Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Moo Wop: Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton

What if all our faves from the fifties and sixties got together and made a platter for tots? That is the premise for Sandra (Little Queenie of the Board Books) Boynton's wonderful book and CD combo, Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never

Along with Boynton's irrepressible animal characters--cows, of course, gorillas, hippos, dogs, and turtles, to mention a few--we have a jivin' jukebox full of retro-flavored songs that will delight kids of any age. Think B. B. King and Lucille doing the "One Shoe Blues," Brian Wilson's surfin' sound in "Speed Turtle" ("All over town, he's gonna' shut us down!), Steve Lawrence, crooning his way through "Blue Moo," and Sha-Na-Na, performing the "Na Na Nas" in "Gorilla Song" ("Banana Nana Nana Nana Na Na Na!").

And who could resist doin' the waddle with Davy Jones of the Monkees in "Your Personal Penguin," or that other famous Liverpudlian band, Gerry and the Pacemakers, bringing back the Mersey Beat in "Mersey Lullaby," or Neil Sedaka pitching a love song to "Your Nose." And then there's the famous THE UNIVITED LOUD PRECISION BAND, which delivers hot hippo percusionists, web-footed trombonists, and a mouse on piccolo, right to your own front door and into your living room.

Along with the included compact disc of all seventeen songs, the music (with chords) and lyrics of each song are appended, as well as photos and bios of the featured artists. The back cover even highlights the author who, "before turning to a career in illustration and songwriting, fronted the fabulous 50's girl group, The Boynton Sisters."

Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never with its seventeen Songs From Way Back Never is truly fun for everyone, whether it's reading aloud, singing along, performing with your own instrumentation, or getting up and boogying around the family room together. Don't miss this one while your children are young!

Pair this opportunity to be sensationally silly with one of the world's silliest toys, the Slingshot Flying COW w/ Sound. M-o-o-o-ve, over, monkeys. It's Moo-Wop time!

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