Don’t get me wrong, I like nursery rhymes. Kipper is at that age where he is starting to learn them himself and will often start ‘row row’ or ‘Old McDonald’ wanting you to join in. Of course at just sixteen months he doesn’t form many of the words particularly well but you are left under no mistake as to what he wants you to do. They are so important in developing early language skills. However with a four year age gap between the boys car journeys can be interesting! Kippers happy with your traditional nursery rhymes and yet Monkey wants audio books and at five we have just started on some of the more traditional stories. Not really suitable for Kipper.

So when I came across David Gibb and his new album Climb That Tree I wondered if this could help solve the problem. David Gibb is a family songwriter and musician who is determined to offer families a high quality alternative to nursery rhymes and movie soundtracks.

I was attracted straight away by the lovely pictures on the cardboard cover and on the inside of the sleeve. I want really sure what to expect music wise, Kipper has been known to gurgle along to some of my ‘band’ music when he was younger. He took to the sound track straight away bobbing along and joining in singing. From my perspective I enjoyed listening to the underlying music. It was a lot more easy listening than what we are use to and the songs have really grown on all of us. His song writing draws from a wide range of musical influences, blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll.

I really like that the songs that use a whole range of musical instruments – including banjos, ukulele, drums, clarinet, saxophone, trombones, trumpets and accordions. I love the name of the songs as well I think my favourite is  ‘I would like to build a rocket with the things found in my pocket‘. If you would like to hear David Gibb live his tour starts this month in Durham, other venues include Oxford Story Museum, Newbury, Derby, Rochester, Manchester, Macclesfield, Southport and London. You can find a full list of venues and book tickets (which run through to December) on his website 

We are really enjoying the music, if you would like to hear more for your self you can listen to three tracks from the album here:

Its not just us either…

Prepare to be carried away with the music…packed full of catchy toe tapping numbers” – The Guardian.

Little Seed Music  have kindly given five of my readers the chance to win a copy of David Gibb: Climb That Tree to enter please use the Gleam application below and also check the T&C:

David Gibb – Climb That Tree Family Music CD

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner(s) will be drawn at random and receive a copy of David Gibb – Climb That Tree
  • The competition will close on  at midnight 1st October
  • The Winner(s) will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

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This is a collaborative post we were given a copy of David’s album to enable us to be able to write this review all words and opinions are my own.


  1. I knew a boy who would roll his eyes at you when you rhymed – when he was 18 months old! Turns out, his grandma who watched him a few days each week would rhyme EVERYTHING she said to him. Poor kid can’t even enjoy kid songs anymore if they involve rhyming. #BloggerClubUK

  2. My two year old went through a row your boat phase and honestly I was sick of it after a week hahahaha. Lovely idea to have something a bit different #bloggerclubuk

  3. Such a good idea! Im forever loosing my voice singing nursery rhymes at the top of my voice on long car journeys! #bloggerclubUK

  4. Ok this sounds interesting! My son loves singing wheels on the bus!

  5. Meals and Makes Reply

    This sounds like a great album, although we are past the nursery rhyme stage now and onto audiobooks. Might be good for presents for friends though and always good to have a recommendation! #BloggerClubUK

  6. That sounds really good, I’ll look him up. We often listen to a bloke called Richard Larcombe who does something called Sparky Songs. His CDs were the soundtrack to my summer, how my life has changed…

  7. This sounds great. After having spent 6 hours listening the same Pirate CD on repeat on a long car journey we could do with some variety!! #BloggerClubUK

  8. This looks like a lovely book and I’m sure our 7 yo would have loved it ‘back in the day’. I’ve got very fond memories of nursery rhymes… Thanks for hosting #BloggerClubUK

  9. This sounds like a lovely idea. I have to confess though, we go by driver rules in our family, so we never play kid music in the car. I tried once when I commuted with a toddler, but I hated the nursery rhyme CD we bought!

  10. Chris Andrews Reply

    Whats your Childs favourite song? . . . . currently ‘Old MacDonald’ . . . . if l were lucky enough to win l hope this would expand his repertoire

  11. fiona waterworth Reply

    mines favorite song is Holiday, not a nursery ryhme but they love it

  12. River would love this so much! He adores music and nursery rhymes don’t quite hit the spot for him. Will def get us some of these 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  13. Favourite songs change from time to time but, oddly, Dancing Queen is the current favourite. I receive complaints if I put country music on.

  14. Fab prize. I have 3 boys all with varying music taste however favourite song at the moment is down in the jungle for the youngest, the sing album for the middle and saturday night by elton john for my eldest (hes just turned 8 lol) ??

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