Review: Books Music Games & Movies for Young Adults and Children
Game: Fairy Magic
Do fairies really exist? Yes they do and you can find them not
only in the back of your garden, but in your child’s bedroom, under the pillow and even taking a sneak
peak in your kitchen fridge 😉 In fact fairies appear wherever you are,
in just the tap and slide of a finger with Fairy Magic
, an augmented reality game for children, available on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Fairy Magic enables
the player to use their Apple device as a lens through which fairies hidden in the world can be found.Using the magic of Enchanted Reality
, players can catch beautifully-crafted animated fairies around them, photograph them in the real world, chat with fairy princesses and queens, and play games with them. There are over 50 different fairies, spanning seven different fairy clans, to collect and play with. To interact, you simply hold your device in front of you, and you can catch fairies by tapping next to one of them and circling it with your finger. There are
hours of interactive fun for kids with this app as fairies will teach you their names, make fun of your voice and pose for photos with you and your friends – all set within a magical soundtrack. And the enchanted world of fairies isn’t just for children either, so when the kids are in bed, you can take back your Apple device and unlock the inner fairy in you, if you so wish!
Movie: Disney’s Aladdin
A flying carpet, a shape-shifting genie and a powerful lamp takes magic to dizzying heights in Disney’s animated version of this Arabian folk tale. The movie tells the
story of street kid, Aladdin, and his pet monkey Abu who roam the streets of the mystical city of Agrabah scraping a living. A by-chance encounter with Princess Jasmine sets Aladdin on an epic life-changing journey. But the course of love at first sight doesn’t run smooth as Aladdin finds himself thrown in prison by the evil Jafar, advisor to the Princess Jasmine’s father, the Sultan. In prison, Aladdin becomes muddled up in Jafar’s plot to recover a mysterious old lamp with magical powers that will allow him to rule the kingdom. As with all Disney classics, you can expect colourful animation, catchy tunes and characters that include a loveable rogue, a villain and a pair of lovebirds. But the fun truly begins when Aladdin and his sidekick take to the Cave of Wonders to retrieve the lamp, where they discover the comical genius that is the Genie, voiced by comedian Robin Williams.
Music: Puff the Magic Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon
– the Peter, Paul and Mary song – may date back to the 1960s but this kids‘
classic has been transformed into all kinds of versions throughout
its decades of existence. The lyrics tell the
story of the ageless Puff the Magic Dragon, who lives by the sea in the land of Honalee, and befriends the little boy Jackie Paper. The pair become great friends as they frolic together travelling
in a boat with billowed sails
, crossing paths with noble kings and princes, and watching pirate ships lower their flags for the roaring dragon. But as little boys grow up, Jack loses interest in the imaginary adventures of childhood and leaves Puff sad and alone. In spite of its
sad ending, Puff the Magic Dragon
is a catchy and memorable tune for kids which also helps to capture their imagination through music and verse.
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk
traditional English folk tale tells the story of Jack who lives with his mother:
they have no money and little
more than a cow to their name. One day, Jack is told to sell the cow but he sells it for some beans. Although his mother is angry, the beans are actually magic beans. Jack awakes the next day to find that the beans that
his mother threw out of the window have turned into a giant beanstalk, and so Jack’s adventures in the
land of the giant’s kingdom begin bringing him ‘riches’ to take home. But that’s not without a villain getting in the way – enter the giant ferociously chanting: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead. I’ll grind his bones to make my bread’. It is an infamous line that kids will grow up to remember and the tale itself is a great introduction to rhythm and rhyme for pre-school children.
Game: The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo’s best selling role-playing and action franchise, The Legend of Zelda
video game series adapts the Tolkien-inspired sword and sorcery to bring high fantasy action, adventure and puzzle solving for teens and adults alike. And in its 26 year history, it’s an adventure that has been passed down to generations of game
players. The series, set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, revolves around the character of Link who is tasked with rescuing Princess Zelda. Whichever game in the series you are intending to get your hands on, expect dungeons, a Sword of Destiny and a variety of other items needed to rescue the abduction-prone Princess Zelda, and with a brilliant soundtrack to boot. The latest in the franchise, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
on Wii, launched to critical acclaim last year not only for its introduction of full motion controls offering the most intuitive play control of any game, but also for its more puzzling dungeons and freshness throughout the game play.
Movie: Harry Potter series
After ten years, eight films, four directors and over $6 billion at the box office, the Harry Potter movie series has gone a long way to bring alive the magic captured
by J.K. Rowling’s novels with its tales of magic, friendship and action-adventure. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three main characters, the movies chart Harry’s humble beginnings as a wizard in training at Hogwarts School go Witchcraft
in the first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
, to a full-on battle between Harry and his allies at Hogwarts and his arch-enemy Voldemort and his army in the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
. As with the
books, the movies do get darker and
more intense as the series progresses. Whether you are an ardent
Harry Potter fan or not, it is hard not to be succumbed by the magic and adventure captured by the movies.
Music: B.o.B. – Magic featuring Rivers Cuomo (Atlantic Records)
Nowhere in the field of entertainment takes magic out of that fantasy world and mysticism and brings it to modern day life as much as music does. You’d be hard pushed to find popular music of today dropping lyrics about wizards, sorcery, witches brew and all that, unless it’s songs for children. Besides, who says you need to be
waving a sword or wand and dressed in cloaks to have that magic in you?
Which brings me to rapper and singer B.o.B., who rhymes about the powers of magic to woo the laydeez – ” I got the magic in me, Everytime I touch
that track it turns into gold, Everybody knows I’ve got the magic in me, When I hit the floor the girls come snappin’ at me, Now everybody wants some presto” to having magical lyricism – “These tricks that I’ll attempt will blow your mind, Pick a verse, any verse, I’ll hypnotise you with every line, I’ll need a volunteer, how about you
, with the eyes? Come on down to the front, and stand right here and don’t be shy, I’ll have you time-travellin’, have your mind babblin'”. Featuring Rivers Cuomo of rock band Weezer, B.o.B. successfully combines pop with hip hop on this chart-topping single that is fun both lyrically and musically.
Book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
One of the most revered children’s books of all times, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
is the second book in the
Narnia Chronicles. It centres on four children – Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund – who are sent from London to live with an old relative, Professor Kirke, in his country estate to escape the Blitz. As
they all explore their new home, Lucy discovers a wardrobe full of musty old coats and mothballs which she soon finds out is is more than it seems – it is a gateway to the mythical land of Narnia – a snowy forest of land inhabited by unicorns, centaurs, fauns and the wicked white witch, who terrorises all. Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, need her help if the country’s creatures are ever going to be free again and to restore joy and light to the land. As the most popular of the Narnia Chronicles, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
is a great fantasy read for the young reader and a tale of bravery in the battle between good and evil.
Game: Fairy Magic, Copyright: Inlifesize
Movie: Disney’s Aladdin, Copyright: Disney
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk, Copyright: Little Classics
Music: Puff the Magic Dragon, Copyright: Macmillan
Game: The Legend of Zelda, Copyright: Nintendo
Movie: Harry Potter series, Copyright:
Book: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Music: B.o.B. Magic, Copyright: Atlantic Records