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Carrboro, NC, United States, 2008/04/17 - Sure, we’re all familiar with the dubious classic ballad “One Meatball,” but Shoofly, the award-winning audiomagazine for children ages 3 to 7, presents the only known recorded version of its musical antecedent, the infamous “One Fishball”.
Chris Frank (a member of the Red Clay Ramblers band since 1987, and Broadway and film veteran) uncovers this musical artifact, dusts it off, and serves up a strangely appetizing dish that will have all the kids dancing around the dinner table (more on Chris below).
Literary highlights of this issue include Rita Murphy’s “The Boondocks,” a mystical swamp yarn featuring Mango Shane, a boy adventurer renowned for his pluck, his ingenuity, and his “amazing red hair.” Alethea Eason’s “Turtle Soup” is the beautiful tale of a young girl’s struggle to save a sea turtle from becoming the main course of her village’s upcoming feast. Ruth Adams’ “Crow Brings the Sun” is an illuminating retelling of a Native American legend; and Katherine Mellor’s “Buster’s Great Flight” introduces us to a calf with lofty aspirations. This issue is bursting with fun new poems as well, including Lisa Bast’s “Chiggetty, Whoosh,” a rollercoaster ride that will take your breath away.
And yes, Shoofly is very proud to welcome our featured musical guest and fellow Carrborean, Chris Frank. Chris performs four great songs on this recording, including a toe-tappin’ “Polly Wolly Doodle” and the aforementioned, destined hit single, “Fishball.” Chris is joined by long-time musical cohorts vocalist Lynn Davis and Jack Herrick on bass, trumpet and pennywhistle. Lynn is a former member of the Shady Grove Band; Jack is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with the Red Clay Ramblers. Chris, Lynn, and Jack have also teamed up to record an all-new Shoofly theme song.
Shoofly is a unique audio publication. This literary adventure for kids is available by subscription (CDs by traditional mail or via computer download). Shoofly is the only children’s audiomagazine to weave together original and traditional stories, poems, and songs. Children love to get mail — and they’re thrilled when Shoofly arrives five times a year with their names on it! Subscriptions are $39.95 for CDs (plus $5.00 s/h) or $29.95 for downloads for 5 issues. Single issues are available for $12.95 for CDs or $8.00 for downloads.
Shoofly is also excited to announce its new affiliation with AudibleKids (audiblekids.com), a creation of Audible, Inc., the leading online provider of digital spoken word audio content on the internet. AudibleKids is the first-of-its kind destination where families can find and purchase the highest-quality children’s audiobooks, and Shoofly is proud to be one of the publishers invited to participate. Shoofly’s relationship with AudibleKids now allows Shoofly recordings to be available through Apple’s iTunes Store as well.
Review CDs available upon request.
Creative Director: Jim Russell, Jim Russell Productions, Chapel Hill, NC
Shoofly: An Audiomagazine for Children, Vol. 5, No. 3
Length: 62 minutes
CD, $12.95; MP3 download, $8.00