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Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock-and-Roll Side
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2005
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If you are a fan of rock and roll this CD is fantastic. The music is superb, the lyrics are witty and fun and the performances are first rate. I just bought it a few days ago and now every time we get in the car my 3 year old is asking for the title song performed by Blues Traveler. "Mama-DOG TRAIN, pweeze!" "Pots and Pans" is a second favorite. He likes the rest of the album too and so do I. Parents, you'll enjoy it just as much as your kids will.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a fan of Sandra Boynton's musical exploits for a few years now, and I own and have given as gifts all her kids albums. It's hard not to compare them to each other, and I think my favorite songs are in her two earlier albums, "Philadelphia Chickens" and "Rhinoceros Tap".

Unlike his jaded mom, my 5-year-old son listens with fresh ears, and he tells me that this is the best album yet. He's at the age where every little twist is hilarious, the fact that the Cow Planet songs have 3 episodes like Star Wars makes him flip. His favorite song right now is "Tantrum", and he has been writing the word on little papers all over the house. My favorite song on the album hasn't been given special mention yet by other reviewers - "Dragonfire" - it reminds me of my son who was born year of the dragon, and I love the lyrics and that warm loving feeling it gives me. The other songs, especially "Dog Train", are growing on me as daily my son keeps requesting replays. Without my son's insistence, I probably wouldn't have given the album a second chance, but I'm enjoying it more and more.

I agree with other reviewers that a few of the songs seem to sound much like songs on her previous albums, but all creators have a style which persists throughout their work. She's just done enough stuff for us to recognize her signature.

When I play it for kids for the first time, they don't think they ARE kids songs at first, especially "Evermore".

The song book and cd format is awesome. My son had my husband pick out the notes on our piano, and he loves the idea of music being written down so you can read it. A great introduction to that concept.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2006
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We are new to the Susan Boynton audios (but not her books). We didn't even know there were two previous to this cd!! We stumbled upon this in the store while looking for a birthday party gift for my (almost) 3 yr old daughter to give. We bought one for her too hoping to save the rest of us from her other favorite (but highly annoying) kids CDs. It was an instant hit...from our year old daughter tapping her feet, to our seven year old son...he was in stitches listening to Broccoli. We all find ourselves breaking out in lyrics from 'I need a nap'. It's a really fun CD that the whole family has enjoyed singing to and rocking out with in the car together. The only draw back...the songs do get stuck in your head :-)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2005
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This is our first CD by Sandra Boynton and collaborators. The lyrics are hilarious and intelligent, and the music a refreshing change from the usual kid's fare. The combination of rock, ballads and lullabies keeps the journey interesting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2006
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I bought this book/CD for my nine-year old son without listening to the CD...strictly on the lyrics for "Pots and Pans" which was his favorite rainy-day activity as a toddler.

I was worried he'd think it was "too young". No way. We love it!

My 15 year old has proclaimed it (for the moment) her "favorite CD". 'Dog Train' & 'Pots & Pans' rock out, 'Penguin Lament' makes us giggle, and 'I Need a Nap' is a wonderful parody of every Disney theme song ever written. And 'Evermore' is simply beautiful.

Hitch a ride to the Cow Planet and buy this book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2006
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Disclaimer: I'm a male middle-aged Sandra Boynton fan. All the books are in our library. Philadelphia Chickens is on my iPod (no, Pigorian Chant was STUPID and is NOT on my iPod - I'm not that much of a fanboy).

Dog Train has also made it to my iPod. While I would say that none of the songs on Dog Train rise to the level of "Cows", "Be Like a Duck", "Snoozers", and "BusyBusyBusy", it does have some great songs nonetheless. "Tantrum" is very funny. Weird Al & Kate Winslet completely steal the album with my new favorite Boynton song "I Need a Nap". John Ondrasik ("Five For Fighting") in "Penguin Lament" is great. The Bacon Brothers don't disappoint at all with "Pots & Pans".

Is it as good as Philadelphia Chickens? No. Is it worth the $12.00 for the book and the CD? Of course it is.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2006
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Not only do my two young boys love every song, not to mention the book, but I find myself listening to many of these songs when I'm alone in my car. That kind of scares me, but I do in anyway.

This is our first Sandra Boynton cd, and it won't be our last. I am a big fan. These songs are smart, catchy and just plain good. My kids and I especially like "Penguin Lament", "I Need A Nap" and the title track, "Dog Train". I've never been a fan of Blues Traveler, but I really like this song.

The book is visually wonderful and my kids really enjoy reading it. I would strongly recommend this "Dog Train" to everyone who has young children, and even some adults like me who secretly like the songs as much as my kids do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wow... I'm amazed at some of the reviews for this incredible book/cd. How could you rate this any less than 5 stars?

We listen to it non-stop in our house, and I'm not even close to being sick of it (6 weeks so far). The songs are amazing. Outstanding lyrics and catchy, catchy, hooks.

Great tracks from Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Weird-Al and Kate Winslet duet, the Bacon Brothers, Mark Lanigen (Screaming Trees) -- and that's just off the top of my head...

Our 18 month old goes bananas when he hears the very first chord of the CD. Move the furniture, because it's "Dance-Party USA" in our living room from start to finish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2006
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There are always one or two songs included with these books that aren't to your particular taste, but all in all these book/cd's are great! Some of the other reviewers liked the songs that my family really doesn't, and visa versa. We love the title song "Dog Train" by the Blues Travelers. The cow planet songs and "Pot and Pans" are also favorites. We really love the "Philladelphia Chickens" book too. (The Aarvark song cracks my 7 year old up every time.)
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2005
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It's possible that this CD is a victim of my own high expectations. We are huge fans of Sandra Boynton in our house and Philadelphia Chickens is a favorite CD so I ordered Dog Train even before it was released. However, we're not very happy with it. There are some fabulous songs: Alison Krauss has the voice of an angel and "Evermore" is a beautiful song. "Sneakers," "Penguin Lament" and "Say Bye-Bye" are what I would expect from Boynton - fun and smart. But the rest just don't do much and the lyrics to "Tantrum" sound suspiciously like "I Like to Fuss" on the "Chickens" CD. It's almost as if Boynton started taking herself too seriously. I don't know a lot about music so I judge kid's CDs by how much my son likes them and then by how much my husband I like them. For the most part, this one hasn't peaked any of our interest. However, my son (17 months) may grow into it so I'll try it again in a few months.
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