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April’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017

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[Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD] From Lucasfilm comes the first of the STAR WARS stand-alone films — ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, an epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the STAR WARS timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Actors: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang
Directors: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, Story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, Based on Characters Created by George Lucas
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2017
Run Time: 133 minutes

DVDWelcome to Hot Dog Hills, where Mickey and his pals run the coolest garage on the planet. Join them for high-octane thrills as they power up their amazing, transforming cars for races through the town… and around the world! Then, team up with Minnie and Daisy, ’cause when they’re not zooming to victory, they’re assisting friends in need at their fabulous “Happy Helpers” headquarters. With friendly competition and fun new inventions, MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS is a wild ride that’s turbocharged with nonstop laughter and awesome adventures from start to finish!

Actors: Bret Iwan, Russi Taylor, Daniel Ross, Tress MacNeille, Bill Farmer
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2017
Run Time: 68 minutes

DVDJoin the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny “hoomans” who live there! Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer are pocket sized alien adventurers on a mission to observe and experience a new and exciting world Planet Earth! Arriving in their spaceship from the distant planet of Floog, the Floogals are on a mission to document everything around them in the peculiar world of the “hoomans”. Each day, Fleeker, Flo, and Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day’s research “project” and triggering an exciting adventure! First, Boomer becomes very fond of the three stripy caterpillars the kids are keeping in the shed. Then, one day one of the caterpillars disappears and then another and another. It’s up to the Floogals to learn the mystery of the disappearing caterpillars! Then, when the Floogals encounter a balloon that’s intended for the Girl Hooman’s birthday party they think it’s a monster it’s ten times bigger than them with a giant face! Can Fleeker conquer his fear to return the balloon to the little girl in time for her birthday? Find out! Adventure is everywhere they go. They’re the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let s go!

Actors: Floogals
Directors: NCircle Entertainment
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1
Number of discs: 1
Rated:NR Not Rated
Studio: Floogals
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2017
Run Time: 95 minutes

DVDJoin junior dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson, as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! During an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and Grandma, Trek discovers that Microraptors use their natural abilities to hide with the best of them! Enjoy playing dino go seek and more dino game-filled adventures with Trek and friends!

Actors: Jordyn Negri
Directors: J.J. Johnson
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2017
Run Time: 60 minutes

DVD Join Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt as they learn about some of the amazing creature features of giant pandas, red pandas, and other incredible animals! In four action-packed adventures, the brothers save giant pandas from the evil Zach Varmitech, find an adorable little lost red panda and help to reunite her with her mother, save animals captured in China from the villain Donita Donata, and more!

Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run Time: 120 minutes

DVDOn Mia’s first day at a new boarding school, she receives an amazing gift a book and bracelet that have the power to transport her to the magical world of Centopia! Upon arriving in Centopia, Mia discovers that the once idyllic kingdom is embroiled in conflict.

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 2
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2017
Run Time: 325 minutes

DVDAfter all those years stuck in a tower, everyone’s favorite “barefoot princess” (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, TANGLED: BEFORE EVER AFTER is a magical movie event!

Actors: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Ashley Judd, Clancy Brown, Sean Hayes
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run Time: 55 minutes

DVDPocoyo, the unforgettable little boy with a very big personality, returns with all of his friends, Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird, and more, in this new series! Lets Go Pocoyo offers children a unique approach to learning the English language through simple, basic vocabulary. This new series of Pocoyo continues to embody the core philosophy of learning through laughter. By utilizing a blend of humor and learning, Pocoyo inspires and informs children about the world around them. Embark on eleven playtime adventures with Pocoyo and friends as they learn the importance of playtime is enjoying it with others. Enjoy playing hide and seek to playing dress up as pirates! Ahoy there, Pocoyo! Learning through laughter has never been this fun! Plus, each episode includes a refresher section in which children are reminded of key words that have been covered during Pocoyos adventures such as colors, animals, and shapes. Each episode ends with a catchy music clip reinforcing one last time those important new words. Every day is an adventure with Pocoyo and friends.

Actors: Stephen Hughes
Directors: Alfonso Rodriguez
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run Time: 80 minutes

DVDJoin Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm except for one problem Shelfish Sheldon (played by Hank Azaria) is about to snatch the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. Guest celebrity, Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medal winner), helps the Heroes on their mission. Three more adventures introduce kids to subjects like autistm, buckling-up for safety and eating healthy foods. Other guest celebrities featured include Keegan Michael-Key (The Angry Birds Movie, Key & Peele), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn 99) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice Through the Looking Glass). In the episode, A Spectrum of Possibilities , Trooper Charlie is a wonderfully talented boy who lives with autism. Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.

Actors: Keegan Michael-Key, Melissa Fumero, Matt Lucas
Directors: NCircle Entertainment
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Mack & Moxy
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2017
Run Time: 75 minutes

DVDThe most Miraculous adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir continue!

When Paris is threatened by supervillains, two amazing heroes are our only hope: Ladybug and Cat Noir! With the help of their magical pets, this incredible duo team up to outwit the forces of evil… but their biggest challenge might be getting through junior high school. In their normal lives, Marinette and Adrien are just a pair of young students, but in reality, this terrific twosome must juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up in a world where every day is a high-flying adventure!

Actors: Carrie Keranen, Ben Diskin
Directors: Thomas Astruc
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run Time: 132 minutes

DVDWhen Daniel tries a peach for the first time, he learns he is allergic to the fruit. Dad and Doctor Anna take care of him, and Doctor Anna tells Daniel how he can take care of himself, too.

Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2017
Run Time: 70 minutes

DVDIt’s time for a family road trip to see Grandpere! Join the Tiger Family as they sing and play games, enjoy a dinosaur themed playground, and explore a butterfly garden on their way to Grandpere’s house. This grr-ific DVD also includes stories that feature Daniel going to a carnival, watching fireworks, and setting up a lemonade stand with Prince Wednesday.

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2017
Run Time: 112 minutes

Paperback It was going to be the trip of a lifetime. An enchanting trek through the Guatemalan jungle, viewing the mystical Mayan Ruins, a breath-stealing sunset from atop an ancient temple, a magical entourage of a million fireflies. Then suddenly our wonderful adventure became a nightmare. What followed was a roller coaster of hope and despair that would span the longest days of my life. As we frantically fought for my wife’s life, we found ourselves far from the necessities we took for granted at home. Amid the heartbreaking twists and turns, though, were encounters with brave and selfless people who made a lasting impression during a horrific time. Without Explanation is a true story. It’s a story of anticipated adventure and remarkable courage, of heartache and disbelief, and of hope and fear. And at its very core, it’s at once a life-altering tragedy and a story of love and devotion.

Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Archean Media Productions, LLC; 1 edition (February 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998148202
ISBN-13: 978-0998148205
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

What On Earth Giveaway Hop:Imagine food that can be made ahead of time for convenience, then mixed and matched to create colorful perfectly portioned meals that are both healthful and flavorful. Switch It Up lets you discover how the concept of compartmentalizing can help you prepare balanced meals for every day of the week. This book includes 50 nutritious and delicious, quick and simple recipes that can be combined in any number of ways. Each recipe is made up of readily available ingredients. Learn how to pair different flavors and textures while developing a palate for healthful food combinations. Healthy eating starts with understanding balance. For instance, in Asian cultures, the majority of the meal is made up of vegetables, with much less animal or seafood protein than we are used to in the West. Indeed, anything with legs or fins is generally considered a flavor enhancer rather than the main course. Additionally, the reader can decide to enjoy “Raw Kale with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad” as a full meal or as a part of a meal, if they want to pair the salad with other foods, for example. Lastly, desserts are largely absent, fresh fruit or a simple cup of hot tea or herbal infusion is encouraged at the end of the meal to aid digestion.

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: American Diabetes Association; 1 edition (February 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580405495
ISBN-13: 978-1580405492
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches

HardcoverThe BRAND NEW Ripley’s Believe It or Not! ODDphabet board book makes learning letters uniquely entertaining for the youngest Ripley’s fan.

B is for blobfish, and Z is for zorse.
These are all real animals, of course

The ODDphabet board book features colorful, original illustrations of animal characters based on real “believe it or not” stories and facts. Amusing rhymes make learning your ABC’s so much fun for everyone! Weird, wonderful, and all true… Believe It or Not!

-It’s great to be different and one of a kind.
-These animals are the best that you will ever find!
-Wonder what in the world you just met
-As you turn the pages of this ODDphabet!

Age Range: 3 – 10 years
Hardcover: 26 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing; Brdbk edition (March 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609911709
ISBN-13: 978-1609911706
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 6 inches

HardcoverThe BRAND NEW Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Wacky 1-2-3 board book makes learning numbers uniquely engaging for our youngest Ripley fans.

Count every hat on the two-headed cow.
So many animals that make you go WOW!

The Wacky 1-2-3 board book features colorful, original illustrations of animal characters based on real “believe it or not” stories and facts. Exciting scenes and simple words make learning your 1-2-3’s so much fun for everyone! Weird, wonderful, and all true… Believe It or Not!

-Count on fingers, count on toes,
-Then count the buttons on all of your clothes!
-With animals as silly as silly can be,
-That make counting as WACKY as 1-2-Ripley!

