Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles

CD ($16.98)

The latest installments of the Rockabye Baby line, which re-tools familiar rock music into mellow melodies perfect for inducing sweet dreams, softly sculpts Beatles songs into soothing pillow-time soundscapes. The instrumental versions of “Golden Slumbers,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Yellow Submarine” and 10 other well-known Fab Four tunes are perfect for tiny ears, but grown-ups will also enjoy the newfound calm in these innovatively re-interpreted classics.

—Neil Pond, American Profile

Dogplay: The Canine Guide to Being Happy

By Kim Levin and Christine Montaquila

Hardcover ($12.95)

Cute black-and-white photos paired with clever bits of “canine wisdom” make this a perfect pick-me-up for anyone who’s ever loved a dog---and pondered what in the world is going on in his head. It could very well be “Never miss an appointment with a couch,” “Be grateful for the life right under your nose,” “Explore new backyards, but always know your way back home,” or one of the other dandy bite-size bits of pooch philosophy here.

—Neil Pond, American Profile

The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List

By Robert Santelli & Jennifer Santelli

Softcover, 288 pages ($15.95)

With this handy-dandy compendium of “162 Things You Must See, Do, Get and Experience Before You Die,” the authors make it easy for baseball fans to click off all the essentials. Find out about must-see match-ups between longstanding rival teams, museums worth visiting, classic movies and collectibles, suggestions for getting involved by coaching Little League or learning how to keep score at a game, and many other ways to plug into the game’s rich tradition, history and lore.

—Neil Pond, American Profile  

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

DVD ($9.98)

If you grew up watching TV in the ’70s, you probably hopped in front of the tube for this animated yarn every year at Easter time. Danny Kaye narrates and sings, and Paul Frees (one of the era’s go-to voices for all sort of animated characters), radio potentate Casey Kasem and horror ham Vincent Price provide the voices of Peter, his friends and his rival for the position of top Easter bunny in the land. It’s a retro Easter goodie the whole family can now enjoy again and again on DVD.

—Neil Pond, American Profile

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