Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Now Available to Own on DVD and Digital -- The Kids in the Hall - The Complete Collection (Review)

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

"All Episodes Uncensored! PLUS - The Original Pilot, Season Compilations, & 'Death Comes To Town'


Do you love sketch comedy troupes?  If you do and you grew up in the 80's and 90's, then you were probably a fan of The Kids in the Hall, like I was love.  My oldest brother introduced me to the show as he would stay up late and watch it and I always wondered what he was watching, as he was laughing so loud and often.  Then, one night after SNL (Lorne Michaels discovered the 5 men that make up this great sketch comedy troupe), I stayed up a little later than usual and sat with my brother watching an episode he had recorded.  I found myself laughing uncontrollable at the sketches.  I could tell that they were edgy and not something you would see on mainstream channels.  My brother said he would talk about this show with his friends at school and that this was a popular show for both Canadian and American audiences.  These 5 guys tested the boundaries of comedy, never held back with their story lines, and were always hilarious.  There was nothing they weren't willing to say or hold their tongue on.  Maybe this is why it became so popular and is still enjoyed all these years later.  

This new DVD collection is filled with over 800 sketches that span the series' five seasons.  You will find beloved characters like the Chicken Lady and Cabbage Head, to my personal favorite and shown in the clip below, "Crushing Your Head."  

 If you are looking for a good laugh, or want to relive some of your favorite The Kids in the Hall sketch moments, then you will definitely want to pick up this new DVD collection.  This DVD collection includes every single episode of the 5 season series, along with the original pilot, season compilations as well as the 8-episode reunion series, "Death Comes to Town."    

I could go on and on about how great this new DVD collection, but if you are a fan of this iconic show, then you know just how great it is, and how it is a must have for any The Kids in the Hall fan.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Mill Creek Entertainment today and order this DVD collection so that you can start watching all your favorite KITH sketches again and again.

More about his recent release:
"The groundbreaking five-man sketch comedy troupe discovered by SNL’s Lorne Michaels in the late 1980s took their blockbuster live shows from the packed performance spaces in and around Toronto, Canada and brought it right into the living rooms of Canadian and American audiences desperate for hilarious, edgy, timeless, REAL takes on who we are and what we think when we’re not trying to be polite. No subject is too sacred; no corner of the human experience is too strange or too scary to hide from the harsh but blisteringly funny comments KITH have to make on them.
Packed with over 800 sketches across the series’ five season run, this Complete Collection boasts beloved characters from the Chicken Lady and Cabbage Head to Crushing Your Head and Buddy Cole.  Hilarious and completely irreverent!
Enjoy now the ultimate fan experience packed with all 5 seasons - nearly 800 sketches including the original, rare pilot - the 8-episode reunion series DEATH COMES TO TOWN and a countless bonus features included commentary, biographies, live performances AND MORE!"
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are Back at It in the New 6-DVD Collection from Mill Creek Entertainment - A Must Have for Fans of This Legendary Comedic Duo (Review)

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

Growing up, I used to love watching Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on television with my Dad.  Whenever he would get home from working a police detail, he would look to unwind and this legendary comedic duo was always his go-to entertainment.  He had recorded some of his favorite Colgate Comedy Hour episodes on VHS tapes, and we would pop one in and watch it while he ate his dinner.  Oh, how I loved that time with him, laughing and having fun.  You couldn't watch these two guys without walking away with a smile on your face.  Their stage presence is nothing that I have seen duplicated, as they had chemistry like no other comedians that came after them.  It didn't matter if they were performing for a television show, on stage or in a movie, you knew when you saw these two together or solo that you were going to be in for a fun night of laughs.

