COMING SOON: "SPIDEY!: THE MUSICAL"

076363263501pt01_sclzzzzzzz_v467935Instead of quitting while they're ahead, after miraculously producing at least two successful Spider-Man movies, Marvel now plans to bring Spider-Man to Broadway for what will surely be a colossal flop. The musical production will be directed by Julie Taymor, who, as we understand it, plans to have Spidey fight off an army of puppets to save Mary Jane and his own childhood. Bono is already attached to the project and plans to write original music, but we hope he'll consider a remake of "Eight Arms to Hold You," recorded by the Goon Squad for "The Goonies," as it would make a perfect love ballad for Doctor Octopus and Aunt May.

In other Spidey spinoff news, comics maven Evan Narcisse at Time Out New York Kids recommends "The Amazing Spider-Man Pop-Up" as "a history lesson" to help your kids "realize just how long Spider-Man has been amazing." We'll take his word for it, and put it on order.

And in even further Web-slinger news (what, is there a new movie coming out?) April 30-May 6 is Spider-Man Week in New York City: "A Hero Comes Home." There is an exhausting lineup of activities planned, all of which Fellow is demanding to attend. Thanks again, Marvel!

PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE MONTH

Lately, Loving Mother has been bringing home Cookie magazine, Conde Nast's relatively new upscale parenting bible. The April/May issue has a one-page product feature called "Rip-Off Artists," all about kid bandage design, from Curad Superman Bandages to Duct Tape Bandages, and, of course, the obligatory green choice, EcoGuard Bandages. Completely fun idea, elegantly executed (but apparently not available online).

SPEAKING OF GREAT PRODUCT FEATURES. . .

Parenting celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with a look back at "20 Great Products" released since its first issue, including the Crayola Washable Marker (1987), the Gymini (1993), the Snap-N-Go (1994), the Playtex No-Spill Sippy Cup (1994), and the Medela Pump in Style (1996). Reading the list really brings home how ubiquitous some of these products have become, and can only make one wonder how phenomenally wealthy they must have made their inventors. . .

Whalefaucetfountaingirl_01OK, ONE MORE

We read about this in last month's Parents magazine and immediately put it on order: The Whale Faucet Fountain attachment from busywoman.com. It apparently attaches to your sink's faucet, and, when you flip it up, turns the water flow into a water fountain for kids, or parents. It promises to keep kids from drinking right from the faucet (like we did every day as a kid) or having to share the same germ-infested cup for days at a time (like Fellow and Tiny do now). We'll let you know how it works when it arrives.

BEST. TAX. EVER!

Albany is considering a tax on New York pet owners. They would:

pay a little more for milk bones, squeaky toys, hamster wheels, catnip, birdbaths, and other supplies for their loyal companions . . . . the statewide tax would be slapped on wholesale products for the following animals: dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, and caged birds.

The tax would be used to fund animal shelters, among other things. Which is great with us—anything to keep our own tax dollars from paying for benefits for pet owners as opposed to our own children. Our argument being that while money spent on kids eventually benefits the state in the form of tax revenues collected from healthy, educated citizens, public money spent on, say, dog runs, just encourages more people to let their animals poop in front of our building. . .

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