Halloween happenings

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: Wubbzy Goes Boo!

Wubbzy is a lovable little guy who likes to play with his friends in Wuzzleburg. In Wubbzy Goes Boo! Wubbzy and his friends Widget and Walden clean up a big mess with Moo Moo's magic wand. The gang learns to use the Monster Masher 300, picks pumpkins, creates a spooky Halloween costume, and conquers their fear of monsters. Available at TysToybox.com for $14.95. Enter to win.

Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors

Watch Shaun the Sheep and his flock go on adventures that are spooky and funny. Sleepwalking sheep and a troublesome tractors are among the surprises Shaun encounters during his adventure. This DVD is available for $12.99 on bestbuy.com. Enter to win.

Trick or Treat Tales

Boys and ghouls - gather 'round for not-so-spooky tales of adventure, learning and friendship with your favorite preschool pals Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Fifi and the Flowertots and Fireman Sam in this fun DVD for ages 1-5. Available on Amazon.com for $10.49. Enter to win.

The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody

In The Runaway Mummy, Michael Rex deals with motherly love and retells the classic tale, The Runaway Bunny, in a "monster-y" way. The little mummy transforms into different monsters to flee from his mother's love. The story includes a fire-breathing dragon and a massive trampling gorilla, making it a hilarious read-aloud for the whole family. Available from Tower Books for $15.99. Enter to win.

Axel Visits the Shoe

For over 20 years Dr. Robin Beran has practiced ophthalmology in Ohio. He has loved Ohio State football for even longer. Dr. Beran recently released a new children's book on that very subject, called Axel Visits the Shoe. The book strives to teach children about OSU football while benefiting the Eye Research Fund at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

In addition to his love of football, Dr. Beran also is an animal lover and is especially fond of his Rottweiler. He saw his dog as the perfect character to reach out to children and teach them about the lore of Ohio State football.

Axel Visits the Shoe tells the story of a Rottweiler puppy named Axel who goes with his family to his first Ohio State football game. The book touches on all of the game rituals sacred to OSU fans in a way that children will love. The book is paired with a companion coloring book and crayons so kids can create their own OSU stories as well.

The book also supports the Eye Research Fund at Nationwide Children's Hospital. This fund was created on July 11, 1991 to support eye research and treatment of children with eye disease. Because this organization is something Dr. Beran feels is so important, he is donating a portion of the profits to this worthy organization. Available for $9.95 on www.axelvisitstheshoe.com. Enter to win.

The Adventures of Elvis the Groundhog: Mulberry's Field

In author and Pataskala resident Cathy E. McArthur's new juvenile fiction release, The Adventures of Elvis the Groundhog: Mulberry's Field, Edgar the Mouse is betrayed by all his friends and even his own brother when they laugh at him and tell him he is too small to fly their kite. Soon enough, however, Edgar, Elvis and all their friends learn a valuable lesson about friendship and the error of judging people by appearances.

McArthur and her husband Ernest have three sons: Robert, Steven and James. McArthur's story is based on a real groundhog she used to see lying on a fencepost looking across a field, as if he wondered what great things might be out there.

Published by Tate Publishing, the book is available at any bookstore nationwide, can be ordered through the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com or target.com. The book also is an eLIVE title, meaning each printed copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio version from TatePublishing.com. Enter to win.

500 Great Books for Teens

A study by Scholastic found that less than 50 percent of teens read more than a few times a month, mostly because they can't find books that fit their interests. 500 Great Books for Teens, by Anita Silvey, lists 500 interesting titles that teenagers will enjoy, along with summaries of each one. The books are divided into sections with genres, such as science fiction, fantasy, autobiography and memoir, historical fiction, romance, and many more. Silvey has evaluated the characters, plot content, writing style, and sometimes controversies surrounding her book selections. Available on Amazon.com for $26. Enter to win.

Family Fun Night!

Award-winning parenting author Cynthia Copeland has put together a clever collection of over 300 ideas that will make everyone - from toddlers to teens, to mom and dad - enjoy spending quality time together. The book contains fun activities for indoors and outdoors, and offers tips and advice for establishing regular weekly family gatherings. Your kids will enjoy the activities so much they just might disconnect from their computers - at least for a little while. Not only will families bond as they play, they'll make great memories along the way. $10.17 on Amazon.com Enter to win.

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