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Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm becoming one of THOSE people...

First, an apology for not posting original content more often.  (Because I'm sure you all miss it!)  It's odd because this semester is so much less stressful than last semester, but I seem to be busier! 

Anyway, I have always hated when someone tells you they will call you later or email you something and then they don't.  Sure, I will probably miss their call anyway, but it's the thought that they didn't keep "their word."  (I'm making it sound like a bigger deal than it actually is.)    Well, I've become one of those people- but only when it comes to emailing.  I've found in the last couple weeks I've told several people I will email them- and then I forget.  Then there's the clearing out of my inbox.  This is usually something I try to do weekly.  I only keep things in my inbox if it is something I have to do or respond to.  Then once I've done them, I get to delete them... well, I have some things that have been in there since the beginning of February and I just keep putting them off and putting them off.  And don't get me started on my lack of blogging!  I'd like to say I don't have time, but that is not true.  I just haven't been inspired.

So I guess this could be seen as a little bit of a confessional or a self scolding blog, but I just had to get it off my chest.

Have any of you become one of THOSE people or do you know one?  How do you deal with it?

Nick Jr. Favorites: Go Green! DVD Review and Giveaway ***CLOSED***

I just love when Nickelodeon comes out with these compilation DVDs.  This way my kids feel as though they are actually watching the cartoons as they would be shown on TV in the mornings.  The line up is fantastic and there is not one show on it that my kids don't like!

Go Green!  is great because it is coming in time for Earth Day and features episodes that show the characters caring for the planet in some form.  This DVD contains the following episodes:

  • Dora the Explorer- Bugga Bugga
  • Go, Diego, Go!- Manatee's Mermaid Rescue!
  • The Wonder Pets!- Save the Tree/Save the Elephant
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!- Green
  • Blue's Clues- What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things?
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan- The Place Where We All Live
Does it make me sad that I've seen all these episodes before?  Lol.  But seriously, when they say that Nick, Jr. is like preschool on TV, they are not kidding.  My kids learn so much from watching these shows that it amazes me!  Each show features different learning skills and techniques.  And now they can learn a little about the environment too!!

Nick Jr. Favorites: Go Green!  Releases on DVD March 30!!!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Nickelodeon and its reps are nice enough to provide one copy for giveaway!!  This contest will end April 9 at noon and is open to US residents only.  There is only one way to enter for this giveaway, however, each day you tweet counts as an additional entry.

To enter:  You must do all of the following.  Follow Nick, Jr. DVD AND Nickelodeon DVD on Twitter.  Then, post a link to this giveaway using #nickjr as a hash tag and mentioning one of the two Nickelodeon twitter accounts listed in the post (if you have room, you can mention me in the tweet as well.)  After following them and posting your first tweet, comment the link on here for your first entry.  For additional entries, each day you tweet about this with the necessary inclusions, you can post the link here for an additional entry.

Good luck!!!

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Precious: Oscar Nominee

    This was one of the ones I was most looking forward to seeing- and it didn't disappoint.  I am not a crier, but this movie made me cry!   The storyline was fascinating, the acting was SUPERB!  I can COMPLETELY understand why Mo'Nique won the Oscar... fantastic.

    Precious is 16.  She's pregnant with her second baby.  Both were born out of being raped by her own father, who is her mother's longtime boyfriend.  Her mother is a welfare queen and it's 1987 in Harlem.  Her mother treats her like a slave while she sits in her recliner and watches TV 24/7.  Upon finding out she's pregnant, Precious is expelled from junior high school and is sent to an alternative school.  There she meets Blu Rain, a teacher who becomes pivotal in Precious' life and realizes all the potential that Precious has. Precious' first child is called Mongo, short for Mongloid.  She has down's syndrome and was born on the kitchen floor.  She is being raised by Precious' grandmother and only comes around when the welfare worker comes by so that Precious' mom can claim them both for welfare.

    After giving birth to her son and realizing she's not worthless, thanks to Ms. Rain and her new friends, Precious decides she wants to create a good life for her children and sets about doing so.  We learn throughout the movie all the horrors that have befallen Precious and it's amazing how strong she is.

    Family Time Factor: due to the heavy material and mass quantities of profanity, I would not recommend this for kids under 16.

    MOTR Grade: A

    Have you seen this?  What are your thoughts?

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Up in the Air: Oscar Nominee

    I know the Oscars are over, but I still intend to finish my plan to watch them all and share my thoughts on them with my readers.

