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Scholastic Introduces Two New Storybook Treasures

scholasticScholastic will release two new DVDs from the award-winning Scholastic Storybook Treasures line—Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late and Children Make Terrible Pets.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late features three animated adaptations of stories by author Mo Willems. Narrators for these stories include Cher Willems, John Scieszka, and Mo Willems himself. Features on the Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late DVD include a read-along function, an interview with Mo Willems, and the recipe for Edwina’s chocolate chip cookies .

Peter Brown’s beloved children’s book also arrives on the small screen as the featured story in Children Make Terrible Pets. In the animated tale, a young bear named Lucy means a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home. Her mother, however, cautions her that children make terrible pets. Lucy then sets out to prove her mother wrong.

USAopoly Debuts The Walking Dead-Inspired Board Games

WalkingdeadUSAopoly, under license by Hasbro, Inc. will debut Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition and Risk: The Walking Dead Survival Edition. Each game is based off Robert Kirkman’s comic book series and graphic novels. The games relate to the comic in detail as seen through game tokens, playing cards, the playing board itself, and other details.

Available exclusively from Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Diamond Comic Distributor, both games will be released in late September.

 

Hasbro Introduces My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls

13hasbro-articleLargeStraight from the halls of Canterlot high, the My Little Pony Equestria Girls dolls are six best friends with a flair for fashion and fun. Each doll in the collection comes dressed in an ultra-chic look and features her signature cutie splash, a unique design similar to the cutie marks on their pony alter egos. Girls will love to share styles between their favorite My Little Pony Equestria Girls friends, as each doll has an interchangeable fashion skirt and shoes in addition to a signature accessory. Each My Little Pony Equestria Girls doll comes complete with a Canterlot High membership ID card. Each doll sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com 

Kidz Bop 24 Release Coincides with Kidz Star USA Competition

image001Kidz Bop 24, the latest volume in the best-selling Kidz Bop audio series, is the sixth consecutive Kidz Bop title to debut in the Top 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Timed with the release of Kidz Bop 24, Kidz Bop launched its annual talent competition, Kidz Star USA, America’s biggest online talent search for kids ages 15 and under. This summer, Kidz Bop has teamed up with Six Flags Entertainment to bring The Official Kidz Star Live Audition Tour to 10 different Six Flags Theme Parks, where kids can audition live for the first time ever. Aspiring young singers can enter for their chance to win an RCA Records recording contract in two ways. Kids can upload a 90-second performance video to KidzBop.com or audition in person at select Six Flags Theme Parks.

Auditions and activities are free with paid park admission. TV and film star Jennette McCurdy is this year’s celebrity mentor and will help select the 2013 Kidz Star USA Grand Prize Winner. Four finalists will be flown to Hollywood to compete on stage at a Six Flags Magic Mountain finale event on September 28, where McCurdy will make a special appearance and help determine who will be crowned the next Kidz star. The winner will be announced this October.

Josh &The Jamtones to Release New CD

PromoImage.jpgBoston-based kindie rock band Josh & the Jamtones are ready to break new ground with the release of its second kids’/family CD, Bear Hunt!

Bear Hunt!  introduces an array of musical styles, all delivered with a sense of current musical taste, from New Orleans-style street music, roots/reggae, second-wave ska, pure folk, folk-punk, alt-country, and classic country/bluegrass.

Bear Hunt! will be released on October 1. Josh & the Jamtones will perform live September 21 and 22 at the Life is Good Festival in Canton, Mass., November 24 at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, Mass., and February 1 at the Symphony Space in New York City.

Rubik’s Cube Enthusiasts Compete for World Championship

rubiksMore than 575 competitors from 37 countries made the trip to Las Vegas this weekend in an attempt to make it into Rubik’s Cube history at this years Rubik’s Cube World Championship. The three-day event took place at the Riviera Hotel & Casino where some of the world’s best Rubik’s Cube solvers competed in more than 15 classic and non-traditional official cubing events.

After three straight days of competition, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia won with the fastest average time for solving the classic 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in 8.18 seconds. The bi-annual World Rubik’s Cube Championship is comprised of 17 official events, with the culmination being the crowning of the 3×3 Rubik’s Cube champion.

Out of town Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts were able to follow the competition from start to finish via live updates on the Rubik’s Cube Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages using #RubiksWorldChamps.

