Friday, 07 October 2016 14:14

'Middle School' daze

Tween comedy inoffensive entertainment

There's a lot of media out there aimed at young people. Books, movies, TV shows all created expressly to engage with the kiddie demographic. As far as quality is concerned, wellit's a mixed bag.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:13

A dog and his boy Toby'

Picture book looks at pet adoption

Pets can be a huge part of any child's life. There's something truly special about the relationship between kids and pets.

Published in Style
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 20:53

Terese Makes a Tapestry'

Beautiful blending of historical storytelling and art

For those who love a good story, enjoy history and rich detailed pictures will fall in love with 'Terese Makes a Tapestry, by Alexandra D. Hinrichs and Illustrated by Renee Graef ($19.95, Getty Publications). This richly illustrated children's picture book takes readers back to the 1600s, when Louis XIV reigned in France. Terese is the daughter of an artist and enjoys working on the yarns for the renowned Gobelin's Manufactory that creates stunning tapestries for royalty, and though women are not permitted to weave there, Teresa still dreams of working there some day.

Published in Style

It's rare to see a commercially successful rock band stick together for more than 30 years. It becomes more of a rarity when the Grammy-winning front man is not only a musician and a singer, but also a well-known TV personality, actor and author. Is there a possibility of overexposure? Not when that front man is 'Weird Al' Yankovic.

Music fans know Al best for his song parodies that have been comedy hits. His music has spanned more than three decades, and he has modified his sound to fit the styles that are relevant and popular over the course of time. From Madonna and Michael Jackson in the '80s, to Coolio and The Offspring in the '90s, to Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga today, Weird Al's music has crossed genre and generation, and continues to reinvent itself. Despite more than 30 years of making music, Al continues to attract new fans, and scored his greatest musical success on the Billboard chart with a parody of Chamillionaire's 'Ridin'' called 'White & Nerdy' in 2006. 

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 14:29

Blackbear the Pirate

Thaaarrr be Baaars... er, Bears

There is adventure on the high seas for Blackbear the Pirate, and more on the way as this charming series continues.

The latest installment of this lovely illustrated children's book is 'The Search for Captain Ben,' where Blackbear and his crew go in search of the captain's missing mentor named in the title.

The idea of combining pirates with bears came to author Steve Buckley while on a trip to Canada.

'I had written all these adventure stories and I was just trying to figure out where it was going and put some characterization in it. I didn't want to illustrate them [the pirates] as people,' he said in a phone interview. 'We were way up near a village called Mica. We saw so many bears and that's really where it came from.'

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