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by Dorothea Gillim


Dorothea Gillim

Dorothea Gillim is the creator of WordGirl, and has produced and written for several other programs for children. She began her career as a fifth-grade teacher. Read more »

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The origins of WordGirl probably started back in 9th grade when I asked my parents for a dictionary for Christmas. It couldn't be just any old dictionary either. It had to be the Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Yes I did read it, not cover to cover, but I did mark the words I looked up. My fascination with language continued throughout college and into my first job as a fifth-grade teacher, where I had my students take turns bringing in the Word of the Day. I called it verbal show-and-tell. I've always loved language and have strived to acquire one of the qualities I admire most in people - eloquence.

When I created WordGirl, I thought "Wouldn't it be cool if eloquence were a superpower, just like super speed and super strength? And wouldn't it be cool if this superhero came in the form of a 10-year-old girl of ambiguously ethnic origin so she could serve as a role model for kids, particularly those who may not see themselves represented on TV? And wouldn't it be cool to do a show that's educational AND entertaining in the tradition of a show that had a huge impact on my life, Electric Company? And wouldn't it great if she had a monkey sidekick?

So that's the genesis of WordGirl. It's really due to the support and encouragement of PBS that I took this idea and developed it along with the extremely talented and funny Jack Ferraiolo, who now serves as Head Writer and plays the voice of the Butcher. Every week, WordGirl goes up against such arch villains as Dr. Two Brains (a former scientist who accidentally fused his brain with a lab rat's); Granny May (the sweet old lady who robs banks); Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy (who, well, you get it); and - coming soon - Lady Redundant Woman, just to name a few. Every half-hour episode introduces kids to four new vocabulary words.

Studies have shown that vocabulary is the bedrock of literacy. It makes sense. Vocabulary has a direct effect on reading comprehension, reading comprehension has a direct effect on academic performance, and academic performance has a direct effect on overall success in life. So learning vocabulary is critical. WordGirl hopes to enrich kids' vocabulary, improve literacy and hopefully instill a love of language along the way.

Our agenda is pretty serious, but we don't have a chance if kids aren't watching. So our first goal is to make a hilarious must-see TV experience for kids (and maybe even their parents). For that, we rely on our writers, some of whom have written for Family Guy and The Onion, an irreverent mock-news Web site. We also get huge support from our special cast, too many too list but who hail from the world of improv and stand-up comedy. Finally, we have an exceptional crew of animators, sound designers, and editors who bring it all to life.

I hope kids love WordGirl so much they beg their parents to watch PBS.  Additionally, I want kids to learn that "beseech" is a synonym for "beg" and feel smart and good about themselves for knowing that.  And of course, I hope at least a few of them ask for the dictionary for Christmas, preferably the official Wordgirl dictionary!

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malinda writes...

we have two boys a 4 year old and a 7 year old. Completly different personalities from day to night but great kids, wouldn't change them for anything in the world. My husband and I thought we are right on track with the up bringing of the boys until my son started 1st grade. His first grade teacher said he was very imature and had big issues with following instructions or listening. He is an A student, has done advance math and reading outside of classmates and continues to know more than his students, but gets in trouble everyday for not listening. He is not mean, he is not aggressive, witness by us at home also when we have to tell him to brush his teeth more than 4 times I notice he is not doing it to be disrispectful he is just in his own little world. He says he gets bored at school, but fails to show the teacher, that he can follow instructions and do the work. His feelings go from very happy to very sad very hard to find a medium. He gets a lot of attention from both parents and has a great brother. He doesn't watch tv, but has the freedom to read any book of his desire, This year he is into POKEMON books and Captain underpants and DUMP BUNNIES. These book do not have the best language and are not our first choice, but we wanted reading to be fun at times and if that is what he wanted to read then we were not going to intervine, but it back fired. He now draws pokemon drawings at school instead of doing his work, he writes pee and poo when ask to write about something. He knows between right and wrong but seems to always end up doing the wrong thing and getting himself in trouble. I often used the excuse that he gets nervous, or too excited, or that he will grow out of it. He was started reading in Kindergarden and now reads levels 3 & 4 books, he is very bright, scary bright, I am having a hard time keeping up with him and he is only in second grade. My husband is a professor at the University and I work in IT, we are pretty stable and our kids are always our priority. They have never been in the care of any other relative or friend other than mom and dad. Are we doing something wrong? He is in 2nd grade and again the teacher says, he is extremely bright, but very imature (he scored 100 in every subject). All his test questions are right rarely he gets one wrong. Did we over protect him? We are desprate for help, where did we go wrong? or how can we help him in this phase?

sincerely,

malinda

Alex writes...

