Book reviews - DVD and audio stories

On this page we have reviewed some of the best new children's stories and activities on DVD and audio. Listening to and watching their favourite characters brought to life is a great way to enthuse children for reading. There are stories here to appeal to all children, so please take a look.

Octonauts - Polar Adventures from Abbey Home Media

The Octonauts are a team of adventurers who are always on hand to help sea creatures as well as exploring underwater worlds - this means that the DVDs are full of opportunities for children to learn about sealife and the importance of looking after it. They live on board the Octopod but when it goes in for repair, Peso sets off on holiday to the frozen Arctic; a good way to introduce a new habitat. Then they are off to the Antarctic to save sea stars and sea urchins. As well as these two great adventures, there are three more episodes - Adelie Penguins, Bowhead Whale and Saltwater Crocidile. There's always plenty of excitement, but alongside this, children will be absorbing lots of knowledge. Explore - Rescue - Protect is the motto of the Octonauts, whi are lively and likeable characters, with very individual voices that are easy to identify and clear to hear. With bright graphics and plenty of action, children will thoroughly enjoy this DVD. Published 29/08/16.

Masha and The Bear - Hide and Seek from Abbey Home Media

Masha and the Bear is based in the traditional Russian children's folk story of the same name. The stories tell of the adventures of a little girl named Masha and a fatherly bear who always keeps her out of trouble. Masha and the Bear have a lovely relationship, which is depicted excellently in these stories which have a strong moral theme and focus on the importance of friendship and helping others. The quality of the animation is excellent, and the sound quality good for little ones - the series really appeals to young children, with its short episodes that really capture the attention. There are eight stories to enjoy in this DVD, with a running time of just over an hour. Masha is a cute character who means well, but she needs the father-figure of Bear to help her out of scrapes - which he does, of course. A very enjoyable series. Publication date 19/09/16.

Topsy & Tim - Birthday Party from Abbey Home Media

The irresistible twins are back with six more lively adventures. The pair share that special bond that twins have and they always have fun together, enjoying the everyday activities that will be familiar to all young children. The episodes on this DVD are Birthday Party, Broken Vase, Special Cake, Our Teeth, Wheelchair Exercises and Wiggle's Trip. In the title story, Topsy and Tim are 5, and there's a wonderful surprise in store, as well as all the excitement of a party with their friends. The graphics are good, the scenes well-shot and the audio is clear and distinctive for children. The everyday situations are easy for children to relate to their own experiences and I was pleased to see the inclusion of 'Wheelchair exercises'. Topsy and Tim are perennial favourites and the DVDs are really true to Jean and Gareth Adamson's original vision. Release date 4/7/16.

Masha's Tales - Mixed Up Stories from Abbey Home Media

Masha is a smart and cheeky girl who loves to tell stories - and especially, she loves to retell well-known tales. The stories delve into her unique mind as her (and every child's) favourite stories are re-imagined with Masha's own unique vision, as she regales her toys with the tales. Episodes include Three Little Pigs, Tom Thumb, The Valiant Little Tailor, Ali Baba, Caliph Stork, Cinderella, Father Frost, The Fox & The Rabbit, Jack & The Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood, The Frog Princess, The Golden Cockerel, The Magic Swan Geese. The short episodes are perfect for small children. The tales might be slightly mixed-up but this only adds to their child-appeal; the visuals are great and the backgrounds lovely; Masha's voice is spot-on for the character and I love the way she interacts with the stories. The cartoon format of the stories will appeal to young ones, and the bright colours are most appealing. Release date 11/7/16. Also available is Masha And The Bear - How They Met - OFFICIAL UK VERSION [DVD] ; A big thank you to Abbey Home Media for sending these DVDs.

CBeebies: All Stars - Volume 3 from Abbey Home Media

Children will find all their favourite CBeebies friends here, in this super collection which offers over two hours of fun. Twirlywoos, Peter Rabbit, Octonauts, The Clangers, Mike The Knight, The Furchester, Chuggington, DipDap, Cloudbabies, In The Night Garden and Topsy & Tim are all here in a varied and enjoyable compilation which offers something to please every child. It's a good mix, showcasing the very best of CBeebies and it would make a great gift for any young child.

In The Night Garden - Igglepiggle's Tiddle from Abbey Home Media

A perennial favourite, In the Night Garden takes children on an imaginative journey through a night garden and introduces them to its eccentric residents. It's a magical place, created by Andrew Davenport, co-creator of 'Teletubbies', and narrated by Derek Jacobi.  The funny and lovable characters include Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos, the Pontipines and the Haahoos; they all help children to learn about caring and sharing. The episodes in this DVD are: 'Igglepiggle's Tiddle', 'Igglepiggle Goes Visiting', 'Hiding in Flowerpots', 'Catch the Ninky Nonk' and 'The Pontinpines' Picnic'. It's great fun when a mysterious jet of water appears by Igglepiggle - what could it be? With over two hours of play time, there's plenty here for the most ardent fan.

Sooty - 123 Learn Your Numbers from Abbey Home Media

Learn To Count and have fun with numbers with Sooty, Sweep and Sue in this specially created learning dvd which is matched to Early Years teaching. The mix of humour and learning works well, and there is a story to the learning - the friends need to know their numbers to work in Mr Slater's gift shop; this is a good practical application to encourage children.This DVD release also includes an exclusive Sooty Numbers poster, worksheets to be printed out (these are an excellent way to encourage children to build on their learning) and two episodes from the TV series. Children really respond well to Sooty, whose appeal never wanes - I must confess, though, to a secret hankering for the Matthew Corbett versions which my children loved.

Horrid Henry - Day Of The Dinosaur from Abbey Home Media

A bumper double DVD pack to delight all Horrid Henry fans - 12 fun-filled episodes and over two hours running time will satisfy the most ardent viewer. There are 6 episodes of The Day of the Dinosaur and a further 6 in Rocking the World. All the favourite characters are here and once again, the mayhem that seems to follow Henry wherever he goes will generate plenty of giggles from children; it's great for them to see this much-loved book character brought to life and will increase interest in the books - a good way to encourage reading. Henry's antics never pall - they are packed with good-humoured fun. The DVD includes subtitles - as well as the obvious value for the hard-of-hearing, they also make a good way to help with learning to read.

Milkshake Monkey from Abbey Home Media

With 20 episodes, there's plenty here to keep young fans of the engaging and inquisitive monkey happy. Milkshake Monkey is a live action pre-school series which introduces a wide range of people and places - it's a great way to stimulate your young ones' interest in the world around them and the short episodes offer plenty to talk about afterwards. His adventures this time include crabbing in rock pools, making new friends at the seal sanctuary and creating sock puppets for a show - and on the way, children will love to spot other favourite Milkshake characters. I found this one of the more enjoyable DVDs I have watched as there is enough there to engage adults too - and there will be lots of questions to answer from your young one. There are plenty of humorous moments too. An excellent DVD with lots of learning value, which certainly held my young tester's attention.

