Skyscraper – Entertaining, towering pace and consistent acting led by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson

FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building…above the fire line. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “A towering pace and consistent acting provide for a memorable summer detour. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any action movie fans.” See his full review below.

Skyscraper

By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Skyscraper is an entertaining, yet derivative homage to 80s action films. A towering pace and consistent acting provide for a memorable summer detour. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any action movie fans.

The movie follows former hostage negotiator Will (Dwayne Johnson), who now accesses building security after a tragic misfire left him as an amputee. While analyzing the world’s tallest and safest building, terrorists led by Kores (Roland Møller) mysteriously access building schematics to take control. However, things reach an all-time low for Will once Kores takes Will’s family hostage and frames him for the infiltration. With everything left to lose, Will must push past his setbacks in order to sort out this mess and save his family.

Dwayne Johnson, as Will, is my favorite character due to his ever-present charisma and even relate-ability with his physical struggles. His love and determination for his family also make the movie all the more intense. Neve Campbell, as Sarah, is just as believable with her determination to the family and has more nuances than just resorting to a damsel in distress. Chin Han, as Zhao, brings a mysterious layer to his involvement with the skyscraper as his business is not what it seems. Roland Møller, as Kores, gives Dwayne Johnson a run for his money in terms of strength and is a formidable yet clichéd threat for him. However, his vibrant expressions are enough to lighten his clichéd dialogue. Noah Cottrell and McKenna Roberts, as Henry and Georgia, complete the pack as the cute twins of Will and Sarah, whose combined braveness helps forward the family dynamic. However, Henry’s asthma seems a little too situational at times.

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s direction brings out a brisk pace with fresh new takes at fisticuffs and shootouts alike many 80s action movies. However, a few of the scenes lack in originality, feeling like a borderline copy of other action films. My favorite scene is the opening hostage negotiation, as it sets a thrilling and unexpected array of events, even if it is not set in the main skyscraper centerpiece. The other flaw is that it could have used more nuances in the scenarios as opposed to having such a predictable plot with unsurprising twists. At times, it feels more like a parody than a movie, with unintentionally funny scenes. However, the fact that it never takes itself too seriously adds to its quality and creates pure escapism.

The movie’s message is to never judge a man by his impediments, as pure willpower can defy many obstacles. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 because of its intense action and language. The movie releases in theaters July 13, 2018, so check it out.

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Best Coast Announces First Children’s Album: Best Kids

Los Angeles, CA’s Best Coast − comprised of singer/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno − released their first-ever children’s record, entitled Best Kids, as an Amazon Original on June 22, 2018. A mix of original songs, covers by the likes of Lesley Gore and Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, and time-worn favorites like “If You’re Happy And You Know It” (feat. special guest Lili Hayes) and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” Best Kids takes all of the band’s signature sounds − fuzzy guitars, sun-kissed melodies, and sky-high harmonies − and makes them kid-sized for the whole family. The album’s first song, “Cats and Dogs,” a song about universal love, may be heard at www.amazon.com/bestcoast.

 

Says frontwoman Cosentino, “There is an innocence to my songwriting that fits perfectly with writing songs for kids, so when the idea was presented to me to do an original children’s album for Amazon Music, I of course said yes! I wanted to make a kid’s album not just for kids but also for the parents with cool music taste that might be tired of listening to the same songs off the Frozen soundtrack 200 times in a row.  Bobb and I wanted to make something with an edge while staying in a kid-friendly lane. We made the record with Lewis Pesacov, our producer for Crazy For You, who is also now the father of a 1-year-old daughter. The process of making this record was fun, creative, and a way for us to express ourselves musically without taking it all so ‘seriously.’”

In addition to songs old and new, the band re-recorded their song “When I’m With You” — from their acclaimed debut Crazy For You — as a child-friendly version for Best Kids.  “A few weeks prior to starting the album, we played that song at an event for the LA non-profit GIRLSCHOOL, a music festival whose mission is to celebrate, connect, and lift women-identified artists, leaders, and voices.  The girls who sang with us at the festival also came to the studio to record that song with us, which gave it a whole new direction,” Cosentino explains.

She continues, “The world is pretty wild these days and we just hope this record and these songs will bring joy and a smile to some faces that might need joy and smiles, no matter how old they are.”

Hundreds of exclusive songs and numerous albums have been released asAmazon Originals, featuring both emerging and established artists spanning diverse genres including pop, indie, country, Americana, roots, blues, alt-rock, family and more.

Best Kids will be available to stream and purchase exclusively on Amazon Music starting June 22, and is now available for digital and physical pre-order HERE.

 

Best Kids

Track Listing

1. When You Wish upon a Star

2. Cats & Dogs

3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

4. Ice Cream Mountain

5. Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

6. Rock-a-Bye Baby

7. If You’re Happy and You Know It

8. Rainbow Connection

9. Favorite Colors

10. Peanuts

11. When I’m with You

An Amazon Original release:

http://amazon.com/bestkids

(a digital, CD and vinyl release, available exclusively from Amazon)

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Books of the week! July 11th, 2018!

Family Road Trip Travel in Arizona and New Mexico with New Travel Book is a Must-Read!  RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, is a must if you are planning a road trip in Arizona and New Mexico!

Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was “the Wickedest Town in the West” or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an “energy vortex” in the red rocks of Sedona.

RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips offers readers:

  • Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more
  • Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region
  • Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe
  • Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining
  • Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn, whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.

I love the full-color route maps and the insider tips! You can find this one at Amazon.com.

This next one is a must, especially for girls! WOMEN ATHLETES WHO RULE! (Sports Illustrated Kids Books / on sale June 5, 2018 / ages 8+)

I say this one is especially wonderful for girls because it is such an inspiration for girls! WOMEN ATHLETES WHO RULE! profiles 101 extraordinary female athletes, both past and present, who shaped the narratives of their sports. Content is divided into several easy-to-digest sections for young readers: Superstars (who reinvented what it means to be a sports celebrity), Wonder Women (who transcend sports and created seismic shifts in our culture), Trail Blazers (who broke barriers and paved the way for others to follow), Record Breakers (who set new standards for excellence), and the Champions (who showed heart and gumption as winners). This one is a must for Summer reading!

I really love this next one! It’s well…just perfect for today’s times.

MIXED: A COLORFUL STORY by Arree Chung.

In the beginning, there were three colors: Reds, Yellows, and Blues. All special in their own ways, until one day a Red proclaims that they are the best, starting a color kerfuffle. Is there anything that can bring the colors back together? A Yellow, a Blue, and a never-before-seen color might just save the day…

There’s a special message in this book about getting along and I highly recommend for all ages! It’s a delightful book that isn’t just your average picture book!

You can find it on Amazon.com.

Summer Tie-Dye Parties? This one is a must! 

Looking for a fun event idea this summer? Consider throwing a tie-dye party! Tie-dying is a wonderful way to create dramatic fashion statements without using too many materials or spending a lot of time. “No group is too large for tie-dying,” says author and expert crafter Suzanne McNeill. “It’s a great activity for family reunions, scouting events, parties, and fundraisers.”
Nicknamed “The Trendsetter of the arts and crafts industry,” McNeill is the author of the new book Totally Awesome Tie-Dye: Fun-to-Make Fabric Dyeing Projects for All Ages (Design Originals, May 2018). Filled with stylish projects, McNeill shows step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish ice dyeing, crumple dyeing, resist dyeing, and Shibori—shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. Everything you can imagine about the art of tie-dying is covered in Totally Awesome Tie-Dye, even tips for tie-dying with children.
McNeill also shares how to tie-dye several items of clothing in her tie-dye manifesto, including fashion designs for t-shirts, dresses, socks, caps, scarves, and even embellishments for home décor. The goal of McNeill’s book is to make this entertaining craft fun for all ages. “The joy of creating art is for everybody,” she says. “I hope to inspire people to discover their own creativity.”
I love this book! It has some really cool ideas and I love how easy it is to follow the instructions! This one is a must for any age! Of course, younger children will need supervision.
This next book from the Quarto Group is a great way to relax and unwind this Summer!

