ChiIL Mama is thrilled to bring you 2 of The Secret
Mountain's award winning children's book/CD sets,
this week and next. The Little Blue Doggie is
slated for October release, so our winner will be one of the first
to have a copy anywhere! Enter at the bottom of this post to
Du-Jay, Sagezilla and ChiIL Mama all enjoyed this story.
The illustrations are colorful and full of texture and the songs
are truly fun. I'd read some mixed reviews and comments that this
book is scary and disturbing, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but
we loved it.
Of course my kids also love Harry
Potter and Cornelia Funke's
Gorey and Lemony Snicket.
So they do have an appreciation of the macabre.
Nonetheless, I didn't think this book was anywhere near as dark as
many of those author's works, not to mention Grimm's fairy
Children vary widely in what they can handle at different ages
and what will totally creep them out. We have small friends
who watch and read intense stuff with impunity and other small
friends who are unhinged by Scooby
Doo and literature not meant to be scary at all.
So, parents, you know your own offspring.
The Little Blue Doggy, Snag, does
have a habit of unraveling, resulting in his yarn being collected
by mice, appropriated by birds for nesting material and ultimately
he's eaten by mites while locked in the bathroom closet.
Yet, his Mother always stitches him back together, no matter how
unraveled he gets.
We recommend this book-CD combo, because it has a compelling
plot, absurd twist where the dog parents go to the park to see a
human zoo of people in cages or "humans on display", and likable
tunes that aren't too babyish. I'm a sucker for dark yet oh
so amusing lyrics like Hopscotch Song's
words, "One, two, three, four. I can hear my Daddy snore.
If I knock him on the head, he'll get out of bed." We
also like the unexplained, out there song, My Sister
is a Popsicle.The Little Blue Doggy
is a refreshing antidote to the boring, innocuous fluff that
passes for so much childhood literature.
STORYBOOK-MUSIC CD FEATURES SONGS BY ACCLAIMED COMPOSER LIONEL
DAUNAIS PERFORMED BY MICHELLE CAMPAGNE & FAMILY The Secret
Mountain continues its award-winning series of children's
storybook-music CDs this October with the release
of The Little Blue Doggy, which features songs by
iconic Canadian composer and lyricist Lionel Daunais and
performed by acclaimed singer-songwriters Michelle Campagne
The Little Blue Doggyfollows the September release
of Swing Café, featuring narration by Grammy-nominee
Bebel Gilberto and songs by jazz legends including Ella Fitzgerald,
Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and more, thus continuing The Secret
Mountain's penchant for releasing books that both children and
parents can enjoy.
Recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,
Lionel Daunais wrote the 13 songs that accompany The
Little Blue Doggy. Recipient of numerous awards including the
Canadian Music Council Medal and the posthumous Denise-Pelletier
Award, Daunais' songs are light-hearted and musically diverse,
including, "Hopscotch Song," "My Sister Is a Popsicle," and "The
Soles of My Brand New Shoes."
The title song tells the story of a little blue stuffed doggy
who falls victim to famished mites after having been left at home
alone. Upon his parent's return, they discover his soggy red cotton
tail on the floor and are faced with the challenge of putting him
The storybook-music CD features vivid textural illustrations by
award-winning children's illustrator Marie Lafrance who
has received critical acclaim for La Diablesse and the
Baby (a Governor General's Literary Award
finalist), La fee des bonbons and Le
Grand voyage de monsieur Caca. Each of The Secret Mountain's
innovative storybook-music CDs features a hardbound book with an
album of music included in the back cover. For more information,
please visit www.thesecretmountain.com
The Secret Mountain is dedicated to the creation of children's
books, videos and audio recordings of the highest quality. Recent
releases include the acclaimed My Name is Chicken
Joe, by Trout Fishing in America and Sunday in
Kyoto, which features songs by Canadian cultural icon Gilles
Vigneault. The Little Blue Doggy is also
available in a basic CD-Digipak format with a printable PDF file of
the illustrated book. Enter here to
win The Little Blue
Doggy STORYBOOK-MUSIC CD. One entry per
family per week. Entries accepted through midnight Tuesday.
Winners announced every Wednesday.
Next Wednesday, we'll be featuring the above mentioned Secret
Mountain release, Swing Cafe! Enter to win, and
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.
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