Saturday, August 19, 2017

Twinkle - Just Dance : a music wrap










TWINKLE, THE SUPERPOP KIDS' ANSWER TO LADY GAGA

EXHORTS YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE TO
"JUST DANCE"...


ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVERY TRACK ON HER EXPLOSIVE NEW ALBUM






Twinkle  
"Just Dance"


Date release: September 15, 2017 
Ages: 4-10

Available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CDBaby, on Twinkle's website 

www.twinkleandfriends.com



Reviews

"In terms of an all-out kindie pop extravaganza - EDM, hip-hop, pop all rolled into one - it's on an entirely different level than most independently produced kids' music." - Zooglobble

"If we were teleported inside a disco snow globe, it wouldn't be as much of a rush as what's happening in this video.  'Kidz Rock' is like whirling, swirling, EDM, pop, hip-hop, confetti explosion!" -Kids Can Groove


About the artist







Twinkle brings you her colorful, high energy pop concert fusing education, language, arts and pop culture into the hottest kid’s phenomenon to hit the Kid Space scene.

Launched by a childhood saturated with the sound and fury of Top 40 artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Selena, Cher, and Shania Twain, Twinkle has forever experienced a gravitational pull in the direction of performers who create the "whole package," from their infectious melodies and distinctive vocal qualities to their show-stopping presentations and trademark looks.

With her own award-winning albums, raise-the-roof concerts, and one-of-a-kind costuming and make-up, Twinkle follows suit, dazzling kids and families nationwide.

Album highlights include the original version of Twinkle's 2015 kindie hit, "Kidz Rock," featuring the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose spectacular warm-up act is the song's very own, hands-down-ultimate remix produced by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Matthew Gerrard (Kelly Clarkson, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush, High School Musical) and renowned music programmer/producer Peter Amato (NBC's The Voice, LeAnn Rimes, Ricky Martin). Gerrard and Amato transformed the original song into what Twinkle has christened, "a certified EDM monster track for kids!"

The nine original songs on Just Dance riff on positive themes ranging from dancing through life and living in the moment to making math-time fun-time, sailing through the solar system, and Twinkle's personal affirmation that good manners rock. 

Previous albums by Twinkle include Made In The U.S.A. (2012), which was honored with two Global Music Awards (Best Children's Album and Best Children's Song), and Twinkle Time (2009).









In her own words




"My concerts have everything that parents and teens would see watching Gaga or Bruno, but with age-appropriate  messages and lyrics.  Just as mainstream music is accepting of different categories - pop, R&B, hip hop, country, dance, jazz, etc. it's my hope that all genres would be accepted by the kind world, too.  Why not introduce kids to all styles of music?" 

“I want to be like Oprah for the children's market! I realized that kids and parents were listening to the same kid songs that I grew up with. I wanted to hear new sounds, you know, change up the vibe of the kids market,” Twinkle says.

Twinkle met her husband, co-songwriter, and producer James Dallas when they were both under contract to Hollywood Records. (He was the head songwriter/producer of the boy band, Youngtown.) Twinkle says with a smile, "We were the the original Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez."




"Just Dance" Track List


(Running Time: 31 minutes)

*Just Dance

*Better Than You Know

*Twinklematics

*Solar System

*Music

*Life is Beautiful 

*We Got Good Manners Too

*Kidz Rock featuring Mista Cookie Jar (remix)

Kidz Rock featuring Mista Cookie Jar (original version)



Running Time: 31 minutes










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Friday, August 18, 2017

"Roger Is Going Fishing" - a bookwrap











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Authored and illustrated by Koen Van Biesen

Ages 4-8



Reviews

~Booklist~
“An amusing story; with its repetitive text sure to appeal to kids, and its double-page spreads filled with lively mixed-media pictures that grow increasingly crowded, readers will fall for it—hook, line, and sinker.”



Awesome illustration for you to enjoy



























About the book



Roger needs a break from his busy life.  He decides to pedal off and go fishing for the day.  He scoops up Emily his next door neighbour and places her on the back of his bike. He puts her in charge of holding his coveted fishing pole. He then plunks Bob, his dog, in the front basket of his bike and they are off to the lake. 

"Bumble-de-bump!  Bumble-de-bump!
Roger riding, Bob in the basket, 
Emily in back."

