16 November 2009

Readeez Volume 2 and Songeez - CD/DVD Review

It's said that good things come in small packages.  Michael Rachap, through his Readeez, proves that good things also come inside small songs.

Readeez are just like the people they're intended for - short, sweet, charming and, sometimes, a little goofy.  Mr. Rachap is one hell of a songwriter, crafting adorable 60-second pop songs wrapped around all the subject matter a kid's gonna need in life, including, but not limited to: love, counting, flip-flops, April Fools Day, watermelon and chandeliers. 

Readeez Volume 2 is a treat to watch, but the Songeez disc, complete with the best 28 numbers (spanning both DVDs) and a 32-page booklet, is where it's at.  Now we can listen on the go - and you know what, the songs take on a different shape when only one sense is in use.  The stark, clever video production paired with these tunes on the DVD is awesome, don't get me wrong, but the songs, I'm a little surprised to discover, stand proudly on their own.

In case it's not 100% clear by now - I'm really in love with this CD!

Readeez/Songeez are tiny nuggets of sunshine in a sometimes cloudy world.  I recommended them for every single family with kids under-6 and I can't help but thinking that a Readeez DVD/CD set would make a brilliant, highly-original holiday gift, especially for a new mom and dad, because the Readeez cartoons in front of the pristine white background are sure to sooth and entice a young baby (the great music won't hurt either!)
Plus, Readeez are probably WAY more educational than that Baby Einstein bullshit.

Read OWTK's review of Readeez Volume 1 DVD.

*The Readeez Volume 2 DVD and the Songeez CD were both provided to OWTK for review. The opinions expressed above are unbiased and true - no arm twisting took place in the review process.

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