When I heard about this new 6-DVD collection from Mill Creek Entertainment, I had to tell my Dad as I knew he would be excited, and that he was.  He asked if I was getting a copy to review, and if not, he would buy so that when he and my Mom come to visit us, he would brig so we could watch some of the episodes together.  I told them I was being sent a copy and that I would be looking forward to dinner and a movie with him. :-)

I received this DVD along with a few other February releases from Mill Creek Entertainment, and couldn't wait to start watching them.  Even though I plan to watch these DVDs with my Dad, I had to relive some of my favorite Martin and Lewis memories.  I was surprised my husband had never seen them perform together.  He knew about and saw the Jerry Lewis telethons, but never knew these two comedic geniuses worked together.  So, I spent our date night last week sharing some of my favorite Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis episodes from the 6-DVD collection with him.  And, I am happy to report there is a new Dean and Lewis fan in our house. :-)  We can't wait for Friday to get here so that we can watch more of the DVDs, and laugh until our belly's hurt. :-)  

If you are a fan of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and grew up watching the perform on television and in movies, then you will want to pick up this new 6-DVD set to add to your collection.  

More about this new 6-DVD collection from Mill Creek Entertainment:
"Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis - the crooner and the clown. They were the best-known comedy duo of their day. When they performed, whether on stage, television, or in the movies, the sky was the limit and the laughter was endless.
This premium collection includes some of the finest film and television performances of this pair of comedians including:
  • 28 episodes from the Colgate Comedy Hour
  • 3 feature films starring Jerry Lewis (Don't Raise the Bridge Lower the River, Hook Line & Sinker, and 3 on a Couch)
  • 2 feature films starring Dean Martin (Who Was That Lady? and How To Save A Marriage & Ruin Your Life)"

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Fans of Benji Will Want to Get Their Hands on the New Benji - The Original Classic - Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Available Now! (Review)

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

I was so excited when I heard that the folks at Mill Creek Entertainment were releasing Joe Camp's original classic, Benji, to DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital, as I knew two little girls would love this this wonderful movie.  Like I have shared in past blog posts, both of my girls are huge dog lovers.  Savannah I have to say is the biggest fan as she can't leave the house or go to bed without wearing some work of dog outfit or accessory.  I have lost count on how many puppy/doggy pants and shirts she has. And, don't get me started on socks and underwear.  :-) I have talked about Benji with the girls before -- usually when I see a dog that looks like the famous pup.  And, just the other day we were watching Annie from my childhood and Bella said that dog looks like Benji.  I couldn't believe she remembered the dog and matched its likeness to the dog in the movie we were watching.  The very next day the new Benji movie arrived on our doorsteps, and put a smile on the girls face.  I, too, was excited as I haven't seen this movie is years, and was up for sharing it with my girls for the first time.  
Usually I wait until Friday and the weekend to watch new movies we are sent for review with the girls, but how could I say "No" after seeing the puppy dog eyes of Benji on the front cover of the Blu-Ray/DVD we were sent to review.  And, I am so happy we made time to watch the movie as it brought back many fond memories of watching this movie with my parents and brothers growing up, and now I was able to share this heartwarming movie with my own girls.  And, they girls couldn't get enough of Benji.  Even though we have small (under 10 lbs.) rescue dogs, the girls always ask if we could get a big dog.  And, now, they want to get a lovable dog like Benji. Oh boy! :-)
Benji is a classic movie that will continue to warm the hearts of those both young and old who sit to watch this classic film.  We have come a long with dog movies, as most of the dog movies I watch now with the girls, the dogs are talking.  But, when you sit to watch Benji, you can't help but fall in love all over again with the simple story, and oh so adorable floppy-eared pup.
In addition to this new high-definition, widescreen restored film, there are also some great bonus featured included.  You will find commentary by Joe and Brandon Camp, the original theatrical trailer, as well as a photo gallery.  There is also two fun behind-the-scenes featurettes - The Phenomenon of Benji and Benji at Work -- that are not to be missed.  We have only had this movie for about a week, but have already watched it twice - once at home, and once while out and about in the car.  My girls have fallen in love with Benji, and I have found myself loving the new Benji memories I am making with my girls. :-)
More about this new release:
"The movie that catapulted Benji into international stardom. The #3 movie of the year in its original release. A unique motion picture all told from the heart and soul of a dog.
Benji is the gripping story of a vagabond dog struggling to communicate something he’s seen to humans. Humans who need to know but cannot grasp the concept that a dog could possibly help. A story of frustration and persistence, of love and suspense. And the first time ever that a dog has actually acted on the screen. Expressed emotion. And done it so very well that we, the audience, completely understand everything Benji is thinking and doing, every turn and twist, without a word of dialog being spoken."
  • All New 35mm Film Restoration & Transfer
  • Specially produced BONUS FEATURES will include commentary by creator Joe Camp and son Brandon Camp
  • Golden Globe Winner and Oscar®-nominee for Best Original Song – “Benji’s Theme (I Feel Love)”

