Goodnight Gorilla

What is it Goodnight Gorilla is a bedtime book about a zookeeper (and his wife) who are putting zoo animals to bed for the night. Who is it for Board books that are meant to be read at bedtime are normally best for younger children, 2 or 3, but Goodnight Gorilla has so many little… Continue reading Goodnight Gorilla

Sandra Boynton

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The Great Paper Caper

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Tumble Leaf

What is it Tumble Leaf is a very charming stop-motion animation series about a blue fox living on a shipwreck and his adventures with other animals. The animation quality is impressively good. The tone is gentle and sweet. If you have any interest in animation or storytelling, the Tumble Leaf page is a fascinating look… Continue reading Tumble Leaf

The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure

[amazon_link asins=’B00IEMRIAG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’16021301-427d-11e8-9286-d51a2aec847a’] IMDB and other review sites don’t seem to like this movie much, but the kids and adults in our family thought it was great, exciting, well-paced, and very entertaining. It was made by a Korean company, and has a slightly different feel to it compared with Japanese animations, and… Continue reading The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure

Japanese Eraser Animals

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Kratts’ Creatures – Zoboomafoo – Wild Kratts

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Mudpuppy Puzzle Wheels

[amazon_link asins=’0735344302′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’93134772-e66c-11e7-963b-abc7e94b6c37′] We get lots of gifts for the kids, and it’s very hard to tell in advance which ones will get played with a lot, and which will just stay at the bottom of the toy box. I don’t even remember who gave this to us, but it is one… Continue reading Mudpuppy Puzzle Wheels

PJ Masks

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Jungle Party

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