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Abby’s Flying Fairy School – And Breakout Star Niblet!

I’ve been truly impressed with British television since arriving in the U.K. The boys and are big fans of pretty much everything on CBeebies and C5. But with all these new shows and voices, it lovely to have a friendly voice from “home” for the boys to watch too.

Abby is a  Sesame Street character – and now she’s staring in the first ever Sesame Street CG animated series:  Abby’s Flying Fairy School,  which airs on C5′s Milkshake every Sunday morning. We were sent a pre-release DVD episode 5 which is due to air on 27th May. (you can visit the show page on Milkshake here: http://milkshake.channel5.com/programmes/abbys-flying-fairy-school )

The boys were enthralled as we watched Abby and her friends Blogg and Gonnigan learn their Fairy Godmother lessons in Mrs. Sparklenose’s class at Flying Fairy School. This lesson was the “Cinderella Challenge,” to practice their Fairy Godmother Skills.  They challenge had four parts including: gown, glass slippers (aka “Fragile Footwear”), transport to the ball and home by 12.

The show itself was composed mostly of the CG view of Abby and her friends in the classroom with 1 live action segment while they looked for solutions to their challenge. If you’re familiar with Sesame Street, then you get my drift.

If I hadn’t already known it was CG I don’t think I’d have come to the realization myself, although Abby and the other characters look very three dimensional against a more 2 dimensional background. The boys were pretty enthralled and I got shushed 3x as I tried to chat with them about it.

As I watched with them, I liked the character development but must say my favorite is not one of the leads. My favorite was the class pet “gerbilcorn” Niblet, who gets tasked with the clean-up.  After watching I asked my kids what their favorite part was too and funnily enough he was their favorite part too!

So to learn more about the “gerbilcorn” we contacted Abby for a little Q & A

Tell us about your best friends, Blogg and Gonnigan.
Blogg is part troll and is super funny; he’s kind of like our class clown. He likes to dance and be silly. Sometimes he can be stubborn and won’t accept our help but he makes me laugh a lot. Except his lunches gross me out sometimes, but he’s a troll and that’s what they eat.

Gonnigan is really nice and kind of shy. Sometimes he’s so shy he disappears! He’s gentle and worries a lot but he thinks long and hard about problems to help solve them.

We love Niblet, your class pet, the “Gerbil-corn”. Can you tell us more about him? Can he do magic too?
Niblet is the cutest, cutest, cutest mix of a gerbil and unicorn! He is super little and frisky but his unicorn horn makes him extra magical. He likes to play tricks on us but he’s very cuddly and likes belly rubs.

What sort of magical creatures do you get to meet?
Oh we get to meet lots of magical creatures! One time we met a giant when Gonnigan cast a spell to make his plant grow and it turned into a beanstalk. Another time Blogg accidentally let loose some Fairy Dust Bunnies, which Mrs Sparklenose was allergic to and she kept turning into different things when she sneezed. We also met Cubby Creature! He was making our stuff disappear.

Can you tell us how you use your wand to be a helping hand?
I always use my wand to be a helping hand! When we need to solve a problem or when something goes incredibly wrong we have to use our wands to problem solve.

Can you tell us how you cast a spell?
We usually use our wands to cast a spell and the more we learn about magic and our words the more we realise how powerful they are and anything can happen.

How does twinkle thinking help you solve problems?
I learned you have to think creatively to solve problems and the best way to do this is by twinkle thinking! We look at how everything works together and try different ways to solve problems.

As a Mom watching along I thought it would be fun to give the kids a wand to wave as they’d watched – it would seem more interactive that way and I think they’d like it. I was a bit surprised by some of the jokes or one-liners that were above their head like “I’m not wearing laces with a gown that would be a fashion faux pas.” or ” Oh I love the way these shoes make my calves look.” not because they were offensive, but they fell a little flat, the sailed over the kids head, being meant for adults and fell a little flat with me. All in all though, I enjoyed the show and we’ll be tuning in for more.

I knew the show was a winner in our house – when I got shushed and the boys asked to watch it again, … and again.. and yep again.

Check it out on C5 Milkshake and let me know what you think. The episode we saw airs May 27th, that’s tomorrow!


{Disclosure: I was in no way compensated for this post, I was however sent a pre-release of this episode to view, and a large Q&A, from which I’ve shared a portion}


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The F-Bomb – from the mouths of babes

My younger son was almost 2 when he first dropped the F-bomb. Well, it isn’t that surprising in the sense that my husband swears like a sailor – however, I think when or if you hear something like that come out of your little baby’s mouth, it’s shocking nonetheless.

The first time it happened we were sitting at a table and he dropped his fork and said “oh F*#$” and we all kind of paused and looked at him, not believing our ears – and asked him what he said- so he kindly repeated himself.

After a lecture about not saying that word and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate language, we then had regular reports from our older son of the younger frequently using the forbidden word – out of our presence.

It was a few months later before he said it to us again. We were trick-or-treating in Chicago, walking down the street, visiting each of the houses until we came to the middle of the block and the rest of the houses had their lights out – indicating they wouldn’t be giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. We explained to the kids these houses didn’t have an candy. Our little then gestured towards the houses said, “What the F&*@ ” We had that instant shock-giggle and tried to then go straight-faced and tell him not to say that…etc.

Similar situations have occurred since – where he uses it surprisingly well in a sentence – seemingly understanding the right context (if only he were older! lol). It’s so hard to keep a straight face when 1. it’s so shocking, 2. it’s accurate.

I was delighted to see parents on A Modern Family struggle with this same issue. Their 2 year old (like ours) says the F word – and not just in the privacy of their home. While both parents are shocked by it – one can’t help but giggle, thus inadvertently encouraging the behavior.

In the US even before it aired it was receiving some controversy. The Parents Television Council (PTC) said:”It’s not suitable language for a child that young in the real world, and it’s not suitable language for a child that young on television, either.”

What do you think? When did your child first curse? Do you remember swearing for the first time when you were a kid?

As for me – I was 3 at the dinner table, all was quiet when I looked up and said “shit” everyone looked at me and I quickly said,” I meant fish, fish!”

Here’s a video of “Shit Lily says…” (here’s the F-bomb scenes on Huffington Post)

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