Review ★ “Surfer Jeff” – The Wiggles

August 24, 2012 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

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From the CD:

Surfer Jeff sees the return of The Wiggles’ most exciting adventure ever! Jeff meets Gino the Genie who grants him three wishes; so Jeff decides to visit exotic locations such as Dubai, London, Rome, Paris and Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden! With songs from around the world, children will be captivated by the magic of The Wiggles in their 21st year with Surfer Jeff.”

We are big fans of ABC 4 Kids in our family. If we are home the TV stays on most of the day in the background and Lily knows all of her favourite shows and has started trying to sing along to the theme songs. I know watching a lot of TV is frowned upon for kids but I have seen how much Lily has learnt from TV and how much her imagination is flourishing. She brings things she watches on TV and acts them out with her toys and always explains to me what is happening in a show. Plus, she already knows her ABC’s, can count to 12 without an issue (to 20 with some mistakes and knows some bigger numbers too) and talks in almost full sentences most of the time, so I am not worried that it is stunting her growth or turning her in to a zombie.

Lily has come across the Wiggles at times but hadn’t really watched much of their stuff. My sister invited us about 6 months ago to go see their live show with my niece and they both loved it! Lily wasn’t sure what was going on but was captivated by it all and got very excited when Wags the Dog came out.

So, when SGC Media (on behalf of ABC music) approached me and asked me to review the new Wiggles CD I couldn’t really pass it up.

I keep the radio on in the kitchen when I am cleaning upstairs or cooking dinner so decided to switch it to the new CD while Lily helped me cook dinner. In typical Wiggles’ style the songs are very boppy and catchy and are mostly educational. I love “Ooey, Ooey, Ooey Allergies” which teaches kids what allergies are, what they feel like and not to be upset if you have one, the good old car safety “Look Before You Go” (which is aimed at parents and checking around the car before driving), and there are lots of songs about healthy eating – especially eating a lot of fruit.

Mr Monkey and I had a bit of a giggle over “Olive Oil is My Secret Ingredient” and “The Mini Foxie Puppy Dance”. I wasn’t sure if “Waltzing Matilda” is really an appropriate song for a children’s CD (does nobody realise what the lyrics mean?!) but I loved the inclusion of songs in other languages including “C’est Wags, C’est Bon”, “Balla Balla Bambina”, plus songs about Scotland, England and Ireland.

Overall, it’s a great CD with a good mix of fun and educational songs. It’s available from the ABC store for $19.99.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was approached by SGC Media and sent a copy of the CD to review and keep.

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