Giveaway: New Family Movie Collection

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (15)

Family Movie Collection

WINNER: Congratulations to danielaweil!

We have three new favorite family videos in the Gilmore house—two new releases from the wonderful Scholastic Storybook Treasures and the latest from Hayao Miyazaki, known for his other great films My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. One lucky Barista Kids winner will win all three! Keep reading for details:

 DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATEThis latest installment in the nationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning, and a personal favorite in the Gilmore household, Mo Willems DVD line from Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ features three animated adaptations of stories by the New York Times best-selling author: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late; Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion; and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Narrators for these stories include Cher Willems, John Scieszka and Mo Willems himself.

Each of these Mo Willems stories come to life with the author’s trademark humor and  illustrations. There hasn’t been a Mo Willems story or video that we all haven’t loved, and this one is no exception.



CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS!Another wonderful children’s author and illustrator, New Jersey native Peter Brown, gets his beloved children’s book on the small screen as the featured story on the brand-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ DVD, Children Make Terrible Pets…And More Stories About Family.  In Brown’s animated tale, Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home.  Her mother, however, has other ideas and cautions her that, “children make terrible pets.”  Hilarity ensues as Lucy tries to prove her mother wrong in this modern classic.

Other stories on this family-story compilation include All the World (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward), Crow Call  (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein), and Elizabeti’s Doll (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield). 

The original stories have won many awards, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Book, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award and the Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.


from up-on-poppy-hillMy girls are big fans of Studio Ghibli films, and  the latest work—From Up on Poppy Hill—is no exception. From the creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, to name a few, and written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first feature-length collaboration between father and son – and the results are stunning.

The dazzling, hand-drawn From Up on Poppy Hill is set in Yokohama in 1963.  Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past.  Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. This film is best for tweens.

From a screenplay by Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte’s Web) and features an all-star English voice cast including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.


To enter, tell us your favorite Mo Willems or Peter Brown book OR your family’s favorite Hayao Miyazaki film in comments.

The contest starts Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:30 am EST and ends Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10 am EST. One person who leaves a comment by September 14, 2013 at 10 am EST will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems, Children Make Terrible Pets…And More Stories About Family, and From Up on Poppy Hill.

You MUST leave a comment here to be entered and you may only comment once to get an entry, but if you want another entry and up your chances of winning, here are a couple of ways:

  • Follow us on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Make sure to include @baristakids, @Cinedigm AND @GKIDSfilms in your tweet.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter here and send us a message telling us you did with your email address.

Good luck!


  1. POSTED BY mtclibn42  |  September 09, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    My daughter is a huge fan of all of the Hayao Miyazaki films but I think that Spirited Away is her favorite.

  2. POSTED BY jojams  |  September 09, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    My family loves Ponyo!

  3. POSTED BY Tim Lynch  |  September 09, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    I’m sad to say that we haven’t gotten our daughter into Miyazaki yet … but the adults, at least, really love Princess Mononoke.

  4. POSTED BY ssil  |  September 10, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Looks so cool!

  5. POSTED BY nycmontclair  |  September 10, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Mo Willems is huge in our house. My son’s favorite’s are Piggy and Gerald books. “I will surprise my Friend” is his favorite.

  6. POSTED BY bazek  |  September 10, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    We love Mo Willems book Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late. We also really like Ponyo!

  7. POSTED BY pamplemousse  |  September 11, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    My Neighbor Totoro is our family favorite! We love all the Miyazaki films.

  8. POSTED BY vunzya  |  September 12, 2013 @ 2:02 am

    we love ponyo!i love miyazaki

  9. POSTED BY danielaweil  |  September 12, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    My Neighbor Totoro would be our favorite Miyazaki films (but hard to choose between Arriety, Ponyo and Kiki’s Delivery Service, and all of Mo Willem’s books…!)

  10. POSTED BY pamplemousse  |  September 13, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Is the deadline Fri the 13th or Sat the 14th?

    We like both Spirited Away and Ponyo.

  11. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  September 13, 2013 @ 2:41 pm


    Saturday, the 14th. I had “Friday” written by mistake.

  12. POSTED BY johnnyo  |  September 13, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Mo Willlems rules in our house. Great for both our 7 year old and our baby.

  13. POSTED BY alienxphile  |  September 14, 2013 @ 5:55 am


  14. POSTED BY alienxphile  |  September 14, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    Twitter Follower (@Alienxphile)
    Tweet –

Featured Comment

I'm struck by how much attention is being paid to the details of a parking lot, as opposed to the attention paid to the future impact of the monstrous projects being planned.

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Links & Information

Baristanet on Flickr