Brush Buddies Launches Smurf-Themed Toothbrushes

BRUSH BUDDIES SMURFSIn anticipation of Sony Pictures Animation’s release of The Smurfs 2, in theaters July 31, Brush Buddies announces a partnership with Sony Pictures Consumer Products for the launch of Brush Buddies Smurfs Poppin’ toothbrushes, Brush Buddies Smurfs Talking Toothbrushes, and Brush Buddies Smurfs manual toothbrushes. This collection will be the newest addition to the Brush Buddies licensed toothbrush collection.

The Poppin’ and Talking line is designed with safety features in mind for kids ages 2 to 11 years old. The products are BPA free with soft DuPont Tynex Bristles and designed with an ergonomic handle that easily fits a child’s hands.

To order your own Smurfs Poppin’ or Talking Toothbrushes, visit www.brushbuddies.com/thesmurfs.  The products are also available at Toys “R” Us and Walmart.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious George’s Town App

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt debuts Curious George’s Town for iPad and iPhone. Developed for preschool- to kindergarten-aged children, Curious George’s Town teaches smart saving and spending habits while engaging kids in creating a virtual world complete with roller coasters, dinosaurs, and farm animals, as well as neighborhood staples such as the pet store, bakery, and fire station.

The app features a unique reward chart that parents and caregivers can customize by assigning a specific coin value to a list of real-world tasks—such as cleaning up toys—incentivizing children to complete real-life responsibilities. Kids can also supplement their stockpile of virtual savings by tackling in-app educational games.

Curious George’s Town from HMH Kids on Vimeo.

COMMENTARY: Clifford The Big Red Dog Helps Explain The Science Behind Rainbows

Lindsay723.2Clifford The Big Red Dog is such a classic, lovable cartoon character, so it is fitting that Scholastic has a Clifford-themed science kit about something as spectacular as rainbows. Who doesn’t love to look to the sky and see an array of colors that seem to have magically appeared there after a rainy day? I know I sure do—almost as much as I loved Clifford growing up. Clifford The Big Red Dog Rainbow Science, part of The Young Scientists Club, is for ages 3 and up and is an experiment kit that teaches kids the science behind rainbows, while encouraging them to take an active role in their learning. Included in the kit is an informative manual advising close adult supervision for all experiments, and all the materials: a pipette, three test tubes, a funnel, test tube holders, wells, six pieces of chromatography paper, crayons, rainbow glasses, a measuring cup, a pencil, a mirror, and a white circular cardboard. Common household materials are needed for the experiments as well. The bottom of every experiment page provides explanation for the outcome and there are illustrations outlining each step to every experiment, which I found to be very helpful once I was actually experimenting.

The first two experiments are dubbed “milk rainbow” and “rainbow star.” Both call for milk to be poured into the provided plastic bowl and for kids to add a drop of yellow, red, and blue food coloring (which must be provided from home). The child is than instructed to add one drop of liquid dish soap to the middle of the bowl. The point of these experiments is to show kids the liquid soap breaking the surface tensions of the milk, causing the color droplets to mix together and in with the milk. The next few pages of the manual feature experiments that teach kids how to use and clean the pipette properly, be creative and come up with their own secondary colors from primary colors, and decorate the chromatography paper provided from the kit. The next three experiments use vegetable oil, which must also be provided from home. The purpose of the “colored bubbles in oil,” “rainbow color explosions,” and “colored bubbles in a tube” experiments are to show kids that since oil and water don’t like to mix, the watered food color will not dissolve into the oil, causing bubbles to form and even explode when the oil and water are mixed in one of the test tubes. [Read more...]

Hasbro and The Walt Disney Co. Unveil Partnership Plans

Hasbro-logo-jpgHasbro, Inc. and The Walt Disney Co. are expanding their merchandising relationship for major Disney entertainment properties Marvel and Star Wars.

The Marvel amendment extends Hasbro’s global rights to Marvel characters for an additional two years running through 2020. Hasbro will continue to develop a wide range of toys and games for Marvel’s global Universe of more than 8,000 characters, including Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Iron Man.

Following the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, the two companies sought to align the terms of both the Marvel and Lucasfilm agreements. The Marvel extension is in line with the term for Hasbro’s rights for the Star Wars franchise, which also runs through 2020. Both agreements cover entertainment, including all film and television properties, for the respective franchises during the period and include similar product categories.