From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-True to its title, this brief book and CD introduce 10 interactive songs, some Loeb originals, all designed for maximum movement and rhythm. Popular folk or camp tunes include "Miss Mary Mack," "Peanut Butter and Jelly," "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Each spread provides the lyrics and cartoon images, giving instruction for movement. Occasional boxed instructions give additional information about the song or performance tips. While adults can use the book as a source for the lyrics, the lack of contrast between background and fonts, and cluttered images or decoration create pages that are challenging to read. The CD is essential to the book, as no musical notation is included, and it is definitely the highlight of this collaboration. With vocals by Lisa Loeb, Dan Petty, Michelle Lewis, and the Campers, joining acoustic guitar, bass, drums, piano or keyboard, the recording presents a varied collection of songs to encourage participation from a rhythmic stomp ("Everybody Wake Up") to a lyric sun salutation with yoga movement ("Hello Today"). A general purchase with a sprinkling of humor that's guaranteed to leave a smile on the face of listeners.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
According to an opening author’s note from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Loeb, this book is meant “to make you get up out of your chair!” And this collection of 10 songs (with an accompanying CD) will likely cause little ones to do just that. The energy is practically radiating off the pages, with retro-cool illustrations that fill the page, a fun design, and a mixture of classic songs and Loeb’s own creations, some of which were written with the help of friends. There’s old-favorite “Miss Mary Mack,” which includes the clapping pattern many adults will remember from their own childhoods; “Do Your Ears Hang Low?,” also complete with hand movements; and “Hello, Today,” a sun salutation of sorts, with a few very basic yoga poses included. Each song has a brief introduction in which Loeb offers up simple instructions for bopping along to the song (“A tennis racket makes a great guitar!”) Many kids may be too young to follow along with the book, but if adults master the moves (easy to do) and pop in the CD, you’ll have a dance party in no time. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley