Friday, November 4, 2011

#Review: The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog & Teeny Tiny and The Witch-Woman…and More Spooky Halloween Stories!

Before I had kids I knew I was going to have a BIG library of books for them. When I was growing up my mom said the one thing that she would never tell us no to was a book. Whenever we wanted a book she would buy it. I remember coming home with the scholastic book catalogs and circling tons of books for my mom to buy! So when I had my kids I started their library early and one author that I grew to love is Mo Willems! He has some of the most entertaining books that features a pigeon with a BIG personality. And thanks to Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Mr. Willems, along with the help of his daughter and wife have brought some of those stories to life!



This October, “Sesame Street” veteran, Emmy Award®-winner and one of contemporary kid lit’s best-selling author/illustrators, Mo Willems, returns to DVD with an all-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ installment featuring his best-loved characters with THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG…AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS.

In the lead story -- an animated adaptation of the sequel to his best-selling “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” -- Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, but a sly and hungry duckling comes along who also wants a bite.  Who will be the more clever bird? Find out in this fast, funny feature, narrated by Mo and his daughter, Trixie.  Helping kids enhance reading, cooperation and problem-solving skills in an enjoyable and entertaining way, additional stories on the DVD -- which combined have won more than 10 prestigious awards including Caldecott Honor, Parents Choice Gold and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video – include “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”, both of which are also narrated by Willems and Trixie.

We can't just stop with the Pigeon! Last month was Halloween and scholastic also had a great Halloween release. The stories on this DVD were "spooky" in a safe, preschool way.  



 Just in time for Halloween, Scholastic presents 5 not-so-scary stories – all treats and no tricks – with TEENY TINY AND THE WITCH-WOMAN…AND MORE SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STORIES!   Sweeter and more colorful than a bag of candy corn, this themed DVD collection is highlighted by the lead story, “Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman”, a spooky-ooky story about a boy who outsmarts an old witch-woman before she can cook him and his brothers for dinner.  Other witchy, creature-laden tales includes “The Boy with Two Shadows” by Margaret Mahy, “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” a lively poem which introduces a spooky array of creatures and Spanish words to little niños narrated by Maria Conchita Alonso, James’ Stevenson’s “What’s Under My Bed”, and the superstition-filled  “King of the Cats” by Paul Galdone.  Supporting reading skills, creativity and self-esteem, the DVD includes Scholastic’s innovative read-along function as well as an interview with “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” author Marisa Montes.

My Take:  Of course I was in LOVE with the Mo Wilems collection! I love his books and I have read the three featured stories to the kids millions of times. They were so excited to see the pigeon come to life. They ran around screaming, "my hotdog" and laughing at the pigeon throwing his tirade. They love to watch it over and over again. As for the Halloween DVD, well it wasn't such a big hit and it's all my fault. My kids are used to the new Scooby Doo series and it's what I would call, "scary"; but it doesn't bother them. So when I told them this was a scary DVD they were expecting more...LOL. I personally, loved the stories and thought it was perfect for their age! If there was one movie that my daughter did like it was "Los Gatos Black on Halloween". That was because she was a black cat for Halloween! So if you're looking for some cute DVDs that are entertaining and educational then I would highly suggest these two DVDs. If you do get them, be sure to borrow the books from the library or buy them. I like to read the story to my kids and then let them watch the stories come to life on the big screen!

Buy it: Both DVDs were released last week on October 25 and are available NOW for purchase. They both retail for $14.95. 

Disclosure: Both DVDs were provided to me at no charge in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way.


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