Monday, 24 June 2013

Hook, Line & Singer Book Review and Competition

We were sent a fabulous hardback copy (RRP £20.00) signed by none other than Cerys Matthews, the hugely talented singer AND author of this book!  Youngest absolutely LOVES singing at the moment, he wants mummy to think up little ditties as we go about our daily business, so I am finding this book a great resource for keeping him entertained and introducing him to new songs he has not heard of before (such a diverse selection to be found here).  He likes nothing better than snuggling in next to me for a jolly good singsong.


The health visitor when my two were younger was always piping on about the importance of singing with your children to help with language development, so am sure she would give this her official seal of approval.  Let’s just say she scares me a little, so least I can whip this book out and flash it under her nose to show how hard I am working at bringing song to my children’s lives!!!

Not only is it useful for them I found it interesting too, I like that the songs have an introduction page, so I feel I am learning more myself.  It’s fun and engaging having actions for many of the songs so you can get your children up and active, away from screens and embracing their creative sides!

Eldest found the morbid songs “too freaky”!  But bless he is the more sensitive of my two children.  Youngest could not get enough of each and every song regardless of the content matter.  But given the huge selection of songs your children whatever their interests or personality will find something of interest here.

I would highly recommend this book!  Cerys Matthews has done a wonderful job, I think having children herself she had a good idea what kind of activities children enjoy!  She definitely brought cheer and happiness to my four year old.

You can find out more and make a purchase on the Penguin website.  It’s no surprise the book is currently out of stock, I bet it’s flying off the shelves all those mummies thinking phew another idea to keep my children occupied and out of mischief.   Remember the long summer holidays are drawing ever nearer…

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75 comments:

  1. anything by 1 Direction

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  2. You Fill Up My Senses by John Denver. I know it's not a children's song but it seems to work wonders on Dex at bedtime. He discovered it on the BT advert!

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  3. Laura Pritchard25 June 2013 at 17:57

    My son loves 'Wind the bobbin up'!

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  4. My two love Christina Perri's Jar of Hearts, as soon as it starts they both stop what they are doing and listen to it the whole way through. I have it on my Ipod so if I want to get their attention or stop them falling out I just put it on. x

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  5. songs from The Singing Kettle

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  6. alison johnson26 June 2013 at 20:26

    any of the Barney songs

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  7. Gangnam Style!

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  8. Horsey, horsey don't you stop :)

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  9. anthony harrington26 June 2013 at 22:44

    Yellow Submarine!

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  10. Elizabeth Duncan26 June 2013 at 23:33

    system of a down, chop suey , no idea why

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  11. Baby Sits by Ivor Cutler!

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  12. Ring a ring a roses

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  13. Polly put the kettle on

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  14. Green Day - Minority (bringing him up well)

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  15. girl on fire - alicia keys

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  16. row row row the boat

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  17. Stacey Kirkbride1 July 2013 at 17:46

    my two kids love harlem shake thanks to their daddy lol

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  18. Julie Jingle Baxter1 July 2013 at 21:53

    my kids love gangnam style lol

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  19. Agata Pokutycka2 July 2013 at 08:39

    Gangnam Style... still

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  20. gangnam style and robbie williams candy

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  21. Helen Sandra Hunt2 July 2013 at 11:17

    Old McDonald had a farm :)

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  22. puff the magic dragon

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  23. Harlem Shake

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  24. Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

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  25. old McDonald & it is very annoying :-)

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  26. Gangnam Style!

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  27. Natalie Crossan3 July 2013 at 23:33

    My daughter loves Psy - Gangnam Style :)

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  28. My son loved Britney Spears when he was little x

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  29. Charlotte Clark4 July 2013 at 02:19

    twinkle twinkle little star :P

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  30. the lion sleeps tonight

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  31. Wheels on the bus

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  32. Old McDonald Had a Farm :)

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  33. would have to be anything by one direction - currenty kiss you!

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  34. Katharine Bourne-Francis4 July 2013 at 19:25

    Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

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  35. Row row row the boat

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  36. Reach - S club 7

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  37. Cartoon Heroes by Aqua!

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  38. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

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  39. I'm trying to train her well and at the moment it is Yellow submarine by the beatles!

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  40. Gangnam Style - they used to play it in her PE class too so she would dance to it with all her friends (they're 5!)

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  41. The Wheels on the Bus!

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  42. Head, shoulders, Knees & toes

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  43. Row, row, row your boat - and we know how that repeats!!

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  44. Linda Streater5 July 2013 at 15:40

    Little Bunny Fufu

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  45. Jessie J - price tag

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  46. GANGNAM STYLE

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  47. trouble by taylor swift

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  48. Best of Friends by Justin Fletcher

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  49. Darlene Ovenstone5 July 2013 at 19:46

    My son sings along to Pink's Blow Me (one last kiss) song when we're in the car. I have her album and he sings to this the most. It's rather cute, he's nearly mastered all the words, I have to sing a loud 'beep' over the swear words tho :(

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  50. Blah blah black sheep! Just as my son says it!!!!!

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  51. Row, row, row your boat

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  52. cheryl hadfield5 July 2013 at 21:12

    My youngest Loves any song by Little Mix. This prize is very apt for my eldest as she was named after Cerys Matthews

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  53. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star :}

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  54. Lynda Pace Avery5 July 2013 at 22:22

    Christopher Robin is saying his prayers - Melanie

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  55. Wheels on the Bus

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  56. jayne underwood5 July 2013 at 22:45

    Holly loves the Grand Old Duke of York, instead of "he had 10,000 men" she sings "he had some pens"! (she's 3)

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  57. Neve loves "The Lambeth Walk". As a Scottish Child and a Londoner Dad, It put a smile on my face to hear it in a scottish accent!!!

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  58. antonia richardson5 July 2013 at 22:57

    Jessie J - Price Tag ft. B.o.B

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  59. Claire Thomson Little5 July 2013 at 22:59

    gangnam style

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  60. We call it 'The little green frog' - it's the one where you stick your tongue out and sing 'lad di da di dah'! He asks for it a hundred times a day lol

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  61. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song everytime he hears it he runs to the tv :) x

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  62. sleeping bunnies!!!! My boy loves it i think the whole pre- school loves it!!

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  63. My 2 year old daughter can sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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  64. Samantha Ripley6 July 2013 at 09:43

    my daughter loves a song called the termite and the snake pretty much because it has silly voices in it

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  65. dorothy cavender6 July 2013 at 12:56

    My son just loves 3 Blind Mice!

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  66. Zoe Stephenson6 July 2013 at 16:15

    My girls favourite was always "Wind Your Bobin Up" We love it

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  67. Im afraid its Gangnam style.........which unfortunatly for me that does my head in ..but hey ho the kids love it and it gets them active :))

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  68. Gangnam Style!

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  69. The fave song is twinkle twinkle

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  70. Victoria Thurgood6 July 2013 at 18:26

    I Alone by Live he gets all the words wrong but he is only 4 :)

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  71. Varies according to the mood. But, all too often Gangnam Style.

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  72. Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover........used to sing it to him as a lullaby

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  73. at the moment it's Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

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