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Fireworks in December with Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole probably made their own fireworks in concert this year on Independence Day! Wow, these guys are a hoot! This CD, full of the classics and recorded live, takes on its own quirky twists with Frank and Andrew. They sing fast and slow. They get loud, they whisper. They even growl like bears. You name it, they do it.

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Our favorites are Row Your Boat and Upside Down. My daughter just started flipping upside down on the monkey bars at the playground. She thinks it’s pretty cool. She’s happy that Rolie Polie Guacamole thinks it’s cool too.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. And thank you to Elizabeth Waldman for her patience while I took a break from doing reviews to publish my book. It’s nice to be back!

Lots more from Waldmania PR:

BROOKLYN, NY — Holy Guacamole!  Brooklyn’s award-winning titans of kindie music are back, bringing a taste of July to this Christmas!  Rolie Polie Guacamole is set to warm up the season for families everywhere with the December 23 release of their sixth studio album, Live on the Fourth of July.

Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has, through the years, developed a smart musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers that sparkle with a kid-and-parent-friendlhy vibe.

In addition to bringing their rocking, upbeat, high-energy shows to music festivals and performing arts centers, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin take special joy in the informality and “up close and personal” feel of the numerous sing-along preschool and library shows they perform that have a focus on familiar children’s songs.

On July 4, 2016, responding to ongoing requests from families for a recording of Rolie Polie Guacamole sing-along favorites, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin headed to Rutherford, New Jersey to make a live acoustic album with longtime friend, engineer/producer Max Caselnova.  Celebrating an unforgettable Fourth of July, they laid down fourteen classic children’s songs that revel in a true-to-life setting with very few overdubs or added tracks.  The result:  Live on the Fourth of July!

Live on the Fourth of July speaks to younger Rolie Polie Guacamole fans with sing-along gems like “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Mr. Sun,” and “Muffin Man/Pizza Man,” while offering older kids some of the band’s signature cover songs, such as “Fire Truck,” “Subway Train,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Enthuses Frank Gallo, “After years of being urged by our fans to record our sing-along set, I’m so glad we finally took the time to do it!  It was a blast to spend last Fourth of July going back to our acoustic duo roots and working with our good friend Max!  We hope to bring some of that summertime warmth to the colder months of the year with Live on the Fourth of July.”

Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true.  They’ve released five albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.

To herald the release of Live on the Fourth of July, Rolie PolieGuacamole has launched an animated sing-along video series on YouTube, kicking off with “Mr. Sun,” illustrated by Alexandra Narvaez and animated by Teddy Gage, HERE.

Previous Rolie Polie Guacamole releases include Chips and Salsa (2015, Parents’ Choice® Recommended Award), Triathlon (2014, Parents’ Choice® Fun Stuff Award), Houses of The Moly (2012, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award, NAPPA Honors Award), Time For Hummus (2010), and Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008).

Live on the Fourth of July will be available on the Rolie PolieGuacamole website and iTunes.  Pre-orders may be placed now at both sites.

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CD Details:  Live on the Fourth of July
Release Date:  December 23, 2016
For ages 0 – 4
Label:  RPG Records
SRP:   $15.00 for CD.  $10.00 for digital download.
Running time:  34 minutes
 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole Performance Highlights
Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017

Dec. 29 – Jamtime, Natick, MA – New Year’s Eve Bash!

Dec. 29 – Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA

Dec. 30 – Groton Public Library, Groton, MA

Dec. 30 – E. Longmeadow Library, E. Longmeadow, MA – Family Dance Party!

Jan. 14 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY – Album Release Party!

Jan. 27 – Gullford Free Library, Guilford, CT

Jan. 29 – Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
 

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Generations Sing Under the Moon

Generations Sing Under the Moon

We enjoyed an extra special bed time as three generations sang along with Under the Moon Jazz Standards and Lullabies, a book and CD combination from The Secret Mountain. Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn lulled my little girl into a sleepy state and brought her “Gappy” back in time. I was raised on these jazz classics as well, so it is always fun for me to pass on the tradition.

