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Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo iBook and App

 

Jesse the Jack's ABC Zoo

I love books. I always have. My love of books started when I was a child. In fact I still have many of my childhood favorite books – the same ones I enjoyed as a child. I have kept them all these years. I have even kept many of my children’s favorites too in hopes that some day they can pass on their love for those books to their children.

I would rather have an actual book then an e-book, but I do understand and appreciate the value of e-books (or “iBooks”). Rather than lug around books where ever you go you can keep an assortment of books on hand at anytime and enjoy them on your tablet or smartphone.

I think e-books/iBooks are great for children too. You can make them available to children whenever you want and where ever you are. You children can enjoy books on the go. Anything that helps to foster a love of reading I’m all for.

There is a new iBook and app that is launching today (October 22, 2014) that is not only super adorable, but it’s educational too.

The iBook and app are called Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo.

I have not heard of Jesse the Jack until now. He’s a real dog! He’s a super cute multi-color Jack Russell Terrier who is super talented. He can walk doing a handstand, pop balloons, skateboard, ride a rocking horse and even put dishes in the dishwasher. My teenage kids can’t even do that. LOL!

Jesse has appeared on many television shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, The Rachael Ray Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, Disney and VH1 and more!

Jesse the Jack's ABC Zoo App

 

Now Jesse the Jack can put something else on his resume – teaching kids their ABC’s.

Jesse the Jack’s new iBooks and interactive app feature narration, animation and video to help children (ages 2-6) learn their alphabet in a fun and creative way. When it’s fun children don’t even realize they are learning. I also personally feel that children learn better when it’s fun for them.

Here is a little more information about the iBook and application.

Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo illustrates the full alphabet, pairing letters with animals and colors to help children learn through association. The storyline follows Jesse’s adventure through the zoo, which he discovers while he’s asleep. The app has two modes: story and play. As parents and children follow Jesse in story mode, they are taken on an interactive journey with real-life animal sounds and facts. Soothing yet upbeat music produced by popular street performer Dub FX keeps children focused and entertained.

Play mode teaches the alphabet and each animal’s name through a “fill in the shape” game. Animals and letters are randomized, and players must match each animal with the right letter. Correct answers are rewarded with Jesse tricks and treats, while wrong answers receive another try until the child selects the correct option. For every two Jesse treats earned, children will be directed to a link to watch Jesse perform tricks – from driving an ATV to riding a scooter.

“Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo brings excitement and interactivity to learning the alphabet. Through beautiful graphics, animation and illustrations, kids learn while having fun,” said Rob Keim, founder and CEO of Best Buddies Learning. “We wanted to create a game that teaches through positive reinforcement, the same way Jesse learns his tricks.”

Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo is an iBook and app that teaches children the alphabet in a new and creative way. Using eye-catching animation and well-known Jack Russell Terrier, Jesse the Jack, ABC Zoo illustrates the full alphabet and pairs letters with animals and colors to assist with association and learning. The storyline involves Jesse’s real world and the world of learning he creates when he falls asleep.

Best Buddies Learning teaches through positive reinforcement, the same way its star, Jesse the Jack, is rewarded!

I haven’t had a chance to check out the iBook or app yet, but it does sound super cute. Judging by the images I think children (and parents) will quickly fall in love with Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more iBooks and apps form Jesse the Jack in the future.

Jesse the Jack

Here are some more details about the iBook and app features;

Narration: The iBook has touch narration that allows children to replay any words or sentences they need help with reading or pronouncing. Narration is both soothing and positive and can be turned on/off.

Two modes: The app has two modes: story and play. Story mode involves various animations and illustrations, and has real animal sounds to allow children to learn and identify the correct sound of the animal. Play modes gives children a “fill in the shape” game where they have to match the animal and letter to its corresponding silhouette.

Positive reinforcement: Correct answers are rewarded with “Jesse treats.” For every two Jesse treats earned, children will be directed to a page of 12 different Jesse tricks – from Jesse driving an ATV to Jesse riding a scooter.

Music: Street performer Dub FX and his wife, Flower Fairy, produced soothing yet upbeat music for the app that is heard in both story and play modes.

Jesse Tricks: Video of Jesse performing tricks is showcased throughout.

Eye-catching graphics: Sharp colors are used in the animations and illustrations to assist with holding children’s attention and focus as well as inspiring creativity.

