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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book

The New Kid on the Block

1998 Audio Book
Ages: Infant - 11 yrs.
Performed By: Jack Prelutsky
CD Price: $15.00
Lots of gloppy sound effects, wacky rhymes and word-rich wordplay add up to major kid-appeal in this roundup of songs and poems written and performed by children’s author/poet Jack Prelutsky. In a voice reminiscent of Arlo Guthrie, Prelutsky, who also plays guitar, banjo and Autoharp on the album, warns kids to “never punch the pumpkin pudding” or “squeeze the steamed zucchini” (“My Mother Says I’m Sickening”). He relates the woes of a carpenter besieged by carpenter ants (“The Carpenter Rages”) and delivers a gleefully unsentimental ode to a hapless old toy (“Oh, Teddy Bear”). In Prelutsky’s world, a kid can yawn at the sudden appearance of flying saucers, dragons, giants and ogres (“Today is Very Boring.” It’s a place where “A Monster’s Lot is Merry”: “What a lark it is to muddle in the murk” where it’s “despicably delicious to disport about the bogs, making disconcerting faces, discombobulating frogs.” And, it’s a place where even though “A Wolf is at the Laundromat,” he’s not a “scary glare wolf” or a “wary stare wolf,” but just “a wash-and –wear wolf.” In 29 selections (there are five new songs here), the comic anarchy never stops.
Lynne Heffley   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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