Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Available Today on DVD -- Children Make Terrible Pets...and More Stories About Family (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.




"Peter Brown's beloved children's book arrives on the small screen as the featured story on the brand-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ DVD, CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS...AND MORE STORIES ABOUT FAMILY.  In the animated tale, Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home.  Her mother, however, has other ideas and cautions her that, "children make terrible pets."  Hilarity ensues as Lucy tries to prove her mother wrong in this modern classic.

Other stories on this comedy-filled compilation include All the World (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward), Crow Call  (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein), and Elizabeti's Doll (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield). 

The original stories have won many awards, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Book, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award and the Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature."

  • Read-Along Function
  • Author Interviews with Peter Brown and Lois Lowry and Illustrator Marla Frazee

Type:  DVD
Catalog #: NNVG292900
Running Time: Approx. 42 minutes + extras
Genre: Kids'/Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo   


My Thoughts:

I will not lie, I was personally looking forward to receiving this new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD, as it contains classic stories I grew up listening to my mother read to my brothers and I.  And, when it came time to start a family of my own, my mom, knowing how much I loved such stories as "Children Make Terrible Pets," surprised me at my baby shower with an assortment of these classic books.  I have been reading them to the girls, and love seeing them get excited, just as I had.  

So, why was I so excited to watch this DVD?  I love it when classic storybook tales are brought to life through animated cartoons.  While many are misses in how they translate these popular children's tales to the television screen, I have never been disappointed with the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs I have been sent to review, and enjoy watching over and over again with the girls.  And, this new release didn't disappoint.  With 41 minutes of animated stories, along with fun bonus features, this DVD was a joy to watch with the girls.  Having already been familiar with the stories, they too, were excited when they saw Lucy the Bear appear on the screen, as they knew the background on the story before seeing this animated version of the story for the first time.   

Out of the four stories, the girls and I loved "Children Make Terrible Pets."  We have only had this DVD for a short time, but it has already become an instant favorite with the girls.  They love watching this DVD in the car for short car rides, as well as part of their bedtime routine.  First, they will watch these classic stories on television, and then will ask me or my husband to read the books to them when they get into bed.  I am so happy to have had a the chance to view this DVD with my girls, and continue to rave about and recommend it to family and friends with young children.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com. 

Over the past decade, Cinedigm has led the digital distribution revolution that continues to transform the media landscape. In addition to its pioneering role in transitioning movie theatres from traditional film prints to digital distribution, Cinedigm continues to advance worldwide cinema modernization with its suite of software products allowing exhibitors and distributors to manage their newly digital businesses with efficiency, insight and certainty. And, as the leading distributor of independent content in the world, Cinedigm collaborates with producers and the exhibition community with unequalled transparency to market, source, curate and distribute quality content across all digital platforms to targeted and profitable audiences. The company's library of over 5,000 titles includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company® and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. Cinedigm is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including THE INVISIBLE WAR, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, GASLAND, WASTE LAND and PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. Just the title of the book and DVD made me chuckle. The illustration is adorable! Sounds like a great one. Will check out the book first. Would make a great Christmas gift ~ thanks for the idea.