Jun 122015

Inside Out

If your kids are huge Disney fans like mine they are no doubt counting the days until Disney’s Inside Out hits the big screen next week. We have watched a few previews and can’t wait to see it, it looks like good fun for the whole family. So far all Disney Pixar movies have been fantastic (Up, Toy Story, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo, we just can’t pick one favourite!) so I am expecting another great hit.

Inside Out Emotions Console

To coincide with the upcoming movie release Disney has teamed up with the toy experts at Tomy to create an exciting Inside Out toy range that will bring the Pixar magic straight into your home:

Emotions Control ConsoleJoy, anger, fear, sadness… Young Riley has lots of feelings and life is definitely not easy with so many emotions at play. Now you can take charge of all these emotions with the futuristic Inside Out Emotions Control Console (RRP $29.95, ages 4+), place your emotion on the console to see it light up. The base console comes with the happy Joy figurine and for expanded play you can collect all the other Emotions figurines (RRP $12.95) too. What a fun way to play out your favourite and create your own Inside Out movie scenes!

Bing Bong PlushNormally the ‘elephant in the room’ is something we’d all rather avoid but that’s not the case with this super cute and cuddly ‘I Cry Candy’ Bing Bong Plush (RRP $49.95, ages 4+). Quirky looking Bing Bong is a product of Riley’s imagination, he is ‘part cat, part elephant and part dolphin’ to be precise. But that’s not at all, he is made out of cotton candy wrapped around a nougat-y centre, who doesn’t love the sound of that!

Measuring a generous 10″ in size and with a slight cotton candy smell (if only he also tasted like it!) this gentle giant is very huggable and friendly. Bing Bong loves to entertain by singing the ‘Bing Bong Song’ and saying several phrases from the movie. To see colourful candy tears well up in Bing Bong’s eyes just squeeze his belly, he sure is an interesting character who will make a perfect friend for any young Inside Out fan.

To find out more about Disney and to watch the Disney Pixar Inside Out trailer visit www.disney.com.au.

To find out more about Tomy, to browse the Inside Out toy range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tomy.com.

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Jul 242014

Penguin Australia

As someone who moved to the other side of the world I know how hard it is to settle in, to find that feeling of belonging and to make new friends. Australian author and illustrator Caroline Magerl has captured these feelings beautifully in her very first book called Hasel and Rose:

Hasel and Rose

Hasel and Rose is a beautifully illustrated hard cover picture book about a sweet girl named Rose who has recently moved house. She is feeling a little lost in this new home, in this new street and in this new town without familiar faces, her family tries to distract her but nothing works. At night she looks out the window with her cardboard telescope, searching but not finding.


Some place far far away a little rabbit called Hasel starts a long journey, sitting in an old brown box she travels. Down hills, up mountains, through the sky and over water, in windy, stormy weather where is Hasel going?


One night Rose is out searching for that special something when, through the eye of her cardboard telescope, she spots a weathered brown box bobbing on the water. Could it be that the journeys of Rose and Hasel are to come together here at the beach? Will Rose find the special something she has been looking for?

To find out more about Hasel and Rose (RRP $24.99) by Caroline Magerl, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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