I always get a little bummed right around the summer midway point; when I was a kid, my grandmother used to say, “After July 4th, summer’s over.” To this August-born babe, I was horrified by her statement and to this day, I still relish those dog days of lemonade drinking, firefly catching and all the little joys that make the season what it is. Imagine then those bittersweet feelings I experienced this week when the Lands’ End back-to-school catalog landed in our mailbox. It got me to thinking that it’s time to replace last year’s backpack with something a little more, shall we say, “lively.” After all, when you’re a rising third grader, anything remotely babyish just won’t do. So when we got a load of new 3D backpacks from Raskullz, we knew we could make a statement. Inspired by the 3D bike helmets from the same company, these backpacks pack a personality that’s unforgettable. Whether it’s Cutie Cat, Buggins, Radgon or Shark Attax, each pack boasts three-dimensional features that practically pop out at you. Our favorite is Buggins whose antennae and legs look so lifelike, this bag could carry itself to school. And judging from the amount of homework that’s expected for third grade, that may just come in handy.