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Frog Trouble ...and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songsby Sandra Boynton
Country music and frogs! What's not to like? Frog Trouble has Sandra Boynton's funny, friendly drawings and a CD of kooky country tunes to boot — performed by such well-known folks as Dwight Yoakam, Ben Folds, and Alison Krauss. It's good fun.
Synopses & Reviews
Hang on to yer hat, Cowboy.
Yeeeee-hah! Boynton goes Country! With three Gold Record albums and a Grammy nomination to her credit, Boynton now brings you Frog Trouble, a terrific CD and illustrated songbook of her new and wildly original Country songs. And they're sung by a truly amazing roster of Country Music's biggest and brightest stars: Here's Brad Paisley with Copycat, Dwight Yoakam singing I've Got a Dog, Alison Krauss on End of a Summer Storm, Ben Folds rocking Broken Piano, Darius Rucker with Beautiful Baby. The lonesome-cowboy title track is performed by the low-voiced moody rocker Mark Lanegan (yes, of Queens of the Stone Age.) Add Josh Turner, Fountains of Wayne, Ryan Adams, Linda Eder, and quickly rising Country star Kacey Musgraves — all accompanied by Nashville's finest instrumentalists, and WHOA. You've got yourself some mighty fine music, with a whole lot of gumption and heart.
A COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUM FOR KIDS AND EVERYONE
"Boynton (Philadelphia Chickens) returns with a fifth vibrant CD-and-illustrated-songbook collaboration. This time, she embraces country music, inspired (as a note explains) by the soundtrack of her childhood, growing up in the 1950s, singing folk songs at school and watching westerns on TV at home. With longtime songwriting and producing partner Mike Ford and top-notch musicians, including Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Dwight Yoakam, and Fountains of Wayne, Boynton presents 12 tunes with some familiar country themes (trucks, dogs, heartache) as seen through a child's or parent's eyes. In the book's 'Look While You Listen' section, select lyrics appear with Boynton's signature animal characters. Spot illustrations dot the 'Sing and Play Along' pages, which include full lyrics and musical notation. The eponymous 'Frog Trouble' is a simultaneously ominous and hilarious send-up of spaghetti western soundtracks, while Brad Paisley's band mimics his lyrics in 'Copycat,' resulting in some funny musical moments: 'Stop it. (Stop it!) No, seriously. (No, seriously).' In the humorously mournful 'Heartache Song,' Kacey Musgraves channels Patsy Cline as she croons, 'Don't they remember — / all the heartache so deep/ when somebody tells you/ it's time now for sleep.' And Ben Folds is pure honky-tonk as he insists, 'Some might say the piano is broken,/ but it seems to play for me.' Boynton's spot-on humor and the performers' talents ensure an entertaining family outing, while demonstrating just how diverse country can be. Brief profiles of the performers, humorous interstitials about good pet names and how to talk like a cowboy, and a frog-puppet craft round out the fun. Ages 2up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Sandra Boynton is one of America’s best-loved artists. Her Boynton on Board and other books for children have tens of millions of copies in print, with Barnyard Dance!, Snuggle Puppy!, and Pajama Time! leading the way. Ms. Boynton lives with her family in rural Connecticut, working out of a converted barn that has the only hippopotamus weather vane in the state.
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