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ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO! SEASON 1 (2018)
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ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO! SEASON 1 (2018) - N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Description - Alisa Knows What to Do! Is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century. The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance, both on the planet and in space.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Based on the Russian science fiction novels by well-known Russian author Kir Bulychiov, this is the story of a young teen form the future (end of 21st century) and her group of friends. The characters are quite unique with their brightly colored outfits, hairstyles and personalities. Kids will enjoy watching them in their adventures. The group of teens go on adventures, solving mysteries and battling evil. The animated series is fun and futuristic and, even has moments of edge of your seat excitement! I really like that this series is not only fun to watch, but also teaches about global problems of today. The group of friends are very concerned with global problems on the planet and in space. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 14. This will be a hit with kids this summer and has over 10 hours of fun that will entertain them. REviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1, directed by Olga Baulina, is an action packed, Star Wars like universe where thrills are around every corner! Each episode seems as if I am watching a movie, with high depths of emotion, mystery, humor, and untold tales. The animation is realistic in some aspects yet surreal in others forming the futuristic universe of a myriad of planets and species.

The story follows a group of five teenagers who can't seem to escape trouble, in or out of school. When their daily actions lead them to trouble, or Alisa becomes entangled in one of her father's scientific cases, they work together to solve the case in front of them. Through a series of hysterical events and intense scenes, each teenager's unique personality plays a role in their exciting victory.

The animation is a combination of a variety of elements because of its realistic yet science fictional story. On Earth, the humans are life-like with their facial features but their hair and outfits are an original, special addition to the teenagers. The city has skyscrapers with soft and circular edges forming distinctive spires. However, these obscure features are contrasted with the familiar bushes and trees decorating the streets. Each episode also consists of a journey to a different planet. On these journeys the clips of space are the most naturalistic, with beautiful hues of all different colors and millions of stars decorating the night like glitter. Once they land on the planet, any familiarity with our world today diminishes and a new surprising and imaginative world is created. These were my favorite parts of the shows because even though there is a world like ours, there are a variety of other ones in this episode which are fascinating and captivating to watch.

Although the story and animation are original and engaging aspects, the dialogue and jokes can be clich´┐Ż at times which takes away from the story. However, there are an abundance of humorous scenes and dialogue which made me smile and relate to these characters.

The messages of Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 are countless but some of the most pertinent are to being different is wonderful, and teamwork can help you in any situation. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Be sure to check out Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 on DVD June 13, 2018.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99 Media: CDROM


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GRAVITY FALLS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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GRAVITY FALLS: THE COMPLETE SERIES - SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Description - Collector's Edition. Welcome To Gravity Falls! Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle (Grunkle) Stan. Upon arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings' help in running The Mystery Shack, a self-owned tourist trap that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel's upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town's mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own: one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls. Includes All 40 Episodes!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's not mince words here, people! Gravity Falls may be one of the finest western animations of all time. Large claim, no? Allow me to back up why this show deserves this recognition.

Gravity Falls follows the main characters, Dipper and Mabel Pines, preteen twin siblings who are spending their summer vacation visiting their Great Uncle or "Grunkle" (and local con man), Stanford Pines in the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Stan lives in and operates a local tourist trap called the Mystery Shack, where he employees the other two main characters - lovable loser and gentle giant Soos, and local teenage, cool girl Wendy. Not all is what is seems in Gravity Falls, as our characters are made to tangle with everything from abducting gnomes, autonomous video game characters, vengeful apparitions, living wax statues, time travelling police officers, extra-dimensional eldritch entities and many more! All the while, Dipper and Mabel attempt to unravel the many mysteries of Gravity Falls with the help of a mysterious journal that they find which catalogues all of the creepy goings on in this sleepy town.

