Monday, December 18th, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide #1 – Books And DVDs


Here are books and DVDs we recommend this holiday season. Stay tuned for mini guides throughout December!








Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Quidditch

By Insight Editions

For the ultimate Harry Potter fan that has seen all the movies, this book is a must. The wizarding world’s favorite sport, Quidditch is a magical game played high up in the air with Quaffles, Bludgers, and broomsticks. This interactive book allows fans to project their favorite Quidditch scenes from the Harry Potter films on a wall or ceiling using a flashlight. Read along and experience extraordinary moments from the movies like never before, like when Harry catches the Golden Snitch in his first-ever game of Quidditch.

Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this unique book allows fans to project their favorite scenes from the Harry Potter films at home with a flashlight.

$16.99 / $18.99 (U.S./CAN)


How about getting books each month? Bookroo is a curated children’s book subscription that is priced at $17.99 per month in both US and Canada.

The Picture Book Box

• Perfect for kids age 2-6
• Contains 2 hardcover picture books, individually gift wrapped!
• Chosen with the help of the Bookroo Review Process
• Retail value of books exceeds subscription price

Board Book Box
• Perfect for kids age 0-2
• Contains 3 board books, individually gift wrapped!
• Chosen with the help of the Bookroo Review Process
• Retail value of books exceeds subscription price


The much-anticipated Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12: The Getaway is now available. This time, follow Greg Heffley and his family on a tropical vacation.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

Jeff Kinney says, “I’m very excited for kids to read The Getaway. With airplane travel and an exotic location, the new book expands the frontiers of the Wimpy universe.”

My son has all the books and still loves reading them while in middle school. My 9-year-daughter has just started reading the series. A must for Wimpy readers!


The Day Pinot Pepper Turned Blue

Author Julia Roberts adores her cats Pinot and Grigio, so much that she decided to feature them in her books. In the first of her book series The Day Pinot Pepper Turned Blue, the tale starts with “a happy cat following the routines of his life. Each day he knows will be filled with love from his human, fun with his friends, and of course food, which is only ever a paw’s reach away. One morning Pinot awakes to find something has changed. Something very odd indeed has happened to Pinot! Will he discover the reason behind his sudden change? Will he ever be back to normal again? With some help from his friends, Pinot hopes to find out.”

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Give the gift of Despicable Me 3. The movie stars the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Trey Parker. Now available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™,DVD and On Demand.

llumination, the studio that brought you Sing,The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, brings back The Minions, Gru, his wife Lucy and their three daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes in this third installment.

After Gru is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps.

Download these Despicable 3 activity sheets.



Nickelodeon brings Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream to its DVD debut.

Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream, tells the story of Albert, a tiny Douglas fir tree who dreams of becoming Empire City’s most famous Christmas tree.

Along with his friends Maisie the palm tree and Gene the weed, he begins the trip of a lifetime to make all of his dreams come true. On their journey they encounter the villainous and prickly Cactus Pete and even a swarm of hungry rabbits, but along the way they discover the true meaning of friendship and team work – while saving Christmas along the way.


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