Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The English have given the world many fine things: tea, The Beatles, Burberry raincoats, you name it. Kids all over the UK and USA would probably add another (or two more): Charlie and Lola.
If you haven't watched Charlie and Lola yet, you should. Charlie and his little sister Lola are two fictional siblings created by Lauren Child; they are the star of their own hit BBC TV show as well as numerous award-winning children's books. Lola is impulsive and energetic; Charlie is the kind older brother who comes to Lola's rescue as she goes from one scrape to another. Both have wonderful imaginations that turn their everyday lives into a colorful adventure.
Charlie and Lola is one of my kids' favorite shows. It's probably the only show Alfie will let them watch until their eyes bleed, because he adores Charlie and Lola's English accents, and he hopes their accent will rub off our kids. Just hearing Charlie's opening line (which he says at the start of every episode and every book) -- "I have this little sister Lola. She is small, and very funny" -- is like a signal to start smiling and giggling, because Lola's antics are really quite amusing. The show is whimsical, charming and wonderful. We all love it.
We don't really collect season DVDs, but if there was ever a children's show DVD we'd want to have each and every episode of, this would be it. Lo and behold, I was invited to review Charlie and Lola: The Absolutely Completely Complete Seasons 1 and 2 DVD collection! I don't think my kids have enjoyed reviewing a DVD more. They snuggled down into our bed, and for several hours (yes, I admit, I did allow them to indulge in a marathon Charlie and Lola session) our bedroom rang with peals of laughter. They got to see some of their favorite episodes from Season 1, like
* I CAN do anything that's EVERYTHING all on my OWN
* The most wonderfullest PICNIC in the whole wide world
* BOO! Made you JUMP!
and from Season 2, like
* I will be especially, VERY careful
* You can be my friend
* It is absolutely completely NOT messy
(See, even the titles are adorable!)
We were also given a Charlie and Lola hardbound book: Slightly Invisible. We already own several Charlie and Lola books, so this one made a wonderful addition to our collection. Here's the synopsis:
Charlie and his friend Marv have invented an invisibility potion to help them find strange and tricky creatures, which they would prefer to do without Charlie’s little sister, Lola, bothering and interrupting. But when Lola enlists a bit of help from her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen - not to mention a tea set, a rabbit, a stroller, and of course one or three glasses of pink milk- it turns out that the strange and tricky creatures have met their match in one very resourceful, inventive little sister.
I love the colorful illustrations, and my boys love the large type; this book is easy enough for them to read silently, by themselves, without a big effort, so they can really enjoy what they are reading.
Last but not least, we received a cute Charlie and Lola doll set. Made by Kids Preferred, the Talking Poseable Charlie & Lola Play Set includes both Charlie and Lola. They are made of soft, stuffed cloth, but their arms and legs are poseable. When you press Charlie's stomach, he says his signature line: "I have this little sister, Lola. She is small and very funny,". When you press Lola's stomach, she responds, "I'm not small. I am BIG!".
Again, absolutely adorable. Definitely, definitely get your kids into Charlie and Lola.
Win a Charlie and Lola gift pack
One lucky Bonggamom Finds winner will receive all three Charlie and Lola products! The gift pack up for grabs includes:
* Charlie & Lola: The Absolutely Completely Complete Seasons One and Two on DVD. 8 DVDs are in the set (MSRP $79.99)
* Slightly Invisible by Lauren Child – Featuring Charlie & Lola! (MSRP $16.99)
* Talking Poseable Charlie & Lola Play Set (MSRP $25)
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Disclosure:I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.