    I didn't know anything about Up in the Air before Oscar night.  I knew George Clooney was in it, but that was about it.  Watching clips from it during the Oscars, though, made me really excited to see it- and I was not let down!

    The movie is about a man whose job is to go to different businesses and fire their employees because the employers don't have the kahunas to do it themselves.  He spends all but like 40 days a year flying to these different locations and he loves it.  He is hoping to get to 1 million (or is it 10 million) miles in the air because then he becomes a lifetime member and only 6 people have ever done that.  He is happy with his life and his solitude.  On one of his trips he meets a woman (I love Vera Farmiga!) whom he is very attracted to and who also is a frequent flyer.  They spark up an intimate relationship and make plans to meet when their flights cross paths.  He must return to his homebase in Omaha, Nebraska for a meeting at his company, where he finds out that a young, recent college grad that was hired has come up with a way to fire people via computer so they don't have to actually fly anywhere.  This is horrible news for Clooney's character (whose name I forget, lol).  He can't imagine life without flying.  I think I'll leave it at that, because I don't want to give away the good stuff!

    Family Time Factor:  I'd say 13 and up.  But it's a great date night movie!

    MOTR Grade: A

    If you've seen this, let me know what you thought!  Or let me know if you're going to watch it! 

    Ironmongery and Handy Women

    I am the fixer upper of the house.  And sometimes I like to think of myself as MacGyver.  I am a pretty firm believer that everything can be fixed!  And I don't mind getting my hands dirty.  Picture this: my son was about 2 months old, my daughter was 2 years old and I wanted a screen door.  My poor husband is not that handy, so asking him was out of the question.  I went to the store and picked out a wooden screen door, the door hinge, the door handles, and the all the parts I needed.  I was determined this was going to get done and I was not waiting for my dad or my father-in-law to help.  So, I strapped my son to my chest in a carrier and had my daughter with me on the porch and by george, I put that door up.  And it was fabulous!  I love fresh air!  I thought about this because yesterday it was gorgeous out and I had all the windows open along with my wonderful screen door... that has had to be MacGyver'ed a good many times because the outdoor cats keep ripping the screens.

    Have you ever accomplished a "manly job" that you are eternally proud of?




    This post was sponsored by Ironmongery.

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Music Monday: Weird Al Yankovic "Jurassic Park"

    I actually owned this CD in my youth... I thought it was hysterical back then. I was a dork.

    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    Kendra Season 2 Premiere Airs Tomorrow on E!

    I loved watching The Girls Next Door when Kendra, Bridget and Holly were on. Now, not so much. These new girls don't have enough personality for my taste. So, I was thrilled when Kendra got her own show. And as we all know, she got married and had a baby with NFL player Hank Baskett.

    Now she's back for a new season, but now she's a mom! The premiere episode is full of Kendra trying to adjust to mommyhood, pregnancy weight, drama, family and of course disasters that would only happen to Kendra! I just think Hank is adorable and they make such a cute family.

    If you wanna watch a celebreality show with a genuine good person, look no further than Kendra! The new season premieres tomorrow, March 14 on E! at 10e/9c.

    Veggie Tales: Pistachio Winner

    Congratulations to:

    cherdon!

    She was the winner of this giveaway.

    Thanks to everyone who entered and keep checking back as there are more giveaways coming up!

    Old Dogs Blu-Ray Review

    Normally I'm not a fan of Robin Williams... or John Travolta for that matter. But I was very interested in seeing this movie after watching previews for it. And my thoughts were that it was just okay.

    The premise is that Dan and Charlie have been best friends for years. They are in a lucrative business together as well. Seven years ago after Dan got a divorce, Charlie took him on a wild weekend that ended in Dan getting married to a woman he just met, which quickly ended in an annulment. Well, turns out he got her pregnant and she comes back into his life after those seven years to tell him that she is going to jail for two weeks and that he is a father- to twins!

    With Charlie's help, Dan takes care of the kids while their mother is in jail, while trying to land a huge business deal. There's chaos, laughter, tears and a lot of grandpa jokes.

    I felt like this could have been great, but it wasn't. I did laugh out loud several times, but it was just kind of blah in terms of plot and thought that Kelly Preston's character was not well written. I think the highlight of the movie was Seth Green, who was hysterical in this.

    Family Time Factor: Mild enough for all ages, good family night movie.

    MOTR Grade: C-

    Old Dogs is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray!!!

