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Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue Hardcover – October 14, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761126368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761126362
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sandra Boynton, long heralded for her menagerie of animal characters (Moo, Baa, La La La; Rhinoceros Tap), puts a fresh cast of singing, dancing critters center stage-from the titular boogying chickens to a tail-wagging "snuggle puppy"-in Philadelphia Chickens, a book-and-CD package billed as an "imaginary musical revue." The first 32 pages contain lyrics and illustrations, the second half of the book includes musical notation and additional lyrics for each song. An all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Laura Linney, Eric Stoltz and the Bacon Brothers, headlines the musical recording, which features a variety of original show tunes penned by Boynton and composed by Boynton and frequent collaborator Michael Ford.
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"Lions and tigers ... and dancing pigs? Welcome to the magical menagerie of author Sandra Boynton." -- People Magazine

More About the Author

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

All of the songs have catchy tunes, and enjoyable lyrics.
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My kids love it so much that I've bought it a few times to give as a gift.
Teresa M. Twomey
Myself, my husband, and our 15 month old daughter LOVE this Cd and book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By M. B Hazen on November 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Before I could listen to the rest of the CD that comes with the song book, imaginatively illustrated and presented, a friend of mine practically snatched out of my hands to hear what I'd been raving about. My introduction to "The Philadelphia Chickens" was on the TODAY SHOW (pre-Christmas 2002). I never heard a word about it after the interview so I surmised that the "Chickens" was tossed on a stack with the myriad of books released for the big holiday rush. Being a musician and a collector of Broadway musical scores, I found this to be a "kiddie" musical. The lyrics are clever and sung with integrity. The sound is big and expansive. All the songs are slightly nutty, but have very plausible messages, like the girl who is too short to reach the chocolate chip cookies, and the ardvaark who think's he should be in the "dancing cow line". So far I've bought three copies. And parents! This won't drive you crazy either. In fact, I bet after the tree comes down and the kids return to school, dad will have that CD in his car for a nice chuckle on the way to work. The piano music and lyrics are part of the boook, "Philadelphia Chickens", with fanciful stories and illustrations. It's intelligent, too!! It will make such a welcome, refreshing gift or just an enduring book and CD designed to bring smiles to all. (Or, except as the author says on the cover, "to everyone except those who are 43!")
And, speaking from a childhood experience, if your little one is home sick in bed, these songs and stories will make a loving get-well tonic.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think our children and grandchildren will regard Sandra Boynton as we and our parents regard Dr. Seuss. As usual, her stories are adorable. I saw highlights on the today show this morning and had to go buy it today. My daughter's a little young for it (7 months) but her 2 year old friends loved the music. It's a children's CD I like and do not find annoying (such as those by that purple creature).
The book is well done. There is a page for each of the songs with an illustration. There is also sheet music and lyrics for each song in the back of the book.
I'm sure we'll cherish this one for years to come!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's a dazzling, illustrated book. It's a rollicking musical. It's Sandra Boynton at her very best as she and collaborator, Michael Ford, bring their "imaginary musical revue," Philadelphia Chickens, to life on your stage. Open the book as the curtain goes up, and follow along as you listen to an all-star cast on the accompanying CD. Or meet at the piano to sing and play along, using the words and music in part two of the book. Ms Boynton's clever lyrics are rich in humor and wit, and complemented by her endearing bold, bright and busy, signature animal illustrations. Philadephia Chickens is an exuberant, fun-filled, manic romp that engages and captivates, and "youngsters" from 3 to 93 will revel in all the fun.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "sarahlynblue" on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Yeah! This is a fantastic book/CD for my whole family. Though we are all above the recommended ages. (Our youngest is 9) We have had a great time with this musical. On road trips it has replaced our normal sing along songs. The laughed so hard the first time I heard it I was in tears. The kids love it as much as I do. This is a delight for all ages. High praise by the whole family, including my dog named Bob.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine Saalbach on August 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Based upon the text and drawings alone, I (age 55) bought two copies of Philadelphia Chickens, one for me and one for the birthdays of my sister and brother-in-law (ages 51). My sister told me that she and her husband were memorizing nonsense poetry to keep their minds sharp and, certainly, there's plenty of nonsense to be had here. This book, which includes a CD of the darling music to accompany the poetry, is not just for children. Is it OK for me to sing "Busy Busy Busy" as I walk to work from the parking lot? I think so. Mommies and daddies must purchase this book for their children's entertainment and, if they have no children, they must buy it for their inner child.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great CD for family fun in the car or at home. My children and I enjoy dancing around to the happy beat. The lyrics are clever and witty, and easy for children to memorize. (My 2 1/2 yr old daughter is always singing these songs.) This is a great and interesting alternative to other kids music. The book is another great Boynton book with colorful and charming illustrations.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This music is enjoyed by us all. I dare you to keep your feet still while listening to this great music! Once again Boyton and Ford created a masterpiece!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carole A. Deal on November 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have bought a lot of children's books and music. This is the most delightful, funfilled book with music I have ever
seen or heard. It's quality from beginning to end. I am buying this for children I don't normally give a gift to....it's something both the parents and kids will find absolutely wonderful!!
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