July’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2016

I get products sent to me daily to try out. I unfortunately don’t have time to do a post for each item that I get to review. So I want to make sure these items get seen and learned about. The only other solution I could see to do is to do a DVD and Book Product Roundup on the products I like and want my readers to know about. I hope you enjoy these as much as I and my other reviewers did.

Adventures In Babysitting DVDSofia Carson (DESCENDANTS) and Sabrina Carpenter (GIRL MEETS WORLD) star in a hilarious, action-packed tale of two sitters inspired by the ’80s classic! Sparks fly when free-spirited Lola and prim, proper Jenny learn they’re up for the same internship. But that night, after newbie babysitter Lola breaks Rule #1: NEVER take your eyes off the kids, she’s forced to call Jenny — currently on her own gig — to help track down Trey, who has snuck out. Now with all their young charges in tow, these rivals must team up and brave the big city on the wildest, wackiest adventure of their lives!

Actors: Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Max Lloyd-Jones, Kevin G. Quinn
Directors: John Schultz
Writers: Tiffany Paulsen
Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2016
Run Time: 94 minutes

Roald Dahl's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) DVDOne moonlit night, little Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by an awesome giant who whisks her away on a magical, thrilling, and funny adventure. The enchanting children s book from author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) comes to life in this classic, animated musical feature by the award-winning Cosgrove Hall Studio, makers of DangerMouse and The Wind in the Willows. Unlike the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and the Bonecruncher, the Big Friendly Giant is a good giant who blows sweet dreams into the bedroom windows of children as they slumber. When Sophie learns that the monstrous crew of meanies is off to England to gobble up innocent boys and girls, she sets out to stop them once and for all, with the help of her new, rather large, friend. The BFG shows the most tender and dreamlike side of celebrated author Roald Dahl as he depicts the amazing friendship that grows between a little girl and a big-hearted giant.

ZootopiaFrom Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a comedy-adventure set in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia. Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery. Bring home this hilarious adventure full of action, heart and tons of bonus extras that take you deeper into the world of Zootopia. It s big fun for all shapes and species!

WordWorld: It's Time For School DVDWhen its Ducks turn for show-and-tell at school, he wants to bring the thing he loves best his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time?

Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated:NR Not Rated
Studio: PBS
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2016
Run Time: 104 minutes

Caillou Goes for the Gold DVD Caillou and his friends have a lot of fun participating in sports together! With patience and practice, Caillou becomes more confident as he gets better and stronger. When Caillou realizes that winning isn’t the most important part of playing the game, he develops a healthy love of sports.

Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: PBS
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2016
Run Time: 60 minutes

Odd Squad: The O Games DVD Join the agents of Odd Squad for a competition featuring crazy math challenges where the winner gets to be Ms. O for a day and run Odd Squad! Agent Otto is chosen to compete, but so is the villain Odd Todd, Agent Olives former partner. Will Odd Todd eliminate each of his competitors and shut down Odd Squad forever if he wins?

Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: PBS
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2016
Run Time: 75 minutes

Peg + Cat: Out of this World DVD Its time for a dance party and other exciting adventures in outer space! Peg and Cat put their heads together to fix their spaceship, outsmart Big Mouth (a crafty space alien who loves to dance), and win a cosmic t-ball game. They’re great at spotting patterns and working together as a team! Join Peg and Cat as they use their TOTALLY AWESOME math skills to solve problems and have fun-filled space adventures.

Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: PBS
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2016
Run Time: 60 minutes

Dinosaur Train: Under the Volcano DVD Join Buddy and family as they watch Old Smoky, erupt! Learn all about lava and geysers. Get inspired to make nature art when Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don find ways to use a pile of leaves, petals, wood, and shells from the family nest.

Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: PBS
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2016
Run Time: 102 minutes

Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout [DVD + Digital] The Power Rangers will have to outsmart a puzzling villain, save a prince, and try to defeat Sledge’s monsters. When the evil Fury unleashes the powerful Ptera Zord, only the Power Rangers can regain control with the help of their newest ally – the Gold Ranger!

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2015
Title Copyright: ™ and © 2015 SCG Power Rangers LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: TV-Y7
Genre: Action/Adventure, TV Series, Children, Superhero
Closed-Captioned: English
Subtitles: None
Run Time: 92 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital; French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Paw Patrol: Sports Day DVDEveryone’s favorite rescue pups are back in action in six exciting, sports-themed adventures and rescues. This DVD contains many adventures, including Ryder and Marshall forming a basketball team to help Mayor Goodway, Everest snowboarding to make a daring rescue and the Pups using their brand-new Air Patroller to find friends in need. There’s no denying the Pups know how to be brave and have fun!

