January 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 1
|“[Specialty] stores really look at quality and appreciate the products that we develop.” — Sherrie Kaufman, InnovativeKids|
All Hallows Eve: The Story of the Halloween Fairy by POSITIVE SPIN PRESS
Written by author Lisa Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Tucker, this playful, goblin-free tale of the first Halloween features adorable illustrations and lilting rhymes. It centers on a young fairy named Eve, whose friends collect candy on All Hallows Eve and kindly give it to her; in turn, she gives each of them a special gift. “We are trying to bring context to holidays in a lighthearted manner,” author Lisa Johnson told TDmonthly. The fact that the book encourages gift-giving, she added, makes it a good fit for specialty retailers. Launch date: September 2006. 12/18/2006 (MSRP: $15.95; Age: 2 to 8)
Garden Fairy by PONY EXPRESS CREATIONS
Part of the Enchanted Garden collection, this velvet dress features a flower appliqué, ruffle and tulle trim, coordinating wings, a headband and striped capri leggings. Launch date: August 2007.
— The nationally distributed Pony Express Creations line features traditional baby costumes, boys’ outfits and this high-quality Enchanted Garden collection of girls’ attire. “The ones that are on a little bit of a higher level do very well in specialty stores,” Marketing Director Sherri Klaus of Pony Express Creations told TDmonthly. 12/20/2006 (MSRP: $39.99; Age: 6 to 12)
Spooky Night by INNOVATIVEKIDS
Children use a purple bat finger puppet to search for different objects on each page of this sturdy board book. The finger puppet's magnetic nose locks on to each correct answer with a satisfying click. In Spooky Night, written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Brenda Sexton, it's a spooky night and Batty Bat is ready for fun. Kids search for ghosts, monsters, witches and more as they help Batty find his spooky friends. Launch date: September 2006. 7/11/2006 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Jack Sparrow's Spinning Dagger Battle Gear With Electronic SFX by ZIZZLE
Children can pretend they’re Jack Sparrow with his trademark wristband and hand guard. The button activates real spinning dagger action, while battle sound effects and phrases add to the excitement. The dagger is removable for even more “Pirates” play. “Boys have always wanted to be like pirates,” Zizzle PR and promotions manager Scott Goldberg said, so the Pirates of the Caribbean license has "pushed us to where we are today. The price is right and the license is one of the top boys’ action lines this year.” Launch date: January 1, 2007. 12/18/2006 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 5 and Up)
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