Game Reviews

Cars 2: The Video Game Game Poster Image
age 10+
Great combat racing, but loads of gunfire and explosions.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Forza Motorsport 4 Game Poster Image
age 10+
Excellent racing sim that's easy to play but has open chat.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book Poster Image
age 2+
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
By Richard Scarry
(1974)
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Born to Run Music Poster Image
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age 12+
Poetic teen anthems of desperation still resonate.
By Bruce Springsteen
(1975)
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London Calling Music Poster Image
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age 13+
Punk rebels fuse aggressive rock with Jamaican roots music.
By The Clash
(1979)
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Asphalt 7: Heat App Poster Image
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age 12+
High-speed, high-thrills racing game; optional live chat.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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1-2-3 Peas Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Super-appealing counting book with 100 cute peas in action.
By Keith Baker
(2012)
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Beach Boys: 20 Good Vibrations, The Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Music Poster Image
age 9+
Surfer boys at their best in sunny, bouncy hits collection.
By Beach Boys
(1999)
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Forza Horizon Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Deep, compelling car game glamorizes illicit street racing.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Linnea in Monet's Garden Book Poster Image
age 6+
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
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Just One Day Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Mature romance explores love, travel, and self-discovery.
By Gayle Forman
(2013)
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On the Road Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Poetic, ecstatic, debauched novel that changed literature.
By Jack Kerouac
(1957)
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Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Delightful steampunk fantasy about girl spies and assassins.
By Gail Carriger
(2013)
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The Little Engine That Could Book Poster Image
age 3+
Charming, encouraging picture book engages and inspires.
By Watty Piper
(1930)
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Steam Train, Dream Train Book Poster Image
age 4+
Jolly animals load a train in this dream of a bedtime book.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld
(2013)
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Go, Dog. Go! Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Go, new readers. Go!
By P. D. Eastman
(1961)
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The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(1986)
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Locomotive Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Gorgeous story of train journey is exciting, fact-packed.
By Brian Floca
(2013)
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Let's Go for a Drive! An Elephant & Piggie Book Book Poster Image
age 4+
Silly tale gives new readers a fun lesson in being flexible.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
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Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey Game Poster Image
age 10+
History adventure challenges kids to make difficult choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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