There are several reasons why I love Word Girl. She’s a strong female superhero who doesn’t run around half naked, her weapon of choice is her amazing vocabulary, and it’s hard not to like someone who chooses a pet monkey as her crime fighting sidekick.
Plus, even though she’s a female superhero, the show is structured to appeal to both boys and girls.
We actually own a few World Girl DVDs and several Word Girl books, but Coupon Madness is by far my son’s favorite Word Girl story. In this book, Word Girl is on a mission to stop Granny May from using fake coupons as part of her crime spree. She uses coupons to get all the money in the bank, all the cars in the car lot, and all the jewelry in the jewelry store while trying to attack Word Girl and Captain Huggyface with her knitting needles.
Since I’m an avid couponer and have been known to knit on occasion, my son likes to tease me by saying I’m Granny May. Of course, with his mischievous personality, he’s Captain Huggyface.
Coupon Madness is a great children’s book because it’s funny enough to keep the interest of squirmy kids and their parents. The story makes sense even if you haven’t seen many episodes of the TV show and it teaches your child several new vocabulary words in between giggles.
Word Girl books are readily available at major bookstores like Barnes and Noble, but PBS Kids has a special Word Girl online store that sells books, DVDs, t-shirts, and gifts featuring characters from the show.
Many of the items can be personalized with your child’s name, so this would be a wonderful place to shop if you have a serious Word Girl fan in your house.
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