Sunday, October 18, 2009

Charlie and Lola Volume Nine: What Can I Wear for Halloween? - DVD Giveaway and Review


Charlie and Lola, the brother and sister duo with wonderful British accents, are favorites in our house. My kids love watching the television series on Playhouse Disney. In the series, older brother Charlie keeps an eye on and plays with little sister Lola who is "small and very funny." They spend time doing normal, everyday kid things and the dialogue between the two is exceptionally amusing. We also own several of the Charlie and Lola series of books (both original and TV tie-ins). The original books inspired the animated TV series. Author Lauren Child created Charlie and Lola and wrote the first book titled I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, published in 2000. If you have the time, visit Lauren Child's website and find the Charlie and Lola character page to read her fascinating "The Charlie and Lola Story." She fills in all the blanks about the books, the TV series and even tells who inspired Lola and where the idea of pink milk originated.

Several of the Charlie and Lola episodes are available on DVD. The latest release is called Charlie and Lola, Vol. 9: What Can I Wear for Halloween? The DVD includes nine episodes. Only the first episode, "What can I Wear for Halloween," focuses on the Halloween holiday. In this episode, Charlie, Lola, Marv, and Lotta proudly discuss the pumpkin they grew from seed. They plan to show it off at the school Halloween party. Lola can't decide what she wants to wear and shrugs off several of Charlie's suggestions like deep sea monster and spider. Something unfortunate happens to the pumpkin the kids grew, but in the end the "biggest, orangiest pumpkin lantern in the whole of Halloween" shines brighter than all.

Like I said, only one episode focuses on Halloween. The other episodes discuss fall and leaves, helping others, school projects, sleepovers and, of course, there's always time for pink milk. My favorite episode "I am Going to Save a Panda" covers endangered animals and extinction. Teachers could easily incorporate this episode into their lesson planning involving ecology and wildlife preservation for Endangered Species Day or World Animal Day. I also loved the mention of a game called "Conkers" that uses seeds of horse-chestnut trees strung on a string in the autumn episode titled "Everything is different and not the same." We've collected horse-chestnut seeds but I had never heard of the game until viewing this DVD. My daughter's favorite episode "But we always do it like this" is all about building sand castles and getting along with others.

The DVD menu is one of the cutest I've ever seen. When you click on the soccer ball to view the DVD, Lola blows bubbles in her pink milk...too fun! The interesting cartoon animation looks similar to the original books and uses a collage method to incorporate real photos of things like pumpkins into the cartoon. Additionally, the characters look like they are cut out of a piece of paper. All in all, (taking cue's from Lola) this is really an ever so extremely good DVD to watch with kids.

Episode List (Total viewing time approximately 120 minutes):
What Can I Wear for Halloween?
Everything is Different and Not the Same
I Am Goody the Good
But We Always Do It Like This
I Am Going to Save a Panda
I Slightly Want to Go Home
Do Not Ever Let Go
I Would Like to Actually Keep it
But I Don't Really Like This Present

Related links:
Charlie and Lola Website
Playhouse Disney - Charlie and Lola Website
Lauren Child - Author Website
BBC America Shop

Win a copy. BBC Video has kindly offered to giveaway a Charlie and Lola Volume Nine: What Can I Wear for Halloween? DVD to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

How to enter: What kind of costume do you think Lola (from Charlie and Lola) would look cute wearing? Leave a comment with your answer.
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109 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oooh, I love Charlie and Lola! Hmmm, let me see. I think my favorite Lola costume is the alligator. I love the way the head pops open and shut! Although it would be cute to see if she could come up with a guinea pig costume to match Bert...

Dolphin Girl said...

We enjoy Charlie and Lola at our house. I think Lola would be cute as a glass of strawberry milk!

Librarian Mommy said...

I think Lola should dress up as a tomato since she hates eating tomatoes!

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I think a princess would be super cute! Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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Alicia said...

I think Lola should be a fluffy yellow chick, or maybe an ogre, or a tree.
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Rachel Sue said...

We love Charlie and Lola around here. I think Lola should be a ballet dancer and charlie should be a magician.

Anonymous said...

I think Lola would make a cute butterfly!

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The Halton Mom said...

Lola is such a hoot. I would say a clown fits her well. Thanks for the chance!

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Nad said...

Lola would look cute as a Strawberry.

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mogrill said...

Lola should be a Ladybug and Charlie should be a Martian!! We LOVE this show. I will be sad when my daughter outgrows it. LOL. Thanks very much for the chance.
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rubynreba said...

We love Charlie and Lola. Since she is always looking out for Charlie she should be a nurse.
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Janelle said...

My kids love Charlie and Lola, what a great giveaway! I asked my daughter and she said Lola should be a princess (of course) and Charlie should be Bumble Bee (that's what her brother is being)
Too funny!

Janelle said...

I posted about your giveaway on my playgroups blog:

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Karen said...

I have never seen Charlie and Lola. That said, I'll throw out a guess that Lola should be a parrot. That's the first thing I thought of. I guess if there's a theme, then Charlie could be a pirate.

Great giveaway, thanks for doing it!

Mary A said...

I think Lola should go as a Lion. She looks as if she could roar really well. Thanks for the giveaway.

Bettina said...

We think it would be so cute to see Lola dressed as Soren Lorenson!

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paige said...

Lola should be a beetle (all it's funny little legs, Charlie).

We're besotted with C & L these days.

Stephanie said...

I think Lola would look cute as a fairy
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Staci said...

I think she would make a cute butterfly or fairy!
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shopannies said...

I thinks she would make a great princess or fairy
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Grad School Mommy said...

Given how rich Lola's pretend world is on the show, she's bound to want a fantasy costume! I see her in a fairy costume, complete with a wand and lots of streamers and a flouncy skirt. ;) She might also like being a queen, as she fancies herself a leader. I just love that show!

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Anonymous said...

I think she would look good as a princess.

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Jennifer McNichols said...

I think Charlie's idea of the deep sea monster would be fabulous. My daughter loves Charlie and Lola!

JackieN said...

I think Lola would look cute as a dinosaur.
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pixie13 said...

I think she'd make a great kitty. Thanks!

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cc said...

I think Lola would be cute as a cloud of mashed potatoes!

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Jen said...

I think Lola would make an adorable ladybug in a fairy style costume!

missrantsypants said...

I think she should go as a cookie since she loves her milk so much!


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Brooke said...

Lola has already worn so many cute and adorable costumes on the show... I think she should be a Tomato in honor of the book...

Renee G said...

I think she would make a cute bunny.
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Tiffany819 said...

We love Charlie and Lola! I think Lola would be cute as a ladybug! Thank you!

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sherri419 said...

Lola would be super cute as a genie!!! Thanks!

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Kristie said...

I've never watched Charlie and Lola before, but she looks like she would make a cute pumpkin! :-)

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kngmckellar said...

She's be cute as a little goblin or ghost.

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Bethie said...

I think Lola would be cute as a black cat.

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Laureen said...

Lola as a pumpkin might be cute...I wonder if that is what she chose? Thanks!

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Janet and Maya said...

Awww, Lola would be cute in anything! I love all the other answers. We are huge Charlie and Lola fans (have all the episodes filling up our DVR). Last year, my daughter dressed as BatCat, the Super Cat, Super-duper Cat. Lola would look cute as a BatCat too! Or maybe a soft, white and pink lop-eared bunny. Awww, back to Lola would be cute in anything!

Thanks for a great giveaway and Happy Halloween!

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GabbyLowe said...

I think she's be cute as a fairy, like my daughter is being

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