Backstroke Raptor. Performed by The Story Pirates. CD. Approx. 41 min. Gimlet Media. 2019. CD: $15.00; Digital: $9.99.
Grades K - 5
This motley crew presents 11 original and funny songs, created from stories submitted by children ages 5 - 13. A few of the songs also include narration or dialogue. Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame joins in on one of the songs. The album features an eclectic mix of musical styles, including surf rock dance, a rap set to the melody of “Pachelbel’s Canon,” folk pop, ska, R&B, calypso, and country western. “Backstroke Raptor” tells the story of a velociraptor who attaches a motor to a rowboat in order to leave the island he lives on. The monster “Samantha” tells her parents that she wants to be a human. Miranda raps about “The Wizard Who Could Just Go Poof,” whose spells always fizzle. Grace is assigned to write a report on a wallaby in “The Great Wallaby Adventure.” Still wet, “Cement Dude” travels to the desert in order to dry out, with narration by a man with a Johnny Cash-like voice. “The Girl with Superpowers” wants to be a superhero but realizes that she needs something to defeat first. “The Person Who Could Not Spin” gets lessons in spinning from others. Fashionista hamster Sally gets ready for work in “A Hamster’s Workday.” Koala Barry in “Barry and the Big Climbing Tree,” wants to climb trees, but keeps falling. “The Giraffe Didn’t Know” how to change the world but persisted in asking various animals if they knew how. In the barn, the “Dreaming Sheep” dream about going to school. The Story Pirates have hit another home run with these fun and lively songs crafted from the ideas of children.Website: www.storypirates.com