Word Girl returns with a new adventure. Four episodes are compiled to teach kiddies some vocab skills.


“Monkey Business” is more of the same from Word Girl, but that’s great! Monkey Business kicks off with a battle that leaves Captain Huggy Face solo. Then, the Butcher shows up in a skirmish that brings the guys back together. Becky and TJ even get some development time, as their parents head off for a celebratory ice cream shop visit. What’s so weird is seeing these guys start world building and providing relationship development for a kiddie show on PBS. I would’ve never thought such a thing could be possible back when I was watching Square One Television. Kids don’t know how good they have it.

I love Word Girl as a means to teach kids vocabulary. Unfortunately, she targets kids in the upper preschool and kindergarten echelon. My daughter is just about two months old, so all we let her watch are Parks and Recreation reruns and local news. She’s mesmerized by the traffic reports, so I guess that might start some early vocabulary building. My wife tells me that I need to wait for the soft spots to fill in first. But, I say damn the skull development. Let’s make that brain bigger and better than all the other babies. I want a Stewie Griffin, not a Doofus! Hand and hang with the power of Word Girl, I shall have my progeny lead the Gallants against the Goofus of the world.

The DVD comes with interactive games, video shorts and coloring pages as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par for a PBS Documentary. Still, I wish we would get more of these releases in HD. But, I guess physical media is dying. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2014

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