Baby Banana

Common Sense Media says

Simple, Caribbean-inspired tunes from award-winning artist.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Making new friends and accepting yourself -- "Freckles are cool, I'm glad I got some" -- send positive social messages to kids.

Positive role models

Gutsy Baby Banana might encourage kids to be adventurous.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Includes a full-length reading of artist's children's book, "Baby Banana and the Licorice Tree," which is available for purchase. Provides Web site address where Baby Banana games are available and merchandise can be bought.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a fun children's CD aimed at younger kids, so all you need to worry about is how to get the catchy tunes out of your head.

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What's the story?

BABY BANANA is the third CD released by popular children's entertainer and ubiquitous voiceover artist, Debi Derryberry. As a musician, not to mention the voice of Jimmy Neutron in the Nick Jr. series, Derryberry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the iParenting Media Award for her previous CD, Very Derryberry. The 9 songs on Baby Banana tell tales of Derryberry's original characer Baby Banana, and his adventures within a tropical paradise. Included on the CD is a full-length reading of the artist's book, "Baby Banana and the Licorice Tree."

Is it any good?


Derryberry's nymph-like vocals put the maple syrup in sugary kids pop, but for young fans, the sweet-singing on Baby Banana will only entice them to sing and dance along to the simple, catchy tunes. Although there are 3 tracks from Derryberry's previous album, all songs are her own, and give kids a flavorful mix of reggae, calypso, and folk. The CD, with it's unlikely character of a flying baby banana with a Daddy Gorilla and Momma Duck might be silly to adults, but it's sure to please preschoolers with fun songs about freckles, ice cream, and tropical fruit.  

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Music details

Artist:Debi Derryberry
Release date:May 5, 2009
Label:Debi Derryberry
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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