School Is Cool!
'With the magic of music and the power of positive- thinking, Johnny's songs motivate kids (and parents too) to become, 'the best of you that you can be!' 'School is Cool!' is recorded live at Minneapolis-St. Paul elementary schools in concert with Johnny is for Kids and a gym packed full of 350 children and teachers K-6. From the June 2007 issue of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: School is Cool. CD. 32.05 min. Johnny is for Kids. 2006. $15.00 (+1.35 s/h). Gr 1-4 - John Michael Maddock's aim is to write songs that can motivate children to be the best that they can be. This album was recorded live at elementary schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In between Maddock's 10 original songs, he interacts with the audience by leading them in cheers and asking motivational-style questions. Many songs have motivational messages, such as 'Choose (the way we think),' 'Practice,' 'The Biggest Mistake,' and more. 'Mister Fraidy,' 'Skip the Spider,' 'The Brat,' 'The Bully,' and 'Captain Cookie's Boogie Woogie' are story songs featuring situations in which kids may find themselves. Maddock sings these songs in rock, country and calypso styles. His vocals are adequate, and the instrumental performances by Maddock and the GT Band are excellent. - Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX.