Archives for August 11, 2021

Summer Must-Have: Make-A-Fort!

Enjoying the last days of Summer? But, are the kids getting bored? Make-A-Fort is sure to be a hit! It’s the perfect toy to keep kids busy and having fun. Forts, mazes, puzzles, tunnels and mansions—there’s no limit to what you can create with Make-A-Fort. Each kit is made from recycled cardboard, so it’s safe for the environment. The panels are super strong, and there’s no need for adhesives. The panels also easily slide together, so you can use your imagination to make super cool designs. Your young artist can color the panels any way they wish. Make-A-Fort comes in an easy to store and comes in a special carrying case. This really is so creative and so much fun for children of all ages! The kits are available to be shipped nationwide. More information: www.makeafort.fun

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post, Images were also provided.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run

I don’t know about you, but I am a big Spongebob fan! So, I was quite excited that the newest movie came out on DVD in July from Paramount Home Entertainment. The family-friendly film is also available as part of the SpongeBob 3-Movie Collection on Blu-ray or DVD. The Blu-ray and DVD releases are overflowing with an ocean of fun-filled bonus content for kids to enjoy at home this summer: Continue the Kamp Koral adventure with young SpongeBob and Patrick in their all-new mini-movie! Plus, check out deleted storyboard scenes, then sing-along and dance with lyric and music videos by Snoop Dogg & Monsta X, Tainy & J. Balvin, and more. Learn to draw young SpongeBob and young Gary with step-by-step activity lessons, then explore behind-the-scenes with the cast, crew and characters of this wildly fun animated movie.

Synopsis:

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the Bikini Bottom gang star in their most epic adventure movie yet! When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship.

I also really loved the bonus features especially the Campfire songs and the Camp Arts and Crafts,

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the DVD to facilitate this post. I also received cover images.

Books of the Week

Discover the Unknown with Schiffer Kids!

A thick layer of snow has covered the forest. Where will the animals go to get shelter from the cold? Do you know the badger’s secret hideout? And do you know where the squirrel calls home? This is such an engaging book for young children! Children can lift the many different flaps and children develop small motor skills and foster hand-eye coordination. I loved the illustrations and recommend for all young children.

This next one is similar but it teaches young children about the creatures in the sea. This one really was my favorite since I am an ocean lover! Each of eight removable animal-shaped pieces is labeled to help build vocabulary and sight recognition.

About the Author-and-Illustrator Team

Marc Clamens studied applied arts and received a degree in comic illustration and graphics. He works in children’s press and magazines. Laurence Jammes graduated with a focus in textile design and began in children’s fashion before becoming an illustrator of children’s books and magazines.

Welcome to a walk in the forest! Page after page, this book folds out to reveal the secrets of trees, animals, and plants, from the canopy to the underground world. This one is amazing! Young children will really be educated about forest animals.

About the Author-and-Illustrator Team

 Emmanuelle Grundmann is a biologist, primate specialist, author, and reporter. Through her books and articles, this nature lover alerts the public to the importance of protecting species, especially those in forests. Gal Weizman is a multitalented illustrator. Her works range from digital illustrations to pencil drawings, watercolors, fabric, and clay.

Welcome to a dive into the heart of the sea! Page after page, this book folds out to reveal the secrets of the amazing animals and plant life that inhabits the oceans, from the seaside to the abyss. This is another one that will educate children as well as entertain them.

About the Author-and-Illustrator Team

Véronique Sarano is an oceanographer and author of many books. She cofounded the Longitude 181 association, which works to protect the marine world. Anine Bösenberg was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1988. A graduate of the College of Art in Edinburgh, she now lives and works there. She pays particular attention to shape, color, and geometry when drawing. Loris F. Alessandria is an illustrator and art director based in Milan. His work is mostly focused on animated characters, but he likes to face projects of any shapes and sizes. You can find him teaching illustration at IED in Turin and walking around parks with his always-happy dog Lula.

You can find all of the above books at https://www.schifferbooks.com/

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Cover images were also provided.

Levi, Aug. 12th Pet of the Week!

Levi is all ears trying to hear if his adopter is out there. Actually, Levi’s all ears anyway, as you can see. He’s also all blue eyes, all handsome seal-point Siamese fur coat, and all playful with fishing-pole toys. Levi’s also no friend to other cats—he’s territorial and has bitten. He needs someone who understands his moods and will equip him with a nice cat tower to hang in and his own space, with you in it often. With the right human, he’ll be a wonderful only child! Shelter adoptions are conducted through appointment, so contact PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Levi. Ask for ID#655339.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)