Meet The Worst Witch: Harry Potter for the younger set

When the folks at Candlewick Press offered to help me host a giveaway of The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, it didn’t take me long to say yes! In our family we love Halloween-themed books, and we love finding well-written girl characters. [The giveaway is closed (Nikki won!), but read on for more about this great series!] (New to… Read more »

The phone call you don’t want to make

Hearing people yelling in the street near our loud neighbors’ house, I pull back the office curtain to check it out… C-Man: I think it’s basketball. Me: Football. C-Man: Good thing you checked before calling 911 on them again. Me: I would never call 911 without looking! But yeah, I think calling the cops on your neighbors for playing football… Read more »

13 Spooky and Monster Books for Kids (For Halloween or Anytime)

We basically celebrate Halloween all year in our family. I know we’re not the only ones. Monsters, witches, and other spooky stuff are just fascinating to some kids. (Okay, I confess, to some grownups as well!) So we’ve read a ton of spooky, monster, and creature books, but for this post I’ve narrowed it down to the best – the… Read more »

Wadjda: A film about how things change

When it comes to renting movies, I have a list of the next 10 films we’re going to watch. C-Man, on the other hand, likes to browse. Especially in the new arrivals section. That’s where he found Wadjda. It’s the first feature-length film made in Saudi Arabia, which has no movie theaters. It was written and directed by female filmmaker… Read more »

A Boy and His Fortune Wookiee Have A Chat

Overheard from the front seat, where I was driving along minding my own business… and only Boy Detective was in the back. Or so I thought. Boy Detective: You can’t just say you want to invent something and have it happen. It takes lots and lots of stuff. Fortune Wookiee: HGNRL! Boy Detective, skeptical: How could you make a magic… Read more »

Our 6 Favorite Children’s Books About Dragons

My kid, like many others, loves imaginary creatures. Fairies are often his #1 pick, but dragons follow right behind. Dragons get more high-quality attention than fairies in children’s picture books, so it’s a bit easier to find good kids’ books about dragons. Here are our favorites! They’re so good I’d recommend them to an adult for a light enjoyable read,… Read more »

12 Wonderful Comics with GLBTQ+ Characters

This group of comics stood out so sharply for me as happiness-increasing portrayals of non-heterosexual and other queer folks. I couldn’t resist making a friendly post with all of them together, even though I could have put them into the more “topic” focused comics posts. Let’s get started, because I know you’re going to find something here to love. (New… Read more »

Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!

If I told you Karate Girl was a good movie, I’d be lying. Luckily, a movie can be fun without being good. So we had a fine time watching this tale of Ayaka (Rina Takeda), a teenage girl who must save her sister from the evil karate school that killed their father when they were very young. (Don’t you hate… Read more »