Hi Dorothea,

Thanks for the show--it's a lot of fun. What do you think is the best way for parents to build off what the show is doing? I've seen it a couple of times with my daughter, but mostly she's seen it on her own. What's the best way to introduce words in our day-to-day routine?

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Alex,

Thanks for tuning in. Glad you and your daughter are enjoying the show. As far as introducing new words into her world, I suggest you follow the WordGirl philosophy which is to look for teachable opportunities -- concrete examples of a new word that you can explain in kid-friendly language -- and then repeat that word in a variety of contexts. Dictionary definitions can only go so far. It's through repeated encounters of a word used in context that kids will come to adopt new words into their daily vocabulary. If she hasn't done so already, I also suggest she visit the WordGirl website. There are lots of fun games and activities to help her build her vocabulary. Good luck and have fun!

Dorothea

Maureen writes...

My 3 year old daughter LOVES Word Girl. At first, I thought she may be too young for the content, but she's really into it. (She even calls herself Wordgirl and her baby brother Capt. Huggyface). And, I must admit, I get a kick out the show myself. It is a wonderfully unique concept and very well written. I try to incorporate some of the words she's heard on the show into our conversations, hoping that she'll retain the vocabulary.

GREAT JOB!!!

George writes...

Good site! I'll stay reading! Keep improving!

Jodie writes...

My daughter (6) loves Word Girl, and I am thrilled to see a super hero that is not just a girl, but a smart girl with a great vocabulary. My daughter loves saying and spelling words like anthropologist. She thinks words are cool. Kudos to the creator!

chris writes...

I cna't find Word Girl on my listings for Channel 9 or Channel 22 in the San Francisco Bay area. It sounds like the perfect show for my 9 year old, and I am so pleased to learn of a female superhero. I also teach school, and would love to share this with my kids - but I cna't find it locally! Help!
Thank you

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

WordGirl is playing in the Bay Area. Check out KRCB Fridays at 3:30 or KTEH Fridays at 5pm or Sundays at 8am. Hope you find it and like it.

Asha writes...

Hi,

I wanted to first say how much I love Wordgirl.My daughter is 3 1/5 and has requested a Wordgirl birthday party. Her birthday is March 31st, so I have to start now in planning and acquiring the stuff for the goody bags. Question: Would it be possible to upload invites, cake suggestions and other themed party favors for me to use? If not I will create the theme and email you the photos of the big WORDGIRL party.

Thanks

Mark (PBS Parents)Author Profile Page writes...

Hi Asha,

Unfortunately, there are not yet any WordGirl birthday supplies. There is, however, a PBS Parents WordGirl Costumes group on Flickr, where you might get some ideas. We certainly hope you'll upload your WordGirl party pictures when the time comes!

Robin writes...

Thank you so much for offering this "vocabulary" program for children on PBS. My son (6 years old)reads a book every day that his teacher sends home from school. He thinks "Word Girl" is the best. He pretends to be "Word Boy". We play "Word Girl" together helping "Word Girl" on her fight to save the town using vocabulary. Thanks again!


stephan writes...

I watched "jerky jerk" with my child. It was hilariuse and taught her what supreme means. You must have had a supreme mind to think of a way to entertain kids and get them to learn at the same time.

Susan writes...

My son is 6 years old and in a multi-age grade 1\2 classroom and he is FASCINATED with this WordGirl show. They watch from 7:00 to 7:30 while we are getting ready for school. Thanks to PBS for another excellent program that I feel great about my children watching!

Brianna writes...

I think the show is sooo cute, and educational! My child and I think it's so funny. But, there are some things that are really not necessary. Like when the "bad guys" let her sidetrcack them and when giant robot' clocks tick at like an hours pace. But all in all five stars for me!

Keith writes...

