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Author Archive for Matt

Where It’s App: Once Upon a Time Edition

The iTunes store has no shortage of fairy tale-themed apps and eBooks. A quick search for any of your favorite Hans Christian Andersen or Brothers Grimm stories will turn up hundreds of options for both “free” (quotations marks very intentional)  and paid options. Unfortunately, many of them feature artwork right out of a bad Disney […]

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Chrismukkah: In Review

Chrismukkah is over at our mixed-marriage residence.  Please ignore those lingering decorations. It’s time to call out just a few of the Santa (and Hanukkah) successes of the 2012 Holiday season. Disney Apples To Apples – Surely, you have played the adult-targeted version of this game at a party or two – possibly under the influence of […]

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All Aboard “The Choo Choo Bob Show”

In reviewing children’s shows, I often chance upon two types:  First, there are the wonderful, niche productions aimed at a specific audience with specific goals. Then, there are the broader, mainstream-aimed shows that are just waiting for their national breakthrough.  The Choo Choo Bob Show falls in to the later category. Based out of Saint […]

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Grab the Kids & Take a Trip Down to ‘Goon Holler’

If you kvell over the artistic sensibilities and pop-art style of Yo Gabbba Gabba and its animated segments, then it is time to take a trip to Goon Holler.  While we have written about this property in the past, all has been quiet out of the ‘Holler,’ until now. “The Goon Holler Guidebook” was written […]

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Meet the zanimals: Cute, Cuddly and Handmade

At Nugget Island, we love unique goods for kids, and it doesn’t get any more unique than handmade. The zanimals are cute stuffed critters made of knee socks and other new & recycled clean materials,  stuffed with 100% polyester fiberfill. The zanimals were brought to life by Suzanne Pollack, a Boston-based artist from my childhood hometown who […]

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