Backseat Driver



Multi-instrumental storytelling will brighten any car ride.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Song topics include the alphabet, what makes a family, and how to deal with frustration.

Positive messages

"Building a Better World" reminds us that we're all in this together, making the world a better place, "one person at a time." "I Love My Toes" is about loving every single inch of yourself, and "Take Time Out" teaches kids how to handle frustrating situations.

Positive role models

Kids learn some great mini-lessons about life, from loving yourself and your world to never giving up, whether it's a hard puzzle or a baseball game. They're also exposed to a wide array of instruments that they might not hear in other children's music.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this acclaimed Philly ensemble has been around for a long time, and with their album Backseat Driver, continue to make fun and original children's music with an array of instruments and colorful storytelling. This album is ideal for car trips and playdates.

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What's the story?

Philly kids' band the Cat's Pajamas give backseat drivers a reason to sing and shout with their album BACKSEAT DRIVER. The 11 tracks feature original songs shaped around common kiddie themes like needing your own time out, the fun in alphabet soup, playing in the snow, and even some familiar friends like Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet.

Is it any good?


Backseat Driver is certainly a musical treat for tiny ears, with a colorful array of instruments from percussion to horns and harmonica. With fun spins on some familiar nursery rhymes ("Funky Bears," "Humpty Dumpty") and lighthearted but worthwhile themes about family, listening to your parents, and making the world a better place, this jazzy album is music to the whole family's ears -- especially on long car rides.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes good children's music. How has music for kids changed over the years? With so many choices these days, what makes one album better than another?

  • "Take Time Out" talks about how to deal with a frustrating situation or something that makes you really angry. What are some ways you cope when something makes you sad or mad?

  • What is your favorite song here? What makes it special to you?

Music details

Artist:The Cat's Pajamas
Release date:January 24, 2012
Genre:Children's Music
Topics:Music and sing-along
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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