Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week With ‘Wild Kratts’

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“Speaking Dolphinese” © PBS Kids

The Wild Kratts are back with more creature adventures, this time submerging beneath the waves to discover the secrets of great white sharks, giant octopi, sea turtles, and dolphins. Pair the new DVD, Wild Kratts: Shark-tastic! with the early reader book Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins, and you’ve got your mini marine biologist (or future Sharknado fan) ready to dive in for some wild adventures with the Kratt brothers.

Shark-tasticChris and Martin Kratt blend real life looks at animals of all types with fantastic escapades out in the wild in their animated form. When they don their creature power suits created by their friend Aviva, the brothers can utilize many of the amazing abilities of the animals they’re investigating.

In the new collection, out today from PBS Kids, there are four aquatic adventures for kids to enjoy. “Octopus Wildkratticus” is more of an outlandish story than usual for the Kratt brothers, as a Pacific octopus mistakenly uses the creature power suits to take on a shark, but it is educational nonetheless. “Tortuga Tune Up” features enthusiastic engineer Aviva hard at work on the team’s HQ. “Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck on Sharks” both take Chris and Martin into the deep sea where they encounter—you guessed it–sharks in their natural habitats.

Every episode of Wild Kratts is full of excitement and humor, and I’m a fan of the diverse team that always works together to keep creatures “free and in the wild.” Kids of almost every age will get a kick out of the Kratt brothers and learn something new in each episode.

The Step Into Reading book Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins! from Random House is more information than narrative, but young fans of the show will enjoy seeing it presented in typical fashion by Chris and Martin. Parents reading along will probably even learn a thing or two about creatures that dwell on the ocean floor. (Yeti crab, who knew that was a real animal?)

If your child is already a big fan of animals, chances are they’re already fans of the Wild Kratts. If not, this 60 minute collection and science reader are a great way to teach them about the natural world around us.

GeekMom received promotional copies for review purposes.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA, where she contributes to local parenting magazines. She also writes for, Geek & Sundry, Forever Young Adult, and more. You can find crafts and art projects for geeky families at her blog The St{art} Button.