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Not Naptime

by Justin Roberts

Winner of a 2003 Parents' Choice GOLD Award and 2003 NAPPA GOLD Award. Zippy lyrics and smart musical arrangements make this CD a treat for grownups and kids alike.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. Nightlight
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2. Brotosaurus got a Sweet Tooth
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3. Nine Planets
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2:35 album only
4. Not Naptime
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3:46 album only
5. Billy the Bully
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6. Pick up the Pears
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2:58 album only
7. Moving
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8. Three Days
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9. 98.8
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10. D-o-g
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11. Dad Caught Stars
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12. Last Night the Moon was Full
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
REVIEW:

"Chicago-based folk-pop children's recording artist Justin Roberts, a sophisticated, James Taylor-ish singer-songwriter, is among the best craftsmen of sweet and silly kid tunes out there, making irresistible music out of small, well-observed moments from the lives of children and parents.

In this new CD, a kid goes a comic extra mile when he cleans his room in "Pick Up Pears"; the title track pays tribute to reluctant nappers; and a dad and child share firefly magic in "Dad Caught Stars." It's great stuff, with terrific instrumentals and a high parent-pleasing factor that makes repeat play a treat, not a trial."

- Los Angeles Times

Award-winning family recording artist, Justin Roberts's affinity for music was identified at a very young age by a concerned preschool teacher. It seemed that Justin was spending more time with the record player than with his fellow classmates. Justin's relationship with stereo equipment continues to this day.

The music all began at a Montessori preschool where Justin worked as a music teacher by day while performing at night with his indie-folk group Pimentos for Gus. At first he was singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider," Sam Cooke, and Irish jigs with the kids, but soon he was writing his own children's songs for the classroom. The kids loved the songs, but the teachers began laughing and singing along too.

Justin decided to make a home recording of some of these songs as a Christmas gift for several friends. One of those recipients was Liam Davis, college pal and Chicago producer. Liam suggested they record the songs professionally and release a CD.

With no advertising and a shoestring marketing budget, "Great Big Sun" began making its way across the country. Along the way, it received rave reviews from Disney's Family Fun Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and was named "Best Music Gift of the Year" by Sesame Street Parents Magazine. Orders started pouring in from all over and shows began to sell out.

So, in the fall of 2000 Justin and Liam returned to the studio to work on the much requested follow-up to Great Big Sun.

Released in March of 2001, "Yellow Bus" turned out to be an even bigger hit than "Great Big Sun." Featuring songs about car rides, whales, and cookies, it continues to receive accolades from children, parents, and critics alike. At the end of the year, it received a 2001 Parents' Choice Gold Award and was named one of the "Top 10 Children's Albums of the Year" by Amazon.com.

Justin continues to perform for families across the nation and is currently touring in support of his newest CD "Not Naptime." The Los Angeles Times may have summed up Justin's music best in its 2001 year-end recordings round-up: "his multilayered lyrics take aim at hearts, minds, and funnybones and hit the target every time."


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Tracy

Love this CD. It's about all my 3 year old will let us listen to in the car, he
The fun songs and slow songs are great - it's always on in our car and both my kids love it. My 3 year old knows all the words to all the songs; my 20 month old is catching on and likes to dance to the fast ones. I like the music too - the lyrics are really clever and fun.

J. Klaas

I love this cd, I want to give it to every friend who has a young child.
I was first introduced to Justin Roberts by a student in my classroom, I could not get over how much I liked the music. Sometimes kids music can be painful, but this was most enjoyable. I feel the need to tell everyone with a young child about this CD.

Christine


There is finally a CD for kids that I LOVE to listen to as well! There are so many catchy, clever and creative songs it is hard to pick a favorite. Thank you!

TcF

Very catchy tunes!
Still humming a week later! Great messages throughout delivered in an upbeat memorable way. Billy the Bully is my favorite song!

Heidi Barron

Great gift!
I bought this for a gift for my cousins' 2 yr old. We love the other Roberts' cd's and thought this was the perfect gift!

ami

we agree with the l.a. times
we are so impressed by the music and lyrics.
Bought it right away for all our grandchildren.

Sandy

Love, Love, Love Justin Roberts!
We are from Chicago and have been listening to Justin for a number of years. The whole family loves all of his CDs, including Not Naptime. It makes a great gift (which is what
I bought this CD for).

Judy

Excellent! MAYBE the best JR yet!
OK, we loved "Great Big Sun" and we loved "Yellow Bus" only slightly less. We were somehow fatalistically thinking that this COULDN'T be as good. Well, we were wrong. I think this might actually be BETTER than GBS. Favorite tracks: 9 Planets and Not Naptime.

Susan

Really charming. My grandson will love it.
This was the first Justin Roberts CD that I heard. Bought on a whim, I enjoyed it fully. It's perfect for the age group I have in mind, pre-school and beginning school. Thanks, Justin. Just what we needed. And, about time, too!

tz

Catchy music and clever lyrics make this a great CD for the whole family.
This is one of our favorite Justin Roberts CDs. It is rare to come across a children's CD you can play over and over without getting sick of it. The more you play it the bettert it gets
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