October’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2018


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 October’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2018 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.

Ellie and her meticulous mom, Katherine, never see eye to eye. Ellie, the typical teen, is a cynical slob who’s lost interest in everything since her dad passed away — except for a certain boy: her crush, Adam. The day before Katherine’s wedding, the friction between Ellie and her stressed-out mom turns into an argument, during which a precious hourglass gifted to Ellie by her dad suddenly shatters, causing them to magically switch bodies. Soon they are on a musical journey of self-discovery and empathy neither one could have imagined.

Join your favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation adventure on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can finally take a break from handling everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But they hit rocky waters when Mavis realizes that Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could sink their plans for a dream vacation.

Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of 80’s episodes! Featuring 50 clay-animated episodes, fully re-mastered

from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby’s parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken! The gift set includes 2 exclusive bendable toys!

It’s Halloween! Join Sid and his friends as they discover how bats catch mosquitoes, why spiders are expert engineer web builders, and how

skeletons make up the foundation of our bodies. The kids dress up to celebrate Halloween at school, and Teacher Suzie leads them in a special Halloween parade song to show off their costumes! With Sid the Science Kid, Halloween can be spooky and scientific!

Based on the richly imaginative books by Meomi, this series combines immersive visuals and “submersive” humor to transport young children into a world that is both real and fantastic, full of mysteries to unravel and surprises around every corner. In this season set, encounter all types of creatures from the Great White Shark to Lionfish and more! The adventures don’t end there! Embark on an Amazon adventure with the Octonauts as they travel down the Amazon River in search of a lost city and Kwazii’s long lost grandfather, Calico Jack! So come aboard the Octopod for 24 exciting missions!

The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on a Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.

Join Pocoyo and his friends on seven playful adventures. Whether it’s playing a new game called Boo!, enjoying a monster mash party or pretending to be Godzilla & King Kong. Every day is fun and engaging with Pocoyo and hid friends!

Blaze and AJ are bursting back onto DVD with the all-new release, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze Saves Christmas. Available November 6, this high-speed collection of holiday and winter episodes follows Blaze and his friends as they deliver presents on Christmas, save a little bunny, catch a cake and put their newfound ninja skills to the test. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze Saves Christmas will be available just in time for the holidays

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze Saves Christmas contains the following episodes:

Monster Machine Christmas – When Crusher sends Santa’s magic bag of presents flying, he must team up with Blaze and AJ to quickly deliver all the presents by Christmas morning.
Breaking the Ice – Robot Blaze climbs, grinds, and ziplines his way to save a little bunny trapped on top of a melting glacier.
Catch That Cake! – After Crusher sends Darington’s birthday cake rocketing away, it’s up to Blaze to get it back in time for his party.
Ninja Blaze – Ninja Master Blackbelt is training Blaze and AJ to become powerful ninjas when Crusher and Pickle accidentally launch themselves onto an icy mountain. Now, Blaze and AJ must use their new ninjas skills to rescue them.

INCREDIBLES 2 is now available on Digital HD, and arrives on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand November 6th!  Below, please find a Jack-Jack vs Raccoon papercraft set and an “Auntie Edna” mini-movie clip and concept art!

Remember when you saw INCREDIBLES 2 & thought to yourself, “I wish I had my very own Jack-Jack and Racoon!” Well, you’re in luck! Check out these amazing Paper Foldables. Print ’em out, cut ’em out, & fold ’em up… Instant Jack-Jack Attack! http://bit.ly/Incredibles2PaperFoldables #Incredibles2

Bold and hearty, the flavors of the Southwest are a rich mixture of cultures, history, and unique regional ingredients. When prepared with traditional ingredients, the cuisine is a heady blend of aromas and spices that is delicious, fulfilling, and—surprisingly—healthy!

In Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking, cookbook author and Southwestern cuisine expert, Kelley Coffeen, takes you on a tour of the region with more than 140 recipes that focus on fresh local vegetables, fruits, beans, cheeses rich in protein, lean meats, fish, and poultry—all with calorie, carb, and fat levels dialed in for those looking to lose weight or manage their diabetes. This is not a diet book, but a classic collection of beloved and soon-to-be favorite Southwestern and Mexican dishes prepared in easy, delicious, healthy recipes.

