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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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