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

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"PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol" Available on DVD March 6, 2018! Pre-Order Your Copy Now! (Review)

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


Do you have a Paw Patrol fan in your life?  If so, you will definitely want to pick up the new Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol movie arriving on DVD on March 6th.  My daughter, Savannah, has been a fan of the show since it began airing on Nickelodeon, and has all the toys, DVDs, plush, etc. that has to do with Paw Patrol...maybe not everything, but if you were to look in her room and the girls' playroom you would think the rooms were shrines to these lovable pups.  She can't get enough of the show, and loves when they do a spin on the show -- including Spy Chase and now the Sea Patrol.  While I let out a sigh as I know these new directions mean more toys the girls will be asking for, I can't help but smile as well as I know how much the girls, especially Savannah love this show, and watch it faithfully.  They can't get enough of the show and whenever it comes on, I love seeing the girls sit together with their toys to play with while watching the show, and then during the commercial breaks, they will act out the scenes or talk about what they think will happen next and what was so cool about what they just saw.  And, once the episode is over, Paw Patrol is all I hear them talking about.    To say they are huge fans is an understatement.

I made my girls' day the other day when I surprised them with the upcoming Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol. They both grabbed the DVD from my hand and did a happy dance near the mailbox, before running into the house so that they could watch it.  This new DVD is filled with the following episodes (which even though they have already aired on TV, are still fun to watch over and over again!):

PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol contains the following episodes:
  • Pups Save a Baby Octopus - When a baby octopus gets separated from its mother and sinks the Flounder, the Sea Patrol must save the day.
  • Pups Save a Shark - Hoping to have the whole beach to himself, Humdinger makes a robotic shark to scare everyone away.
  • Pups Save the Pier - The pups work together to save the pier after a support post breaks. 
  • Pirate Pups to the Rescue - Carlos and Tracker get stranded on an island in the search for buried treasure. 
  • Pups Save a Frozen Flounder - Cap'n Turbot's boat gets frozen in the Arctic Ice.
  • Pups Save a Narwhal - The pups use the Sea Patroller to help guide a lost narwhal back home.
Usually it is hard for my girls to choose a favorite episode on DVDs like this, but they both agreed that the "Pups Save a Narwhal" is their favorite.  Ever since learning about narwhals in our homeschool, they love when anything narwhal is in shows they watch.  Their next favorite was the baby octopus episode, of which I kept hearing, "OMG, look how cute" every time they saw the baby octopus.  I was going to share a video review of my girls talking about just how much they loved this DVD but they would have talked your ear off about every little detail, and then go off on something else related to Paw Patrol. :-)  They did show me two thumbs up for this DVD when I asked how they liked it. And, Savannah said any Paw Patrol fan would love to get this new DVD. The episodes are fun and fans of the Sea patrol pups will love the action filled adventures the pups take your child on. :-)

More about this upcoming DVD release:

"Nick's paw-some pups are back to save the day in PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol, available on DVD March 6th. In the newest DVD collection, the PAW Patrol gear up for some underwater crime fighting and problem solving. On these six nautical adventures, including two double-length tails, the heroic pups suit up and doggie paddle their way through some daring deep-sea missions like saving a shark, rescuing a baby octopus, supporting the town pier and more. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol will be available on DVD March 6, 2018, for the suggested retail price of $10.99. "

PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol fast facts:
Street Date: March 6, 2018
Catalog: 59194155000 (US)
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish Stereo
S.R.P.: $10.99

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th 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 company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).  
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries.  The PHMD 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 Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.  

