All Around Ralph's World

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Playful songs encourage imagination but lack real spark.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The album encourages kids to take a journey with their imaginations on a trip around the world and through their very own backyard.

Violence & scariness

 "The Funniest Joke in the World" talks about cars crashing, but only because everyone is laughing so hard.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this artist wrote the "Potty Dance" song, which is featured in a Huggies diaper campaign and commercial: "Ditch the diapers and do the potty dance." The album encourages kids to take a journey with their imaginations on a trip around the world and through their very own backyard. The music and lyrics are kid-friendly, obviously, but not terribly memorable.

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What's the story?

A LL AROUND RALPH'S WORLD is music veteran Ralph Covert's ninth children's album. Kids will get a kick out of the songs that take their imaginations from their backyards to outer space and all across the world and back again. The 16 tracks include songs about a magic trick, pickle juice, bubblegum, and a dog named Bruce, providing some fun, cozy listening entertainment on car rides or lazy Saturday mornings.

Is it any good?

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Although Ralph Covert is an established musician in the children's music genre, his latest CD does little to stand out from the pack. In an age where great children's music is easy to find, ordinary songs about bubblegum and airplanes just aren't enough. The majority of the songs are fine, but not necessarily memorable. Somewhat shallow and broad, the lyrics skim over details that could otherwise make these songs much more potent and kid-tastic. "The Great Outdoors" talks about seeing things outside, such as the ocean and trees, but fails to provide vivid images that young minds would thrive on. Still, "Pickle Me Juice" is a funny, upbeat track that's catchy, and "A Dog Named Bruce" is easily one of the album's best, taking kids on a journey through the U.S. with a curious, charismatic dog. The music in "The Robot Looked at the Stars" hints at Coldplay or Radiohead and sends a good message about shooting for the stars, and "I'm Not Tired" is strangely sweet and infectious as an unassuming lullaby. "The Funniest Joke in the World," however, may leave you scratching your head, with dragging, lamenting music about, apparently, the funniest joke in the world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the album's theme, which is exploring and imagining. What do you like to pretend? Do you think kids today spend too much time indoors, watching TV or on the computer instead of pretending? What can parents do to encourage kids to get moving? 

  • The artist on this album, Ralph Covert, is featured in a national Huggies commercial that parents and little kids will see. Could this make parents or kids more likely to want to buy this CD? Or more likely to buy that brand of diaper? What are some other ways that artists and companies market to young kids? Give positive and negative examples.

Music details

Artist:Ralph Covert
Release date:February 9, 2010
Label:Bar None Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byChiCat September 23, 2010
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Fun, Well Written Songs That Kids AND Parents Will Enjoy

There are far too many untalented kid's music performers and few at the level of Ralph's World and They Might Be Giants. My 5 year old son loves Ralph's World music and so do his mom and dad and little, soon to be 2 year old, sister! Fun, well written songs that entertain the kids and are actually enjoyable for parents too. Ralph's World and They Might Be Giants are my son's favorite kid's bands and my wife and I are happy about that.
Parent of a 9 year old Written byellas March 3, 2010
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i love it
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