All Reviews

csm_tv
age 10+
 
Fairy-themed cartoon raises body-image issues for tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
age 10+
 
Fast-paced fun, but more intense than the movie.
By William Goldman
(1973)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Handmaid to queen discovers true beauty in charming fantasy.
By Gail Carson Levine
(2006)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
age 10+
 
Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
csm_tv
age 10+
 
Classic magical girl anime is action-packed and fun.
Network: USA, Cartoon Network, Syndicated
(2012)
age 10+
 
More sticky-ball rolling fun, but nothing new.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
age 10+
 
Unusual, compelling tale sends girl, readers on grand quest.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2011)
age 10+
 
Exciting, complex sequel a mix of politics and compassion.
By Shannon Hale
(2012)
age 10+
 
September heads for underworld in stunning Fairyland sequel.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2012)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Clever cartoon platformer has some tedious elements.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Quirky platform adventure with tween boy humor.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
(2012)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Poignant middle school novel has great humor and depth.
By Mark Goldblatt
(2013)
age 10+
 
Offbeat princess tale values girls with skills over looks.
By E.D. Baker
(2012)
age 10+
 
Second in alt princess series sparkles with wit, girl power.
By E.D. Baker
(2013)
csm_game
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Creative Disney adventure lets kids build own games.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2013)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Imaginative puzzling fuses with comic book characters.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Windows
(2013)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Magical "old school" adventure has heady puzzles and combat.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
csm_game
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
age 10+
 
More adventure, romance as Annie and Liam help Snow White.
By E.D. Baker
(2014)

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