Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Just Say Boo!


"Just Say Boo!" is the last of the three books we were sent for review by HarperCollins, and a huge hit with our little girl (for those keeping track, HarperCollins was 3 for 3 on the Halloween books this year!). 

Beautiful illustrations depict a group of children out trick or treating, and fun rhyming language follows their route.  A repetitive phrase asks children "What do you say?" every couple of pages, to which the answer is, "BOO!" or some cute variation ("Booooooooooooo!" or "Eww!").

The repetition is PERFECT for little readers, both for pure enjoyment and for pre-reading skills.  My daughter loves calling out the words, which she has memorized.  And, the rhyming text is *fun* to read, which makes this mom happy.
If a flickering grin 
gets under your skin,
what do you say?
I think the age range here is fairly wide, since my almost-two and almost-5 year olds both enjoy it. 

Comment!  What are your little ones wearing for Halloween this year?

Disclosure:  We received a free copy of this book in order to write the review.  If you click on any links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a small commission based on our affiliate relationship with

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review and Give Away: Jumpstart Madagascar Preschool Surf N' Slide Mobile App

Thanks to Jumpstart, we had an opportunity to try out the new Jumpstart/DreamWorks Madagascar Preschool Surf N' Slide App on our iPad.  We will also be reviewing Jumpstart's online world, including the new Madagascar area, in an upcoming post.  While the almost-5-year-old has been checking out, his baby sister has been our Preschool Surf N' Slide reviewer...

The App is very straightforward.  The user chooses a young Madagascar character to control on a moving ride of their choice (carpet, surfboard, etc.), down a water slide.  As the character slides, he collects stars (there is no problem if you miss stars... you just keep riding and answering questions.  Eventually, I think you are given stickers or new sticker scenes in exchange for having earned stars).

The character occasionally encounters a set of balloons, which triggers a round of questions about numbers, colors, shapes, letters, animals, and critical thinking.  My almost-2-year-old loves the games, and tackles most of the questions easily.  This earns her more stickers.

The only type of question that she hasn't been able to answer on her own is "which one doesn't belong?"

 Big brother steps right in for those...

Overall, this is a bright, colorful, kid-friendly App.  My son (almost 5) says about it:
 i don't play it that much, but it is FUN!
also, there is baloons and my baby sister gets exited about them because they are: QUESTIONS!!!!!! i do want to note...i forgot what i wanted to say. mabye i'll say it in the next e-mail (hoping it's today!) .  wait, I remember it. it is that i used caps lock because they are really fun to her!
 now bye-bye 
(He was super excited to type that review!).

Incidentally, my kids are not Madagascar movie fans (the littlest hasn't seen it and my older has seen scenes from it a few times awhile back, but generally is not a fan of movies), and the App is great fun regardless.  I am thinking about revisiting the movie with them now that they have played the game.

Give Away:

Thanks to Jumpstart, one lucky user can win their own copy of Jumpstart/DreamWorks Madagascar Preschool Surf N' Slide App.
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The deadline to enter is Wednesday, October 31st, midnight.

Disclosure: We recieved a free copy of this app in order to review it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Mia: Time to Trick or Treat!

Mia (the cat) wants to dress like a ballerina for Halloween, and she'd like her two best school friends (a hippo and a giraffe) to be ballerinas too. They're all for it. There's just one problem. All three girls have different favorite colors, so they can't agree on a tutu color (oh, the tragedy). Ultimately, they tie-dye their tutus to have matching multicolor ensembles.

The critic in me thinks the lesson here could have been about individuality; could they not have each worn their own favorite color, celebrating their diverse tastes? But, I do remember wanting to dress like my best friends in middle school, and I suppose there is a message about compromise in here.  It is a cute book, especially for any little ballet fans out there, at a very affordable price.  It has grown on me as I have read it. And read it. And read it. (See below).

Also, there are stickers and a dress-up page - always a crowd pleaser.

"The girls don't know what to do.  They want to match, but they can't agree on a color.  Before they can decide, the school bell rings.  The three dancing friends glide into the classroom."
My almost 5 year old boy read it with me once and liked it, particularly the sticker page. I'd say he's the right age for it.

My 22 month old girl read it approximately 85 times. She's too young to understand it, but she sure enjoys it.

Thank you to HarperCollins for providing a review copy!

Disclosure: we were provided a copy of this book at no cost in order to write this review. If you click on any links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a commission through our affiliate relationship with

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall/Halloween book review: It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

We were delighted to receive an adorable board book by Laura Numeroff for review recently (thank you, HarperCollins!). Ms. Numeroff is the author of the wildly successful If You Give a Mouse ... series, so I expected that we would enjoy it.  It did not disappoint.

Mouse has seven pumpkins to decorate, which he does, except for the one snatched up by dog and playfully decorated to be "scary." This is not a long story, but it is great for the 2 and 3 year-old crowd as a fun introduction to pumpkin-decorating.

My 22-month old loves modeling the facial expressions on the pumpkins:

We have a backlog of books to review, so expect some catch-up posting this week! If I'm ever fully caught up, maybe I'll fill you in on how the infant bibliophile spent a good part of his summer in a body cast...but that's a story for another day. For now, we have a few pumpkin faces to imitate.

Disclosure: we received a free copy of this book in order to review it. If you click on any of the links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a commission through our affiliate relationship with

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