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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
The show encourages listeners to try to solve mysteries, often with literary clues -- e.g., the first monsters encountered use a phrase that listeners may recognize from Where the Wild Things Are. Kids listening are also encouraged to participate by sending in jokes, helping to name a robot, or contributing story ideas.
Courage, curiosity, and teamwork are themes that appear throughout. The joy of reading is also emphasized. Many references to books and literary figures.
Positive Role Models
The kids in Troop 301 use teamwork and rely on each others' strengths to get out of tricky situations and solve mysteries. When Finn and Abigail are separated from their parents during the attack on Finn's birthday, they bravely jump into action to catch the monsters and make sure everyone is safe. Finn's robot, Foggy, also models loyalty.
Different ethnicities and genders are represented. Although it's not obvious from the podcast because the voices are all done by one person, Abigail is Black in the graphic novel, and Elias and Vale also appear to add some diversity.
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Violence & Scariness
Finn and Abigail are separated from their parents during the attack on Finn's birthday. The kids battle monsters and aliens. Explosions sometimes rock the ship. The action is exciting without being scary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a fun and engaging serialized science fiction podcast for kids. Kids who love adventure stories will enjoy hearing about Finn and his friends, who live aboard a space station and get to explore planets, battle aliens, and solve mysteries. The kids in Explorers Troop 301 are best friends who work together to solve problems creatively, all while displaying curiosity, courage and loyalty. Characters battle monsters and aliens, there are some explosions, and at one point two characters are separated from their parents. Some of these elements may be a little scary or shocking for younger listeners or kids with different sensibilities. There's plenty of humor courtesy of the robots in the story, as well as the narrator's hilarious robot co-host, BeeBop. Episodes run from 15 to 25 minutes, which is just right for the target audience.
Is It Any Good?
This is an imaginative and entertaining podcast that kids (and adults) will enjoy. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is well written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, whose vivid descriptions and dialogue transport you to Finn Caspian's world. The funny robot voices and sound design add to the feeling of actually being in outer space.
What's really special about The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is how a love of reading is embedded in the stories. The way in which the robots get their personalities downloaded from books is a clever and original idea. There are also references to other authors and children's literature, and clues to the mysteries are often related to characters from books. This podcast will capture the imaginations of kids who love a good story, especially those who enjoy adventure, mystery, or science fiction.
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