March 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pick of the Day: Got a Minute? (Audio)

The children’s music CD Got a Minute? features Milkshake’s outstanding vocal and instrumental performances. Be sure to read the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Hootenanny (Audio)

Steve Pierson and his Los Angeles-based band Jambo rock as they perform 14 original feel-good songs on their second album for kids, Hootenanny. Be sure to read the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Pete Remembers Woody (CD)

Pete Remembers Woody. 2 CDs. range: 57:42-53:56 min. Prod. by Appleseed Recordings. Dist. by ISBN unavail. $20.
Gr 9 Up–This masterful album celebrates the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth in 1912. Producer David Bernz has compiled a number of stories that Pete Seeger (now in his 90s) told about Woody and himself, which were recorded in informal sessions over a span of time in their private homes. These reminiscences are interspersed with Woody’s songs, performed by a number of well-known […]

SLJ Pick of the Day: Creepy Crawly Love (CD)

Creepy Crawly Love. CD. 30:47 min. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
PreS-Gr 3–In his first album for children, Duke Otherwise hits all of the right notes. Clever lyrics abound in this collection of 12 original songs about topics such as food, animals, and word play. Children will enjoy listening to each song and trying to figure out what the twist may be. From the tune about “my uncle who’s an ant” to a lion being given the advice that he would […]

Pick of the Day: World of Wonder (CD)

World of Wonder. CD. 32 min. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.97.
PreS-Gr 3–San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Alison Faith Levy, formerly the lead singer of the kindie band The Sippy Cups, returns to the kid music scene with her first solo album. Each song has Levy’s trademark big production sound, whether a sensitive ballad, an up-tempo rocking number, or a middle-of-the-road tune. Lyrics of the ten original songs are smart and have lots of kid appeal. Highlights include a large-sounding rendition of “Itsy […]