The iBook and app is available as of today for iOS. An Android version will be coming soon.

The iBook will be available for $.99 and the app for $1.99.

If you would like to learn more about this fun iBook and app visit Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo on iTunes.

Be sure to check out Jesse the Jack’s YouTube channel too!

What do you think about Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo? Does it sound like a fun interactive iBook and app that your child or grandchild would enjoy? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers. :-)

Jesse the Jack's ABC Zoo Game

Kimberly

*Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Scare up some Halloween fun with Netflix

 

halloween night

I remember years ago that there used to be a lot of scary (and not so scary) Halloween movies, televisions shows and specials on TV. These days we can hardly find anything good on to watch to get us into the Halloween mood. I have yet to even see the Halloween movies on television. What is up with that?

Thankfully we have a lot of Halloween and scary movies on Blu-ray and DVD that we can pop in. We also have Netflix and Netflix has a lot of great movies to get you in the Halloween spirit. They even have a special section of movies they think will help get you and your family ready for the holiday. Don’t worry – not all the suggestions are scary. They have plenty of movies you can watch and enjoy with even the youngest family member.

Here are some of the suggestions from Netflix.

Children

For the family

DreamWorks Spooky Stories 

DreamWorks Spooky Stories 2

DreamWorks Shrek’s Swap Stories

Disney’s Spooky Buddies

Casper’s Scare School

Fred 2: Night of the Fred

Teen

For older kids/teens

Supernatural

Vampire Diaries

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Haunted Mansion

Scream

Odd Thomas

Adult

For the horror movie fan

You’re Next

Texas Chainsaw

The Possession

Hannibal

Fight Night

Hellraiser

Candyman

I’ve seen most of these movies. :-)

Netflix also has The Walking Dead which you can watch to catch up on any episodes you might have missed or watch the series from the beginning.

There are even a couple of Halloween movies (the ones with Michael Meyers) available on Netflix.

I came across a few I have never heard of or seen before that look cute for little ones – Curious George’s Halloween Boo-fest and Barney’s Halloween Party.

Personally I enjoy watching horror movies, but I will admit that sometimes my husband and I will watch “kiddie” shows too because they are so cute. Sometimes they are even more entertaining then the horror movies. LOL! (most horror movies these days are just ridiculous and not scary or entertaining).

How do you and your family get into the Halloween spirit? You have a favorite family tradition? Do you enjoy watching Halloween shows, specials and/or movies to get you ready for the big night? Feel free to share your stories.

For more information about Netflix visit Netflix.com.

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Kimberly

*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Lalaloopsy “First Steps” DVD & Doll Giveaway (ends 10/20/14)

 

Lalaloopsy First Steps

I remember the very first time I “met” Lalaloopsy. We were having dinner with family friends and their young daughter brought to the table several tiny rag doll looking dolls. I thought they were super adorable. When I asked what the dolls were called I was told Lalaloopsy. Ever since that first day I saw the dolls I have been a fan. Even though my kids are teenagers and are not into the show I still think they are super adorable characters.

I work with young children and I have heard the children mention Lalaloopsy on more than one occasion. We also have a Lalaloopsy coloring book at work which is very popular with the little ones.

What is not to love about the Lalaloopsy dolls. They also have an adorable and entertaining series on Nick Jr.

Since they were first released Lalaloopsy has been made available in a variety of products such as big dolls, tiny dolls, play sets, costumes, DVDs, books and more.

There is a new DVD that is available today (October 14, 2014) on DVD, Digital HD and VOD (Video on Demand) called Lalaloospsy Babies: First Steps. The DVD is from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The new movie explores the magical beginings of the Lalaloopsy friends.

Join the Lalaloopsy friends for this sweet movie about their first adventures together! After they discover an old scrapbook filled with photos and mementos from when they were babies, the friends reminisce about their nursery days where they found their special bond and first met their adorable pets. They realize how those early adventures helped to shape their personalities, and reminisce about becoming stitched together, friends forever in this delightful, fun-filled movie that Lalaloopsy fans will treasure!

Featured on “The Talk” host Julie Chen’s top toy list, the Lalaloopsy collection continues to be one of the fastest selling toy brands. The Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! DVD features bonus material including two Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures and a Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures

  • Apple Pickle Pie
  • Timber

Lalaloopsy Babies: Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze

The DVD is super adorable. The Lalaloopsy friends are cute as they can be to begin with. Dare I say they are even more adorable as babies.

