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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PJ Masks is a preschool series that centers on three young superheroes who fight crime at night and live otherwise normal lives during the day. The stories are rich with examples of positive social behavior, from thinking before you act to making and accepting apologies when they're warranted. The heroes rely on teamwork to foil the villains' plans, and the bad guys often trip up because they're being selfish or mean.
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What's the story?
When the night brings a mystery, three friends jump into their jammies and spring into action as superheroes in PJ MASKS. Connor (voiced by Jacob Ewaniuk), Greg (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf), and Amaya (Addison Holley) use magical amulets to transform into their superhero alter egos -- Catboy, Gekko, and Owlette, respectively. By combining their superpowers and using teamwork, they spoil the plans of villains such as Night Ninja and the mad scientist Romeo (Alex Thorne).
Is it any good?
TV superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and manners of dress, but these three cuties are the first to fight bad guys in their jammies and at the tender age of 5. Though the concept blurs the line between age-appropriate response to crime and what's fun to imagine, it has generally empowering messages for preschoolers and never misses an opportunity to teach a lesson about friendship and cooperation that's easily applicable to kids' experiences.
None of the villains is really scary, and the pint-size naughties deal in nonthreatening crimes, such as stealing kids' toys and turning a remote-control dinosaur on the town. That keeps the mood light and often comical and the stories engaging. PJ Masks is enjoyable enough for parents and tots to watch together, which gives you the opportunity to remind them that sneaking out of the house (even to fight crime) isn't OK in the real world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a hero. Do you have to fight crime to be one? Are TV heroes like those in PJ Masks believable? Who in your kids' lives would they consider to be one, and why?
Does individual power ever substitute for cooperation in these heroes' experiences? Is it always easy to work with others? What if you have different ideas about solving the same problem?
Kids: Who are your favorite TV characters? Are any of them the subjects of books as well?
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