Monday, June 28, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Madeline's Great Adventures (DVD) [CLOSED]

My children have not yet been introduced to the well-known book series Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. After watching the DVD Madeline's Great Adventures, however, I know our next trip to the library will include checking out one or two storybooks from this series.

Madeline is the smallest one of twelve students at the Miss Clavel's Parisian school for girls. She and her next door neighbor Pepito, who happens to be the Spanish Ambassador's son, often find themselves in little predicaments that result from their free spirits making decisions that are not always the smartest.

This DVD contains six adventures and lasts approximately 132 minutes. It is perfect for watching in 2 or 3 sittings. The six episodes include:
  • "Madeline and the Magic Carpet"
  • "Madeline on Safari"
  • "Madeline and the Lost Crown"
  • "Madeline and the Gypsies"
  • "Madeline and the Pirates"
  • "Madeline and the Forty Thieves"
It is rare that a DVD can engage all three of my children, but this one managed to do just that. I could tell because they were all watching intently and there was no talking or fidgeting whatsoever. The animation reflected the illustration style from the storybooks and the narration, done by Christopher Plummer, rhymed just like in the books.

All the characters are truly charming and endearing. This includes the talking flying carpet, the little Prince of Monaco, and the carnival of gypsies. My children are definitely looking forward to the next DVD.

You can find Madeline's Great Adventures at and at many other retailers of children's DVDs starting June 29th, 2010.

Thank you to Shout Factory for sending us a sample DVD free of charge to base this review upon and for providing a second DVD for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive Madeline's Great Adventures on DVD.

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Browse the selection of DVDs for Kids offered by the Shout Factory. Then leave a comment telling me the name of at least one DVD you would have loved to watch as a child. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

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Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!