Thursday, November 12, 2009

Characters from My Favorite Childhood Books Come To Life

When I was about 4 I received my very first Richard Scarry book (see above). I really wish I still had it. I loved the characters. I loved the busyness of the pages. I looked at them over and over again until the spines broke. Not sure what happened to them, but recently I spotted them at the library to introduce them to my children. They loved them just as much as I did.

Thanks to One2One Network, I am able to take part in a really fun review of Busytown Mysteries! Based on the Richard Scarry characters I grew up loving.  Before this review, I had no idea and I am so happy to hear this and be able to share it with my readers. Busytown Mysteries is on CBS weekend mornings (go here for the airtime in your area. Check out the Cookie Jar TV site for information, photos, songs, and lyrics from Busytown Mysteries.

 Season 1 was the winner of the 2009 CFTPA award for best children's program, and nominated for the 2009 Pulcinella award for best preschool series at Italy’s prestigious "Cartoons on the Bay".

Busytown Mysteries takes place in Richard Scarry's Busytown and teaches the scientific method through stories in which the character of Huckle Cat (with his sister Sally Cat, and friend Lowly the Worm) solve mysteries by examining evidence. Beside being a great show which will inevitably help instill a love of reading in your children (kids love to read books based on characters they are familiar with).

After checking out Busytown with my kids I loved how engaged they were. There were fun storylines and lovable characters, while also introducing them to deductive reasoning skills like, Who? What? When? Where? Why? For me, it was so much fun to see my favorite characters come to life.
For still more Busytown Mysteries fun, check out their interactive website here. It was so cute to watch my 6 year old and 4 year old work together. When you first get to the site, you can click your favorite character, click your choice of vehicle and head into Busytown. There are tons of places to explore in the neighborhoods in Busytown, interact with the Busytown characters and play 14 games and activities designed for preschoolers, including interactive games, a Fan Club and “My First Email,” which lets little ones email their progress to pre-approved friends and family addresses.

My kids loved the games and worked nicely together. They could easily navigate without my help while I made dinner. After dinner they wanted to play again. While I am writing this post up, they are both begging to play. Their favorite game was the recycling game where you take garbage that lands on the conveyor belt and sort it.

There are so many sites on the internet for children to learn and play at and we hit many, I feel that Busytown Mysteries.Com is a great site for kids as young as 3. 

Hi Maria-Busytown MysteriesBusytown Mysteries Bullet Points:

  • Richard Scarry’s books have sold over 150 million copies and have been translated into 30 languages over the last 40 years.

  • If you grew up reading these books, you can now share the fun with your children watching brand new TV series check out all of the Busytown fun online at their comprehensive website 


  1. OMG, I had forgotten about these books, I really loved them.
    Thanks for the reminder, I think I'll get them for my grandson. :-)

  2. Anonymous11:22 AM

    Richard Scarry is a terrific author for children. His books are educational and fun. I will check out the site. thanks for the info on the TV show. My nephew who I babysit for will love it.


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