Inside you’ll find traditional classics such as:

 

  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese and Green Chile Tamales
  • Pork and Pepper Burritos
  • Stacked Saucy Enchiladas with Fresh Greens
  • Seared Sirloin Tacos with Guacamole
  • Roasted Pineapple Salsa
  • Whole-Wheat Hot Cakes with Cajeta and Coconut
  • Green Chile Corn Chowder
  • Chopped Mexican Salad with Lime

And much more!

Who can resist enjoying more of their favorite food (Mexican dishes rank alongside Italian and Chinese cuisine as All-American favorites) while doing their body a favor at the same time? It’s a winning menu for young and old alike—healthy and nutritious, without losing the authenticity and flavor of its cultural origins. Kelley Coffeen knows from a lifetime of experience, living and cooking in various regions across the Southwest, that Tex-Mex fare is easy and fun to prepare at home, and a crowd-pleaser on the table. With this in mind, she created Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking as the go-to book for home cooks looking for easy, diabetes-friendly, satisfying, and healthy Southwestern dishes to feed their family.

Powerful words from ground breakers like Marie Curie and Susan B. Anthony have moved and motivated us for generations. Today, many more women and girls are leading the way across all walks of life. From the authors of the breakout inspirational book Beautifully Said comes Grit & Grace, a showcase of the brilliant minds, innovative careers, and fascinating backstories of female leaders. You’ll find world-famous and less-visible change makers, including Nobel winners, CEOs and pop stars…plus, an artisan ice cream maker, police chief, bishop, orchestra conductor and cruise ship captain.

Grit & Grace is the perfect companion for dreaming up fresh possibilities and translating vision into action. Its pages pair sourced quotations with the uncommon stories of a host of remarkable women, readying today’s leaders to imagine new futures. Plus, it’s stylishly designed so readers can creatively share what inspires them. The book makes a meaningful gift for sisters, daughters, friends, teammates, teachers, colleagues, newly minted grads, and the other dreamers and doers in your life.

Among the 90 legendary and contemporary groundbreakers featured…
Bessie Coleman
Jane Goodall
Vera Wang
Tina Fey
Reese Witherspoon
Meghan Markle
Amal Clooney
Ava DuVernay
Kathryn Sullivan
Venus Williams
Beatrix Potter
Diana Vreeland
Anita Roddick
Clara Barton
Katharine Graham
Dolores Huerta
Rose Marcario
Courtney Banghart
Christiana Figueres
Jeni Britton Bauer
Crochet decor your kids will be begging for! Bring their bedroom decor to life with this collection of seven sensational animal rug designs, by popular crochet designer Ira Rott. You will love making these unique and quirky designs that kids will simply adore. Choose from an amazing elephant, a sweet giraffe, a cuddly cat, a cheeky monkey, a sneaky crab, a friendly dinosaur and a snuggly bear, each with a coordinating pillow and accessory to crochet to continue the theme. With accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats and toy bags, this collection features over 20 animal-themed designs to crochet.

Today, war is a high-tech affair. The modern soldier relies on advanced weapons and communications technology as his essential support. But in World War II, soldiers relied on an entirely different kind of support—a kind of support soldiers have used since ancient times. Animals.

Dogs, horses, and pigeons became World War II soldiers’ best friends in battle, serving to carry weapons, wounded men, and messages through artillery fire. In War Animals, bestsellling author Robin Hutton brings the animal heroes of World War II to vivid life with the heroic true tales of:

  • Famed pigeon G.I. Joe, who saved an Italian village and British troops by flying 20 miles in 20 minutes to carry a message to Allied forces;
  • Chips, a German Shepherd trained as a sentry who attacked an Italian machine gun team, sustaining powder burns and saving his handler’s life;
  • Bing, a paradog who jumped out of a plane on D-Day, landed in a tree, and once on the ground helped his handlers locate the enemy.A heartwarming and sometimes even hilarious history of bonafide heroes of feather and fur,War Animals is a World War II story you’ve never read before.

From “alt” to “yrn,” knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. The Knitter’s Dictionary is your comprehensive resource to understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there’s always something new to discover in your next hand knit project. The Knitter’s Dictionary puts an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern.

Within this knitting bag necessity you’ll also find:

  • Over 150 illustrations showing you everything from the difference between a toque and a beret to how-to information on increase and decrease stitches.
  • Handy cross references quickly lead you to exactly the information you need whether you’ve come across a new abbreviation in a knitting pattern or you’ve forgotten the steps to a long-tail cast on.
  • Extended information on more challenging topics like taking measurements, understanding gauge, and fiber care instructions make this more than a dictionary–it’s important information no knitter should be without.
  • Packed with bonus tips and tricks, learn the do’s and don’ts of pattern knitting making patterns easier and more enjoyable to knit!

