A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The over-emphasis on getting kids to become "zhunatics" by looking through every Zhu Zhu item for sale (at retailers, not on the site) and selecting "I Want It!" or "I Have It!" buttons to build up lists of Zhu Zhus sends the message that you gotta buy more to enjoy them.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of games, such as "Sneaky Ninja," are based on fighting themes and include military vehicles, attack dogs and cannons shooting water balloons.
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Products & Purchases
The site is based on promoting how much fun Zhu Zhu Pets can be, with YouTube videos showing kids playing with their Zhu Zhus, bios that show off each character's personality, places for kids to mark "I Want It!" or "I Have It!," and a list of where-to-buy retail sites.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fan site will appeal to kids who collect Zhu Zhu Pets. Kids must be able to read to play many of the games, and there's not a lot to do here other than play the games and look at all the different Zhu Zhu products you can purchase (but not on the site). The main emphasis is on promoting the hamster characters and showing kids all the ways they can have fun with them.
Is It Any Good?
For kids caught in the Zhu Zhu Pets craze, the site is fine for an occasional visit but it doesn't offer much in the way of education or interaction. It offers a few amusing, age-appropriate games, information about the ZhuZhus, and a few ideas to spark offline fun like coloring pages and cutouts. There's some YouTube videos here of real kids playing with Zhu Zhus while an offscreen adult prompts them to say what they like about the toy. This odd way to add video advertising to the site seems like an unfortunate attempt to put unmarked ads on the site without kids recognizing them as such. Of course, all of this fun is under the goal of selling more Zhu Zhus, even if you cannot buy directly from this website.
Online interaction: There are no opportunities to interact with others on this site.
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