    Blu-Ray features: • A Collection of Hilarious Deleted Scenes and Bloopers, Audio Commentary

    The single disc Blu-ray Hi-Def version includes the same bonus features, plus:
    “Every Little Step” — A new music video performed by John Travolta and Ella Bleu Travolta

    The three-disc Combo Pack (BD+DVD+Digital Copy) includes all of the above as well

    “You’ve Been A Friend To Me” — A music video performed by Bryan Adams
    “Young Dogs Learn Old Tricks”

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    The Princess and the Frog Blu-Ray Review

    I have been DYING to do this review!!! I went with a group to the theater to see this. It was my friend Sharlyne and her daughter, myself and my daughter, and my friend Michelle whom I set up on a blind date with a guy from work who had no idea what movie we were seeing. The kids dressed up like princesses and we sat down for something both my daughter and I had been excited about for like two years! (That's how long it seemed they were advertising it.)

    This movie blew me away! It was so fantastic and is now third on my list of favorite Disney movies: first being The Little Mermaid and second being Finding Nemo. The story was fantastic, the music was catchy and the visuals were stunning.

    The story is about Tiana, a regular girl whose dream in life is to own a restaurant. That's it. She's not looking for a man, romance of any of that girlie stuff! She's an entrepreneur! While she is catering for her friend Charlotte's party, she gets food knocked onto her and needs to change her dress. Charlotte lets Tiana borrow a dress and now Tiana looks like a princess. Enter Prince Naveen, who has been turned into a frog by the evil Dr. Facilier. Naveen must kiss a princess in order for the spell to be broken. Tiana is not interested until Naveen tells her that he will pay for her restaurant if she does it. Little does she know that Naveen has no money because his parents disinherited him. She kisses him and instead of him turning into a person, Tiana turns into a frog! Now they must try to escape from Dr. Facilier and make it to Mama Odie in hopes that they will be transformed back. They meet many interesting characters along the way.

    My favorite character in the whole movie was Ray, the lightning bug. I laughed so many times during this movie. I cried once. I was very involved in this movie, lol. If you don't watch this movie, you're missing out on a chance to recapture your youth and have a little fun!!

    Family Time Factor: Well, I personally believe it can be enjoyed by any age. There's one part that could be considered scary, but my 4 year old didn't seem to mind it.

    MOTR Grade: A+

    The Princess and the Frog is available on DVD and Blu-Ray March 16!!!

    Blu-Ray features include: deleted scenes, the making of a princess, conjuring the villain, the return to hand-drawn animation, the disney legacy, disney's newest princess, bringing life to aniimation, art galleries, music video by Ne-Yo, the princess portraits game and more!

    The 3 Disc Combo Pack comes with a DVD and Digital copy as well as the Blu-Ray.

    Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye? DVD Review

    If you've never seen an episode of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, you owe it to yourself to watch it at least once. Otherwise, how will you know what all the Miley Cyrus pop culture references are about?

    Hannah Montana is a series about a teen singing sensation who during the day is Miley, a regular, down to earth girl, that moonlights as a star with the persona of Hannah Montana. She is always up to some sort of antics in her pursuit to keep her private life and superstar life separate. She is being raised by her single dad (played by real life dad Billy Ray Cyrus) and her brother.

    Miley Says Goodbye is a new DVD that features the PREMIERE of the Season Three Finale. Yep, you can watch it on DVD before it actually airs on Disney! It includes six episodes from the series. Features guest stars like Cody Linley and David Archuleta. Also includes bonus features like alternate endings, highlights and secrets from Miley's real-life sister!

    The earlier seasons of Hannah Montana are a little hard for me to watch because the acting is so atrocious. But, as the years go by, the acting gets a little better. It's just another one of those sitcoms that you get attached to the characters and find yourself wondering what they'll be up to next. This season was especially well acted, however I CAN NOT STAND the brother... oy vey!!!

    Family Time Factor: If you're looking for a sitcom that is kid appropriate and family oriented, this suits the ticket perfectly. You can easily watch this with the whole family and not have to worry about inappropriate content. Younger kids will find it silly and older kids will enjoy the storyline. Plus, there's the occasional good song.

    MOTR Grade: B

    Miley Says Goodbye is now available on DVD!!!

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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    Monday, March 8, 2010

    Music Monday: Carol Burnett sings "Little Girls" from Annie

    This was my favorite movie growing up and someday I WILL play this part on stage!! I loooooooooved this part!!!

    2010 Oscar Winners

    If you've been following my posts, you'll know I really liked the Hurt Locker and it was my pick for Best Picture (take that, James Cameron!!) I'm really disappointed that District 9 didn't win anything, though. Boo to that! I haven't finished my coverage of the nominees for best picture because they haven't all been released on DVD yet. I will continue to do so even though the Oscars are over. Aaaaand, you're welcome.