Scratch and create is the newest form of art therapy for adults! Reconnect with your creativity, reduce stress, and unwind form a long day by scratching your artistic itch with Folk Art Flowers and Enchanted Animals.

I love Enchanted Animals and it has such cool whimsical animals! I like that this one is for both kids and adults and it’s fun! This one is a must for families and is great for summer when the kids starting getting bored! The included stylus is easy to use and I love that you can be creative and also share your works of art! It’s also easy to remove the pages without tearing them!

Diverse and Timely Picture Book Empowers Kids to Break Down Barriers: Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman is a must! 

This summer, acclaimed children’s author Robb Pearlman delivers a timely message of acceptance and inclusion for kids ages 4-8 in Pink is for Boys (Running Press; 6/5/2018; ISBN: 978-0762462476; Ages 4-8).

With the help of a diverse cast of characters, Pearlman takes readers through the entire spectrum of the rainbow – from pink party dresses to blue baseball uniforms, green grass to brown teddy bears – demonstrating to young readers that gender does not dictate their favorite color or beloved hobby: boys can wear pink and girls can drive racecars. Pearlman’s message is delivered in cheerful and accessible prose, paired with Kaban’s vibrant and endearing illustrations. Each page becomes increasingly colorful, teaching little ones their colors and culminating in a beautiful rainbow on the final page. Every scene invites imagination, as well as imparting this valuable lesson to children and parents alike.

This is also a book that is perfect for today’s world! I highly recommend this uplifting and empowering book! I like that this one truly thinks outside the box and inspires readers to think and color outside the lines. This one is also perfect for both boys and girls and is a great family book!

This one is available at many retailers including Amazon.com.

About the Author: Robb Pearlman is the author of many books, including Groundhog’s Day Off, Raggedy Ann and Andy: Leaf Dance, and Passover is Here!. Today, his favorite color is blue, but it may purple tomorrow! He grew up in New York City and now lives in a white and green house in New Jersey with his husband and Oscar, the butterscotch-colored best puppy in the world.

About the Illustrator: Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey and has had a passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars since a young age. She is the illustrator on a number of books and when she’s not drawing, you can find her climbing rocks or biking the hills of the Bay area. She and her husband live in Oakland, California.

Self Disclosure: I receive books every week and the ones I recommend are featured. Images and Information are also provided.

 

 

ABC Monsters: The Complete Season – Fun, Educational Introduction to Early Language Skills

Enjoy the complete season of ABC Monsters! Embark on one phonics adventure after another while learning each letter of the alphabet in this complete set! Twenty-six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped out from every book in Capital Town! So it’s very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are naturally curious creatures and often wander off from Alphabet Gardens to try and find new and fun items, inevitably getting themselves lost in the process. When Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry set out to find the ABC Monsters, they learn to spell multiple items that start with that ABC Monsters letter as well as play other phonics games and sing songs! Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages the imagination all while making learning the alphabet exciting and entertaining!

ABC Monsters: The Complete Season

By Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, age 14

ABC Monsters: The Complete Season is a fun and educational experience for young kids. It inspires them to learn, enjoy learning and even encourages them to participate in physical activity. It is creative and interesting all the way through. If I was a parent, I would use this DVD to help me teach my kid about the alphabet and early language skills.

I have reviewed other episodes of ABC Monsters previously and enjoy how each episode is different. For example, one of the episodes is based on introducing kids to the letter “A.” In this episode, the Alphabet Monsters are so excited about the archery competition when suddenly, all the arrows go missing! Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry (the protagonists) go on a mission to find the missing arrows and the missing letter of the alphabet, which just so happens to be Letter “A.” On the way, they go on a lot of mini quests such as helping Amy the Alligator find her armband and help Farmer Alex find his apple. At the end of the episode, Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry review everything we learned in the episode and include fun little songs and dances for us to do and sing.

