Kid Picks

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Oct. 3, 2013

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.
2013-10-03T00:00:00Z Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Oct. 3, 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. Fall is in full-swing and favorite characters from the Peanuts Gang, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy, are celebrating the arrival of the holiday season, along with other favorites like Hot Wheels and a new science mystery adventure book.

BOOKS

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

"The Peanuts Gang Collection" by Charles M. Schulz, 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 Peanuts Gang, with Charlie Brown and Snoopy leading the learning fun. For just $5, kids and parents can pick from adorable plush characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock, there are hardcover books featured for this promotion including "Classic Peanuts," "Peanuts Be Yourself" and even a "Peanuts 500-Piece Family Jigsaw Puzzle." Visit any Kohl's store or kohls.com/cares for details.

Quirk Books, $12.95, Ages 9 and older

"Nick & Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab" by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Available Nov. 5, this new book is the first in a series packed with top-secret contraptions, mystery and excitement. The 240-page compact hardcover is about brother and sister twins Nick and Tesla, who love science, but have a knack for getting into trouble. When they are sent to live with their Uncle Newt in California for the summer, they soon find surprises ranging from an abandoned mansion next door to a black SUV that seems to follow them everywhere and a pair of menacing rottweilers. It will be available in stores or at quirkbooks.com, with the next installment released in February 2014.

Running Press, $19.95, Ages 7 and older

"How Cars Work" by Nick Arnold and illustrated by Allan Sanders

Kids love to play with toy cars, and there's also a fascination about how they work and operate. This 24-page interactive hardcover book lets young minds glimpse into the inner workings of automobiles, from brakes, engine and tires to steering, pistons and suspension, and also supplies the components to build a cardboard gearshift mechanism. It's in stores or at runningpress.com

GAMES

Warner Bros. Interactive, Ages 10 and older, $29.99

"Hot Wheels World's Best Driver" by Mattel and Firebrand Games

This new game of skills and quick-thinking lets players behind the wheel of thrilling Hot Wheels vehicles while joining the elite ranks of Team Hot Wheels Gameplay, which includes competition in dozens of unique, fast-paced re-playable challenges, all highlighting different driving styles. Because of the game sequences, there's some mild violence. But this game still has the E ranking for "everyone." It's created for Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC.

PopStar Club LLC., Ages 5 and up, $24.99

The Beatrix Girls

The Beatrix Girls is a new line of collectible pop-star dolls driven by original music. They're musicians, they're dolls, they're billed for a new generation of empowered young girls. Each member of the band sings, plays a different instrument and even writes the songs. The clothing fashion finds of their wardrobe and distinct hair easily captures attention. Available at Toys "R" Us stores in October or TheBeatrixGirls.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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