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Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Har/Com edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761147756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761147756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3 Up—Boynton is at it again, celebrating music with a CD/book kit that's filled with lots of '50s-style fun. She's urging her audience to gather 'round for "17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never," sung by a cast of recognizable names from that era. Well, they'll certainly be recognized by the grandparents, anyway. But grandparents, parents, and children alike can enjoy this collection as they listen to such classics as "One Shoe Blues," sung by none other than B.B. King; "Blue Moo," sung by Steve Lawrence; and three numbers by "The Uninvited Loud Precision Band." There's "Speed Turtle," sung in pure Beach Boys-style by Brian Wilson; "With You," a '50s-style love song by Bobby Vee; and "Rabbit Tango," performed with great verve and panache by Patti Lupone. "About the Singers" includes a photo, biography, and past hits for each artist, even those who are fictitious. Each song is labeled in jukebox fashion: A-1 through A-14. As she did with Philadelphia Chickens (Workman, 2002), Boynton has combined a roster of celebrity singers, good humor, and lots of creativity for a gift of music and fun for every member of the family.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over forty children’s books and seven general audience books, including four New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, is nearing Platinum. She lives with her family on a farm in New England.



Michael Ford, Sandra Boynton’s esteemed collaborator on Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap, is a classically trained composer and pianist, with a long detour in Progressive Rock performance. He and his family live down the road a spell from Sandy.

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Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

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Customer Reviews

The Songs and Books are clever and Very Funny!
Brian T. Shelley
The CD contains the silly lyrics of a child's song with sophisticated tunes of really, really good music.
Psyche
Our 3 year old son loves all the songs in this book.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on January 30, 2008
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My first copy of PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS was a gift for my granddaughters. We all enjoyed it so much that I bought three more copies -- each one for myself but impulsively given away.

Now I have BLUE MOO, and I'm keeping it for myself, so don't even hint for it.

You may know Sandra Boynton's impressive children's books but this music thing she has going on is something else again. "Renegade children's music," she calls it. BLUE MOO is subtitled "17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never," and trust me, you don't need children around to enjoy it.

Boynton collaborated with composer Michael Ford on these 17 fractured hits, and she mustered another stellar group of performers for the CD.

Patti LuPone shines on "Rabbit Tango," and yes, that's the amazing B.B. King delivering the goods with "One Shoe Blues." Christopher Kale Jones of JERSEY BOYS fame croons "Singing In The Shower."

When was the last time you heard a new release from veteran Neil Sedaka? Here he is in great doo-wop form with "Your Nose." And speaking of doo-wop, we have Sha Na Na singing "Gorilla Song" ("Banana nana nana nana, na na na"). Bobby Vee takes you down memory lane with the sentimental "With You," and John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting with a beautifully syncopated track named "Big Band Sound."

How about "Speed Turtle":

>> It's a ... Speed Turtle. Whoa-ho!
>> It's a ... Speed Turtle. Oh, no!
>> Man alive, it's in overdrive.
>> Go, little turtle, go go.

Yes, that's Brian Wilson, who else? And while I'm stating the obvious, "Mersey Lullaby" is (of course) recorded by Gerry & The Pacemakers.

The title tune is offered twice, once by Steve Lawrence and in a jazzed up "Blue Moo '62" version by a house "girl group.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Howard J. Tucker on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I originally bought "Blue Moo" for my friend's 7-year-old granddaughter, but I'm enjoying it just as much as she at nearly 57. Hearing Neil Sedaka on "Your Nose" brings me back to "Oh Carol" and "Calendar Girl", Bobby Vee's "With You" evokes memories of "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes", and "Blue Moo", the title cut, takes me back to Steve Lawrence's performance of "Go Away Little Girl" on a freezing night in January, 1963 on a telethon where an adorable young girl actually thought Lawrence was telling her to "go away, little girl"!! Sha Na Na, the Beach Boys, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Davey Jones--my childhood all over again.

But maybe the most catchy of all is "Singing in the Shower" by relative newcomer Christopher Kale Jones. For a few minutes, Jones brings back the great Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with his flawless tone and falsetto, singing a ditty whose beat reminds me of the Seasons' timeless "Sherry". Close your eyes and you'll think it's October, 1962 all over again with NY's Cousin Brucie on WABC AM radio.

I urge anyone considering buying to check out the video on [...] to hear some marvelous snippets and see what these amazing legends look and sound like today! As a bonus, we're rewarded with author Sandra Boynton's daughter Darcy singing the female version of "Blue Moo" and young Jones wowing us with "Singing in the Shower"--in fact, this morning I was singing in the shower "Singing in the Shower"....
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tierra on October 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My four year old son loves Boynton and Ford's music CD/book combos. We listen to them in the car while he holds onto the book, admiring the pictures and trying to read the lyrics. Blue Moo just arrived in the mail yesterday--to our great excitement--so we've only listened to it a couple of times, but it already has captured his interest. His favorite song is a repeated joke about an uninvited marching band playing such real marching band music that you will think a parade is passing by your house. The band invades a house, a grocery store (and proceeds to go up and down every aisle, which happened to be named for all the letters of the alphabet), even one's dreams at night ("A Parade! A Parade! We're the Uninvited Prestigious Marching Band!). Boyton's trademark humor and adorable pictures are all here, along with a great cast of singers. I am not sure, though, whether this is going to be my son's favorite CD as we are very partial to the rock and roll stylings of Dogtrain. Blue Moo has a 50s jukebox feel, and although there are some great dancing songs, it doesn't seem to have quite the variety of the other compilations. I am concerned that the 50s sound might grow a bit old. I'd love for Boynton to make another rock and roll album, especially for us parents who have to listen to these CDs repeatedly.

All in all, this is another great addition to our growing Boynton and Ford collection, and I look forward to hearing the Gorilla song (sung by Sha Na Na--the word banana is repeated over and over), Your Personal Penguin, The Shower Song (you can hear the water running during the chorus) and others for months to come.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not a "Kid's CD" that Adults will like but an "Adult CD" that kids will love!

When "Philadelphia Chickens" - the first Book and CD released by Boynton and Ford - was released I ran out and got copies for all my friends. (Heck, I live in Philly, so it was a natural.). Not one of these friends had young children. All were grown. But I knew they'd love it as much as I did.

The next projects "Dog Train" and "Rhinoceros Tap" were more like "teasers" for something more.

Well that something more is "Blue Moo" and I love it even more than "Chickens". And so will you. Yes YOU! Baby Boomers and even younger AARP members. This was our music - but with new words. And the performers like Neil Sedaka (singing a song SOMEONE ELSE wrote and doing it well), Steve Lawrence (when's the last time HE made a record?) and Gerry & The Pacemakers (to add a British Beat touch) are on record (date we still call them records?) for the first time in many years. Any new recording by Beach Boy musical wizard Brian Wilson is a must have and he's here too - having a ball.

I could go on, but just look at the track list.

If this was just a 17 track CD in a jewel box it would be a bargain at the list price of under $17.00. But it's 66 page (!) book with all the musical notes and words AND - of course - great Sandra Boynton artwork. This ones a no-brainer.

Whether you have kids or not, if you love "oldies", you need this CD and book. If you do have kids, or grandkids, you need multiple copies: One for the car, one for their playroom and.... one for you to listen to all by yourself.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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