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We were recently sent the Olly The Little White Van – Catch Me If You Can DVD to take a look at. The kids were excited to see it, Mouse particularly saw Justin Fletcher on the front cover and started jumping up and down wanting to watch it ‘NOW’!!

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Monkey and Mouse settled down on the beanbag and we pressed play, they then sat enthralled at all 13 episodes.

Olly is a little white van who provides BIG fun, they watched it all and as soon as it had finished Mouse wanted to watch again! The adventures were easy to follow and the animation is bright, colourful and fabulous! Justin (as always) is a perfect voice for the character who gives the kids smiles and lots of fun. If your little one is a fan of other animated programmes or of CITV, you won’t go far wrong with this one!

The DVD also includes a free colouring sheet, which Mouse insists must go on her wall right away! They have loved this DVD and now look out for it to watch on the TV too! This is a sure win for Olly fans and I think for children who don’t know him….yet!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the DVD for the purpose of this review, this has not affected our opinion – we remain honest!
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My dad was visiting from abroad and stayed with us for  a few days. On an evening we had to find something to do that suited both him and Me and Oh. So, a film night!

Argo is a film hubby has waited for ages to watch. My dad and I had heard of it and it won lots oscars so it must be a good choice, right?!

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We got some nice drinks and a few nibbles and all settled down to watch.

I am not sure what I was expecting, I knew it was a dramatic thriller with a serious story line, I knew it had the Awesome Ben Affleck both starring in it and directing it and I knew that loads of people had said how good it was, but I didn’t really know the story to come!

The synopsis reads:

“Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.”

Well, we were in for a real treat, it wasn’t a nicey nice film but it was a VERY good film. The story is serious, but this is a good thing, it keeps you really enthralled as you walk the story with them! It really is thrilling, in parts I was feeling the same emotions as the characters, fear, anxiety and then….well I can’t tell you the final one – it might give away the end!

You can certainly see why this film won oscars, the acting is brilliant, the interpretation of the story is amazing, I now know what happened and I even felt how it was to be there!

An amazing film, a definite must watch.

Disclosure: Argo was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are honest

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You always want your children to like things that you liked. There are some characters that re-appear from Mummy and Daddy’s childhood in your children’s viewing, that you hope you will be able to enjoy together!

Warner Brothers brought out a new DVD on 18th February, Scooby Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon! A classic character, so fingers crossed that we could all enjoy together!

Scooby and the gang are attending a gigantic comic book convention when a real life comic book villain attacks! Now they have to solve the mystery before the villain ruins the convention and a big comic book movie premier

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Both Monkey and Mouse were excited to ‘test out’ the new DVD, so we snuggled down with a drink and started to watch. Being the mum, I did worry slightly that having a baddie in it may be a little scary for them, but neither of them were worried and they happily didn’t move for the entire 72 minutes of fun!

Glued to the TV they really got into the film, trying to guess the answer to the mystery and often saying ‘look mummy look’. The only problem we had was that they were so drawn in, they kept getting closer and closer to the TV!

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We really enjoyed it………….and it is all thanks to them pesky kids!

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Both the Monkey and the Mouse are entering the world of reading at the minute, although they are both at different stages of it. Mouse is just learning here letter and Monkey is really getting into the world of Phonics in the reception class at school.

So, the new ‘Learn to read with the Alphablocks’ DVD ‘Phonics First Steps Volume 1’ seemed like it could be perfect for them to watch together!

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Volume 1: Phonics First Steps

Phonics First Steps introduces the first letters and sounds that children are taught at school and starts them off making simple words.

With repeat viewing, children can build key phonics skills and boost their reading confidence – while having lots and lots of fun. 

The DVD is 86 minutes of fun and learning, featuring the 26 Alphablocks who make words when they join hands!

I popped it on the TV and instantly both kids were hooked, they did not move for the entire DVD and that is a feat in itself!! Both of them were singing along, saying the sounds and Monkey was trying to get the words too! There are 18 episodes in total and at the end of each one both the kids were asking for another one!

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Monkey and Mouse have very quickly fallen in love with this DVD, it is a great support for their learning and they have so much fun watching it!  I can 100% say that this DVD will be watched over and over, it is great to watch the kids confidence grow as they recognise new letters, sounds and words!

 

Disclaimer: I was supplied with a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review, this is no way influence our opinions and we remained hones.  The DVDS can be purchased from all good DVD stockists
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