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HOT TIPS THE METER OF THE PACK EXPRESS THEIR MAGNETIC PERSONALITIES WITH PORTABLE POETRY.

Students everywhere already have everything from ``teenie-beenies'' to miniature ``Etch-a-Sketches'' dangling from their backpack straps, so why not pocket-size poetry portfolios?

Dave Kapell, the creator of Magnetic Poetry, has introduced Backpack Poet kits. These 4-by-4-inch magnetic journals clip to any bag or backpack for creative expression any time. With kid-friendly themes like ``Friends Forever,'' ``Wild Things'' and ``Superstar,'' budding Emily Dickinsons will find a number of ways to create portable prose. Each colorful kit comes with 100 magnetic, mini-word tiles and a plastic carrying case that latches onto bag straps.

And, if poetry isn't enough to pass the time, pre-teens, teens and even the young-at-heart will enjoy Magnetic Poetry's new Game Series: Backpack Chess, Backpack Checkers, Backpack Hangman and Backpack Reversi.

The Backpack Poetry and game kits have a suggested retail price of $6.99 and are available at most toy and novelty stores.

- Jacqueline Etcheverry

Hello Kitty says hello, school

Sanrio is taking kids back to the '60s with its new Hello Kitty Rainbow collection, featuring a backpack made of clear pink vinyl and a retro-style tin lunch box. School kids can also show off new Hello Kitty Rainbow and Spottie Dottie school supplies: notebooks, clipboards, binders, pencil sharpeners and erasers.

Also, older students will sport Badtz-Maru's new products this fall. The popular penguin will be donning DJ gear and spinning platters on Sanrio's techno translucent calculator and an ultra-cool mouse pad. Also check out the Badtz-Maru CD case and messenger-style DJ bag.

All products are available at Sanrio, Sanrio Gift Gate and Sanrio Surprises stores.

- J.E.

Chillin' out at lunchtime

Say goodbye to the handy plastic lunch box with a matching thermos and say hello to the virtual portable refrigerator - Arctic Zone's Z-20 (below left).

Kids can return to school in style with this futuristic-looking box that keeps both sandwiches and your drink chilled.

Of course, the Z-20 is just one of the Arctic Zone's new line of lunch essentials. Others include the Expandable Lunch Tote (above right), designed to adjust to all size lunches, and the Crushproof Lunch Carrier, which can help avoid smashed bags of chips when the noon bell rings.

Most Arctic Zone products have suggested retail prices from $6.99 to $12.99 and are available at Target, Wal-Mart and K-Mart. For other retailers near you, call (800) 722-2545.

- J.E.

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Title Annotation:L.A. Life
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 19, 2000
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