Review! 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up

{I was give a copy of this wonderful book for the purposes of review, and all opinions expressed are my own :-)}

Enjoying movies together is one of my family’s favorite things to do! While I didn’t have a comprehensive list of movies we wanted to see together when my kids were younger, I have found someone who does 🙂 Author Suzette Valle has compiled a must-see list of 101 movies for kids, and the list includes everything from Toy Story to Drumline to (of course) Star Wars!



Publisher’s synopsis: The perfect handbook for movie-lovers of all ages, helping both kids and parents choose classic and contemporary movies appropriate for the entire family.

Movies are made to entertain! Movies can make you think, teach you a lesson, or just let you escape into a fantasy world for a few hours. This book serves as an interactive bucket list of films for children ages 8 and up to watch before they grow up. 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up goes beyond mainstream films. From modern flicks to classic films, the list offers a wide selection of “must see” movies. The book is divided into categories and acts as an interactive film journal where kids can document when they see the movie, if they liked it, and how they would rate it. Each page focuses on a single movie with basic information about each film, including the director, runtime, rating, and date of release. There is also a “Film Critic” section at the bottom of each page that allows young movie buffs to write in their own opinions and observations about the movie. 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up is the perfect handbook for movie-lovers of all ages, helping both kids and parents choose classic and contemporary movies appropriate for the entire family.


“The Lion King” is part of what is known as the Disney Renaissance. In 1989, the studio started to create films that were based on well-known stories and regained its popularity with audiences. Think: “The Little Mermaid (1989),” “The Rescuers Down Under” (1990), “Beauty and The Beast” (1991), “Aladdin” (1992), “Pocahontas” (1995), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996),” “Hercules” (1997), “Mulan” (1998), and “Tarzan” (1999). But the traditional animation of “The Lion King,” or 2D animation, was what really caught our eye. It was so rich and vivid. Except for one scene, this movie was entirely hand-drawn. In fact, the wildebeest stampede reportedly took two years to make, and is the only CGI animated scene in “The Lion King.” When watching this movie, it would be interesting to ask kids if they notice the difference between traditional animation and CGI.

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Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff


The Lion King is a completely original story and centers on Simba, an overconfident lion cub next in line to become king of the Pride Lands in the African savanna. His jealous uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons), tricks Simba into thinking he caused his father Mufasa’s (James Earl Jones) death. Scar tells him that the other lions will blame Simba and leaving is the only way he can save himself. Overwhelmed with shame, little Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) runs into the desert, and Scar takes over as king. Simba meets Timon (Nathan Lane), a meerkat, and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), a warthog, and they become an irresistible trio of friends. Timon and Pumbaa’s motto for living in the jungle is “Hakuna Matata,” a Swahili phrase that means “no worries.” Is it because they only have to worry about what their next meal will be? Simba (Matthew Broderick) grows up, and returns with his childhood friend Nala to the Pride Lands to reclaim his proper place as king. The Academy Award winning music, including Elton John’s “The Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” is ingrained in the Millennia! generation like a historical event.

This is a great resource and just a fun book to have on your bookshelf! It is brightly illustrated and chock full of information for each film. And now, you my readers get a chance to win a copy! Enter here:

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About the author:


Suzette Valle is an award-winning mother of two and freelance writer focusing on family entertainment. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of San Diego, and has a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, England. Suzette has been a director and board member of several non-profit organizations in her community, including the Parent Teacher’s Association, Islander Sports Foundation, and is currently a board member of the San Diego-based international charity Foundation for Women. She also has her own blog, Mamarazzi Knows, where she writes about parenting in a celebrity-driven society and all aspects of entertainment. She is a featured Hollyblogger at the award-winning Hollywood publication The where she contributes film reviews, interviews with celebrities, and has covered and written about pop-culture events like Comic-Con International where she’s interviewed actors, directors, producers and writers about current and upcoming projects. Her articles have been featured on,, and REUTERS among others. She wrote over 30 articles for the monthly column Parent Talk for AOL’s, and headed this publication’s Parents Council in her community. Suzette lives in the seaside town of Coronado, California. This enchanted island is also known as the Emerald City because L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, penned several of the Oz books here. Suzette enjoys watching movies, and walks on the beach with her husband of 25 years and Bella, her adorable dog.

Next stop on the Blog Tour: Tomorrow 10/16 with Berta at Mommy Like Whoa …Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Best wishes and have fun watching great movies together!





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