Little Red Tractor - Down On The Farm from Abbey Home Media

The Little Red Tractor Lives at Charming Gosling Farm with his owner Stan and other farmyard people, animals and machines. The Little Red Tractor is not as big or as powerful as the other machines, but he works hard to earn his place around the farm. Watching his adventures is a good way for children to learn that size doesn't mean everything - being determined and resourceful is just as important - and the most important thing is to be like the little tractor, who is always there for his friends. The stories are varied, with lots of action, appealing characters and a lovely setting. It's a good way to introduce young children to what happens on the farm too.

Boj - Blast off Buddies

Boj is a marsupial from the Australian Outback and he has become a much-loved CBeebies favourite. He's a helpful creature who loves to help his friends and neighbours and he has plenty of creative Boj-a-boom ideas to make stuff from other stuff. The themes of friendship and working together are a good lesson for young ones, who will pick up on the message as they enjoy the colourful episodes. The episodes are fun and lively with plenty of creative ideas incorporated with the story. The ten episodes, which offer nearly two hours of captivating fun are Blast Off Buddies; Hoppy Birthday; Flat as a Pancake; Carry On Carrot; Giggly Park Rescue Squad; The Giggly Dig; Denzil's Lost Teddy; Boj the Collector; Sneezy Snufferoos and Keep On Going. The fun extras include karaoke music videos to get young ones singing along (watch out - these are VERY catchy!) and printable colouring sheets to enjoy and display. A great addition to pre-schoolers' favourite characters.

Sooty: ABC Learn the Alphabet from Abbey Home Media

Children learn well and respond to favourite characters, so they will engage with this DVD which has all the mischief and mayhem for which Sooty and pals are loved. The programme begins with Sooty showing us that he can spell his name (can your child?). Then they are off Wookey Hole Caves where they take a journey through the alphabet finding objects beginning with each letter. The pack includes a good sized colourful alphabet poster, ideal to put on display to reinforce learning. There are also three episodes from the Sooty TV series, as well as printable worksheets making this DVD excellent value for money. I do have nostalgic yearnings for the Matthew Corbett videos my children loved though... It's an ideal way to develop early literacy skills and supports the Early Years Curriculum.

Octonauts - Pirate Adventures from Abbey Home Media

The Octonauts travel the oceans, looking after their inhabitants and protecting the seas from harm. Now you can join the Octonauts in some piratical adventures; seeing their underwater world on DVD is great! Amazon Adventure is a special episode which sees Kwazii comes face to face with his long-lost pirate grandfather Calico Jack, while the Octonauts travel deep down the Amazon river in search of a lost city. Seadragons, parrotfish, swordfish, squid and whales and just some of the creatures our intrepid adventurers meet; and children will learn facts about them while they enjoy the fun-packed DVD. Ohhhh arrr - there's a free cut-out eye-patch too. Bright, colourful, engaging, pacy, informative...

Bedtime With CBeebies from Abbey Home Media

Much as we love our children, we all know that the hour before bedtime can sometimes be a struggle. Here's an answer for you - sit down with your little and relax together as they enjoy this carefully chosen selection of bedtime stories. It includes Topsy and Tim, Cloudbabies, Woolly and Tig, Waybuloo, 64 Zoo Lane, Abney and Teal and In the Night Garden. It really is a well chosen group of films, all with a gently bedtime theme, perfect for relaxing and winding down at the end of a busy day - with over an hour and a half of playing time, you can watch an episode or two each night - and then maybe choose a bedtime story based on the same characters.

Chuggington - Turbo Charged Chugger from Abbey Home Media

In these six fast-moving new episodes, Wilson, Koko and Brewster advance in their training and go on to the next level - taking apprenticeships and meeting new mentors. The friendly trains and eye-catching graphics are bound to be a big success, and the fast-moving stories will have young ones engrossed. The six episodes on the first DVD are Stop Koko Stop+; Brewster Leads the Way; Blazin' Wilson; Runaway Koko; Explorer Koko and Team Trainee. The graphics are excellent and children will love to see the engines racing around the tracks, chatting away as they go. But that's not all! This excellent value pack also includes a Storytime DVD which is perfect for taking out and about and which adds an interesting fresh approach to the stories. It's a gentle way to convey a message too, encouraging children to work together and teach each other. Great value and one that will be watched/listened to many times.

Topsy and Tim - Dressing Up from Abbey Home Media

The Topsy and Tim DVDs are based on the much-loved stories by Jean and Gareth Adamson. Twins Topsy and Tim share a special bond, just like many twins do and so the stories will be of especial interest to twins. Not just twins though - Topsy and Tim share experiences common to all young children and so their adventures will engross all little ones, who will enjoy the familiarity and reassurance of their secure family life. Join the fun-loving twins in 8 colourful episodes, accompanied by catchy tunes to enjoy. The stories also help them to understand when things go wrong and help them cope with problems in a reassuring manner.The reward chart and stickers which are included are great for reinforcing this.

Sooty - Panto Palaver from Abbey Home Media

Sooty's enduring popularity is testament to the appeal of the little bear and his friends. Five fun-filled episodes include Panto Palaver, Pranks and Presents, Disco Disco!, Sooty Takes Off and Record Breakers for nearly an hour of entertainment. In the title story, it's up to Sooty, Sweep and Soo to step in and save the day when the pantomime actors don't turn up - of course, there are a few mishaps along the way! There's plenty of action all through the stories and children just love to laugh at the mischief the friends cause - and to watch poor Richard suffer; Richard has carried on the tradition excellently and the stories are just right for today's audience.

The Little Reindeer from Abbey Home Media

Santa Claus' impish little reindeer accidentally fell off Santa's sled last year and was delivered to a little boy. Through the year, they become best friends and have some wonderful times together. But as Christmas approaches, the little reindeer starts to yearn to be back where he belongs and the little boy knows his friend must leave. Based on the story by master storyteller Michael Foreman, this lovely tale has an uplifting and positive ending. With lively songs and music to enjoy, this is the ideal Christmas treat.

Milkshake! Stars from Abbey Home Media

Children's favourites are all here in this great compilation from Milkshake! Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Little Princess, Toby's Travelling Circus, Bert & Ernie, Bananas In Pyjamas, Olly The Little White Van, Jelly Jamm, Tickety Toc, Angelina Ballerina, Chloe's Closet, Pip Ahoy! and Igam Ogam. Over two hours of fun, perfect for families who love all these great shows - it's great to have a selection on the DVD so children get to enjoy the variety. You can choose to watch right through or make a selection.

Chloe's Closet - Rainbow Riddle from Abbey Home Media

Chloe's Closet is about the adventures of Welsh girl Chloe and her friends, who go on magical adventures whenever they dress up - it's a popular programme on Channel 5's 'Milkshake'. This DVD contains 'Bump in the Night', 'Rainbow Riddle', 'Monkeys of the Caribbean', 'The Colour Pink', 'Jet's Quest' and 'Braking Away'. Chloe is a very imaginative four year old and the stories are a great way to encourage children to develop their own imaginative ideas - give them some dressing up clothes and see what happens! They are lovely stories of friendship too, as Chloe is always surrounded by her friends. This enjoyable DVD is perfect for fans of the show and is bound to generate new followers too.