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

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Welcome in Spring With These New and Upcoming Children's Book Releases from Simon & Schuster (Review)

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

Simon & Schuster

Spring is in the air?  Can you feel and smell it?  Well, if you live in New England like I do and you look out your window to see more snow that fell over the weekend, you probably can't fathom 70 degree temps that are in our forecast for Wednesday.  Oh, how I wish spring would get here, so that I could look out the window and admire the birds and butterflies flying by, and the flowers blooming in the gardens.  My girls sure are missing being able to run around outside without having to get all their snow gear on.

While we wait spring's arrival...which we hope is soon...we have been enjoying some wonderful new children's books from the folks at Simon & Schuster. Below you will find books for all reading levels, that include Peanuts, Ready-to-Read books and even books about the upcoming animated movie, Sherlock Gnomes.  

Why not pick up some of these books to share with your children, or to add to their Easter baskets?  We have enjoyed all the books below and I will you and your children will too!

I'm Having a Sky Blue Day!

(By Maggie Testa, Illus. by Clair Rossiter, ISBN 9781534415294, 2/20/2018

"Discover how colorful life is with this 8x8 storybook that’s inspired by all of your favorite Crayola colors!

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Are you having a colorful day? Some days are mauvelous…and others are screamin’ green, with more surprises than a roller coaster. No matter what, each day is an outer space adventure. If you embrace the many shades of life, any day can be a sky blue day!"

My Thoughts:

If you have a child who finds it hard to put their feelings into words, or just want a fun and colorful book to share with your young child, then you will want to check out "I'm Having a Sky Blue Day!," which arrives on book shelves tomorrow.  This book features many of your favorite Crayola colors who helps little ones navigate through their many feelings.  Each day can bring new feelings, and this book does a wonderful job is reminding kids that no matter the day or how you are feeling, you need to embrace your emotions, as that is what makes you you...and, tomorrow will bring a new day and new feelings.

Both of my girls really enjoyed this book, especially how the illustrations were done concentrating on a particular Crayola color on each double page.  They loved finding the color that went with the feelings they most recently felt, and even had fun after reading the book for the first time, doodling some fun feeling crayons based on the book.  This is definitely one book I know my girls will want to read again, and is perfect to share when your child is having an off day and needs to be reminded that tomorrow is a new day.

You're a Big Brother, Charlie Brown!
(also available in Kindle format)

(By Charles M. Schulz, Adapted by Jason Cooper, Illus. by Scott Jeralds, ISBN 9781534409613, 2/13/18)

"Get to know what it means to be a sibling from Charlie Brown in this 8x8 Peanuts storybook!

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It’s hard to imagine Charlie Brown without his sister, Sally. When she was born, Charlie Brown was so overcome with joy that he told his friends, “I’m a father!” instead of saying he was a big brother! Soon he helps push her in the stroller, Linus teaches her how to hold a blanket, and Snoopy tags along as she crawls around the house! Best of all, Charlie Brown loves his sister no matter what. That’s what being a big sibling is all about!"

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My Thoughts:

After reading this book to my girls, I ended up picking up another copy to add to a baby shower gift for a friend.  She had asked me previously if I knew of any good books about welcoming a new baby that she could share with her 8 year old daughter.  As soon as I read this book, I knew it would be a perfect book for her to share with her daughter, not just because her daughter is a huge Peanuts fan like my girls, but also because it does a great job preparing kids for a new sibling, and all the great things that come with being a big brother or big sister.

Even though we are not welcoming a new baby in our house, the girls still enjoyed this book, as it showed them the introduction of Lucy into the Peanuts family, and how Charlie Brown was full of emotions as he waited for the new arrival.  I loved seeing my girls give each other a hug after we were done reading the book for the first time, and how they both agreed that they had the best sister and friend ever in each other. :-)

Snoopy and Woodstock

(By Charles M. Schulz, Adapted by Tina Gallo, Illus. by Robert Pope, ISBN 9781534409767, 2/13/18)

"Celebrate Snoopy and Woodstock’s beloved friendship with this springtime Level 2 Ready-to-Read!

