TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sweet magical series illustrates joys of helping others.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The stories are rich in positive messages about helping others and believing in yourself. Bianca learns that no new skill comes easily; everything takes practice and patience to master. 

Positive Messages

Bianca's "wish magic" can take her anywhere she wants to go, which can inspire imaginative play in young viewers. She doesn't always get it right on the first try, either, so she must learn from her mistakes and practice to get better. Recurring positive themes illustrate the importance of making good choices and thinking of others. Wishes granted sometimes oversimplify more complex problems like feeling self-conscious or battling stage fright, but the stories also make a point to show the characters helping each other in non-magical ways. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bianca's mom is a strong mentor for her, helping her hone her magical skills and joining in on her many adventures. Bianca is outgoing and a devoted friend, always using her special talents to help those around her through their struggles. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wishenpoof! is a fun preschool series about a girl with the magical ability to grant people's wishes. Kids will love the imaginative possibilities her adventures suggest, and you'll appreciate the persistent positive messages in the friendly characters' adventures. Bianca learns to exercise patience as she practices her skills (not always with success, mind you), and she uses her gift to bring others joy. She has a strong role model in her mom (who shares her secret and her gift) and a deep desire to always do the right thing. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOverlanderMama October 11, 2020

Kids songs with adult voice are so weird!!

Tries to impart solid messages like “if you fall down, get back up again” and you don't need/shouldn’t use unfair advantage (ie “magic” ). But the theme so... Continue reading
Parent Written bysandsb June 24, 2019

Can't Deal

There are shows I love to watch with my kids. This is not one of those shows.

Nearly everything about it feels forced and unnatural--the flow of the conversat... Continue reading
Kid, 3 years old December 9, 2020

Painful to listen to...

Agree with the other reviews about not the greatest lessons being taught and the worst thing is the girl's singing! You can't have an adult voice (and... Continue reading

What's the story?

WISHENPOOF! centers on a young girl named Bianca (voiced by Addison Holley) who uses her "wish magic" to make dreams come true for herself and those around her. With a wave of her wand, her room becomes an underwater playground; with a clap of her hands, a friend becomes an expert dancer and singer. Her best stuffed friend, Bob the Bear (Scott McCord), is always along for the adventures, and her mom (Alyson Court) often joins in to give Bianca some pointers on mastering her unique ability.

Is it any good?

Simply put, this series is the stuff little kids' dreams are made of. Bubbly Bianca and her cuddly bear friend are in the business of making people happy by fulfilling their wishes, and when she's not using her power for others, she and Bob explore all kinds of different places by way of it. Not only does Wishenpoof! appeal to preschoolers' sense of adventure, it also celebrates the joys of having a generous spirit and caring about others.

The show could have stopped there and still garnered fans big and small, but happily it goes the extra mile to make sure that its message sinks in for kids who don't share Bianca's special powers. In these cases, Bianca finds that not even magic can take the place of friendship and loyalty, which prove to be the most powerful forces of all. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bianca's power in Wishenpoof!. In what ways does she use it for the good of others? How does doing something nice for another person make you feel? 

  • What are your kids' special talents? Do they like to share their skills with other people? How important is practice in improving them? 

  • Kids: What rules does you family have for screen time? Why are rules important? What are some of your other favorite shows? What makes them favorites? 

  • How do the characters in Wishenpoof! demonstrate empathy and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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