Olly The Little White Van - Catch Me If You Can from Abbey Home Media

Olly is a helpful little white van with a big personality who, with his driver Stan, is always ready to help out. Join Olly and Stan in this beautifully CGI animated preschool series narrated by children's TV superstar Justin Fletcher. Charlie has entered the Bumpton Go Kart Race and he is racing in a computer controlled kart built by Stan. When the kart malfunctions and will not stop Olly helps with the rescue mission. That's just one of 13 enjoyable episode on this great DVD, which also includes a colouring-in sheet.

Big And Small - The Biggest Story from Abbey Home Media

Big and Small follows the adventures of two best friends who couldn't be more different. Big is big, thoughtful and very patient, whilst Small is small, loud and very, very messy! Even though they're so different, they always find a way to get along - and have lots of laughs along the way. At the heart of Big & Small is a celebration of difference and friendship, explored in great stories packed with laugh out loud moments and highly memorable songs. Episodes include:- The Biggest Story, Small, Small Let Down Your Hair, Boingo Boys, The Rainbow, The Scare-Small, The Box.

Strawberry Shortcake - Jammin' With Cherry Jam from Abbey Home Media

The glow of friendship shines brighter than the spotlight when Strawberry and her pals meet superstar Cherry Jam! Get ready for a rocking good time as the girls face stage fright, work to impress a talent scout and consider moving to Berry Big City. Along the way, they learn that fame and fortune can be fun, but there's nothing more important than friendship.

Care Bears Adventures in Care-A-Lot - A Little Help from Abbey Home Media

Six episodes from the children's animated series following the adventures of the Care Bears. In the fantastical town of Care-a-lot, Cheer Bear (voice of Tabitha St. Germain) and the other Care Bears spread goodwill and empathy wherever they go. But with Grizzle (Mark Oliver) up to his dirty tricks, it'll take a collective effort to change his outlook and protect Care-a-lot for good.

Horrid Henry And The King Of Bling from Abbey Home Media

Join the ever-popular Henry in his latest DVD with six more hilarious episodes from the CITV animated series. Episodes include: Horrid Henry and The King Of Bling; Horrid Henry and The Code Crackers; Horrid Henry and the Terrible Teacher; Horrid Henry Sells The School; Horrid Henry & The Movie Star; and Horrid Henry's Horrible Homework. The DVD usefully includes English subtitles for the hard of hearing.

In the Night Garden: Wake Up Igglepiggle from Abbey Home Media

In the Night Garden is one of the most-loved CBeebies programmes and now children can enjoy over two hours of their favourite with this brand-new DVD. The characters and the settings of the programme completely engross children and the storylines, despite the fantasy setting, are familiar to children so they can readily identify with the activities. The episodes include Wake Up Igglepiggle, Where Can Igglepiggle Have A Rest, Oh Look It's Wottingers, Dinner In The Ninky Nonk and Tombilboos Clean Their Teeth, and there are also stickers and an activity sheet included. Great value.

Dennis & Gnasher - Come Menace With Me from Abbey Home Media

Dennis' popularity never wanes - he has been entertaining children through the pages of The Beano since 1951 and his antics never fail to amuse. This DVD contains 6 episodes from series 4 plus 6 bonus episodes - over 70 minutes of hilarity. I am not going to spoil your fun by telling you about all the stories but here is just one example of Dennis' troublemaking. In Sick as a Parrot, Dennis is entrusted with the school's parrot, Polygon, for the weekend - whereupon he trains it to bombard Walter with water bombs. No, Dennis hasn't changed - and nor do we want him to!

McLaren Tooned 50

Got a motor racing fan (young or old!) in your life? Well, here's a great DVD for them. It's the account of McLarens 50 years in Formula One, presented in a lively and amusing way. Professor M (Alexander Armstrong), Jenson Button and Sergio Perez present a hilarious look back over 50 years of McLaren racing in an engaging way which captures the attention. It's full of exciting tales about the many legendary McLaren world champion drivers. The star-studded cast includes  F1 legends Alain Prost, Mika Häkkinen, Emerson Fittipaldi and Murray Walker, as well as a starring role for Brian Cox.  Even better value with the special features The Making of Tooned 50; The Story of Oil; The Art of Tooned; Bruce McLaren; Courage and The Mechanics Story - a really great mix. Super family entertainment.

Jollywobbles - Car Wash with Justin Fletcher

One of CBeebies most popular presenters - always a big hit with children. Even the most everyday activities, such as a visit to a carwash, leads to hilarity. Lots of slapstick humour with Justin falling (literally) into all sorts of trouble - and his faithful and funny yellow car is always there to transport him. The six episodes are Car Wash, Wildlife Park, Dining Hall, Library, Camping and River. Almost an hour of lively and amusing entertainment for 2 to 5 year olds.

The Little Reindeer by Dave Unwin

Looking for a perfect Christmas morning DVD for the children? Look no further - this charming story of a small boy and one of Santa Claus' reindeers fits the bill perfectly. The little reindeer accidentally gets wrapped up like a gift and falls off the sled, giving a small boy a very special gift. The boy builds the reindeer a shed on his roof, and they soon become best friends. They enjoy wonderful adventures together through the year but as Christmas approaches, the little reindeer begins to look longingly at the sky and the time has come to part.

Mr. Bloom's Nursery - Giant Turnip and other episodes by Ben Faulks

Many children are sadly detached from growing plants in the garden and knowing where food comes from, so Mr Bloom's Nursery is one of my favourite series as it shows children all about planting and growing.Mr Bloom has an allotment - a very colourful allotment and a place where it's great to be, helping plants grow. Mr Bloom is a singing gardener so expect plenty of catchy music. The combination of live action and puppets captures children's attention and there's 90 minutes of fun with 4 episodes - Giant Turnip; Music; Worms ( a great way to help children learn about composting) and Underground. The animations are bright and appealing and the nursery is a very special place with its unusual vegetable characters.

Woolly and Tig - One Step At A Time from Abbey Home Media

Woolly & Tig is a very popular CBeebies series about a three year old girl and her toy spider. The stories in this DVD explore in a friendly and approachable way the feelings that children have when faced with new experiences. Woolly the spider is always there for Tig when she is upset by new situations and Woolly's practical advice mirrors the way we can help children come to terms with new experiences. 15 short episodes are just right to keep children's attention and the bright animation is ideal for young ones. Watch these with your child then you'll be on hand to discuss and explain, and to give your child the opportunity to share his or her concerns, facilitated by these enjoyable stories - there are so many situations covered, some are bound to be concerns your child has.

The Adventures of Abney & Teal - Faraway Island and Other Adventures from Abbey Home Media

Abney and Teal are two rag dolls who live on an island in the middle of a lake, in the middle of a park, in the middle of the big city. Their lives are full of discovery and exploration and they share their island home with a group of friendly and hilarious characters, and together they are always ready for adventure. Each episode lasts around 10 minutes and provides children with light-hearted and enjoyable viewing - perfect to unwind with. Friendship is a strong feature - always a good one for children and the storylines are easy for young ones to follow. This DVD contains eight episodes and there are some stickers for added fun.

