: DVD, AGES 0-2
Topic - Family
Description - The DVD features animated Big Block Singsong music videos. This is a fun and entertaining animated musical short format series which currently airs on the CBC in Canada, Disney Junior in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK, among other international networks. Season 2 music videos debut on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior TV in May, and they already air on CBC TV in Canada. For more info, go to www.bigblocksingsong.com. "Season 2" episodes will debut on Disney Junior in May. www.bigblocksingsong.com
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew that being so square could be so cool! Big Block Singsong is a terrific musical, visual DVD romp. Creators Warren Brown and Adam Goddard have hit the creative mother load here - what seems so simple is so deceiving in its well-designed construction - the 'simple' individual block characters sing a two-minute nicely produced song that covers subjects from noses and hair to emotions of sadness and happiness, so you see the sky's the limit, or not. Two of my favorite pieces are 'Octopus' who is so proud of his eight legs and 'Moose' who touts the joys of visiting the park. If I was a betting man I'd bet you couldn't watch just one, could you, I bet not.

This might be the best invention since the Wheel! Simplicity and cleverness of design mixed with catchy songs and melodies. Great to look at and fun to hear. I'm 65 and mesmerized ... the colors and movement will entrance toddlers while adults will get the in-jokes.

Each two-minute animated song is a complete story and true to its mission of making what might be a mundane single word into a revelation that being so square could be so cool. I love that some of the lyrics are above the head of the little ones. It doesn't matter because the visual and audio support each other so well.

The songs are positive and supportive and applaud individualism and uniqueness. I bet this DVD will get worn out from repeat viewings!

The DVD cover shows the diversity of each character, an animated block that is colorful, very fun-looking and inviting. The technical features are all sound but the joy is letting each of the 24 segments play through. Cool!

The entertainment value is topnotch - colorful and unique animation coupled with a creative two minute song on a theme such as monkey, spider, robot, ears, moose and similar.

Bet you can't watch just one! The characters and songs are all so engaging that the children will learn while being highly entertained.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really liked this program. They watched it with interest and they were excited for each next song to begin. They laughed and jumped around during the song about hair. We watched it in two sessions because it was a little long for them to watch in one session. They lost interest halfway through but came back excited about it again later. They loved the different colors of the blocks and were interacting and discussing the songs with each other.

"It's big music!" "My favorite part was the hair person that had hair all over her eyebrows." "We liked everything." "We liked that it said, oh yeah!"

They really liked the format of short, fun songs, laughed hysterically at the hair song. The baby had his eyes open really big. They also liked the space song. Thought it was really cool.

"We learned about colors, fruit and flamingos. The owl looked so mean." They were loud and enthusiastic about each new song. The baby cooed at the fruit song. Very enjoyable for all, ages 4 months to 5 years.
Runtime: 48 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD


HERO OF COLOR CITY, THE

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MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A diverse band of crayons strive to protect not only their magical multihued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster. Starring Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci and Rosie Perez.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Hero of Color City is an interesting film that has wonderful animation and a great message for our youth.

The movie is about a little boy who enjoys coloring and drawing pictures. He has crayons that come to life every night once he falls asleep. When the crayons come to life they travel to a town known as Color City. Trouble begins when one of the crayons, Yellow, is left behind and wakes up two unfinished drawings, King Scroll and Gnat, who both follow yellow to Color City. The unfinished drawings are mad at Yellow for not coloring them and they try to destroy Color City. It's up to yellow and her friends to save Color City.

The message of this film is to believe in your self; throughout the film, yellow is fearful and lacks courage. Throughout the adventure, Yellow learns a lot about her self which helps the others at Color City as well.

My favorite character is Blue. I like him because he is always very positive and optimistic. My favorite scene is when you are able to see the entire town of Color City. The city is bright and colorful.

The voice actors Elizabeth Daily, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez and Wayne Brady are wonderful at showing their expressions and bringing the crayons to life.

