Children's Toy & Media Reviews Since 1978

Month: October 2009

Mystery Achievement

Mystery Achievement

A good mystery movie is a great two-for-one deal—it’s a puzzle and it can offer thrills without the full-blown chills of a scary movie. It also does what many family genre movies don’t—it makes viewers think. Done well, it keeps you guessing right up until […]

Batter Up! Great Baseball Movies for the Family

Batter Up! Great Baseball Movies for the Family

World Series time is here, fueling a ferocious focus on our national pastime. When the games aren’t on, but your kids are hit by baseball fever, here are some family films about the sport that really knock it out of the park.

Spike Jonzes’ Movie “Where the Wild Things Are”

Spike Jonzes’ Movie “Where the Wild Things Are”

Spike Jonze’s movie Where the Wild Things Are is an homage to Maurice Sendak’s famous picture book of the same name—the one that nearly every parent and most children have memorized. Jonze’s “take” on Sendak’s story has been eagerly awaited because the book is a beloved favorite and because Jonze is a hot young director in Hollywood (best known for his terrific movie “Being John Malkovich”). Now that the film has finally arrived, what is striking is Jonze’s abandonment of Sendak’s idea that Max’s adventure occurs entirely within the boy’s imagination.

An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera

An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is a well known Latino poet and the author of several dozen books. A number of these (listed below) are bilingual picture books and three are adolescent novels written in verse. In anticipation of Hispanic Heritage month, Parents’ Choice met with Herrera to discuss his work.

The Fall 2009 Audio Awards

The Fall 2009 Audio Awards

Although Parents’ Choice has been reviewing children’s media and toys for more than 30 years, there are always those who ask us to define what it is that makes a Parents’ Choice® Award winner so special. Having just announced the Fall 2009 Parents’ Choice Audio Awards (music, storytelling and audio books), we thought we’d take this opportunity to share our longtime characterization.