We give a mixed review to Disney’s latest fairytale and talk about three new books.
The Quick Review
Tangled – Andy was enchanted with Disney’s take on the Rapunzel story, but this just goes to show you that men always go for long-haired blondes. Jennifer, on the other hand, was disturbed by some complicated messages for children.
School According to Humphrey – The latest installment of Betty G. Birney’s tale of a classroom pet hamster is long-winded in parts but still a great book for teaching children basic values. And kids loves hamsters. Age 6+.
The Heron and the Crane – A strangely nihilistic view of courtship; a book that Ingmar Bergman might have written. Fabulously illustrated by Quentin Blake. Age 3+.
Magic Farm: A Whole New World – Yes, possibly a new world to replace the Rainbow Fairies! But rather than goblins and Jack Frost, in this gentle adventure three children avoid ‘Little Rotters’ in a gender-neutral adventure on a magic farm. Age 5+.