Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock-and-Roll Side


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Oooooo! From the team that brought you Philadelphia Chickens—It's an all-out rock album for children! and for vintage children!

"The train goes nowhere, but it goes there fast."

From Boynton & Ford, here comes DOG TRAIN...energetic, moody, and unpredictable new songs written and illustrated by the energetic, moody, and unpredictable Sandra Boynton. And performed by the most unusual mix of legendary musicians imaginable—
  • Spin Doctors throw a Tantrum
  • The O.K. Chorale presents Thus Quacked Zarathustra
  • Blues Traveler rocks the Dog Train
  • Mark Lanegan sings Sneakers
  • Billy J. Kramer narrates & sings Cow Planet (3 episodes)
  • Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme croon Boring Song
  • The Bacon Brothers and Mickey Hart clang Pots & Pans
  • Kate Winslet and "Weird" Al Yankovic sing I Need a Nap
  • Alison Krauss sings Evermore
  • John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting sings Penguin Lament
  • The Phenomenauts rock out (Don't Give Me That) Broccoli
  • Rob Hyman and Eric Bazillian perform Dragonfire
  • Doshie Luther sings Wave Bye-Bye
  • Hootie & the Blowfish rock and rock Rock to Sleep 54

Great performances, great music, great illustrations—now arriving on Tracks 1 through 17. All Abooooooard!
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Sandra Boynton's CD-enhanced songbooks aren't just ephemeral novelty items; kids love them, and even parents are eager to learn all the words. Dog Train maintains the high spirits of the Grammy-nominated Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap. The Spin Doctors shout out a rousing version of "Tantrum"; Blues Traveler offers a soulful rendition of the title track; and "Weird Al" Yankovic and Kate Winslet combine for a weirdly wonderful "I Need a Nap."
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Sandra Boynton's exuberant "Wild ride on the rock and roll side" has already sold 500,000 copies since it came out in 2005. It fully deserves to continue selling well as long as there are little ones who only want to say no and throw a tantrum or adamantly resist taking a taste of broccoli. Not only will their adults being nodding in recognition of their little darlings' personal performances of Tantrum, Or I Need a Nap, they are likely to be humming along as well. This edition includes the lyrics to all seventeen tracks, accompanied by Boynton's signature slightly whacked creatures. as well as a CD. The host of artists who perform each song range from Kate Winslet to Steve Laurence and Edye Gorme. At the end of the book, everyone is given credit. Like its predecessors, Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap, this is sure to be a hit. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Publishers Weekly
The creative team that so cleverly presented musical theater for kids with the star-studded recording Philadelphia Chickens is back-this time with a mostly rock-and-roll romp, and another stellar cast of musical talent. Blues Traveler, replete with John Popper wailing on his harmonica, rides the rails for the driving title track about, yes, dogs on board a midnight train where "Kittycats are not allowed/ .../ their ears in the breeze/ .../ Their cold, wet, happy,/ quiv'ring noises outside." Mark Lanegan takes the octave down a few notches with his deep and bluesy rendition of "Sneakers" about the favorite footwear that's both comfy and quiet. The 1960s British invasion star Billy J. Kramer sounds every bit up-to-date as he blasts off on the spaceship song "Cow Planet." And who would've thunk that actress Kate Winslet and novelty performer "Weird Al" Yankovic could pull off a sunny and theatrically emotive duet on "I Need a Nap?" There are no clunkers here; other highlights include numbers by Alison Krauss, Spin Doctors, Hootie and the Blowfish and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (hilariously singing the "Boring Song"). A knockout listen, in all the best ways, for the whole family. Like the songs, Boynton's book showcases her signature zippy sense of humor and loveable critters. It also includes complete lyrics and music for each number and brief profiles of all the performers. All ages. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This collection of songs erupts with energy, humor, and a strong dose of rock 'n' roll. Like the author's Philadelphia Chickens (Workman, 2002), the book has a spread for each song-a colorful, cheerful illustration and excerpts of lyrics-followed by complete lyrics and musical scores at the end. An "About the Artists" section includes a photo and biographical sketch of each artist who performs on the accompanying CD. As she did for Chickens, Boynton has brought together an impressive assortment of talent, including Kate Winslet, Blues Traveler, and the Bacon brothers. Train stands apart from the earlier title for its stronger rock edge and narrative thread. Interwoven throughout the album are three songs about the quest to discover Cow Planet, beginning with an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Boynton captures a child's perspective of tantrums, naps, and daily life. A poignant "Penguin Lament" by John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting asks, "Can anyone small-be anyone serious?" The toe-tapping "Wave Bye-Bye" immediately grabs listeners with its lively tune and a child's earnest desire to leave an adult party. Smart, funny, and encompassing a variety of music styles from Broadway to Sinatra to alternative rock, the book and CD together deliver enjoyable reading and listening for both children and adults.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761139669
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over forty children’s books and seven general audience books, including four New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, has gone Platinum. She lives with her family on a farm in New England.