Age Range: 3 – 10 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Board book: 26 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing; Brdbk edition (March 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609911814
ISBN-13: 978-1609911812
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 6 inches

PaperbackBring your favorite Vera Bradley paisley patterns to life with a pop of gorgeous color! Create something beautiful every day with this inspiring coloring book. Featuring authentic Vera Bradley designs, each eye-catching illustration is printed on one side only of extra-heavy, acid-free, 200-year paper. On the back of each page is the name of the design, a cheerful quote, and lines for personal notes. Perforated pages detach easily from the book, perfect for sharing with friends. A full-color introduction shows you coloring techniques, craft ideas, and the right color swatches to use for a terrific look. Featuring a foil-embossed cover, this unique book even includes 16 bonus gift tags and 8 ready-to-color note cards. Get ready to color in the language of beauty with Vera Bradley!

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Design Originals; Clr Csm edition (March 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1497203007
ISBN-13: 978-1497203006
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches

Paperback Bring your favorite Vera Bradley floral patterns to life with a pop of gorgeous color! Create something beautiful every day with this inspiring coloring book. Featuring authentic Vera Bradley designs, each eye-catching illustration is printed on one side only of extra-heavy, acid-free, 200-year paper. On the back of each page is the name of the design, a cheerful quote, and lines for personal notes. Perforated pages detach easily from the book, perfect for sharing with friends. A full-color introduction shows you coloring techniques, craft ideas, and the right color swatches to use for a terrific look. Featuring a foil-embossed cover, this unique book even includes 16 bonus gift tags and 8 ready-to-color note cards. Get ready to color in the language of beauty with Vera Bradley!

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Design Originals; Clr Csm edition (March 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1497203015
ISBN-13: 978-1497203013
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches

March’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017

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 March’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017 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.

DVDA Strange Transformation — Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life|Strange Company — Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambition, imaginative films ever|The Fabric of Reality — Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements|Across Time and Space — Explore the endless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles|The Score-cerer Supreme — Join composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music|Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look — Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including MARVEL STUDIOS’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THOR: RAGNAROK, BLACK PANTHER and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR|Team Thor: Part 2 — See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short|Audio commentary with Scott Derrickson|Deleted Scenes|Gag Reel

Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen
Directors: Scott Derrickson
Writers: Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargi
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2017
Run Time: 115 minutes

DVDKate and Mim-Mim know a special place filled with great music Mimiloo! After Mim-Mim accidently breaks a recording of the gang’s favorite song, Kate, Mim-Mim, Tack and Gobble head off on an adventure to the Singing Seas to find Callie so they can re-record her wonderful tune. When they arrive and discover that Callie’s Mega Music Maker is broken, Kate leads her friends on a quest to fix the instrument.

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2017
Run Time: 35 minutes

DVDJoin Whyatt and the Super Readers for fun adventures set in some favorite classic fairytales. The fun starts when reading begins and the SUPER WHY gang save the day!

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2017
Run Time: 280 minutes

DVDJoin Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt as they meet amazing animals from around the world. With wild creatures and dastardly villains, WILD KRATTS makes learning about animals and nature a fun-filled adventure!

Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2017
Run Time: 205 minutes

DVDJoin Daniel Tiger for some grr-ific farm fun! Daniel rides a horse for the first time with encouragement from Dad Tiger, helps his sister Margaret feed adorable ducks, and plays farm with O the Owl. Have fun with Daniel Tiger as he learns how to help others, conquers his fears, and much more!

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2017
Run Time: 60 minutes

DVDAfter mysterious visitors arrive in the Kingdom, Princess Alise, Lucas and their friends go undercover on a secret spy adventure to see if they can be trusted. They will need all of their superior detective skills as well as some super cool gadgets to solve the royal mystery and save the Kingdom.

Directors: Richard Rich
Producers: Richard Rich, Seldon Young, Jared Brown
Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Spanish
Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
Run Time: 79 minutes

Hardcover BookFollow Me Down is a rare find―a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller that Diane Chamberlain called “an engrossing page turner [that] will keep you guessing right up to the delicious ending” from talented new author Sherri Smith.

Mia Haas has built her life far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she is forced to return home. Back to the people she left behind, the person she used to be, and the secrets she thought she’d buried.

Once hailed as the golden boy of their town, and now a popular high school teacher, Lucas Haas disappears the same day the body of one of his students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media’s portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.

All the while, she wonders: If he’s innocent, why did he run?

As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas―or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone’s lives are intertwined, Mia must confront her own demons if she wants to get out alive.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (March 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765386704
ISBN-13: 978-0765386700
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Hardcover BookBig kids Anna and Oliver give young readers the inside scoop on what to expect when a new baby is expected. In a fresh picture book/comic style, Ready, Set . . . Baby offers up a funny, loving, reassuring peek into life as a big brother or sister—with solid information, kid-friendly humor, and even tips for parents on how to help kids thrive when the new baby arrives.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 560 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (February 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544472721
ISBN-13: 978-0544472723
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches

Paperback BookGet thousands of facts at your fingertips with this essential resource.

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America’s top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2017 edition of The World Almanac® reviews the events of 2016 and will be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a “treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information” by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Features include:
• 2016—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held the world’s attention in 2016.
• 2016—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 2016 World Series, and much more.
• 2016—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2016, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.
• 2016—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year.
• World Almanac ® Editors’ Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2016, from news and sports to pop culture.
• 2016 Election Results: The World Almanac® provides a comprehensive look at the entire 2016 election process, from the roller coaster of the early primaries to state and county presidential voting results and coverage of House, Senate, and gubernatorial races.
• The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac® provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world.
• World Almanac ® Editors’ Picks: The Best Teams That Never Won It All: In light of Golden State’s unprecedented regular season success and eventual downfall in the NBA Finals, The World Almanac® takes a look back into sports history for the best teams that fell just short of championship glory.
• Statistical Spotlight: A brand-new feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year. These data provide context to give readers a fresh perspective on important issues.
• Other New Highlights: Newly available statistics on sexuality, student loans, overdose deaths, state minimum wages, and much more.

Series: World Almanac and Book of Facts
Paperback: 1008 pages
Publisher: World Almanac; 2017 ed. edition (December 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600572057
ISBN-13: 978-1600572050
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.7 x 8 inches

Paperback BookFrom the co-founder of the Vera Bradley empire, a practical and inspiring book that shows women how to awaken their full potential, at any age.

“This place could use some color!” That’s what Barbara Bradley said to her friend Pat during an airport layover. It was 1982 and all the women could see was a succession of drab, bulky suitcases. When they returned home to Indiana, Barbara and her business partner got out a few Simplicity patterns and a Singer sewing machine and set to work. And the Vera Bradley Company was born.

A Colorful Way of Living offers practical, inspiring advice to empower women of all ages to navigate life by the values that provide the foundation of the Vera Bradley empire. Women looking for the encouragement to start a new chapter, women balancing career and family, and new graduates entering the workforce will all benefit from the Baekgaard’s learned wisdom has as it applies to career, life, and relationships. Lessons include “Noticing Every Detail,” “Choosing Nice,” and “Remembering Always―there’s enough room for everyone.”

In this highly readable book, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard shares the values that have helped her to thrive in business, health, and relationships–in every aspect of her personal and professional life.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 4, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250121914
ISBN-13: 978-1250121912
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches

PaperbackGrilled cheese is the most perfect food in the world. And paired with the right beer there is nothing finer! In your hands is a masterwork of creative collaboration between a brewer and a chef, combining an extensive knowledge of beer making, food and good humor to create the most amazing cookbook ever!

In these pages you will find one-of-a-kind grilled cheese sandwich recipes, perfectly paired with craft beers designed to draw out the full flavor of each ingredient. Grilled Cheese & Beer is spiced with wit and a passion for all things grilled cheese and beer, with easy-to-follow instructions that make it perfect for any skill level.

Grilled Cheese & Beer has over 50 expertly paired sandwich recipes including:
● Bacon Me Crazy with Stone Brewery’s Arrogant Bastard
● The Nature Boy Ricotta Flair with Moosehead Lager
● The Big Kahuna with Hell or High Watermelon
● Dia de los Quesos with Modelo Especial
● The Ham of La Challah with Briney Melon Gose
● Johnny Apple Cheese with Angry Orchard
● Muenster Mash with Stella Artois
● Funky Bâtard with Unibroue La Fin du Monde
● Turkey in the Rye with Keegan Ales’ Mother’s Milk

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press (November 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 157826653X
ISBN-13: 978-1578266531
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches

Paperback BookThe life he knew the day before was long gone… Who will protect his mother now? The future of our civilization has always been in the hands of our children. What you may not know is that many years ago, a few of our young ones fought a quest against evil—an evil unlike anything anyone has ever seen under this sun. They didn’t know it, but their sacrifices allowed our forefathers—and us—to maintain our fragile ownership of this world. In Seven & Two, the first book of the Our Young Guardians series, we begin the chronicle of one who was brave enough to leave behind what he knew. His faded handwriting not only captures how they struggled through that war, but how they learned to find themselves as they grew up away from their families. You and I owe them more than we could ever give. And even though there is no word of them ever asking for anything, my heart tells me they would only ask for one thing—to keep them where their friends are. The least we can do for them is honor their story.

Series: Our Young Guardians
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Rodi Szoke; 1 edition (September 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997565918
ISBN-13: 978-0997565911
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Paperback BookAppalachian Appetite is a groundbreaking, influential cookbook featuring over 100 recipes that represent an innovative take on tradition, with contributions and stories from this mountain region’s best chefs, restaurants, and citizens. From Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN; Oxford, MS to Millinocket, ME, when asked which cuisine most typifies America, chefs are bound to tell you it stems from the South, the heartbeat of which is Appalachia.

