cover image SteveSongs: Marvelous Day!

SteveSongs: Marvelous Day!

Rebecca Kai Dotlich, . . Rounder Records, $11.99 (800-768-6337p) ISBN 978-1-57940-154-2

The perfect blend of top-notch musicianship, silliness and kid-centric concepts, SteveSongs hits all the right notes on this kicky, standout recording. Inviting vocals, a talented kid chorus and a pop-rock vibe that sometimes suggests the band Fountains of Wayne give this collection of 16 mostly original songs special verve. It's hard to resist the lessons—whether they be about adjectives in the silly song/skit "Fast Monkey," the habits and life cycle of turtles in "Spyrtle the Turtle" or opposites in "Opposite Day"—when they are served up in such a catchy and entertaining package. The variety of sound effects and musical styles helps this go down easily upon repeated plays, as well. Ages 4-9. (Sept.)