Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Juno singer mixes sweet songs with potty talk.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Bodily-function subject matter aside (which may not be OK for some families), "Happy Home" sends a great message about being OK with being yourself with lyrics like "I know it's better if we don't all sound the same."

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"Butt," "poop," "fart" (several times); "sucks" a few times.


Nothing targeted at kids, but mentions of Speedo, Rambo, and Fabio.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this album teaches ABCs, it also sings about farts and poop and will definitely get kids singing about such topics, too. Some will find the presentation hilarious and harmless, others might find it to be a loss of a potentially really great children's album.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjollybanker November 10, 2011

This isn't a spoof of a kid's album.

This really is a kids album. Kimya Dawson has said she believes there are no bad words, just bad contexts, which this album innocently displays. There is nothin... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 9, 2010

What's the story?

After accolades for her contributions to the highly successful Juno soundtrack, Kimya Dawson takes her unique offbeat flavor to the playground with an irreverent album of children's music. ALPHABUTT is a collection of 15 children's songs about pee-pee, poo-poo, and everything in between. It features the too-cute vocal talents of tots, including Dawson's daughter Panda Bear.

Is it any good?

Dawson has made a name for herself by being herself -- a little eccentric, but real and unpretentious nonetheless. Her humility paired with an apologetic crassness translate into undeniable charm to many. That being said, this isn't your typical children's album, meaning, if you don't want your little one singing "Z is for farts that smell like the zoo," and "T is for Turd," then you might want to skip this.

Just a few songs put the "butt" in Alphabutt, however. You'll also find some very endearing moments. Songs like "I Love You Sweet Baby" will make you want to sing to your own sweet babies, and "Happy Home" sends a cute message about being happy with being yourself, and how "it's better if we don't all sound the same."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about acceptable words for bodily functions and when are the right and wrong times to use them. They can also talk about their ABCs. What letter does your name start with? Are there any funny words that start with that letter?

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