Shop Talk: Products We Love
We’re always on the lookout for great new toys, games and books. This month, we’ve rounded up a couple of cute companions, a couple of engaging games and a fabulous personalized book.
Meet the New Kids
Gabriela McBride, the 2017 American Girl of the Year, is a quiet and creative poet who wants to give back to her community and comes with a paperback book. Another exciting new addition is Logan Everett, American Girl’s first boy character. He’s a drummer. ($115 each, www.americangirl.com; Ages 8+)
Enjoy the Squish
Squishmallows ($2.99-$19.99, www.squishmallows.com; ages 3+) make great couch pals, pillows, bedtime buddies and travel companions. Choose a penguin, owl, cat, fox, frog or hedgehog.
Play It Smart
Beyond Tablet ($199, additional games available starting at $19.99; www.beyondscreen.com; ages 3+) is a smart tablet with a twist. It has no screen, so all the games are played with maps, cards, blocks, and figurines. But Beyond Tablet senses the objects and responds with LED lights and verbal guidance and encouragement.
Be the Hero
Bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio’s new book stars the greatest hero of all time – your child. Called “A Monster Mess!” the book ($29.99, www.Read YourStory.com; ages 3-7) features your child’s name and face throughout. You can add a personal dedication and two additional family photos.
If your kids loved the movie, they’ll love the LEGO Dimensions, The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack ($49.99, www.lego.com; ages 7+), featuring Batgirl and Robin. Players team up to fight the Joker and his group of villains.
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