Snoopy is cleaning out his doghouse and he finds something very special—Woodstock’s baby book! He shares it with his best feathered friend, and together they reminisce about how they met."

My Thoughts:

My girls love Snoopy and Woodstock, so it was nice to see a book featuring two of their favorite Peanuts characters together, in a fun level two Ready-to-Read book, that they could both read on their own, or enjoy at bedtime with my husband or I reading it to them.  

If you are a Peanuts fan, then you know that Snoopy and Woodstock are best friends.  This cute book is all about their beloved friendship, and how they enjoy quality time together in the spring time.   My girls really enjoyed the snapshots that make up part of the illustrations of this book.  It was a great way at showing how these two great friends reminsce about how they first met, and how their friendship has grown over time.  

This is a great book to share with your children and read together, so they can be reminded about how lucky they are to have a special connection and bond with their siblings and how they are forever friends.  And, fans of the Peanuts characters will really enjoy this easy to read book, to show how Snoopy and Woodstock first met and how they enjoy time together.

Fearless Flyers, Dazzle Painters, and Code Talkers!

(By Elizabeth Dennis, Illus. by Valerio Fabbretti, ISBN 9781534410527, 2/6/18)

Discover the thrilling side of the history of World War I in this fact-tastic, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series about the secrets of American History!

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Do you know about the adventures of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American fighter pilot, who fought in World War I? Did you know that, in the same war, America used a kind of camouflage called Dazzle Painting that made ships look like Easter eggs? Or that Americans Indians sent secret messages as code talkers in the Choctaw Telephone Squad? Find out in this book of amazing true stories!

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Secrets of American History is an action-packed nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read series that lets beginning readers in on a little secret: history is full of surprises! Want to know what invisible ink has to do with the American Revolution? Or why shark repellant and inflatable army tanks were used in World War II? Find out in this fact-filled series of fascinating true tales, wild adventures, and spy missions, and discover the secret side of American history!"

My Thoughts:

Being a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for great books to share with my girls that tie in things we are learning about.  So, when I first stumbled upon the "Secrets of American History" books from Simon & Schuester I was over the moon excited as these books were just what I had been looking for.  Not only are they well written, but the text is written and geared towards children ages 6-8 years old.  This book in particular is level 3 in the Ready-to-Read series, so it can be read by beginner readers who have advanced to more complex story plots and character development, which both my girls have.  So, I knew they would have fun reading this book, and sharing with me what they learned about World World I, which family and friends had fought in.

This book is all about the fearless flyers, dazzling painters and code trackers that made their marks in American History, specifically during the World War I era.  I don't recall learning about Eugene Bullard when I was in school.  Did you?  He was the first African American fighter pilot to fight in WWI.  If you are a teacher or parent who is covering Black History Month in your child's/students studies, then you will want to pick up a copy of this book, as it really is a fun and fascinating read, chock full of "Did you know?' people, who everyone should know about, as they helped to share our great nation.

My girls really enjoyed this book, and learning about the unsung heroes of the WWI era that helped to change America's history.  This is one book I will be pulling from the bookcase to share time and again with the girls, and one I will be passing along for other homeschooling families to enjoy together.

Marigold Fairy Makes a Friend

Also available in hardcover and Kindle versions)

(By Elizabeth Dennis, Illus. by Natalie Smillie, ISBN 9781534411746, 2/20/2018)

"Meet Marigold Fairy and the Flower Wings in this second Level 1 Ready-to-Read in a sweet series that’s filled with rainbows, dewdrops, and stories of friendship!

Marigold Fairy and her friend Butterfly help keep pests out of the garden in the Land of the Flower Wings. Can a pest be a friend? Find out in the second book in the Flower Wings series.

This Level 1 Ready-to-Read includes an extend-the learning section about the science behind the story, like how real marigolds are often planted in gardens to keep pests away, why real butterflies are drawn to them, and more."

