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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Charming reboot brings book characters into kids' lives.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2019
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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

My 6 year old son is obsessed with this series. It gives him a great break from homeschooling during the day and it still teaches him.
age 7+

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Kids say (5 ):

This reboot is a charming and exciting romp through the pages of classic and modern children's literature as the characters' adventures play out in the kids' urban surroundings. One minute Rubin and his friends are minding their own business and taking math tests in class, and the next they're following an enchanted skateboard down the city streets to discover Mowgli and some of his animal friends in an indoor jungle display or sitting at tea with the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter in the school auditorium. With no one else able to see or hear the characters who need the kids' help, it all falls to these four to return the wayward visitors to the blank pages of their book homes.

But what of the literary value of a TV show that takes characters out of books and puts them on the screen without the context of their respective stories? As the kids decipher Ghostwriter's clues and piece together what they need to do, they turn to the books from whence the characters came for just that context. By knowing the story they're able to separate friend from foe, understand the characters' needs and actions, and help solve problems that the accidental visitors encounter. In so doing, they also articulate the stories' themes and even find ways to relate what they learn to minor problems in their own lives.

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