Very Derryberry

Music review by
Amy Weaver, Common Sense Media
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Sugary sweet original pop songs are upbeat.

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Positive Messages

There's a song called "I Like to Share" and "Swingin' on a Star" promises you can always be "better than you are."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the 15 tracks on this kids' "rock" CD contain nothing offensive, but also not much that's thought-provoking. Though many of the songs were written by Derryberry (the voice for Jimmy Neutron, among other characters), the topics are well-worn kid's music terrain (how great ice cream is and how freckles are special). Still, the tunes are upbeat, and her style is ultra-positive -- both great for trips in the car or during playtime.

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What's the story?

It's hard to be critical of VERY DERRYBERRY; the artist's energy is obviously fully into this fun, slightly gooey kid's pop album. If Debi Derryberry's voice sounds familiar, it's because she's not only the voice for Jimmy Neutron, but for dozens of other animated characters your kids probably already love. She's also an animal rights activist, a sometime actor, and former guitarist in a popular Los Angeles girl band called Honey Pig. And she's mom to a 5-year-old -- her comfort level with kids really does shine through in these songs.

Is it any good?

The tunes are upbeat, and Derryberry's style is ultra-positive -- with ebullient energy and a squeaky voice that make her sound like a really perky preshchool teacher. And in this case, it's not such a bad thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the CD's themes. "The Tonsil Song" -- a positive tune about getting those pesky tonsils out -- seems like it was written especially for a kid who was nervous about the procedure and the whole hospital experience. "Swingin' on a Star" promises you can always be "better than you are." What are some things you can do to make yourself a better person?

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