Wallykazam!

Common Sense Media says

Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.

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Educational value

The show is constructed around a literacy curriculum that reinforces letter recognition, phonics, and early reading skills. Concepts such as rhyming and synonyms are explored through the exceptional content, and the characters interact directly with the audience, encouraging kids to offer answers to their questions about how letters sound and what words say as well as to come up with synonyms or rhymes.

Positive messages

The show incorporates important lessons on social issues such as getting along with others, keeping promises, and following directions. Friendship and creative problem-solving are common themes as well, and even though magic factors heavily into how the characters act, they also rely on tactics that kids can employ in their own situations. Through one character's perpetual misbehavior, kids see that breaking rules always has consequences. 

Positive role models

Wally and his friends are curious, helpful, and always eager to solve problems. When one is in trouble, others jump to assist, usually with the power of words and literacy. Bobgoblin is meddlesome and selfish, and his interference causes all sorts of problems for the other characters, but things are always set right in the end, and occasionally he learns a lesson as well.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wallykazam! craftily disguises solid lessons in basic literacy skills as delightful stories about an endearing young troll and his forest friends. Preschoolers will love the abounding silliness in Wally's adventures, but for parents, the show's best asset is its incorporation of essential reading skills into its content. Throughout each story, audience members are encouraged to read words, identify letters, make rhymes, and generate synonyms, all in ways that feel nothing to kids like the quality lessons they actually are. Beyond the bookish learning, kids will see examples of strong friendships and creative methods for solving problems. This exceptional, comical preschool series is so well designed that parents will want to tune in with their kids, which will help parents reinforce the curriculum's points.

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Kids say

What's the story?

WALLYKAZAM! is the story of a 6-year-old troll named Wally (voiced by Thomas Langston), who uses a magic stick to create objects from the words it projects. Wally and his trusty pet dragon, Norville (Dan Bittner), love to play in the forest with their friends, and when their adventures encounter challenges, they use their knowledge of letters and words to create solutions for themselves. But, wait -- there's a trick to the magic! Each of the words has to follow the day's rule, whether it's an identical starting letter or a rhyming sound.

Is it any good?

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Set in a colorful, whimsical forest inhabited by ogres, fairies, and giants, Wallykazam! is poised to become a favorite among both its young audience members and their parents. Wally is the kind of kid you hope yours will be; he's kind, caring, and imaginative and always looking to help his friends. Put a little magic in his hands, and he can solve problems like nobody's business, which is great news for all his woodland neighbors. Kids' imaginations will run wild in this fun land of magic and fairy-tale creatures with big personalities.

Not every preschool series can pull off casting a villain of sorts, but when it's managed well, it adds a whole new level of intrigue. Enter Bobgoblin (Aria Capria), a mischievous, egocentric troublemaker who delights in deliberately irritating Wally and his friends. His antics are always amusing (though not so much for his co-characters) and typically end in some lesson learned, so he serves a valuable purpose. Even so, little can compare to the fantastic educational quality of this clever show, and its interactive style encourages kids' involvement throughout. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the literacy topic of the day. What letter or sound was magical in the story? Look around your house and see how many objects you can name that use that letter or sound. 

  • Kids: What problem did the characters face today? Did they use magic to overcome it? How could you tackle a similar one without the use of a magic stick?

  • Bobgoblin is an irritating sort, and even though his actions never aim to harm, his persistent troublemaking is a good introduction for preschoolers to the issue of bullying. Talk to them about the difference between teasing and bullying, and remind them to speak up if they ever experience or witness this kind of behavior. 

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Teen, 17 years old Written byScoutMasterLumpus February 23, 2015
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Swag

Is Very mlg, has swag, and is completley awesome
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Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bytheauthorside November 22, 2014
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Say the Word!

Wallykazam! is a wonderfully original TV show. Compared to the slow-paced Disney preschool shows with no entertainment value that do nothing but recite facts, this series is the best. Characters are lovable and interesting, and the storylines are always funny and appealing. I give the show five stars.
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Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byEnnf July 8, 2014
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My kids can't get enough!

I don't allow my kids to watch many shows, I am very picky about what they are exposed to. I love this show and my kids both do to. The songs and characters are adorable and they learn in a fun way. I disagree completely with the reviewer who said it encourages bullying. Not at all. Bob Goblin is a "stinker" as my kids like to call him! He is the "bad guy" of the show without being very bad, just ornery. It's adorable, 5 stars, LOVE it!
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