All Reviews

csm_game
age 10+
 
Dated, clumsy platformer is more frustrating than fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2014)
age 10+
 
Exciting fantasty adventure with a splash of steampunk.
By Jaleigh Johnson
(2014)
age 10+
 
Adaptation of Dickens' classic retains book's dark themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
age 10+
 
Sweet coming-of-age movie will appeal to horse-loving tweens
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
age 10+
 
Swords, explosions, life lessons as comic pirate tale ends.
By Geoff Rodkey
(2014)
age 10+
 
Captivating tale of soldier's boy in World War I London.
By John Boyne
(2014)
age 10+
 
Infectious pop anthem has positive lyrics and strong vocals.
By OneRepublic
(2014)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Mediocre, overpriced collection of minigames for Xbox One.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2014)
csm_game
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Super fun, creative Tolkien/Lego mashup promotes teamwork.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
age 10+
 
Alaska vet offers realistic view of treating sick animals.
Network: NatGeoWild
(2014)
age 10+
 
Good card game limits itself unnecessarily with purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Brave kids, animals team up in funny, scary, sweet sci-fi.
By Piers Torday
(2014)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Flawed, semi-violent action/tower-defense mash-up.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
age 10+
 
Telepathic 12-year-olds return in exciting sequel.
By M.M. Vaughan
(2014)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Magic, math, myths fill fast-paced, perilous series start.
By Whitaker Ringwald
(2014)
age 10+
 
Screenwriting Sean gets tangled in a lie in smart sequel.
By Jeff Baron
(2014)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Thoughtful coming-of-age fantasy great for reading together.
By Aaron Starmer
(2014)
csm_movie
Pup
age 10+
 
Iffy humor, stereotypes abound in awful animated movie.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
csm_movie
age 10+
 
Sweet, slow-paced family film about finding your path.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
csm_app
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Kids create 2-D universes; beware in-app purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)

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