Kids' Corner

Fair Game

Eileen Clarke reviews the ''Like Mike'' sequel, and recommends a classic DVD for your collection. Plus: Tina Jordan on a charming new picture book

A review of the ''Like Mike'' sequel

DVDs

Like Mike 2: Streetball
PG; 95 minutes; 2006
Every kid has dreams of being a star — whether it’s on the basketball court, the baseball field, or the stage. Twelve-year-old Jerome Jenkins Jr. (Jascha Washington) is no different. In this direct-to-DVD sequel, he is the wearer of the magic high tops (Bow Wow had the honors in the original), inscribed with the initials M.J., that help him soar literally to new heights. No matter how predictable or implausible the plot may seem to adults, younger viewers may still revel in the awe of those magical sneakers and wonder if Jerome will sacrifice fame for friendship. C+Eileen Clarke
Recommended ages: 5 and up

For Your Collection
Hansel and Gretel
Unrated; 86 mins.; 1987
Considering that most classic fairy tales are modernized or distorted beyond recognition these days, it’s nice to see one that sticks to its origins. With Cloris Leachman as the terrible Griselda, who makes gingerbread cookies out of children wandering into her home in the north woods, we get good old-fashioned scary. And with an irate mother who scolds her children for letting the donkey into the house (warning: she uses the s word — stupid), we get good old-fashioned reality. Kids will love seeing Hansel and Gretel get into trouble, and cleverly find their way out (and along the way, learn a not-easily-forgettable Punch & Judy ditty that involves pointing your toe and tap, tap, tapping — just grin and bear it). A-EC
Recommended ages: 3 and up

Books

Museum Trip
By Barbara Lehman
There are no words, only illustrations, in this charming book, which imagines what happens to a little boy on a school trip to a museum. When he stops to tie his shoe, his class moves on without him. Suddenly lost, he opens a door, only to find himself in a room that has an ancient map of a maze. Before he knows it, the boy has been whisked away to the world of the maze, where he stays for a wonderful, delicious few minutes before he solves its riddle and rejoins the world. A fantasy that children can share — and bring their own interpretations to. ATina Jordan
Recommended ages: 6 and up

Originally posted Jun 07, 2006
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