Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Gruffalo's Child on DVD now! Review & Giveaway!

This movie has been a lifesaver for me. It was released last week, Tuesday, August 14 and I had all intentions of sharing it with you then. However, I got a little surprise and was hit with a nasty cold and have basically been out of blogging commission for the past 4 or 5 days! Thanks to this movie (and book) I was able to entertain my kids while I took some much needed rest.

For those of you who don't know, The Gruffalo's Child is a follow-up book after the original The Gruffalo. However, instead of coming from the view of the mouse family, this time we are actually introduced to the Gruffalo family. Here's a quick synopsis of the book and the movie:

In The Gruffalo's Child, the Gruffalo tells his child an extraordinary story of “The Big Bad Mouse,” warning her never to go in the woods alone because there is a terrible creature lurking there.  Waiting until her father falls asleep, the Gruffalo’s Child sneaks out into the deep dark woods to see The Big Bad Mouse for herself.  Along the way she runs into a snake, an owl, and a fox and discovers that while they have similar features to The Big Bad Mouse, they are, in fact, not him.  Just as she is about to give up her search, she stumbles upon a tiny mouse. Cautious of her, the mouse listens to what the Gruffalo’s Child is looking for, and then decides to reveal his big bad secret.
My Take: I had the great opportunity to not only review this movie, but also the book! My kids love books, as do I, so it was obvious that I started the night before reading the book to my kiddos. They loved it. The pictures are so entertaining and interactive. They enjoyed trying to guess what each creature was on every page and then both were surprised with the cute ending.

The next day we decided to watch the movie. At first I didn't tell the kids there was a movie so they were pleasantly surprised. The book is a quick read so I expected the movie to be super short but instead they drew it out to a reasonable 40 minutes. It was the perfect length. Now, parts were a little spooky for the kids but nothing disturbing or to worry about. My kids are 3 and 4 and they enjoyed the suspense. I put the DVD in while I was resting, they took the book and basically "read" along with the movie! Perfect!

Buy it: The Gruffalo's Child can be purchased for the SRP of $9.99 (very reasonable) from Toys 'R' Us, Walmart, Target, Amazon and also www.NCircleEntertainment.com.

Win It: I have a copy of the DVD and the book to giveaway to one lucky reader. This giveaway will begin on August 21 and end on Sept. 5. It is open to the US only. Just fill out the simple rafflecopter form to enter.

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Disclosure: This book and DVD were provided to me at no charge by NCircle Entertainment in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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