Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Hot Air

Hot Air

Fall 2015 Music
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Recess Monkey
CD Price: $15.00
Review:

The Seattle-based Recess Monkey band (Drew Holloway, Jack Forman, Korum Bischoff) soars in this new CD/DVD package. Deft lyrics, shaped with both playful spirit and thoughtful depth, meld with a pretty much irresistible sophistication of melody lines, layered harmonies and pop rhythms, whisking listeners into a world of cloud dragons, a paper airplane flight of fancy, a traveling tune to "lift you off the ground," and much more (including the new kid in school who speaks only "Penguinese"). Recess Monkey's original animated story weaves the group's songs into an ebullient visual treat: a hot air balloon adventure about a boy named Andrew (Holloway), mounds of hand-me-down clothes, an air race and a penguin on a flying carpet, all rendered in a mix of live action, collage, vintage film footage, photographs, and truly memorable, laugh-out-loud-funny narration (performed by professional theater artist Christine Deaver).

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 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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