Check out the trailer for the new DVD.

 

“Sew” Cute!

In addition to the new DVD fans of the show can also purchase dolls from the Lalaloopsy Babies doll line including the Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls. The Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

We have one of the dolls (Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Blossom Flowerpot Doll). She’s a nice size doll (perfect for a toddler to hold and snuggle with) and she comes with three several diapers, a hat, bib, botltle, bowl, spoon and a charm bracelet for your little one to wear. Her head, legs and arms move

This doll has magical coloring changing diapers. When you feed the doll (water) and press it’s belly button she “poops” magical charms. The button releases water into the diaper which “frees” a little charm that is buried in the diaper. Personally I think it’s a very strange idea, but I guess some kids enjoy it. At least it’s better then the dolls I played with as a kid (40+ years ago) that ate “food” which got all moldy and rancid inside the dolls stomach. I’m sure my mom would have preferred giving me a doll that “poops” charms from drinking water then trying to figure out how to clean and disinfect a doll with mold in it’s gut.

You don’t have to make the doll drink water if you don’t want to. I am donating our doll to my job for the little ones to enjoy. I don’t plan on filling the bottle up with water. The kids can simply make believe there is liquid in the bottle.

Look for both the new video and a dolls at a retail store near you.

Diaper Surprise and DVD

I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader – a Lalaloopsy prize package! The prize package consists of TWO Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise dolls (Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Peanut Big Top Doll and Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Blossom Flowerpot Doll) and a copy of the new Lalaloopsy DVD Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps!, compliments of Lions Gate Home Entertainment. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample and screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Caillou 25th Anniversary DVD & Book Gift Set

 

Caillou 25th Anniversary Gift Set

Are you familiar with the adorable little boy named Caillou? You can find him at PBS Kids.

Caillou is celebrating a big anniversary this year. The popular children’s series is turning 25 this year. I can’t believe it’s been around that long. I remember my kids watching the show when they were little but I never could have imagined that the show was around for so long.

If you are not familiar with Caillou he’s a four year old boy who lives with his parents and younger sister Rosie. He has a wonderful imagination and is able to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every day is an adventure for this inquisitive and imaginative little boy.

To celebrate his anniversary, PBS Distribution is releasing today (October 14, 2014) a special 25th anniversary DVD and book gift set. The DVD features “Caillou’s Family Favorites” (14 episodes in total). The beautifully illustrated book has 48 pages and features not one but two stories – Training Wheels and Captain Caillou.

The episodes featured on this special DVD include;

Caillou’s Surprise

  • Caillou’s Surprise
  • A Surprise for Miss Martin
  • A Surprise Sleepover

People I Love

  • Mystery Valentine
  • Dancing at Grandma’s
  • Play Ball!
  • Caillou’s Sleepover Guest

Captain Caillou

  • Captain Caillou
  • The Loudest Noise
  • Caillou’s First Wedding

Knowing How!

  • Skating Lessons
  • Where I Live
  • Just Like Me
  • Just In Time

In addition to these episodes the DVD also contains fun interactive games and coloring pages which are sure to delight any Caillou fan. There is also an option Spanish audio.

As a parent I know that some “kiddie” shows can easily get on your nerves, especially ones which repetitious music or scenes. Caillou is not one of those shows. I find the show to be delightful and charming and I absolutely love Caillou. I always have. I think he’s adorable. We even had a Caillou doll at one point (we either gave it away or it’s packed away in the basement).

The book is a wonderful addition to this gift set. Each page features colorful illustrations and enough text to keep a little ones attention. It’s an easy reader too so older elementary aged children could easily read this on their own.

With the holiday season fast approaching this would be a wonderful gift for the Caillou fan in your life. The set has a suggested retail price of only $14.99. It also runs for about 100 minutes.

Look for Caillou 25th Anniversary DVD & Book gift set where ever movies are sold.

For more information about Caillou, games and coloring pages visit the official Caillou website at PBSKids.org/Caillou.

Is your family a fan of the adorable little boy Caillou? Do you have a favorite episode or character? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Caillou

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Halloween with your favorite television shows

 

TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes

My family and I love holiday programming. It’s fun when our favorite shows do holiday episodes. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Mill Creek Entertainment has a terrific DVD that is sure to get your family into the Halloween spirit. It’s called TV’s Spookiest Halloween Episodes – a TV Guide Spotlight DVD.

