The Final Funktier

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Creative, funky tunes are out of this world for little kids.

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Positive Messages

Mostly just a lot of fun, but positive messages here and there about how "nothing's gonna keep me down" and the power of imagination.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The musicians are good at what they do, and seem to be having a blast in the process.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the three funky, wildly creative dudes who make up Recess Monkey are actually elementary-school teachers by day, so they understand what appeals to kids. Bonus: you'll love their music as much as, if not more than, your children.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybobbeta30 August 16, 2010

What's the story?

Elementary-school teachers by day, indie rockers by night, Seattle-based Recess Monkey hits it out of this world with THE FINAL FUNKTIER, an adventure-filled CD that blasts off with super-funky originality right from the first song. From jet packs to moon boots, the ultra-coolness of a science fair and a run-in with a string-pickin' ukul-alien, these songs show life and imagination through the mind of a child.

Is it any good?

If the Beatles got together with Buddy Holly for a playdate, then invited Radiohead over for a snack, this album would be the music project that resulted. Can you imagine? Well, you don't have to, because The Final Funktier does it for you, showcasing the obvious talent of three teachers who happen to know a little bit about how kids see life, or at least the potentials of a cardboard box and some red sequins. Their lyrics are simple and fun, with a spot-on perspective that makes it seem like they're little kids in big bodies. Oh, and they're amazing musicians, too. While grooving along with your kiddos to these funky tunes, you'll forget that it's a children's album.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about imagination. This album is all about space and the way we can use our imagination to find fun all around us. What are some ways that you use your imagination? What could you make your own spaceship out of? Have you ever imagined you were in space? What did you do?

  • What makes this music sound different? What do you like about it? Do you think it fits the lyrics of each song? How can music help tell a story?

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