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Toca Life: Pets App Poster Image
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age 4+
Open-ended play with animals in virtual pet paradise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
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Jane, Unlimited Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Five offbeat, inventive stories in one wild mansion.
By Kristin Cashore
(2017)
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Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Game Poster Image
age 10+
Decent collection of simple games for young Pixar fans.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
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Sun Warrior:  Tales of a New World, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Absorbing, heftier second installment focuses on characters.
By P.C. Cast
(2017)
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The Ruff Ruffman Show TV Poster Image
age 4+
Wacky canine host teaches kids about science concepts.
Network: PBS Kids. Online
(2017)
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Kedi Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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All I Want for Christmas Is You Movie Poster Image
age 4+
Merry, mischievous holiday tale is fun for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Demon Gaze II Game Poster Image
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age 16+
Fun yet repetitive dungeon crawler has violence, sexuality.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2017)
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Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection Game Poster Image
age 10+
Revamped animal/business sim great for new audiences.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie TV Poster Image
age 3+
Beloved book characters entertain in delightful series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
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The Book of Dust, Book 1: La Belle Sauvage Book Poster Image
age 14+
Nail-biting start to trilogy in His Dark Materials world.
By Philip Pullman
(2017)
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A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White Book Poster Image
age 5+
Gentle bio of "Charlotte's Web" author is full of charm.
By Barbara Herkert
(2017)
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Yomawari: Midnight Shadows Game Poster Image
age 15+
Cutesy horror game can be alternately tense, vague.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2017)
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The Nutcracker in Harlem Book Poster Image
age 4+
Nutcracker and girl are drummers in jazzy holiday update.
By T. E. McMorrow
(2017)
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Spelunker Party! Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Cute but difficult platformer best shared with friends.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2017)
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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Book Poster Image
age 4+
Quirky and drily witty tale of animals swallowed by wolf.
By Mac Barnett
(2017)
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Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes: Frazzled, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
More middle school anxiety in funny graphic novel.
By Booki Vivat
(2017)
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Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer App Poster Image
age 3+
Kids' art becomes virtual furniture; best with toy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Tooth and Tail Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Creative strategy just squeaks by with simple gameplay.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
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Shadowhouse Fall: The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Compelling fantasy gets into race issues of spirits, police.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2017)
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