The Knitter’s Dictionary gives knitters the answers they need when and where they need them in a precise and helpful way. Give yourself or another knitter the gift of knowledge with this must-have resource.

The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!

With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.

This delightful picture book is sure to be read time and time again.

Adapted from Jon Gordon’s bestseller The Hard Hat, The Hard Hat for Kids is an inspiring story that teaches children how to be a great teammate. An engaging tale that resonates with all children, the 10 Ways to be a Great Teammate and the “We before Me” philosophy, make this book an enjoyable read and an invaluable teaching tool for coaches, teachers, and parents. The Hard Hat for Kids presents practical insights and life-changing lessons that are immediately applicable to everyday situations, giving kids—and adults—a new outlook on cooperation, friendship, and the selfless nature of true teamwork.

Mickey is a spunky talented basketball lover who has always dreamed about playing on her school’s team. On the first day of practice, she learns of a special award given to the best teammate—and soon discovers that there is a big difference between being the best player and being the best teammate. What follows is an unforgettable story about selflessness, loyalty, hard work, and compassion, and a clear lesson on putting the team first.

Author Jon Gordon is a renowned storyteller with a knack for making life lessons stick. For this book he has teamed up with Dr. Lauren Gallagher, a school psychologist and mental skills coach who shares her passion for bringing valuable lessons to children in a way that is fun and educational. Fittingly, Dr. Gallagher is also the wife of Jon’s college lacrosse teammate at Cornell University where the Hard Hat tradition began. This book continues Jon’s unique way of merging everyday wisdom with practical advice to make you better at everything that you do. The Hard Hat for Kids tells a moving story of teamwork and friendship which is sure to be enjoyed by families, sports teams, and classrooms of children everywhere.

Would you ever take a job without a job description, let alone one that requires a lifetime contract? Parents do this every day, and yet there is no instruction manual that offers achievable methods for containing and organizing the seemingly endless job of parenting. Finding a healthy balance between raising a human and being a human often feels impossible, but Julie Morgenstern shows you how to harness your own strengths and weaknesses to make the job your own. This revolutionary roadmap includes:

A unique framework with eight quadrants that separates parenting responsibilities into actionable, manageable tasks―for the whole bumpy ride from cradle to college.
Simple strategies to stay truly present and focused, whether you’re playing with your kids, enjoying a meal with your significant other, or getting ahead on that big proposal for work.
Clever tips to make the most of in-between time―Just 5-15 minutes of your undivided attention has a huge impact on kids.
Permission to take personal time without feeling guilty, and the science and case studies that show how important self-care is and how to make time for it.

The Efilu archeologist, Vit Na, is a misfit among her crew. En route to Fitu, their planet of origin, the Efilu research vessel, ReQam’s important jobs have been assigned to specialists, scientists and soldiers. Were it not for her intimate relationship with High Commander Tur, her Synesprit, she would not have been on this expedition at all. The ship’s complement arrives to a world they never expected, a world no longer their own.

When the invincible ReQam is crippled by the new inhabitants, Tur’s crew is stranded thousands of light years from home. As far as anyone knew, all Fitu’s abandon, indigenous life forms perished 65 million years ago along with The Keepers, followers of the ancient mystic, Dragon. Due to her petite size, for she is nearly as small as the biped mammals they contend with, Vit Na is conscripted as in infiltrator, and deployed among the hostile mammals who have evolved to resemble the Efilu.

It soon becomes clear that the vital resource for which Tur’s seeks was intentionally tainted to draw the Efilu back of this strange world. Vit Na finds herself uniquely prepared to serve as desperately needed advocate to the crafty mammals who filled that vacant, Efilu niche and are now in jeopardy. Who would have guessed that a daughter of noble house Kemit would be destined to defend vermin, long believed extinct after the Efilu Exodus from a world now called Earth?

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8 thoughts on “October’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2018

  1. These look like a bunch of good choices. I saw the original Freaky Friday as a teen in the 70’s and really liked it. I’m sure this musical is great, too.

  2. (October’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2018) So many great DVD and other things to read about. My grandson loves the Ncircle show Octonauts a lot.

  3. Very good roundup! I particularly like “The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween” for my kids. My 5 year old daughter just started reading, and we have been reading a lot of Dr. Suess books. She would really appreciate this DVD. We haven’t seen any Dr. Suess videos.

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