Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Suburban Obsessions #33 -- My Magical World


Step right up and getcher kiddie crack here, ladies and gentleman (only one guy reads this blog).

A few months ago, I promised my friend Jordan* that I'd take a peek at My Magical World and let him know what I and The Ambassador thought of it. Okay, it was actually many months ago, but a few minor things, like an aneurysm, a baby and a constant state of forgetfulness got in the way. Trust me when I say none of those hurdles is a reflection of how The Ambassador and I feel about Georgia and her friends in My Magical World.

Yes, it's a kiddie video. Yes, my kid watches TV. If yours does, too, then this is a good one.

Georgia and her friends, Abra, Louie, Chase, Hase and Sammy guide kids through a variety of everyday situations, imparting values like sharing and listening. Your kid isn't going to smell any of that do-gooder stuff though, because he or she is going to be so caught up in the singing and dancing. The storylines are easy to understand, and the characters are engaging, but it was the songs that really sucked The Ambassador into the show. He even wanted to watch the bonus segments that included just the singing. After a couple of viewings, I was shocked to hear him singing along and doing some of the dance moves. He requested the show for weeks, and more often than not, he followed along with the book that accompanies the video.

A couple nitty gritty facts you parents will love: My Magical World was the 2008 winner of the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and it was approved by Kids First, which puts it in the same ranks of Baby Einstein and Leapfrog videos. If you can get past Georgia's wig, and the fact that her song about sharing is reminiscent of the Laverne & Shirley theme song, you'll probably dig the video, too. If I had one complaint to lodge, it's that they try to cover too much ground in a single episode. In addition to listening and sharing, they tack on a couple extra lessons at the end that don't get covered with enough depth to really have an impact. But I'd always rather expose my kids to more, rather than less, so as complaints go, it's a minor one.

The original agreement was that I'd review the DVD. But when I saw how much The Ambassador loved it, I called my BFF Jordan and asked him for another one that I could use in a giveaway. So this is your chance for some free kiddie crack! Leave a comment here, and on Friday evening, I'll draw a name at random and select a winner!


*Jordan and I have never met, I've never heard his voice, and he probably won't ever talk to me again via email, because I took FOREVER to get this review done. I hope he has kids and understands.

27 comments:

Jill said...

Me, me, me, pick me, pick me. We need some new crack in the rotation.

Kelli (Alexie's Mom) said...

No way, man. Pick ME! I've been catching myself singing Backyardigan songs out of the blue... Save me please!

Marci said...

We love us some crack here!! Pick me! :)

Missives From Suburbia said...

Oh, and the reason you know Jordan and I are not BFF's? Because she just informed me via email that she is a she. It's a good thing she's nice.

Sarah said...

I think I can recite Shrek by heart. We definitely need something new to throw into the rotation!

Anonymous said...

Rose would love a read-along book! You know Deb, this is the second time that one of your giveaways has sparked a my-kid-is-ready-for-that moment. Last time it was fruit rollups. These giveaways work for the advertisers. ;)

Debbie said...

I am always up for some kiddie crack!!

Anonymous said...

That was me, Caren.

Rose=Caren.

Just in case I win.

April said...

Ohhhhh, pick me Deb. Pick me.. I am a "kiddie crack head".. Nate could use something new in the rotation.

Karyn said...

My kiddies def need a new fix....they nnneeeedd some kiddie crack!!!

Vanessa said...

Me wanty!!!!

Christy Gray said...

Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!

THE LETTS FAMILY said...

OK I was going to comment anyway, but you WELL KNOW that my kids are currently watching TV almost all the time as I have been glued to the couch for weeks. And if I have to watch Shaun the Sheep (which is hilarious and you should totally check out) one more time, I might start lose my... fleece.

Cathy said...

I think you know how much I need new kiddie crack now and then...

Elizabeth said...

I'm always in the market for some "kiddie crack" to Crack out my 21 month old twins....I'll take one in each color...wait what are we talking about.....I haven't slept in what seems like yrs.....Thanks for the fun!

Trudi said...

I would love something new in our rotation, too! Pick me, pweeeeeeeeeeeeeze???

Vikki said...

Emma loves watching TV, a new video would be awesome!!!

Cassie J. said...

Who doesn't love kiddie crack? I know my 2 year old would love it.

Christibear said...

Please pick me!!!(On my knees praying because this "pick me" thing is random) I need something to replace the video the WIC office gave us at our last visit. If I have to hear "doing the Zobie Zip Zop..." one more time, I'll go insane!

Jill said...

This sounds right up Andrew's alley. I'm so freaking sick of Blues Clues and Issa would like him to watch something that teaches him a life lesson.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE pick me!! My two youngest are 20 months apart (1 and 3 currently) and seriously need this kiddie crack since they both fail to exhibit any sharing skills when they are in the same room. The songs are a nice added bonus, as I'll lose my mind if I have to listen to "there's a party in my tummy" one more time!

Cynthia H. - Hubby knows how to reach me in case I win! :)

Destiny(luvaddiegirl) said...

We could use something new to watch!

Julia said...

You know Cass is a singer/dancer. We've watched every Backyardigans at least 50 times!! Sad thing is, the hubs and I have favorite episodes now!! Count me in for new crack!!

Jamie said...

We definitely need some crack around here, now especially with Raelee starting to sing. CRACK IS NEEDED!

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