Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
No! Music Poster Image
Both educational music and magical mystery tour.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although it's all in fun, occasional misbehavior goes uncorrected. The animations to "I Am A Grocery Bag" urge viewers to play with their food and spill it (and with a click of the mouse they can do so.)

Violence & Scariness

There are no violent images, but sensitive children may be disturbed by descriptions in "The Edison Museum" ("Its haunted towers rise into the clouds above it/ ?Ghosts float up the stares like silent moving pictures").

Sexy Stuff

There are no sexual references.


The language is clean. Songs like "Fibber Island" ("wheels are square not round") may puzzle or delight youngsters, depending on their taste for nonsense.


There are no references to brand names.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no references to drugs or alcohol, but the band's depiction of the everyday in songs like "I Am A Grocery Bag" may strike some as surreal.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although these songs entertain children as young as a year, some teens also enjoy both the music and controlling the animation on tracks like "Clap Your Hands" and "The Edison Museum."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

They are great

TMBG are a great band. You can't tell if they are singing adult music or infant music. Like the Beatles, they can appeal to anyone with an open mind for go... Continue reading
Adult Written byplanetpj April 9, 2008

We love TMBG

I've been a TMBG fan for a long time, so I was very pleased to find out they now make music for kids. I was hesitant when I bought "Here come the ABC... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 12, 2010

great music!!!

Its funny and for all ages!

What's the story?

Slide NO! into your computer and prepare to be amazed by They Might Be Giants' zany creativity. Brilliantly colored images dot the screen, dancing or exploding at the click of a mouse and illustrating nonsense lyrics reminiscent of Edward Lear. To the beat of folky rock guitar, keyboards, drum, and bass, budding readers can sing along and see the words at the same time. \"I Am Not Your Broom\" involves a conversation between John and his broom, in which the broom declares, \"I'm throwing off my chains of servitude.\" \"Wake Up Call\" consists of nothing but the syllables bo, do, ba, and baw, but on their computers, kids can set animated clocks to the time signaled by dancing roosters.

Is it any good?

Is this educational children's music or a magical mystery tour? They Might Be Giants have given us a combination in this album, and most of the time it works. Adults who are not already TMBG fans may be won over; others may find the songs too pointless or even mildly subversive. But children delight in them, and older siblings get a kick out of the animations set to music, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different age groups can get different things out of this music.

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