Everything about this show is child-friendly and appropriate for a young age group. The storylines are consistent without being repetitive and are quite easy to follow. This show would be very entertaining for young kids. The visuals are bright and colorful which will attract young viewers. The music is upbeat and cheery. The characters are adorable and likable. I think that all of these aspects are important in order for kids to enjoy watching a program.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 1 to 5. I believe that this show will intrigue kids with its cute characters and interesting plotlines. It will get them excited about learning, music and physical fitness. It will help parents teach their kids about spelling, grammar and phonics while keeping them hooked and wanting to learn more. This show offers quality entertainment for young children who need to be introduced to the alphabet. Parents can feel confident about using this DVD to enlighten their little ones about the English language. It is available on DVD now so, check it out.

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Incredibles 2 – Great Sequel! Worth the Fourteen Year Wait!

Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “Fourteen years after the first film was released, we finally have the continuation of the Pixar animated hit and I would dare say, every year of waiting was worth it because this film is truly incredible.” Sahiba K. adds, “Although bound to be compared to the original, Incredibles 2 creates a legacy and masterpiece in itself with a myriad of creativity and uniqueness. The story takes me back to my childhood and into the future with the retro, but futuristic feel created by integrating new superhero technology and vintage technology.” Rohan F. wraps it up with, “The Incredibles 2 is a great sequel to an amazing movie. The animation is brilliant, plus, the two main plots balance out well to create a well-rounded film.” See their full reviews below.

Incredibles 2

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

Fourteen years after the first film was released, we finally have the continuation of the Pixar animated hit and I would dare say, every year of waiting was worth it because this film is truly incredible.

The story follows the Parr Family, as it looks like being superheroes (Supers) is against the law, but then an opportunity for Elastigirl to change people’s view of Supers occurs, while Mr. Incredible stays at home with the kids.

I always talk about the animation first, so let’s do that. The animation in the first movie was pretty good by 2004 standards. What I find interesting is that this movie looks really similar to the first. It feels as if it’s the same animation, just updated. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I actually like it. I love how you can actually see such small details such as the fabric textures on the clothes. You can see the sleep deprivation on the characters’ faces and not just in bags under the eyes. I really like seeing all these details.

Since the main characters are all superheroes, there’s lots of action. I feel like this movie is really creative with all the different powers, particularly those for Violet and Elastigirl. There’s lots of cool stuff they do with Violet’s force fields and Elastigirl’s stretching. They also introduce a group of new Supers who are very creative. From the design, to the powers, I think the group is a cool addition to the story.

Of course the elephant in the room is Jack-Jack. In the first movie, they show that Jack-Jack has powers. They never specify what powers he has. An important plot point in the movie is about Jack-Jack’s powers. However, now I’m even more confused. Off the top of my head, he has 11 powers and I may have forgotten some. The movie also has slight implications that this isn’t normal and now I’m incredibly curious. Hopefully it won’t take 14 years for an answer. Yes, I am ready for Incredibles 3!

This movie also excels in character development. Since the typical parent roles are switched, with the mom working and the dad staying at home watching the kids, it very subtly shows off both Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl’s character and motivations. It genuinely feels like a continuation, as it does address Mr. Incredible’s desire to be a superhero again. It also shows how raising a family is team work.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as the movie is kind of dark at times. The movie opens in theaters June 15m 2018 so check it out!

Incredibles 2

By Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16

Incredibles 2, directed by the legendary Brad Bird is a timeless classic that has been reborn fourteen years after The Incredibles! Although bound to be compared to the original, Incredibles 2 creates a legacy and masterpiece in itself with a myriad of creativity and uniqueness. The story takes me back to my childhood and into the future with the retro, but futuristic feel created by integrating new superhero technology and vintage technology.