PAW Patrol: Sports Day! includes the following episodes:
* Pups Save a Basketball Game – Mayor Goodway needs a basketball team, so she calls Ryder and the PAW Patrol for help. The pups become the Adventure Bay All-Stars and they’ll need everyone, including a reluctant Marshall, to pitch in and help win one for Adventure Bay.

* Pup-Fu! – The PAW Patrol and the mischievous kittens from Mayor Humdinger’s Kit-tastrophe Crew are both competing for their martial arts belts when they come across an ancient scroll that holds all the secrets. Mayor Humdinger steals the scroll and the PAW Patrol is called upon to find and return it back to Sensei Yumi.

* Pups Save the Mayor’s Race – It’s the annual Mayor’s Race and Mayor Goodway is determined to beat the cheating and devious Mayor Humdinger. Mayoral contestants need to row a boat, swim and run a foot race to the finish line. The pups need to help Mayor Goodway train for the race and clean up Mayor Humdingers’ disasters.

* Pups Save a Snowboard Competition – Jake and Everest are excited for the big Snowboard Competition, until they look outside and see the course is completely buried under a blanket of snow. The rescue pups help clear the course and rescue the Kit-tastrophe crew kittens who veer off-course and fall off a cliff. Everest uses her grappling hook to lower Ryder down the edge of the cliff and her snowboard jet pulls them back up to safety.

* Pups Save the Soccer Game – When Mayor Humdinger challenges the Adventure Bay team to a soccer match, Ryder and the PAW Patrol are called in to play. The PAW Patrol players start strong but a series of mysterious mishaps jeopardize their team’s victory. The pups must work as a team to overcome some dirty tricks by Mayor Humdinger and pull out a win.

* Pups Take it to the Sky – The PAW Patrol takes to the sky in their all new Air Patroller airplane! When an active volcano spews out hot lava and scatters a frightened monkey family, it’s up to the PAW Patrol to gather them all and bring them back to safety.

Actors: Drew Davis, Elijha Hammill
Directors: Jamie Whitney
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Nickelodeon
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2016
Run Time: 92 minutes

Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger SuccessWhen it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That’s what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body, until he decided there must be a better way. Through better sleep and optimized nutrition, Stevenson not only healed his body but also achieved fitness and business goals he never thought possible.

In Sleep Smarter, Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, you’ll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp.

Sleep Smarter is the ultimate guide to sleeping better, feeling refreshed, and achieving a healthier, happier life.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (March 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623367395
ISBN-13: 978-1623367398

Ming Goes to School HardcoverMing goes to school, where she learns to say hello and good-bye. She meets new friends and introduces them to old friends (including her favorite teddy). She builds sandcastles and makes snow angels; she traces, glitters, and glues. She is so fearless that when held at sword point, she even walks the plank! And when she’s playing in the mud, she reaches out and touches the worms with her bare hands. But despite those brave deeds, she isn’t quite ready for the big red slide—not yet.

This is a very sweet story with soft, evocative watercolor illustrations that will help kids to grow comfortable with the idea of starting preschool. Ming is curious and playful and ready for adventure, but even she gets scared of new things sometimes. Kids will relate to her desires and fears and will be excited to see Ming at the top of the slide by the story’s end.

A quiet and reassuring picture book for preschoolers (3-5), this is a wonderful going-to-school story that can be read both at home and in the classroom or childcare center. The illustrations provide a lot of diversity of characters, making this feel like any classroom in any school in the country.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (July 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510700501
ISBN-13: 978-1510700505
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer MulhollandJoan Trumpauer Mulholland was a white teenager in the South during Segregation who put herself on the front lines of the Civil Rights struggle. This is the first biography about her experiences, published simultaneously in picture book and middle grade editions, detailing the many events she participated in. She attended demonstrations and sit-ins and was one of the Freedom Riders in 1961 who was arrested and put on death row for months at the notorious Parchman Penitentiary. She was the first white person to join in the 1963 Woolworth s lunch counter sit-ins in Jackson, Mississippi, and that same year participated in the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King and the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 which contributed to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act that year. Her willingness to stand up for justice has been an inspiration, “Anyone can make a difference. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don’t have to change the world . . . just change your world.”

The picture book edition of She Stood for Freedom describes in an age-appropriate way how the America of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland’s youth was torn by racial injustice. Through carefully crafted storytelling and the collage artwork of Charlotta Janssen, young readers will come to understand the struggle during the tumultuous era of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement from blacks being arrested for marching to register to vote or participating in peaceful sit-ins to the daily injustices of living in segregation. The book emphasized the heroes who worked for positive change and equality under the law.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162972176X
ISBN-13: 978-1629721767

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