All Reviews

csm_book
age 10+
 
Tween pals, family curse, romance in sweet, dreamy tale.
By Alice Hoffman
(2015)
csm_game
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Role-playing tale explores family, but weak plot falls flat.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
csm_game
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Farming simulation game inspires creativity, reduces tedium.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
age 10+
 
Beautiful film about WWII has intense themes, drinking.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
csm_app
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Must-have time-management app for attention deficits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Well-tuned adventure has charming characters and fun combat.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
age 10+
 
Licensed expansion pales in comparison to stellar original.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Magical, heartrending story of loss, change, and hope.
By Nikki Loftin
(2015)
age 10+
 
Evocative retrospective drama follows changes of the '60s.
Network: NBC
(2015)
csm_movie
age 10+
 
Sondheim's fairy tale musical is dark, complex, sublime.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
age 10+
 
Lego's ninja franchise spun into clever hand-held adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita
(2015)
csm_game
age 10+
 
Fun old-school arcade shooter with odd design issues.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2015)
age 10+
 
Changelings return to Fairyland in twist to dazzling series.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2015)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Zoom, rotate, and fold solid figures with elegant math tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Brief but fun game is more adventure than grammar practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
csm_book
age 10+
 
Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia inspires.
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(2015)
age 10+
 
LEARNING
Accessible, action-heavy space strategy with mild violence.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
csm_movie
age 10+
 
Powerful documentary depicts obese kids' struggles.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
age 10+
 
Role-playing game suffers from uneven battle, puzzle pacing.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2015)
age 10+
 
Kids race to save world in fast-paced sequel.
By Whitaker Ringwald
(2015)

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