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Farkle & friends
Lithgow, John, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Kid Rhino, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Animal crackers in my soup -- Marsupial Sue -- The Bandshell right next to the zoo -- I'd rather lead a band -- I got two dogs -- Carmencita -- The hippopotamus song -- The remarkable Farkle McBride -- Wrong note rag.
Format :
Music CD


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Home Location
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CR 214 Juvenile Compact Disc Open Shelf
CR 214 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual
CR 214 Juvenile Compact Disc Branch juvenile audio cd

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The musical companion to his book, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, which tells the story of a young musical genius, John Lithgow's Farkle and Friends features the vocal talents of Lithgow and Bebe Neuwirth backed by the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra. Music and animals dominate the album, whether it's on classics like "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and "I'd Rather Lead a Band" or on originals such as "The Bandshell Right Next to the Zoo" or "The Remarkable Farkle McBride." "Marsupial Sue," a character from another of Lithgow's books, shows up in a song here, and Neuwirth duets with Lithgow on a charming version of "The Wrong Note Rag." A playful album with just the right amount of silliness, Farkle and Friends will appeal not only to fans of the book and Lithgow's other work, but to anyone partial to witty children's music. ~ Heather Phares

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Actor, author, singer, and songwriter John Lithgow (3rd Rock) has put together a terrific album of nine songs with the assistance of Bill Elliot and his Orchestra, a renowned swing band. Five of the songs are original compositions of Lithgow and Elliot. "Marsupial Sue" (also a picture book), is about a kangaroo who tries to be a koala and a platypus before realizing being a kangaroo is best. "The Bandshell Next to the Zoo" tells what happens when the zoo animals escape to take over the concert. In "I Got Two Dogs," Lithgow describes his howling dogs Fanny and Blue. "Carmencita" is a rousing salsa song about a dancer, with lyrics in English and Spanish. "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" extends the picture book by teaching children about all the instruments in the orchestra, like Peter and the Wolf. The remaining four songs are Lithgow's childhood favorites. "Animal Crackers in My Soup," originally made famous by Shirley Temple, tells how a soup-hating youngster changes his mind after the addition of animal crackers. "I'd Rather Lead a Band" is a rousing swing tune by Irving Berlin. "The Hippopotamus Song" by M. Flanders celebrates the glories of mud, and can also be found on Lithgow's first CD, Singin' in the Bathtub. Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers) joins Lithgow in Leonard Bernstein's swinging "Wrong Note Rag." A kids' choir joins in on several of the songs. This wonderful album will keep children entertained and also teach them about music and the orchestra.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.