Wednesday, May 1, 2013


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.


The Fourth DVD Released Featuring the Emmy Award®-Winning 
Animated Children’s Program 

"PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing “WORDGIRL VS. THE ENERGY MONSTER” on DVD. “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, that follows the life and super hero adventures of WordGirl as she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage. In this new DVD, which includes three fun-filled learning adventures, WordGirl and her sidekick Captain Huggy Face fight the good fight against dastardly villains and bad vocabulary!

These three episodes of “WordGirl” introduce new vocabulary words and reinforce their meanings in a variety of fun and interesting contexts. “WordGirl” enriches vocabulary skills, fosters better reading comprehension and instills a love of language in all children. “WORDGIRL VS. THE ENERGY MONSTER” will be available on DVD May 14, 2013. The run time of the program is 50 minutes and the DVD SRP is $9.99. DVD special features include interactive games, video shorts and coloring pages. Details about the episodes features on this DVD are below.

Dinner or Consequences, Part 1
Dr. Two Brains is stealing all of the city’s milk and using it – with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster – to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It’s up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences. 

Dinner or Consequences, Part 2
Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition – the family trial – to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop the two super villains?

Best Fan Club Meeting Ever
TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans! 
Day at the Museum
Scoops takes Becky, Bob, and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. When they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure, the team goes on a search – with The Butcher right behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob, and Violet find the treasure, evade The Butcher, and do it all in time for Scoops to keep his deadline? "


My Thoughts:

I was so excited to hear that PBS Kids would be coming out with another Word Girl DVD, as we already own and watch the previous three DVD's from this popular PBS Kids animated series.  When I first watched Word Girl with Savannah last year, I wasn't sure what she would think of it.  It is a little more advanced for her, but she was captivated by the super hero girl, Word Girl,  who saves the day with her superhuman strength, abilities and stellar vocabulary skills.  

Each episode of Word Girl introduces young viewers to a new word, incorporates it throughout the episode so that the children can recognize it when they hear it, and have the meaning reinforces.  Take for instance this new DVD, words introduced to young children include divulge, deadline, rely and consequences, just to name a few.  Now you wouldn't expect little ones to know how to say these big words, let alone know what they mean.  But, thanks to this educational animated series, which makes learning new words fun, they pick up these and other words easily.

Even though Word Girl battles evil villains, including Dr. Two Brains in each episode, you don't have to worry about little ones being exposed to graphic fighting scenes.  During each confrontation, Word Girl uses her new vocabulary to find and come out on top -- the good guy always wins! :-)

This DVD, which includes 8 fun filled episodes, is only 50 minutes in length, which makes the episodes short enough to keep even the youngest of viewers attention, as well as lets parents choose to show 1-2 episodes at a time, in case they want to limit TV time with their children.  However you choose to watch this DVD with your children, just know that they will have a blast learning new words, while developing a love for reading and language development. 



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 provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers.  Don't forget to 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

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. 

 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.

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