Interesting premise, no? The sheer plethora of all the different, and mostly antagonistic creatures the protagonists run into is staggering, and not a single one of them is boring. But, despite a great plot, it's the shocking amount of attention given to tiny details that exemplifies the deep quality of this program. The show contains a large amount of Easter eggs and tiny plot devices that carry through the entire the series. In fact, almost every ending credit contains a different word cipher puzzle that contributes plot details to the series! But, if you had to pinpoint the most distinguishing feature of this series, it's most certainly the pitch perfect writing. It's truly one of the funniest shows I've ever seen and my children (age 2 to 17) both agree. The humor varies so dramatically between all the main characters, yet they seem to mesh perfectly. I truly believe this series is enjoyable for kids aged 2 to 18 and virtually any adult. And, despite being aimed at kids, the story (delicately woven over 40 episodes) is astoundingly deep and touching by the end. It's strong emphasis on interpersonal relationships and personal character arcs is second to none and makes for a story that invests you in virtually every character in the show. Full disclosure, I cried on several occasions while watching this program. Also, without spoiling any plot for the readers, this series contains a genuinely terrifying antagonist for older viewers. However, this antagonist is not frightening for the younger crowd, so you've nothing to worry about in that regard.

If this series can galvanize the attention of every toddler, pre-teen, adolescent and adult that gave it a glance in my house, I have no issue recommending this to a wide audience. The Special Edition DVD set contains a full DVD devoted to extras, ranging from commentary, childhood stories, shorts and deleted scenes. Before receiving this Special Edition, I had seen the full series probably a dozen times. Getting the chance to relive the fun with all the extras has been a blast. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and honestly, I believe this series will stand the test of time.

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To be honest, this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. I could talk for hours about how fantastic this series is. It is short for television show standards, but it is a perfect show to binge watch with friends due to the mysteries that keep you invested until they're solved and the comedy is spot on.

The story follows twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who are sent to Gravity Falls, Oregon for the summer with their Great Uncle Stan. Things change when Dipper finds a journal revealing that the town is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures and the show follows the adventures that Dipper, Mabel and their friends undertake in this strange town.

It's pretty much my tradition to discuss the animation and the animation in this show looks great. While I feel it is technically the weakest aspect of the show, it is anything but bad. The animation is still very charming and very atmospheric. There's a nice "summer Oregon feel" to the world that makes the forest of Gravity Falls very inviting. Later episodes look great. The colors and scale of the setting quickly goes from great to amazing in the last few episodes. The character designs are also outstanding. I'm not sure why, but I really like how each character design has its own flare and shows off the individual personalities.

The best thing in the show is definitely the characters. Aside from the Pines twins, their friends, Wendy and Soos are truly cool. Wendy's personality is pretty much just being the coolest person imaginable. And I'm not making this up. She's laid back, incredibly skilled and just cool in general. As for Soos (one of the many characters voiced by the show's creator, Alex Hirsch), he's just the sweetest character and a great guy overall. I have to give credit to the voice acting as well. I mentioned that the show's creator, Alex Hirsch voices Soos. He also voices Stan Pines, Old Man McGucket, a bunch of background characters and the show's main villain. It's pretty hard to tell, unless you know he's voicing these characters. Another stand out actor is Kristen Schaal who voices Mabel. Mabel's adorable, hyperactive energy is all due to Kristen Schaal. The relationship between Dipper and Mabel is the epitome of what anyone with a sibling would be envious of and hope to model.

This show is also a perfect show for those who like theorizing about shows because this show is jam packed with mysteries, clues, codes and more. It keeps you invested. I recommend this show for ages 7 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. The DVD box set also has some pretty cool stuff such as audio commentaries, shorts and funny deleted footage. It is must buy if you are a Gravity Falls fan! Available on DVD July 24, 2018.

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Gravity Falls is a very thrilling series. It keeps you at the edge of your seat with new mysteries in every episode. With baffling things happening in every episode, all you want to do is keep on watching. Since this DVD includes all 40 episodes as well as the special features, you really can do just that! Although it is a show about mysteries, the writers still find a way to insert comedy, so it has an element for every type of viewer.

This show is about the twins Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) Pines who summer in Gravity Falls, Oregon with their Great Uncle Stan (Alex Hirsch), working in his tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. During their vacation, Dipper finds an elusive book that contains writings about all the mysterious occurrences that happen in Gravity Falls.

