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A parent’s review: Rise and Shine!


The summer days may be dwindling, but you can have sunshine inside anytime with the bright new album Rise and Shine! The eighth release from Caspar Babypants, also known as Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA), is a return to his upbeat original songs and imaginative takes on classic ditties that parents and kids alike will adore.

Rise and Shine! is packed with 19 songs that are guaranteed to get kids dancing and smiling. The title track is a happy, bouncy song that would be the perfect start to any day. My 5-year-old's favorites include "The Runaway Shoes" and "John Mousey," two lively songs telling tales that can happily be heard over and over again. (Literally; we listen to them on repeat.)

Caspar Babypants' original twists on old songs are always a delight on his albums, and Rise and Shine! is no exception. "Hush Little Baby" is no dreary lullaby once Caspar gets his hands on it; the song is a standout on the album, with its up-tempo beat and sweet lyrics that could describe a toddler's perfect day. "Rain Rain Come Today," an ode that puts a positive spin on gloomy rain clouds, is sure to strike a chord with any Seattle kid. Even "Rock a Bye Baby" will get feet tapping enthusiastically, something only Caspar Babypants can accomplish.

Rise and Shine! comes out on Sept. 16 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.

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