Have You Never Been Yellow?

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Brilliant, original, innovative music for kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Intelligence, wit, and friendship rule the day.

Violence & Scariness

Some pondering about a dead bird is as edgy as it gets.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD/DVD combo is one of those rare musical gems that doesn't talk down to kids (and will be immensely appealing to their parents) while never pushing the envelope with scary or inappropriate content.

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Parent of a 4 and 6-year-old Written bydvanosdol July 14, 2009

Best Family Music Around

Our whole family loves it, either watching the music videos or simply listening to the music.

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What's the story?

Gustafer Yellowgold, a creature from the sun created by illustrator/singer/songwriter Morgan Taylor, apparently had access to some Beatles records during his intergalactic travels, and learned his musical lessons very well. Think Yellow Submarine meets Pee-wee's Playhouse. The scariest that HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN YELLOW? gets is some pondering over a dead bird on "Birds" -- and the simple yet expressive illustrations on the accompanying DVD add just the right touch of intelligent whimsy.

Is it any good?

Prepare to be absolutely charmed by Mr. Yellowgold's whimsical, intelligent, and imaginative take on earthling life. Young and old will find wonderful visual images evoked by the lyrics (for example, image a "bluebird tree"). Yellowgold and his pals -- Pterydactyl Forrest Applecrumbi, Slim the Eel, and Asparagus the Dragon -- go to great musical lengths to prove that children's music doesn't have to cut corners or talk down to kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the wonderful visual images evoked by these songs. Have you ever seen a "Pinecone Lovely" or a "Bluebird Tree?" What do you think they would look like? How about drawing your own versions before looking at the DVD that comes along with this CD?

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