THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
Ahoy, mates! SpongeBob has made his way to the big screen, where his underwater adventures go above sea level. Things get a little scarier (and, of course, squarier) when SBSP has a crabby patty crisis and a close encounter of the weird kind with, gulp, David Hasselhoff. Be there, or be square.
CHRISTMAS WiTH THE KRANKS
Tim Allen is breaking out from his traditional Santa Clause typecast to play Luther Krank, a lawyer who decides he's going to skip Christmas and go on vacation with his wife instead. Until... his daughter announces her last-minute plans to come home for the holidays. Let's see if Luther can pull Christmas off on such short notice--without Scrooging up.
ARE WE THERE YET?
This dude Nick (and he's no saint) is trying to score some romantic time with single working mom Suzanne. She's stuck out of town on business and misses her kids, so Nick (played by rapper Ice Cube) offers to drive Kevin, 8, and Lindsey, 11, from Portland to Vancouver for a holiday family reunion. Suzanne thinks Nick is the man. But ... the kids hate for their mom to date, and want him to hit the highway. Fasten your seatbelt for one whacked-out road trip!
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
If you're hooked on the book series, you must (just must!) slither to the theater for a grand viewing of the silver-screen version of Events. Of course, you already know that Count Olaf is trying to get his grimy hands on the large inheritance of the orphaned Baudelaire children. And watching Jim Carrey go down as the Count is alone worth the price of admission.
Hey, hey, hey--he's back and just as big as ever. The fat guy from Philly jumps right out of the TV screen of a teen (played by Kyla Pratt) and into the world of live-action adventure. Oh, yeah, and he brings the whole gang along with him for some happenin' high-school hijinx.
That's So Raven
So game makers are finally getting that the GameBoy world includes girls too. Disney's That's So Raven for GameBoy Advance puts you in the middle of the antics of four Raven episodes. Don't expect the shoot-and-splat stuff that boys' games are made of--instead, you compete by spraying perfume and swinging purses at opponents. Hey, it's a start.
Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, HarperCollins, $15.99
Think you're well-mannered? You're guaranteed to learn something new in this essential guide--cell phone savvy, thank you's. RSVPs, plus tips on fancy eating, starting a conversation and tons more. Make a first-rate impression!
The Anybodies N.E. Bode, HarperCollins, $15.99
When Fern's real dad appears and says she was switched at birth, Fern feels saved from a life of drudgery. But is she ready for what's next? Fern, Dad and her mother were anybodies able to transform into anything. But Mom left Fern a "gift" to locate the secret instruction book. Full of magic, word play and allusions to other great reads, this is a literary treat.
Maybe This Christmas Tree VARIOUS ARTISTS
Christmas carols covered by ultra-cool bands? The Polyphonic Spree doing John Lennon's "Happy Xmas," The Raveonettes' original retro-feel "The Christmas Song," Belasana's soft and lovely "Bittersweet Eve." Even cooler: A portion of the proceeds go to Toys for Tots.
Totally Hits 2004 Vol. 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS
From rock to pop to hip-hop, this is a mighty fine sampler of the year's hit songs: Outkast's "Roses," Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You," Fantasia's "I Believe," Maroon 5's "This Love," and much more. As in, 20 songs crammed onto one CD. Now that's a pretty package!
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