The book includes lyrics, the history behind the songs and artists and stunning illustrations by Ilya Green.

We will enjoy this during quite a few bed time routines.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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Justin Robert’s Lemonade is Sweet!

Justin’s CD, Lemonade, takes me back to my middle school days with the song Dodgeball. How I dreaded that game! And the way he ‘do-wops’ his way through the song with repeated D’s fits the fast paced, cut throat idea behind it. I’m thankful that he makes me laugh about something I hated so much.

The collection of songs is fun and silly, yet touching and sweet. My daughter likes Must Be This Tall and Me And My Kangaroo. She’s tall for a four year old and has surprised me with her bravery on a couple of rides. Disney World is our next adventure. We shall see.

How Lucky We Are brings the sweetness. Justin’s voice and lyrics gently and lovingly remind us of our simple blessings.

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5/29/13 10:03:03 AM —
Justin Roberts and his Not Ready for Naptime Band
. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

You can find this CD and more about Justin Roberts on his website. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

 

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Feel What U Feel with Lisa Loeb

We never fail to feel what we feel with Lisa Loeb‘s children’s CDs! As soon as the title song came on in my car, I started in with my standard head bob. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw my daughter doing the same exact thing! It’s one of those songs that makes me say, “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” Wiggle and Wanna Do Day give us that same vibe.

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The entire collection is a wonderful variety of sweet, sassy, and full of love. Lisa, along with a few of her friends, remind us that You Can Count on Me, It’s Alright To Cry, and You Have It In You. As well as appreciating the songs we can jam to, as a mother, I also love the messages these songs send to my impressionable four-year old girl.

Feel What U Feel is available on Amazon in lots of different ways. Check it out here.

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Photo by Juan Patino

Thank you to Beth Blenz-Clucas from Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review and for allowing my brief hiatus while I finalized my book publication. I am honored to support this organization’s mission to share awesome, family-friendly media.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cricket Media Offers Variety and Fun!

We really felt like it was Christmas when our Cricket Media package arrived. What a collection of stories, activities, magazines, and poetry, all with such colorful and exciting illustrations! We have slowly started to make our way through all of our samples. Sometimes we have bedtime stories. Sometimes, we just browse through the magazines to see what all there is to do. My daughter, who is almost five and is starting to use inventive spelling and reading looked at the magazine with the lollipop, and made up her own title: “How do you eat a lollipop?” I loved that!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our samples in exchange for this review. And here
is great information from Cricket Media:

About Us

At Cricket Media, we believe that challenging children’s minds and connecting kids to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity and curiosity. That’s why we are dedicated to providing award-winning media on a safe and secure learning network to engage, enlighten and educate children everywhere.

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For Families

We offer eleven award-winning magazines for kids ages toddler to teen, including BABYBUG®, LADYBUG®, CRICKET®, MUSE®, COBBLESTONE, FACES, DIG INTO HISTORY®, CLICK®, CICADA®, ASK®, and  SPIDER®. Our popular reading bundle packages our printed magazines with digital companions that can be read on all devices.  We also celebrate the creativity of our young readers with regular challenges and contests featuring their extraordinary work.  Our latest digital app, Story Bug, allows children and their loved ones to “read together even when you’re apart®”.  Through our partnership with Neumedias in China (a division of China’s largest IT services company, Neusoft), we offer dual English-Mandarin language versions of Cricket Media brands for toddlers and young children on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

 

For Educators

Our ePals Global Community® pairs educators and students around the world in exciting project-based learning for language learning practice and cultural exchange.  Our global challenges bring together learners to apply important concepts, from STEM to cultural studies, through events such as the Smithsonian Invent It! and Folklife challenges. Our acclaimed In2Books® program matches mentors and students to build reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Through these programs, we connect millions of students, parents and teachers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide to learn together—and from one another.

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For Companies

Cricket Media licenses our award-winning content to partners for Pre-K-12 curricula, assessments and educational products. Our content is unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies.  We also offer corporate partners access to our platform and community, powering language learning practice and cultural exchange experiences in their own products. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities, from supporting your company launching a global educational challenge to our international community.