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Over the past year or so, I've noticed an uptick in the amount of simple toy vehicles being released - specifically ones that are character-based, or include a non-removable character behind the wheel. Geared toward the preschool crowd, there's some cool ones out there, and one of the newest players is Jazwares, who've served-up a new collection of miniature vehicles including Peppa Pig Mini Buggies, Chuggington Train Cars, Chuck & Friends (featuring a crossover with Marvel Comics) and Dinosaur Train. Sent to us for review here at Rock Father HQ, here's a look at some of what's in stores now...

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Caillou will forever hold "legendary" status among these parts as the first character that our oldest daughter truly fell in love with. Though new episodes of his self-titled series haven't been produced in a number of years, the folks at DHX Media and PBS Distribution continue to package special compilations that go with seasons and themes, and for spring 2017 comes Playtime with Caillou. This new collection features seven episodes of the series on one DVD (pre-order now). Details below...

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They say that "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!" - the "that" being just about anything, including the holidays. Following-up a special devoted to Christmas, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN! is a fresh-to-DVD release from NCircle Entertainment this year, providing some new spooky fun.

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The all-new fourth season of the EMMY-nominated and Parents’ Choice Recommended animated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train, kicks off with the holiday adventure “Trains, Submarines, and Zeppelins” (in tribute to the classic holiday movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”). When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they be stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration? Be sure to tune-in on December 7th to find out!

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)On November 25, the Holiday Programming Season kicks into high-gear on PBS KIDS with the premiere of WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS, an all-new, one hour movie event. In this new special, the Kratt Brothers must race against the clock to return lost baby animals to their families before Christmas arrives. Immediately following the premiere of A CREATURE CHRISTMAS comes the premiere of NATURE CAT, a new animated series from brothers David Rudman (“Cookie Monster” and “Baby Bear” on SESAME STREET; “Scooter” and “Janice” on THE MUPPETS) and Adam Rudman (TOM & JERRY, SESAME STREET, CYBERCHASE), and produced by Spiffy Pictures and WTTW right here in Chicago! Check out preview clips below...

PBS KIDS VIP - Very Involved ParentThree years ago, PBS KIDS ROCKS! was released as a 15-track collection of tunes for the whole family. Now, PBS KIDS ROCKS! has been reissued as an expanded, 28-track collection featuring songs from Grammy Award-winners Old Crow Medicine Show, Ozomatli, Los Lobos, They Might Be Giants, The Weepies, Best Coast and two-time Parent’s Choice Gold Award-winner SteveSongs, known as Mr. Steve on PBS KIDS. Available now on Amazon and iTunes, each of the songs helps kids explore topics related to literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and social-emotional learning. Bilingual tunes are also included. Check out some streams and info below!

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