Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band.
By : Kwame Alexander & Tim Bowers.
Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press ( Aug ., 2011)
It`s Music all over in the Barnyard, when a barnyard talent show is organized! The very merry Rooster who loves Jazz, is eager to contest, but he is in need of a winning team. Some do not want to jo him, especially the talented ones, like Mules Davis. But few do, and with his cousin Duck Ellington the pianist, friends Bee Holiday and Piggy Pepe Ernesto Cruz he forms his band. And do they not rock the barnyard! Of course, and that is all that matters.
This is a lovely book which discusses not only music, but also about being a team, determination and hard work. It brings out the important message that good participation matters more than winning. Music and farm animals are topics familiar to children, and through these the author also achieves his goal of introducing them to Jazz.
It`s interesting to see how the barnyard animals were turned into characters with all of the human characteristics , which in turn would bring them closer to readers and listeners.The text has a rhyming effect most of the time, and although it`s not always simple, with the helpful guidance of a grown up they will be able to easily pick up the story. The book is supported by a glossary of Jazz terms, musical instruments and history. The illustrations are marvelous! Bowers emphasizes the performers on stage by giving them lots of colour and leaving the rest in shades of gray.
Although It`s intended for 6 to 8-year olds, this being a picture book with it`s "Rocking" pictures featuring barn animals and it`s helpful guidance of the glossary, the book can be recommended from 4+years.