Friday, May 30, 2014

“WORDGIRL: MONKEY BUSINESS” FROM SCHOLASTIC MEDIA AND PBS KIDS ARRIVES ON DVD JUNE 10 (Review)

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


GO BANANAS!!!
 “WORDGIRL: MONKEY BUSINESS”
FROM SCHOLASTIC MEDIA AND PBS KIDS
ARRIVES ON DVD JUNE 10

Courtesy:  PBS Kids/PBS/Scholastic

The Fifth DVD Released From the Emmy
Award
®-Winning Animated Children’s Program

"PBS Distribution recently announced it will be releasing four stories from PBS KIDS’ popular WORDGIRL series on the new DVD “WORDGIRL: MONKEY BUSINESS.” WORDGIRL® is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning animated series from Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.  The show follows the life and superhero adventures of WordGirl as she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage.

In this new DVD, WordGirl and her sidekick Captain Huggy Face fight the good fight against dastardly villains and bad vocabulary! The super duo faces everything from a meat portal to a peanut butter gun, saving the day and instilling a love of language in children all at the same time.  Get ready to be filled with zeal (n., great energy and enthusiasm) when you catch a glimpse (n., a momentary view) of this new DVD!

Don't Mess With the Best/Peanut Butter Battles

WORDGIRL: MONKEY BUSINESS” will be available on DVD June 10, 2014. The DVD run time is approximately 50 minutes and its SRP is $9.99. DVD special features include interactive games, video shorts, and coloring pages. Details about the adventures featured on this DVD are below.

Monkey Business
After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again). So he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it’s up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day.

The Meaty Dimension
The Butcher discovers the portal where all of his meat is stored and concocts a plan to trap Huggy and WordGirl so that he can take over the city. Will WordGirl and Huggy be able to outsmart the butcher and get rid of his meat portal for good?

Whammer Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Botsford leave Becky to babysit TJ so they can celebrate their anniversary at a local ice cream parlor. When the Whammer can’t get the sundae he orders he starts whamming. Becky has to find a way to save her parents, babysit TJ, and keep her secret identity intact.

Peanut Butter Battles
Chuck adds a new condiment to his arsenal – peanut butter!  The highly sticky substance envelops its victims into a giant ball.  When WordGirl gets hit with a peanut-buttery blast and Huggy has to roll her around town, will she still be able to save the day?

WORDGIRL airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings)."

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My Thoughts:

Even though this show has been airing on PBS Kids since 2006, it was only recently that Savannah has started to get into the show.  She was first drawn to the show because of WordGirl's monkey sidekick, Huggy, as she thought he was cute.  But, then as she started to watch each episode and add new words to her vocabulary, she was hooked, like so many other children from preschool age through 12 yrs. old.  Both my 7 yr.old nephew and 9 yr. old niece are also fans of this popular animated series, and will visit and catch up on missed episodes, or simply watch repeats with Savannah.  Just hearing them talk about Becky (AKA WordGirl) and how she and Huggy fight crime, while trying not to give away her identity to family and friends.

As a parent, I love how this show is set up.  At the beginning of each short animated episode, young viewers are told to look out for a few new words that will turn up throughout the episode.  A definition as well as short explanation of the words are given both at the beginning and end of this show, making it a perfect educational show that kids can learn with, while being entertained with engaging story lines.

Savannah had already seen the four episodes that make up this upcoming release, but didnt' mind watching them again for the umpteenth time.  There were a few scenes that she was telling Bella what was going to happen, as she remembered them.  Just watching her eyes get wider and her smile, as she repeated the key words was great.  Big words that i would not expect to her know, she is using in her day to day conversations, thanks to WordGirl and this fun educational show which airs daily on PBS Kids.  I can't wait to pick up more WordGirl DVDs to add to Savannah's DVD collection, as I know she and her cousins will be watching them for years to come. :-)


About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers.  For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including
Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS-branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS Distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including internet and mobile devices.

WORDGIRL: MONKEY BUSINESS
Street Date: June 10, 2014
Genre: Children’s
Run Time: Approximately 50 Minutes
SRP: $9.99
Format: DVD

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

1 comment:

  1. I love these kinds of videos for kids with interactive games and this one looks really cute.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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