The Dinosaur Train Will Bring Lots Of Spooky Family Fun This Fall

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/The Jim Henson Company

PBS Kids and The Jim Henson Company will release another brand new DVD from PBS Kids’ family favorite series Dinosaur Train next month.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure will be available on DVD Tuesday, September 2nd.  The brand new DVD features four more family friendly Halloween-themed episodes that are perfect for any child’s Halloween party.  In “Haunted Roundhouse,” the first of the adventures on this disc, the Pteranodon family goes to Troodon Town.  During the family’s trip, the Dinosaur Train makes a stop at its roundhouse, which has been decked out in Halloween decorations by the Troodons.  While there, the Pteranodon kids meet Vlad Volaticotherium.

“Big Bond Pumpkin Patch” is the second of the shorts included on the disc.  The Pteranodon kids discover their first pumpkins in this episode while learning about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family at the annual “Gourd Day,” a prehistoric Halloween of soirts.  The whole family learns how to hollow out and carve pumpkins along the way.

“Night Train” is the third of the shorts included on PBS Kids’ latest Dinosaur Train DVD.  Buddy and Tiny go for a nighttime ride on the Dinosaur Train along with Mr. Pteranodon in this short.  They learn about all sorts of nocturnal animals during their ride.  T all ends with a walk under the full moon at the Big Pond.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure is rounded out with the short “Fossil Fred.”  Buddy, Tiny, and Don are searching for fossils around the Big Pond in this episode.  The result is the discovery of the complete skeleton of a dinosaur from the Jurassic era.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure will be available Tuesday, September 2nd on DVD.  It will retail for SRP of $7.99.  It can be ordered via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=42447476&cp=&kw=buddys+halloween+adventure&origkw=Buddy%27s+Halloween+Adventure&sr=1.  Parents and children can get more information on Dinosaur Train, as well as games, activities and more episodes online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Peg + Cat Gets Its Own DVD Release This Fall

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Officials with PBS and PBS Kids announced Monday that PBS Kids will release the first ever DVD from the network’s new series Peg + Cat this fall.

Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and Other Really Big Problems will be released on DVD Tuesday, September 9th. The DVD will feature eight stories from the series along with bonus printable coloring pages and activities for kids and parents. In the first of those eight stories, Peg and Cat have to deal with one hundred chickens in two different ways. The pair has to get the chickens in question back into their coop in “The Chicken Problem” before the farmer sees that they’ve escaped. And in “The Space Creature Problem,” Peg and Cat have to get the chickens away from Big Mouth and back to their spaceship. The first of the pair teaches children size correspondence and the significance of the number 100. The second of the chicken-based episodes teaches children to count by tens to 100.

“The Messy Room Problem” is the third of the stories included on the upcoming first ever Peg + Cat DVD. Peg and Cat have to get Peg’s room cleaned in this episode, in time for company to come over and see Cat’s masterpiece, “The Circles.” This story teaches young viewers about both sorting and shapes in this story, as well as about keeping their rooms clean.

Peg and Cat go on an adventure in “The Golden Pyramid Problem,” the fourth of the stories included on the new DVD. Peg The Bold and Brave Sir Cat imagine that they’re Knights of the Round Table in this story. They have to retrieve the mermaid’s golden pyramids and return them to her. This story teaches solid shapes and counting by two to young viewers.

Peg and Cat form a super group called The Electric Eleven in “The Three Bears Problem,” the fifth story included on the DVD. In order to form their super group, Peg and Cat must first bring together, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Children learn to count to eleven and add one in this story.

In “The Giant Problem,” the sixth story included on the DVD, Peg and Cat must evade a group of giants along with their eight fairy-tale friends before the giants can have them for lunch. Children will learn through this story, combinations that add up to 10 and the circle shape.

The penultimate story included on the brand new debut Peg + Cat DVD, “The Dinosaur Problem,” puts Peg and Cat in the middle of a prehistoric rain forest, riding dinosaurs. They have to diagram their way to safety along the way before the baby T-Rex catches them. Children learn about patterns and about following diagrams in this story.

In the final story on the new Peg + Cat DVD, Peg and Cat help famed composer Ludwig Van Beethoven as he writes one of his symphonies. And thanks to Cat’s laugh, Beethoven gets a great idea for his symphony. That’s in “The Beethoven Problem.” Children learn about patterns and ordinal numbers in this story.

Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and Other Really Big Problems will be available on DVD Tuesday, September 9th. Its run time is 100 minutes. It will retail for SRP of $12.99. More information on Peg + Cat is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PegPlusCatTV and http://pbs.org/peg. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Kids To Release New Daniel Tiger DVD This Summer

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Officials with PBS Kids recently announced that the network will release another brand new DVD containing more episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood this summer.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tries Something New will be released Tuesday, July 15th on DVD. The brand new upcoming DVD will feature eight more episodes from the family favorite series. The episodes included on the DVD see Daniel take his first trip to a restaurant, his first day of school and much more. It will also include live-action music videos as bonus material. The complete episode rundown for the upcoming DVD release is listed below.

Daniel’s Babysitter

Daniel Goes To School

Prince Wednesday Finds A Way To Play

Finding A Way To Play On Backwards Day

Daniel Waits For Show and Tell

A Night Out At The Restaurant

The Dragon Dance

Teacher Harriet’s Birthday

The eight episodes included in the upcoming DVD equal a total run time of one hundred minutes. It will retail for SRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=35620466&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&parentPage=search.

More information on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is available online at http://www.facebook.com/danieltigertv and http://pbskids.org/daniel. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Kids’ New Martha Speaks DVD Is A “Super” New Release

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Courtesy; PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids released its latest collection of episodes from its hit series Martha Speaks last month. Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures was released May 13th. The single-disc compilation is another great teaching and learning resource both in the classroom and the living room. The episodes included on the disc are just part of why it is such a valuable resource for families and teachers alike. The bonus activities and printable coloring pages make this collection all the more valuable regardless of whether the DVD is used in homes or schools. And together with the included episodes, the entire package is certain to have viewers of all ages “speaking” themselves about how enjoyable this collection is.

Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures includes six episodes culled from the series, which now has six full seasons under its belt. Those episodes are the foundation of the compilation’s overall enjoyment. Each of the included episodes plays its own role in the set’s enjoyment thanks to the solid work on the part of the series’ writers. Martha learns an important lesson about idol worship in “Starstruck Martha.” She learns that what one sees on screen isn’t always what one gets behind the cameras when it comes to celebrities. It’s very much an episode to which audiences of all ages can relate. And in “Martha the Hero Maker,” Martha’s friends take a story idea with which she came up an turn her artistic vision into their own story. On the surface, it’s just another story. But on a much deeper level, it teaches a valuable lesson about teamwork and respecting the views of others. This is the case whether one is working on a story or just working together on any project. The writers were able to tie in this lesson without making it preachy.

The lessons included in both “Martha the Hero Maker” and “Starstruck Martha” are both good examples of how the series’ writers were able to successfully balance entertaining and educational material to make the show so enjoyable for viewers of all ages. The writers are to be just as commended in the two part episode “Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words” amd “Martha’s Adverb Adventure. That’s because while the writers balanced just as expertly the show’s entertainment value with educational content based more in classroom material than on life lessons. The same can be said of “Verb Dog, When Action Calls!”   Whether audiences value the episodes in this set for the general vocab-based content, the life lessons or the overall entertainment factor, it can be agreed that the episodes alone are reason enough to add this DVD is an equally useful resource in the classroom and the living room.

The episodes included on the latest Martha Speaks compilation are the foundation for the value of the DVD. They collectively teach important life lessons and educational lessons all while entertaining audiences of all ages. Making the DVD even more valuable for teachers and families are the bonus printable coloring pages and activities. The activities can be printed out just like the coloring pages. The number of printable coloring pages included on this DVD sits at ten. Each printable coloring page features the members of the show’s cast. The bonus printable activity sheets include a hidden object game that serves a dual purpose. On the surface, it lets children find a number of hidden objects. Being that the objects are in a messy room, parents could use that as a starting point in a discussion about why children should clean their rooms. So it’s a double bonus to that extent. There is also a matching card game, a game that encourages children to find the differences between two pictures, and a cryptogram that children have to decipher. A code box is included for children to use as a guide to figure out the cryptogram, too. So that will make it even more fun whether children are deciphering the cryptogram by themselves or with a teacher or parent. These bonuses all work together to make Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures all the more enjoyable. What’s more, they serve to show even more why this latest DVD is an equally valuable resource both in the classroom and the living room.

Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129636&cp=&sr=1&kw=martha+speaks&origkw=Martha+Speaks&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Martha Speaks DVDs is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PBSmarthaspeaks. More episodes and games are also available online at http://pbskids.org/martha. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Dinosaur Train Re-Issue More Prehistoric Fun For Every Family

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids released the latest Dinosaur Train compilation earlier this month.  The new compilation is the most impressive new release from the series to date.  The primary reason for that is that it takes two previously released compilations and combines them into one complete double-disc set.  The combined compilations give audiences a total of seventeen shorts.  That equals out to a run time of roughly three and a half hours.  There is a lot to be said of all of this.  As if the massive compilation of episodes isn’t enough for audiences, the bonus printouts, interactive game, and info for kids and parents make the set all the more enjoyable.  The bonus material in question, alongside the dual disc set presented here, make this latest compilation one more must have for any family.

Dinosaur Big City and Dinosaurs A to Z have both been previously released in their own single disc presentation by PBS Kids. This newly compressed double-disc set is just as good for those that already own both DVDs as it is for those that have perhaps purchased only one or even neither. Having compressed both discs into a single case saves a certain amount of space on any DVD rack. Given, that amount of space is not much. But it’s still worth it in the grand scheme of space availability. The first of the discs is placed on its own plastic insert. This keeps it separate from the set’s second disc. The end result is that it keeps both DVDs from scratching one another, thus increasing the life of both discs. Kudos are in order once again thanks to all of this.

The space saving packaging used in PBS Kids’ new double-disc Dinosaur Train DVD set is one of its most important factors to consider when ordering this new release. Just as important to consider is that none of the seventeen total shorts that comprised the originally released DVDs have been omitted here. They have all been included for viewers once again. They equal out to a grand total of roughly three and a half hours of programming. This is especially valuable now that school is out for summer. It’s one more way for parents to both entertain and educate children during their summer vacation. What’s more, it’s a great excuse for parents to spend time with their kids, without their kids objecting to their parents spending time with them. This is especially important in an age in which kids are far less inclined than ever to want to spend time with their parents. Once again, those behind the show and those at PBS Kids are quite deserving of applause taking this into consideration with this set.

The packaging and complete carry-over of material from both Dinosaur Big City and Dinosaurs A to Z for this new double-disc set are equally important factors in the overall enjoyment of the set. One more factor to consider in examining the set is the inclusion of the original bonus material also included in both sets. Kids can play the dinosaur size comparison games included on both previously released DVDs. Also included once again are the bonus coloring sheets. Parents and children have some eleven different coloring sheets that can be printed out and colored. And of course, Dr. Scott’s companion shorts are there, too for each episode along with character introductions for parents and children that might be new to the world of Dinosaur Train. That along with the space saving packaging and inclusion of all of the shorts from both DVDs’ original releases completes this latest compilation. It makes the set all the more worth adding to any family’s home library.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A to Z is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct through PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129386&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train&origkw=Dinosaur+Train&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. Families can also go online to http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain to play more Dinosaur Train games and keep up with the latest news from the show. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Arthur Makes A Movie Another Great Addition To Any Family’s DVD Library

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS

PBS Kids released the latest compilation DVD from its family favorite series Arthur May 13th. The DVD in question, Arthur Makes A Movie, is another wonderful collection of episodes for the whole family. It boasts four more shorts taken from the long-running PBS Kids series that viewers of any age will love to watch again and again. The four total shorts included on this disc are only a collective part of what makes this DVD well worth adding to any family’s home DVD library. The stories written for each of the episodes make for another reason that families will enjoy this latest compilation. And the bonus coloring pages round out the whole package, making it all the more worth adding to any family’s home DVD library.

Arthur Makes A Movie boasts four more fun-filled episodes from the long-running series. At roughly fifteen minutes or so each, that brings the total run time of the DVD to around an hour. That’s an hour of good, whole some programming. There’s so much material out there on the likes of Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and the Disney networks that is aimed specifically at one key audience and separates families as a result. So it’s nice to have these episodes available on DVD for those families with younger children to enjoy together. It’s especially good for those families that aren’t perhaps able to catch Arthur when it airs on their specific PBS or PBS Kids affiliate. It allows said families to watch this latest group of episodes at their convenience. And together with PBS Kids’ previously released Arthur DVDs this one makes for even more family friendly entertainment whether waiting for the school bus, relaxing after school or on the weekends. It’s just the start of what makes this DVD well worth adding to a family’s home DVD library.