My Thoughts:

For those of us wishing for spring's arrival, this is the perfect book to share with your children, all about Marigold the Fairy and her friends Butterfly.  Just looking at the vibrant yellow flowers that make up the cover art of this level one Ready-to-Read book, will put a smile on your face and make you wish for warmer weather and for the flowers to start popping up from the frozen ground.  Mother Nature sure is playing trick on us in the Northeast.  We had 4 inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday and then this Tuesday and Wednesday we will see 70 degree weather.  Let's hope that this warmer weather stays around and isnt' just a teaser before colder temps set back in.  

This book is really a fun read, if you have young children who love fairies.  It was nice to see a girl of color as the main character of this book. My girls are part Latina so they have dark skin like their father.  It is hard to find books that have characters with similar skin tones as them.  So, when they saw this book and saw that Marigold had dark skin it was a nice surprise.  The story is all about Marigold and friend Butterfly making an unlikely friend in a pest.  Not only is the story cute, but the illustrations that fill the pages of this new release, really make the story come to life.

I especially loved the extend-the-learning section, which gives a little backstory/science for those curious about marigolds and pests.  See you can learn something while also enjoying a good book. :-)

Sherlock Gnomes Movie Novelization
Also available in hardcover and Kindle versions

(Adapted by Mary Tillworth, ISBN 9781534429406, 2/6/18)

"Garden gnomes Gnomeo & Juliet recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments in this movie novelization that’s based on the upcoming film, Sherlock Gnomes and features an eight-page color insert with images from the film!

Paramount Animation’s Sherlock Gnomes—starring Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and James McAvoy—bursts into theaters on March 23, 2018!

When Gnomeo and Juliet notice that a bunch of garden ornaments have gone missing, they know there’s only one gnome to turn to: the brilliant detective Sherlock Gnomes! Despite his gruff personality, they know there is no one better to solve a mystery. Young fans of the film can relive the fun with this hilarious novelization!"

My Thoughts:

My girls are counting down the days until the new Sherlock Gnomes animated feature from Paramount Animation arrives in theaters.  If you haven't seen the trailer, here it is:

I love Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt, so am really looking forward to taking the girls to see this fun animated movie about everyone's favorite detective, Sherlock Gnomes.  If you have a Gnomes fan in your life, then this is a must see movie, as features Gnomeo and Juliet as they embark on a full-filled adventure with brilliant detective, Sherlock Gnomes.  Can they solve the mysterious disappearance of garden gnomes of London?  Pick up this chapter book/deluxe movie novelization for your advanced reader to enjoy before the movie arrives in theaters later in March.  I for one love to read a book and then follow up with seeing the movie to compare the two. And, this is one movie that they have some great Sherlock Gnomes books (for all reading levels) available in advance of the movie's upcoming release, for kids and families to enjoy.

I have been reading a couple of chapters a night from this book with my girls, and they are really getting into it.  They are loving trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the garden gnomes, alongside Gnomeo, Juliet and Sherlock Gnomes.  If this book is anything like the movie, it is going to be a hit!

(Adapted by A. E. Dingee, Illus. by Elsa Chang, ISBN 9781534414303, 2/6/18)
Join Gnomeo, Juliet, and renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve puzzles, uncover clues, and more in this novelty storybook based on the upcoming film, Sherlock Gnomes, that includes an awesome decoder!

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Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, follow renowned detective, Sherlock Gnomes, as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments in this hilarious novelty storybook based on the sequel to the hit film Gnomeo & Juliet. Kids are sure to love using the decoder to uncover clues, solve puzzles, and decipher hidden messages on coded pages in this fun, interactive book."

My Thoughts:

If your kids love interactive books and playing detective, then they will love this new "On the Case" book that calls on the reader to help solve the clues with the decoder included.  When I told my girls about this book and then showed them how they would need to use the special decoder to help solve the clues, they were so excited. They love this sort of thing, and couldn't wait to get their hands on the decoder and start reading this book. In addition to helping to solve clues, the decoder also unveils fun surprises along the way.  My girls were hooked on this book, and when we were done reading it, they wanted to read it again.  

