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123456 12 CHICAGO TRIBUNESECTION5TUESDAYMAY30,2006 TEMPO KIDNEWS MOVIES “Cars” (June 9): This animated film is from the Pixar people, makers of “Toy Story,” and features talking cars who learn some lessons on the road. Starring Owen Wilson and Bonnie Hunt, it follows Lightning McQueen, a red racing car traveling to California. An unexpected detour lands Lightning in a small town with colorful characters. (G.) “Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties” (June 16): Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray) travels to London and is mistaken for a rich cat who inherits a castle. While Garfield enjoys the royal treatment, the evil Lord Dargis plots to get rid of him so he can turn the castle into a resort. (G.) “Superman Returns” (June 30): The Man of Steel is back and has two big problems: His love interest, Lois Lane, seems to have moved on with her life, and an old enemy plots to make him powerless. Starring Kate Bosworth and newcomer Brandon Routh as the super dude. (PG-13.) “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (July 7): Johnny Depp returns in a sequel to the popular 2003 movie, which finds Capt. Jack Sparrow with a blood debt to Davey Jones, the supernatural ruler of the ocean depths. Also stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. (Not yet rated.) “Barnyard” (July 28): Think “Chicken Run” with a cow who’s a party animal. Made by the folks who created “Jimmy Neutron,” this animated tale shows what the barnyard bunch is up to when the farmer’s back is turned. (PG.) “The Ant Bully” (Aug. 4): In this animated film, 10-year- old Lucas (Zach Tyler Eisen) is friendless and bullied. He takes his problems out on an anthill in his yard. When the ants have had enough of his abuse, they use magic to bring him down to their size. (PG.) “Material Girls” (Aug. 25.): Hilary and Hailey Duff star as two rich sisters, heirs to their dead father’s cosmetics company, who are left penniless when a scandal brings the company down. Instead of selling, the girls decide to fight to clear their father’s name. (PG.) “How to Eat Fried Worms” (Aug. 25): Eleven-year-old Billy challenges the resident bully on the first day of school and bets that he can eat 10 worms in one day. But can he? Stars Luke Benwald, Tom Cavanaugh and Kimberly Williams. (Not yet rated.) By Emilie Le Beau Special to the Tribune Like block parties? Then get ready for a great big block-party-style bash where one area is all about kids’ stuff. The Printers Row Book Fair on June 3 and June 4 has a stage just for kids, with well-known authors who will read and answer questions. There also will be musical performances from artists such as Justin Roberts. Roberts is an Evanston resident who writes kids’ music, such as the song “My Brother Did It” from his new CD, “Meltdown!” Roberts has played the book fair for the last two years, and chatted with KidNews re- cently about the fair, his music and why being a middle child meant taking most of the blame: KidNews: You’re a musician, why play at a book fair? Roberts: A lot of my songs do have a story element to them. It’s kind of nice because it’s primarily authors but music groups too. It adds variety to the day. It’s harder to dance to a book. What can kids expect at your show? There are a lot of interactive singalongs. There is usually a kiddie mosh pit that forms during the show. … Some of the songs are based on punk rock kinds of things, kids love anything that’s fast. Sometimes the moms and dads get up too. When did you first get into music? As a child, my first memory of music is when my preschool teacher took my mother aside and said, “We’re worried about Justin. All he does is sit in front of the record player and not talk to the other kids. … [Later,] I started playing musical instruments and singing in choruses. It was in high school when I picked up a guitar and really got excited about this. How did you come up with the idea for your song “My Brother Did It”? Actually, a parent came up after a show and she had two sons. She said, “You should really write a song about blaming a sibling for something.” Although I don’t have kids, I have an older brother and a much younger sister. I think I got blamed for everything being the younger brother. I switched it and told it from the other perspective. There’s one of the lyrics where it says, “Daddy wants to know who colored crayons on the wall / Isn’t that a shame? Signed my sister’s name.” That’s taken from a friend, her brother inscribed her name on a Steinway piano. Her parents did not know she didn’t do