A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good messages about friendship and communication.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is one scene of cartoon mayhem that is potentially disturbing but more likely to provoke giggles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
These five enjoyable stories all involve friendship between people and creatures, creatures and other kinds of creatures, and people and other people. The lessons are simple and straightforward -- even when someone seems different, they can still become a friend.
"The Island of the Skog" is a bit long, but teaches a good lesson in compassion and self-awareness. "The Beast of Monsieur Racine" is probably the oddest story. It's silly in the extreme, and contains one brief scene of particularly French cartoon mayhem. These stories are all of the usual high quality that Scholastic is known for, and will give both children and parents an opportunity to both laugh and think.
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