We have only had this book for a few days, but have already read it about a dozen times.  The girls can't get enough of it, and continue to reach for it during the day to read on their own, or ask for it at bedtime.  I see this book as being a great Easter basket filler, for kids who fall in love with the Sherlock Gnomes movie, or simply love solving mysteries with the help of a decoder (included with the book).

(Adapted by Tina Gallo, Illus. by Jenny Yoon, ISBN 9781534410541, 2/6/18)

"Garden gnomes Gnomeo & Juliet work with renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments in this 8x8 storybook based on the upcoming film, Sherlock Gnomes!

There’s no place like home, especially when home is a garden full of gnomes. When Gnomeo and Juliet notice that fellow garden ornaments have gone missing, they know there’s only one gnome to turn to: Sherlock Gnomes! Meet him and other favorite characters from the movie in this 8x8 guidebook with everything you need to know about Sherlock Gnomes, Juliet, Gnomeo, Watson, Lady Blueberry, and more…even the villain Moriarty. Don’t “pull a Gnomeo”: Read all about the gnomes’ catch phrases, adventures, and the mystery at the heart of the movie in this gnome-tastic book!"

My Thoughts:

This book is a great introduction to the characters your family will meet when they see Sherlock Gnomes in theaters beginning March 23rd.    Not only will you meet the stars of the film -- Gnomeo, Watson, Juliet and Sherlock Gnomes, but you will also meet the villain of the movie, Moriarty.  My girls loved reading this book and learning a little background on each character.  And, this book only left them more eager to see this upcoming animated movie.

Juliet Saves the Day!
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(Adapted by A. E. Dingee, Illus. by Kelly Kennedy and Scott Burroughs, ISBN 9781534410954, 2/6/18)

Garden gnomes Gnomeo & Juliet work with renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read that’s based on the upcoming film, Sherlock Gnomes!

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Paramount Animation’s Sherlock Gnomes—starring Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and James McAvoy—bursts into theaters on March 23, 2018!
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Sherlock Gnomes is looking for someone to help him solve the missing gnome mystery. It’s Juliet to the rescue! At first, Sherlock is reluctant to work with her, but he soon discovers Juliet is a force to be reckoned with! Kids are sure to love this hilarious story where Sherlock’s sarcasm and huge ego put everybody off, and it’s up to sweet, smart Juliet to save the day!

My Thoughts:

Just like the other Sherlock Gnomes books I shared about from Simon & Schuster, "Juliet Saves the Day!" is another great read to get kids excited about the upcoming animated movie.  In this level 2 Ready-to-Read book, beginner readers will follow along as Juliet helps Sherlock Gnomes solve the missing gnome mystery.  Leave it to a girl to help solve the mystery in this easy to read and follow along beginner book.  The illustrations are bold and full of detail, that you and your child will find yourself lingering on each page to take in all the detail of the illustrations, which really help to bring this story to life.  I for one, can't wait to see this movie, thanks in part to this and other other Sherlock Gnomes books recently released from Simon & Schuster.  Get your detective hats and gear ready so that you can help Sherlock, Gnomeo and Juliet solve the mystery of the missing garden gnomes today. :-)


So as you can see from my features/reviews above, there are some amazing children's book that have recently hit bookshelves or will be arriving in stores soon.  I love welcoming in spring with new books with my girls, and these books didn't disappoint.  The Sherlock Gnomes books really got them excited about the upcoming animated movie arriving in theaters on March 23rd, and they loved learning how Woodstock and Snoopy met and how Charlie Brown felt when he learned he was going to be a big brother.  And, if that wasn't enough, they also had fun learning about marigolds and pests while enjoying a fun flower-filled story about friendship in the second book in the popular "Flower Wings" series. 

I could go on and on about how great the above mentioned new and upcoming Simon & Schuster children's book are.  But, I know that once you pick them up and share them with your child, you will see why they became instant hits with my girls, and how we can't stop reading them all. :-)

To learn more about these wonderful titles perfect for welcoming in spring, as well as other recent and upcoming releases from Simon & Schuster visit their website at today.

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