With its "Here Come the ABCs," veteran modern rock duo They Might Be Giants expands its edutainment quest with a project that is fun for children and mercifully not nauseating for their parents.

With its "Here Come the ABCs," veteran modern rock duo They Might Be Giants expands its edutainment quest with a project that is fun for children and mercifully not nauseating for their parents. While the PC portion of the 2002 audio disc "No!" was limited to interactive vignettes, here there are full-length animated, puppet and live-action videos for more than 20 tracks spotlighting single letters of the alphabet ("Flying V," "C Is for Conifers") and combinations ("QU," "LMNO"), as well as such bigger concepts as "Alphabet of Nations," "Alphabet Lost and Found" and "Who Put the Alphabet in Alphabetical Order?" The catchy and memorable songs—also released on a separate audio CD—run from pop-rock and ballads to appropriately silly fare. The visuals (including intro segments with adorable sock puppets of TMBG's John Flansburgh and John Linnell) are engaging enough for toddlers not yet grasping language, as well as preschoolers grappling with more advanced learning. Bonuses include videos for the "No!" track "Clap Your Hands" and the theme to the Disney Channel's "Higglytown Heroes."—BAJ

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