One of the ways that we increased our daughter's vocabulary was by using a variation of a "Word Wall". We took 18 envelopes and 18 index cards we wrote on 1 card and 1 envelope the same word (i.e., apple ). we then asked out child to find the envelope with the same word.

we know this was successful with increasing her vocabulary because when she was tested to go into preschool @ 2 1/2 she scored 117
where as most children in that same age group going to the same school only score somewhere between 55-65. In our minds in was worth it.

Stephen writes...

All 3 of my children love "Word Girl". Thank you for yet another wonderful addition to PBS!

Barb writes...

I think some kids struggle with the difference between Verbs, Nouns, Pronous, Adjectives...ect. Can you put that in your show some how?
Thank you.

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Barb, Learning the different parts of speech is important for elementary school kids, but it's a bit outside the scope of our show. Fortunately, kids don't need to know what an adjective is to learn the meaning of "preposterous." Plus Grammar Girl? Not as fun as WordGirl! Hope you keep tuning in! Dorothea

Pamela writes...

My 3 year old son loves Word Girl. I hope that you continue to keep making more new episodes and get them aired more often. My son has a speech delay and has learned so many words from this show. Thanks.

Cassie writes...

My kids love WordGirl and look forward to it every Friday. The cool part is I hear them using the words that they hear on WordGirl. Even my son likes the show. Thanks for a great show for older kids on PBS.

Cassie Q.

PS. I loved The Electric Company too.

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

That is very cool, Cassie. I love to hear that kids love the show AND are picking up the words in their own vocabulary. Anyone have any specific examples of how your kids are surprising you by using words they learned on WordGirl? This kind of stuff is rocket fuel for producers. Thanks!

Jack writes...

How about the Like Leech, who sticks the word 'like' in every 6.34 words?

BY the way, I do LIKE (i.e., have a fondness for) your show: it's fun rather than a PC 2X4 trip down eat-your-vegetables-unless-sharing-express-feelings BLVD.

Tianah writes...

My little brother likes this show a lot. I was wondering how I could help him get more out of it. I love my brother I want to learn the best. How can I? I don't want to push the issue. Without pushing the issue.

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Wow Tianah. Your brother is super lucky to have you as an older sister. There are lots of ways to help your brother without being too pushy. First, watch the show with him! Laugh and have together. Challenge him to do the monkey dance. Then try to work the featured words into conversation. It will help him remember the vocabulary and may even spark him to start using the words himself. Second, if you haven't done so already, go to the WordGirl website at WordGirl website. There are lots of fun games and activities, including sending WordGirl your favorite word. You can send more than one so maybe you and your brother can keep thinking about your favorite words and adding more. Finally, read your brother a favorite book. Reading is a great way to expand your vocabulary. ASk WordGirl. She reads 50 words a day (speed reader). - Dorothea

John Ewers writes...

My daughter loves WordGirl. Her favorite part of the show is learning new words, the bigger the better. Thanks for a great show!

Andrea writes...

My 4-yr. old son LOVES WordGirl!!!!! Thanks for a WONDERFUL show! More, please!

patricia writes...

This is such a good idea. We need human beings with greater communication skills. And isn't it fitting that it would be a girl who helps with this?

Yes, feats of daring do and often foolish extremes can be left to the guys, mostly. Let those of us men and women who appreciate that most of the world's problems are caused by lack of understanding may see clear and well said communication as the new frontier. Let the games begin.

Anna writes...

My 6 yr old daughter loves WordGirl more than anything and keeps asking for the toys. Where can I find them?

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Anna, I'm glad to hear your daughter is a WordGirl fan. We do have plans in the works to do WordGirl toys but I don't know exactly when they will hit the shelves. Stay tuned. Dorothea

allison writes...

we love this show!!!! Just wish it was on during the week instead of just the weekend - alternated with "superwhy" at the crucial 6 pm slot would be great! We're passing the word on about it here in CT! Thanks!!!

Lorrie writes...

