Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Meet PIZAZZ: the Snarky, Reluctant Hero of this New Highly-Illustrated MG Series! (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Discover the annoying side of being a superhero from snarky, reluctant hero, Pizazz! 

The folks at Simon & Schuster recently launched this new book series, which includes two hilarious, fun-filled titles - "Pizazz" and "Pizazz vs the New Kid". 

"Pizazz is a highly-illustrated series about a relatable, sarcastic superhero, from award-winning picture book creator Sophy Henn. Perfect for young readers transitioning into middle grade, these books will appeal to fans of Dog Man and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


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"The first book of the series, PIZAZZ (On Sale 6/1/21 | Aladdin), introduces us to our young hero and explores themes of confidence, friendship, and conservation as Pizazz navigates the challenges of starting a new school, and works to save a local park. More than anything, Pizazz wants to be normal. 

Although most people think superhero work is awesome and fulfilling, Pizazz

knows better. Whenever she’s in the middle of a movie or having fun with her friends, she has to dash off the save the world. Plus, being the good guy all the time is so not easy. Superheroes have bad days like everybody else."


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"In book two, PIZAZZ VS. THE NEW KID (On Sale 6/1/21 | Aladdin), Pizazz butts heads with another superhero kid. At first Pizazz hopes that a new super kid in her class will mean the Populars will have someone else to pick on. But it turns out Jett is super skilled, super cool, and super competitive. 

Pizazz and Jett end up in a heated competition to prove who is the best at everything, both super and normal. Then, Pizazz’s worst nightmare happens: Pizazz and Jett must work together to save the world."


I was excited to share these two books with my girls, as they are both reading middle grade chapter books, and love graphic novels.  While this book is not a full on graphic novel, it does give the feel of it throughout the book with the black and white cartoons and graphics.  I like how the girls forget they are reading a chapter books with lots of text, as the full page illustrations and graphics throughout break up the reading, and make it fun to read.  

Before I could let my girls read the books, I wanted to check them out. I ended up reading both in one sitting, and have to say I really enjoyed both.  I had never heard of the author, but after mentioning the name at the library to the teen librarian, she was quick to point out she is an amazing illustrator, and then showed me a handful of her books including "Let's Explore with Ted," "Lifesize Dinosaurs," and "Lifesize" with a cute panda on the cover.  I told the librarian that I had just read the author/illustrator's two new Pizazz books, and she was jealous, as she was waiting for copies to arrive, to read herself, before putting on the shelf for kids.  She said she expected these chapter books to be a hit for summer reading, and I couldn't agree with her more.  

After I was done reading the two books, I passed them over to my two girls so that they could read them, and then let me know what they thought of them.  My youngest didn't want to start with book, as she likes to read books in order, so she waited until her sister was done with both, before reading them.  She didn't have to wait long, as her sister read both in a few hours time. Like me, she couldn't put the books down once she started to read them. And, when she got to the end of book 2, she came running to ask if there were more Pizazz books available, and if not, when the next installment would be out, as she was hooked on the books, and loved the whole idea of Pizazz being a middle school super hero.  She was able to pick up on themes which included friendship, confidence and conservation.

Hearing all the rave reviews by her sister, my youngest daughter, couldn't wait to read the two books.  She, too, was able to finish both in a day, and couldn't stop talking with her sister and I about the books, characters, and her favorite parts.  My girls said they loved rooting for Pizazz and Jett, and how some of the situations they were in, my girls could relate to.  They loved how the author/illustrator not only told the story of this tween superhero, but the illustrators really helped bring the stories to life in their minds, as they read through the pages.  Like me, they liked the mix of text along with comic style illustrations and full page illustrations. They didn't mind that the illustrations were in black and white, and it gave the book a retro or unique spin, compared to full-color graphic novels and middle grade chapter books they are used to reading.

