Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2012 Music
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Producer: Andrew Queen
CD Price: $15.00

What is the reason for the Troll's antisocial behavior in "Three Billy Goats Gruff?" Was Old Mother Hubbard responsible for the original Stone Soup recipe? And the famous old lady who swallowed a spider? In Andrew Queen's new take on the song, "The Witch's Brew," that old lady is an amateur compared to the witch who "swallowed a goblin/Whose eyeballs were wiggling and waggling and wobbling." Canadian children's artist Andrew Queen sings and plays guitar, jug, gut bucket and jaw harp, along with other top-notch folk musicians. Queen and co-writer Karen Stille are guaranteed to tickle funny bones with the zany adaptations of familiar tales and traditional comic campfire songs he performs. Underneath the silly stuff, Queen inserts messages about being aware of where healthy food comes from and valuing local farms that grow it. The accompanying lyric booklet includes yummy recipes, too.

Lynne Heffley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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