The story picks off from where the Incredibles ends, when the Underminer threatens the city and superheroes are still illegal. To try and bring the superheroes back into business, a rich entrepreneur by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) enlists the help of Helen Parr, also known as Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to win the people’s hearts once again. Bob Parr, also known as Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays at home to take care of his three super children.

The same voice actors play the same characters in The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 except Dash Parr, played by Huck Milner. It made me feel as though no time has passed since I was a young child watching The Incredibles. When I was watching this film, I didn’t realize the actor was different for Dash. He has the same childish innocence and humor in his voice, as well as Dash’s famous sarcasm. Due to the fact that the same cast plays the same characters fourteen years later, Craig T. Nelson’s voice is more raspy, but it adds an element that elevates Bob Parr’s character. Bob is a lot more exhausted throughout the film and the raspy addition makes the character feel realistic and relatable.

The animation uses many of the features from the first film, while adding new perspectives and elements of modern filmmaking. The animated camera angles are a special component. During a variety of fight scenes and other relaxed scenes, the perspective switches from third person to first person quite often. This engaged me as a viewer and adds to the intensity and excitement of a superhero chase and being in a world with superheroes. The fight scenes are memorable with each one becoming better and more innovative than the last. The director, Brad Bird makes sure each of the superhero’s powers are used to the best of their ability. For example, Elastigirl acquires a new motorbike that can split apart while she provides the bridge keeping it intact, allowing for easy mobility in difficult situations.

The message of this film is that parents are heroes, whether or not they wear super suits. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Be sure to check out this long-awaited sequel in theatres nationwide June 15, 2018.

The Incredibles 2

By Rohan F., Age thirteen, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

The Incredibles 2 is a great sequel to an amazing movie. The animation is brilliant, plus, the two main plots balance out well to create a well-rounded film.

The Incredibles 2 continues the story of the Parrs, a superhero family that had to go into hiding because of a law banning supers. This film focuses on Elastigirl as she tries to end the anti-super laws that stop her from being a superhero. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible struggles to keep the kids in check.

My favorite part is when Jack-Jack uses his powers to fight a raccoon because he thinks it’s a criminal. This scene is hilarious. I really enjoyed how Mr. Incredible is sleeping in the foreground, while all the action happens in the back. I also like the scene when Elastigirl chases after the new hover train. This scene is fast-paced and funny.

The animation in this film is great. I specifically like the glass breaking, the water features of the house and Frozone’s ice. The glass and the water are both super realistic and I really like how they kept the same style as the original film for Frozone’s ice. I felt they underused Dash in this film though. His only part in this film is needing help with math. I feel this wastes Dash, because I really enjoy him as a character.

The Incredibles 2 has some very topical morals in it. It asks the question of whether a law should be followed if it is unlawful. It also focuses on the concept of “when enough people have the same idea and they fight for it, that things will change”.

The voice acting is quite good. You can hear the emotion in the actors’ voices, so you can really connect with their characters. The music in this film is truly brilliant. They wrote theme songs for Frozone, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl that are written like 60s superhero themes. These are scattered around the movie and really make a major comedic effect.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because, while it’s not as good as the original, it is still an incredible film. I recommend it for ages 7 through 18 because it’s really a film a huge variety of different people will enjoy. I believe adults will really enjoy watching this film as well. It opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018 so, check it out.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Genuinely entertaining! Great performances and outstanding visuals

Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “, I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It is genuinely entertaining and, I think it’s a good way to conclude the franchise, even though I know it probably won’t be the end.” See her full review below.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Jurassic Park franchise. I felt it went on for way too long and it needed to end. But, I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It is genuinely entertaining and, I think it’s a good way to conclude the franchise, even though I know it probably won’t be the end.

The story takes place three years after the events of Jurassic World.  When the island the dinosaurs inhabit is about to be destroyed by a volcano, Claire and Owen go to rescue the remaining dinosaurs.