Hailing from the very depths of Appalachia in western North Carolina, author and chef Susi Gott Séguret honed her culinary skills in France earning a diploma in Gastronomy and Taste from the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. This unique combination is highlighted in Appalachian Appetite as (says Fred Sauceman, author of Buttermilk & Bible Burgers) “the loving product of that convergence.”

Appalachian Appetite is filled with recipes straight from the heart of Appalachia. As Dr. Jean Haskell, co-editor of Encyclopedia of Appalachia says, the book brings together “the region’s music, food, stories, and its great chefs and home cooks.”

Recipes featured include:
● Tennessee Corn & Truffle Flan
● Ramp & Nettle Quiche
● Venison Country-Style Steak
● Cast Iron Trout, Smoked Grits, Farm Egg, & Potlikker Jus
● Bourbon-Marinated Flank Steak with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
● Southern Sweet Potato Praline Spoonbread

An inspired collection from chef Susi Gott Séguret, Appalachian Appetite brings together the beloved recipes of the region for, as proclaims Jess McCuan, former Business Editor for The San Francisco Chronicle and Founding Editor of The Asheville Scene “an authoritative and colorful guide.”

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press (November 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1578266572
ISBN-13: 978-1578266579
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches

BookHow to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw. This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few simple steps. The exercises in this book will help train your brain so you can visualize ordinary objects in a different manner, allowing you to see through the eyes of an artist. From photorealistic faces to holiday themes and tattoo drawings, How to Draw Cool Stuff makes drawing easier than you would think and more fun than you ever imagined! Now is the time to learn how to draw the subjects and scenes you’ve always dreamt of drawing. How to Draw Cool Stuff is suitable for artists of any age benefiting everyone from teachers and students to self-learners and hobbyists. How to Draw Cool Stuff will help you realize your artistic potential and expose you to the pure joy of drawing!

Series: How to Draw Cool Stuff
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Library Tales Publishing, Incorporated (March 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615991424
ISBN-13: 978-0615991429
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches

How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events is a step-by-step drawing guide that illustrates popular celebrations, holidays and events for your drawing pleasure. From the Chinese New Year to April Fools’ Day, Father’s Day to Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve – this book covers over 100 fun days, holidays, seasons and events, and offers simple lessons that will teach you how to draw like a pro and get you in the spirit of whichever season it may be! The third book in the How To Draw Cool Stuff series, this exciting new title will teach you how to create simple illustrations using basic shapes and a drawing technique that simplifies the process of drawing, all while helping you construct height, width and depth in your work. It will guide you through the creative thought process and provide plenty of ideas to get you started. The lessons in this book will also teach you how to think like an artist and remind you that you are only limited by your imagination!

Series: How to Draw Cool Stuff
Paperback: 426 pages
Publisher: Library Tales Publishing, Incorporated (May 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692661980
ISBN-13: 978-0692661987
Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches

“How to Draw Cool Stuff: Basics, Shading, Texture, Pattern and Optical Illusions” is the second book in the How to Draw Cool Stuff series. Inside you will find simple illustrations that cover the necessities of drawing cool stuff. Specific exercises are provided that offer step-by-step guidelines for drawing a variety of subjects. Each lesson starts with an easy-to-draw shape that will become the basic structure of the drawing. From there, each step adds elements to that structure, allowing the artist to build on their creation and make a more detailed image. Starting with the basic forms, the artist is provided a guide to help see objects in terms of simplified shapes. Instructions for shading to add depth, contrast, character and movement to a drawing are then covered. The varieties of texture and pattern that can be included in an artwork offer another layer of interest and depth to a design. These elements are necessary to indicate the way something looks like it feels in a work (texture) or creating the repetition of shapes, lines or colors (patterns). Illustrated optical illusions involve images that are sensed and perceived to be different from what they really are, showing examples of how the mind and the eyes can play tricks on each other. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and an eraser and you are ready to draw cool stuff. Once the drawing is complete, it can be colored, shaded or designed in any way you like to make it original. Following these exercises is a great way to practice your craft and begin seeing things in terms of simple shapes within a complex object.

Series: How to Draw Cool Stuff
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Library Tales Publishing, Incorporated; 1 edition (March 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692382518
ISBN-13: 978-0692382516
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches

February’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017

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 February’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017 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.

Pinocchio“Pinocchio” tells the tale of wood-carver Geppetto’s beloved puppet who embarks on a thrilling quest – with faithful friend Jiminy Cricket – that tests his bravery, loyalty and honesty, all virtues he must learn to fulfill his heart’s desire: to become a real boy.

Actors: Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Charles Judels
Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton S. Luske
Writers: Aurelius Battaglia, William Cottrell, Otto Englander, Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2017
Run Time: 88 minutes

DVDDreaming of adventure, city mouse Gavin and his buddy Matthew join a crew of Ship Mice ready to set sail — just as young Chester bursts in, pleading for help. Stowing away on a boat, the gang heads for Dream Island to defend Chester’s family of mice against Winston the White Weasel (Jon Lovitz) and his wicked weasel clan. But is their courage enough?

Product Details:
Actors: Nash Grier, Jimmy Tatro, Justine ”iJustine” Ezarik, Jon Lovitz
Directors: Tomohiro Kawamura and Yoshihiro Komori
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Lionsgate
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2017
Run Time: 94 minutes

DVDJoin Twilight Sparkle, everypony’s favorite studious princess, and her very best friends – Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Spike – as they explore the wondrous arctic kingdom, the Crystal Empire! Old enemies return and new friends are made in this collection of episodes that will have you exploring the Crystal Empire with magical adventure!

Episodes Include:
· The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
· The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
· The Cutie Re-mark, Part 2
· The Crystalling, Part 1
· The Crystalling, Part 2
· The Times They Are A Changeling

Littlest Pet ShopSinister king cobras! Comedy festivals! Pet hotels! And a monkey on Mars?! It’s all here, as Blythe and her best friends – Russell the Hedgehog, Pepper the Skunk, Zoe the Spaniel, Minka the Monkey, Sunil the Mongoose, Penny the Panda and Vinnie the Gecko – share one outrageous adventure after another in The Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars!

Episodes Include:
· Heart Of Parkness
· Standup Stinker
· The Secret Recipe
· A Night At The Pawza
· Sue Syndrome

Lucky You Giveaway Hop! Care Bears & Cousins: BFFs – Volume 2 DVDJoin the Care Bears in Care-a-Lot where friendship is in full bloom! The Care Bears and their Cousins discover that best friends are forever in these sweet and smile-raising adventures. Whether they’re trying to help Brave Heart have the awesomest day ever, caring for an injured Grumpy or learning valuable lessons about jealousy and the importance of keeping promises, the Care Bears and their Cousins fill every moment with caring, sharing and fun!

See how it all began, and discover the secret behind the legend of Disney’s new Crown Princess! Frozen in time and trapped inside the Amulet of Avalor for over forty years, Elena has finally found the one, brave princess who can set her free: Sofia of Enchancia! With help from magical flying Jaquins, spirit animal Zuzo, and young wizard-in-training Mateo, Princess Elena must unite her people and battle the evil sorceress Shuriki (voiced by the legendary Jane Fonda) to reclaim her throne. Experience adventure beyond your wildest dreams with the spectacular story of Elena and the Secret of Avalor!

Actors: Aimee Carrero, Jenna Ortega, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lucas Grabeel, Chris Parnell
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
Run Time: 880 minutes

Robo-DogMeet Robo-Dog, the world’s coolest pet. He can run super-fast, grow a bionic arm, talk, and even fly! After creating the perfect pooch for his son Tyler, genius dad Tom (Patrick Muldoon, “Days of Our Lives”) gets called away. When Tyler and his wacky nerd friend Barry head off to a science fair, Robo-Dog runs away and has his memory chip erased. After starting a new life with a computer whiz and his adorable daughter, will this high-tech terrier ever find his way home to his rightful master?

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
· “Ruff Cut: Behind the Scenes of Robo-Dog: Airborne” Featurette
· TV’s “Minuscule” Bonus Episodes
o “A Cruel World”
o “Insect High Velocity”
o “A Rolling Snail Gathers No Moss”
o “Infernal Anthill

Gasp! PaperbackThe Airway Centric® Model prevents Airway-Centered Disorders, Sleep-Disordered Breathing to maintain mental and physical health. Learn how to recognize and correct Airway-Centered Disorders, Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Gasp is about our airway, breathing and sleep. Problems can start at birth. Many premature babies are mouth breathers. A poorly structured and functioning airway leads to mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea; it can interfere with restorative sleep and ultimately damage the part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive function skills, attentiveness, anxiety and depression. Learn how to restore an ideal airway with early intervention, and where to go for help. Learn how once the airway is established with breastfeeding, allergy treatment, and other methods, neurocognitive and neurobehavioral problems are greatly improved—often without any medication. Anxiety and depression are alleviated, and the behavior and performance of children are remarkably transformed. Today there is a health movement toward “Wellness.” Wellness is about diet and nutrition, exercise, and mental attitude. The new paradigm is called “Functional Medicine.” It addresses the causes of chronic disease with an individualized approach and emphasizes early intervention. It restores the balance amongst functional systems and the networks that connect them. The missing link is airway, breathing, and sleep. If we don’t breathe well when we sleep, 1/3 of our life is affected. Gasp describes the impact of a narrowed airway from cradle to grave. Every day, we encounter fatigued patients with chronic headaches and neck pain. They have difficulty concentrating; they suffer with GI problems from acid reflux to irritable bowel syndrome. They range from thin women to men who have put on a few pounds. And you do not have to be obese to have an airway problem. Many of our younger patients with ADHD and airway issues have little body fat. Time after time we see that once the airway is opened during the day and maintained during sleep, the transformation is quick and dramatic. Breathing is life.

