The best kid's art, whether it be music, pictures, books, movies, is that which speaks equally well to the adult as it does to the child. When we think of "classics" we might think of Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" or Barrie's "Peter Pan", or Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are", or the early Pixar films. As I've become a parent and visited and revisited children's things, those that speak most to me are the ones that delight my kids, while evoking feelings of nostalgia in myself. Mostly this comes from rediscovering something I loved as a child - but sometimes it comes in a new form that just seems timeless.
Steven Page's arrest for cocaine possession was certainly ill-timed with the release of their first children's album, but The Barenaked Ladies (name withstanding) seem like the perfect band to straddle adult and kids genres. Indeed they are.
Snacktime maybe throws too much into the pot, with 24 tracks (though most are pretty short). And some songs are frankly, too slow for kids to want to sit through. However, there are some real gems here, to be sure. The Ladies' creativity is evident on songs like "7,8,9" and "Crazy ABC's". "Popcorn" and "Ninjas" take me back to my childhood/teen years. And "Canadian Snacktime trilogy" is a wonderful in-joke.
My kids (aged 6 and 4) love this CD and there is much I enjoy here too. In many ways, this is BNL's best album, in terms of pure creativity, since "Gordon". In that case, it was the soundtrack of my college years. This may well be the soundtrack of my children's kid years. A fitting final (?) album from the band before Page departed.