Gravity Falls is anything but a predictable show. It has an amazing blend of comedy and mystery that keeps you wanting to watch until the end. This DVD includes every episode plus some special features such as deleted scenes, behind the animation and interviews with the cast and creators of the show, looking back at the past 40 episodes. This show has the perfect blend of every element a TV show should have, with a little something for every type of viewer. For example, Dipper and Mabel are twins, but complete opposites. Dipper is very logical and nerdy while Mabel is an imaginative free spirit. So, even there you have two different elements many people can relate to. One of my favorite characters is Soos (Alex Hirsch). He works at the Mystery Shack and accompanies Dipper and Mabel on many of their adventures. He is always there for the young Pines and is the first person to believe Dipper about his findings in the book and even helps the twins hunt down the Gobblewonker. The cast of this show really makes the characters. Jason Ritter's voice is on the deep side, but it adds so much more to the character and his relationship with Kristen Schaal (Mabel Pines) higher pitched voice. Alex Hirsch who wrote, produced and voices the characters Gruncle Stan and Soos really makes the show what it is because the whole story is based on his own summer experiences. My favorite episode is season 2, episode 19, Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality because it is so sweet to see the brother sister relationship in the way that Dipper saves Mabel in that episode.

The message of this show is about asking questions and investigating thing you're curious about, just like Dipper does. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars for being the most unique comedy mystery sci-fi fantasy cartoon show out there and recommend it for ages 10 to 14 and beyond, because it has something for people of every age. You can find Gravity Falls: The Complete Series on DVD now so, look for it.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 12
Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ 99 Media: CDROM


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POCOYO: SEASON 2

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POCOYO: SEASON 2 - N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Description - Meet Pocoyo, the unforgettable little boy with a very big personality! Your child will learn through laughter with Pocoyo and all his friends - Elly, Pato, Loula, and Sleepy Bird. Join Pocoyo and his friends as they embark on fifty-two entertaining and amusing adventures! Whether it's celebrating a birthday party for Elly to overcoming one's fears to ride down the big, scary slide to playing detective with friends, every day is a special day with Pocoyo and friends! 52 episodes, over 6 hours of fun, entertaining and learning.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Pocoyo is a funny, kind-hearted toddler with charisma that goes on for days! He has many friends that he goes on adventures with, but my son (2 years old) really loves Sleepy Bird. Sleepy Bird is a cute little bird that is seemingly always asleep and even flies with her eyes closed. My son giggles his little heart out whenever she comes on the screen. Watching Pocoyo interact with his friends is great. They are all so kind to each other. This whole series focuses on getting through strange or difficult situations via laughter. It really emphasizes the importance of taking a minute to collect your thoughts and laugh away the negativity. I truly love that. It's such a wonderful thing to teach a child. The show's animation is computer generated with a very straightforward design. The simplicity of the characters and sets are eye catching, yet don't over-stimulate the viewer or take attention away from the stories. The music is cheerful and enjoyable. I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5 and it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pocoyo is a unique show for kids. It has cool, clay-like characters and takes place in an entirely empty world. The bright, colorful characters stand out against the plain, white background. The animation style is very clear and calming which fits the personalities of the characters quite well. I like the decision to use very normal toys such as trains and blocks along with unusual characters. It creates a nice contrast.

This is a DVD set with 50 episodes. Each episode follows Pocoyo and his friends Elly, Pato, Loula, Baby Bird, Sleepy Bird and Caterpillar who find something or make something new and then, they all use the item. I like how many possibilities this format provides.

My favorite episode is Guess What? In this episode, Pocoyo and his friends play a game with the narrator. In the game, Pocoyo makes a shape with the things around him. Then, the narrator must guess what the object is. Another episode I really like is Mr. Big Duck. In this episode, Pato finds a pair of sunglasses. The narrator says they make him look like an adult, so he refuses to play with his friends because they're too childish. Eventually, they convince him that being a kid is more fun, so he plays with them. This episode is really funny. I like how his friends react.

I really enjoy how the whole show is shot in first person, from the perspective of the narrator. This makes the viewer feel very involved in Pocoyo's world. The show is very repetitive, which is perfect for its target audience. I really like how the characters move. They move their limbs as if they are actually made of clay. They stretch and move in impossible ways and it's very cute and hilarious.

Each episode has a good moral such as sharing, being kind, cleaning up after yourself and not taking other people's things without permission. The music also fits the show quite well. It sounds fun and almost as if it is being played by a child. I really like Pocoyo's voice. It really fits his character, even though he doesn't speak much. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 2 through 7.

