Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

by Kwame Alexander (Author) Tim Bowers (Illustrator)

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

When a jazz-loving rooster sets his sights on winning a barnyard talent show, he realizes he can't do it as a solo act. He's up against the talents of Mules Davis's cool duo and Ella Finchgerald's singing group.
Colorful artwork from artist Tim Bowers ensures this story doesn't miss a beat. A glossary of musical terms and intruments rounds out this perfect introduction to jazz for young readers.

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PreS-Gr 2--This delightful picture book explores the rich history of jazz via a story about a guitar-playing rooster who sets out to compete in the annual Barnyard Talent Show to find the farm's best band. Rooster would like to join Thelonius Monkey's crew, but the rules don't permit zoo animals. Ella Finchgerald has a trio, but Rooster doesn't scat. He decides to form his own band. "So, he went to see his cousin, /a pianist of great fame./And found him on the riverbank./Duck Ellington's his name." Duck, in top hat and bow tie, takes Rooster to the famed Cotton Club to hear Bee Holiday and other jazzy animals perform. Although the barnyard chicks "swoon" when Rooster's group plays The Hen from Ipanema, not even an encore in "grand finale style" wins the band first prize. Still, shades-wearing Mules Davis's comment, "That Rooster sure can play," leads to a satisfying ending. The large illustrations are done in bold colors and have humorous, jazzy details. Notes on "Musicians, Characters, and Music" are included in the back matter. Children who enjoyed Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Punk Farm (Knopf, 2005) will be taken with this one.--Keisha M. Miller, South Orange Public Library, NJ

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including Booked and The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include Surf's Up, a picture book, Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers, and He Said She Said, a YA novel.
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Guided Reading Level
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date
August 20, 2011
BISAC categories
JUV002090 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Domestic animals

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