Let’s face it. If you find yourself beatboxing on the way to “prehistoric preschool” you might’ve found some good music for kids. Baby Loves Hip Hop Presents The Dino 5 ($16) is beyond tolerable. In fact, it’s so catchy and entertaining that my husband asked if he could put the CD in his car… for our son… riiiiight.

The CD tells the story of the Dino 5, a band of school-aged dinos who compete in a talent show and learn valuable lessons about friendship along the way. As I listened something was taking me back to the late 1980s. I couldn’t place it until I read about the cast — Tracy Triceratops is played by Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets. The other cast members include Grammy-winning poet Ursula Rucker, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Scratch from Roots Crew, Prince Paul and Wordsworth.

My 3-year-old son is totally into it and was singing the songs after only hearing it a couple of times in the car. Our favorite songs are I May be Big and Scary (But I’m Really Pretty Nice) and “Yeah, me too,” which both feature MC T-Rex. Any T-Rex who has a stuffed bunny at home is good in my book.

Baby Loves Hip Hop Presents The Dino 5 is also available for download on iTunes for $10.

Pros: Catchy old-school hip hop beats appeal to the driver as well as the passengers in car seats.
Cons: It’s a complete story on 20 tracks so you may have a mutiny on your hands if you turn off the car before it’s over.

— Kristen