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I like this DVD because it has loveable characters and adorable animation. I also love the storyline because it teaches moral lessons. However, I don't like that it gets repetitive at times.

The storyline mainly revolves around three characters - Pocoyo, Pato and Ellie. They learn about morals while doing fun stuff such as dancing and playing detective. They treat each day like it's a special day.

The animation in this is adorable. It reminds me of the game "Animal Crossing". It also reminds me of some sort for anime because of his it is styled. The background of each episode is blank which gives the animators lots of creative freedom. It's cool to do this because you can then do anything with the background. For example, there is a galaxy for an alien and a city for little creatures.

My favorite character is Ellie. She is sassy, kind and loveable. I love that she is always dancing. I also love how she jokes around with the group. She hilarious and I love that.

There are different themes in each episode. For example, in one episode they are talking about how to be considerate and in another they are learning how to be fair with each other. These are all important life lessons that kids should learn, especially at an early age.

I rate this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 5. This is now available on DVD today so, check it out.
Juror Recommended Age: 2-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ 11.67 Media: CDROM


AMERICAN MASTERS: TYRUS - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 12-18
Description - People worldwide have seen the Disney animated classic Bambi and have been deeply moved by it, but few can tell you the name of the artist behind the film. Even fewer are aware of this pioneering artist's impact on American art and popular culture. Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) was America's oldest living Chinese American artist and one of the last remaining artists from the golden age of Disney animation. The quiet beauty of his Eastern-influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney, who made Wong the inspirational sketch artist for Bambi. Filmmaker Pamela Tom (A Tribute to Sir Sidney Poitier, Two Lies) corrects a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited, figure. Born in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, right before the fall of the Chinese Empire, Wong and his father immigrated to America in 1919, never to see their family again. The film shows how he overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse, a Hollywood sketch artist, and 'Disney Legend.' Previously unseen art and interviews with Wong, movie clips and archival footage illustrate how his unique style - melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art - is found in everything from Disney animation (Bambi) and live-action Hollywood studio films (Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild Bunch, Sands of Iwo Jima, April in Paris) to Hallmark Christmas cards, kites and hand-painted California dinnerware to fine art and Depression-era WPA paintings. The film also features new interviews with his daughters and fellow artists/designers, including his Disney co-worker and friend Milton Quon, Andreas Deja (The Little Mermaid), Eric Goldberg (Aladdin) and Paul Felix (Lilo & Stitch), and curators and historians of Wong's work.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This American Masters program shines a much-deserved light on the life of Tyrus Wong, a Chinese American artist who emigrated to the U.S. at nine-years-old and struggled through poverty and prejudice to become an artist for Disney Pictures and Warner Brothers. Wong's masterful drawings and paintings combined classic Chinese styles with Western themes that was first recognized at Disney, with Wong's work directly inspiring the impressionistic style of the classic Bambi. Regrettably, due to prejudice, Wong was only credited as a background artist in the final film. But he was celebrated in his later years for his artwork, which included holiday cards and painted ceramic dinnerware. The program's 80 minutes fly by in a smoothly-edited collage of archival footage, movie clips, copious examples of Wong's art and interviews with Wong, his daughters as well as art and film historians. Fans of Bambi will likely wish there was a greater emphasis on the film and Wong's contributions, but overall this is a vivid and engaging portrait of a relatively unknown, yet influential artist who passed away in 2016 at age 106. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 and older. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Michael F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99 Media: CDROM