So first I want to talk about visuals. It’s not really a surprise that the visuals are really good. The dinosaurs look great. Combine that with great sound and the fact that, you can essentially feel the scale and weight of the dinosaurs. It feels as if they are actually there. Along with some really cool shots of the island and the Lockwood Mansion, the presentation of this movie is fantastic. The shot that was used in the trailers of Owen running from the volcano with the dinosaurs and being encompassed by ash, looked really compelling to me. It is one of my favorite shots in the movie and the presentation helps a lot. But, there is one particular scene that they hold on a brontosaurus that really tugs at your heartstrings. It probably wouldn’t have been as good if it wasn’t for the way the shot was directed. (J. A. Bayona)

The actors in this movie are also really good. Chris Pratt as Owen stands out to me, but that’s mostly because I really like Chris Pratt. But, Chris Pratt is still very good. He has great comedic timing and he is really funny in general. However, he’s the second best actor. Hands down, the best actor in the whole movie is Isabella Sermon as Maisie, the granddaughter of Benjamin Lockwood. This girl is absolutely amazing in this film. Talented child actors are hard to come by and wow, this girl is really fantastic. Her scenes are very compelling and she clearly is very invested in her role. I really felt for her, especially during the emotionally terrifying scenes. This is Isabella Sermon’s first role and she is great. I genuinely look forward to what she has next in store. She has a bright future ahead.

Now, I mentioned earlier that I felt this movie would be a good conclusion to the franchise. The Jurassic Park franchise has been around since the 90s and the series is still going. I feel like it’s been going for too long and I hope it doesn’t continue for much longer. I know the series is very popular, but a lot of franchises have worsened from going on for a long time just because of their popularity.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. It comes out June 22, 2018 so be sure to check it out.

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PBS KIDS KICKS OFF A SUMMER OF ADVENTURE PBS KIDS and member stations across the country will celebrate with new episodes of WILD KRATTS, NATURE CAT, READY JET GO! and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, along with games and hands-on activities for the entire family

As children head out of school, PBS KIDS aims to address the summer learning gap by encouraging kids, parents and educators to engage in adventures to make the season one of creativity, learning and fun. Fans of PBS KIDS will get a chance to see new episodes beginning June 6 through August 24, including READY JET GO!, the first-ever WILD KRATTS marathon and new specials from NATURE CAT and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, exploring themes such as the natural world and ocean animals’ migratory patterns. New episodes will premiere on PBS stations (check local listings) and will be available on pbskids.org, the free PBS KIDS Video App and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream.

Local PBS stations across the country will bring educational resources and events to their communities through PBS KIDS partnerships with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, First Book and Reading is Fundamental (RIF). “PBS KIDS at the Alamo” screening events will be available throughout the summer, with 100 percent of the optional, donation-based ticket prices ($1-$5) going to local PBS stations to support PBS KIDS’ educational mission. PBS KIDS’ partnerships with First Book and RIF aim to foster important literacy skills during the summer through activities and resources.

“Children’s learning can decline by as much one month’s worth of school-year learning over the course of summer break.* To help bridge that gap, we want to engage kids with subjects they’re curious to learn more about,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “Every year, local PBS stations bring summer learning opportunities to communities across the country through resources, events and more for the whole family.”

PBS is also celebrating reading this summer with the new eight-part series, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, and hosting “PBS KIDS Read” to complement the annual summer learning initiative for children ages 2-8 and their families. “PBS KIDS Read” will encourage reading and related activities through a variety of resources for kids and parents available on PBS Parents, including book lists, tips for new readers and other literacy resources. PBS Teacherline will offer several courses for early childhood educators who teach young readers. New digital games from WILD KRATTS, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! will also be available. Kids can also download the SPLASH AND BUBBLES Ocean Adventure app, where they can join the Reeftown Rangers on an underwater journey to discover the amazing animals and plants that live in the ocean.

 

Asteroid Belt Space Race!/Sydney 2

Airs and streams June 27

“Asteroid Belt Space Race”

The kids join Celery in a space race between them, Uncle Zucchini, and Auntie Eggplant and Zerk. The course is all the way around the Asteroid Belt.