I never thought I would see the day when I would have to start screening shows on PBS. I think this show, and many new ones like it including "Cyberchase", are not appropriate for young children and are as bad as Sponge Bob and Nickelodean shows. I think the idea of vocabulary beuilding is fantastic but this show has evil characters and the theme of every show is "fighting" the bad guy. The butcher is atrocious! Yound children do not need to see these mishapen perversive characters. I prefer shows like Clifford, Arthur, Dragon Tails, etc. with nice characters and simple messages for kids. This show is completely inappropriate and we will not continue to support PBS if the format continues to change. Thank you for your time.

Caryn writes...

My daughter likes this show but there are some scenes in the episodes that were kinda weird. But it's more well done then weird. Many kids at my daughter's school don't like your show. (I'm not saying this in a bad way). But only two kids other than her like this show. Also, you have good news and bad news. Bad news first, there are some sentences that are said that are a little inappropriate for younger children. But the good news is that you, fortunately, cut out those scenes and don't show them on the screen. At school, my daughter plays games at recess with the other 2 WordGirl fans. She secretly pretends she's Becky, a pine cone is Bob, she pretends that the boy WordGirl fan is Scoops and the other girl WordGirl fan is Violet and other students (WordGirl haters) as any of the villians.

Sylvia writes...

why does word girl say word-up, i love your show and i love the monkey im 8 and your show helps me a little im having trouble in school with reading can you help me

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Sylvia, It's hard for me to know exactly how to help you with your reading. I hope other grown ups in your life are working with you on that! I can say that learning vocabulary is an important way to help your reading. So keep watching. And if you want to know why WordGirl says "Word up!", stay tuned. We did an episode about "catchphrases." Dorothea

Marybeth writes...

Why Not Make A WORDGIRL Movie?

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thanks Marybeth. It's on the list (along with the Huggy slippers...gotta have!). Dorothea

Chels writes...

I'm 17 and I enjoy watching it. I love the comedy and how it's so matter of fact. I see words that I don't know and start to use them and it always makes me happy when I actually know the word. Thanks for making a show I don't dislike that I can watch with my younger brothers and sisters!

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hey Chels, Thanks for writing. It makes me happy that you get happy when you actually know the word. And that we've given you a kids show that you don't dislike! Keep watching! Dorothea

Sara writes...

I as a parent I like your show. It is educational, yet I may be being nitpicky, but why is Word Girls animal sidekick refered to as a monkey when it is most definately an ape? If the aim for your show is to increase vocabulary wouldn't the correct defininion of an advanced primate without a tail be an ape. Curious George makes the same mistake, but I do understand that the pbs show is remaining true to its book origins. Thank you for making a fun and educational show for children who are no longer preschoolers. It is hard to find such a show.

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Sara, Your observations are correct -- for an earthling monkey. But on Planet Lexicon, where Captain Huggy Face is from, monkey's don't have tails. And they fly spaceships. But seriously, thanks for watching and for your encouraging words. Dorothea

Chris writes...

I was watching Word Girl with my 2-1/2 yr. old son today. He thought Capt. Huggyface was hilarious when he performed his dance and when he finally captured Granny May. I usually watch with my 4 year old, who loves to practice the words he hears on the show. Hopefully boy #2 will like to practice just as much. Keep up the great work and excellent work with the writing, especially on the "bad guys" characters!

Mithra writes...

My 4 yr old son LOVES WordGirl! He is now starting to read and wanted to check out some WordGirl books, because at the end of the show it says to check your local library for more on WordGirl. We called our library to see if there were any WordGirl books, but they didn't have any. Are there any WordGirl books coming out?

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Mithra, Yes, WordGirl books are in the works but we don't have a release date as of yet. Stay tuned. And thanks for watching.

cheyenne writes...

i like it

Sierra writes...

I've got a little sister who's starting to like it. This might sound unusual, but I don't watch WordGirl for..well, WordGirl and Capt. Huggy Face. Just a certain villain. In fact, he's even inspired me a little for what I want to be when I grow up. Oh, yeah. His name is Doctor Two-Brains. How in the world did you come up with the Doc? (And just in case you're pondering, yes, I'll be a mad scientist--although Mom says it's a RUINED career and how you have to be a GOOD scientist to become evil and so on...)
PS-What do you mean he often fights with himself? I saw him do it only once.

DorotheaAuthor Profile Page writes...

