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Feb 27 2012

Wash Your Face in Orange Juice and Other Silly Songs by Peter Combe

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Scholastic, 2012. ISBN: 9781741699616.
Containing three of South Australian children's entertainer Peter Combe's decidedly 'silly songs' and filled with Danielle McDonald's vibrantly coloured comic style illustrations, this book is bound to take the fancy of a whole new generation of children. The pictures of the animal characters are simple, bright and appealing. The songs, Wash Your Face in Orange Juice, Stuck in a Pizza and Spaghetti Bolognaise are catchy and almost impossible to get out of your head.
Having been teaching for longer than I care to mention, this music has virtually always been a part of my career as well as that of the lives of my own children. With his first album having been released in 1982, Combe's songs truly have stood the test of time and are unforgettable. The predecessor to The Wiggles, both use food as a recurring theme in their music, with much rhyme, rhythm and repetition, all perfect techniques to keep young children interested.
Jo Schenkel

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