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Animated Fun for Everyone from Hoopla and the Cartoon Network

7 Jul

Looking for some cute cartoons the whole family will enjoy to watch together this summer?  Hoopla has a variety of shows available from Cartoon Network including everything from the Powerpuff Girls to Ben 10.  I wanted to take a look at five of my favorites (and yes childfree adults who love animation will enjoy them too).

Amazing World of Gumball
(TV-Y7)
The Amazing World of Gumball is one of my son’s favorite shows, but for Gen X and Millennial Parents there are plenty of hip references (everything from music videos to the Golden Girls) for you to enjoy while watching with your kids. Gumball will appeal to fans of The Simpsons with its loving but dysfunctional family, but what makes it unique is an interesting look that merges different styles of animation from traditional hand drawn to stop motion.

We Bare Bears
(TV-Y7)
We Bare Bears stars a talking grizzly bear, polar bear, and panda bear as they go on adventures and cause trouble in the human world around the San Francisco Bay Area.  Their nemesis of course is a famous koala bear.  Some episodes flashback to when the bears were young cubs and first became friends often with touching moments that will resonate for those who have also created their own found families.

Steven Universe
(TV-PG)
Steven Universe is about a half human/half alien boy and the Crystal Gems who are guardians of humanity.  The show is often embraced for showing that super heroes can have diverse body types and love comes in many forms (it was the first animated series to win a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Program in 2019).  For Halloween one year, my family dressed up like Steven and his parents Greg and Rose Quartz.

Adventure Time
(TV-PG)
One of my favorite shows from Cartoon Network, Adventure Time, stars Finn, one of the last humans, in a post-apocalyptic world  featuring a candy kingdom, an ice king, and my personal favorite- a guitar playing vampire queen.  Finn’s loyal side kick is Jake, a dog with magical powers.  You can check out my previous Adventure Time post when I was discussing Fan Fiction. If you like your high fantasy with a helping of quirky surrealism than check this one out.

Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy
(TV-Y7)
What if the Grim Reaper was one of your besties?  Shenanigans occur on both sides of the spirt world when Billy and Mandy befriend the coolest Grim Reaper around in the Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.  Looking for more gothy cartoon fare; also checkout Canadian fave Ruby Gloom which is also available from Hoopla.

What are your favorite family friendly cartoons? Share them in our comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

Read Shadow & Bone Before the Streaming Premier!

21 Apr

April means many things to many people. To some, it’s the sign of the Easter Bunny coming with chocolates and sweets. Others might see it as the start of spring, warmer weather and vibrant gardens. 

But to many others, April 23 brings the premier of the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s YA fantasy, Shadow and Bone, also know as the Grishaverse series. So for the month of April, I will be reviewing the original trilogy for this premier.

The first book in the series, Shadow and Bone, introduces us to the world of Ravka and our protagonist, Alina Starkov, a soldier and map maker entering a shadowed scar on the world known as the Shadow Fold, filled with only monsters and darkness. It is while there that she discovers and learns to control a newfound power.

The narrative is done through first person and Bardugo does an excellent job of letting us experience things through Alina’s eyes while still keeping things interesting and fresh. The magic system is simple enough that those new to fantasy will understand it, but interesting enough to add just enough flavor to the story and world.

So whether you’re just curios about the series as a whole or wish to read the books after watching the show, Shadow and Bone is one that I can firmly recommend. You can borrow it as an ebook from both eBCCLS and eLibraryNJ and in print from BCCLS libraries.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

Don’t miss our exciting live Zoom event tonight: Meet the Author Book Talk with Chip Cheek, author of “Cape May”! Wednesday, April 21, at 7 pm EST
In honor of National Library Week, best-selling author Chip Cheek will present a Virtual Book Talk/ Meet the Author event tonight (Wednesday, April 21) at 7:00 pm to discuss his popular debut novel “Cape May.” Chip will read passages from the book, describe his writing process and the inspiration for the book, and answer your questions. This program will be hosted on Zoom, so registration is required.

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