The Hive - Buzzbee To The Rescue from Abbey Home Media

This beautiful pre-school CGI animated series follows the fortunes of the extremely cute Bee family, who live together with friends and relations in the Hive. Pappa Bee, Mamma Bee, Buzzbee, Rubee and little Babee are really just like any other family, except they are tiny, stripey and can fly! And just like any other family, they share the same experiences  - friendship, family and learning. Through following these delightful characters, young children can learn about different experiences and ways to enjoy them. Perfect for pre-schoolers, the bright animations and fairly short episodes hit just the right note - even babies are captivated by the images.

Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids: Nuclear Wart from Abbey Home Media

The Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids TV series was based on a series of cautionary tales by Jamie Rix.This DVD is a collection of morality tales in which naughty children are taught a lesson, often in a rather grim way - hence the 'grizzly' and 'gruesome' in the title. There are 11 stories here and I am sure that most children will identify - or their parents will identify them with - at least one or two of the wickedly but accurately drawn characters. It's colourful and contemporary and children will love it! Good value too, with over two hours play time.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin from Abbey Home Media

The only good pumpkins are round pumpkins! And Poor Spookly is square so the other pumpkins tease him. Luckily, there are some good friends on hand who encourage Spookley to become Pick of the Patch - and it turns out that being square has a big benefit after all when the storms come and the pumkins start to roll away - all except Spookley. Children will especially enjoy the catchy songs which are part of this DVD - be prepared to hear them over and over again! The message is - it's good to be different!  This excellently animated film is just right for Halloween - and children will go on enjoying it long after!

Learn To Read With The Alphablocks - Letter Teams Volume 3 from Abbey Home Media

The Alphablocks are 26 living letters who fell out of the sky and discover that if they hold hands and make a word, it comes to life. "When words are magic and anything is possible, it’s adventure, songs and games all the way." Building on the two previous titles in this excellent series for young learners, this is for when your child is happy with letters and simple words. The Letter Teams are two letters that make one sound. Take phonics skills to the next level and boost reading confidence - while having lots of fun. I have used these DVDs with a two year old, and they really do capture his attention and he remembers what he has seen, due to the bright eye-catching graphics. Each episode is short, about 4 minutes, and that is ideal for the age group. The series gradually builds on knowledge meaning the lessons are really well learnt - and fun too!

64 Zoo Lane - The Story Of The Jungle Ball from Abbey Home Media

The stories in 64 Zoo Lane are all about social situations, presented by a cast of friendly animals in a way that helps children to understand and empathise with their feelings. For example, in the title story, poor Reginald has no partner for the Jungle Ball - will he find a partner? Lucy enjoys eight more stories with her friendly zoo animals -  The Story of Alfie and Charlie’s Canoe; The Story of Horace the Hare; The Story of Zed’s Really Helpful Mood; The Story of House of Leaves; The Story of Alan’s Scooter; The Story of Gertie the Goat; The Story of Savannah Craze; The Story of Confuse-us the Carp. The simple language is perfect for pre-schoolers, who will also enjoy the catchy tunes.

Cloudbabies - Wide Awake Sun from Abbey Home Media

Six bright colourful stories about the friendly creatures who look after the sky. Wide Awake Sun It’s time for Sun to go to bed, but he does not want to!  Mystery Noise Little Star hears a rumbly noise in the sky and is spooked by it.  Rainbow in a Knot Rainbow has gotten himself into a knot and is unable to sling the stars into the sky. Full Moon The Cloudbabies hear a rumble coming from the sky and soon realise that it’s coming from a very hungry Moon. Her tummy is rumbling! Achoo! Bobo White and Skydonk are playing around in the Skygarden and  make everyone sneeze. Being Baba Pink It’s morning and Baba Pink has all of her jobs to do, but she didn’t sleep well and is still very tired. Release date 1/07/13

Mister Maker: That Gives Me an Idea from Abbey Home Media

Mr Maker takes everyday things from around him and has inspired ideas to encourage children's creativity. Coins, ice cream cones, cans and bubble wrap are just a few things transformed into pieces of art in this colourful DVD. The ideas are easy to follow and the materials ready to hand; even without making the crafts, this is a fun and engaging DVD for young children as Mr Maker's creations come alive. It will appeal to older children too, as they try the crafts for themselves. As a bonus, the Shapes help children learn their shapes and they enjoy their 'dances'. A great way to encourage imagination and creativity.

Curious George Swings Into Spring

Pre-schoolers will enjoy this high-flying spring adventure with the ever-popular monkey. George is perennially curious and he and his best friend Hundley explore all the wonders of spring in this engaging DVD. In one of the stories within the story, Hundley loses his way, and George takes to the skies to find his pal, in a wild adventure that ends with a very fun surprise! It's a great way to help toddlers learn about spring and will hopefully inspire families to get outside and look for the signs of spring themselves.

Everything's Rosie: Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Young children always enjoy having their very own DVDs of favourite TV shows and this colourful story of Rosie will be watched over and again - and there's well over two hours of fun to enjoy. Everything's Rosie in Rosie's perfect world - everything’s right, everything’s cosy and everything’s fun. In each episode (and there are 12 to enjoy here) Rosie and her best friends Raggles, Will, Holly, Big Bear, Bluebird and Oakley take their young viewers on a fun journey of discovery. Release date 24 June 2013.

The Sooty Show - The Children's Party from Abbey Home Media

The Sooty Show is the longest-running children's TV programme in the UK and it has brought lots of fun and pleasure to many people over the past 60 years. I watched as a child; I enjoyed it with my own children and now my grandchildren love Sooty and his antics. The new series on CiTV follows the adventures of Sooty, Sweep and Soo as they join their companion Richard when he takes on the role as handyman at a coastal holiday park. In this DVD it is the grand opening of Slater's Children's Club and Sooty, Sweep and Soo are helping Richard organise a party. Once the children arrive it soon becomes clear that it s not going to be easy to keep them entertained. Sooty decides to play musical statues, but Sweep succeeds in messing everything up. Will Mr Slater be happy or will Richard lose his job? 