    Here's who won last night (spoiler alert?):

    Best Motion Picture of the Year
    WINNER The Hurt Locker

    Other Nominees:
    Avatar
    The Blind Side
    District 9
    An Education
    Inglourious Basterds
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    A Serious Man
    Up
    Up in the Air

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
    WINNER Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

    Other Nominees:

    George Clooney for Up in the Air
    Colin Firth for A Single Man
    Morgan Freeman for Invictus
    Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
    WINNER Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side

    Other Nominees:

    Helen Mirren for The Last Station
    Carey Mulligan for An Education
    Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
    WINNER Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds

    Other Nominees:

    Matt Damon for Invictus
    Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
    Christopher Plummer for The Last Station
    Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
    WINNER Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Other Nominees:

    Penélope Cruz for Nine
    Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air
    Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart
    Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air

    Best Achievement in Directing
    WINNER Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

    Other Nominees:

    James Cameron for Avatar
    Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Jason Reitman for Up in the Air
    Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
    WINNER The Hurt Locker

    Other Nominees:

    Inglourious Basterds
    The Messenger
    A Serious Man
    Up

    Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
    WINNER Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Other Nominees:

    District 9
    An Education
    In the Loop
    Up in the Air

    Best Achievement in Cinematography
    WINNER Avatar

    Other Nominees:

    Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds

    Best Achievement in Editing
    WINNER The Hurt Locker

    Other Nominees:

    Avatar
    District 9
    Inglourious Basterds
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Best Achievement in Art Direction
    WINNER Avatar

    Other Nominees:

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    Nine
    Sherlock Holmes
    The Young Victoria

    Best Achievement in Costume Design
    WINNER The Young Victoria

    Other Nominees:

    Bright Star
    Coco avant Chanel
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    Nine

    Best Achievement in Makeup
    WINNER Star Trek

    Other Nominees:

    Il divo
    The Young Victoria

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
    WINNER Up

    Other Nominees:

    Avatar
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Hurt Locker
    Sherlock Holmes

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
    WINNER Crazy Heart: T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind")

    Other Nominees:

    Faubourg 36: Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas("Loin de Paname")
    Nine: Maury Yeston("Take It All")
    The Princess and the Frog: Randy Newman("Almost There")
    The Princess and the Frog: Randy Newman("Down in New Orleans")

    Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
    WINNER The Hurt Locker

    Other Nominees:

    Avatar
    Inglourious Basterds
    Star Trek
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Best Achievement in Sound Editing
    WINNER The Hurt Locker

    Other Nominees:

    Avatar
    Inglourious Basterds
    Star Trek
    Up

    Best Achievement in Visual Effects
    WINNER Avatar

    Other Nominees:

    District 9
    Star Trek

    Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
    WINNER Up

    Other Nominees:

    Coraline
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Princess and the Frog
    The Secret of Kells

    Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
    WINNER El secreto de sus ojos (Argentina)

    Other Nominees:

    Ajami (Israel)
    Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (Germany)
    Un prophète (France)
    La teta asustada (Peru)

    Best Documentary, Features
    WINNER The Cove

    Other Nominees:

    Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land
    Food, Inc.
    The Most Dangerous Man in America
    Which Way Home

    Best Documentary, Short Subjects
    WINNER Music by Prudence

    Other Nominees:

    China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
    The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
    The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
    Królik po berlinsku

    Best Short Film, Animated
    WINNER Logorama

    Other Nominees:

    French Roast
    Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty
    La dama y la muerte
    Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'

    Best Short Film, Live Action
    WINNER The New Tenants

    Other Nominees:

    The Door
    Istället för abrakadabra
    Kavi
    Miracle Fish

    Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey DVD Review

    My kids were unfamiliar with Curious George, so I wasn't too sure what kind of reception this would get. I had also never seen anything but the books.

    In this movie, George sets out on a coast-to-coast journey to reunite Kayla, a homesick elephant, with her family. He of course gets into many hair situations along the way because that's his MO. The character is very quirky and fun and kept my daughter's interest throughout, but I found it a little dull and unoriginal. There are lost of great voices including Timmy Curry, Jamie Kennedy, Matt Lauer and Jerry Lewis.

    BONUS FEATURES

    *Two Never Before Seen Bonus Shows from the all-new TV season!
    *Curious George’s Cross Country Caper Game
    *Hold On, Here We Go – Exclusive Music Video
    *Coloring Pages and Wallpapers

    Family Time Factor: Probably most enjoyed by ages 10 and under.

