Children's Toy & Media Reviews Since 1978

Month: December 2013

My Kind of Commercial(ism)

My Kind of Commercial(ism)

My Kind of Commercial(ism) Feel good commercials are big this time of year. Many are designed to evoke emotion—maudlin, supposedly heart-warming mini stories that are more emotionally manipulative than authentically moving. Others try to be avant-garde. More often than not, commercials can be misleading and […]

Time Shift Your TV – Writers Guild Nominees

Time Shift Your TV – Writers Guild Nominees

Time Shift Your TV – Writers Guild nominees The Writers Guild of America, the labor union comprised of thousands of writers who work in television, film, animation, news and new media, recently announced its nominations for 2014 in TV, so we thought we’d take a […]

Time Shift Your TV – The Short Game

Time Shift Your TV – The Short Game

Kids are capable of doing amazing things. You know that. But wait until you see these kids. The Short Game, arriving on Netflix today (Thursday, Dec. 12), is a documentary that premiered at South by Southwest this year, where it won the 2013 Audience Award. […]

2013 Holiday Give Away Winners Announced

2013 Holiday Give Away Winners Announced

Phew! We had an overwhelming number of participants in the 2013 Parents’ Choice/Kids Place Live Holiday Give-Away. After combing through the sleigh-load of answers to “What is your family’s favorite toy that wasn’t designed as a toy?” the winners are: Tasha Wilkerson is the winner […]

All Apologies

All Apologies

Attention Mark Zuckerberg. I feel as though I owe you and the whole world an apology. I confess that I ruined Facebook. Just like the time I “ruined” “someone’s” tween birthday party with a Twilight-themed birthday cake ( THE epitome of parental un-coolness according to […]