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PIRATE CAMP AKA ADVENTURE CAMP
PIRATE CAMP AKA ADVENTURE CAMP - MAITLAND PRIMROSE Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 5-8
Description - Classmates are lured to a fantasy camp on a mysterious island where pirates from the past make strange counselors. Soon Cooper (Seth Atkins) discovers Captain Hookbeard (Corbin Bernsen) a voodoo with Mama and the legendary Blackbeard (John Kassir) are tricking the campers into a contest to find a cursed treasure. With plenty of sword fighting, pranks and magic, this wacky summer camp becomes an adventure of a lifetime as competitors and friends rally together and fight to save themselves.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Pirates are fun. The camp is very realistic and the things that the campers do look like lots of fun. This film moves quickly and has lots of action, adventure and a little suspense. The hag/witch is quite frightening at times and user voodoo and sorcery. Best for kids in older age group as it is a bit frightening for younger ones. The pirates do not use kind names for each other and are not respectful of others at times. The production quality is very good. Good sets and acting. Encourages kids to think about doing the right thing and what makes you a better person.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids loved it. "The pirates were funny and there was some mystery." "It's a fun idea. I'd like to go to that camp." "My friends would love it because it's about pirates and treasures and things like that." "The kids are like teenagers I know. The pirates aren't." They weren't always nice. The pirates said mean things and the voodoo and other things weren't nice." "The pictures made it look just like where pirates would live. It was neat." "The pirates looked like real pirates. The magic people were cool." "Going to a fun camp like this would be neat. I'd love to be a pirate for a while, but not the real scary stuff, just the pretending stuff."
Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: CDROM

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INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF THE AMAZING FOOD DETECTIVE, THE (CD-ROM)
INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF THE AMAZING FOOD DETECTIVE, THE (CD-ROM) - KAISER PERMANENTE
Series: CD-ROM, AGES 8-12
Description - This interactive and entertaining video game teaches children to eat healthier foods, be more active and manage how much time they spend in front of the computer and TV. Weight management experts worked with a design team who has designed for Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers and Nickelodeon.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This titles covers an important topic - nutrition. Set in the context of an investigation, it provides an interesting storyline that draws you in. it fun and interesting so the kids are inspired to play and learn more. It's easy to start and operate, the child can control the pace of the material, and the information is appropriate for the intended age. This is a fun way to learn health concepts and ways that some habits might be harmful. The graphics aren't outstanding but they work. Good representation of diverse background with the kids. Music and tone are fun and mysterious. Overall, it's the pace that is the weakest point. It is slow and very basic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Easy to play. "I clicked on the picture and it started right away. It is easy to play." "It's kind of slow. I like the mini games like Hungry Hound where you have to get all the fruits to beat it and the hound can help." For people who like sports, there's soccer, baseball and basketball." "I liked learning about nutrition from this better than studying the food pyramid at school." "The narrator's voice is awful." "It's kind of weird. Its like Indiana Jones as a food detective. A strong point is that they have good questions about food and everything. But, the graphics are very bad."
Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: CDROM


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THOMAS & FRIENDS: MILKSHAKE MUDDLE
THOMAS & FRIENDS: MILKSHAKE MUDDLE - TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: THOMAS & FRIENDS
Description - Join Thomas and the newest engines on The Island of Sodor in these six thrilling episodes! Meet Mighty Mac, a very unusual engine with two faces and Neville, an enthusiastic Steamie who's everyone's friend. Get onboard for big adventures.
Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98 Media: CDROM

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CARE BEARS:  NUTCRACKER
CARE BEARS: NUTCRACKER - LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: CARE BEARS
Description - Get ready to enjoy your favorite holiday treat, only sweeter. Join the Care Bears as they bring to life the classic tale of the nutcracker, as only these bears can. You'll make friends with Anna, her brother Peter, and even the Nutcracker himself. But when the Evil Vizier threatens, you and your new sugar plum friends must band together to save Toyland. Don't miss this heartwarming confection the whole family will enjoy even more than candy itself. English and Spanish.
Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98 Media: CDROM ISBN # 1/15/2007

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SHELLY'S MY FIRST COMPUTER GAME GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
SHELLY'S MY FIRST COMPUTER GAME GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS - ADVANCED BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES
Description - Shelly introduces kids to the components of the computer which, once learned, allows them to then develop skills through an interactive storybook. The activity center is designed to help kids develop memory and maintain attention as they hone their new skills in a game environment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A fun first CD for little ones. Nicely illustrated. Visually appealing menu and games with simple music. Great for computer familiarity and basics. Kids are applauded when they do well, and encouraged to try again when they are wrong. Fixed levels inhibit individual progress and exploration.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Younger kids enjoyed learning the parts of the computer. "A screen is not really a computer." "I want to learn more about the computer and books." Felt a sense of accomplishment: "I'm a good typer!" "I'm good at this!" "I spelled that word!" "I did it right!" Even older kids became absorbed in the play.
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 2-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95 Media: CDROM