Learn To Read With The Alphablocks - More Phonics from Abbey Home Media

Alphablocks is a ground breaking hit show for 3-6 year-olds who are learning to read. Its simple purpose is to entertain, while having fun with words. It is based on best-practice phonics teaching and helps children develop essential skills and confidence with reading. Learn to read with the Alphablocks Phonics first Steps Volume 2 The Alphablocks are twenty-six living letters who discover that when they hold hands and make a word, it magically comes to life. They have adventure, sing songs and make their own entertainment in a world where, literally, anything can happen. Release date 06/05/13

Abadas from Abbey Home Media

In a busy corner of Ben's bedroom lies a well-thumbed, well cherished pop-up book. This is no ordinary pop-up book... this is where the Abadas live! Hari the hippo, Ela the fox and Seren the bat are the most curious, adventurous and funniest pop-up animals that any book could possibly have. Once the book is opened, the Abadas world comes alive and it s playtime for the three adventurers. Abadas is magical world of a pop-up book where we meet Hari the Hippopotamus, Seren the bat and Ela the fox live as they exploring new words. Release date 13/05/13

Sooty: The Magic Show from Abbey Home Media

Join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Richard in six new magical adventures! Sooty's always been good at magic but when his wand breaks, he has all sorts of problems! Sweep's stuck in the sawing-in-half box and Richard is a chicken! Sooty must get things right so he can impress Paul Daniels and Debbie Magee. Five more hilarious episodes see the friends getting out and about -  Sooty of the Seven Seas; Poorly Soo; The Alarm System; The Sports Day; Drive in the Country. Children love the silliness and wait for the next accident to befall poor Richard! An hour of great fun.

Woolly and Tig – First Day from Abbey Home Media

I have reviewed many books about experiencing new situations, but this is my first DVD. As adults, often we don't appreciate just what a confusing and sometimes frightening world it can be for our little ones. Let your young one share with Tig and her cuddly toy spider Woolly as they experience 15 new situations. Woolly magically comes to life to help Tig and reassure her that all is well in these simple but true to life situations. Based on the TV series which explores the feelings that many children have when faced with new experiences. This DVD also includes a free Woolly and Tig reward chart and stickers to encourage and motivate your child. Make the most of watching together, so your child will be prompted to ask questions and express concerns.

Jollywobbles! Wakey, Wakey from Abbey Home Media

Young ones love CBeebies TV presenter Justin Fletcher and they can enjoy over an hour of fun in this colourful action-packed DVD. Justin's car threatens to steal the show, as this amazing car transports Justin to all manner of strange places. This DVD includes a diverse set of episodes -  Wakey, Wakey Park Bench ,Swimming, Tennis, DIY, Theme Park and Beach - all perfect for the summer. Children will love the slapstick humour - and so will adults, so it's a great DVD for the family to sit and watch together.

Horrid Henry – It’s All Your Fault!

He's back - and his appeal never wanes! Six more hilarious episodes - it's amazing that there is always something fresh and new to enjoy, despite the large number of episodes that have been written.. Horrid Henry always means well  -well, nearly always! - but he gets himself into some tricky situations, with hilarious consequences which really appeal to children's sense of humour. There's just enough credibility to make children think these things can really happen. Over 60 minutes of fun includes - It’s All Your Fault Horrid; Horrid Henry In Detention; Horrid Henry Nothing But The Truth; Horrid Henry Horrid Boy? Horrid Henry Delivers The Milk;  and Horrid Henry And The New Best Friend.The DVD includes English subtitles - as well as helping the hard of hearing, this is also an excellent way to encourage reading skills and to help those for whom English is not the first language. For even more fun, look at www.horridhenry.me/purplepass

Learn To Read With Alphablocks - Stage 1 from Abbey Home Media

Alphablocks is a very successful CBeebies programme for 3-7 year olds which helps them to read using phonics. The Alphablocks are twenty six living letters who discover that when they hold hands and make a word, it magically comes to life. They have adventures, sing songs and make their own entertainment in a world where, literally, anything can happen. Once children learn a sound, there;s plenty of repetition to help learning  - and the colourful poster will help too. Alphablocks is based on the best-practice phonics teaching and helps children develop essential skills and confidence with reading. Alphablocks was created to follow the school curriculum helping children learn to read at home. This colourful and engaging DVD introduces the first letters and sounds that children will learn, helping to give them a firm foundation whilst enjoying their learning with the adventures, songs and games.

Tooned from Abbey Home Media

Super fun for all the family! Tooned is an animated series about adventures at McLaren HQ and it includes all 12 episodes plus 4 special bonus features, so it's worth buying the DVD to have them all in one place.Tooned™ is a CG animated show featuring McLaren’s two World Champions, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who voiced their own characters, as well as the acclaimed British actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong. It is a fantastic series with hilarious scripts and state of the art animation, which children of all ages and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes fans will love.

 

The Sooty Show Christmas Special from Abbey Home Media

'Have an izzy Wizzy Christmas with Sooty' with this compilation. The pals are having a Christmas party and children will love to sing along with them in old favourites such as Away in a manger and Jingle Bells. It also includes five episodes from the TV series - Squeaky Clean; The Farm; The Great Outdoors; The Great Race and The Souvenir Stall. All the well-loved features are here and the appeal of the three friends is timeless, although elements have been brought up to date to ensure today's children identify with the stories. The interest and humour is kept going right through each episode and the DVD is guaranteed to engage children's attention as they revel in the hilarious antics of Sooty and his friends. There's a Christmas colouring poster included too. It's lots of fun.

Mister Maker Watch and Make from Abbey Home Media

Mister Maker is a super programme for young children - very different from the majority in that it really encourages them to be creative and make things, and is full of ideas to inspire parents too. It's ideal to have on DVD as you can watch the ideas again to make sure you have followed everything. The projects are bright and engaging and really capture children's interest. The ideas show how everyday objects can, with a little imagination, be transformed into works of art. The variety of activities here is huge and very innovative - a cactus that doesn;'t need watering and the one-eyed monster appealed to me. The pack is excellent value as it includes a delightful giraffe to make

The Sunnysands School for Pirates (Grandpa in my Pocket) from Abbey Home Media

When Grandpa puts on his magic cap, he shrinks (much to Jason's consternation - 'Not the shrinking cap, Grandpa'! - and gets himself into all sorts of strange and hilarious situations, always with the best of intentions. In the title episode, Miss Smiley has organised a School for Pirates at her cafe and invited lots of local children to take part. The other episodes are Captain Dumbletwits Toughest Mission Yet; No Two Rings the Same; Great Aunt Lorettas Not so Great Plan; No Ordinary Pig; and No Help for Alvin. Over an hour of fun for young fans of this unusual series.

Paddington's Christmas from Abbey Home Media

I never tire of Paddington Bear - his appeal is timeless and ageless. This seasonal DVD ncludes 12 episodes - Christmas; Paddington Hits the Jackpot; Trouble at Number Thirty Two; The Unexpected Party; Paddington and the Christmas Shopping; Paddington Bakes a Cake; Trouble at the Waxworks; In and Out of Trouble; A Family Group; Paddington and the Mystery Box; A Sticky Time; and Paddingtons Puzzle. The lovable bear gets into all sorts of scrapes in these stories and children will laugh aloud at his antics as they enjoy this DVD.

Cloudbabies Fly Away Home from Abbey Home Media

What do Cloudbabies do? Why, they look after the sky, of course. Children will think they are just watching a colourful and engaging DVD but in fact they will be doing far more. Cloudbabies help them learn about caring for our world and also help them to understand concepts such as day and night and the world of space.  The four main colourful characters are Baba Pink, Baba Blue, Baba Yellow and Baba Green who also have other friends to look after and care for. There are six charming episodes to enjoy on this DVD - I really enjoyed my first look at these caring and engaging.characters.