The episodes included in Arthur’s new DVD are themselves a positive simply in that they give viewers of all ages the chance to watch four more episodes of the family favorite animated series any time they want. The stories written for each of the four episodes make the DVD even more valuable. A prime example of why they do so lies in the episode titled, “Agent of Change.” In this episode, the series’ writers tackle gender inequality in the movie industry. Not too many years ago, this topic was broached when writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow brought audiences the modern war drama The Hurt Locker. The movie went on to garner its share of awards, beating out movies written and helmed by some of Hollywood’s biggest male names. The manner in which Arthur’s writers tackled the subject makes it easily accessible and understandable for young viewers without being preachy. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum, the DVD’s title episode shows that one doesn’t need to be grown up and have a mega-million dollar budget to make a movie. Viewers learn that even in making their own movie, the same creative differences that arise in big budget pictures can and do come up in independently made works. The commentary is there. But it’s more a life lesson through commentary than straight commentary.

Both “Agent of Change” and “Arthur Makes A Movie” are great examples of how the writing behind the episodes on this disc make it all the more worth purchasing. “D.W. Unties The Knot” and “Go To Your Room, D.W.” are less in line with the general theme of this DVD. But that isn’t to say that their writing is any less than those of the disc’s main two episodes. As a matter of fact, audiences will laugh and even be moved watching D.W.’s innocence as she tries to set up a wedding, thinking it’s something that everybody does due to seeing a wedding on television. Odds are there are plenty of parents out there that can relate to this situation at least in part. Just as many parents will be able to relate to having to send their child to his or her room in watching “Go To Your Room, D.W.” Whose child out there hasn’t reacted in a fashion similar to that of D.W.? Again, more proof of how the writing behind these episodes makes this DVD all the more enjoyable for viewers.

The episodes and the writing behind them are of equal importance to the overall success of Arthur Makes A Movie. There is one more factor in examining this DVD that parents and children alike will appreciate. That final factor is the collective bonus material included on the disc. Families are offered lots of activities through this DVD. One of the bonus features, “Definition of Cool,” helps build self confidence in children as well as friendships between them. And then there’s the fun matching game, “Crazy Bus” in which children have to build matches in sets of cards in order to fill their bus. The first person to fill their bus yells Bus-a-looey and wins! There’s also a dance activity that will get children up and moving called “Groove It.” The activity comes complete with printable cards that teach different dance moves that can be mixed together to make original dance moves. And for those that are real fans of Arthur, there are printable trading cards featuring children’s favorite Arthur characters and a little bit of information about each one. These bonus activities and printouts perfectly round out Arthur’s latest DVD compilation. They are the proverbial cherry on top of this video sundae of sorts. Together with the episodes themselves and the stories written for each episode, it all comes together to make Arthur Makes A Movie one more wonderful addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Arthur Makes A Movie is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129306&cp=&sr=1&kw=arthur+makes+a+movie&origkw=Arthur+Makes+A+Movie&parentPage=search. More information on Arthur is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PBSArthur and http://www.pbskids.org/arthur. Parents and kids can also check out more episodes of Arthur, play games and get more ideas for activities online at http://www.pbskids.org/arthur. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Info For Upcoming Dinosaur Train DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids will release the latest DVD from its family favorite series Dinosaur Train next month.

Officials with PBS Kids have announced that Dinosaur Train: Adventure Camp will be released June 10th alongside new DVDs from Wild Kratts and WordGirl. The last of the trio of new DVDs from PBS Kids, the DVD will feature four more shorts taken from the series. Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy go on adventures that will teach them about erosion, tree lines, rainforests, and canyons in this DVD’s episodes. It all starts off with “Adventure Camp: Rafting.” The Pteranodon kids learn about erosion as they travel down the river in their first river rafting trip. Viewers will learn through this episode how streams and rivers work together and how different plants and animals depend on them.

After going on their first river rafting Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy go on a mountain hike. During their hike, the kids learn about tree lines. They notice that as they get higher on the mountain, the trees get shorter and shorter. They learn that the lack of air at higher altitudes and lower temperatures causes the trees to be shorter near the top of the mountain. Younger viewers will learn these same lessons in watching this episode.