it until she was 20. VIDEO GAMES “Veggie Tales: LarryBoy and the Bad Apple,” Aug. 1. Gamers become LarryBoy and protect the citizens of Bumblyburg from the Bad Apple. “Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure,” just released. With this expansion pack to “Zoo Tycoon,” players can build a zoo filled with their exotic animals. The game includes new animals and new challenges. “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” August. Based on the Cartoon Network show, this game follows Mac and his imaginary friend as they complete challenges and quirky missions. Y ou know you should be outdoors getting some exercise, but it might be hard to get going when inside there are chatty cars, angry ants and spirited spooks to keep you entertained. Many fun movies, cool books and hot CDs are scheduled for release soon. Not sure which are worth your time? Here is a kids-only guide to the summer’s offerings: MUSIC “Stand Still, Look Pretty” by The Wreckers (Maverick Records), released last week. Michelle Branch has teamed up with Jessica Harp to form The Wreckers. The album is billed as pop/country, but single “Leave the Pieces” should satisfy Branch’s fans. “Rockin’ You Tonight” by Blaine Larsen (BNA Records), in stores June 13. This is the second country music album for Larsen, 20 years old and originally from Washington. “Beautiful Awakening” by Stacie Orrico (Virgin Records), in stores in August. Pop singer Orrico describes her new album as filled with coming-of-age stories about heartbreak and love. Check out the lead single, “I’m Not Missing You.” “Back to Basics” by Christina Aguilera (RCA Records), in stores Aug. 15. Inspired by jazz, soul and blues, Aguilera’s new album is a modern take on vintage music. The lead single, “Ain’t No Other Man,” will be released June 12. BOOKS “Charlie Bone and the Hidden King” by Jenny Nimmo (Orchard Books/ Scholastic, $9.99, ages 9-12), in stores in June. In the fifth book in the best-selling “Children of the Red King” series, Charlie Bone turns 12 on New Year’s Eve and receives a warning. Something ancient has awoken, and pets are mysteriously vanishing from the city. “Lights, Camera, Amalee” by Dar Williams (Scholastic Press, $16.99, ages 9-12), in stores July 1. Amalee’s grandmother dies and leaves her $1,000 worth of coins, with the instruction to spend the money on something impor- tant. Amalee decides to make a movie on endangered species and finds a link to her dead mother. “Just for You to Know” by Cheryl Harness (HarperCollins, $16.95, ages 10 and up), in stores in June. It’s 1963, and Carmen, almost 13 and the oldest of six kids, is always embarassed by her loud family. She longs to be invisible, and can’t wait for the day when she can get away from them—but big changes are in store for all. School ’ s out , you ’ re in New movies, music, games and books make the great indoors a great place to be By Emilie Le Beau ■ Special to the Tribune Justin Roberts will peform on the Children’s Stage June 4 at the Chicago Tribune Printers’ Row Book Fair. DVDs “Like Mike 2: Streetball” (June 6). Basketball fan Jerome is too short, too slow and too young to dominate streetball—until he finds an old pair of gym shoes with “MJ” written inside. But will his new skills cause problems with his family and friends? The DVD features six deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes look at filming. (PG.) “Eight Below” (June 20). Eight sled dogs are trapped in Antarctica in freezing weather. The DVD features deleted scenes, director and actor commentaries, and a behind-the- scenes look at the making of the film. (PG.) “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” (June 20). Lady and the Tramp’s young puppy son, Scamp, is bored and joins a pack of strays. Now he has to choose between freedom or his family. The DVD features all new songs, new games and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. (G.) “Aquamarine” (June 13). Two teenage Florida girls find a mermaid in their swimming pool. Starring Emma Roberts and JoJo. (PG.) “Leroy & Stitch” (June 27). Lilo, Stitch and friends are scattered around the universe and must reunite to defeat the evil Dr. Hamsterviel. The DVD features a flight simulator game and a never-seen-before episode from the TV series. (G.) “The Shaggy Dog” (Aug. 1). A workaholic dad is transformed into a big, shaggy dog. From a dog’s point of view, he finally sees how much his kids need his attention. But how can he change back? Starring Tim Allen and Kristen Davis. (PG.) Justin Roberts rocks kids’ area of book fair AND

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