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If you liked the TV show Dennis the Menace then you may enjoy...

Before there was Bart Simpson or Crayon Shinchan or Eric Cartman, there was Dennis the Menace, the five-year-old icon of childhood mischief. In this chronological collection of the long-running single panel strip, we see Dennis's skills with mud puddles, firecrackers, frogs and general mayhem developing at a splendid pace. Dennis the Menace stands out for both its chronicling of Baby Boom–generation society, and its highly sophisticated humor. This beautifully produced book will delight for years to come. Amazon.com
 
The classic story of a mischievous 19th-century boy in a Mississippi River town and his friends, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher, as they run away from home, witness a murder, and find treasure in a cave.
 
"Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he's not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin's rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them!"-back cover
 
Matilda is a super-smart little girl who's woefully misunderstood by her parents, her brother, and an evil school principal. But with the help of a brave best friend and a wonderful teacher, Matilda discovers she doesn't have to get mad to get even.
An updated version of the 1961 Disney classic about separated identical twins. Hallie and Annie meet accidentally at camp and decide to reunite their divorced parents. Bonus features: a gag reel, the making of the movie, visual effects, and commentary.
 
U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn helps a headstrong young girl find the man who murdered her father in Native American territory and fled with the family savings. When Rooster's employer insists on accompanying the old gunfighter, sparks fly. The situation goes from troubled to disastrous when an inexperienced Texas Ranger joins the party.
Charlie and five others draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy factory that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids aired from 1972-1984 and enjoyed one of the longest and most successful runs in Saturday morning cartoon history. Live action bumpers featuring Bill Cosby were set around animated episodes of Fat Albert and the Cosby kids.
When Alfalfa falls for Darla, the very existence of the Little Rascals' "boys only" club is threatened.
 
Tom and his wife Kate bring their clan together for a memorable summer getaway. Their dream vacation turns into an outrageous competition with the overachieving, overzealous family of Tom's longtime rival.

-MA

 

Back to School!

Whether you love it or loathe it, it’s that time of year again. Whatever your feelings, try some of these school-centered books and movies that will make you laugh, make you cry, or make you think.

 

If you liked the TV show Dragnet then you may enjoy...

 
On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence....for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is -- Provided by publisher.
NYC Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the death of a young actress with the assistance of her husband Rourke and Detective Peabody.
 
Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli investigate after two women's bodies are found frozen and deliberately displayed with both victims wearing a piece of Selena's jewelry.
 
On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a fifteen-year-old girl is discovered in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that day, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution-style. The next morning, the dead bodies of three more men turn up, savagely murdered in the same neighborhood. As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the three crimes, they learn that there have been similar murders in other cities around the United States. Piece by piece, evidence accumulates, pointing to a suspect that shocks them to the core, uncovering a motive that puts the entire Midwest on high alert and Monkeewrench in the direct line of fire. Before it's all over, Grace and her partners, Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, find themselves in the middle of a shocking collision of violence on a remote northern Minnesota reservation, fighting for their lives
When the body of young novice Sister Camille is found garroted in St. Marguerite's cathedral, detectives Bentz and Montoy are called in. The deeper the investigation goes, the eerier it gets. More nuns are being brutally slaughtered by someone who seems to know their darkest secrets. Though Bentz is sure Father Frank is their man, there are other suspects, including a killer thought to be dead. Has the monstrous Father John returned? Or is the truth even more twisted and terrifying?
 
Detectives Shaw and Valentine are on the case when the exhumed coffin of a murdered pub landlady is found to contain the body of a young man
 
"Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD's side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she'd filed countless complaints against the department. So when she's found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there's a killer in their ranks. Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash and his television crew have set up shop. Nash is the charismatic host of a hit reality show called "Vigilante TV," dedicated to beating the cops at their own game: solving murders before they can. Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights. He presents the detectives with a choice: either join his team, or prepare for a public takedown. But Scully knows that Nash isn't the folk-hero he seems. He will do anything in the name of self-promotion. If a detective got in his way, would he be prepared to kill? In this new novel, Scully will have to risk everything save himself and the job he loves"-- Provided by publisher.
 
"Inspired by true events, this haunting thriller follows Homicide Detective Souder and his partner, Detective Heigh as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields.' Though the fields are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl, Anne, goes missing the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life."-back cover Rated R
 
Tom Ludlow is a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him. He teams up with a young detective to track down Washington's killers, who track down the murderers and bring them to justice.Rated R

Set in the 1970s Bay City, two undercover police detective, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and Dave Starsky, always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey. They rely on their street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod. The two are on their first big case which involves a former college campus drug dealer who has gone on to become a white collar criminal dealing in a new "undetectable" form of cocaine.Rated PG-13

-MA
 

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