Children's Toy & Media Reviews Since 1978

Month: September 2010

Major Fisher-Price Recall

Major Fisher-Price Recall

Major Fisher-Price recall issued today.

Parents’ Choice 2010 Fall Audio Awards

Parents’ Choice 2010 Fall Audio Awards

We are happy to announce the Fall 2010 Parents’ Choice Audio Awards.

Game On!

Game On!

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman’s not as well known as those spouse swapping, bug eating ratings grabbers—but it should be.

Toy Makers Fight for Exemption From Rules

Toy Makers Fight for Exemption From Rules

In today’s New York Times, Andrew Martin writes: “Is a football mainly for children? What about a Halloween costume or a model train? None of the above, manufacturers say, as a new federal crackdown on dangerous toys has left some in the industry crying foul […]

Reading Differently After September 11

Reading Differently After September 11

Childhood is not all sweetness and light. So, too, children’s literature is not all pleasant picnics attended by happy youngsters trailing clouds of glory. That is what I and my students have been discovering. Since September 11, we have been reading differently: paying attention to moments in children’s books when we are reminded of our vulnerability and fragility. We have also noticed how, as readers, we customarily rush over and ignore those unpleasant moments–speeding forward to the expected happy ending and seizing on upbeat moments, resisting the other kind.