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BE ALERT, BE PREPARED, BE SAFE
BE ALERT, BE PREPARED, BE SAFE - CHILD PROTECTION EDUCATION OF AMERICA
Description - Interactive training tool for children on the dangers of abduction. Uses dramatic situations, worksheets and coloring sheets.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Professional program that can be useful to parents and children alike. Starts up immediately. Presents important safety information in a positive way. Video clips get issues across quickly. Internet safety particularly useful. "Good for the classroom."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Appreciated it for what it is. "I knew most of this stuff but it was interesting to see." "Your parents tell you about it, but this kind of makes it real." "You don't have to install anything, just wait for it to work." "It had technical difficulties."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12 Media: CDROM

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MIA'S MATH ADVENTURE: JUST IN TIME!
MIA'S MATH ADVENTURE: JUST IN TIME! - KUTOKA INTERACTIVE
Series: MIA SERIES
Description - Features a story, a quest, and an exploration as well as educational activities. Includes over a dozen characters rendered in feature-film-quality 3D animation and scenery seen from the perspective of a mouse.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Good animation and state-of-the-art graphics. Unique and creative game. Challenging and stimulating. Installation and use fairly straightforward, Player's Guide extremely helpful. Conveys the message that young children can be heroes and help people.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Girls responded better to the mouse character than boys did. All of them thought it was going to be easier to do than it was but quickly warmed up to the challenge. All wanted more time to play. "Sometimes we had to click on things a bunch of times."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 6-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95 Media: CDROM ISBN # 1-931102-77-5

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CLIFFORD LEARNING ACTIVITIES
CLIFFORD LEARNING ACTIVITIES - SCHOLASTIC ENTERTAINMENT
Series: CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
Description - Children explore and learn with Clifford, Cleo, and T-Bone as they travel around Birdwell Island helping their neighbors and playing ten skill-building activities.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Excellent, strong software program. No glitches; runs smoothly with minimal parental help and little frustration for kids. Great graphics and music, darling animation. Multi-leveled. Reinforces kindergarten and preschool lessons. "I can't say enough."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyed it immensely. "I really like it. Can I take it home with me?" "It was so much fun." "I just love Clifford, he is funny and so nice to his friends." "I get to add and sing too!" "I practiced my letters." "It's the BEST!"/
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 3-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95 Media: CDROM ISBN # 0-439-34397-6

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I SPY TREASURE HUNT
I SPY TREASURE HUNT - SCHOLASTIC ENTERTAINMENT
Series: I SPY
Description - By exploring Smuggler's Cove and solving I Spy riddles, users cleverly reveal pieces of three treasure maps. Assemble the pieces and follow the clues on your exciting hunt to discover the unique treasures left behind by the town's legendary pirates.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clever, challenging and entertaining. No errors and no problems. Video and audio ran smoothly. Grand computer art. The difficulties are in ranges, not levels. Encourages children to look at things differently. Very positive feedback. No hints though.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - All agreed that it was fun - but hard. Some got *VERY* frustrated. "Sometimes we were screaming and yelling when we found a new piece or couldn't find something. But we still liked it." "The program was simple to use." "I would give it a 15+ out of 10."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 6-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95 Media: CDROM ISBN # 0-439-34394-1

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FORENSICS CD-ROM - DISCOVERY CHANNEL SCHOOL
Description - Sort data and run tests to determine the chemical makeup of evidence and to learn the importance of items recovered from crime scenes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Easy to use, clean visuals, great versatile program. Good educational fun, could be used in the classroom. Pace of material is completely controlled by user. Overall interesting and good effects. "Adults would also enjoy this. I found it fascinating."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Loved being able to log onto the Discovery site and REALLY loved the mummies. "I liked seeing the mummy stuff a lot and how crime scenes are looked at." "It would help me to write a report for school." "Fun and easy to get into."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 49.95 Media: CDROM ISBN # 1-58738-141-9