Having already gone on a river rafting trip and climbing a mountain, the next step for the Pteranodon kids is a trip down a zipline through a rainforest in “Adventure Camping: Ziplining.” Young viewers will learn along with the Pteranodon kids about the different levels of a rainforest’s ecosystem, from the forest floor to its canopy. Along with this, young viewers will learn about the various plants and animals that live in rain forests, as well as the surprising amount of rain that falls in rain forests each year. They will also learn about the importance of rain forests to the entire world because of the amount of oxygen that they provide for the world.

There is one more adventure for the Pteranodon kids after having hiked through a rainforest, up a mountain and having gone on a river rafting trip. That one adventure is a hike through a canyon. In “Adventure Camp: Canyon Hiking,” Mr. Conductor and his nephew Gilbert lead the Pteranodon kids on a hike down a canyon. As they make their way down the canyon, the kids see the different layers of the Mesozoic Era. Before they can even get their hike down the canyon started though, it’s up to Don to convince Lily Lambeosaurus that the new adventure isn’t as hard as she thinks. Having convinced her, Lily comes along and each member of the group comes back with its own Ammonite fossil. Young viewers will learn through this short how erosion helps canyons as rivers flow through them.

Dinosaur Train: Adventure Camp will be available Tuesday, June 10th at SRP of $7.99. Along with the episodes included on the DVD, there will also be an interactive game titled “River Run” in which Buddy and Don have to collect bugs for Don’s collection. Players will learn about river currents and insects as they make their way down the river, collecting bugs for Don’s collection. The DVD can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Train-Adventure-Camp/dp/B00H540LD0/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400377558&sr=1-1&keywords=dinosaur+train+adventure+camp. More information on Dinosaur Train is available online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. Parents, teachers, and children can also go online to http://www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain to see more episodes of Dinosaur Train and play Dinosaur Train games. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Info For New Wild Kratts DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

Officials with PBS Kids announced this week that the network will release the latest DVD from its hit animated wildlife series Wild Kratts.

Wild Kratts: Tiny Trouble will be released Tuesday, June 10th. The DVD features two more episodes from the award-winning series created by brothers Chris and Martin Kratt. The first of the adventures included on the upcoming DVD, “Termites vs. Tongues,” sees the Kratt brothers having to save their friends Aviva and Koki after the pair is carried away by termites. Chris and Martin have to use their creature powers to turn into a termite and termite predator in order to save Aviva and Koki. Viewers learn through this episode how predators and prey develop their own defenses and attacks in order to protect themselves from one another.

In a turn of events, the crew of the Tortuga is forced to rescue Martin after he’s whisked away by a baby spider monkey. He and Chris had miniaturized to study spider monkeys, which leads to the abduction by the baby monkey. Now, there’s no doubt what the brothers’ next adventure is. It’s up to Chris and the rest of the Tortuga’s crew to get Martin back. Viewers will learn through this short about the different anatomical adaptations that animals use to move through specific habitats.

Wild Kratts: Tiny Trouble will be available Tuesday, June 10th. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Kratts-Tiny-Trouble/dp/B00FQF4IE8/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400376066&sr=1-1&keywords=wild+kratts+tiny+trouble. More information on this and other Wild Kratts DVDs, as well as the latest news from the Kratt brothers is available online at http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial and http://www.krattbrothers.com Parents, students, and children can watch more episodes of Wild Kratts online now and play Wild Kratts games online at http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/home.html. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Kids Releases Release Date, Info For New WordGirl DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/Scholastic

PBS kids will release another new DVD featuring episodes of its family favorite series WordGirl this summer.

Wordgirl: Monkey Business will be released Tuesday June 10th. The upcoming DVD will feature four more shorts from the hit animated vocabulary-building series from Scholastic Media. The first of the DVD’s four new shorts sees WordGirl’s trust sidekick Captain Huggyface having to face Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy on his own after having accidentally been left behind by WordGirl early in their day. Huggyface decides to do what he wants after being left behind (again), which leads to his face off with Chuck.

“The Meaty Dimension”, the second of the DVD’s shorts features The Butcher. In this episode, WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to face off against The Butcher once again. What they don’t know is that The Butcher has a plan to trap them and take over the city after discovering a portal to the dimension where all of his meat is stored. It’s up to them to outsmart The Butcher and close the portal in hopes of stopping The Butcher once and for all.

WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to stop The Whammer from ruining Mr. and Mrs. Botsford’s anniversary in “Whammer Anniversary”, the third of the shorts included in the new WordGirl DVD. Becky is left to babysit her brother TJ when their parents go out for their anniversary. But then Becky has to figure out how to keep her identity secret after The Whammer starts whamming at the same ice cream parlor where Becky’s parents are enjoying their anniversary. This is another “sweet treat” short for viewers.

In the last of the shorts included in the new WordGirl DVD, WordGirl has to once again face off against Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy. This time, Chuck has added a new weapon to his growing arsenal. His weapon? Peanut butter! When he shoots it at his victims, a giant ball of peanut butter envelops them. And WordGirl becomes one of his victims. So she and Captain Huggyface have to figure out how to get her out of her *ahem* sticky situation and save the day once again.

WordGirl: Monkey Business will be available Tuesday, June 10th on DVD. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wordgirl-Monkey-Business-Tom-Kenny/dp/B00IVLRBHU/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400375319&sr=1-1&keywords=wordgirl+monkey+business. More information on WordGirl is available online at http://www.facebook.com/WordGirl, http://www.pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl, and http://www.scholastic.com/wordgirl. Parents and kids can also go to http://www.pbskids.org/wordgirl to check out more episodes of WordGirl and to play WordGirl games. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Viewers Of All Ages Will Bug Out Over New Wild Kratts DVD

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PBS Kids released the latest DVD from its hit wildlife series Wild Kratts this past February. The DVD, Wild Kratts: Bugging Out, is another fun collection of episodes for fans of this family favorite series. Wild Kratts: Bugging Out boasts two more fun-filled episodes for the whole family. And as with previous DVDs from the series, this one also boasts coloring pages that can be printed out for kids as well as activities for those same audiences. There is much to say of both of these factors. But both together make this DVD one more that any teacher, parent, or student will enjoy just as much as previous Wild Kratts DVDs.

The two episodes contained on Wild Kratts: Bugging Out are collectively the foundation for the overall enjoyment of the recently released disc. The first of the episodes, “Secrets of the Spider’s Web” sees Martin and Chris having to face off against old foe Donita Donata once again. This time , Donita is trying to steal spiders for the silk that they spin. She wants it for her own fashion designs. And in the set’s second episode, “Attack of the Tree Eating Aliens”, the brothers Kratt have to figure out what’s causing a whole forest full of trees to die. The writers behind both episodes are to be commended for the work put into each one. Both stories move just fast enough to keep young viewers engaged through their near half-hour run time. At the same time, the writers throw in just enough geography and biology to make the show as interesting as it is entertaining. In this case, young viewers get to learn about how spiders spin their webs and how their webs actually catch prey. They also learn in the set’s second episode about the potentially disastrous effects of introducing foreign species into an environment in which they are not native. Both lessons make for good starting points for any biology teacher’s lessons. For that, the writers deserve their share of applause.

As much enjoyment as the two episodes included on this disc bring, the activity sheets and coloring pages are just as noteworthy. They are, much like the lessons in the episodes, wonderful tool for teachers and parents alike. One of the activities included in this disc teaches about the human body’s five senses. For teachers, it encourages them to set up a free zoo tour in which children can learn how different animals use their senses in the wild. It also offers a reading list for young readers that will better help them to understand how humans use their own senses every day. For parents, it offers an experiment involving various items that test the senses right in one’s own kitchen. There’s also a suggestion about talking to organizations such as National Organization of Parents of Blind Kids and the National Organizations of and for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. All of these activities and suggestions go hand in hand and can better lead to not only understanding of how people use their senses but also to an appreciation of how different people use senses in different situations.

Another activity included in this latest Wild Kratts DVD is a matching exercise for younger viewers. It asks children to match up a group of animals with their proper habitat. It also encourages building vocabulary skills by asking children to circle the animals whose names begin with vowels. Just as with the DVD’s other included activity, this double duty activity of sorts will impress parents and teachers even more. Together with the DVD’s two episodes, the entire package proves to be yet another great experience for viewers of all ages.

Wild Kratts: Bugging Out is available now on DVD and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=30820966&cp=&kw=wild+kratts+bugging+out&origkw=Wild+Kratts+Bugging+Out&sr=1. Audiences can see even more episodes and enjoy even more activities from Wild Kratts online now at http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/home.html. More information on Wild Kratts is also available online at http://www.krattbrothers.com and http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.