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  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Family Film ReviewsPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    The Prince of Persia lives to leap. From rooftops, across alleyways, down sand dunes, into crevasses — he throws himself again and again into big slow motiony air, his arms outstretched and legs churning, his face blurred and his destination always achieved. Jake Gyllenhaal is the video game hero made flesh! Or at least, digitized.

  • Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

    Book ReviewsPop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

    Gum has been around for centuries, but the true invention of “bubble” gum was in Philadelphia in the 1920s. This newly released book is a “biography” of the gooey confection’s early years. Believe it or not, an accountant at the Fleer Corporation (of trading card fame) created the first bubble gum formula. Up until then, gum was something that you chewed and was often used to soothe stomach aches. Young Walter Diemer’s accounting office happened to be located next to an experimental laboratory, where lab techs were trying, unsuccessfully, to create a new kind of gum that could be…

  • What's in Ned's Head?

    Real ReviewsWhat's in Ned's Head?

    What do you get when you combine three boys, an old gym sock, fake puke, a dirty diaper, a worm in bird poop, a half-eaten lollipop and a huge plush head? You get hours of gross-out family fun.

  • Shrek Forever After

    Family Film ReviewsShrek Forever After

    Now that he’s living happily ever after, Shrek (voiced by Mike Meyers) is thinking twice. He’s tired of being everyone’s favorite ogre and frustrated by the routine of his life with Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and their farty, gurgly triplets. His feelings are summarized neatly in an opening montage of repeated scenes: Shrek diapers babies, feeds babies, shares play-dates with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and his half-dragon kiddies. At the same time, he yearns for long-lost previous life, when humans feared his roar, when he spent most of his time alone—wallowing in mud baths, scaring all his neighbors,…

  • Maybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight

    Book ReviewsMaybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight

    This recently released book is a collection of 20 rhyming poems with bedtime themes as its compelling title reveals. The poems whimsically cover various bedtime topics such as monsters in the closet, who gets the top bunk, thumb-sucking, sleepovers, among others. All are written with a humorous and slightly satirical twist that will give both kids and adults a chuckle.

  • Summer Toys 2010

    Seasonal ProductSummer Toys 2010

    What parents haven’t found themselves in this situation? It’s 70-plus degrees outside, and your child is either watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer. You tell your child to get up and go play outside, and they look back at you and say: “There’s nothing to do outside that fun”. We’ve been there many times, but in my house, that problem has been alleviated.

  • Baby Genius Singing School Bus

    Real ReviewsBaby Genius Singing School Bus

    From the moment we opened the delivery box I knew this toy had my kid’s attention. From the bright colors of the bus and characters all the way down to the fun music it plays, this bus was going to be pure toddler fun! My 3-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter and I all sat down together to open the package the bus was in. They were so excited and I was very pleased that it was a cinch to get it out of the plastic box—there is nothing like anxious toddlers and a frustrating box that is a pain to open! As soon as I had it out they were talking about the five different animals included with the bus: Vinko the…

  • Robin Hood

    Family Film ReviewsRobin Hood

    Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is just a “common archer” at the start of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. He’s also a team player, not an outlaw at all, fighting alongside King Richard the Lionhearted (Danny Huston) in the Crusades. But, as the 12th century comes to an end and the body count rises, Robin is feeling uneasy with his lot. He’s good at killing people, but maybe, as he tells the king, their cause is not so just and their deeds not so pure. Maybe, as Robin puts it, their pursuit of power in the name of god has actually left them “godless.”

  • Picross 3D

    Video Game ReviewsPicross 3D

    Puzzle playing people are probably pretty familiar with the game Picross, an international hit for the DS from 2007. The Picross puzzle parade (sorry, I’ll stop with the alliterations) is back with Picross 3D, a collection of brain-teasing multi-dimensional puzzles. A Picross puzzle is a block of cubes with either numbers, circled numbers or nothing at all on them. The puzzle block conceals a hidden object that the player must reveal by figuring out which cubes to keep and which to break away using the numbers as a guide. For example, if a row of five blocks is marked with a 4, one of those blocks has to be…

  • But I Wanted a Baby Brother!

    Book ReviewsBut I Wanted a Baby Brother!

    Oliver Keaton is a little boy who desperately wants a baby brother. When his mom comes home from the hospital with his baby sister, Oliver’s sure it’s a “mistake.” While everyone “oohs” and “ahhs” over baby Julie, Oliver’s frustration grows. He gets the idea to trade his baby sister for one of his friends’ baby brothers. However, when proposing the idea to a couple of friends, who eagerly say yes because their baby brothers cry all day AND night, he reconsiders. Perhaps Baby Julie isn’t all that bad… by comparison, she laughs, waves and (most…