Common Sense Media says

Juno singer mixes sweet songs with potty talk.





What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

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


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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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."

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Kimya Dawson
Release date:September 8, 2008
Label:K Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old May 15, 2009

Quite silly

This isn't a children's album, but an album that SPOOFS one. There is a lot of potty humour in the songs and as soon as you hear them you know they are mocking a child's CD. The drawings are deliberately done crudely to spoof a child's drawings. It is not too iffy if your little one doesn't run around yelling "Poopoo!", so you can try it with them. If they do run around yelling "Poopoo", think twice.
Kid, 7 years old May 14, 2010

you don't like the alphabutt you like the alphabet

Kid, 12 years old July 9, 2010
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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