This DVD, based on the book The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, shares the story of Spookley, a square pumpkin. Spookley is laughed at and picked on by other pumpkins because he is different. Three spiders befriend Spookley and tell him he has the right to be Pick of the Patch. Even after receiving encouragement from Jack Scarecrow and his bats sidekicks, Spookley fears his best isn't enough. But that all changes when Spookley's differences save the day. The other pumpkins realize that our differences are what makes us special.
You can watch a clip here:
The DVD also features five exclusive video pictures books: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The Legend of Beacon the Bright Little Firefly, The Legend of JellyBean and the Unbreakable Egg, The Legend of Lyla the Love Sick Ladybug, and The Legend of Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens.
In addition, this DVD contains a CD of favorite Halloween songs, including three songs from the movie.
This is a fun video for children up to about age 8 and covers topics of empathy, friendship, perseverance, compassion, bullying and appreciating differences. It is a springboard for many conversations that parents need to have with their children about treating each other with kindness and accepting other's differences. This is a great video for use both at home and in public settings such as schools and churches.
Some interesting notes:
· Joe Troiano will be partnering with Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, and its Spirit of Children program which supports Child Life departments at local hospitals. Joe will make personal appearances at select hospitals and Spirit Halloween locations, with a portion of Spookley the Square Pumpkin merchandise sales going towards the Spirit of Children Program.
· Spookley is the official spokespumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month through a partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (PACER.org/bullying).
· Spookley will headline indoor, family-friendly Halloween events at Simon Malls locations in October.
· Spookley is an annual featured attraction at pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farm destinations, with over five million visitors since 2003.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest review.