Ralph's World Rocks and Reads

Performed by Ralph Covert. CD. 42 min. Waterdog Records. 2015. $14.98.
PreS-Gr 3—Ralph returns with 17 songs, several of which appear in picture books that he has published over the past decade. He successfully uses a variety of musical styles, including rock, calypso, upbeat pop, country, polka, and a capella and even features a Beach Boys-inspired tune with great harmonies. Ralph and the chorus of children sing with great gusto and enthusiasm. The backup musicians give terrific performances on guitar, dobro, keyboards, piano, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass, trombone, trumpet, tuba, saxophone, accordion, concertina, penny whistle, drums, and percussion. Songs included are "Follow the Leader and Dance," "Welcome to Christmas Wood," "Happy Lemons," and "Peggy's Pie Parlor Polka." Ralph has illustrated his song "Do the Math," complete with lyrics, in the accompanying booklet.
VERDICT Young listeners will want to sing and dance along with this exuberant album.

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