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Scholastic Video Collection: The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A mixed bag, but mostly delightful.

Movie NR 2005 46 minutes
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The stories on this collection run the gamut from absolutely delightful to overlong and dull. "Shrinking Violet," while imparting a valuable lesson about overcoming shyness, is very long and very slow, and the animation is particularly uninspired. At the other end of the spectrum is "The Sweater," a reminiscence of a French- Canadian childhood and the crucial importance of wearing the right hockey sweater. It's a pure delight. There's also a charming rendition of James Thurber's "Man Moons."

Some of the stories are geared for older kids, but everything in them is accessible to anyone. Families who watch together can use the stories as starting points for discussions of school, friendship, imagination, and the magic of childhood.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 12, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: June 26, 2005
  • Cast: Karma Wilson
  • Director: Syd Hoff
  • Studio: Scholastic
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 46 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: not rated
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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