New WordGirl Episode Is Very Meaty, Will Leave Fans Seeing Double

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Everybody by now has seen and/or heard all of the news about the current teacher strike in Chicago.  And standardized testing has been a hot topic among the educational community as far back as one can imagine.  These issues, along with so many others have put educational in more danger than before in recent years.  Thank goodness for PBS and PBS Kids.  PBS Kids offers a number of outlets for kids and adults that are both family and kid friendly as well as educational.  One of the most popular of those outlets is PBS Kids’ hit series WordGirl.  Now after a bit of a wait, fans of WordGirl are getting new episodes.  In the second of the new upcoming episodes, WordGirl has to face off against another old foe in The Butcher once again.  And Lady Redundant Woman returns.  She comes back.  Get the joke?  And of course, everybody’s favorite vocab building game show is back with another new episode, too.

In the first half of Episode #502, WordGirl has to face off against The Butcher once more when he discovers the source of his powers.  “The Meaty Dimension” reveals where The Butcher got his powers thanks to a book left by his father, Kid Potato.  The Butcher uses his new discovery to lure WordGirl’s sidekick, Captain Huggyface into the Meaty Dimension and trap him through a portal.  At first, The Butcher overpowers Captain Huggyface and traps him in a pork chop prison in the Meaty Dimension.  Much to his surprise and dismay, Huggyface’s appetite allowed him to eat all of the meat in the Meaty Dimension, and escape it through the same portal in which he was lured through in the first place.  He gets back to the real world and defeats The Butcher with the help of WordGirl’s friend, Violet.

After the first half of Episode #502, everyone’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word” returns for another new episode.  This time, the contestants must define the word “Perspire.”  Tommy properly defines it, winning him an official WordGirl Launch Ramp.    

In the second half of Episode #502, WordGirl has to face off against Lady Redundant Woman in a classic evil twin plot.  When Lady Redundant Woman starts making evil copies of all of the city’s officials, Becky’s mom, who is the city’s Assistant D.A., is suspected of robbing a bank when her evil copy is actually behind the crime.  So the real Mrs. Botsford goes on the run, making WordGirl gripe about the situation. Finally, Mrs. Botsford comes face to face with her evil copy and manages to convince the police about which one is the fake when she asks both Mrs. Botsfords a question to which only the real Mrs. Botsford would know the answer.  All ends well with Lady Redundant Woman being arrested and the real city officials being released from prison. 

May I Have A Word closes out once the second half of Episode #502 ends.  Having won the first round, Tommy has to properly connect a picture to the definition of perspire.  He correctly links the two, winning him official WordGirl Frozen Treats. 

Audiences get one last vocabulary word as the show closes.  Captain Huggyface closes it out, as he always does with one parting word.  This episode’s parting word is BlitheBlithe means happy or joyous.  It’s one more word for young audiences to learn at an early age as they build their vocabulary knowledge.

WordGirl airs at different times on PBS Kids affiliates across the country.  So audiences should check their local listings to find out when this and the other new episodes will air.

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Wordgirl wins Daytime Emmy

NEW YORK, NY–WordGirl has become famous for fighting robots and evil supervillains every day.  Now, everybody’s favorite little literary superheroine can add another title to her long list of accolades.  Wordgirl won a Daytime Emmy this past Tuesday, June 17th at the 39th Annual Creative Arts & Entertainment Daytime Emmy® Awards.

The Emmy win was for Outstanding Writing in Animation.  Scholastic Media President Deborah Forte shared her thoughts on the honor.  She said, “I am thrilled the Academy has once again chosen to honor the WordGirl writing team for excellence.”  She added, “This latest recognition of the program is a testament to the tremendous talent and dedication of our writers, who, like WordGirl herself, demonstrate the power of choosing the right words.”

WordGirl is now airing on PBSKids GO! and is in its fourth season.  Since its debut three seasons ago, WordGirl has won thirty awards and nominations, including seven Emmy nominations and a 2008 Emmy award win for “Best Writing in Animation” and many others. 

Parents and kids can get more information on WordGirl online at http://www.PBSKIDSGO.org and http://www.PBS.org/pressroom.   

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PBS Kids Celebrates Tobey’s Robot Summer Week June 11th – 15th

PBS Kids is celabrating a special week of Word Girl episodes next week.  From June 11th – 15th, PBS Kids is celebrating “Tobey’s Robot Summer Week.”  All week, the network will feature a different Word Girl episode starring the evil boy genius Tobey, and his robots.  Kicking the whole week off Monday will be the classic episode, “By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robot.”  It’s joined by the companion episode, “Road Rage, Anger and Fury.”  And of course, what Word Girl episode is complete without episodes of May I Have a Word?

In the first of the week’s Tobey themed episodes, Becky’s mom sets up a playdate with Tobey, while she’s relaxing with Bob.  When Tobey comes in, he tells Becky that he’s made a new game of skill and savvy.  It’s called, “By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robot.”  It’s a funny little takeoff of the classic board game, Battleship.  After being confronted by Becky about the game, Tobey admits that his game is asavvy ruse to try and destroy the city.  Tobeyrealizes that Becky is Wordgirl during their dialogue.  In the process, Beckyrealizes that Tobey nearly tricked her into admitting his suspicions.  As the pair are going back and forth, Becky’s mom comes in.  When Becky tries to catch Tobey and get her mom to see Tobey’s robots, it turns out that he’s hidden them.  So becky’s mom doesn’t see them…at first.  Becky tells Tobey that hiding them was asavvy move.  When Becky’s mom comes back in, she catches Tobey just in time.  And as in every Tobey-centric episode, Tobey is hauled away by the ear by his mother.

In the companion episode to the week’s first classic Tobey episode, Wordgirl has to face off against Lady Redundant Woman in “Road Rage, Anger and Fury.”  The episode starts off at the Botsford househld.  Tim Botsford is practicing to be a crossing guard.  Meanwhile, Becky has made a mechanical double of herself so that she can slip away and change into Wordgirl easier.  The double comes in handy when the Botsfords decide to go see Pretty Princess on ice.  On the way there, though, they get stuck in a traffic jam.  It just so happens that Lady Redundant Woman is stuck in the traffic jam, too.  When Lady Redundant Woman gets fed up with the traffic jam, she makes copies of herself to clear out the traffic.  Mr. Botsford tries to get around Lady Redundant woman’s car, but it’s anobstacle.  Lady Redundant Woman’s copies becomeobstacles, too.  Becky gets Bob to activate her mechanical double so that she can slip out and take on Lady Redundant Woman.  When the two meet face to face, Lady Redundant Woman proceeds torantabout the traffic always making her late.  And then she goes on to any number of tangents as sherants.  Just when things sem bleakest for Wordgirl, she yells out asking about any crossing guards.  Her dad hears it and comes to the rescue.  He takes on his crossing guard duties, leading Lady Redundant Woman to be arrested.

Both of the episodes in Monday’s edition of Wordgirl are great episodes.  But no Wordgirl episode is complete without everyone’s favorite vocab building gameshow, May I Have a Word?  In the first half of the show, the contestants have to find the best example of the wordsmudge.  Phil wins that round.  As a result, he has to define the word.  He gets the definition right.  As a result, he wins a giant cutout of the show’s host, Bo Handsome. 

The whole thing wraps up with Captain Huggyface showing the definition of the wordattentive.

Monday’s episode of Word Girl is just one of an entire week’s worth of special Tobey themed episodes of Wordgirl.  So parents and kids who have PBS Kids can stay tuned for lots more all week.  And to get a full schedule and more information on Wordgirl, parents and kids can log on to http://www.pbskids.org.

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