These episodes are not spooky at all. In fact they are all pretty funny.

This DVD collection features 13 episodes from popular television sitcoms including That 70’s Show, Roseanne, The Cosby Show and I Dream of Jeannie.

Here is a run down of the episodes.

BewtichedA Safe and Sane Halloween

I Dream of JeannieMy Master, the Ghost Breaker

The JeffersonsNow You See It, Now You Don t Part 1 and 2

Square PegsHalloween XII

The Facts of LifeThe Halloween Show

Married…With ChildrenTake My Wife, Please

RoseanneBoo!

The Cosby Show - Halloween

News RadioHalloween

Mad About YourThe Unplanned Child

3rd Rock from the SunScaredy Dick

Ned and StaceyHalloween Story

That 70’s ShowHalloween

A lot of these episodes are simply called Halloween. I don’t know for certain but I’m assuming they are the only Halloween episodes the series had?

It was fun to see some of the shows I used to watch when I was younger like The Cosby Show, Square Pegs and The Facts of Life. The funny thing is that I don’t recall seeing the Halloween episodes with the exception of the Roseanne Halloween episode, Boo! Rosanne’s sister Jackie’s Halloween costume is pretty cool in that episode (she’s just a head – she has no body).

None of the episodes are scary. You can easily enjoy them with your family. If anything they are all silly and funny. For example, in The Facts of Life the girls think Ms. Garrett is possessed and turning people into sausage. In That 70’s Show the friends spend the night in their old elementary school and happen across their school records. It’s also Fez’s first Halloween and all he cares about getting candy.

That 70s Show Fez at Halloween

In the Married…With Children episode the 70’s singing group, The Village People, make an appearance. Only my kids thought that was creepy – their music that is. LOL!

There are almost 6 hours of Halloween fun found in this collection. It’s a great collection for those who want to get into the Halloween spirit but don’t want to watch scary horror movies. This collection is also great for the whole family.

You can find this great DVD collection at Mill Creek Entertainment, MillCreekEnt.com. You can also find them on social media (links are found on their home page).

Mill Creek Entertainment has A LOT of great movies at great prices. They also have titles I have never heard of before. I especially love their “collections”. They also have plenty of DVDs of shows that I used to watch when I was younger like What’s Happening, Soap, Benson and Good Times.

Mill Creek Entertainment not only carries television shows but also movies. You can shop by genre, format (DVD or Blu-ray) or rating. They even have 100 movie collections!

Do you have a favorite Halloween television episode? What do you like to watch to get yourself in the holiday spirit?

MCE

Kimberly

*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Cowabunga Dude! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season now available on DVD

 

TMNT

Fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be excited to hear that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season is available TODAY (October 7, 2014) on DVD.

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, better known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, are an unstoppable crime-fighting team in the first season of Nickelodeon’s hit CGI-animated series.  Fans can relive the non-stop ninja fun as the Turtles take down robotic kraangdroids, mutated villains, and the merciless leader of the Foot Clan, Shredder, in this complete collection of all 26 episodes from season one.  Plus, over ten minutes of new bonus content (accessed online)  and a sample of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History” coffee table book gift with purchase (while supplies last)! Filled with excitement for all ages, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season makes the perfect holiday gift.  Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season is available on DVD October 7, 2014.

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered to 3.9 million total viewers and ranked as the top new series in 2012 among boys 2-11 and boys 6-11. Funnier and with more ninjutsu than ever before, the show explores the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be.

The entire collection runs for approximately 625 minutes. That is A LOT of turtle action.

The suggested retail price for this collection is $39.99.

Bonus features include:

6 “Making Of” Animatics
·       Theme Song: Karaoke Music Video
·       Animated Comic Books:
Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part One
Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Two
Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Three
Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Four
Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Five
Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Six
·       The Mutation of a Scene:
New Girl in Town
The Pulverizer
TCRI
Cockroach Terminator
Baxter’s Gambit

I received a screener copy to review but unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. I didn’t want to miss on it’s release date so I thought I should post about it now rather than later.

With the holiday season fast approaching this would make the perfect gift for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan in your life.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season is brought to you by Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Look for the DVD collection where ever DVDs are sold.

TMNT on Nickelodeon

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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