Tiny Cool

Common Sense Media says

Cool retro rock with positive messages for kids.

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Positive messages

Sends some good messages about the benefits of being honest ("Honest Kid") and that it's okay to be shy ("Shy").

Positive role models

 "Honest Kid" encourages kids to tell the truth.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album offers retro rock for kids -- with the added bonus of positive messages here and there.

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What's the story?

Husband and wife duo Princess Katie & Racer Steve are NYC-based rockers who play for kids. Already a hit in the Big Apple and voted Nickelodeon's Best Kids' Entertainment for 2009, their third album, TINY COOL, is loaded with the same surfer rock, pretty princess pop, and Latin funk their fans have come to love. The 14 tracks -- including some colorful skits -- let kids rock out about sandy sandwiches, tube socks, and Japanese robots. Now that's a lot o' cool.

Is it any good?

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Put together a princess, a racer, and a little rock and roll, and the result is bound to be totally cool. Although the lyrics on Tiny Cool are less than poetic and the vocals sometimes resemble late-night karaoke (at its best, of course), the grandiose musical arrangements, high energy, and fun, positive topics about shiny, love-powered robots and sand-filled sandwiches make this album a noteworthy addition to any kid rocker's musical library. It's Debbie Harry meets the Go-Go's meets The Police, but cool enough for your kids, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about feeling bashful. The song "Shy" talks about how it's okay to be shy. Are there moments when you are shy? When do you feel most comfortable? Do you think that kids today are getting away from face-to-face communicating because of cell phones and the Internet?

  • The music here is very nostalgic and reminiscent of retro-rock -- something your mom and dad can appreciate. Do you like this music? How is it different from what you normally listen to? What kinds of instruments do you hear? What is your favorite song? Why?

Music details

Artist:Princess Katie & Racer Steve
Release date:April 4, 2010
Label:RocketNYC
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byKatharine Olphiant May 24, 2010
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By far my children's favorite cd. The music is fast-paced, fun and definitely going to get the kids up and dancing around. I love all the music from this band, but Tiny Cool might be my favorite (I say that with each new release, tho).
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