Here's what the reviewer's had to say about JoJo the Scarecrow:
"JoJo a Go-Go: It’s always inspiring to see an intrepid independent artist gather increasing attention as a result of creative self-marketing – especially in the children’s audio business, which, as anyone involved in it knows, is an especially challenging genre to get noticed in beyond your own regional niche.
But Chicagoan Joel Frankel is doing just that with his third album, “JoJo’s Barnyard Bash,” released on his own Crunchy Records. Frankel has long been one of Child Play’s favorites, a singer/songwriter whose delightful flights of fancy have resulted in some of the most original children’s music around…."
- Billboard Magazine
"JoJo is a friendly scarecrow who decides to host a barnyard bash. Down home country ballads instruct children about the sounds and nature of farm animals. The enhanced CD includes two music videos, one in Spanish, which can be played through the CD-ROM drive of your home computer.
- Women’s Day Kids and Families – Editor’s Choice
"Jojo's Barnyard Bash" was ranked among the "100 Best Toy Products of 1998" by DrToy.com, and also received the 1999 Children's Music Web Award in the category of "Best Music for Toddlers."
Singer, songwriter and children's entertainer Joel Frankel is a big kid who's been entertaining smaller kids and their parents for nearly two decades. By combining his musical talents with his teaching background, Frankel has developed a creative and stimulating musical performance that captivates listeners of all ages.
Frankel's four children's albums, "Don't Sit On A Cactus", "I Can't Sit Still", "JoJo's Barnyard Bash", and "Ship of Chocolate Chips" have received numerous awards including the Dr. Toy Best Audio award, the Children's Music Web Award, the Parent's Choice Award and the NAPPA Award. Frankel's song "We Go Together" was featured in the classic motion picture "Big", starring Tom Hanks. His songs have been on "The Learning Channel," an "NBC-Movie of the Week," and MTV.
He also made a cameo appearance as an accordionist in the movie "Father of the Bride", which starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.
Frankel is a member of the venerable Old Town School of Folk Music faculty. His busy performance schedule of over 200 shows each year has included The Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, The Bozo Show, The Jewish Folk Arts Festival, WGN TV, Festivals and Children's Museums.