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Bakugan: Battle Planet TV Poster Image
age 8+
Marketing tie-ins overwhelm in violent franchise reboot.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2019)
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Charlie Hernández & The League of Shadows Book Poster Image
age 11+
Kids fight folklore beings in adventure with lots of chills.
By Ryan Calejo
(2018)
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Knights vs. Dinosaurs Book Poster Image
age 8+
Silly fantasy has lots of kid appeal and fantasy violence.
By Matt Phelan
(2018)
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The House with a Clock in Its Walls Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Eli Roth's aged-down spookfest has jump-worthy scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Ogre Enchanted Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Girl becomes ogre in imaginative "Ella Enchanted" spin-off.
By Gail Carson Levine
(2018)
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The Little Mermaid (2018) Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Watered-down retelling has poor acting, production values.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Magic Misfits, The Second Story: Magic Misfits, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Focus on family, friendship holds wild adventure together.
By Neil Patrick Harris
(2018)
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV Poster Image
age 8+
Likable '80s reboot features strong female heroine.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
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Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Game Poster Image
age 8+
Anthology of classic adventures that stand the test of time.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2018)
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Twilight of the Elves: The Adventurers Guild, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fantasy sequel fueled by action, humor, zombie elves.
By Zack Loran Clark, Nick Eliopulos
(2018)
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More Than a Princess Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fast-paced adventure of princess who breaks the mold.
By E.D. Baker
(2018)
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Wonderama TV Poster Image
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age 8+
Reboot of classic kids' variety show is fun for all ages.
Network: Syndicated
(2016)
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Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World Book Poster Image
age 8+
Inspiring bios of female artists and scientists worldwide.
By Vashti Harrison
(2018)
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A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Babysitters fight monsters in fun horror-lite tale.
By Joe Ballarini
(2017)
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Gnome Alone Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Unoriginal animated fantasy has some scary moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Crayola Scoot Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Scooter game with kid-friendly action, shallow gameplay.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2018)
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Ghostbusters World App Poster Image
age 8+
Ghost fans get slimed by the spectre of microtransactions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Dancing with the Stars: Juniors TV Poster Image
age 8+
Pint-size dance contestants impress in fun reality spin-off.
Network: ABC
(2018)
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons Book Poster Image
age 8+
Inspiring stories celebrate difference and bold vision.
By Ben Brooks
(2018)
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Dragalia Lost App Poster Image
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age 8+
Cute anime-style tale offers rich storyline, free gameplay.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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