We are doing you a big favor! We checked out some new Scooby-Doo toys (zoinkspoints.com) we think your younger brothers and sisters might like. If they like them, they will not touch all your stuff. Here are our reviews:

"Scooby-Doo Interactive was really fun for my baby sister, Sydney, who is 3 years old," wrote Jordan. "It has a CD that reads a book to you, and it also has the book to read along with the CD.

"The plush Scooby-Doo doll has double-A batteries included to let it react to the story. So, if the story says, 'We're going to have a mystery to solve, gang,' the doll says, 'I love a good mystery.' My baby sister's favorite part was the doll and how it reacted to the story. This is definitely a good present for a 3- to 5-year-old."

Taliek checked out Scooby-Doo and the Gang. He wrote: "My sister played with the toys. She really liked them. She played with them like they were her best friends. She didn't want to give them up. She cried when I took them back to school for a photo. She played with them and sang with them. She interacted with the toys by saving them and also solving a mystery by covering what was in this juice and what was in that juice. I enjoyed watching her play."

Joshua also took home Scooby-Doo action figures. His sister was so excited to play with the playset. He wrote: "She enjoyed playing with Scooby-Doo and the Gang. She especially liked playing with Daphne. She said she liked Daphne because Daphne looks just like her. She made the gang solve the mystery of the woodsman. I recommend this Scooby set for young kids."

RATING 5 smiles

Backpack or messenger bag

The new fad for many kids is to use a messenger bag instead of the usual school backpack. We wanted to know what kids preferred in our school; here are our results:

Messenger bag 34

Backpack 60

There were good points for both types of bags, but as you can see, kids still have to use backpacks because they have so many books they have to take home almost every night. There is so much more room, and kids like the many pockets backpacks have.

Kids who favored the messenger bags liked that there was less pressure on their shoulders and back. They are smaller, and the designs are really nice.