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Parents' Guide to

Busytown Mysteries

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Richard Scarry's beloved characters solve kid-size queries.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 3+
age 2+

Nice show for little kids

Eh, I'll be generous and give it four stars. I don't think it catches the offbeat spirit of the books, but it's cute and fun for the littlest viewers.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Scarry's delightful illustrations transfer seamlessly to this animated series, and kids will get caught up in the brisk stories that encourage critical thinking. The mysteries are just right for the preschool set, typically relating to questions that kids would ask themselves -- like "Where did my sandcastle go overnight?" or "Who made those unfamiliar tracks in the snow?" As Huckle and his friends work to answer them, kids will see a pattern to their analytical process and begin to predict what might happen next.

With its timeless characters and worry-free content, parents can breathe easy about letting their preschoolers tune in to Busytown Mysteries. Then again, since some moms and dads likely have fond memories of the characters from their own childhood bedtime stories, there's plenty of reason to curl up with your kids and enjoy the show -- and perhaps open one of the books for an encore.

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