Love Kazoops – now get the music.

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If your child is a fan of the CBeebies series Kazoops, the chances are that they absolutely love the music. So I have a little good news for you and your little ones, because the music is now available to buy or download. Children’s TV producer, Cheeky Little Media released ‘Just Imagine – Volume 1’ last Friday This first album is made up of a total of 20 songs from the Kazoops series, and will also be available as individual downloads on many digital service providers including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and Youtube.

Kazoops is very popular with the under 7s, and the wonderful songs are a big reason for the popularity. For those who are not familiar with the series, Kazoops is all about Monty, a six-year-old boy who challenges life’s questions both big and small with the help of his imagination and with his best friend, Jimmy Jones, who just happens to be his pet pig. In each episode, the duo enters make-believe worlds to challenge everyday preconceptions such as ‘do things have to be the same all the time?’ The songs that accompany each adventure are so clever and funny that they appeal to adult listeners as well as their captivated child audience.

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Patrick Egerton, Executive Producer, Cheeky Little Media, commented: “Music pervades Kazoops at all levels, and not just because each episode contains a unique song…The seed of the series concept came from our song writer and performer Scott Langley. He had written these amazing songs about a boy and a pig who went on imaginary journeys. When we heard how ‘grown-up’ the music was, and how clever and funny Scott’s lyrics were, we knew we had the start of something cool for a pre-school audience. The songs are key to the show, and give us these visually rich adventures at the centre of each episode that are crucial to the story but can also stand alone as mini-music videos in their own right.”

You can find all the songs available on download at Amazon.

Review – Peter Rabbit animated series books

A big success on Cbeebies this year has been the gorgeous series based on the Peter Rabbit books by Beatrix Potter.  The Peter Rabbit animated series is perfect for children under 7, with wonderful characters in the form of Peter, Benjamin and Lily (amongst others) and visually stunning animation that presents Peter as the lovely, wide eyed bunny we know and love from the classic stories.

This Christmas there have been a series of books released to tie in with the series, and these would make fantastic Christmas stocking fillers for  youngsters. The books range from traditional stories, in both board book and paperback form, and also a range of puzzle books that are perfect for slightly older children.

I was sent some of the books to review (or rather, for Joe to review). Here are our opinions.

Book 1 The Peter Rabbit Club.

This is the story of what happens when Peter and friends decide to form their very own adventure club. Joe loved this story, and wanted to set up his own club to copy Peter. We loved that the book is just right for little hands to hold and read, and the illustrations are just gorgeous – totally matching the high levels of the TV series. There are some difficult words in this for young readers (treacherous for example), so I would definitely say this is a book to enjoy and read together – perfect for a bedtime story.

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Book 2 – The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse Sticker book

This is a great companion piece to the story. The book is full of problem solving, secret sticker stories and maps, all of which can be decorated with the stickers that you find in the centre of the book. This is the perfect activity book that can keep a child busy on a rainy afternoon, or on a long car journey. I love that the book challenges children – the memory game in particular is great – you have to look at a picture of the secret treehouse for one minute, then turn the page and answer questions. Fun and educational in one – such a lovely idea.

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Book 3 – Happy Christmas!

This is a gorgeous board book that is perfect for pre-schoolers who love Peter Rabbit. Joe enjoyed the story – all children love Christmas stories, but did think he was a little grown up for it, and has passed it on to his cousin Renee instead – at 18months she is also a Peter Rabbit fan, and totally adores the lovely illustrations, particularly pointing out a rather lovely cat. (She has two cats and just loves them!)

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I think these are a lovely set of stories, suitable for children in Key Stage one and younger. If you’re child is also a fan of Peter Rabbit, you may be interested to sign up for the Peter Rabbit newsletter. (You can do this by clicking here.)

*I was sent books from the Peter Rabbit series in return for a honest review.