Michael Ford, Sandra Boynton’s esteemed collaborator on Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap, is a classically trained composer and pianist, with a long detour in Progressive Rock performance. He and his family live down the road a spell from Sandy.

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    My 6 year old loves this!!

    I purchased this after my Daughter brought it home from the public library and fell in love with the music. She uses this is her goodnight music every night. I recommend this for anyone with a child who likes to listen to music when they fall asleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    NOT just for Kiddies!

    Dog Train is simply brilliant. We've owned it now for 4 years and it still gets heavy rotation in the car's CD player...and our son is 11. It's endearingly goofy and musically accomplished. John Ondrasik ('Superman' and '100 Years To Live') singing 'Penguin's Lament' is alone worth the price of the CD. Like a classic cartoon that offers entertainment and humor for ALL ages (think 'The Flinstones'), everyone will enjoy these silly songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    Perfect for Kids and Adults

    As a preschool teacher, I am sick to death of insipid, brainless children's music (hello Wiggles!!!!). This cd is a favorite in my classroom with the adults as well as with the children. My favorite is the Penguin Lament. Classic!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    3 year old favorite

    My 3 year old never tires of this CD or the Philadelphia Chickens CD. He loves 'Dogtrain' and asks me to play 'Tantrum' every morning driving to school, but he also loves 'Evermore,' 'Cows' and 'Dragonfire.' I've also given this as gifts many times. This CD is a huge hit. Mom and Dad love it too considering we aren't Wiggles people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Boynton and Ford have done it again!!!!

    I had no doubts that Dog Train would be fabulous, and I was not disappointed. With a fourteen-month-old daughter, I confess that all three compilations are more for me than for her right now, but they give us something fun, meaningful, and exciting to listen to during the day. It's difficult to choose a favorite from the album, as each song is unique in its own way. However, 'Dragonfire' is probably one of the best new children's songs I've heard in a long time. It highlights the significance of a child's spirit/soul as something that burns brightly within, something that is available any time for strength, courage, and support. The song sounds beautiful, with lovely harmonies and skillful playing, but its words are what make it stand out. I hope Boyton will consider drawing this song as one of her board books. Get Dog Train! And while you're add it, order Rhinoceros Tap and Philadelphia Chickens too. Children are never too young to start listening to music, and it's almost guaranteed that parents will enjoy these albums too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2005

    More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

    I love it when my children and I can enjoy music together. We have all three of Boynten's musical books and we hope she continues to produce these high quality pieces for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Another parent friendly kiddy CD!

    My daughter just got this as a gift and admittedly, mommy has listened to it before her! (She'll get to hear it later today) Like 'Philadelphia Chickens' and 'Rhinoceros' Tap' before it, this is a great disc that can be appreciated by both children and their grown-ups while exposing kids to a variety of music genres. Highly recommended for the toddler to preschooler set--a great gift idea. If you are looking to get this CD/Book and DON'T yet have Phildadelphia Chickens, would strongly recommend adding that to the cart too, especially if you have a little Broadway in your bones. Rhinoceros'Tap is good too, but is all sung by the same guy, so not quite as much fun as the other two. Enjoy!

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