Along the way Emily catches many tokens off of the crowded city sidewalks without even casting the rod.  She snags parcels, a skateboard, three sheep and one cow, just to cite a few!!  Wow... she's very good!!  With each item she hooks she yells...

"Roger, Roger,  I've got a bite...

"No, you can't fish here...
Wait until we're at the lake!"

The angry, disgruntled crowd, all victims of a grab-and-pedal-off thief, start to chase after the three determined to get what's been pilfered from them back.

Everyone ends up at the lake, then in the lake, which cools tempers off and mellows the emotions.  A huge sense of relief is released and the appeased crowd start enjoying themselves. They all end up that evening around a blazing camp fire happily singing kumbaya and enjoying each other's company.


The fun delightful illustrations bring the words to life and the message of the book is positive and up-beat.   I know kids will tackle it with glee.  


Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!








About the author/illustrator









Koen Van Biesen (b. 1964) makes musical picture books, for which he creates the words, illustrations and music. His first book was published in 2006 and he has won a Vlag en Wimpel a number of times since then. Roger is Reading a Book put him on the international map: the book is available in ten languages. The hilarious Roger Catches a Fish is the next book in the series. And now it's here to enjoy! 








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Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Dinosaur Pals - First Day Friends" - a bookwrap









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Dinosaur Pals
"First Day Friends "

Authored by Pat Brigandi
Illustrated by Maine Diaz

Ages 4-7
Grade Level PS-2



Delightful illustrations to explore...

























About the book...





Kids of all ages have a fascination with dinosaurs.  The Dinosaur Pals Series is perfect for young readers as it delivers friendly, happy characters and familiar scenarios for the reader to enjoy.

In "First Day Friends" the setting is the first day of Kindergarten.  Mrs. Gronk the teacher prepares her students for a brand new arrival named Kevin.  Kevin is delivered to the class by his dad who is disoriented and flustered because he got lost trying to find the school causing both he and his little boy to be late. Oh my!   Kevin has first day jitters big time!   He is shy and hesitant to enter into this unfamiliar and scary new environment.

The kids in the kindergarten room sense his apprehension and anxiety and take it upon themselves to welcome Kevin with friendly smiles and TLC.  They show him where to put his backpack, share activities with him and make him feel very special and part of the group.  Mrs. Gronk takes his favourite book that he points out from the reading shelf and reads it to the whole class.

A mishap occurs due to reckless running in the classroom (which is strictly prohibited by the way) and the whole class works together to clean up the mess enabling them to get on with their exciting  show and tell time.

Everyone takes a turn exhibiting what they brought in from home to share except Kevin who has nothing to contribute.  Did the class ridicule him or make him feel bad?  No way!  One new friend  suggests Kevin express his show and tell by telling them something.  Kevin happily rises to the occasion and asks everyone to guess the answer to a riddle.  The kids all cheer and laugh along with him making his new school, new friends, and first day at kindergarten a very successful one indeed!  Hurray!!!!




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the illustrator...





Born in La Plata, Argentina, Maine Diaz, grew up drawing and painting. She was often seen drawing with her pencils or crayons in deep concentration. Cartoons captured her imagination early on and realized immediately that she wants to be an animator when she grows up. Her mother, a biochemist and grandfather were truly flabbergasted upon hearing her declaration. At the age of 16 she took a workshop and start animating, working in films like Patoruzito, El Arca (Patagonik, Argentina), Gizaku and Nocturna (Filmax, Spain). Simultaneously, she enrolled in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad DeLa Plata (UNLP). Soon after, she also started illustrating for children’s story books and educational books. In 2002 with Crimsomnia Studio, she was a finalist at Ford’s “Saldras mas” publicity contest, with “Habitos noctunos” short. In 2005 she won first prize for the character design category of Bizpills (Hi Impatc Learning Experiences), EspaƱa. 
Currently, Maine lives in a tiny green house where she spends time with her two cats, Chula and Lola. She loves tending her garden while Chula eats all the plants and Lola jumps and climbs the trees. Maine prefers to be barefoot while painting and singing in her studio. She is a pretty good cook and sweated several years near the oven and many pans. When not illustrating, she also enjoys swimming, writing, taking photos.





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