Pure Heart BookTroylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate developer, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their non-verbal, wheelchair-bound son Marshall, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous. To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina.

Nearing fifty, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. But in this booming little Appalachian Mountain city of hippies, farmers, artisans, and retirees, she unexpectedly discovered a support network and something she’d never had in twenty-five years of providing round-the-clock care for her special needs boys: the freedom to pursue her own dreams. She struck up a friendship with a legendary eighty-year-old raconteur from the mountains, met his friends, and soon found herself in a rickety country shack with an ingeniously inventive retired farmer trying to create the best recipe ever for traditional mountain moonshine.

But when the real estate bubble burst and the collapse of her husband Charlie’s new venture in Asheville left them deeply in debt, Troy realized her ten-year business plan for Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey wasn’t enough. If she was going to save her family—and she was definitely going to save her family—she needed to become the most successful woman in the legal whiskey business. And she needed to do it fast, before the bank took her house, her business, and everything she’d worked so hard to achieve.

Full of eccentric characters and charming locations—from a “haunted” cabin in the mountains to the last farm in the world to grow heritage Crooked Creek corn—Pure Heart is a charming story of a woman who set out to find a purpose in the most unexpected of places, and ended up finding happiness, contentment, and a community of love and respect.

Hardcover BookPhysician and biochemist Cate Shanahan, M.D. examined diets around the world known to help people live longer, healthier lives―diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and “Blue Zone”―and identified the four common nutritional habits, developed over millennia, that unfailingly produce strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders, generation after generation. These four nutritional strategies―fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats―form the basis of what Dr. Cate calls “The Human Diet.”

Rooted in her experience as an elite athlete who used traditional foods to cure her own debilitating injuries, and combining her research with the latest discoveries in the field of epigenetics, Dr. Cate shows how all calories are not created equal; food is information that directs our cellular growth. Our family history does not determine our destiny: what you eat and how you live can alter your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children.

Deep Nutrition offers a prescriptive plan for how anyone can begin eating The Human Diet to:

*Improve mood
*Eliminate cravings and the need to snack
*Boost fertility and have healthier children
*Sharpen cognition and memory
*Eliminate allergies and disease
*Build stronger bones and joints
*Get younger, smoother skin

Deep Nutrition cuts through today’s culture of conflicting nutritional ideologies, showing how the habits of our ancestors can help us lead longer, healthier, more vital lives.

Pinocchio Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Combo Giveaway 2017

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PinocchioThe Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes hours of classic bonus material and exclusive features including a reinvented rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star” created and performed by music influencers from Disney’s Maker Studios; never-before-seen artwork from the film’s Pleasure Island sequence; archival recordings of Walt himself during “Pinocchio” production; and a recently restored and scored 1927 short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

 “Pinocchio” tells the tale of wood-carver Geppetto’s beloved puppet who embarks on a thrilling quest – with faithful friend Jiminy Cricket – that tests his bravery, loyalty and honesty, all virtues he must learn to fulfill his heart’s desire: to become a real boy.

Actors: Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Charles Judels
Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton S. Luske
Writers: Aurelius Battaglia, William Cottrell, Otto Englander, Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2017
Run Time: 88 minutes

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December’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.

The BFG DVDDisney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant.

Special Features
Bringing THE BFG To Life — Take a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of the movie with Ruby Barnhill (“Sophie”)|The Big Friendly Giant And Me — A short about the friendship between the BFG and the little “bean” who lived in Giant Country before Sophie|Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words Of The BFG — A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the BFG’s gloriumptious Gobblefunk|Giants 101 — Meet the frightsome giants portrayed by actors Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader and more|Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Actors: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall
Directors: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Screenplay By Melissa Mathison, Based On The Book By Roald Dahl
Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2016
Run Time: 118 minutes

Pete's Dragon DVDWhen a mysterious 10-year-old boy, Pete, turns up, claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, it’s up to a forest ranger, Grace, and young Natalie to learn where the boy came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this magical dragon.

Special Features
Notes To Self: A Director’s Diary — Director David Lowery narrates the personal diary he kept through the filming of PETE’S DRAGON in this intimate and fascinating look at the movie’s making|Making Magic — Discover fun facts about what went into designing this spectacular, lovable dragon|”Disappearing” Moments — The director shares a montage of the film’s “lost” scenes|Audio Commentary — With Director David Lowery, Co-writer Toby Halbrooks and Actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence|Music Videos: “Nobody Knows” by The Lumineers and “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling (featuring Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness)|Bloopers.

Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban
Directors: David Lowery
Writers: Screenplay By David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks, Based On A Screenplay By Malcolm Marmorstein
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2016
Run Time: 103 minutes

dvdAfter saving her enchanted kingdom of Avalor from an evil sorceress, Princess Elena must now reign as “Crown Princess” until she’s old enough to become Queen. Fortunately, she’ll have plenty of help from her family and friends. With her sister Isabel, magical flying jaquins, and her friends Naomi, Royal Wizard Mateo and Royal Guard Gabe by her side, this empowered Princess will do her best to rule Avalor with bravery and compassion. Experience the fun, action and adventure as Disney’s most inspiring new leader embarks on a heroic journey to restore her kingdom to greatness and prove she’s READY TO RULE!

EPISODE LISTING: “First Day Of Rule” and “Model Sister” (Special Full-Length Adventure); “All Heated Up”; “Island Of Youth”

Actors: Aimee Carrero, Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Carlos Alazraqui
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2016
Run Time: 90 minutes

DVDThe battle between Cats and Dogs goes Galactic! Adventure Cat and his evil kitty army hope to snatch a magical galactic bone that will give them the power to take over the entire galaxy. It’s up to an elite group of space dogs, headed by the intrepid General Ruff (William McNamara), to beat Adventure Cat to the bone.

Actors: William Mcnamara, Bobby Catalano, Jason Pascoe, Kj Schrock, April Rose
Directors: Evan Tramel
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated:NR Not Rated
Studio: Ruthless
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2016
Run Time: 82 minutes

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab DVDWhen an old friend of Edison’s visits the lab and asks the Secret Lab Kids to help him with an urgent, top-secret project, they have to follow him through a wormhole to get to his own secret lab. Who could this mysterious friend be and what is this top secret project during the holiday season?

Actors: Thomas Edison
Directors: NCircle Entertainment
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2016
Run Time: 70 minutes

The Cat in the Hat DVD*Home Media Award: Best Kids Video 2012* *National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA): Gold Winner 2013* ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph’s Christmas wish? To be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please!

Actors: Martin Short
Directors: Portfolio Entertainment in association with Random House and Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
Run Time: 60 minutes

DVDGumby and Pokey, television’s legendary clay characters, live one great adventure after another in a timeless world of stop motion magic and wonder. Join our favorite duo in this fun-filled collection of 50’s, 60’s and 80’s episodes! When Santa gets sick right before Christmas, will the holiday be ruined or can the Witty Witch save the day and deliver the gifts with the help of a certain someone? Then, Scrooge escapes from his book and sets out to destroy all of the toys in Toyland, but luckily Gumby is there to save the day. From helping the Pilgrims, George Washington, and even the Moon Boggles, to rescuing a baby mastodon in the arctic, these unique shows will spark your imagination and bring a smile to your heart.

Actors: Gumby and Friends
Directors: Art Clokey
Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2015
Run Time: 80 minutes

DVDOne crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Based on Raymond Briggs book, The Snowman is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

Actors: David Bowie
Directors: Diane Jackson
Writers: Raymond Briggs
Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Snowman Enterprises
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2014
Run Time: 30 minutes

DVDInspired by the world of Playmobil toys, embark on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel through the wider Playmobil universes. Whether it be a sci-fi futuristic world, a magical fairy world, a world of pirates, or a world of medieval knights, the adventures are never ending! Welcome to Kingsland, a world of chivalry, dragons, quests, tournaments, and castles! Kingsland is ruled by the corrupt King John, who is Prince Alexander’s uncle. King John ascended the throne when Alex’s father and mother were lost at sea. Prince Alexander is the heir to the throne but cannot abide living under his uncle’s corrupt authority. Join Prince Alexander, or Alex as he’d prefer to be called, along with his Super 4 friends as they band together to fight villains especially dragons and save their worlds from chaos.

Actors: Playmobil
Directors: NCircle Entertainment
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2016
Run Time: 80 minutes

DVDJoin junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! At bedtime, Mom reads Trek ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Trek drifts off to sleep and ends up in ‘The Land of Dinoz’; where he meets new pals like the Scare-Troodon (Penelope), the Tin-Dromaeosaurus (Bobby), and the Cowardly Stygimoloch (Hannah). Together, they all head off to see the wizard and save him some wicked dinosaur skeletons. Enjoy this and more dino-rrific adventures with Trek and friends!

Actors: Dino Dan
Directors: NCircle Entertainment
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2016
Run Time: 60 minutes

DVDA Frozen Christmas is the perfect way to get the family in the Holiday spirit with the most beloved animated Christmas characters, including Santa Claus, the Snowman, Elves, Santa’s Reindeer, and more! Gather around and listen as Santa and his young elf pals narrate time honored Christmas story classics such as, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Little Girls’ Christmas, The Fir Tree, the Brave Tin Soldier and more!