Horrid Henry Goes Bananas from Abbey Home Media

Six hilarious new episodes from the disaster-prone Henry are here to delight young fans. They are -  Horrid Henry Goes Bananas; Horrid Henry Here To Entertain You; Horrid Henry Stamp Collector; Horrid Henry Boodle Poodle; Horrid Henry and the Bogey Brain Sleepover; and Horrid Henry s Perfect Protest. If you have a child who is reluctant to read, then encourage them to watch this DVD and then move on to the books. Horrid Henry appeals to a wide age range, so this DVD will be welcomed by children from around 3 - 10 years.

Jelly Jamm Radio Goomo from Abbey Home Media 

Jelly Jamm follows the adventures of five wacky friends who through their comedic adventures learn to live in harmony on the magical planet Jammbo from whence all music in the universe originates. The DVD includes six episodes - Radio Goomo; Musical Aurora; Rita Adopts a Dodo; Flying Lies; I Want That Too; and Mama Mina. They are all a great celebration of music and friendship. Plenty of catchy tunes for little ones to enjoy. Jelly Jamm is new to me and I really enjoyed the films, with their emphasis on music - in fact, if the music ever stops, time itself freezes.

Milkshake Mix from Abbey Home Media

What a great collection from popular TV shows!  Milkshake Mix brings you entertaining episodes from some of the best loved characters such as Fifi and the Flowertots, Mio Mao and Roary Little Princess and it introduces excellent new ground breaking shows like Jelly Jamm, Toby's Travelling Circus and Abby's Flying Fairy School. With this variety, there's something here for every child to enjoy.  Includes 15 episodes from these children's favourites - Mio Mao, Abbys Flying Fairy Schoo,l Little Princess, Toby's Travelling Circus, Bert and Ernie s Adventures, Fifi and the Flower Tots, Olivia, Jelly Jamm, Bananas in Pajamas, Hana's Helpline, Angelina Ballerina, Roary the Racing Car, Castle Farm and Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. It's a fantastic range of stories and buying this DVD would be a super way to find out which your child really enjoys, as well as introducing new ones.

The Sooty Show from Abbey Home Media

"Izzy Wizzy Let's Get Busy..." and children can create their own magic with the magic wand included in this pack. It is wonderful to see that Sooty is still as popular as ever. I enjoyed the original Sooty Show as a child with Harry Corbett; my children grew up with Matthew Corbett's Sooty and now Richard Cadell looks after the mischevious Sooty, Sweep and Soo. Lovely to see Matthew guest starring in one episode, Chocco Chimp, which has to be my favourite. In the new series, Richard is handyman at a holiday park and that gives lots of opportunities for the slapstick humour (complete with plenty of soakings!) which we have come to know and love. The DVD contains 5 fun episodes plus linking material. Make sure your children grow up with this favourite, just like generations have before.

School's Out (Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs) from Abbey Home Media

When Harry comes home after an exciting day at school, his prehistoric toys want to share in the fun. So it's into the magic blue bucket for more adventures....... 6 of them in total - the rest are Hurray for Pizza, Superheroes Don t Dance, Is that Really a Lamp, I Want to Help and Somebody's Moving. Friendly characters and catchy tunes will capture children's attention. I think this is a great way to encourage children to use their imagination when playing with their own toys. Why not give them some toy dinosaurs and see what materialises?

Spot Goes on Holiday from Abbey Home Media

Go on holiday with everyone's favourite dog. And after sharing the holiday fun, there are 11 more stories about Spot, including Spot Goes to the Circus and Spot Goes to the Farm (my favourite!). After watching each episode, children can enjoy a series of games based on that episode - use these as the opportunity for discussion with your child.  Also included in this excellent value pack are stickers and a colouring sheet. After over 30 years, Spot is as appealing as ever and children will love their very own DVD so they can watch over and over again.

A Paddington Suitcase from Abbey Home Media

Paddington is very patriotic for this Jubilee year in this huge compilation - a must-have for all his fans.56 classic episodes plus three feature-length specials, in a bright suitcase which children will love. somehow, trouble just seems to find Paddington as he stumbles from one entertaining adventure to the next - always with the very best of intentions. A wonderful gift that will gives children (and adults too, maybe!) hours of entertainment.

Paddington in London from Abbey Home Media

12 wonderful episodes starring the irresistible bear. Join him on a tour of London as he visits many of the iconic sights - and naturally, causes havoc along the way! Paddington goes on the river, visits the Tower of London, travels on the tube, visits the waxworks and enjoys another seven fun-filled adventures. Get your child a copy of this super DVD and introduce the sights of London as well as enjoying Paddington's antics.

Sesame Street: Elmo's Dinosaurs from Abbey Home Media

Another great adventure for Elmo and his friends Telly and Abby as they find out about dinosaurs Have you ever heard of an Elmosaurus? How about a Telly Rex? More than just a story, this DVD answers lots of questions about dinosaurs - what they looked like, how they moved and what they eat. The story features Dorothy, Mr Noodle, all-new songs and a dinosaur on Sesame Street! Another engaging DVD from Abbey - the combination of much-loved Sesame Street characters with dinosaurs is bound to be a success!

Grandpa In My Pocket: Grandpa's Great Escape/In It To Win It from Abbey Home Media

Grandpa in my Pocket is a very popular CBeebies series. Grandpa owns a magical Shrinking Cap - but the only person who knows about it is his grandson, Jason. His cap means he can shrink to a few centimetres tall and then have all sorts of adventures. This bumper collection brings children 12 episodes and over two hours of fun, including his attempt to evade Great-Aunt Loretta; and unlikely sports fanatic cousin Alvin. Lots of fun to enjoy as Grandpa pops up in all sorts of unlikely places - and we see a lovely family relationship across the generations. See a trailer here....

Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! / The Giving Festival from Abbey Home Media

The magical loving Care Bears are back, bringing their own unique blend of happiness to young viewers. Cheer and Grumpy Bear build an amusement park for their friends but Oopsy Bear (who else?) accidentally destroys it. Evil Grizzle bear plots to steal the Care Bears' belly badges - can Oopsy save the day? In the second adventure Funshine Bear, Share Bear, Cheer Bear and the whole Care Power Team as they organise the annual Giving Festival in this charming story. They are delightful characters who are full of positive good qualities. Two hours of lovely family entertainment, full of colour, fun and activity.
   

Care Bears to the Rescue Movie from Abbey Home Media 

The ever-popular Care Bears return in over 2 hours of colourful new adventures in this double movie pack, sure to engage the attention of young children. In Care Bears To The Rescue Movie you are invited to the biggest celebration of the year – the Care-a-Lot Awards – where all the Care Bears come together to award their heroes who have spread caring and sharing throughout the year! In Share Bear Shines Movie it’s time for the Twinklets’ migration over Care-a- Lot, but the Bears wait all night without spotting any Twinklets.

