A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Junior guides Albert through any number of topics of interest to and educational for preschoolers: why vegetables are important, how plaque makes cavities in teeth (and thus why you must brush).
Junior always helps Albert learn what he wants to know, and stay safe and healthy. Albert thanks him for his help at the end of each episode.
Positive Role Models
Junior seems mature but non-threatening -- kids will relate to this all-knowing small character. Albert's mother is present, and attentive.
Products & Purchases
Junior is based on the Nabi tablet.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Albert & Junior is an educational show for preschoolers starring a curious three-year-old (Albert) and his friend (Junior), who looks like a smart phone or tablet. The entirety of Albert's adventures take place in his own home, with Junior presenting the animated answers to preschooler-type questions. Adults are present and caring; there's nothing scary. Young kids will be interested to see the lighthearted (but thoroughly educational) answers to questions they wonder about.
Is It Any Good?
Slow-moving, mild, and quite charming, this show manages to introduce a few scientific concepts in a way that preschoolers will understand and relate to. Above all, it understands that three-year-olds want to know why. Why do we have to do things the way we're doing them? Why does this or that matter? The choice of subject matter is savvy and perfect for the age: answering lots of why questions, for example, why it rains, or why planes can fly but humans can't. Junior can be a bit of a scold -- we got it, Junior! Vegetables are important! -- but the animation goes on pleasant flights of fancy: "When two carrots dance the tango," Junior emotes over images of carrots having a passionate dance, "they become a glass of yummy carrot juice!" Cute. Preschoolers will think so too, and there's nothing here to alarm or scare them, making this a solid bet for curious young ones.
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