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Big and Small Singalong Song Book

Submitted by on August 28, 2010 – 7:04 pmNo Comment

It’s a great idea in principle, but Lenny Henry has got to be one of the worst singers EVER!

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Price £8.99

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Initial thoughts:
This large, glossy book is filled with images from the CBeebies show Big and Small, along with words to the songs from the show. That’s not all – you also get a CD with two versions of each song – one with the original vocal, and one instrumental version, letting you and your kids sing along to the backing track. 

We Liked: The book was nice and big, which made it very appealing to little hands, and there were lots of familiar scenes from the programme, so if your child is a Big and Small fan, this will get them interested. I sat with Toddler and we discussed some of the episodes, and we do enjoy sitting and looking through the book together. It has become a popular read in our household.

We weren’t so keen: If only it had just been the book. The included CD is like some sort of instrument of torture. Never, ever let your children listen to it in the car. With the exception of the theme tune, the songs might actually be the worst I have ever heard. This isn’t a judgement on kids’ CDs – I accept that children’s songs aren’t always to adult tastes.

Lenny Henry last sang in public as Theophilus P. Wildebeeste, which was good because the singing was humorous. The problem with the Big and Small CD is that it isn’t funny. And without the humour, Lenny Henry has to be one of the worst singers in the UK.

I think that this is less obvious in the show, as you are looking at the screen, without this distraction you find yourself in audio hell. Toddler boy agreed, he would only listen the  theme tune over and over again.

The CD also has a series of tracks without the singing, this is much better, sort of lift music. You are obviously meant to use the words in the book  to sing along at home with the music. We failed, because I’d prefer to join in with other peoples voices, unless you are playing Singstar. But take it from me, you’re more likely to do the instrumental sing-a-long than to join in with Lenny Henry.

Overall: We liked looking at the pictures in the book and reading out the song words but we didn’t like the CD. It’s a great idea in principle; it just doesn’t work with these songs.

[By Claire, Being a Mummy]

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