Product Review: Dora’s Slumber Party and Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure

Dora the Explorer is definitely a favorite in our house, with both the kids and myself. These two DVD’s are quickly becoming my favorites of the bunch.

Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure contains the final episode of the Magic Storybook Trilogy as well as two new-to-DVD episode: Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle and Wizzle Wishes. Here’s a quick synopsis of each episode:

Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure: Happy Birthday, Dora! In the final episode of the Magic Storybook Trilogy, a twisting wind has blown Dora and Boots into Wizzle World, a land located in the Magic Storybook. Dora and Boots can’t jump out of the Magic Storybook without first taking Dora’s crystal to the Wishing Wizzle (Hector Elizondo) so he can wish them back home in time for Dora’s birthday party with all her family and friends. They set off an adventure to Wishing Mountain, but they better watch out for La Bruja and her Flying Monkeys who don’t like wishes and try to stop Dora and Boots.

Dora and Boots need to get home for Dora’s birthday party with all her family and friends. They can’t wait to get home to everyone they love back in the rainforest, but before Dora and Boots can jump out of the Magic Storybook, a twisty wind picks them up and blows them into Wizzle World.

Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle: Dora is reading a storybook about a Birthday Wizzle who could make birthday wishes come true with his magic wand. Today is his birthday so it was his turn to make a wish, but a wind came in and blew the wand out of the book! Dora must jump into the book and bring the wishing wand back to the Wizzle to give him his birthday wish.

Wizzle Wishes: Dora and Boots meet a cute little Wizzle who lost his bag of wishes and can’t get home. Our heroes set off in search of the lost wishes, but their friends keep finding the wishes first, and their wishes get everyone into trouble. Dora and Boots must overcome a giant sunflower in Isa’s garden, a storm of raining nuts in the Nutty Forest and slippery slopes at the Wishing Well in order to return to wishes to their rightful owner.

All three episodes are great and I love watching my kids interact and help Dora and Boots!

The other DVD, Dora’s Slumber Party, is a compilation of six of Dora’s bedtime adventures. Here’s a quick synopsis of all six episodes:

Boots’ Cuddly Dinosaur: As bedtime approaches during Dora and Boots’ sleepover, Boots can’t find his cuddly dinosaur. The friends realize that Boots’ dinosaur must have fallen out of his bag at Play Park earlier that day. In their quest to help Boots find his cuddly dinosaur, Dora and friends put baby animals to sleep by singing a Spanish lullaby, help Benny find all of his stuffed animals, soar through the air in a balloon, and make a wish on their friend Little Star. With lots of help, Boots finally finds his cuddly dinosaur at Play Park, just in time for bed.

Louder: Every morning Red Rooster must wake the Sun from its deep slumber. Dora and Boots decide to help Red Rooster get to the Highest Hill so he can wake up the Sun. Along the way the friends practice making lots of noise and wake up the frogs, the boat and the pigs. With lots of practice, the friends wake the Sun just in time for morning.

The Lost City: Dora and her friends have lost their most precious toys and will do anything to get them back. The friends discover that toys must go to the Lost City when they are lost, but the city is very hard to find. Dora and Boots embark on an Indiana Jones-like adventure as they race through the Number Pyramid and take a quick shortcut through the Jumbled Jungle. If they find the Lost City, Dora will get back her lost teddy bear, and all her friends will find their favorite lost toys.

Little Star: As Dora and Boots get ready to make a wish on the first star that appears in the sky, the star falls. It’s now up to Dora and Boots to bring Little Star back home to the Moon, so everyone can make their wish. They will have to take Little Star on a long journey over the Troll Bridge, and past Tico’s Tree to help get the star all the way back into the sky.

Super Babies’ Dream Adventure: As the Super Babies get ready for their nap, the Dream Fairy is nowhere to be found. The Dream Fairy’s Golden Rooster got locked out of the Dream Castle and couldn’t wake her up, so she was still a sleep. The Super Babies decide to wake up the Dream Fairy by embarking on a journey through the Giant’s Forest, up to Dragon Mountain and finally to Dream Castle. When the dream fairy is awoken with her Golden Rooster, she delivers happy naptime dreams for all of the babies.

Dora Had a Little Lamb: Mary had a Little Lamb, but now Little Lamb is lost. Dora and Boots jump into a big book of Nursery Rhymes to bring Little Lamb back to her best friend, Mary. Along the way to Mary’s House, Dora, Boots and Little Lamb pick pickled peppers with Peter Piper; help the Itsy Bitsy Spider climb up the Water Spout; ride a cow over the Moon; put Humpty Dumpty back together again; and even catch a ride in a motorized bath tub.

My favorite’s on this DVD are Dora had a little lamb and super babies, obviously because Dora’s little siblings are twins.

What are your favorite Dora episodes? Do you own either of these DVDs? What do you like about them?


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