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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes … and more stories about families


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B-



The media has sadly neglected Mia Farrow after her personal business spilled out into the media unnecessarily.  Still an amazing talent, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes … and more stories about families is ironic in exquisitely–read passages by Farrow of the adoption of a child from China to the U.S. that has become even more common since.  The Rose Lewis tale about an American woman taking a baby from half way around the world is remarkable enough, but the weight of Farrow and her beautiful, delicate voice reading those words to Jane Dyer’s beautiful, gentle illustrations is just stunning.  Only 8 minutes long, it is brilliant and reminds us what a national treasure Farrow is.


The additional shorts are Three Cheers For Catharine The Great with its hilarious send-up of dignity and Five Creatures about pets and animals are a wonderful complement.  Uncle Elephant is the only bonus short this time, but it is longer than usual and a bit uneven.  Some children are likely to still really enjoy it.  This is another winning children’s release from Scholastic.


The 1.33 X 1 image looks good, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 is Stereo throughout.  The extras are few, but include closed captions available for a dual use as a “read along” function and the other extra short noted.  Be sure to catch the Curious George short also reviewed on this site in lieu of the feature film release.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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