Hi Sierra, Being attentive to details is important for all mad scientists. You are correct in observing that Dr 2 Brains only battled with himself once even though he's described as being a Jeckyl & Hyde on the WordGirl website. He started off that way in the shorts but we decided it would be too cruel to watch poor Professor Boxleightner get beaten down by his evil dark side -- Dr. 2 Brains -- episode after episode. So we decided to drop that part of his character. Thanks to you, we'll update the web description. So thanks for writing and being a force of good in this world -- an important step for all mad scientists (your mother was right -- before 2Brains was bad he was the good and kindly Professor Boxleightner!). Keep watching. More Dr. 2 Brains episodes to come!

Barbara Resendes writes...

My 6 year old son and 3 1/2 year old daugther LOVE wathing Wordgirl. They get so excited when they catch it on TV. Lately they've been visiting the Wordgirl PBS Website as well. My 3 1/2 year old daugther came up to me the other day and said "vicious means violent and mean". I was amazed. She didn't know what violent meant but I took the time to explain it to her. Just the fact that she remembered that phrase from the website is awesome. Afterall, building a vocabulary is all about learning and remembering phrases.

They love the monkey and the butcher. Keep up the great show. They can't get enough.

Amanda writes...

How did you get a girl to be so like a 10 year & a souper hreo in one?

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Diana writes...

As a lover of cartoons, I think WordGirl is the perfect addition to PBS KIDS GO!
It's witty, it doesn't talk down to kids, it presents funny, intelligent (and unconventional) fast-paced humor like other shows on commercial networks but with quality. Thank you for bringing us WordGirl, I wish it nothing but the best success! I can't wait to see more.

Lori writes...

Yes! Cool idea!I will find this and see what it is all about.
Thanks!

Alexis writes...

My cousin (Sierra) and I share the same e-mail. I'm not allowed to have one. Anyway, my friend and I are busy roleplaying scenes from WordGirl. And although we are girls, we still do the villains, heroes and allies (all whether new or old) regardless of gender. She's fine at Reginald, Chuck and Tobey, (perhaps also Lady Redundant Woman), and last of all that are not heroes, Prof. James Doohickey; also doing WordGirl, although very different from Dannah Feinglass. I, however, do the Doc (Sierra calls him that, and she has a sort of adoration for both of them: the one before this line between parentheses and the one after), Prof. Boxleitner (I was able to draw a decent bookmark of him and then half of it got ripped), the Butcher and TJ. I'm considering Granny May too. Do you mind if I say one last thing? There shouldn't be too many villains. It might get way out of control and get WAAAYYY too competitive. Thanks.

Doria writes...

My whole family loves WordGirl!
Very few programs can entertain and inform both kids and their parents.
I'm amazed by my daughter's vocabulary and how much she's learned from the show. It just reinforces the concept that learning can be so much fun!
Thanks for the great program.

Sierra Again writes...

Me again. I remember that you say all the villains have vocabulary/word problems. Yes, the Butcher (ex. robbifery), Chuck (forgets words almost always), Granny May ("Co-or-di-who-di-nated?"), just to name a few, but not once ever have I seen Tobey or the Doc ever question for a meaning WG ever said. Will they ever ask, anyway?

susan writes...

My son is only 2, but I checked this out to see what shows on pbs are going to be the best for him - now, I watch it while he naps because it is one of my favorite shows - my husband cracks up that this is up there with House and Mystery! for me! Smart, fun programming!

Amanda writes...

Hi, I'm fifteen and I still love this show. It's really cool and funny. I just have one question for you is will any of the villains ever go straight? If that's classified information, that's okay. I just wanted to know.

Amy writes...

I just want to say right off the bat that I love this show. I mean, a girl superhero who's about my age is simply awesome. And a monkey sidekick! I wanted to mention that you're probably teaching kids more than vocabulary. For a lot of younger viewers, this may be the first time they see good battle evil (or at least meanness). I think the show is doing great with this. Wordgirl handles the villains well and isn't ever violent. But could you please be sure to pay attention to this in future shows as well? I hope I don't sound pushy, but I've seen more than one show on PBS start out great and then sort of go downhill. I'm sure you understand. Also, as much as I love the characters, you've got enough villains to last a while.

P.S. I learned the word "cumbersome."

P.P.S. How old is Becky? I know you said she was ten, but hasn't she had a birthday? Or this a show where people never age?