Hero of Color City is a perfect movie for Kids ages 2-8. I give this film 3 out of 5 golden stars! The Hero of Color City will be in theaters October 3, 2014. You do not want to miss this spectacular movie!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


POSTMAN PAT, THE MOVIE

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POSTMAN PAT, THE MOVIE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A veteran postman finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition. Starring Jim Broadbent, Jane Carr and Robin Atkin Downes. Directed by Mike Disa. Based on the book by the same name.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animation has tons of color that burst all over the screen with music that will make you want to dance. Pat, (Stephen Mangan-Voice), a small town postman finds his priority system challenged after he enters a popular TV talent show competition. Meanwhile Mr. Carbunkle, (Peter Woodward-Voice), plans to take over the SDS postal company with robots.

I really enjoy this film. The part that I like the most is that every character has their own personality. Not one person has the same feelings and attitudes as any other character which makes it really great to feed off of each other. The music has an upbeat tone and keeps you energized throughout the film but the opening song makes you feel really good. It literally gets you in the mood to dance and I was snapping my fingers to it. You can understand the plot and the little ones will have no problem in comprehending it. Pat's Cat, Jess, tops with being my favorite character. He has a humorous personality and is very cute. He makes the most adorable facial expressions and actions. My favorite scene is when Jess accidently pops the soccer ball that Pat is playing with. The air escapes the ball; Jess launches airborne and flies all around into the sky. Being jerked around by a soccer ball and hitting many different things in his path is definitely not what he wants to happen. When he finally gets shoved in the car by the ball, no one even notices what's happening. It's my favorite scene because it's funny to see and no one seems to notice Jess's struggle.

Postman Pat: The Movie also stars Jim Broadbent (CEO-Voice), Jane Carr (Mrs. Goggins-Voice) and Robin Atkin Downes (Simon Cowbell-Voice)

When you meet people, you should treat them nice. It's just the right thing to do and one of the main messages in this film.

Little kids, girls and boys, will enjoy this film and I recommend it for ages 7 to 13.

I give this film 4 out of 5 five stars because of the message, the beautiful colors and of course the wonderful music with its upbeat tone.

Postman Pat: The Movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. So please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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SHINE: LULLABIES FOR EVERYONE
SUZANNE SELMO
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From Disney to the Beatles, Standards to Billy Joel, this album of cool, acoustic arrangements will successfully soothe little ones to sleep while adult listeners relax to the satisfying, fresh take on 'kids' music.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - "Shine" is well-produced, well-performed and is well aware of its intended audience of sleepy little ones. Thirteen songs are represented from some of the world's beloved songwriters and one lovely original soon to be a classic. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo's vocals are clear and soothing and are supported by terrific arrangements. There is a consistent flow to the album despite divergent songs from a myriad of sources and intent- kudos to the production team! The subtitle to the album is 'Lullabies for Everyone' and that is true because I fell asleep three times while listening... and that's a good thing!

The album flows well helped by good arrangement and smooth and soothing vocals. It is perfect for sleepy time and parents will enjoy it as well. Should stand up to many repeats.

The album was obviously designed for young audiences; the content follows suit even though it comes from 14 different writers. The behaviors of love and caring shine through the songs and the presentation. Some of the language may be beyond little ones but that allows adults to appreciate the songs as well.

The vocals are consistently solid as well as the arrangements and players. The recording quality is top-notch. I think this is a favorite album that a child can grow with and learn to appreciate all the fine songwriters represented herein. They may want to know about other songs by them. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Music Juror John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The music is very soothing and can be used for bedtime. It worked well as background music for them, not demanding their full attention.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: AUDIO


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BAILEY BEE BELIEVES, THE FIVE B'S       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
JENNIFER HILLMAN
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Bailey Bee and Jennifer will take you on an amazing journey inside a hive. Once they get inside the hive, Bailey will introduce Jennifer to an important book. The book jumps right into the animated characters of them learning the five B's. The children and Jennifer learn about: Body Parts, Boundaries, how to Be Brave: Yell and Tell, how to Bust Secrets, and to Be Bold and Believe. Throughout the DVD, there are opportunities for the children and Jennifer to earn stickers on their chart. Once the stickers are earned, then they receive Bailey's badge. Also, there is high repetition and wonderful music to engage this age group. For purchase, go to http://baileybeebelieves.com/store/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD is meant to increase awareness of sexual abuse for young children ages 2 to 6. Kids are taught about the five B's - body parts, boundaries, bravery, bust secrets and be bold and believe. This DVD discusses in a child friendly manner a very sensitive topic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very important video and can be very useful for increasing awareness of sexual abuse among very young children. The children themselves enjoyed the cartoon and music. It may be useful to create a girl version and a boy version. At the ages of 2-6, some parents did not want anatomical terms used. In that case, the majority of the video could not be viewed by the children. Those parents did not let their child watch the video starting from 5:19 when the terms "penis" and "vagina" are used. Those children had not heard these terms before. For parents who are comfortable with anatomical terms being used, this works well. Hence our qualitied yes ranking.
Runtime: 33 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 34.99
Media: DVD


MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE MOVIE

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MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE MOVIE
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From Britt Allcroft, creator of Thomas & Friends, comes Mumfie's Quest. Discover how Mumfie the special elephant first meets his friends Scarecrow, Pinkey, Whale and many more. Share the excitement as they hunt for Pinkey's mother on a mysterious island taken over by the evil Secretary to the Queen of Night at last returning home with a treasure beyond price. Magic, mystery, songs and laughter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mumfie's Quest - The Movie is an adventurous, funny and exciting animated film for preschoolers. The Animation Director (John Collins) does a great job of making the characters look so realistic.

This film is about a young elephant named Mumfie who lives all by himself. One day he decides he wants to go on an adventure. He makes a lot of friends on the way such as Scarecrow, Whale, and Pinky the flying pig, who is lost from his mother. Mumfie, Scarecrow and Whale decide to take Pinky back to her mysterious island home, but the Queen's evil secretary has taken over the island. They have to work together to defeat him and bring back the Queen of Night.

I really enjoyed this movie! It is very adventurous and suspenseful. It captured my attention the whole time and the suspenseful parts kept me wondering if Mumfie and his friends were going to get caught by the evil secretary. This movie is also very funny. There are lots of jokes throughout the whole film. Britt Allcroft does a great job writing amusing scripts and creating interesting characters. The music, by Larry Grossman, is also great! Some of the music is dark and scary during evil parts and then bright and upbeat during the happy parts in the film. My favorite character in this film is Whale because he is built like a ship. On the inside he has hammocks for beds, chairs, tables and food. It is so cool that he looks like a whale on the outside and a cruise ship on the inside!

The message in this movie is that friends will always help you if you ever get into trouble and need them. In the end, Mumfie realizes that friends and teamwork are more important than anything else. His friends help him a lot throughout the film and when they are in trouble Mumfie helps them too! In the end they have to learn to work together to stop the secretary.

I give Mumfie's Quest - The Movie 4 out of 5 stars because it is adventurous, exciting, and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 through 6 especially those who like animals, adventures, and pirates.

Reviewed by: Jeremy B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 67 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.98
Media: Video and DVD

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FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)

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FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: FRENCH FOR KIDS
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Finding the mischievous mouse, Fritzi, is part of the fun in this lively French language learning video. An engaging interactive format teaches parts of the house, foods, activities and more. Colorful backgrounds, lively music, charming animation, and live action are your passport to fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun way for young children to learn French. It makes learning the language of French easier and has fun characters. I did not find anything unappealing. Young children will like finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi and enjoy the upbeat songs. There are fun characters and is engaging. It flows flow well and has an engaging format that young children will be delighted with. It is watchable, educational and fun. This DVD will make learning French easier for young children as they explore inside and out of the adorable Mouse's (Fritzi) house learning different words in French such as le salon (the living room). It is fun to watch and also includes an easy-to-use translation guide. Liveliness, fun and wanting to learn are a few behaviors shown through out. Characters are treated with respect and there really isn't any negativity displayed in this DVD. "What new words did you learn in French?" What is la cuisine? (the kitchen) and so on. "What was your favorite part and why?" It is fun to watch with colorful animation, upbeat music and fun characters. It does have visual and sound appeal and will delight and entertain young children while they also learn new words in French. It includes and easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers as well as French subtitles. It is entertaining and will entertain young children but it will also teach new words in French so it is also very educational and is a great, fun way to learn French. Young children may want to learn more French or another language in the series. Most likely they will also want to watch this one again.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD is a fun way to learn beginning French. It has upbeat music, fun characters like Fritzi the Mouse and colorful animation. It is a great way for kids ages 2 to 7 to learn how to speak simple French words and I think that they will want to watch it over and over. It's also fun to try to find Fritzi throughout the DVD but over all, the best part is that it is fun! It has fun, colorful images and backgrounds and the live animation is good too. The music is upbeat and I think that kids would like to dance and jump around when they watch it. My nephew also watched it and he's 3. He really liked it and was repeating the French words.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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BIG BREAKFAST, THE

