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Bear Hunt CD {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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When I was in junior high, I was a total dork, but I thought I was totally cool. I loved The Aquabats, a super quirky ska band who is now associated with the show Yo Gabba Gabba and has their own TV show on the HUB network. I went to their concerts dressed in sparkly skirts I found at thrift shops, fishnet tights, Converse, and did my hair in Princess Leia-style buns on top of my head with sparkly pipe cleaners sticking out of them. I actually did a dance number to one of their songs at our school talent show with my friend and she and I wore almost that exact ensemble, plus super-hero capes. Just because. I am not quite so dorky and bold these days, but I have held onto my love for a good ska/punk beat. Lucky for me, there are ska/punk/pop bands that I can listen to with my kids without worrying about bad language or inappropriate themes, and Josh and the Jamtones is one of them!

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Josh and the Jamtones has an impressive pedigree. They are all graduates of Berklee College of Music and have been together as a band since 2011. They are a sought-after group in the children’s music scene and have played at such acclaimed places as The Regent Theater, The Coolidge Corner, Earthfest, Fenway Park and have even opened for The Wiggles! Their first album, JUMP UP!, features the song “Iko Iko,” which sat at the top of Sirius/Xm’s Kids Place Live chart for 13 weeks! Check out this video and see for yourself how much fun they are having and hear how rad their music is!

Their second CD, set to release October 1st, is titled Bear Hunt, and I was sent this CD to review.  It is a fun, zany album that features ten musical numbers interwoven with silly narratives about the band’s adventures while going on an actual bear hunt. And of course it references the beloved book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” with phrases such as “we can’t go under it, we can’t go over it…we have to go through it!”  The narratives were funny, but sort of distracting when all I wanted to do was listen to some good tunes. Josh and the Jamtones are known for mixing their styles and this CD did not disappoint! Some of our family’s favorites included “Swing Low,” a New Orleans street music-style cover of the famous spiritual; an alt-country version of “Green and Spakkled Frogs” (this one was my son’s favorite); “Everybody Dance,” a reggae/ska number that really got us moving; and “Snow Day,” a pure ska tune that had me skankin’ in my living room and reliving my junior high days (only the good parts, of course) 🙂

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Bear Hunt is a ton of fun and definitely a great CD to listen to with the kids. It didn’t even feel like “kids music,” just good music to listen to with your kids. The band recommends the album for kids ages 4-7, but my 2- and 3-year-olds loved it, as did I!  The CD will be available October 1 for $9.99 and can be purchased at JoshAndThe Jamtones.com (click here to pre-order the CD now), CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, Spotify, Rhapsody and iTunes.

Win a copy of Bear Hunt today!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of September 30, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Josh and the Jamtones and Waldmania PR, but all opinions are strictly my own.

KD Novelties’ Personalized Children’s Books {Review}

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Unlike most of the contributors on Dandy, who are English majors, avid readers, and educators, I don’t think I would put “reading” on the list of top 10 things I enjoy doing.  Maybe not even top 20.  I’d rather get my hands on some fabric, paint, or a craft project than cuddle up with a book. Maybe I’m just so exhausted by the end of the day that a book always puts me to sleep!  But I want to change!  I do!  And I especially want to instill good reading habits and a passion for books in my children.  I think a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child, and so I’m making a conscious effort to read a lot of books to my boys, take them on frequent trips to the library, and make new stories exciting and interesting.

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So how do you make a book particularly interesting and exciting?  KD Novelties makes Personalized Children’s Books in the form of hardbound books that incorporate your child’s name into the story, along with the names of the friends, interests, and favorites, making this book a very unique and VERY personal story that will captivate your little one!

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We keep talking about how “Rocket” will be our football star, based on his 95th percentile height and weight for his age, so how fun to be able to make him a NFL Super Bowl book!  The story is so fun!  The plot is simple enough for a 2-3 year old to enjoy, but still captivating and interesting.  We loved hearing the names of friends and Uncles incorporated into the story!
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The ordering process is a breeze.  Its like filling in a MadGab/adlibs page where you just answer the no-brainer questions, and everything is arranged for you.  It is very helpful to see the sample story, filled in with highlighted names, so that you get a feel for where these “friends” names and “favorite players” will go.  It was SO fast and easy, and the shipping was very timely.
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I wasn’t expecting a hardbound book, nor one of this quality, so I was pleasantly surprised and impressed.  It looks and feels like a professionally printed and bound hardback book, and not something run off of a home computer.  The pages are glossy, the colors are rich, and the illustrations are full-page and artistic.  I really think and hope that this will become a loved favorite!  Go check out the other fun personalized books!  Disney, Sesame Street, Sports, Super Heros, Fantasy, etc. They can also do a personalized CD of music, photo books, and personalized DVDs!
elmo-comboKD Novelties is also hosting a giveaway!  By liking and subscribing to them on Facebook, and leaving a message on their wall that you were referred by Dandy Giveaway, they will send you their private giveaway page for new fans!  They will be giving away their Mother Goose personalized children’s book with personalized nursery rhymes music CD ($30.95)!

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