Review and giveaway: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems,” and “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.” (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)
September 12, 2013
Update: the winners are #136 Kim P. and #124 Chris S. Thanks to all who entered!
My girls and I recently had the opportunity to watch two new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD called “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems,” and “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.” (If you don’t know about my love for Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs, you can read more here.) Here are our impressions of each.
First, the Mo Willems DVD. We LOVE Mo Willems, and loved this DVD. However, because of my daughters’ very emotional response to the book Knuffle Bunny Free, we’re skipping the book/movie until they’re both older. Here’s the story. The Knuffle Bunny books have been a huge part of my girls’ childhoods. We have grown up with Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, which are books about Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny (based on the author’s own daughter, Trixie.) Last year I checked Knuffle Bunny Free out from the library and brought it home to read, and my daughters were unexpectedly emotional about the storyline, which inolves Trixie deciding she’s old enough to give Knuffle Bunny away to a smaller child. Both of my girls started crying, and saying, “But she didn’t really give her bunny away, did she?” So I did what any parent would do, I think…I changed the ending and retold the story so that Trixie kept Knuffle Bunny forever, even carrying him down the aisle when she got married. I think it’s a testament to the quality of these books that my kids were so involved with them as to have such an extreme response. When they’re older, we’ll revisit Knuffle Bunny Free, but for now, we skipped that story. We truly enjoyed the other stories on the DVD, though, (especially the character Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie!) and we also enjoyed the interview with the author, Mo Willem. Here are the books included on this DVD:
DON’T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE! (Featuring the voices of Mo Willems and John Scieszka)
It’s getting dark out, but one stubborn Pigeon is NOT going to bed! Will you let him stay up late? Scholastic has named the original story as one of the best books for kindergartners and first graders, and this version stays true to the original, best-selling book. As The New York Times says, “Pigeon can stand toe- to-ideographic-toe with Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown,” and this story is no exception.
KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE: AN UNEXPECTED DIVERSION (Featuring the voices of Trixie, Cher and Mo Willems)
Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents—all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans?
An emotional tour de force, Knuffle Bunny Free concludes one of the most beloved picture-book series in recent memory, with pitch perfect text and art, photos from around the world, and a stunning foldout spread, culminating in a hilarious and moving surprise that no child or parent will be able to resist.
EDWINA, THE DINOSAUR WHO DIDN’T KNOW SHE WAS EXTINCT (Featuring the voices of Cher and Mo Willems)
Everyone in town knows Edwina. She is the dinosaur who plays with the kids. She is the dinosaur who helps little old ladies cross the street. And best of all, she bakes yummy chocolate-chip cookies. Everyone loves Edwina except for Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. Reginald knows dinosaurs are extinct and is ready to prove it. But will anyone listen? And if they do, what will happen to Edwina?
Bonus Features: Interview with Mo Willems; Recipe for Edwina’s Chocolate Chip Cookies; Read-Along.
The second DVD we were able to watch was “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.”
The title story in this collection is really cute. My children have been singing, “Children Make Terrible Pets” nonstop, which earns us some funny looks in the grocery store. The other stories are really lovely, but possibly better suited for my 6-year-old than my 4-year-old. I’m a big Lois Lowry fan, so I really enjoyed “Crow Call”. Here are the books that appear on this DVD:
CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS (Written and illustrated by Peter Brown, narrated by Emily Eiden)
Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming little boy in the forest. When she brings him home, her mother cautions her “children make terrible pets.”
ALL THE WORLD (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward)
This story follows a circle of family and friends over the course of a day and shows the importance of all things great and small in our world.
CROW CALL (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein)
Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry has crafted a beautiful picture book about the power of longing and the importance of reconnection between a girl and her father in post-WWII America.
This is the story of young Liz, her father, and their strained relationship. Dad has been away at WWII for longer than she can remember, and they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, tender conversation, and the crow call. This allegorical story shows how, like the birds gathering above, the relationship between the girl and her father is graced with the chance to fly.
ELIZABETI’S DOLL (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield)
When her new baby brother arrives, Elizabeti, a young Tanzanian girl, decides she needs a doll that she can care for the way her mother cares for the new baby. After looking around the village, Elizabeti finds the perfect doll to love. She names her Eva. When Mama changes the new baby’s diaper, Elizabeti changes Eva’s. When Mama sings to the baby, Elizabeti sings to Eva. And one day when Eva turns up lost, Elizabeti realizes just how much she loves her special doll. For children adjusting to a new sibling, this story is perfect.
Bonus Features: Interview with Children Make Terrible Pets Author/Illustrator Peter Brown; Interview with All The World Illustrator Marla Frazee; Interview with Crow Call Author Lois Lowry; Read-Along.
Each of these DVD sets retails for $14.95, and you can get 20% off when you use coupon code NEWKIDEO20 at checkout.
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New Kideo is letting me give one copy of ”Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems,” and one copy of “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.” to two of you! Here’s how to win.
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