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BIG BREAKFAST, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
LITTLE MAMMOTH MEDIA
Series: FEATURE FILM AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - The BIG Breakfast a look at how our food gets to the table! LEARN how wheat is harvested and how it's into flour! And see giant combines in action! TRAVEL from Hawaii's pineapple fields to the cold maple forests of Quebec. And watch a crop duster fly a few feet off the ground! SEE all the ingredients of a blueberry pancake breakfast come together, and meet all the people who make it happen.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Big Breakfast is an educational film showing young children where their breakfast comes from starting at a dairy farm where milk comes from. It shows all the steps from farm to store and is a great introduction for young children to learn about farming and agriculture. It is interesting and a great educational resource for parents and teachers of young children. It shows real people in their real roles and also teaches children to be thankful for their food and all the people who make it possible for them to have food.

It is very age appropriate in terms of the topic, presentation and vocabulary. It flows well, starting by showing what breakfast in different parts of the world looks like and then focusing on a "big" breakfast of blueberry pancakes and fruit.<[>Farmers are shown in a positive light with emphasis on the amount of work that goes into planting and harvesting. The characters in the film are kind and respectful towards one another and to the animals on their farms.

This short film could really stimulate a lot of questions and interactions from the youth viewers who learn not only where does milk come from but how orange juice is made. There is a great multiple choice quiz at the end of the film that is useful for either a single viewer or a group.

This film is well produced with realistic looking sets and locations. It shows real people in real, every day attire who are not simply actors playing a role.

This would make a lovely resource for teachers of young children or a home library for a thoughtful parent. We recommend it!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is a pretty good movie. It's really geared for kids younger than me but, for them, it is a very good movie. It shows all about how a normal, American style breakfast is made. It talks about the ingredients needed to make blueberry pancakes and tells you where blueberries come from, how they are cleaned and how they are transported. They do the same with oranges. It also describes how oranges become orange juice. They describe where milk comes from and how they make sure it doesn't contain any diseases. There's more that that but you will just have to watch the movie to learn more.

I recommend this movie for ages 3 to 7 because it is educational and well done. It is very informative and I think younger kids will really think it's cool because they probably don't know where the food they eat comes from anyway.
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $ 4.99
Media: DVD

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NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT

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CGD MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The first interactive lighted cover art. Two CD set of 30 tunes for anyone who wants beautiful music to drift to sleep and optimistic music to awaken. A calming yet intellectually stimulating experience for children, with world class musicians and Nashville Symphony's live string orchestra.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nightlight Daylight is an exceptional package from first look and apparently you can tell a book, uh, CD by its cover. Its lovely, interactive fiber optic cover is off the charts - push the moon and the stars and fireflies light up. Impressive! It just gets better. After I finished pushing the moon for about half an hour I delved into the treasures within: an ambitious 30-song two-CD set. Hence the title. The artist, Muriel Anderson, is a force of nature and a brilliant guitarist. The first CD, Nightlight, is perfect for winding down and drifting into dreamland with soft and soothing guitars and vocals with support from some major talent. The Daylight CD, although equally talented, is more suited for an adult audience. The music is absolutely stunning and so well played. Primarily acoustic guitar supported occasionally with other unobtrusive instruments. Half the album (lullaby) is directed to children while the second disc is more suitable for adults which is not necessarily a bad thing. I recommend this to anyone - there is so much to like - great for lullabies and meditation. Very soothing. This double album flows along seamlessly from night to day. The classical-based guitar work is exemplary. However this is not totally a children's album. The quality is amazing across the board. It will retain a youth audience on the first CD but not on the second. I cannot express how much the performances and production quality resonates. I look forward to Muriel Anderson's next release! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I liked this CD set because it has both day and night songs. It has really cool bonus features too like light up stars on the cover and removable guitar pics. The Nightlight CD is my favorite because it would be good to listen to at night if you can't fall asleep. I liked the Daylight CD too but would have liked faster melodies and more lyrics. I would recommend this for ages 2 to 7 because older kids may get bored. There are few lyrics. It is mostly instrumental. The packaging is really cool. When you push down on the cover, the stars light up.
Runtime: 109 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 35
Media: AUDIO


APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION

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APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION
THE POP UPS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - These songs provide an active participation point for whole-family engagement, celebrating imaginative play, building, dance, puppet making and more. "We wanted to make something that wasn't only about listening, but could actually be recreated and re-imagined at home," explains Stein. "The Pop Ups are all about making things," adds Rabinowitz. "We want our fans to be able to engage in that experience for themselves and really take part in the record, and to experience The Pop Ups world."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Stop the presses! Late breaking news: The Pop Ups have done it again! Their latest album 'Appetite For Construction' is a fanciful, danceable explosion of ideas and get-down rhymes and rhythms. The group is in touch with its musical lineage and producer/arranger Jason Rabinowitz does a masterful job of paying/playing homage to a myriad of pop culture voicing and styles. The group has a special spark and presents a moving target of attention grabbing hip nouveau vaudeville. Oh, and by the way, I liked the album. This is a finely constructed and produced album from the first downbeat. Nothing unappealing unlike a banana. Each song segues into the next seamlessly with a myriad of pop culture styles. Their liner notes hit it on the head, "This album is dedicated to the simple joy of making things with family & friends!" The group knows how to integrate terrific music with creative voice work that they perform live with the puppet portion of their shows. They always present a moving target of attention-grabbing modern vaudeville. Top rate sound quality has layers of harmonies, excellent musicianship and masterful recording technique. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids absolutely loved this CD, especially the upbeat music that made them dance. They liked the vocalist, the instruments and the fun music. The kids that reviewed the CD were ages 2-7. The slower songs were not enjoyed as much as the faster paced ones but overall they really enjoyed this. One 2-year-old came running in from another room dancing along to it. Their favorite song is "Getting the Job Done" and they repeatedly said, "give it a 5" (rating).
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: AUDIO


LOVE BUG BY RAFFI

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ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This 16 song collection embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. These are songs about love ("Love Bug," "Seeing the Heart"), nature ("In the Real World," "Blue White Planet"), play ("Free to Play," "To the Park"), chores ("Mama Loves It"), teamwork ("On Hockey Days"), imagination ("Magic Wand") and the need to slow down and catch one's breath amidst the accelerated pace of modern life ("Cool Down Reggae").
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's start with the obvious, 'Love Bug' is a terrific album filled with lovely and entrancing songs. I could say, ridiculously, where have you been for twelve years? And the answer might be, doing lots of fun and satisfying stuff. It's like we never missed you, Raffi. The soothing voice and positive artistic sensibilities are sharper than ever. The love for the individual child and family, care for our world and the simple joys of playing ice hockey, and enjoying the park are just a sampling of this splendidly produced and performed 16-song set. And a nod to the updated lyrics to 'This Land is Your Land.' Beautiful guitar work. engaging production and that voice that makes a stadium performance sound like a personal concert in your living room. Pick this up, you won't put it down.

I really like the choice of mainly acoustic instruments (guitars, banjo, fiddle, drums, bass piano and dulcimer). This music breathes. Raffi is one of the foundations of children's music - a national treasure that generations have grown up with.

There are terrific songs, exceptionally performed and spot-on for the target audience. The structure and continuity are near-perfect.

The title says it all: Love Bug! Raffi is all about love, respect, our planet and the power children have to change their surroundings for the better. Like Fred Rogers, he is true to himself, respectful of his audience and always in a gentle, loving way. He is a seeker of good intentions for the World we live in.

Raffi's voice is an instrument that soothes and draws the audience to scoot just a little bit closer. The kid choruses are lovely. The production fabulous. The musicians add so much energy and propulsion. I hope that children will see a bigger picture of their involvement and heir apparent to a smaller, brighter and more loving world.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really enjoyed this CD. This is the first time I've heard a Raffi CD and, although the lyrics are very intelligent and often mature, the kids still were completely drawn in to the songs. They sang along almost immediately and they wanted to hear more. After the original review, I started playing it in the car when they were out of control and they would immediately calm down and start singing along. They especially love the first two songs. Based on the kids' reactions, I recommend this CD to anyone. They particularly loved the Dogwood Song and Love Bug was their second favorite.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO



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