 The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: The Sky's the Limit from Abbey Home Media

Strawberry Shortcake is an optimistic and cheerful character who sees the best in everything, so she's fun and upbuilding to watch.. Strawberry is working on a new smoothie recipe for her café when a big storm hits Berry Bitty City and puts the water supply in jeopardy. It’s up to the girls to find a way to get the water they need to save Berry Bitty City.The girls learn a meaningful lesson about teamwork and how it’s okay to make mistakes. A colourful and engaging DVD that will be loved by little girls.

The Big Party! Live Show! with Justin Fletcher from Abbey Home Media

Children's favourite Justin Fletcher invites YOU to attend a party along with some very special guests, including Englebert the puppy. Over 70 minutes of singing, dancing and joking in this DVD from the live entertainment show. Children will be engrossed by the stimulating activity, catchy tunes and colourful characters in this fun DVD.

Milkshake Gold from Abbey Home Media

All the pre-school favourites are here in this great value 14 episode collection - The Little Princess, Mr Men, Bananas in Pyjamas, Olivia, Thomas and Friends and many more. They are all introduced by presenters Derek, Jen and  Kemi and there is added value with 5 dance routines and theme tunes. This is a great DVD for all young children - top quality animation and best-loved characters in over two hours of fun.  With such a varied range of characters, there is bound to be something to please everyone.

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Elmo and the Bookaneers

This DVD is a great way to encourage your child to love books and words, encouraged by the Sesame Street favourites. Even pirates love to read! The Bookaneers have come ashore on Sesame Street and want to raid Elmo's bookshelves. When Elmo finds out how much they love to read, he wants to become a Bookaneer - but can he pass the test? Join in a treasure hunt; sing along with Abby and find out about the books Elmo treasures. Action packed stories and plenty of fun to help your child enjoy reading.

Chop Kick Panda from Abbey Home Media

A panda who practises martial arts? Sounds unlikely, but this adventure is about Lu, a tubby, Tae Kwon Do loving, panda. Lu owns the Tae Kwon Do dojo and needs to discover what is buried beneath the dojo. Could it be the ancient Amulet of Fury? When wicked tiger warrior, Kudo, terrorises the small village in his search for the amulet, only Lu and his team can stop him. A fun cast of characters, and a lovable hero with a very expressive face, together with the Asian setting and music, make this very entertaining.

Horrid  Henry Goes to the Movies from Abbey Home Media

Another five episodes of fun from the irrepressible Henry. Enjoy Henry's adventures on TV; at the school play; with the dinner lady; with the Killer Boy Rats and on Perfect Peter Popstar. I enjoyed Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady best - there are some elements of truth to be found in this!! And then there's Horrid Henry's Groovy Pop video which is unique to this DVD. An hour of hilarious fun for all Horrid Henry fans.

 

Miffy and friends: the Bunny Family Bumper Collection from Abbey Home Media

Lovable white bunny Miffy from the well-known books by Dick Bruna, brought to life for a new generation in this double DVD collection. The simplicity of the pictures from the books is recaptured in this DVD, giving lots of opportunities and encouragement for children to use their imaginations. Two hours of fun, with a bumper 24 stories, this is a lovely family collection, which remains true to the spirit of the original. My children loved Miffy and she and her friends have a timeless appeal that will be just as great to today's children.

Elmo's Animal Adventures 

Animals are on the loose on Sesame Street! Elmo invites you to join him and his animal friends as they embark on three fun-filled adventures.

Help Elmo and Telly find Little Bo Peep's missing cow by following clues and working together. Then, use animal facts to help Elmo & Abby succeed on the "Find The Amphibian" game show. Plus, camp out with Elmo in a wilderness adventure as he learns how animals and little monsters are different. Includes special guest appearances by Cameron Diaz and Patricia Arquette.

 Milkshake! Music Box and Bop Box from Abbey Home Media

This is a super collection to get pre-schoolers singing and dancing. Encourage children's natural sense of rhythm as they follow along to the catchy nursery rhymes and sing-a-long songs from the popular TV show MILKSHAKE! in this double DVD. Music Box includes popular nursery rhymes and Bop Box is packed with fun songs. A super way to introduce little ones to dancing with easy-to-follow routines - everyone can join in and this is great family fun for young and old. Fun for parties and an asset to pre-school groups. Bright, catchy and fun, this is a super DVD which helps to develop important skills and coordination.

 Dance Like the Flower Fairies

Dance into a magical world with this vibrant, colourful DVD. Full of lovely music, bright colours and, of course, lots of dancers, this flower-filled DVD is perfect for girls who can follow fairies Lavender, Willow and Tulip, and learn their fairy dances step by step.This is based on the popular Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker and includes the original poems. A world away from some of the DVDs popular today, this enchanting adventure will enthrall all ballet-mad girls and lots of others too. Full of different activities, including fun with baby tulips for younger ones. A great way to get children active too, as they are stimulated to copy the steps and 'dance like the flower fairies'.

 

 Horrid Henry and the Green Machine from Abbey Home Media

Six more fun stories from mischief-maker Henry - 'The Green Machine', 'The Walking Stick Gang', 'The Antiques Rogue Show', 'Untouchable', 'Horrid Henry Gets Married', and 'The Gross Question'. The Green Machine is typical Henry - the family decide to go green and install a wind pump but Henry decides to produce his own wind... I will leave you to discover just how! Henry is such a popular character, I know this will be another success for him. The DVD includes English sub-titles.

Complete Spot Collection from Abbey Home Media

I don't know what more to say about this well=known character! Spot is just wonderful, adorable and very special. This contains 39 episodes - what more could an enthusiast ask? I am certain that this will become a favourite which will be asked for over and over again.Spot is a familiar and reassuring character to children so use this DVD to help your children when facing new experiences - staying overnight, going to a party, going to school and lots, lots more. Over three hours of fun entertainment - wonderful value.   

Storytime with Little Princesss from Abbey Kids

This collection includes four really funny stories - Don't Want to Comb my Hair; I Didn't Do It; I Don't Want a Bath; and I Don't Want to Tidy Up, all wonderfully read by Julian Clary (not by the full cast, and none the worse for that). I think all mums and dads should have these stories ready to listen too as soon as children make any comments like those above! Maybe it would defuse any arguments! Being read by just one person is like sharing a story with your child and gives them plenty of scope for imagination.

 

 Storytime with Little Princesss Vol 2 from Abbey Kids

Four more entertaining stories about the ever-popular Little Princess. In this volume, Julian Clary reads I Want to do Magic; I Want a Real Friend; I Want a Midnight Feast; and I Want to be a Pirate. The Little Princess is such a cleverly observed character and I loved sharing her adventures with my children. She is loved by children everywhere, who all find something of themselves in her. Perfect in-car entertainment. 

