Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Little Kids

December 5, 2013

OK, now that Books for Big Kids are covered, here are some of our favorite picture books, great gifts for your little ones. As always, these books and more recommendations can be found in the Media Macaroni store. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea Unicorn thinks he’s pretty great. Well, that’s how it […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Big Kids

December 4, 2013

This list includes all of my favorite books I’ve read recently that I think your kids will enjoy, too. The list includes some Newbery winners, some assassins, some Star Wars, and some books written by friends of mine. And, as always, these have been added to my recommendation engine, my Media Macaroni store. Give books! Delilah […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Games!

November 30, 2013

This next gift guide is dedicated to the games we love and want, digital and non. As usual, I’ve also popped these recommendations into the Media Macaroni store. Skylanders Swap Force Skylanders fans have undoubtedly added the new Swap Force to their list, now with the ability to swap the tops and bottoms of Skylanders […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Toys!

November 27, 2013

It’s that special shopping time of year, so I thought I’d put together some gift guides that double as a highlight of all the cool stuff I’ve been seeing lately. My apologies to Hanukkah gift-givers that may have needed these guides, but Hanukkah came so darn early this year! Here’s a look at toys for […]

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10 Things to Know About Catching Fire

November 22, 2013

Here’s my review of Catching Fire. If you’re read and enjoyed the book and/or saw and enjoyed The Hunger Games: go see it. It’s great. You probably don’t even need me to tell you that. But here are some things I’ll tell you about the movie (no spoilers). 1. All new casting is perfect, particularly […]

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Disney’s Frozen: Winter is Coming

November 18, 2013

Outside of the teaser trailer and some posters, I new little about Frozen going into it. Olive and her best friend joined me at the press preview, and we all left delighted. The girls chattered about the movie the whole subway ride home, surely spoiling some of the spoils for our fellow riders. Even when you go […]

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Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective

November 2, 2013

On the cover of the book, above the author’s name, are the words “Academy Award-Winning Actress.” Cue the eye roll. “Oh, great,” you think as you roll your eyes, “because winning an Oscar sooooo qualifies you to write a children’s book. Writing books for kids is sooooo easy.” The actress in question is Octavia Spencer, […]

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Sounds Like Halloween!

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Here are a couple new songs by marvelous people to get you in the Halloween spirit, both about making awesome homemade costumes. Though I *might* have bought my kids’ costumes this year, I love the homemade ones the best. Grab a free download of three Halloween songs by the Flannery Brothers while you […]

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Didn’t We All Have a Basmati Bat Mitzvah?

October 23, 2013

I was delighted at BookExpo earlier this year when I ran into Paula Freedman, a former work colleague, and she handed me a review copy of her debut novel, My Basmati Bat Mitzvah. My Basmati Bat Mitzvah centers on Tara Feinstein, an Indian-Jewish-American girl who is struggling to balance her Indian side with her Jewish […]

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NYCC: KidzVuz and Fangirls

October 21, 2013

One of the highlights of New York Comic Con for me this year was Olive’s first outing as a reporter for the fabulous tween video review site, KidzVuz. Olive interviewed Ashley Eckstein, known to kids as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and known to fangirls as the creator of the Her […]

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