If this makes you search around for Captain Huggyface, you’re my kind of person. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you are missing out on some of the best kid’s TV out there right now.
I’m talking, of course, about Word Girl, a cartoon series from Scholastic Media airing on PBS Kids Go.
Aimed at early elementary children, it follows the adventures of Becky Botsford, whose life as a normal fifth grader is a cover for her secret identity as the superheroWord Girl.
What are Word Girl’s powers, you ask? Super speed, super strength, and she can fly but her major ace in the hole is her superior intellect and enormous vocabulary. Sounds good, yes? It gets better. Chris Parnell narrates each episode in a hilariously smarmy way and people like Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt have done voice turns.
It reminds me a little of early Sesame Street in the fact that it can be as amusing for the parents to watch as it is for the kids. Some jokes shoot right over my daughter’s head, but I find myself giggling wildly. And as a vocab nerd myself, I really, really love that it’s Becky’s command of the language that helps make her so powerful. Let me tell you, kids pick up on the lessons embedded in the stories my preschool daughter informed me the other day she was “crestfallen.”
And today we got the great news that PBS has ordered 26 new episodes, a whole season’s worth. That means we’re going to be able to enjoy Word Girl’s adventures for a long time to come.