Monday, November 18, 2013

Splat! It's a Kids' Franchise for the Holidays

Everybody loves a good franchise. Especially the people who discover that they've created themselves a franchise. Franchises are fun, they're comfortable, and they're lucrative.

The Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection returns with its latest holiday offering, Merry Christmas, Splat, based on the series (i.e., franchise) by Rob Scotton. For the uninitiated, Splat is a cat who has various adventures. He's a big anthropomorphic stand-in for a child, experiencing things that kids go through. For this tale, Splat tries to be good while waiting for Santa, in order to earn the most presents. Narrated by John Keating, it's a modest little story and the 37 minute DVD moves quickly, featuring these other short tales:
Scholastic remains the "name" in converting award-winning children's lit from book form to DVD (and many of the major authors have their own websites and even apps). For your kids (3-7 years old) who enjoy Splat, they can click through Scotton's site directly to "Splat's World!" You can insert your own "bah humbug" joke here. A DVD of children's stories is definitely worth the time, especially in opening the eyes of kids who aren't the greatest readers on their own. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPLAT is available from NewKideo and Amazon.
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