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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Disney's take on Christmas classic is colorful but intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Animated reindeer tale has nice messages but nasty bite.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Goosebumps 2: Slappy's Haunted Christmas App Poster Image
age 8+
Poorly made movie tie-in offers little entertainment value.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Subwords App Poster Image
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age 8+
Fusion between trivia and word game engages spellers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Heartfelt take on idea for Charles Dickens holiday classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.
By Jeff Kinney
(2017)
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Michael Jackson's Halloween TV Poster Image
age 8+
Fun movie taps King of Pop's music for spirited family fare.
Network: CBS
(2017)
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Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator Game Poster Image
age 8+
Caffeine-focused sim runs out of energy with slow pacing.
Platforms: Windows
(2017)
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Pictoword Free App Poster Image
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age 8+
Easy puzzles -- but if kids get stuck, they're out of luck.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Christmas All Over Again Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Predictable stuck-in-time holiday tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down Book Poster Image
age 8+
Halloween-themed 11th book a fun way to discuss kid scares.
By Jeff Kinney
(2016)
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Ghosts Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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Little Savages Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Summer adventure-friendship tale has bullying, mild language
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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The Naughty List Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Goofy humor, warm heart in wild holiday romp.
By Michael Fry, Bradley Jackson
(2015)
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Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Actor encourages grumpy Christians to embrace the season.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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iMuertos App Poster Image
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age 8+
Explore Dia de Muertos via text, symbols; iffy privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Pillar Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Confusing puzzler based on personality types misses mark.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360
(2015)
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Brain Chase Website Poster Image
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age 8+
Kids embark on a pricey but fun summer learning adventure.
URL: https://brainchase.com/
(2015)
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A Christmas-tastic Carol Book Poster Image
age 8+
Dickens perennial gets goofy "Adventure Time" treatment.
By Max Brallier
(2014)
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Costume Quest 2 Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Fun Halloween sequel retreads mildly violent costumed play.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360
(2014)
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