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

by Sandra Boynton
     
 

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Full of attitude, full of fun, and all lit up with star power, Dog Train is a Recording Industry Association of America Gold Album with 595,000 copies in print. Another great book-and-CD production by Sandra Boynton, it features all original songs recorded by big-name acts and great voices.

Blues Traveler performs a stomping version of the title song, a

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Full of attitude, full of fun, and all lit up with star power, Dog Train is a Recording Industry Association of America Gold Album with 595,000 copies in print. Another great book-and-CD production by Sandra Boynton, it features all original songs recorded by big-name acts and great voices.

Blues Traveler performs a stomping version of the title song, a moody rock journey that Boynton wrote especially for them. And then there’s Alison Krauss with “Evermore.” And Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme—really—who do the “Boring Song.” The Spin Doctors, who channel rock’s rebellious side—with a taste of punk—for “Tantrum”: “No No No, I don’t want to, I don’t want to./No no no, I don’t want to, no no./Leave me alone. Leave me alone./LEAVE ME ALONE.” And the sweetly unexpected pairing of “Weird Al” Yankovic and Kate Winslet (yep, Kate Winslet) as a duet singing “I Need a Nap.”

The full-color book features a portion of each song’s lyrics set as a little story, illustrated with Boynton’s irresistible hippos, cows, dogs, and more dogs. Full lyrics appear in the back.

Editorial Reviews

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
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."
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761139669
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
355,876
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five 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.

Brief Biography

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

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