Waking Up Is Hard to Do

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Pop icon reinvents old faves for family-friendly fun.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Neil Sedaka's newest collection of songs for kids is pleasant and friendly. His five-year-old granddaughters are featured on background vocals, and grandparents who remember Sedaka's pop hits will find the music comfortably familiar.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCelticGirl April 10, 2011
This CD is great for young kids. My whole family listens to it and we all like it a lot. There is nothing bad at all on this CD, and it is fine for any young ki...

What's the story?

It must be fun to be a legendary pop star when you become a grandfather. Instead of having to learn those other classic kids' songs -- or come up with anything new on your own -- you can pay tribute to yourself. Neil Sedaka does just that on WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, a collection of eleven songs based on his hits from decades past, with lyrics revised for kids. \"Waking Up Is Hard to Do,\" \"Where the Toys Are,\" \"Happy Birthday Number Three\"… and so on. Five-year-old granddaughters Charlotte and Amanda contribute background vocals.

Is it any good?

Although Sedaka's lyrics are never brilliant, they are predictable, comfortable, and family-friendly. The CD insert includes a black-and-white line drawing based on each song, which kids will have fun coloring. Sedaka is a seasoned pro, and on this album he seems secure in the knowledge that other grandparents will remember the tunes well enough to sing along.

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  • Families can talk about the title song. Some people pop awake early in the morning, while others find it hard to get out of bed. Which kind are you? Are you a "night person" or a "morning person?"

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