Actors: Kj Schrock, Evan Tramel
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Ruthless
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2016
Run Time: 76 minutes

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HDRafe has an epic imagination, and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to a rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do s and don ts, Rafe and his best friend Leo hatch a plan to expose the principal by breaking every rule in the school s Code of Conduct. As the principal strikes back, Rafe s world, at home and at school, explodes into hilarious chaos in this laugh-filled family comedy based on James Patterson’s bestselling book series.

Special Features:
That Middle School Life, Middle School = The Worst / Making Movies = The Best, The Wedgie Wheel, Yolo: Behind Operation Rafe, Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes. –Lionsgate

Actors: Rob Riggle, Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca
Directors: Steve Carr
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Lionsgate
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2017
Run Time: 92 minutes

Hardcover BookThe Super Amazing Princess Heroes have sprung in to action to help build a new school in Uganda. Everything is going well until one of the heroes, Kinney, gets very sick with a heart condition and flies back to the U.S. for medical help. The girls soon learn that one of their Ugandan friends, a wonderful girl named Gift, is sick with the same condition. She needs to fly to the U.S. as well —but what if she didn’t? What if she had a hospital in Uganda that could help other kids just like her? The story of the Super Amazing Princess Heroes conveys positive messages to young girls to help others and to think of those outside themselves.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Series: Super Amazing Princess Heroes
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Umiya Publishing (November 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988905027
ISBN-13: 978-0988905023
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches

Very Christmas BookIn her very first publication, Simone Mets conceives a charming children’s story about a little girl and her friends who Discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true when Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a storm. “Very Christmas” has won the 2016 Elite Gold Award in the holiday category, an award honoring the best e-books published each year in North America.

Hardcover BookTWISTED: THE COOKBOOK features a collection of TWISTED’s most foodgasmic, mind-bending, and downright hilarious creations, as well as some never before seen, grade-A bangers. Whether it’s game day with your pals, a night in with a special someone, an epic party, or a sluggish Saturday morning, these 30 tried-and-tested recipes have got you covered. Whatever you decide to cook—whether it’s the Fajita Cake, Camembert Hedgehog Bread, Breakfast Nachos, Pizza Donuts, or Snickers Salami—this is food porn at its most gratuitous.

Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (November 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1849758441
ISBN-13: 978-1849758444
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches

Paperback BookCalling all creative cat lovers!

Is there anything better than cuddling with a cat? No…but coloring cats sure comes close! The Cat Coloring Book is the purr-fect way for cat lovers to unwind and enjoy some much needed feline time. From big cats to kittens, tabbies to Siamese, this book features dozens of pages, patterns, and cute cat poses to destress your mind and keep your cat-cravings satisfied. Relax with your four-pawed friend and spend your down time with the calming designs and adorable felines of The Cat Coloring Book.

Series: Adult Coloring Books
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks; 1 Clr Csm edition (September 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492644900
ISBN-13: 978-1492644903
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches

Paperback BookThe “Do Bad Dogs Get Cancer?” book is about helping children and young adults better understand what happens when a loved one, including their pet is diagnosed with cancer. This book allows the reader to identify with the situation; provides a better understanding of cancer and the ability to cope; understand that cancer is not contagious. This boo uses reassuring words as a means for parents to have an open discussion and address children’s’ concerns regarding cancer.

Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: Functional Fitness, L.L.C.; 1st edition (December 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981555136
ISBN-13: 978-0981555133
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Don’t Say Good Bye Just Say See You! Paperback

Grief and loss are normal feelings to have when a relative, friend, or pet dies. Don’t Say Good Bye Just Say See You! reassures a child that no matter how sad or angry they feel when they lose a relative, friend, or pet, in time their sadness will ease and they will be able to remember the happiness they shared. This book gives parents an opportunity to talk about death with their grieving child by addressing their feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt, and clarify any misconceptions they may have. Don’t Say Good Bye Just Say See You! brings a comforting perspective for children who are grieving the loss of their pet or loved one. Parents can use a pet that has died as a good reference point in the discussion of human death.

Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: Functional Fitness, L.L.C. (January 11, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981555179
ISBN-13: 978-0981555171
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Porsche Bella’s Forever Home is a book written to help children see the importance of rescuing, fostering and/or adopting animals, thus giving them a second chance. We hope to encourage a new generation of animal rescuers.

Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4
Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Functional Fitness, L.L.C. (January 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981555195
ISBN-13: 978-0981555195
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

The Road to recovery is Paved with dog Treats! was written to help children understand what happens when their pet has to have surgery, and reassures them that their pet will be safe and protected. Parents can use this book as a tool to start a conversation with their child regarding issues they may have about their pet. This book cal also be used to address concerns children have when friends or a loved on undergoes surgery.

Paperback: 46 pages
Publisher: Functional Fitness, L.L.C. (December 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981555187
ISBN-13: 978-0981555188
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Paperback Book(8 x 10-inch paperback) Long after the gifts are opened, the wrapping paper discarded, the toys forgotten, it is our memories of Christmas that remain. The 12 Joys of Christmas celebrates the timeless sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of a holiday that brings families and friends together in a season of shared ideals, traditions, and lasting joys. This paperback version contains the same quality printing and just as much Christmas magic as the hardcover, in a more economical format that will be no less loved by all who receive it.

Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1537438328
ISBN-13: 978-1537438320
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches

Paperback BookAnxiety-Free Kids (2nd ed.) offers parents strategies that help children become happy and worry free, methods that relieve a child’s excessive anxieties and phobias, and tools for fostering interaction and family-oriented solutions. Using a unique companion approach that offers two books in one–a practical, reader-friendly book for parents and a fun workbook for kids–this solutions-oriented guide utilizes the cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy and integrates the parent in the child’s self-help process. Research has shown that if left untreated, children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, to have less-developed social skills, and to be more vulnerable to substance abuse. Covering the six most commonly occurring anxiety disorders-generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias, social phobias, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder-this book gives kids and parents successful strategies for achieving relaxation, conquering worries, challenging faulty thinking patterns, developing positive self-talk, and facing one’s fears.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Prufrock Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1618215612
ISBN-13: 978-1618215611
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

PaperbackHave you ever tried to be the perfect mother? Isabel, a DC lawyer, does everything she can to keep Phoebe from harm, but fails when the mysterious Shane appears on Facebook and flirts with her teenage daughter.

A story about the timeless struggle between mothers and their teen daughters with a razor-sharp 21st century twist. This heart-wrenching, harrowing debut novel for fans of Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) and Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight) will make you question what’s needed to keep your children from harm. Phoebe’s mother, Isabel, is precariously balancing her career and her family.

Hard-working and caring, worried but supportive, all Isabel wants, in a world of bullies and temptations, is to keep her daughter Phoebe safe. With her busy schedule, though, she fails to recognize another mother’s mounting fury and the danger Phoebe faces by flirting with a mysterious boy on Facebook. A cyber-bullying episode aimed at Phoebe pushes her to the edge with horrific consequences. In her search for justice, Isabel, a DC lawyer, sets out to find the culprit behind this cruel incident.

Saving Phoebe Murrow, set amidst the complicated web of adolescent relationships, tells a story of miscommunication and malice, drugs and Facebook, prejudice and revenge.

Paperback: 425 pages
Publisher: Upper Hand Press LLC (September 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996439560
ISBN-13: 978-0996439565
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

BookMy Kingdom Books combines story telling, personalisation, and cutting edge technology to create an experience that is truly engaging. Each character within our stories is linked to the spelling of a child’s name. These characters are then brought to life using the My Kingdom Book App. Kids love how the story comes together to be about them and are blown away when they see it come to life in front of their eyes.

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October’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.

Kate & Mim-Mim: The Mimiloo Zoo DVDIt’s off to the fantasy world of Mimiloo after Kate’s visit to the zoo gets canceled! In Mimiloo, Kate, Mim-Mim, and their pals create their own zoo animals from the surrounding bushes and hedges when, with one spritz of Gobble’s presto potion, the animals come to life and things quickly get wild!

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 (Direct)
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2016
Run Time: 66 minutes

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: You Are Special, Daniel Tiger! DVDAnimated series, targeting ages 2-4 featuring the son of the original Daniel Tiger from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: PBS
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2016
Run Time: 110 minutes

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas DVDIt’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break to celebrate. They are beginning to open their presents when the Wild Kratts alarm sounds. The villains, Zach Varmitech, Gaston Gourmand, and Donita Donata are kidnapping all the baby animals to turn them into Christmas ornaments! Christmas will have to wait as the Wild Kratts spring into action to save their friends and get them home for Christmas.

Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2016
Run Time: 60 minutes

Kate & Mim-Mim: A Christmas Wish DVDJoin Kate and Mim-Mim with their friends in Mimiloo as they use Tack s letter launcher to send their Christmas wishes to Santa! When the letter launcher malfunctions, can Kate and Mim-Mim save Christmas? In addition to this Christmas adventure, this DVD features more exciting tales!

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2016
Run Time: 45 minutes

Caillou The Courageous DVDGrowing up can be fun, but sometimes preschoolers get scared! From overcoming a fear of spiders to trying something new, Caillou empowers preschoolers to take on life s little challenges and to explore the world around them! Caillou the Courageous features seven stories that will help kids feel like they can accomplish anything!

Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2016
Run Time: 55 minutes

Power Rangers Dino Charge: Rise [DVD + Digital] The Power Rangers rise and take action-adventure to the next level as Tyler and Ivan put their differences aside to defuse a bomb; Chase races to free his friends from an underground tomb; Prince Phillip learns that he can’t buy his way into the Power Rangers; and Riley and Koda restore the team’s broken bonds of friendship in these dynamic, thrill-filled adventures.

