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By Tara Swords, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Kids can relate to this sweet, curious explorer.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

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age 5+

Based on 55 parent reviews

age 2+

A great motivation to the daily early childhood days

When I was 15 in 2015, when I go online, someone recommended this cartoon to me, and I watched it for the first time, I found the show interactive to younger children and it motivates them to learn, play and dream big.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 2+

Is this website seriously recommending this for children?

I'll be frank. I'm not one of those cringeworthy parents who insists every little complex or suggestive topic in a movie/show automatically makes it a bad movie/show for children and in general. However, I WILL guarantee nyou that Caillou is a horrible influence on children and not even an engaging show overall. Before I get into the show's utterly awful protagonist, I want to state that the animation style and direction is absolutely awful. The narrator points out every little obvious thing happening on-screen that even children doesn't need it, and it's basically making Caillou more annoying than he already is by explaining every little thing he feels. The art and animation is boring and unengahing and the jarring usage of primary colors throughout the show is completely distracting and even fails at an aesthetic sense. The stories are full of absolutely nothing except for Caillou whining whenever things are not done the way he wants. His parents are just there giving him what he desires, which would honestly cause kids themselves to believe the same thing. And here's the worst thing in this entire show: Caillou himself. Goodness he is a horrible child. He whines whenever he doesn't get his way, acts like a brat and expects special treatment, and fails the acknowledge the concept of no in which his parents apparently don't know either. He is an awdaw, self-entitled child and a dreadful role model to any boy or girl. Parents, for the sake of your child's sanity, (and your own for that matter) please never allow them to watch this show. It's not inappropriate, it's not violent, it's just plain stupid. P.S. you guys should add a "Too Much Stupidity" option, as I would spam that towards this show to oblivion.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (55 ):
Kids say (247 ):

Some of Caillou's reactions to situations are quite realistic: When he breaks a friend's bucket in the sandbox, the friend tells him that she doesn't want to play with him anymore. Caillou sulks, and when his mother asks him what's wrong, he doesn't at first 'fess up to breaking his friend's toy. A narrator explains Caillou's true intentions to viewers: He's embarrassed. Caillou might also make a sour face or protest if asked to do something he doesn't want to do, but the narrator usually explains his motives. Overall, he displays realistic reactions -- which might make Caillou more companion than role model. But he always gets the life lesson -- and viewers will, too.

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