   
   
   
   
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 Let's Sing Nursery Rhymes with Justin Fletcher from Abbey Home Media

Justin Fletcher is a popular CBeebies presenter, so that is an immediate indication of the quality of this DVD. In this fun DVD he visits Nursery Rhyme Land meets the characters from well-known nursery rhymes. Superb costumes bring more than 25 songs to life and it is a great way to ensure a whole new generation grows up knowing these old favourites - it is so important to keep them going. Babies from a few months old will be captivated by the colour, music and movement on this excellent DVD, and it will continue to entertain them for many years as they sing along with their favourites. There are some surprises too, but I won't spoil them for you! Well worth buying - available at all good DVD stockists.

 Get Squiggling Animal Magic from Abbey Home Media

A really innovative title from Abbey Home Media, this super DVD will give your child hours of creative fun. Squiglet is a friendly monster who lives in a white world - but not for long, as your child's artistic endeavours bring it to life, with 9 super episodes to choose from.  This clever DVD really gives your child the chance to get involved and try out their artistic skills - just watch the joy on their faces as the white page is illuminated with their designs in vivid colour and their favourite characters leap off the page.

 Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs Bumper-Saurus

Into the magic blue bucket to Dinoworld with Harry and all his double sized toys as they visit space and the jungle. Join Harry, Taury, Trike, Pterence, Sid, Patsy and Steggy as they bounce down Pillow Mountain, sail around Soda Fountain Valley and hop on jelly doughnut stepping-stones in a new adventure every day.Charming characters and plenty of action in these12 great adventures on this double DVD to keep your child entertained. Lots more fun on his website.

 

Horrid Henry and the Zombie HamsterHorrid Henry

Another super DVD containing six fun stories about ever-popular Horrid Henry. Episodes are: Horrid Henry and the Zombie Hamster; Horrid Henry and the Killer Boy Rats; Horrid Henry Changes a Nappy; Horrid Henry and the Happy Family; Horrid Henry Gets Spots; Horrid Henry Cooks a Meal.  In the title episode, Henry's pet hamster Fang, has disappeared - will he come back? Over an hour of hilarious fun from the popular TV series. The subtitles are a valuable way of ensuring everyone has equal access to the fun.

 The Very Best of Elmo

Everyone's favourite monster Elmo meets a robot who is losing his powers in this super story for all Sesame Street fans, old and new. Join Elmo as he meets some very special people in a star-studded line up - David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum, Adam Sandler and Destiny's Child all feature. Can they help Elmo restore memories to a Memorybot? This is a lovely story of friendship and great for all the family to enjoy together.

Magic Roundabout

This super set of 2 DVDs is going to be a great hit, not just with children, but also with parents who grew up loving The Magic Roundabout. All the old favourites are here - Dougal, Zebedee, Florence and all the rest, brought right up to date with greatly improved visuals to attract today's children. Over two hours of fantastic fun and with titles such as 'Follow that piano' and 'The vegetable is revolting', who can resist?

Horrid Henry - Ace reporter

Henry is HORRID! Everyone says so and yet he is everyone's favourite boy. He features in a new series of 6 fun adventures on this DVD. Horrid Henry and his brother Perfect Peter will argue over anything and everything. Peter - knitting editor of the school magazine  -  see what Henry makes of that! Imagine the chaos Henry can cause on a camping trip.and just see what happens when he makes a go kart..........Over an hour of fun to enjoy from Abbey Home Media, and the subtitles make it accessible for everyone. Find out lots more about Henry at his website www.horridhenry.me

 Horrid Henry's gross guide to terrible teachers

A title guaranteed to have instant appeal to all children! They will readily identify with characters such as Miss Lovely (the best of the bunch) down to the most terrible of all - Miss Battle-Axe. There are 5 super stories on this CD and the great thing is that they are related by the cast of the TV series, including Henry himself. What Henry doesn't know about grossness isn't worth knowing - and this is your child's chance to learn. Henry doesn't want children to suffer - so take the opportunity to learn from his tips! The first story starts with Henry taking slime to school....surely things can't get worse...........

Sesame Street's Bedtime with Elmo DVD

How often do parents hear: 'I'm frightened of the dark'; 'I don't want to go to sleep'; 'I have scary dreams' - but even little monsters need their beauty sleep! In this great DVD, Dad Louis explains to the gang why we all need sleep. The real bonus of this DVD is that, as well as containing some lovely stories about these ever-popular characters, it also reassures children and helps alleviate those nighttime fears. Encourage your children with incentives for the next day. The valuable tips on bedtime routines will also be greatly appreciated by parents!

 Storytime with Waybuloo

This lovely collection of stories is read by Lynda Bellingham and she really brings the characters to life. Waybuloo is a new favourite from CBeebies which shows children the importance of co-operation, friendship and enjoyment. These audio stories are about the 4 Piplings - happy, loving and caring creatures who are inquisitive and playful: Let your child listen to these stories and decide which character they are most like - and who they would like to be like!

 Storytime with Timmy Time

Perfect warm, reassuring stories for nursery school children as they share Timmy's experiences. Just as we all do, Timmy has a lot to learn and has plenty of fun on the way. Sharing and playing together is an important lesson for children to learn and Timmy will help them. Listen to this audiobook with your little one and make the most of the opportunities for discussion brought up by the stories.

 Chuggington storytime

Settle down and be ready to listen..............Chuggington is another hugely successful TV series of railway stories, and these stories are beautifully read by Maria Darling. The trains are given their tasks for the day and look forward to learning new things. Can't catch Koko; Braking Brewster; Clunky Wilson and Wilson's smooth moves are the lovely stories in this audiobook and your children will love to listen to them over and over.

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 Little Hard Hats

The Little Hard Hats website says: "We are the originators of live-action, reality-based, big-machine movies for children and we are thrilled to offer the very best in children's big machine entertainment and many other fine children's products including: Movies, books, hardhats, toys, puzzles and clothing. We offer a 100% satisfaction, money-back guarantee. Satisfying kids' "wheel obsession" for 20 years!"

Farm Country Ahead - DVD These are super DVDs, which will thrill all children who love big machines - and surely that is most children! But please be aware that these are produced in the US so some machines, road signs etc will be unfamiliar to UK users - but that does not detract from the fun of these DVDs. They are perfect for children between the ages of 2 and 8.

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Big Boats & Busy Harbours - DVD

My favourite is Farm Country Ahead. Wonder at these huge machines as they trundle across vast open spaces. A lovely DVD for all those town and city children who don't get to see farm life in action. It is an excellent way of helping children to learn where their food comes from  -something which is essential these days. Road Construction Ahead is the DVD which started the series. Follow the building of a road from the first digging out right until the moment the first traffic drives down the road. It is excellent to follow the process right through and understand exactly what those great big machines really do - it enlightened me!

Where the Garbage Goes - DVD  In Big Boats and Busy Harbours, your little one will be enthralled to see huge ships in action. Marvel as great container ships are manoeuvred into port by the little tug boats, and see how all the heavy machinery is used in the harbour. There's even a helicopter in action! despite the tilte, Where the Garbage Goes' is totally relevant to UK users. recycling is something we should all do, and seeing the huge amounts of waste handled in this video should really encourage us to do our bit. You can preview all the videos at http://www.littlehardhats.com/videos.html.

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   

 

 

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