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Parents and kids looking for a break from the ordinary will appreciate this imaginative collection of stories and songs from quirk-rock kings They Might Be Giants. Fresh on the heels of their highly successful children's record No!, Bed, Bed, Bed features four brief stories written by the Giants and illustrated with surreal panache by Marcel Dzama along with a CD featuring all four stories in song version. "Impossible" explores the possibility of turning into fantastical animals like Octofish and Octofee or growing violet hair that flows down the stairs. Kids will find the silly animals and warped reality delightful and will love singer John Linnell's spacey conspiratorial tone. "Happy Doesnt Have to Have an Ending" tells the story of a hippie kitten "on a secret mission to make a valentine for everyone on earth," who wants everyone to dance and be happy. "Idlewild" slows things down with a softer, sleepier beat and a story about a dreamy trip to the carnival. But the Giants save the best story for last; "Bed Bed Bed Bed Bed" is a well-reasoned and catchy argument for slumber. "I did so many things today, theres nothing left to do", sings guest vocalist Kimya Dawson (in a slower, different version than the one on "No!"). While the story features familiar bedtime milestones, Dzamas illustrations lend the proceedings a compellingly skewed vision in which kids eat three meals in the company of bears and go to bed accompanied by their pet octopus and a tuxedoed rabbit. While the lyrics flow nicely in the songs, they can sometimes be a bit clunky on the page. But even then, the stories and Dzamas illustrations are more imaginative and memorable than most childrens books today. --John Moe
They Might Be Giants are John Linnell and John Flansburg. They became friends in Massachusetts when they were kids. They started They Might Be Giants in Brooklyn, New York, where they have a phone machine called Dial-A-Song that plays their songs. They won a Grammy for their song, "Boss of Me," the theme for Malcolm in the Middle. They recently released an album called No! for the whole family. Bed, Bed, Bed is their very first book.
Love everything TMBG! (Yes, even the kid stuff! And no, I'm not a kid..)Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey M. Barber
My nephews enjoyed it and got the music stuck in their heads. Great condition and arrived on time!Published 3 months ago by Gaby
great kid band. everything they do needs to be directed towards kids.Published 15 months ago by 8-10weekshippiing!
I like that these are fun, educational songs to play for my children---but despite all of the other reviews I still found the songs pretty annoying. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Junebug05
Will definitely recommend particularly if you like TMBG. The book is very well made and illustrated nicely. Music and lyrics are excellent. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by paraddy
My granddaughter seemed to liked it. But, this was so long ago and was a gift so I can't rate very well.Published on January 11, 2013 by Phyllis Baxter
This is not my favorite They Might Be Gaints item, but it is still good. It holds true to other things published by them, just not the best. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Janelle Wood