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Reviews — 26 January 2012

All children wish for things and why shouldn’t they? Just this morning my daughter was screwing up her face concentrating really hard on turning her feet into a mermaid’s tail. Sadly the tail failed to materialise but for Elise and Alfie in The Land of Sometimes wishes really do come true. Read my review of this magical CD and enter the competition to win a copy.

The Land of Sometimes - out 6th February 2012

The Land of Sometimes: A Mysterious Magical Musical Journey


Created by Francesca Longrigg, The Land of Sometimes is ‘A Mysterious Magical Musical Journey’ that whisks twins Elise and Alfie from their everyday lives into a land where ‘four seasons pass within one day, and everyone who lives there has a song…’

Jimmy-jammed and ready for bedtime CD listening, it was Noah (6) who got first dibbs on the CD. Initially he was a bit worried as the narrator’s voice sounded in his words ‘scary’ but he soon got over that and we listened on. I say we, as I decided to put off washing-up and instead lie down and listen right then and there. The first song in and we were already smitten.

There’s a great mixture of musical styles on the CD. It covers pretty much every genre from pop and reggae to folk and New Orleans jazz with a dose of poetry thrown in for good measure. Many of the songs are instant hits. How can I judge that? Well, by the following morning Noah already had Mrs Blip’s Bonanza down pat and when Ferne was finally allowed a ‘turn’ she immediately fell for The Ditty of Little Twink (a mischievous fairy who messes up children’s bedrooms).

Mrs Blip and Little Twink? I hear you ask. Yes, as well as the songs the children were drawn to the collection of eccentric characters that Elise and Alfie meet. There’s a slimy River Slouch Sling, The Man with the Flying Feet and the cute kittens Holly and George to name but a handful of the deliciously crazy cast.

Little Twink: The Land of Sometimes

Little Twink: while you're sleeping she messes up your room!


CD aside the packaging itself is absolutely gorgeous and is filled with illustrations by the very talented Howard McWilliam. The cover works like a little a book and the final page is a picture of the story’s ‘silver line’ complete with a little flap to put the CD in. Somehow, however, I don’t think our copy will be spending much time in there. Rather than being played sometimes this is one CD that’ll be on all the time.

* The Land of Sometimes is released on the 6th February 2012. I suggest you visit the beautiful The Land of Sometimes site where you can listen to some of the songs, download the words, play games and see why we’ve given it such a cracking review!

Many thanks to Louise at Rock and Roll Baby World for providing the review and competition copies.

Competition: Two copies of The Land of Sometimes up for grabs!

For your chance to win one of these gorgeous CDs simply subscribe to my site by entering your email address below. Closing date: 10am, 16th February 2012. Winners will be contacted by email. Only UK addresses please. Good luck! THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE EMAILED. THANK YOU FOR ENTERING.

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