P.P.P.S. What happened to Squeaky after his brain got stuck to Prof. Boxleitner's head?

P.P.P.P.S. The world needs Huggy plushies!

Kandy kid writes...

Hi Ms. Dorathea! I'm only 15 years old and I love watching WordGirl. I even started writing fan fiction stories. On the program I always hear new words that I have not heard, and try to memorize the words that I have heard on the show.

By, the way..I was thinking of a new superhero that would help kids learn how to spell especially with the big vocabulary words that WordGirl uses.
His/She name could be Spellboy or Spellgirl, you know, just to help on the show with words. I hope to produce my stories and make them as shows in the future, because I'm willing to have a bright carreer ahead of me.

Also, wouldn't be great if they made a live action movie? ha ha, that would be a hit.

Kandy kisses and wishes
Thank You

Anonymous writes...

There are some things I've noticed. They're really quite minor, but I realized them long ago and questioned them so much that they won't get out of my head. There are six. Brace yourself! First, how many tricks are in Prof. Boxleitner's book besides #27(Monkey Sidekick Jumping on My Back) and #82(The Sumo Karate Snake Fang Crane Jiatsu Cannonball Twist Kick or whatever it was)? Second, how did Granny May live to be over 200 years old (baby-sat the Da Vincis)? Third, why does Mr. Big wear a mask (well, obviously to conceal his identity, but besides that)? Fourth (I'm not enjoying this too much because it's 10:39PM), why does Dr. Boxleitner think a lot about food? Fifth (I'm getting awfully tired of this), what kind of scientist is the professor? And (finally!), no. six -- since mice do not really like cheese as much as Dr. Two-Brains, and people just like to think that, does he like anything else rather than cheese?
Sorry for all of these questions. I think I shouldn't have done too many, but I can't help it ... I love to be inquisitive. I must add that I learned what "pompous" meant, and that I think it's rather tragis somebody else took over Dr. Boxleitner's old (office or laboratory ... either way) place. And he has such a weird name, too.

Hi everyone. Dorothea Gillim is no longer taking questions. Please visit the WordGirl web site for games, video clips, character profiles and more. Thanks for watching!

Janet writes...

My grandsons are crazy about wordgirl and capt. huggy face. They would like costumes of these characters - i was wondering if anyone knows where i could find them, have checked on some websites but no luck as of yet, would really appreciate your help in finding them as my boys are absolutely crazy about the show. thanks

george writes...

I think Wordgirl and Capt. Huggie Face toys would be a big hit. My sons love that monkey and they want toys, clothes and games with him.

Melissa writes...

My 3 and 1 year old LOVE Word Girl and Capt. Huggie Face. I have to record the show on Fridays to reshow them thru the week. Keep up the great work hope to see more show listing durning the week.

Melissa

Maria writes...

My nearly 4 year old Daughter absolutely loves this program. I've seen how it's impacted her speech patterns and I am pleased. I have been told that my children have GREAT speech and I owe part of it to you.

Mera writes...

I can't wait for Two-Brains Forgets. The Doc really is clever, so I'm not in the least surprised that he'll find out WG's secret identity.

Caroline writes...

Hi I love word girl I cannot wait until Wordgirl today.From Caroline.

Garet writes...

I love Word Girl and watch it whenever I can. My mom is a newspaper reporter, so she likes to watch with me too. I love spelling, and spiders. My favorite bad guy is Toby and Dr. Two Brains. Keep writing new episodes.

Jaime writes...

My 2-1/2 year old daughter is CRAZY for WORDGIRL and Cpt Huggy Face and will go bananas if she doesn't have a WORDGIRL birthday party. If there isn't any toys or WRODGIRL products on the market yet, is there a good printable image of wordgirl somewhere that I can print out to attempt making a cake with her likeness? HELP!

Angie writes...

My daughter loves your show! She was wanting to be Word Girl for Halloween. Do you know where I can find a costume for her? She is four and loves to read! Thanks for creating such a wonderful show.

--Angie Timmons

Virginia writes...

My daughter loves word girl and would like to dress up as word girl for halloween. Where can I buy the costume?