“Sydney 2”

Sydney decides that Jet’s robot, Jet 2, is lonely. She decides to design and build a robot companion for him and names it “Sydney 2.”

Earth, Wind and Flyer/Mini-Golf at the DSA

Airs and streams July 4

“Earth, Wind, and Flyer”

Jet is fascinated by the effects of wind on his saucer. He and the kids study how wind works, ending with Sean going on a wild saucer ride.

“Mini-Golf at the DSA”

Jet is fascinated by Earthie golf, and Sean and Sydney try to teach him the rules. When the DSA builds a new mini-golf course, the kids team up against the grownups, and Jet gets to apply his new knowledge of force.

Water, Water Everywhere/Commander Cressida Story Contest

Airs and streams July 11

“Water, Water Everywhere”

Jet takes the kids on a saucer tour all around the Earth to discover all the ways that water can be found. They visit Antarctica to look at the ice, and then compare that extreme to the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“Commander Cressida Story Contest”

Sydney wants to enter a Commander Cressida story contest, but can’t think of a good enough story. The other kids help, and they come up with a story about lassoing a comet to bring water to Venus, and then Mars.

Try and Try Again/Racing on Sunshine

Airs and streams July 18

“Try and Try Again”

Jet’s robot Jet 2 needs new wheels if he’s going to be able to rove over the surface of Mars. Jet and the kids try a bunch of different wheels, without success. In the end, they borrow the wheels from Mitchell’s scooter, so Jet 2 can successfully navigate on Mars.

“Racing on Sunshine”

The kids enter their karts in the big kid-kart derby, but this year they all have to design solar- powered karts. Jet learns how solar panels work, and how batteries save up the energy so you can race even when clouds cover the sun.

You Can Call Me Albedo/The Tide Is High

Airs and streams July 25

“You Can Call Me Albedo”

It’s evening at the cul-de-sac and the kids are looking at two asteroids through Sean’s telescope – one is light-colored and one is dark. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s dog Cody seems to have run away because he doesn’t like the black sweater Mitchell put on him. The kids learn about how, just like asteroids, some things are easier to see in the dark than others – a white card is easier to see than Cody’s black sweater, for example. This amount of brightness is called “albedo.”

“The Tide Is High”

The kids go to their local beach to surf, but notice that the beach looks completely different from the last time they stood there. There’s a lot more sand and the ocean is far away! They decide to be detectives and study what has happened, and learn that the difference is caused by the tides – the rising and falling of the ocean.

WILD KRATTS

WILD KRATTS marathon will kick off on Friday, June 15 (check local listings),and will include the new episodes listed below. On the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream, the marathon kicks off at 6:00 a.m. and goes for a full 24 hours. The two services will be counter-programmed with different episodes.

Choose Your Swordfish

Airs and streams Friday, June 29

Aviva challenges Martin and Chris to a fencing duel and tells them to choose their swords. The bros can’t decide, so she tells them if they pick their favorite billfish – swordfish, marlin or sailfish – she’ll make them a Creature Power Suit. So they head out on a mission to explore the mysterious world of billfish.

NATURE CAT

 “Nature Cat: The Return of Bad Dog Bart”

Airs and streams Monday, July 16

While playing everyone’s favorite game, Hal’s Hole Hootenanny, Hal accidentally digs up what turns out to be Bad Dog Bart’s second buried treasure map! And this is the one that leads to Bad Dog Bart’s stolen loot of cat toys. This brings back some emotional memories for Nature Cat of a very special family cat toy stolen by Bad Dog Bart, and his sister Gwendolyn going off to get it back. Nature Cat has not seen Gwendolyn since! Mustering all the courage he can, and with help from Squeeks, Daisy and Hal, Nature Cat sets off on a dizzying epic adventure following the map to find the treasure. Little do they know that Bad Dog Bart himself will be joining the race along with a rough and tumble pirate named One-Eared Winnie! Arrrghhhhh!!!

