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Don't Miss June 2013

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Monster Mash

Lovable creatures Mike Wazowski and Sulley are back on the big screen in Monsters University (Disney Pixar). A prequel to the 2001 animated hit Monsters, Inc., the movie follows two monsters who started as college rivals and wound up best friends and co-workers. Featuring the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, the flick opens in theaters on June 21.

Hey Buddy

Get children thinking about the ground beneath their feet with a little help from Mudbuddy. An interactive and informative storybook app for families, Mudbuddy uses the latest technology to explore the organic world around us while helping children make a positive impact on nature and the environment. Mudbuddy is available on itunes and in the app store. To find out more, visit www.mudbuddyapp.tumblr.com.

Shake and Bake

Lisa Loeb, the singer that captured the world with her irresistible 1994 single “Stay (I Miss You),” is back with a brand-new album and a new children’s book. The CD, No Fairy Tale, and the book, Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’: The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes (Sterling Children’s Books), will get your little ones off the couch with the perfect blend of songs, activities and recipes. Both releases are available at www.amazon.com.

Mad for Marshes

Marsh Mud Madness is a music DVD designed to introduce kids to coastal ecology through songs and video. Roger Day, one of the nation’s top-touring, family music artists, leads the exciting and educational release. The DVD uses 12 original songs to present information about the plants and animals that comprise the Atlantic Coastal ecosystem. Order your copy of Marsh Mud Madness at www.rogerday.com.

All Armored Up

Tony Stark battles some of his most dangerous opponents ever when Iron Man Armored Adventures Season 2, Volume 4 (Marvel Animation) flies onto DVD. Featuring the final six animated episodes of an action-packed season, the DVD follows Tony Stark as he takes on villains such as Justin Hammer and The Mandarin. The volume also offers special appearances from Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Panther, The Hulk, and Black Widow. Grab your copy through www.barnesandnoble.com.

Video Versatility

With summer vacation right around the corner, working parents can rest easier with the help of www.ivideon.com. The recently launched video app provides plenty of helpful tips designed to keep your little ones safe all summer long. The surveillance app covers topics like sharing emergency contacts, getting to know your nanny, safety precautions around the house, and preparing for emergencies. Visit the website for additional information.

Father’s Day Flicks

Lionsgate and Gaiam Vivendi Home Entertainment proudly present a wide variety of DVD releases that would make any dad happy this Father’s Day. Choose from a “pop-tastic” list of brand-new titles such as The Last Stand, Stand-Up Guys, Ice Road Truckers: Season 6, and Snitch. All releases are ready for purchase just in time for dad’s special day. For a full list of upcoming DVD releases, go to www.lionsgate.com.

Open Sesame

Letters, numbers, counting and colors are just a few of the topics to explore as Sesame Workshop launches Sesame Street ebooks in the Google Play store. Popular titles such as The Monster at the End of This Book, Elmo Loves You, and Elmo’s Potty Time are among the more than 25 ebooks available right now. Additional titles will be added throughout the next few months. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

Dog-gone It

Discover some action-packed, tail-wagging fun for the whole family in The Adventures of Bailey, A Night in Cowtown! (Entertainment One). The third installment of the popular Adventures of Bailey DVD series finds everyone’s favorite golden retriever pup settling into a new home, developing a crush on the neighbor’s dog, and going on a rescue mission to save his brother Felix. Pick up your copy of the adorable, live-action tale wherever DVDs are sold.

Feeling Super

Superman makes his long-awaited return to the big screen in Man of Steel (Warner Bros.). An all-star cast that includes Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Russell Crowe help to tell the gripping story of Superman’s legendary journey from Planet Krypton to the town of Smallville and then the city of Metropolis. Man of Steel flies into theaters across the country on June 14.

This column appeared in the June 2013 issue.