Directors: Peter Salmon, Mike Smith
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: LIONSGATE
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2016
Run Time: 93 minutes

Legend Of Everfree Fresh air – check. Starlit nights – check. Scary stories – freaky deaky! The Equestria Girls are leaving the halls of Canterlot High School for a field trip to Camp Everfree. However, they get more than canoeing and camp fires when magic begins to wreak havoc on the camp. They’re surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen, and the girls seem to be developing new powers. The Equestria Girls will have to work together to control the magic or it will destroy their beloved camp!

Actors: Ashleigh Ball, Tara Strong
Directors: Jayson Thiessen
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2016
Run Time: 73 minutes

Alice Through the Looking GlassDisney invites you to step through the looking glass and join Alice, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen on a wild ride back to Wonderland! The adventure begins when Alice embarks on a daring quest to save her dear friend the Hatter (Johnny Depp). Plunging back into the whimsical, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland with all her old companions and a host of zany new ones, Alice must take on Time himself to right a past wrong, find her muchness… and remember that nothing is impossible.

Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska
Directors: James Bobin
Writers: Based On Characters Created By Lewis Carroll, Written By Linda Woolverton
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2016
Run Time: 113 minutes

Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital DVDJoin Doc as she goes from running her backyard clinic to taking charge of a new, state-of-the art TOY HOSPITAL! The excitement begins when Doc is transported to McStuffinsville, a magical new place filled with toys! There, she becomes the new Chief Resident of McStuffins Toy Hospital. Thankfully, she’s brought the whole gang to pitch in, with Lambie in the nursery, Stuffy on vet duty, Chilly as receptionist, Rosie the ambulance and, of course, Hallie too. Together, they’ll heal toys from near and far. Plus, there’s more! You’ll get to join Doc as she meets her new baby sister and learns how to care for her with toy Baby Cece! Super-stuffed with over two hours of heartwarming, song-filled fun, this is Doc’s biggest adventure ever!

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Actors: Kiara Muhammed, Lara Jill Miller, Robbie Rist, Loretta Devine, Jess Harnell
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2016
Run Time: 142 minutes

Take Heart [DVD + Digital]There’s exciting news in the land of Care-a-Lot! The Care Bear Cousins – Brave Heart Lion, Bright Heart Raccoon, Lotsa Heart Elephant, and Cozy Heart Penguin – have returned home. The Cousins make sure that the Share Cloud is always full of the Care Hearts that Care-a-Lot needs. When the Cousins’ ship is stolen, the Care Bears and the Cousins use their caring skills to retrieve the ship, save the Share Cloud, collect the lost Care Hearts, and much more in these heartwarming adventures!

Actors: Michaela Dean, Doug Erholtz, Braeden Fox, Olivia Hack, David Lodge
Directors: Andrew Young
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Lionsgate
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2016
Run Time: 132 minutes

We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas DVD’Tis the season to be woolly with Shaun the Sheep™ and his farmyard friends. Frolic with the flock as they decorate the farmhouse for the Farmer, watch Bitzer and Pidsley battle for a spot by the fire, join a massive snowball fight and much more in these seven hilarious episodes.

Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Lyons / Hit Ent.
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
Run Time: 50 minutes

Hero [DVD + Digital]Join the Power Rangers on a quest for a new hero! Get set for dino-charged adventure and nonstop thrills as the Power Rangers discover their newest ally, the Purple Ranger! But when the Purple Ranger decides to leave the team, it will take all of the Power Rangers’ skills combined to battle the villainous Sledge – and find a new hero fit for the Purple Energem – in this action-packed collection that features the bonus episode, “Race to Rescue Christmas.”

Actors: Brennan Mejia, Camille Hyde, Yoshi Sudarso, Michael Taber, James Davies
Directors: Mike Smith, Peter Salmon, Charlie Haskell
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Lionsgate
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2016
Run Time: 125 minutes

Project Droid #1 & #2It’s a pretty normal day for Logan Applebaum—until his inventor mother announces that she’s built him a new robot cousin. And Java may be really smart, but he’s also going to be a major handful. No one can know about his secret. This is going to be a long school year.

With the third grade science fair coming up, though, Logan thinks maybe a super computer cousin could come in handy and he’ll finally have a shot at beating the nosey Silverspoon twins who win at everything.

But when Sherry and Jerry steal Java as their partner, and then start suspecting something is up with the new kid, can Logan think fast before this crazy experiment becomes an epic disaster?

In Science No Fair! internationally bestselling author, Nancy Krulik and her incredibly talented daughter, Amanda Burwasser, team up to introduce a new comedic pair that combines the literalness of Amelia Bedelia with a wacky modern edge, making for hours of laughter.

Age Range: 7 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Series: Project Droid (Book 1)
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510710280
ISBN-13: 978-1510710283
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches

When Mom tells Logan that Java is joining his soccer team, the Purple Wombats, he’s not thrilled. It’s a lot of work teaching his new robot cousin how to act like a human—and keeping him out of trouble—and Logan needs a break.

Still, being programmed for success means that Java’s also great at scoring. He might just turn the Wombats into a championship team, beating Sherry and Jerry Silverspoon and their Red Polar Bears . . . if he’d just let the other kids play, too. After being replaced as the Wombats’ MVP, Logan’s had enough.

But when Java gets wet and goes on the fritz, can the whole team—even a short-circuiting Java—come together to score the winning goal?

The second in a fantastically funny new chapter book series by internationally bestselling author Nancy Krulik and her daughter, Amanda Burwasser, Soccer Shocker is destined to win tons of fans.

Age Range: 7 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Series: Project Droid (Book 2)
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510710299
ISBN-13: 978-1510710290
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.4 inches

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Hawaii Hardcover BookA HIGH-ALTITUDE BLIZZARD, BUBBLING RIVERS OF LAVA, AND BEACHES WITH RAGING SURF; one thing’s for sure: The Hawaiian Islands offer no shortage of adventure! Teaming up with fellow explorer, Alana Aukai, thrill-seeking twins Gannon and Wyatt begin an expedition to study rarely visited parts of this Pacific paradise. When an ancient map is found on a drowning archeologist, the explorers shift their attention to uncovering the map’s secrets. To their astonishment, they discover that it might lead to one of Hawaii’s most puzzling mysteries—the burial place of the islands’ most-revered ruler, King Kamehameha the Great! Adding danger to an already perilous journey, someone else is after the map—someone who seems willing to do just about anything to get it.

In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook comes the adventure series Travels with Gannon & Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled the world. You never know what they will encounter as they venture into the wild, but one thing is certain—wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

Series: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626343071
ISBN-13: 978-1626343078
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches

The Adventures of Celia Kaye Hardcover BookCelia Kaye is a little girl who has something she thinks she needs to hide. She goes to great lengths to keep her mysterious secret concealed from her friends by becoming a master storyteller.

It is often difficult and frustrating for children to navigate food allergies and intolerances. This book is designed to help kids cope with and understand not only celiac disease, but all differences.

Kids will follow Celia Kaye on her adventures as she creates stories about her limitations using unlimited imagination.

Hardcover: 38 pages
Publisher: Bent Frame (November 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996432906
ISBN-13: 978-0996432900
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating Hardcover BookPeep can’t wait to go trick-or-treating with Egg. But Egg is NOT trick-or-treating! No way, no how. With monsters, witches, and mummies out there, it is just too scary. Even when Peep tells Halloween jokes to soothe Egg’s fears, Egg is not cracking. How can Peep help Egg realize that trick-or-treating isn’t so scary when you have someone you love by your side?

Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
Series: Peep and Egg
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0374301220
ISBN-13: 978-0374301224
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches

The Truthful Story PaperbackWhen ten-year-old Genevieve Donovan’s Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she’s loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. Even Daduh, Nannie’s dearest friend and longtime housekeeper, doesn’t know what to make of Nannie’s death. Was it an accident, or did the drunkard son of a local businessman play a role? What’s more, ever since Nannie passed, Genny has been hearing and seeing things she’s not sure she can share with anyone except her mother, whose own grief is making it harder and harder to get through to her. Seeking answers, longing for guidance, and unsure if Mama will ever be the same again, Genny gingerly forges a path out of childhood and into adolescence. As Genny struggles to understand justice, healing, and a world in which Nannie is gone but still present, The Truthful Story traces a family’s difficult journey through the pain of loss and the survival of love.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Unlock The Weird! HardcoverRipley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! 2017 is bursting with 100% ALL NEW facts, features, and photos from around the world—all verified to be 100% TRUE! From weird feats to bizarre food, strange animals, and more, this brand-new collection of Ripley’s stories and photos includes exclusive features not found anywhere else. Filled with thousands of unbelievably strange oddities to discover, children and adults alike will find a new favorite on every page.

All true, 100% ALL NEW, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! 2017 will amaze and astound readers from the first to the last page. Hair-raising photographs, incredible stories, and the mind-blowing facts Ripley’s is famous for promise hours of entertainment for every Ripley fan! With thousands of stories—including submissions from readers around the world—you’ll discover something new each time you read it!

Series: ANNUAL (Book 13)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609911652
ISBN-13: 978-1609911652
Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Growing Up Gourmet: 125 Healthy Meals for Everybody and Every Baby HardcoverGarlic, cinnamon, cardamom, sage, basil—you’ll be amazed by what your baby will eat! Here are 125 healthy, delicious, kitchen-tested, and pediatric dietician-approved baby food recipes that will nurture your child’s adventurous palate and guarantee smiles from everyone at the dinner table.

