Incy Wincy Spider

Starring: Sophie Aldred and Richard Mitchley
BBC Audio
RRP: 5.00
ISBN-13: 978 1 405 67731 8
Available 04 June 2007

A selection of songs, nursery rhymes, stories, puzzles and tongue-twisters performed by Sophie Aldred and Richard Mitchley...

Incy Wincy Spider is a collection of animal related songs and rhymes, strung together with story links and jokes. Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who's Ace) and Richard Mitchley perform with the odd inclusion by uncredited children.

Songs include: The Zoo Theme; The Animal Fair; The Bear Went Over the Mountain; Who Cares if the Bear?; The Animal Song; How Doth the Little Crocodile; The Pelican's Beak; The Day the Animals Lost their Voices; 5 Little Monkeys; The Animals Went In Two by Two; Odd One Out; Froggy Went A'Courting; An Elephant Goes Like This and That; Incy Wincy Spider; What's the Time Mr Wolf?; 1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive; B-I-N-G-O; Baa Baa Black Sheep; Animal Alphabet; The Penguin Who Thought He Was a Fish; Shine Little Glowworm; and The Zoo Reprise.

The Day the Animals Lost Their Voices is worth the £5 retail price alone - just to hear Aldred's vocal range. If you don't laugh yourself unconscious then you really have no sense of humour. In fact there are quite a few tracks where Aldred puts on her deepest voice or squeaky mouse voice. And 5 Little Monkeys sees Mitchley doing his best Rowan Atkinson impression.

Maybe I'm going through a mid-life crisis or something, but I found myself tapping my feet and singing along with most of the songs on this collection, and generally enjoying the easy flowing narrative that linked all the songs together.

It's good to see the BBC spending a lot of time and effort putting out a great CD that both the very young and very old will thoroughly enjoy. And the fact that the retail price is only £5 should be all the excuse you need to buy it.

Nick Smithson

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