My girls and I found ourselves talking non-stop about these two new releases from Sophy Henn, and can't wait for more books to be released in the Pizazz series.  But, for now, we are happy with re-reading these two books, and my girls love doodling their own spin off of Pizazz being a superhero kid, just trying to get through middle school, and not looking silly. :-)

If you have a reluctant reader, or your child is gearing up for summer reading and looking for new books to check out, I highly recommend these two Pizazz books by Sophie Henn. Filled with lots of illustrations, they will keep even the most reluctant reader engaged and entertained, as they read through the pages. And, once they get to the end, they will be all smiles, as they will have enjoyed what they just read, and fall in love with Pizazz, and want to read more superhero adventures with her. 

You can learn more about the new Pizazz series, as well as other new chapter book releases for tweens/teens by visiting the Simon & Schuster website -- https://www.simonandschuster.com/.  I can't wait to hear what your kids think of these two new Pizazz releases, so be sure to come back and share their thoughts in the comment section below.   Happy reading! :-)


About the Author/Illustrator:

Sophy Henn is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator with a master’s in illustration

from the University of Brighton. She is the creator of the much-loved Bad Nana series, the Pom Pom series, the Ted board book series, and the nonfiction titles Lifesize and Lifesize Dinosaurs, among others. Her debut picture book Where Bear? was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Sophy was the World Book Day Illustrator in 2015 and 2016.

 Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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 Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Available Now on DVD

Now that things are opening back on, we are venturing out for day trips. And, every time we get in the car, my girls are quick to turn on their DVD players to watch the The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1, which we were sent last week to review. The The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 released back on May 18th to DVD, and contains every full-length episode from season 3 of the hit animated Nickelodeon series.  Both of my girls are huge fans of the series, and love watching their favorite The Loud House episodes over and over again.  And, when they started to watch this particular DVD, they were quick to point out that season 3 of the show has some of the best episodes. And, they were excited to have them all on one DVD, and be able to view the in the car during our summer travels.

My girls can't wait for volume 2 to come out, so that they can watch the remaining 13 episodes from this laugh out loud series.  And, I know they will be keeping this DVD in the car, too, so that they can watch and pass time during our travels.  

If you have a The Loud House fan in your life, and are planning fun day trips or vacations where you will be driving, then I highly recommend you picking up this recent DVD release, which contains the first 13 full-length episodes out of 26, from the hit Nickelodeon series. My girls have all the previous The Loud House DVDs, and love adding new seasons to their growing collection, so they can watch their favorite episodes time and time again.

More about this recent The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 release...

"Lincoln Loud and his family are on the move in The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 DVD! These 13 hilarious episodes of Nickelodeon’s EmmyAward-winning animated series The Loud House sees the Loud family take a trip on a family vacation, visit Ronnie Anne and Bobby in Great Lakes City, battle over fridge territory, and more! The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 will be available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment on May 18, 2021, for the suggested retail price of $13.99.
The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 episodes:
Disc One:
  • Tripped!
  • White Hare / Insta-Gran
  • Roadie to Nowhere / A Fridge Too Far
  • Selfie Improvement / No Place Like Homeschool
  • City Slickers / Fool Me Twice
  • Net Gains / Pipe Dreams
  • Fandom Pains / Rita Her Rights
Disc Two:
  • Teachers’ Union / Head Poet’s Anxiety
  • The Mad Scientist / Missed Connection
  • Deal Me Out / Friendzy
  • Pasture Bedtime / Shop Girl
  • Gown and Out / Breaking Dad
  • Ruthless People / What Wood Lincoln Do?
The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 synopsis:
Life’s a trip when the Louds depart on a family vacation! But while road tripping to their destination, everything that can go wrong for the family — does. A family fridge territory war breaks out, Lori and Lincoln go to the big city to visit Ronnie Anne and Bobby, and Mom and Dad build a secret bathroom! Join in on all the laughs with the Loud family!"

