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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.

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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.

 

Cora's Review of Dare

 Cora’s review of Dare by Marilyn Halvorson

DARE

 

This book is about a teen boy named Dare and his younger brother Tyler. After a tragic death in the family the two boys move into a home that they least expect to be in especially Dare who wanted out. Dare couldn’t leave his brother? But could he? Could he adjust to his new life? To find out what happens you should read this book.

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