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NANCY DREW: MESSAGE IN A HAUNTED MANSION
NANCY DREW: MESSAGE IN A HAUNTED MANSION - HER INTERACTIVE
Series: NANCY DREW INTERACTIVE MYSTERIES
Description - Nancy Drew is invited by a friend to San Francisco to assist in the renovation of a Victorian mansion. Mysterious accidents keep throwing the renovations off schedule. Is it unsettled spirits at work? Assume the identity of the super-sleuth to find out.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Easy to install. Two levels of play. Some games are difficult to play due to precision required of cursor. Great at combining critical thinking and cognitive problem-solving. Offers insight into San Francisco's architecture.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Some enjoyed it, others found it too slow. "Good mystery without too many easy giveaways." "Too girly." "Lacks creepy ambiance." "The tile puzzle was very frustrating because you had to maneuver the pieces perfectly." "Cool old house and good clues."
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99 Media: CDROM ISBN # 0-9672618-2-1

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BABY MATTERS - PARENTING SOLUTIONS INC.
Series: PARENTING SOLUTIONS
Description - Good resource for parents to track prenatal care, medical data, child's developmental process, milestones, family tree, histories and photos of their child's life from prenatal to babyhood.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Knowledgeable, beneficial program. Provides links to authoritative web sites. Presented in an easy-to-understand format that allows structured and unstructured data entry. "A wonderful way to document the growth and development of your child."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Designed for adult use.
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: adult-adult Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95 Media: CDROM ISBN # 0-96799-9943-0-6

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FRANKLIN GOES TO SCHOOL - KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE/VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL
Series: FRANKLIN THE TURTLE
Description - Invites children to accompany Franklin and his friends on their school journey. Teaches early curriculum skills using eight activities with three levels of difficulty. Parents are able to monitor and evaluate their child's progress.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Educational, fun activities with clear, vivid colors and charming graphics. Easy to install. Great role models - characters are all kind to one another. Encourages critical thinking and problem solving. Offers positive rewards.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Loved it, laughed a lot, wanted to play it all the time. Kids particularly enjoyed the theater game. They played it several times. Children wanted to know what color and shape things are. Those who aren't mouse proficient were not able to play.
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 30 Media: CDROM

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MIA 2: ROMAINE'S NEW HAT
MIA 2: ROMAINE'S NEW HAT - KUTOKA INTERACTIVE
Series: MIA
Description - Blends a story about Mia's quest to retrieve her mother's hat with a variety of science activities covering a wide range of topics. Features a unique navigational system that enables real-time control over Mia. The game varies with each new start.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Topnotch. Easy to use, sophisticated 3-D graphics. Teaches and tests both physical and life sciences. Packed with information about the planets, weather, and more. Teaches problem solving skills. "Has long-lasting playability."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Captivating story, boys enjoyed more than girls. Kids liked solving the problems and being rewarded. "I liked figuring things out for myself instead of the teacher telling me what to do." "The villains were scary but fun."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95 Media: CDROM

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JUMPSTART: TODDLERS
JUMPSTART: TODDLERS - KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE/VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL
Series: JUMPSTART
Description - Offers interactive activities designed specifically for toddlers where they can explore colors, numbers, letters and shapes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Critical thinking skills are used throughout the program. Stimulates language development while improving communication. Encourages polite behavior and cooperation. Has two very different levels for toddlers.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyable. The mouse is set up for usage by a young child. Kids liked the music section that allowed them to add instruments to the piece that is already playing. Their favorite parts were grandma's house, coloring, the alphabet game and singing.
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 20 Media: CDROM

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BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE: BEARS SENSE OF ADVENTURE
BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE: BEARS SENSE OF ADVENTURE - KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE/VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL
Series: PLAYZONE
Description - Features Bear and his friends from the TV show with twenty activities, five adventures and lots of songs. Teaches problem solving, creativity, sharing, self-awareness and imagination. Storybooks are printable.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Easy to use. Great sound and graphics. Five missions are provided to introduce the five senses. Other activities address concentration skills, creativity, and problem solving. Offers different levels for different age and skill level.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Younger children had some difficulties; older kids loved the whole thing. They enjoyed playing together and helping one other. They loved searching for things the program asks for. Having the Bear showing up after each game became annoying.
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 2-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 30 Media: CDROM ISBN # 1-56997-494-2

