Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Media Darlings Is One Year Old!

Here’s a short recap of our first very wonderful year:

Our first story went live on Monday, March 28, 2011. It was a tribute to my favorite documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans. My title folded in documentary subject Rafe Esquith’s motto, “Work hard and be nice.”

Our most popular post of the year continues to be Will the Real Bert and Ernie Raise Their Hands! This piece covered the cartoon series Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures and Abby’s Flying Fairy School that appear on the hit show Sesame Street.

Our most popular day was Friday, June 3rd when our post on Disney’s Pinocchio got over a thousand hits on one day, owing to a mention by Andrew Sullivan in The Daily Beast. Seems my use of the word “perverse” started a bit of a stir.

Our most popular topic is “Classic Media.”

We have the most stories under the heading of “Books.”

We’ve had fourteen contributors, with most pieces written by me and the second most written by Jack Silbert.

My favorite pieces (in no particular order) are Fly to See This Peter and Wendy by Regina Robbins, A Child’s Guide to SMiLE by Jack Silbert, Yay! The Commercials Are On! by Jan Hames and Vocabulary Building Ideas for Reluctant Readers by Gail Terp.

The toughest part of writing this blog is keeping it fresh. Thank you very much for your support! I hope you’ll continue to check in for recommendations on children’s media and remember: your comments and suggestions are very welcome!


  1. Interesting topic might be violence on screen. Spoke with a physician who said studies have found that children cannot distinguish between cartoon characters hitting one another and real humans hitting one another. Although the cartoon characters draw a laugh, on a deeper level, the child perceives the two acts as the same...violence. Based on that The Three Stooges have contributed as much if not more to violent behavior as any other form of media that has shown people hitting each other.