    MOTR Grade: C

    Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey is currently available on DVD!!!

    Ponyo Blu-Ray Review

    If you're a fan of Japanese anime, you'll be super excited to know that Disney has taken some Japanese anime from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and added some famous voices to the mix.

    Ponyo features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White! This movie is a take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. It is a tale about a young boy named Sosuke who rescues Ponyo, a goldfish. Ponyo's father is a powerful sorcerer and does not like this friendship. He makes Ponyo return to the sea. This is devastating to the duo and Ponyo goes on a quest to become human so that she can reunite with Sosuke.

    I thought the story was very cute, but I'm not a huge fan of anime, so that was a bummer. I was stoked about all the recognizable voices! It was a great combination. My daughter like the film, but it did not hold her attention the entire time.

    The Blu-Ray features include an interactive experience called The World of Ghibli, along with a fun way to meet the characters and hear the story of the movie, discover the film's inspiration through documentaries and a disc introuduction with the producers. This set also includes a DVD.

    Family Time Factor: Mostly enjoyed by kids 10 and under, I would say.

    MOTR Grade: B-

    Ponyo is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD!!!

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    And another one...

    How have I never seen these?!

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Funny of the Day!

    I love me some Bea Arthur and I loved Sex in the City. One of my friends posted this on Facebook, enjoy! (It was from the TVLand Awards.)

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    Countdown to Easter begins...

    I love holidays. First because my kids think they are magical and special. Second because someone else fixes a gourmet meal and I get to eat it for free. (You know how much I love free stuff!)

    Well anyway, with Easter comes a sense of peace for me. Not because of Jesus, although that's a nice idea. No, it means I can de-stress a little. The next couple weeks are going to be maddening. Tuesday I leave for work/school at 8. At 1:45 after class, I leave early to drive back home, which is roughly an hour away. I get about 30 minutes in between and then I have to drive an hour the OTHER direction because I'm taking a sub authorization class so I can substitute teach. It meets 5 times and each class is FOUR HOURS. I have to do this on Tuesday and Thursday the next 2 weeks. Plus, I have papers due, projects due, assignments due, reading to do in the meantime.

    I enjoy being busy, but I don't like stress, and this could be kinda stressful. So, I'm looking forward to Easter and knowing the hard part is over, it's almost summer break (which I intend to get a job and take 2 classes) and then it's Christmas! Okay, that is kinda far away, but I love Christmas.

    I'm tired, I'm not making sense and I had some awesome mac and cheese for dinner!

    Pantaloon by Kathryn Jackson/Ill. by Steven Salerno Book Review


    Pantaloon is a dog that loves baked goods. One day the chef at the bakery realizes he is overwhelmed and puts a "help wanted" sign in the window. Pantaloon decides to offer his services. The chef rejects him because he believe Pantaloon will just eat all his food. After trying a disguise and attempting to think of alternate ways to get hired, Pantaloon is saddened when the chef gets injured tripping over his bike. Feeling guilty, Pantaloon bakes and delivers all of the chefs orders. He then retreats to his house in despair because the chef is still mad at him. Upon returning to work, the chef realizes that Pantaloon was actually a big help and that he has even more customers than before! He realizes he was too harsh on Pantaloon and bakes him a big cake to entice him into coming back.

    My 4 year old liked this book. My 2 year old lasted about 30 seconds. I didn't like it myself. I thought that it was not very conducive to learning for young kids. First, the dog's name is not something easily recognizable to children. Secondly, I think the message is kind of lost as well. It's too advanced for younger kids to be read to and by the time the older kids can read those words, they won't like the story. On a plus side, though, the illustrations by Steven Salerno were very well done.

    MOTR Grade: C+

    Pantaloon by Kathryn Jackson hits the shelves March 9!!!

    The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na Book Review


    Sometimes as a parent you are looking for a quick, fun read for your kids to satisfy their craving for book time. I love to read to my kids, but I just don't have a lot of time to devote to it daily. That's why I can appreciate books like The Thingamabob. It's a cute story about an elephant that finds and umbrella and tries to figure out what it is and what it does. It's short, sweet and well illustrated.

    Plus, it's a great learning book for beginning readers, with easy words and comprehension.

    I read it to my 2 and 4 year old. The 4 year old told me it was over too fast and the 2 year old managed to sit still for the whole thing, so that was a bonus.

    I'd say to be read to, it's best for ages birth- three and for reading themselves it's best for 5-7.

    MOTR Grade: A-

    The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na hits the shelves March 9!!!