Archives for August 9, 2012

Egghead by Karla Oceanak Fifth title in the award-winning Aldo Zelnick series

My son loves the Wimpy Kid books but there is also another series of books that he just thinks is “epic!” Have you heard of the Aldo Zelnick books? These are hardcover novels for 7-to 13-year olds and feature the hybrid half-text, half-illustration format made popular by the Wimpy Kids books. This series stars 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick, a budding artist who hates physical activity but loves bacon. When Aldo’s grandmother gives him a blank sketchbook for recording “all his artsy-fartsy Ideas,” he reluctantly begins writing and drawing the story that becomes the first book in the alphabetical series, Artsy-Fartsy. We had the honor of reviewing the books from the start and my son has been hooked since that first book.  [Read more…]


Academy Award®–nominated writer/director Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.  [Read more…]

‘Teacher’s Pet’ Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions


A little dog wants to be a real boy. That premise behind the story of Teacher’s Pet, an animated film that Disney released in 2004, may parallel an animated feature from Disney’s earlier days: the 1940 classic Pinocchio. In fact, KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Morgan Bertsch, age 7, points it out: “Our story begins with the little dog Spot and his crazy idea that he wants to be a real boy. Shameless plug of Pinocchio on the TV while Spot is singing is very creative.” Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, shares one element that makes this movie special: “I love the catchy songs they have in this movie, especially the one that has all 50 states in alphabetical order and tells you something about each state.”

Teacher’s Pet is one of the many movies brought to your home by HDNet Movies kidScene, a daily programming block specifically for kids and families from 6am to 3pm ET and every Friday night at 7pm. It screens on Aug. 4, 10 and 16.

Teacher’s Pet

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch

Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen