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Backyardigans Music Player Storybook Hardcover – August 22, 2006

2.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Music Player Storybook
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079441110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794411107
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 12.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katie O'loughlin on November 5, 2006
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i was disappointed in this book cd player. i was so excited thinking it would play the songs from the show. my daughter really likes the backyardigans show. the book part of this is good. my daughter enjoys having this as a bedtime story book. it has 4 backyardigans stories in it. my daughter liked having her own portable cd player, but it only plays the 4 cd's from the book and there is only music on them and no actual songs like on the show. this might work better for an older child (my little girl is 2 1/2.) an older child might like following the directions of pressing the cd player every time it says, so that the background music changes for that part of the story. my daughter didn't like that there were all sorts of rules involved in reading the story. it just didn't work for her, so we read the book without the music and when we first got it she played with the cd player for a little while. the price is very low, so it is a worthwhile buy. and for an older child it might be a lot more worthwhile/enjoyable.
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I agree with the last review. Only, I bought this when it first came out, so it wasn't what I would call cheap. What a waste of money!! NO Backyardigans songs whatsoever, just background music- I don't even think it was from the shows. Also, the player was stuck to the book with one of those plastic tie-straps, so here I was thinking it was removable and cut the strap only to find that the darn thing was GLUED to the book and took a big chunk out of the paper behind it when I tried to take it off! This is stupid because the battery cover is in the back of the player, so I should like to know how would one CHANGE the battery without ruining the book? Other than that, the stories are good, but now the book is ugly with that big torn empty space where the player was stuck on. The stories are a little bit long for toddlers- too many words, but good for a little bit older kids. 4 stories- Princess CleoTasha (who never says please and thank you), Monster Detectives (with Pablo the soccer monster), Pirate Treasure (two pirate teams band together to find treasure), and the Snow Fort(Ski Patrol to the Rescue!). Great book, lousy music player.
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This item was listed as "New" but it was not. The CD player was previously removed from the book & then ribbon was tied over it in an attempt to hold it in place. Look, if something is damaged then be honest and let people make an informed decision as to purchase the item "as is" or not! If I were buying it for my daughter to enjoy, it would be fine but I was buying it as part of a gift for someone else and it is not in gift giving condition. This is the first time I tried buying something from one of Amazons other sellers because I was always a little leery, this experience just reinforced my concerns, NEVER again.
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This is an 'ok' toy. As other reviews have stated, the music player breaks away from the book easily, the music is not from the show, and there are no words to the songs. My biggest complaint though, is how the 'cds' fit into the player.

When you put them into the player, the hole in the middle of the CD is not completely round, it is round with one flat side on it. The peg that it fits onto also has a flat spot on it, to match the CD up with. The only reason for this is so that when the CD is in the unit, the words and picture are horizontal, and easy to read (I assume so anyway, I cannot think of any other reason they would do this).

This is really tough for an independent two year old to do. My son would always get frustrated with it, and end up not playing with it. He always wanted to put the cds in himself, so we just ended up not using this much.

Finally, I realized that the flat spot could be ground into a rounded edge, so I used my ground the flat edge so that now the hole in the cd is a real circle, and now the cds work no matter what way they were put in.
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I thought the concept of this item was wonderful. We I bought this item, I thought it would be perfect for my daughter for car trips. However, when I got ready to let her play with it Christmas morning, it would not work properly. The only way that it would play the songs is if you held the lid down on the Cd player yourself. For some reason, when the disk is in the player, it will not latch as it is suppose too. It seems that either the disk is not fitting properly in the player or the latch on the player is not working properly. I did not try to return the item or ask for a refund because I purchased it in September and I figured that it would not be returnable. So, I am just going to keep it and let me little one read the box
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I bought this for my daughter for Christmas, since she loves playing songs on the radio - I had no idea what to expect from it, though. The "CD player" sounds like it's playing just a bunch of .mid files, so I wouldn't exactly call it a "CD player" - more like a music box with plastic disks to imitate CDs. It's really a great idea, though, for little kids and my daughter absolutely LOVES the thing. She played with it for almost an hour on Christmas (she's just turned 2, so things she can control really get her going).

I'm not sure why the recommended ages are 9-12; I would think something like this is more geared towards my daughter's age group - maybe a little older, because the book's stories are long for her. A 9-year-old would already have much more sophisticated taste in music (and probably their own REAL CD players), and I wouldn't call the music box a "CD player", because that's probably a bit deceptive, BUT I still have to give this toy 4 stars, because my daughter will still sit down for a really long time just playing with it and switching out the CDs.

I'll have to get something else for the actual Backyardigans songs - I really wish someone would come out with a gadget for two year olds that could play .mp3's.
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