Saturday, December 22, 2007

39 Great Gifts and "The 39 Clues" - PKTR 13

Download today's show and you'll hear the PKTR hosts discuss 39 great last minute gifts and "The 39 Clues."

First, you'll hear 39 great last minute gift ideas for preteens. Then you'll get information about "The 39 Clues." Some say it may be Scholastic's next big thing after "Harry Potter." Or is it? Hmmm. The PKTR hosts believe that it's not at all like Potter. If you haven't heard about it yet, listen to this week's show!

Great Gifts for Girls:

iTunes gift card ($15, 25, 50, 100)
iPod (any type - shuffle ($79), nano (from $149), classic (from $249), iPod touch (from $299))


Look at our earlier post here for our Top Picks - Video Games for Tweens

Wii --

Super Mario Galaxy (Read our earlier, detailed post about this must-have game!)
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party Bundle

PS2 --
Sing Star --80s--
UPDATE: Do NOT buy this game! Our family was unlucky enough to get it as a gift and it stinks! It is full of bad, bad, cheesy 80s music that no kid (or very few kids) will enjoy.* We apologize for including it in our show and retract the recommendation. We made a mistake. We meant to recommend SingStarPop.
Terribly sorry...

Moving on...
Karaoke Revolution: American Idol
DDR SuperNova2 Bundle

Nintendo DS --

Hannah Montana: Music Jam

Online games --

Club Penguin Membership (from
[Wait...did she actually say "bummer"?? Listen to the show to find out!]

Webkinz (buy the stuffed animal at Target or Hallmark, then go to

Flip Video Camera

Gift cards to sporting goods stores (e.g., Sports Authority, etc.)

Kajeet cell phone (subject to parents' approval)
Firefly/Wirefly pay-as-you-go phone (same caveat)

Gift cards to appropriate stores
for younger girls (7-10), Ltd. Too
for older preteens (10-13), Abercrombie, Hollister, Nordstrom, or Delia's


Great Gifts for Boys:

Any of the Calvin & Hobbes books
Cool Stuff & How it Works (or Cool Stuff 2.0)

(and check out the website that Oprah mentioned in her recent rerun with Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works)

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

iTunes gift card ($15, 25, 50, 100)
iPod (any type - shuffle, classic, nano, video, iTouch)

Look at our earlier post here for our Top Picks - Video Games for Tweens
Wii --

Super Mario Galaxy

PS2 --
Sing Star Pop
Top Spin Tennis

Nintendo DS --
Dragon Quest Heroes - Rocket Slime

Flip Video Camera (see photo above)


Jerseys of their favorite players
Gift Cards to local sporting good stores (e.g., Sports Authority)

Great Gifts for Families

Here are the great gift ideas for families or for a twist on the ordinary hostess gift:

Anything from Cranium (e.g., Cranium Cadoo, Cranium, Whoonu)
Taboo, Jr.
Outburst, Jr.
Buzz: The Big Quiz (for PS2)

For more information on these and other games, listen to last week's podcast here.

Finally, the PKTR hosts were even more excited to tell you about

The 39 Clues

Just when the preteen kids are losing interest in books, or, at the very least, slowing down with reading and moving to computer games or video games, Scholastic helps us parents with The 39 Clues.

The 39 Clues is a sort of project, really, to be released beginning next September. It will consist of a series of books, cards and internet activities. So, it should appeal to the readers who love good writing and adventurous, thrilling, mystery novels (wait 'til you hear the authors who will be participating!), as well as the card lovers, online game lovers, and kids who just want more from their reading experience.

Different authors will write ten different novels, following a story arc developed by the first author. Who's the first author? None other than Rick Riordan, author of the popular, exciting, (and my daughter's favorite) Percy Jackson novels, including The Lightning Thief. We're so excited about this venture!

Riordan's book, The Maze of Bones is due for release in September, 2008 and the online clues and activities should begin around the same time. Each book will include six cards (with clues the readers then use online). The main characters of the story are a 14 year old girl, Ann Cahill and her 11 year old brother, Dan Cahill. They come from a very powerful family but readers don't yet know the source of the family's power.

The characters are racing other family members to uncover 39 clues to find the source of the family's power (and treasure). Readers/players will share in the excitement (and possibly even win some prizes!). Stay tuned as details unfold....and be sure to check the official website (currently in development).

Thanks for listening! Join us again next week on Parents and Kids Talk Radio!


Images from Webkinz, Amazon, and

*The possible exception is ladies of a certain age who were in high school around that time. They would probably have a blast with this title, especially if they play it with girlfriends from that time's just not good for kids.

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