Growing Up Gourmet is a total guide to your baby and toddler’s diet. Jennifer Carlson built her business, Baby Gourmet, into one of the top-selling organic baby food brands in North America—and she’ll show you how to make nutritious, delicious, home-cooked meals that will complement your child’s development schedule and make everyone else in the family happy too. Her mouth-watering recipes reduce picky eating and introduce your baby to the wide world of textures and tastes, from veggies such as kale and fennel, to grains such as amaranth and spelt, to herbs and spices such as turmeric and ginger that will help you avoid added sugar, salt, colorings, and preservatives.

As a busy mother of two, Jen understands that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by feeding struggles and the sheer mass of parenting information, not to mention the challenges of finding time to make wholesome, flavorful meals from scratch. In this essential guide, she clearly lays out everything you need to know about feeding your baby: when to wean; how to get the right nutrients at every stage; how to deal with finicky eating habits; which foods will treat gassiness, colic, constipation, low iron, or poor sleep; and how to adapt your special dietary considerations for your child. As daunting as it may seem, there are shortcuts and techniques to make it all manageable, whether you’re cooking for a single little one or a family of five and counting.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (June 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501110551
ISBN-13: 978-1501110559
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

BookA runaway bestseller in Japan, now available in English for the first time, Life Works Itself Out is an unforgettable collection of adorable cat photos and sage life advice that will appeal to fans of Texts from Mittens, I Could Pee on This, and Grumpy Cat.

Humans could learn a thing or two from cats—and Life Works Itself Out is here to relay all of kittendom’s accumulated wisdom to mankind, one loveable photo and wise aphorism at a time.

A mega-bestseller in Japan (where it has sold more than 700,000 copies), this book is filled with inspirational quotes and entertaining four-color photographs of cats that range from the heartwarming to the humorous. Whether you’re feeling down and looking for a lift, or you need some lighthearted life advice, who better to turn to than man’s TRUE best friend—the trusty feline. The purr-fect pick-me-up or gift book, Life Works Itself Out will have cat lovers pawing through its pages over and over again.

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (October 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501127853
ISBN-13: 978-1501127854
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches

BookFor fans who loved bestsellers like Underwater Dogs and Shake comes Flying Dogs, a fun and stunning photography book capturing adorable dogs from a unique perspective: mid-air.

Inspired by her Frisbee-loving pup, Flinn, photographer Julia Christe set out to photograph the athleticism and freedom of dogs leaping in mid-air. She published some of these images of airborne canines digitally, and they quickly went viral with features in The Guardian, Huffington Post, and on the Today show.

The delightful result prompted her to capture other dogs from this hilarious and unique perspective. Featuring over 120 airborne dogs of all breeds and sizes—from the tiniest of Chihuahuas to full-grown Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds—Flying Dogs is the delightful, swooping sensation that will have dog lovers laughing out loud and begging for more! (And never fear: No dogs were harmed in the making of this book.)

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (October 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501145886
ISBN-13: 978-1501145889
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches

1-2-3 Magic Teen bookHelp your teens grow into the very best versions of themselves!

From rule-breaking and risk-taking to defensive communication and disrespect, parenting a teenager can feel like modern warfare–but it doesn’t have to be that way. In 1-2-3 Magic Teen, internationally renowned parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan explains how to better understand your teenager, which problems are not worth fighting over, and why your child’s behavior likely matches the definition of a normal adolescent! With helpful, straightforward advice backed up by research and parent-tested strategies, 1-2-3 Magic Teen will help you establish a calmer, more respectful home and family life and show you how to guide your teenager into healthy, functional young adulthood.

• Learn the Language: Communicate with open and engaging language, and listen to your teenager the right way.
• Establish Expectations: Learn how to set limits while still encouraging independent decision-making and helping your child develop their emotional intelligence.
• Stay in Touch: Allow your teen to open up to you in more meaningful and inclusive ways through four simple connection building strategies.’
• Take Care of Yourself: Take time to maintain your own emotional well-being to avoid allowing your own anxieties and stresses to influence your children

You’ll also find tools and advice tailored for the challenges of a teen lifestyle, including:
• Forgetting to do chores
• Absence in family outings
• Drop in grades
• Missed curfews
• Parties and drinking
• Work responsibilities

The author of the million-copy parenting bestseller 1-2-3 Magic applies his time-tested, trusted advice in this straightforward, encouraging guide that walks parents through the ups and downs of teen life, allowing them to help their kids gain confidence and push toward independence.

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks; 4 edition (November 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492637890
ISBN-13: 978-1492637899
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches

Outdoor Science Lab for KidsLearn physics, chemistry and biology in your own backyard!

At-home science provides an environment for freedom, creativity and invention that is not always possible in a school setting. In your own backyard, it’s simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments using the great outdoors. Science can be found all around in nature. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids offers 52 fun science activities for families to do together. The experiments can be used as individual projects, for parties, or as educational activities for groups. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids will tempt families to learn about physics, chemistry and biology in their backyards. Learn scientific survival skills and even take some experiments to the playground! Many of the experiments are safe enough for toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science together.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 2 – 5
Series: Lab Series
Flexibound: 144 pages
Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631591150
ISBN-13: 978-1631591150
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches

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September’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.

The Jungle Book (BD + DVD + Digital HD) [Blu-ray] In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (IRON MAN), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, THE JUNGLE BOOK is “stunning” (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter).

Actors: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o
Directors: Jon Favreau
Writers: Screenplay by Justin Marks, Based on the Book by Rudyard Kipling
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2016
Run Time: 106 minutes

ABC Monsters 1-4 DVD'sMeet the ABC Monsters! They are big, hairy and not very scary. The ABC Monsters are on the loose and only Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry can catch them. 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 clean 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 always curious and happy creatures so they tend to wander off from Alphabet Gardens and get lost in the process. In each adventure Alice and her good friends Brian and Cherry Berry, must search high and low for one of the missing monsters. Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children’s imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.

Odd Squad: Creature Encounters DVD When it comes to dealing with bizarre situations, the agents of Odd Squad are ready for the challenge. Join agents Olive and Otto as they interrogate a mummy, a unicorn, and a robot that escaped from library books; work to find a powerful weapon that can defeat the Hydraclops; and go back in time to prevent dinosaurs from destroying headquarters. Olive and Otto work to save the day and set things right!

Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Dubbed: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2016
Run Time: 75 minutes

The Little Prince Read-Aloud Storybook HardcoverThe Little Prince, adapted for children and illustrated with the magnificent original images from the film. A book full of tenderness, designed to help youngsters discover the magic of the universal masterpiece by Saint-Exupery.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Series: The Little Prince
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Abridged edition (November 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544792556
ISBN-13: 978-0544792555

The Barefoot Book of ChildrenInnovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about children around the globe and ponder their own place in it. Created with the guidance of diversity specialists, this groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction addresses the need for children’s books that depict diversity, while simultaneously demonstrating the interconnectedness and uniqueness of all people.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
School & Library Binding: 64 pages
Publisher: Barefoot Books (October 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1782852964
ISBN-13: 978-1782852964
Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches

See You Later, Alligator HardcoverA departing tortoise has his bags packed and is almost ready to set out on an adventure, but he can’t leave until he says good-bye to each of his animal friends. The tortoise stops for every last timid mouse and bumblebee, shouting his rhyming good-byes, making you wonder if, perhaps, he’s stalling the start of his trip.

His animal friends appear startled as he suddenly pops up on each page to say adieu—especially the perplexed rhinoceros the tortoise mistakes for a unicorn! With each farewell, the tortoise’s good-byes get sillier and more creative. When will the good-byes end and the adventure begin?

See You Later, Alligator is a silly story with bright, engaging illustrations and expressive, rhyming text that children will want to read—and giggle through—again and again.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510704841
ISBN-13: 978-1510704848
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches

That's Not the Monster We Ordered Hardcover BookThe day the Turner family gets their very own monster is a momentous event in the neighborhood. Everyone gathers for the occasion. The monster can roar louder than a lion, leap down the stairs better than any Slinky, and eat grass so no one needs to mow. Based on the Turners’ experience, investing in a monster seems like a great idea!

Except, the monster that shows up isn’t the monster they ordered at all. Their monster likes to pull pranks and paint murals, and when he eats grass, he gets gas! He isn’t a good baker and he smells! Will the family return their defective monster? Or will the monster find a way to win their love?

That’s Not the Monster We Ordered is a fun twist on household pets but full of enough silly antics to warrant rereads. As in Gorillas in Our Midst and My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur, Fairgray and Jones have blended imagination into the real world, creating an entertaining story everyone will enjoy.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510711368
ISBN-13: 978-1510711365

I Am So Bored! Hardcover BookA little bear is bored and has no idea what to do with himself. He tries to find a friend to play with him, but no one is around or available yet. Dejected, the little bear lays down on the ground with nothing to do but to stare at the sky or the grass. How boring!

Slowly, though, as he sits still, the world begins to come alive around him and his senses are awakened. The grass and the forest around him and the sky above him seem like a very different place and the bear finds himself full of curiosity. He sees things he hasn’t seen before like the shapes in the clouds and feels things he hasn’t felt before like the vibration of a bird’s wings.

I Am So Bored! is a book about imagination, slowing down the pace of life, and the power of all five senses. Take a journey with the little bear as he realizes the beauty of life that exists in the world around him. The perfect story to help little ones wind down and to take a break from screen time. Remember: boredom can sometimes be the best way to have fun.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (September 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510706763
ISBN-13: 978-1510706767
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches

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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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May’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.

