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Produced by Dan Noon; directed by Tony Wade
Richmond (B.C.), Hug Bug Records, 1989.
VHS cassette, 28:00 min., $19.95.

Pre-school to Grade 3/Ages 3 to 8

Reviewed by Carol Carver

Volume 21 Number 2
1993 March

The many talents of Charlotte Diamond are showcased in Diamonds and Dragons, a visual "greatest hits." Ten songs, six of which were written by Diamond, have been woven together using the premise of searching in Granny's trunk. Found treasures transport the singer to different settings, for example, a nightclub for "Slimy the Slug" or a playground for "Cooperation." The music ranges from traditional ("La Bamba") and humorous ("Laundry Monster") to a rap ("Dicky, Dicky Dinosaur"). Diamond is accompanied by the Hug Bug Band, led by musical producer Paul Gitlitz,

The technical quality of both colour and sound are very high, but listing the song titles would have been helpful. Audience interest is held by the ever-changing mixture of setting and characters, for example, a unicorn, the Hug Bug, multi-ethnic children. "Animals Have Personality," set in a pet shop, was the undisputed favourite of a group of seven-year-olds. The video was telecast nationally on CBC during the summer of 1992.

The quality is exceptional and the price is affordable. Charlotte Diamond deserves to be as well known throughout North America as she is in her native British Columbia.

Highly recommended.

Carol Carver is a Primary teacher at Dieppe School in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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