Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Booga Booga Land review

It has been a while since I have done a review.  Hope you don't mind a new one. 

Adventures in Booga Booga Land the first in what appears to be a series that follows Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe on their island home of Booga Booga. Both characters end up living adaptations of parables told by Jesus and learning a lesson as they go.

This DVD covers the parables of the workers in the vineyards, the wise and foolish builders, and the lanp under a bowl.

What I liked, the DVD cover gives you the scripture verses for each parable so you can direct children to the Bible for discussions. While I know the parables and may have been able to point them to a book, I would have had to search for chapter and verse.

The parables are retellings, with characters doing every day things that my children recognize. The characters and situations engaged my 2 year old and she very much enjoyed watching them.

What I don't like, Marty is disrespectful (calls someone a cheapskate in the first parable, refers to shop teacher in another episode by saying "I know where to find a 'square'), impetuous and in my opinion not a good role model. He doesn't really have "ah-ha" moments in which the viewer can obviously see that he has learned a lesson about how his behaviour/actions were wrong. For me, Marty is a huge turn off. Young children are very quick to imitate what they see and hear and I don't want my daughter imitating Marty!

I won't buy any of the other adventures (if released for sale) for my daughter to watch. I feel like the premise is good, the setting is good, the parables are great, but Marty needs to either be more respectful or show some remorse!  We will stick with VeggieTales!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Until next time,


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