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JUMPSTART: 1ST GRADE
JUMPSTART: 1ST GRADE - KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE/VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL
Series: JUMPSTART
Description - Frankie the Dog and friends guide kids through an interactive class with eighteen areas. Teaches reading, math, music, science, art and other first grade fundamentals. Features an island treasure hunt where kids are rewarded for their curiosity.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful graphics and sound. Interesting animated characters. Becomes progressively difficult and monitors skill levels. Offers lessons, a workbook for practice and a review section. Integrates all areas of curriculum.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A big hit with the kids. "There is a lot of help if you get stuck." "It is fun. I want to play everyday." "I like this game and wish we had it at school." "I liked learning reading and science with these games."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 25 Media: CDROM ISBN # 1-56997-205-2

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NANCY DREW: STAY TUNED FOR DANGER
NANCY DREW: STAY TUNED FOR DANGER - HER INTERACTIVE
Series: NANCY DREW
Description - Interactive game that challenges players to solve a mystery by role-playing the famous teenage detective, Nancy Drew. Players must find hidden clues, solve brain-teasing puzzles, collect inventory items and then interrogate the suspects.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well produced, excellent graphics. Lacks installation instructions. Good plot and fun use of the computer-generated characters. Encourages critical thinking skills to solve the mystery. Death theme bothered some.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids liked it and thought their friends would too. "My favorite part was working with my friends to remember all the clues we found." "It was fun being a detective." "I didn't like the death threats." "We learned how to solve mysteries."
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99 Media: CDROM

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NEW GAMES TRAINING CD-ROM, THE
NEW GAMES TRAINING CD-ROM, THE - NEW GAMES LTD
Series: NEW GAMES
Description - Combining the best features of previous "New Games" books and videos, this CD-ROM provides a guide to developmental skills, safety issues, game adaptations and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Navigation is easy. Provides thorough explanations and visual aids. However, specific games do not identify a target audience. The film clips were interesting and helpful. Good for training student group leaders.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Liked it and would play some of the games that they learned. "These would be cool to play at a church picnic." "The detective game looks like fun." "The film clips showing the games were neat." "These games encourage people to work together."
Platform: WIN/MAC platform Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 39.95 Media: CDROM

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LAURA'S HAPPY ADVENTURE
LAURA'S HAPPY ADVENTURE - UBI SOFT ENTERTAINMENT
Series: PLAYMOBIL PC GAME SERIES
Description - Enter an enchanted world with Laura who discovers a mysterious diamond and is swept away on adventures. Features over twenty hours of gameplay.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Technically demanding, requires Pentium with 64 RAM. Uses keyboard commands instead of mouse - frustrating for user accustomed to mouse. Slow loading. Pace and challenge doesn't match what kids are up to. Not very imaginative.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids were impressed with the graphics but it moved slowly and their interest dropped. Suitable for younger kids but they should anticipate technical problems. Kids wanted more challenges. "They need to make story more interesting."
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99 Media: CDROM

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ACTIVE PARENTING TODAY
ACTIVE PARENTING TODAY - ACTIVE PARENTING PUBLISHERS
Description - Develop courage, responsibility and self-esteem in your child, using Active Parenting principles. Contains an hour of video illustrating styles of parenting, effective non-violent discipline skills and logical consequences.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Content is very good with realistic lessons that are valuable to any parent. The presentation lacks appeal. The video clips are only a few inches in diameter, the narrator is dull, and it lacks flexibility, forcing constant review of some segments.
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: ADULT-ADULT Suggested Retail Price: $ 39.95 Media: CDROM ISBN # 1-880283-23-9

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NANCY DREW: SECRETS CAN KILL
NANCY DREW: SECRETS CAN KILL - HER INTERACTIVE
Series: NANCY DREW
Description - An interactive mystery game that challenges girls to solve a murder as they become the famous teenage girl detective, Nancy Drew. Players must find hidden clues, solve brain-teasing puzzles, collect inventory items and interrogate suspects.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Installation difficult. Impressive production with hidden puzzles that make it very challenging. Great content, wonderful music, excellent graphics. Highly rated. Presents a problem, gives tools to solve it, stimulates curiosity and creativity.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Cool. Kids had fun and it was easy to use. "All of our friends are asking us about this and want to play." Girls love company motto, 'For girl's who aren't afraid of a mouse.'" "I have a waiting list of intermediate-age girls who want to play."
Platform: WIN platform Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ 34.95 Media: CDROM



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