SPLASH AND BUBBLES

“Splash and Bubbles: Pole-to-Pole”

Airs and streams August 6

Narwhals and penguins and humpbacks, oh my! The Reeftown Rangers set off on a migratory adventure from the Antarctic to the Arctic in this SPLASH AND BUBBLES event.

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About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

About Wind Dancer
In addition to READY JET GO!, Wind Dancer Films is the creator and producer of such family television series Home Improvement along with box office successes such as What Women Want and Bernie. The company, headed by partners Dete Meserve, David McFadzean and Matt Williams, is also currently in production on What Men Want for Paramount Pictures, the feature film Good Sam, the animated preschool project Not a Box, and the stop-motion series entitled Storywoodswww.winddancer.com

About Kratt Brothers Company

Kratt Brothers Company, founded in 1993, has created and produced more than 220 episodes of television, including award-winning series: KRATTS’ CREATURES, ZOBOOMAFOO, Kratt Brothers: Be the Creature and WILD KRATTS. Through its full service animation studio, Kratt Brothers Company is currently in production on its fifth season of the Emmy-nominated hit, WILD KRATTS.www.krattbrothers.com

About Spiffy Pictures

Spiffy Pictures, founded in 2003 by David and Adam Rudman, is a creative development and production company specializing in family entertainment. The Emmy Award-winning creative team has created, produced, written and directed live-action and animated projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, Comedy Central, Sesame Street and Warner Brothers. Their projects include creating and producing the Emmy- and Prix Jeunesse-nominated Jack’s Big Music Show for Nick Jr, the Emmy-nominated Bunnytown for Disney and Nick Jr.’s Parent’s Choice Award-winning Curious Buddies brand of home videos. Spiffy Pictures recently produced a puppet adaptation of Scooby Doo for Warner Brothers, titled Scooby-Doo! Adventures, The Mystery Map. Visit us at www.spiffypictures.com.

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle RockThe Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark CrystalLabyrinthMirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The Company is currently in production on the upcoming Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Projects in development include the highly anticipated filmFraggle Rock.

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THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK: Games! Puzzles! Mazes! And More!

The Kid’s Awesome Activity Book is a parent’s best friend, guaranteed to entertain your backseat travelers during those endless summer road trips. Readers can create their own comic strips, write a hit song for the hedgehog hoedown, decode pirate word scrambles, and help a little leprechaun find his pot of gold. All they need is a pencil and their imagination!

I really recommend this one for Summer reading fun! This one is a great book to have in the house when you hear those words…”I’m bored…..”

Brimming with bats, hungry unicorns, alien dance parties, monster finger puppets, and SO much more, THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK: GAMES! PUZZLES! MAZES! AND MORE! (June 12, 2018; Workman; $14.95; By Mike Lowery) is perfect fuel for endless hours of creativity on and off the page. Created by Mike Lowery, the mastermind behind the wildly successful KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY CALENDAR and DOODLE ADVENTURES® series, THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK is the boredom-buster guaranteed to infuse those endless summer road trips with imaginative landscapes filled with monster hair salons, circus acts, enchanted forests, and more. With just a pencil and their imagination, readers can decode pirate word scrambles, create their own comic strips, write a hit song for the hedgehog hoedown, and help a little leprechaun find his pot of gold. With more than 400 stickers drawn in Lowery’s iconic style and a pullout poster just waiting to be colored, THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK offers takeaway items that burgeoning artists can use to decorate their space outside the confines of the book. Featuring nearly 100 wacky prompts, games, and crafts, there’s only one cardinal rule that young artists have to follow: Have fun!

About the Author:

Mike Lowery is the creator of The Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar and the Doodle Adventures® series. His latest book, Random Illustrated Facts, collects weird bits of news and knowledge. Mike draws in his sketchbooks and posts on Instagram daily at @mikelowerystudio. He lives with his wife and children in Atlanta, Georgia.

THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK By Mike Lowery $14.95 | June 12, 2018 | 122 pages | Ages 8-12| ISBN 9780761187189

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to feature. I only feature books that I highly recommend! Images were also provided.