Hi Virginia. Unfortunately, WordGirl costumes aren't available. We're hoping that they'll be available for sale next Halloween. Thanks.

Tracey

Tory writes...

My 4 y/o daughter LOVES WordGirl! She's going to be her favorite Super Hero(ine) for Halloween -- and I am MAKING the costume. Tights, leotard, gold cape (homemade - but you may be able to use one from an Elmo costume or another like), boots, gloves, and the emblem is borrowed from this site. Make the emblem (print out, enlarge and trace onto card stock) out of felt and it's easy to sew on or glue on. There you have it. I probably won't make the hat/bonnet since my daughter wouldn't keep it on anyway!

Hope this helps other parents in a similar boat! We all would love WordGirl products for Christmas time!!! (:

kelly writes...

I noticed that in 2007 it was stated that there are plans in the works for wordgirl toys, well it's almost chirstmas 2008 and all my son is asking for is wordgirl toys for santa. So, are they out yet, because I havn't seen any and if they are could you tell me were to look?

Hi Kelly. Unfortunately, no WordGirl toys are available yet. Several WordGirl books are scheduled for release in February 2009. They can be pre-ordered on Amazon and other sites.

I'll post information on this page as soon as any toys or other merchandise become available. Thanks.

Tracey

Will writes...

My son is looking for wordgirl toys for chirstmas, so are they out yet and if so were?

Hi Will. Unfortunately, no WordGirl toys will be available before Christmas. Several WordGirl books are scheduled for release in February 2009. They can be pre-ordered on Amazon and other sites.

I'll post information on this page once toys or other merchandise become available. Thanks.

Tiffany writes...

My whole family loves WordGirl -- my nearly-12 yo son, my 10 yo daughter, my husband, and myself! We really enjoy the comedy and appreciate the vocabulary-building. It totally rocks having a smart girl be a super hero! The world needs more of that kind of role model.

I do have one complaint, though. Lately, the Captain Huggyface dance at the end of each episode has been cut! Even from the older shows, which I know included them. Seriously, the dancing monkey made my day. He always made me smile and I miss him terribly. What happened? Why was that cut?

Tiffany writes...

P.S. This is for Malinda, who wrote the first comment on this page last year. If you are still out there, Malinda, I suspect you have a gifted child -- I have one myself and I know with what you are dealing. Get hold of the book "Guiding the Gifted Child" (or any other book) by James T Webb. He covers the emotional side of gifted kids, like you are seeing in your son. There are other great books about parenting gifted kids, too. But check out those, not general parenting books. They might help! Good luck!

Diane writes...

Thank you for such a great show. My 3 and 5 year old girls love wordgirls and even all the villains. My personal favorite is Granny Mae!

My daughters and I also miss the Huggy Dance at the end of the show. They would get up and imitate his dance moves. They have slight hopes that it will be come on at the end of the show, even though I've told them it was probably taken out. Was it cut out for the Electric Company bit after the show? Which, by the way, we enjoy watching as well. Thanks!

christie writes...

I wanted you all to know my daughter loves the show. Along with her younger brother, (age3).

Anna Marie will be Five in February. At her request,she will have a WORD GIRL themed birthday party.

She already has a My First Dictionary and does enjoy going through the pages.

Kate writes...

My 4-year-old son has recently become obsessed with WordGirl! We're glad she's around. He is very into superheroes, and a lot of the comic books out there are for an older audience. WordGirl is very age appropriate, and after watching a short episode online the other day, he spent the rest of the day telling me which things in our house would be "cumbersome" to carry, as that was a word he learned during the program! Thanks for a great superhero. Am very glad to hear about the new books coming soon!

Tod writes...

I'm an eleven year old, and I love this show.

Apparently, I'm the only person who prefers Professor Boxleitner to Dr. Two-Brains. Actually, I just love professors and their frequent conglomerations of sesquipedalian words (ie Doohickey and Tubing). "Critical mass" took me a long time to understand, what with fissile materials, and neutrons and whatnot, and I never completely got to knowing the complicated process of making a grilled cheese sandwich. No matter.

