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Based on books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Offers Lessons and Fun Stories for Preschoolers

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Looking for something special for your preschoolers? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on the British author Lara Kate Jones and airing on Sprout. The series is seen through the eyes of Poppy’s imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara. Each episode tells the tale of a very special cat and her colorful band of friends as they embark on extraordinary adventures through fantastical lands. “A great thing about this DVD is that it makes my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat,” comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jeremy B., age 7. Morgan B. (age 9) adds, “My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.”

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures|
Reviewed by Jeremy B., age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Video review available here:

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is an exciting, funny, and adventurous series of animated films for preschoolers. They are based on the best-selling books by Lara Jones. There are lots of bright colors and friendly characters throughout the film which will keep kids entertained for a long time.

This DVD is a collection of seven animated films. In the main episode, Poppy Cat celebrates her birthday. She receives a lot of presents from her friends including a treasure map. Poppy and her friends journey to the Mystery Jungle to find the treasure.

Each episode on this DVD takes you on a different adventure and they all are really cute. The characters are friendly and treat each other nicely, which is good for preschoolers to see.  Each episode only lasts for eleven minutes so it is a good length for young children whose attention span is pretty short. The episodes are full of bright colors that are very appealing and I think young children will really like. The music is very pleasant too. My favorite episode is “Marshmallow Mines” because one of my favorite characters, Rocket Cat, is in it. Rocket Cat is brave and thankful throughout the episode, which I really appreciate and I know parents will too. Another great thing about this DVD is that it made my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat.

What I like best about Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is that each episode teaches an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. At the end of each segment, Poppy Cat’s owner explains the message and gives examples.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because it is educational, adventurous and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to5, especially for kids who like animals, music and bright colors.  I think young kids will really enjoy the friendly and silly characters.


Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and Other Adventures
By Morgan B., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Video review available here. 
Are you ready for fun and adventure?

I loved this DVD because it is fun and full of adventure. Our stories begin with Poppy’s owner, Lara, telling her cat a story. The cat loves all of her stories because of course, they are about her. In Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and other Adventures we see seven episodes with Poppy’s friends, Owl, Zuzu, Mo, Egbert and Alma.

My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent. The voices are all unique and easy to pick out the different characters they belong to.

Birthday Treasure is about Poppy Cat receiving a treasure map for her birthday and following the map which leads them to a mysterious jungle. Surprises await and time flew by quickly. I couldn’t wait to watch the next adventure.

My favorite episode is A Bad Robot which stars Poppy and her gang’s favorite superhero, Rocket Cat. They take a spaceship to see if they can help him. There are all kinds of ways that they travel around. There are airplanes, rocket ships, cars, submarines and a hot air balloons. My favorite form of travel is by rocket ship I like the animation of the ship traveling in space. The Robot dance and karate moves also made me laugh. They are so clever. Egbert, of course, has a surprise for the gang. Everyone can relate to the lost remote control. “Where is the remote?” Then the hunt begins.

All the episodes have Egbert the badger in them causing some sort of trouble. He always has an unusual excuse for not playing with the others. Even though he is the villain and always  at the center of trouble , he is cute and funny.

This is a great DVD for kids with positive messages. No matter what the challenge is, Poppy Cat and the gang are up for it. There is always unique prospective on how to solve a problem. You learn that with a good group of friends you can do anything. Although they are very different and have various ideas they use all of them and work it out.

I really enjoyed the DVD because it took me back to my youth when I loved watching Poppy Cat on Sprout. I feel great after watching this show because it is always upbeat and happy.

The animation is not overly done making it good for younger kids. The older ones will like the dialogue and the different adventures. Just when you think you know the outcome something will come up and surprise you. I recommend this for ages 2 to 9.