Kid Picks

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Aug. 1, 2013

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.
2013-08-01T08:00:00Z Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Aug. 1, 2013By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Here's our monthly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youth.

From books and games to educational toys and DVDs, there's never a dull moment for active and eager young minds. It's time to gear up for back-to-school and favorite characters ranging from Curious George to Ms. Frizzle and her Magic School Bus are ready to help lead a parade of great books and DVDs to welcome the new school year.

BOOKS

Kohl's Cares, $5, Ages 3 and up

"The Curious George Collection" by Margaret and H.A. Rey, books and plush toys

Until supplies are gone, Kohl's Department Stores is offering the latest line in the Kohl's Cares program. This time, the theme is a spotlight on the ever Curious George, a monkey who always has a new lesson to learn. For just $5, kids and parents can pick from George and four other adorable plush characters, including friends from his storybook adventures, including a dinosaur, kangaroo, moose and dog. Besides a great Curious George themed book back, hardcover books featured for this promotion include "Curious George Visits the Zoo,"  "Curious George and the Puppies," "Curious George and the First Day of School," "Curious George Goes Camping" and "Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery." Visit any Kohl's store or kohls.com/cares for details.

 Skyscape, $16.99, Ages 12 and up

"Into That Forest" by Louis Nowra

Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. With a remarkable story of survival, this 153-page paperback explores how they adapt to the life of a tiger, learning to hunt and communicate without language. Once they are discovered and return to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their experience. It's available Sept. 3 in stores or on Amazon.

Running Press, $12.95, Ages 8 and older

"This Belongs to Me" by Anna Wray

Getting ready for the return to school becomes more exciting with this 128-page paperback filled with hip and hands-on activities with fun and funky ideas for personalizing belongings ranging from books and jeans to shoes, headphones and more. With page after page of tools and techniques for stenciling, comic collages and themed graffiti, easy steps and directions make it simple to customize school needs. It's in stores or at runningpress.com

DVDs

Scholastic, Ages 3 to 9, $24.95

"The Magic School Bus: Revving Up" featuring the characters from author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen

Explore everything from the smallest cell to the largest galaxy in 12 never-before-available episodes of this Emmy Award-winning TV series. Each of the three discs in the set - "Under Construction," "Getting Energized" and "Cracks a Yolk" - contains three new episodes running the gamut from computers and electricity to city critters and desert adaptation starring Ms. Frizzle and her special mode of educational transportation. And each DVD also contains a special bonus episode adding up to more four and half hours of fun. It's available now in stores or at newkideo.com.

Scholastic, Ages 3 to 9, $12.95

"The Magic School Bus: In a Pickle" featuring the characters from author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen

Ever wonder what's behind a peculiar smell? Viewers who hop aboard the bus with Ms. Frizzle behind the wheel for this 69 minutes of fun and educational adventure are sure to find out with four never-before-released episodes, including the title episode about microbes, along with "Meets Molly Cule," "Makes a Stink" about smell and "Meets the Rot Squad" which covers decomposition. It's available now in stores or at newkideo.com.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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