I was having ideas for WordGirl episodes earlier - say, maybe one where Tobey invents an android with a positronic brain (he's certainly capable of doing so), but it becomes berserk, or if Granny May's yarn became radioactive through some freak accident. Or if The Butcher had cow accomplices. My favorite idea was one where Doctor Two-Brains made a concotion, but it all went wrong because he was missing a certain ingredient, and he's his former goody-good self for one day before dispersing into Cheese-Stealing Man again.

Oh, well. Just some suggestions.

Tod

James Craven writes...

IIRC, the WordGirl costume is available on BuyCostumes.com...

Mom of WordGirl fan writes...

Just spoke with customer service at buycostumes.com WordGirl costume is not available.

heena writes...

i like wordgirl and i had only one guestion,my question is Why does she not tell that she is wordgirl to everyone?

Paola writes...

Let me just say that I LOVE Wordgirl.I see the shows as much as I can.I'm am a HUGE FAN.It's definitely the best idea ever invented.Maybe,just maybe there could be a movie one day about it.Many kids from all over the world would beg their parents to see it.They would also love to see an episode of wordgirl's real parents,cause you did say that Becky was adopted.I would love to be just like wordgirl one day.An idol,a hero,a friend to all kids who love Wordgirl.WORDGIRL AND CAPTIN HUGGYFACE ROCK!!!

Paola writes...

I love Wordgirl, and I have some ideas for the show. I just thought of this a few days ago, what if Wordgirl had braces? But then I thought about it, and decided it was a bad idea because people would have an easier time figuring out Wordgirl's identity. And then there would be no more Wordgirl. But if you still like the idea that's okey too. You make the show Wordgirl so you're the boss. One day I would love to meet you, you're like an idol to me. I'm 11, but I don't care. I love Wordgirl, and I will NEVER,EVER stop watching it.WORD UP!!!

Paola writes...

Not too many people wrote about Captain Huggy Face, so maybe one day there could be an episode all about him. So then maybe people could appreciate him more. Cause you know that he's just a sidekick. And plus it would be nice to learn some unknown things about him.I think he's really cute and should show how special he is one day.

Paola writes...

I have to be the only person to write in this website at least a hundred times.From the last three statements that you've probablely read they all say that I love Wordgirl and Captain Huggy Face. And it's true because I watch it every single day, I REAPEAT, EVERY SINGLE DAY. And that I'm THE BIGGEST FAN of the show Worgirl and Dorothea Gillim. !!!I'M SERIOUS!!!

Paola writes...

When is there going to be a Wordgirl movie? I've been giving you a lot of awesome ideas and you haven't been useing them, nor read them. That's just very disapionting if you ask me. And I'm your BIGGEST FAN. Aren't you supposed to be inspiring us?

Paola writes...

So I was thinking, what if wordgirl wore glasses. But then she would look totally geeky. And wordgirl is not a geeky person. She is a superhero, so she's supposed to look tough! And plus, for me, glasses are totally not her style. P.S. Nor for Huggy.

Paola writes...

Will Becky [A.K.A. Wordgirl] ever get married, or even have a boyfriend? I've always wondered about that. So won't she have to tell him her secret to her love. It's all really confusing because I don't know who she's going to pick as her loved one. Will it be Tobey, Scoops, or someone eles? Well maybe you might find out in the movie that they'll probably going to make someday.

Paola writes...

In one episode Becky turned eleven, so shouldn't in all the new episodes Becky should be eleven.It's sort of confusing because is she ten or eleven? You will never know because she doesn't even have a birth certificet!!! That is all.

manny writes...

dont you think there could be somebody who can help wordgirl email me if you want somebody to help wordgirl time by time that is not a bad guy

Tami writes...

My daughter is turning 6 next month and wants a Word Girl birthday party. Has anyone done this? Do you have ideas for games, activities, decorations, etc??

Liz writes...

Hi I am 13 and a big fan of your show! It is one of the best things on TV. I love Wordgirl as much as she loves Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour. One of my favorite things about the show is how you can level with some of the characters. This is amazing and I can't wait for new episodes. Oh, and a question, is Professor Boxleigner coming back? There seems to be evidence that he is, but it might just be another thing you can annoy us with. Also, can't wait to see a Wordgirl movie, I'll absolutely go see it ;) Oh, will Bosco and Bob will be getting together, because Bob should be able to have a girlfriend.
Yours truly,
Liz

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