The Loud House: Road Tripped – Season 3, Volume 1 fast facts:
Street Date: May 18, 2021
Catalog: 59215296000 (US), 59215297000 (CAN)
Running Time: 4 hrs 53 min
Audio: Dolby Digital English 5.1, French Stereo, Spanish Stereo
US Rating: Not Rated
CAN Rating: G
US M.S.R.P.: $13.99
CAN M.S.R.P: $15.99
About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).
About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

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Rock Dog 2, Now Available to Own on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD + A Fun and Tasty Rockin' Cookie Recipe! - Review and #Giveaway

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One of my girls' favorite movies is Rock Dog. So, when they heard they were coming out with a sequel, the were over the moon excited.  And, once the trailer dropped (see below), they were even more excited.  And, now the wait is finally over as Rock Dog 2 comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.  :-)

This past weekend we did a double feature movie night.  We started with the first Rock Dog movie, and then followed up with Rock Dog 2.  Even though my girls have seen the first Rock Dog countless times, they wanted to see how Bodi and friends have grown.  As we sat and watched the 2nd installment of Rock Dog, we couldn't stop smiling. It was so good to see Bodi and his band rocking out and having a great time. And, as the movie went on, we were glued to the screen and rooting for Bodi and his friends to come out on top and not let stardom and fame go to their heads.  

We really enjoyed the movie, and it does have a great message about staying true to yourself.  When the credits started to roll, my girls were quick to ask if we could watch it again.  :-)  And, we are only on Tuesday of this week, but the girls have already seen Rock Dog 2 three times since our family viewing, and can't wait to watch it again.  If your family loved Rock Dog, then you will definitely want to check out Rock Dog 2.  When I asked for everyone's vote in the house, we all agreed that the second installment was even better than the first. I can't wait to hear what you and your family think of this movie, and how it compares to the first Rock Dog.  **Be sure to read on for a chance to win your very own DVD copy of Rock Dog 2 from Lionsgate. 

More about this new movie release...

"The True Blue band is back to rock the place when Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park arrives on Digital June 11th, and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD June 15th from Lionsgate.


This family-friendly film features Andrew Francis (
My Little Pony franchise, TV’s “Ninjago”, “Marvel Super Hero Adventures”), Ashleigh Ball (My Little Pony franchise, TV’s “Ready Jet Go!”, “Rev & Roll”), Brian Dobson (Norm of the North: Keys to the KingdomNorm of the North: King Sized Adventure, TV’s “Tarzan and Jane”), Brian Drummond (TV’s “Dragon Ball Z”, Norm of the North: Family Vacation, “Bob the Builder”), Cathy Weseluck (My Little Pony franchise, Barbie franchise, TV’s “Littlest Pet Shop”), Donny Lucas (Open Season: Scared Silly, TV’s “Van Helsing”, The Christmas Doctor), Graham Hamilton (TV’s “Snap Ships: Dawn of Battle”), Jason Simpson (TV’s “The Dragon Prince”, “Tobot Galaxy Detectives”, “Line Rangers”), James Higuchi (TV’s “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch”, “The Deep”, “Superbook”), Kathleen Barr (TV’s “Ninjago”, My Little Pony franchise, “Dragon Tales”), Michael Adamthwaite (TV’s “Ninjago”, Cold PursuitWar for the Planet of the Apes), Richard Newman (My Little Pony franchise, TV’s “Doraemon”, “Beyblade Burst”), and Sabrina Pitre (My Little Pony franchise, TV’s “Ninjago”, “Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar”).
One year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue, have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountain—they even have devoted fans! But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil’ Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price, and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock ‘n’ roll!
From the award-winning producers that brought you Norm of the North, “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, and “I Got a Rocket!”, this heartwarming family film will have you and your little ones unleashing your power of Rock ‘n’ Roll alongside Bodi and his band!
Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park will be available on DVD and Blu-ray+Digital combo pack for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and $21.99, respectively."


Time to rock n' roll with Bodi and the gang with some awesome snacks!

Find recipe here: http://bit.ly/RockDog2Recipe


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Year of Production: 2020
Title Copyright: © 2021 Huayi Brothers Pictures Limited.  All Rights Reserved.
Type: Home Entertainment Release
Rating: NR
Genre: Family, Animation, Comedy
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 90 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 2.40:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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