When Calls The Heart: Troubled HeartsBig revelations are in store for Hope Valley as Elizabeth moves into her own rowhouse, dismaying Jack, who has been planning to build a new home for the both of them. Rosemary discovers that Lee has taken out a loan and worries that he is in financial difficulties. And Jesse, the young drifter who works in Abigail’s kitchen, has information that could ruin Pastor Frank’s good standing in Hope Valley, and begins his plan to extort the pastor with an old “Wanted”, poster…

Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends DVDEveryone knows “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but after that story ended… a remarkable friendship began! Team up with best buddies GOLDIE & BEAR on amazing adventures as they laugh, play and learn important life lessons in wondrous Fairytale Forest. Climb a beanstalk with Jack, try on Little Red’s famous hood, outsmart the tricky Big Bad Wolf — and much more. Join GOLDIE & BEAR — and your favorite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters — for magical, song-filled fun you’ll treasure today and ever after!

Norm Of The North When Norm the polar bear learns that humans are moving to his Arctic home, he heads to New York City with a ragtag team of lemmings to try to stop them. Norm has ”oodles of charm” in this cool adventure the whole family will love.

Actors: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Zachary Gordon, Ken Jeong
Directors: Trevor Wall
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 2
Rated:PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: LIONSGATE
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2016
Run Time: 90 minutes

Wildflower DVDCreatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray (Nathalia Ramos, House of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, Not Today), a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust as they seek to unlock a cold-case mystery from years before. But with the authorities blocking the way, Chloe’s new-found hope is challenged in this powerful story of faith, triumph and healing.

Actors: Nathalia Ramos, Cody Longo, Shari Rigby, Alex Steele
Directors: Nicholas DiBella
Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1
Number of discs: 1
Rated:PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: PROVIDENT
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2016
Run Time: 90 minutes

Bubble Guppies: Fun On The Farm Bubble Guppies fans won’t want to miss this new collection of fantastic farm-themed episodes in Bubble Guppies: Fun on the Farm. This new collection explores the world of farming as the Bubble Guppies meet new animal friends like Bubble Kitty and Spring Chicken, and join in exciting farm events like the Cowgirl Parade. In the five featured episodes, the Bubble Guppies meet new friends that oink, moo and buzz, having tons of farming fun along the way.

Bubble Guppies: Fun on the Farm includes the following episodes:
Have a Cow!
The Cowgirl Parade!
The Spring Chicken is Coming!
The Bubble Bee-Athalon!
Bubble Kitty!

Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Number of discs: 1
Rated:NR Not Rated
Studio: Nickelodeon
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2016
Run Time: 120 minutes

Transformers Robots In Disguise: Season 1 When a Cybertronian prison ship filled with Decepticons crash lands on Earth and unleashes its prisoners, Bumblebee returns to the planet he once called home and with his team (Strongarm, Sideswipe, Fixit and Grimlock) tracks the escapees down in order to bring them to justice. Along with their new human allies, Denny and Russell, this unlikely team of robots in disguise must protect the Earth while preparing for an ominous threat suited only for a Prime.

Includes All 26 Episodes Of Season One!

Actors: Constance Zimmer, Darren Criss
Directors: Various
Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 4
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2016
Run Time: 570 minutes

The Finest Hours DVDBased on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history, THE FINEST HOURS is a tale of courage, loyalty and honor in the face of overwhelming odds. When a massive storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, it rips a T-2 oil tanker in half, trapping more than 30 sailors on its rapidly sinking stern. As Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his crew set out in a 12-seat rescue boat to save them, Chief Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to buy his men more time. Packed with heroic larger-than-life action and driven by the men’s faith in their mission, themselves and one another, THE FINEST HOURS is a triumph.

Kindergarten Cop 2 DVDDolph Lundgren and Bill Bellamy star in the hilarious next chapter of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, Kindergarten Cop. To recover stolen data in a progressive school, the FBI’s toughest agent (Lundgren) must go undercover on his most difficult assignment yet: teaching a class full of liberal kindergartners. Kindergarten Cop 2 is an action-­packed comedy the whole family will love!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon DVDPut on your sneakers and get ready for the greatest sporting event ever! Join referee Goofy and all your Clubhouse Pals from earth and outer space as they compete in wonderfully wacky games. Share the excitement — and a sky-high view of the action — as sportscasters Pete and Donald Duck broadcast live from above in the Sport-y-Thon Blimp! Who will earn a prized Golden Mickey Medal? Help our heroes discover that with teamwork and good sportsmanship, everybody wins! Jam-packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, MICKEY’S SPORT-Y-THON will have you calling for an instant replay!

Actors: Russi Taylor, Bret Iwan, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), 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: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2016
Run Time: 132 minutes

Mack & Moxy: The Great Helpee Heroes DVDJoin Mack, a lovable, moose-like lummox, and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox go-getter, on four exciting adventures! Together with a helpful Trooper, Mack & Moxy set out to rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. Along the way, Mack & Moxy meet a new Friend in Need who ends up teaching us a new important cause. Let’s embark on the first adventure! Mack & Moxy set out on a colorful adventure to HelpeeLand in search of a Great Helpee. Along the way, they met Nolie, a loveable little puffball who has never had any friends to play with. As the Heroes become her first friends, they share and sing about the joys of reading books. Guest celebrity, Josh Duhamel (Transformers, All My Children), helps the Heroes mission in support of Save the Children, providing quality preschool programs to under served children around the world since 1932. In this DVD, Mack & Moxy introduce us to Save the Children, American Red Cross, Feeding America, and World Wildlife Fund. Other guest celebrities featured include Kal Penn (House M.D., How I Met Your Mother) and Eva LaRue (CSI Miami, All My Children). Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.

Actors: Mack & Moxy
Directors: NCircle Entertainment
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated:NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2016
Run Time: 80 minutes

Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists This delightful box features one hundred postcards from ten celebrated artists exploring the subject of food. These extraordinary cards in our popular box format offer a rich variety of imagery from various mediums, from photography and collage to painting and illustration. An accompanying booklet on the artists includes information on creative processes and cooking styles from each contributor. Perfect for correspondence or display, this newest postcard box is a must for anyone interested in food and art.

Wealth and Celebrity in the Gilded Age PaperbackLarz and Isabel Anderson were wealthy socialites whose extraordinary lives spanned a century of American history-from the Civil War to World War II. Their world included dozens of celebrities who helped define modern culture and politics: Henry and Clover Adams, Alice Pike Barney, Cecilia Beaux, Lord and Lady Curzon, Maud Howe Elliott, Henry James, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Robert Todd Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, and William Howard Taft.

In his dual biography based on six years of archival research, Stephen Moskey offers a fresh look into America’s Gilded Age while focusing not just on the lives of the Andersons, but also on the intersection of wealth, celebrity, politics, gender, and race as one century ended and another began. While leading others back in time, Moskey shines a light on Larz’s professional achievements as well as Isabel’s emergence as an American woman of the early modern era whose words and deeds anticipated women’s roles in culture and society today.

Larz and Isabel Anderson shares the story of a glittering Gilded Age couple as they lived, worked, prospered, and gave back during a fascinating time in America’s history.

Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (April 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1491788747
ISBN-13: 978-1491788745
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus (Hardcover) Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.

Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.

These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son.

Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (March 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310357799
ISBN-13: 978-0310357797
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches

The Boy with a Bamboo HeartOrphaned at the age of five in a rural Thai village, Lek is thrust into a life-long struggle to find his place in the world. Alone and impoverished, he treads a precarious path, barely surviving in the markets of Surin until, at age fifteen, he finds himself brandishing a rifle as a boy soldier in the Cambodian jungle. Despair leads him to two suicide attempts. He is hell-bent on succeeding on his third try, but a stranger intervenes and offers him hope. Thus begins Lek’s journey to become Dr. Amporn Wathanavongs, foster father to more than 50,000 Thai children. Driven to become a reputable member of society, he returns to his boyhood village to study at the local temple. But when his vows as a monk collide with his desire to learn English and have a family, he must choose between settling for a safe and predictable life, or risk living as a vagrant on the streets of Bangkok while searching for a way to make his dream a reality.

Through the generous support of a Jesuit missionary working in Thailand, he achieves his objectives. But having a family, a formal education, and a respectable job in social work are not enough. He perseveres and finds his true calling helping others. With the exotic landscape of Thailand as a backdrop, Boy with A Bamboo Heart tells the story of one man’s quest for happiness.”

Surviving Alzheimer's With Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine PaperbackWith unfiltered observations and sometimes dark humor, author Dayna Steele chronicled her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s on Facebook. This collection of Alzheimer’s updates posted on the social media network includes biting humor and raw emotion as Dayna carries you from the diagnosis to the inevitable end. Also included are sections from a neurologist, Long Term Care insurance specialist, other caregivers, documents expert, elder care attorney, and an assisted living advisor. This is a journey way too many of us are going to experience in one way or another. If you have to experience Alzheimer’s and chances are you will – do it like Dayna with love, wit, and wine. I would normally never read a book about Alzheimer’s or click LIKE on a Facebook post about someone’s declining mother. Dayna Steele sneaked past my defenses the same way that she dealt with her own misery – with humor – by making me laugh, she managed to break my heart. –Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle Gray Matters These observations are so gripping and so graphic. –a Facebook comment This book is going to be of tremendous help to so many. –Dr. Roy Goldberg, Geriatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Daily Success Publishing (March 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1519370849
ISBN-13: 978-1519370846

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