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Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

A smart interactive adventure for kids.

Movie G 2006 30 minutes
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The characters are engaging, the animation fluid, the kids are strong but smart, and the adventure is rousing without being too scary for kids. Many parents will remember the Choose Your Own Adventure those jigsaw-puzzle stories that let you determine what to do next; some found the books laborious and gimmicky, but that's not the case with the DVD version of this concept. Choosing the characters' next move and getting the opportunity to try different approaches to the same situation helps kids learn critical thinking skills.

And parents can talk to kids about what's safe: When, if ever, should you go with someone you don't know but says he was sent by your parents? How do you take care of your siblings when you're in a difficult situation? It's a real shame that this well-done DVD is marred by shockingly blatant product placement. In one version of the story, Marco offers Life Cereal to an injured Yeti, and exclaims, "She likes it!" Not only is it egregious product placement, but it takes the viewer out of the moment and distracts from the fun and storyline.

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