Thursday, October 9, 2008

Music and Laughs

There are two great music/songwriting books on the market right now, each of which I’ve had a chance to review and really enjoyed. The titles, Ralph’s World Rocks! with words and music by Ralph Covert and illustrations by Charise Mericle Harper and Sing My Song: A Kid’s Guide to Songwriting is written by Steve Seskin and “a chorus of creative kids,” with illustrations by a whole myriad of talented people, each portray music in a light, fun manner, and include cd’s!

Ralph’s World Rocks! has 12 different songs for kids to sing along to and the cd includes guitar chords for each song, allowing those budding musicians to actually learn to play the song! The lyrics, all accompanied by very silly illustrations, are equally silly with material ranging from dump trucks to math to surfing!


Sing My Song: A Kid’s Guide to Songwriting also features twelve songs, though these are written by both the author and kids. Each page has a song, instructions for the different parts of the song, and an explanation as to how the song came about. There are also great illustrations to go along with each one. After all the songs there is a section on how to write your own song and a cd with each song performed.

Between these two books, there is a lot of fun to be had with your kids, whether it be a class at school or your own kids at home.



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